The Hamlet of Nanuet: A Peaceful Escape from the Big City
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If you’re looking for a small town haven fewer than 20 miles from the most cosmopolitan of cities (New York City), and just about six miles northwest of Orangeburg, check out Nanuet. Named one of the 100 Best Places to Live (No. 24) by Money magazine in 2007, Nanuet is a hamlet just 19 miles of Manhattan but worlds away when it comes to finding peace and quiet.
Nanuet is close enough to NYC to enjoy all the culture and excitement found there, yet is far enough away from Manhattan to give residents and visitors alike the chance to relax and rewind.
In fact, if rewinding is on your agenda, Nanuet is the perfect place for it. Money named the hamlet (it’s actually a part of the Town of Clarkstown) one of the best places to live in the United States in no small part because of the 33.5-acre park around Lake Nanuet. The park. Nanuet also offers residents three public swimming pools and a total of nine parks.
For those looking for a lovely retail experience, check out the hamlet’s beloved Nanuet Mall in the center of town. The mall has been serving the area’s residents for more than 40 years and is home to a Macy’s, Sears, and 50 other specialty shops, as well as fast food and sit-down restaurants.
Nanuet’s lovely name is believed to have come about after it was first named Nannawitt’s Meadow, after a Kakiat Indian who came to the area and decided to settle here. Nanuet took on its current name in 1856.
Activities in Nanuet can be decidedly bucolic: try your hand at panning for gold along the Naurashaun Brook, or head out to see some Paleolithic ruins that are west of the Hackensack River, and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to search for fossils and Indian arrowheads.
While you’re here, we highly recommend visiting the Rockland Bakery on Demarest Mill Road. You’ll be able to purchase fresh-baked breads and pastries and you’ll have the opportunity to buy your loaf right off the cooling racks.
Due to its proximity to NYC and its at the crossroads of the Gov. Thomas E. Dewey Thruway and the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Nanuet naturally is something of a bedroom community for those who work in or near Manhattan. Nanuet has a diverse population of newcomers taking advantage of the (relatively) low-cost of housing as well as families who have made the hamlet their home for two, three, four — or more generations.
Visiting the area? Stay at our Nanuet Hotel!