New local history books


Recently, my husband brought home two new books about local history.  “Stop At The Red Apple-The Restaurant on Route 17” is written by Elaine Freed Lindenblatt.9781438453682_p0_v1_s114x166 Her father owned and operated the iconic restaurant known as “The Red Apple Rest.”  From the 1930s through the 1980s, this eatery located on Route 17 was a stopping point for many out for a Sunday drive or heading to the Catskill Mountains.  I remember going there in the 1960s, and thinking that it was a unique kind of place.

Lindenblatt’s book is filled with the history of her family, the restaurant and warm anecdotes of more than fifty years.  It is a very entertaining story that will especially resonate with anyone who remembers The Red Apple Rest.

“Nyack Sketch Log An Artist and Writer Explores the History of a Hudson River Village” is written by Bill Batson.  He is a life-long resident of Nyack.  His book is filled with black and white sketches of places throughout the county, but mostly Nyack.  Each sketch is accompanied by a short essay.  Mount Moor Cemetery, Hooper House, the Elmwood Playhouse are some of the many places he writes about sharing stories and a history of these places.  An easy book to pick up and read and learn about places we walk or drive by so often.

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