NANUET, NEW YORK
Located north of Pearl River, south of New City, east of Spring Valley, and west of West Nyack, Nanuet is a hamlet in Rockland County with a total area of 5.3 square miles. It was initially called Clarkstown until 1856 when it was renamed after Chief Nannawitt, a 17th-century Indian who sold the area to the Dutch.
In 2010, Nanuet had a population of 17,882. For 2007 and 2010, Nanuet made it to CNN Money’s 100 Best Places to Live mostly because of inexpensive housing and accessibility. The major highways transit Nanuet, like routes 59 and 304, the Garden State Parkway extension, the Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Thruway and Palisades Interstate Parkway, make it easy to commute to New York City and northern New Jersey. Nanuet is also known for the Nanuet Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the county. It boasts 120 stores anchored by Sears and Macy’s.
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The easy commute and big shopping malls have attracted many executives that prefer to live in a rural setting. This has led to the increase in the average family income to $44,500, one of the county’s highest.
Nanuet is part of the Town of Clarkstown, which also includes Bardonia, New City, Congers and Valley Cottage and the village of Upper Nyack.
Nanuet is home of the Number 1 High School Team in the state, Nanuet Senior High School. In 1989, the school’s volleyball team grabbed the New York State Division III championship and in 2009, the girls’ varsity basketball became state and federation champions. Aside from excellence in sports, Nanuet Senior High School also offers a comprehensive program which includes courses in Art, English, French, Health, Math, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Spanish and Technology.
Other schools in the area are George W. Miller Elementary School, A. MacArthur Barr Middle School and the first high school in Nanuet, Highview Elementary School.
One of the major amenities is the Nanuet Lake which sits in a 33-acre park. The town promotes sports especially among the youth, with sponsorship and subsidies for baseball, basketball and softball teams for youngsters and summer day camps.
Another major attraction is The Shops at Nanuet. It sits on what was Nannawitt’s Meadow, a historical place where George Washington’s army camped during the Revolutionary War. Today, the Nanuet Mall is a premier shopping destination which also contributes to the serious traffic congestion especially during holidays. It is an outdoor shopping mall operated by Simon which opened in October 2013, one of the major developments in the county after the major growth spurt began 34 years ago, when the Tappan Zee Bridge was opened.
With major roads leading to Nanuet, its accessibility to New York City has become a boon for the city and a bane for some residents. But despite these developments, Nanuet has retained some of its rural qualities. You can still see 18th-century mansions, small 19th-century colonials, rambling ranch houses among the modern townhouses and condominiums that line the major streets. Also, most of the stores in the old business center on Main Street have been there for more than 50 years, making them a testament to the continuous growth and development of the city.