Haverstraw RiverArts empowers this Hudson Valley community and beyond to create and envision art that transforms spaces, encourages cross-cultural dialog, and fosters community. By developing unique and impactful projects and programs, Haverstraw RiverArts strives to inspire area residents and visitors alike to join in celebrating the Village of Haverstraw’s rich heritage and breathtaking resources.
We believe that all people should have access to quality art, music, performances and education regardless of age, race, sexual orientation/gender identity or financial status.
The Village of Haverstraw is located at the widest point of the Hudson River 30 miles north of New York City. Here, fine architecture and a walkable street network positions the Village to stand apart from its suburban neighbors as an urban enclave on the Hudson River. This densely populated downtown boasts a rich history and offers a wide array of opportunities for your business to take advantage of an emerging, young and multi-ethnic demographic.
A TASTE OF OUR HISTORY
The Town of Haverstraw was founded by Dutch settlers in 1666. The name is derived from the Dutch “haverstroo,” meaning “oat straw,” for oats that once grew in the area.
Haverstraw Bay is the widest point on the Hudson River, running 3 miles across and 6 miles lengthwise from Croton Point to Stony Point.
An important Revolutionary War beacon was located on High Tor Mountain, signaling the advancement of British ships up the Hudson River.
Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre in 1780 on the shores of Haverstraw to plan the capture of West Point.
Haverstraw was once the brick making capital of the world. Most late 19th-early 20th century buildings in New York City were built with Haverstraw brick, including the American Tract Society Building at 150 Nassau Street, completed in 1895 and designated a landmark in 1999.
Babe Ruth played baseball in Haverstraw on Sunday, August 22, 1920, during the filming of the movie Heading Home.