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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns
Posted by cyclist10968 on Friday, December 19, 2008 12:51 PM
We nominate Piermont, N.Y., our home town of about 3,000 people. We moved here about four years ago and love it! It is located about 20 minutes by car north of the George Washington Bridge and 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan. It doesn't have a supermarket, gas station or drug store but it has many restaurants, avant garde art galleries and gift stores. Until recently we didn't have a bank or ATM and there was a "liquidity crisis" every Sunday afternoon. It is on the West Bank of the Hudson River and faces the only fjord on the East Coast below Maine. Of course it has a marina, waterfront restaurants and many riverfront homes. The town was called "Last Stop USA" because it was a dimembarkment point for many soldiers during World War II and there are monuments to that event. It is a mecca for outdoor sports, especially bicycling as every weekend finds dozens of cyclists` ariving from new York City through the nearby scenic hills and sipping coffee at Bunbury's coffee shop or an Italian combo sandwich at Canzano's deli. It also has a network of marked walking and hiking trails going in every direction, 2 swimming pools, a rowing club, tennis courts, a bocci area and nearby cross country skiing trails and golf courses. In addition to have a cycling mountain, it has a culinary pyramid and at its pinnacle sits Xaviar's, which has received Zagat's highest ratings. Adjacent to it is the acclaimed Freelance Wine Bar. Other outstanding dining and drinking venues in all price ranges are Cafe Portofino, Sidewalk Bistro, Slattery's and Pasta Amore. It has an excellent bird sanctuary and Tallman Mountain State Park. There is an outdoor farmer's market, and our town offers frequent festivals, parades and special events. Being a "cool small town" it attracts visitors from all over the metropolitan area and elsewhere. Celebrity sightings are frequent occurences as luminaries from the media, performing arts, business and government spheres either reside or are frequent visitors.