Life In Clarkstown NY - Great Safety, Transportation and Jobs
Peace Outdoors and Sustainability in NY
Out of 100 Best American Cities chosen by CNNMoney Magazine online, Clarkstown NY is in the Top 50 at Number 41 in 2010 and Number 35 in 2012. It is said to be the fastest growing suburb of NYC economically.
According to Sperling's Best Places, the investment made per each school child is $12,271 annually for school year 2013 - 2014, over twice that of the rest of the US on average.
CNNMoney Magazine is one of the most well respected and widely read of all America's financial and economics reporting publications.Clarkstown satisfied a number of important financial indicators to make it into the Top 50 Best Cities.
Located 25 miles and about 30 minutes from the center of Manhattan NYC, Clarkstown is near enough to the big city for convenience, but far away enough for enjoying panoramic green spaces, the Hudson River, and outdoor activities at places such as High Tor State Park.
Clarkstown’s Rockland County has been named one of the best places for jobs and employment in the USA as well. The entire county comprises is a marvelous scenic landscape that welcomes new residents and visitors to stay awhile.
The Hudson River Palisades
High Tor State Park is well maintained by the State of New York, with constant improvements annually to increase sustainability and scenic beauty (see the image at the head of this article for an example). The area is a beautiful as it was before our nation was founded.
The state park is a favorite for hiking every month of the year and for picnics, river watching, relaxation, and restoring the spirit. It is a perfect place for photography and bird watching - ripe for the Great American Backyard Bird Count and further-afield birding events annually.
Clarkstown also offers a system of convenient open space parks, planning and building even more new parks and open green spaces each year. Just to the east of Clarkstown on the map below, we see several additional state parks and golf courses that illustrate sustainability and outdoor sports in the area.
New City is the Town HQ for Clarkstown
Haverstraw Bay Park
Haverstraw Bay Mistaken For the Northwest Passage
To the east of the parks just east of Clarkstown, we find Haverstraw Bay, which is the widest part of the Hudson River. Parts of the river are visible from the Mini Trans routes and make a scenic adventure for riders. Nearby Haverstraw Park is also a large green space that is scenic and well maintained. The American bald eagle is sometimes sighted in the area and the Bay and Park are protected as official state wildlife habitats, along with similar areas near their locations. A ferry boat crosses the bay under the supervision of the New York Waterways.
This area is undoubtedly the former home of many Eastern Woodlands nations of the Native American. Sustainabiity and wildlife initiatives continue to restore the natural settings to a point before their discovery by Dutch explorer Henry Hudson in the early 1600s. A full day or more can be spent in the parks and along the Hudson River near Haverstraw Bay.
Note: Apparently, Captain Hudson felt he had found the Northwest Passage in Haverstraw Bay, but was mistaken. In the 2000s, after sufficient pack ice melt in central and western areas of Canada, NASA satelittes revealed photos of an actual water passage through North America to the Pacific Ocean.
Haverstraw Downtown and Community Gardens From Atop Tor MountainClick thumbnail to view full-size
Havershaw Bay On the Map
Additional Beautiful Parks
- Hook Mountain Park
- Kennedy-Dells County
- Mountainview Park
- North Park
- Rockland Lake State Park - Annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival
Other Local Outdoor Attractions
- Dunderberg Spiral Railway
- High Tor State Park | New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
The northernmost point in the Palisades Interstate Park System.
Non-Violence In Clarkstown
Clarkstown was founded during George Washington’s Presidency in 1791 with a populace of 2,000 people. In 2010, that population number had grown to 84,000 and to nearly 84,200 in 2013.
New City is one of 9 full villages and 2 partial villages located in Clarkstown and the one that serves as the Rockland County Seat/Clarkstown government headquarters. The town supports 4 school districts and 4 public libraries, with one teacher for every 14 children in K-12. Students receive a lot of individual attention.
To increase safety for all, Clarkstown dedicates itself to fighting domestic violence.
In October 2010, the Town Supervisor, Alexander J. Gromack, released a statement in which he announced the town's participation in New York State’s initiative called Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.
In addition to special announcements such as the 2010 decree by Supervisor Gromack, the Supervisor presents a weekly update and a State of the Town address yearly and sometimes, more often. He is dedicated to ending and preventing domestic violence in his town. Already,. Clarkstown is recognized as the Number 2 Best City for Low Crime Rates from data gathered by the US Census Bureau.
Best Cities Have Good Transportation
Clarkstown operates a system of minibuses that are called the Mini Trans system. This operation places the town far ahead of communities the same size that have no mass transit at all.
The Mini Trans buses operate across five route lines from 6:55 AM to 8:05 PM weekdays and slightly shorter hours on Saturday. The mini buses are a big help to those that do not drive or do not feel up to driving, and to senior citizens and the disabled.
All lines meet at Nanuet Mall for convenience and transfers. Many jobs are available in the mall and surrounding businesses, making the transportation system ideal for these workers. The mall is just south of Interstate 87 in Clarkstown (see map below).
The System Route Map at town.clarkstown.ny.us/html/system_map.html shows routes covering most of the town, around the perimeter and through the center, with libraries, City Hall, and post offices exactly on the routes. The shopping malls are also directly on the bus routes.
The minibus routes connect with mass transit buses from Rockland County and Seniors and the handicapped are afforded a very large discount on fares.
Shopping and Amenities
If you don’t want to go into the hectic Manhattan area to shop, you can stay in Clarksville and enjoy Nanuet Mall, Palisade Mall, and the town’s revitalized Main Street that extends through many of Clarkstown’s distinct villages. Known for safety and a good school system, the town is recommended as a good place to raise a family and a nice place for singles to live if they want a retreat away from their work in NYC.
Nanuet Mall, Clarkstown
Job Number Increased Dramatically in 2013 - 2014Click thumbnail to view full-size
Employment Outlook and Trends Are Encouraging
From December 2010 top May 2015, from 55,000 to over 63,900 job openings were listed consistently for the Clarkstown Metro Area, with 182,000 listed within a radius of 50 miles in May.
In detail, the smaller metro area experienced a dramatic increase of 4,500% more jobs during the months January through August, 2013 over the same months in 2012.
Top Hiring Companies
- C.R. England and Swift Transportation - Lots of Trucking Jobs.
- CVS/Pharmacy - Pharmacy Technicians and Retail Salespeople
- Dentalworkers job agency - Every position in th dental office is advertised.
- The Grey Group - Healthcare
- Mount Sanai Medical Center
- Celadon Trucking
- Transport America
- Genesis Healthcare
- NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
- Barnabas Health
- Saint Barnabas Health Care System
- Robert Half International - Accounting and IT
- Hackensack University Medical Center
- Michael Page International - Well known staffing agency.
Top 10 High Demand Jobs
- Truck Drivers - Company and Owner-Operator
- General Dentists
- Dental Assistants and Hygienists
- IT Engineers and Engineer-Managers
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Registered Nurses (RNs) & Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
- Project Managers
- Lab Technicians
- Business Analysts
Additional High Demand Occupations:
- Salespeople, 2. Physicians, 3. Healthcare Support Workers & Allied Medical Professions
Hospitals in Clarkstown, Most Listing Jobs
- Nyack Hospital - Located in nearby Nyack, about four miles distant.
- Helen Hayes Hospital - In West Haverstraw NY, just to the north of town.
- Good Samaritan Hospital - Located in Suffern NY, about six miles away.
© 2010 Patty Inglish MS