Hike Huyler’s Landing

HuylersSaturday, October 13: “Huyler’s Landing”

Meet 10 AM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (click here for detailed directions). About 5 mi., 3.5 hrs., moderateBring lunch. For more information: 201-769-1360 ext. 108.

Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter who will lead this hike, calls it “the quintessential Palisades history hike.” The 5-mile route, which meets at 10 AM at the Kearney House and is rated moderate by the hike leader, will introduce hikers to the thriving riverfront communities that once occupied the park’s shoreline, and then take them to the summit on a trail used by Revolutionary War soldiers. Along the summit, the group will visit some of the imposing foundation ruins of grand cliff-top manors of the Gilded Age. The hike will return to the Kearney House with a descent down the old Closter Dock Road, upon which farmers of Bergen County once sent wagon loads of goods to the river. Hikers should bring lunch with them to eat on the hike, and can expect to return to the starting point by around 1:30 PM.

Gone to the Dogs


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City Place at the Promenade hosted its fifth annual Woofstock + Friends event this past Saturday, September 8, featuring local pet-centric vendors, adoptable pets, a red carpet, a doggie couture trunk show, tons of raffle prizes. The day benefited and gave exposure to Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation (BCPR)Closter Animal Welfare Society (CLAWS), and START II Animal Shelter.

For many, the highlight of the day was the Puparazzi Pooch Parade, where more than 60 fashionable pups strutted their stuff down the red carpet. Skippy, a dachshund dressed as a hot dog from Fair Lawn, NJ took home the grand prize– a one-of-a-kind Willis for President pet bed and gift basket from Pet Valu.

Ambience Boutique’s Wag to the Bone trunk show was a hit with the doganistas in attendance including Apple, an 11-year old Yorkie from Washington Heights, NY who sauntered away in a Wild One zip-up hoodie from n:Philanthropy.

Guests entered the free raffle to win a range of pet-friendly prizes including a $50 gift card from Dog Cakes for Dogs, one free commissioned pet portrait by Pet House and Portraits (who was also on-site with face painting), a gift basket from Fort Lee Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services, a spa set with gift certificate from Miss Molly’s Lap of Luxury Grooming Salon, and two free walks from Brett Shelby Dog Training. Other vendors included Animal General, La-Petisserie, and Pet Health. The Borough of Edgewater was also on-site registering local pets.

The promenade was buzzing. Guests and their four-legged pals could be seen dining al fresco at the property’s waterfront eateries and stepping out of retailers with shopping bags in tow. BCPR and CLAWS received a dozen applications for pet adoption and multiple volunteer inquiries.

Hudson River Barn Dance

2018-08-21_10-57-32On Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2018, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again welcome dance caller Dave Harvey and the Backyard Boys, a live acoustic band, for an open barn dance. The dance will be held at the Alpine Pavilion at Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin from 2 to 4 PM. All ages are welcome to give it a try, and no reservations, experience, or dance partners are needed to participate. Admission to the program is free.

At the foot of the Palisades alongside the Hudson River, the open-air, covered pavilion provides a beautiful afternoon setting for the program. Built in 1934, a new hardwood floor on which the dance will be held complements its native stone and timber construction. $2 hot dogs will be on sale while they last.

Dave Harvey, founder of New York City Barn Dance, will call the afternoon dance, offering simple and engaging instruction. Harvey will be accompanied by the Backyard Boys band. “Dave is an amazing teacher. He has a way of getting everyone out there having fun,” Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter at the park who is coordinating the program, noted.

Because the pavilion is covered the dance will be held rain or shine. The area is accessible to cars and cyclists from the park’s Alpine entrance at Alpine Approach Road, off U.S. Route 9W about half a mile north of Closter Dock Road, or to cars only from the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 2. (Click here for detailed directions.) For additional information about the program, visitors can call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Rise Endurance Group Bike Ride


Monday, July 16th

All workouts start on time. Please arrive on early and prepared to workout.

What To Have/Bring With You:
– Water bottle
– Be dressed to workout and prepared for the weather
– Don’t forget your Bike, Helmet, Shoes, Gloves & Sunglasses or other protective eyewear.

During Cycling Workouts:
If you do not have a helmet with you during a workout involving cycling on any roads/trails, you will not be allowed to cycle with the group.
– Cycling gloves are STRONGLY recommended during all rides.
– Make sure all equipment is in good working condition before the ride.
– Ride single file on the right side of the road.
– Follow the rules of the road. Obey all traffic laws.
– Be prepared for the weather conditions.
– Headphones or speakers are not permitted during group or coached workouts.
– Dogs are not allowed.

Cost Per Session:
Rise Endurance Club Members: Free
All others: first time free, after that $10

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Join today at https://squareup.com/store/RiseEndurance/item/club-membership

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Secure your spot & register here: https://squareup.com/store/RiseEndurance/item/drop-in-fee-for-non-club-members

For more information on Rise Endurance Club membership, check out: http://RiseEndurance.com/club/

Please check the club calendar for all events updates & changes

Nature, Pleasure & Mayhem: 19th-Century Steamboat Excursions

31403469_1936626596355997_6508483143558695428_nTuesday, May 22nd at 7:30 at the Fort Lee Historic Park

On Tuesday evening, May 22, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will offer its visitors a unique chance to catch a glimpse of nineteenth-century style “Nature, Pleasure & Mayhem,” as historian Marika Plater presents an illustrated talk on the steamboat excursions that became popular with working-class New Yorkers at the end of that century. Her talk, which is free and open to all, with no reservations needed, will begin at 7:30 PM at the spacious auditorium of the Visitor Center at the park’s Fort Lee Historic Park facility. Continue reading


One Park Exterior East.2MBWhen Camilo Giraldo and Jackeline Rodriguez decided to purchase a new condominium home after renting in Jersey City for four years, the couple put together a definitive wish list of their requirements.   Little did they know at the time that living by the water, commuter convenience to Manhattan, upscale amenities and quality finishes would lead them past more well-known Gold Coast locations to Cliffside Park and its new signature condominium building, One Park.

“We knew we wanted to remain in New Jersey by the Hudson River, and focused our search on Jersey City, Hoboken and Edgewater,” said Camilo, who works for a large global bank located close to Grand Central Station, while his wife works in downtown Manhattan.  “We spent two years looking at what was available, but nothing fulfilled all of our needs.  It was very frustrating.”

From a lack of amenities to overpriced homes to unimaginative design, home after home, new development after new development fell short.

“As we became dissatisfied with Jersey City and Hoboken, we moved further north into Edgewater, but found the homes either priced too high for what you were getting or too close to River Road and all of the traffic and noise issues that come with it.  We just didn’t like the vibe.”

That’s when they discovered One Park, a new 14-story upscale condominium building rising on top of The Palisades in Cliffside Park overlooking the Hudson River waterfront with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Continue reading

Bergen-Passaic Walk to End Alzheimer’s


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 15


Overpeck County Park, 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07657

Calling all walkers!  Recreational and serious walkers alike are gearing up to “take their mark” for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  This year’s walk will be held at Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield Park, NJ on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Walk-day events include a live DJ, team photo opportunities, and post-walk refreshments.  Each person that raises $100 or more will receive a 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt.  Check-in begins at 8:30 am followed by opening ceremony at 9:45 am and a 10:00 am start time.  For more information contact Tom Legan, Walk Manager, at tclegan@alz.org or (973)406-5124.  To register visit www.alz.org/njwalk.