Valley Cottage, New York

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Valley Cottage, New York
Valley Cottage Gazebo.jpg
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York.
Location in Rockland County and the state of New York.
Valley Cottage, New York is located in New York
Valley Cottage, New York
Valley Cottage, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°7′4″N 73°56′33″W / 41.11778°N 73.94250°W / 41.11778; -73.94250Coordinates: 41°7′4″N 73°56′33″W / 41.11778°N 73.94250°W / 41.11778; -73.94250
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 • Land4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
177 ft (54 m)
 • Total9,107
 • Density2,100/sq mi (820/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code845
FIPS code36-76661
GNIS feature ID0968357

Valley Cottage is a hamlet and census-designated place in the town of Clarkstown, New York, United States. It is located northeast of West Nyack, northwest of Central Nyack east of Bardonia, south of Congers, northwest of Nyack,[1] and west of Upper Nyack. The population was 9,107 at the 2010 census.[2]


Valley Cottage is located at 41°7′4″N 73°56′33″W / 41.11778°N 73.94250°W / 41.11778; -73.94250 (41.117862, -73.942531).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), all land.


At the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,269 people, 3,347 households, and 2,379 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,168.7 per square mile (838.1/km2). There were 3,410 housing units at an average density of 797.9/sq mi (308.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.16% White, 3.59% African American, 0.09% Native American, 9.81% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.89% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.71% of the population.

There were 3,347 households, out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,828, and the median income for a family was $87,123. Males had a median income of $51,718 versus $41,653 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $33,181. About 1.4% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.


Deli in Downtown Valley Cottage

The first known resident of Valley Cottage was John Ryder, who owned a large farm which comprised all or most of the area's school district.

The post office was first opened at the Valley Cottage Station in 1892.

On Sunday, May 16, 2010, a dedication ceremony and celebration was hosted by the Town of Clarkstown for the Valley Cottage Hamlet Green. The town hopes the park will become the "focal point" of the hamlet.

On December 7, 2010, The Valley Cottage Indians Junior Midgets Small Novice Cheerleading team won the national championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

On March 17, 2014, the Valley Cottage Fire Department celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Naming of Valley Cottage[edit]

According to George H. Burke's book Rockland County during the American Revolution, 1776–1781, Valley Cottage was once known as Storm's Corner.

In 1876, just before the opening of the West Shore Railroad station, the residents assembled at the school room agreed on the name "Valley Cottage", referring to the house nearest the station "that cottage in the valley".

Another version has it that the name of the hamlet came about because of a famous trotting horse named "Cottage Maid", owned by Ed Green who owned the land where the station, the Marcus store and other buildings stood.

Awards and recognition[edit]


Blue Ribbon
  • Valley Cottage Elementary School
  • Liberty Elementary School is a Blue Ribbon Award winner (2000–2001) and semi-finalists (2004), New York State winner of International Reading Award and ING Unsung Heroes Award (2004) for Karne Andreasen's "Turn on to Reading" program.

Animal Hospital[edit]

The Veterinarians of Valley Cottage Animal Hospital - a full-service veterinary clinic were recognized as one of the Top Four Animal Hospitals in North America by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) which is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Valley Cottage Animal Hospital have been an AAHA-accredited hospital since 1989 and is the only animal hospital to earn this prestigious designation in the New York metropolitan area. Valley Cottage Animal Hospital has also been recognized in Rockland County for providing free service to the animals at Hi-Tor Animal Shelter located in Pomona, New York


CSX River Line Tracks in Valley Cottage, crossing King's Highway/County Route 13

Valley Cottage's major thoroughfares are New York State Route 303, U.S. Route 9W, and Kings Highway.

Valley Cottage is located along CSX Transportation's River Line, with between 20 and 55 freight trains passing through the hamlet daily.[5] Passenger service on the line ended in 1959. The nearest railroad stations to Valley Cottage with current passenger service are Nanuet 5.2 miles away[6] and Tarrytown 10 miles away.[7]

Commuter transportation to New York City is provided by Rockland Coaches Route 9A to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal and Route 9T to the Port Authority Bus Terminal from the bus shelters at the intersection of Lake Road and New York State Route 303.[8] The shelters are a 0.4 mile walk from the hamlet's Park and Ride facility.[9] Local bus transportation is operated by Transport of Rockland's Route 91 & 97 [10] and Clarkstown Mini-Trans[11] Route A.


Historical markers[edit]

Markers at Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain were unveiled on October 4, 2008.

Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

  • The Josephine Hudson House belonged to the first woman to work in the Knickerbocker Ice Company.
  • The Knickerbocker Ice Company was established in 1831. Rockland Lake was known to have had the cleanest and purest ice in the area. Knickerbocker's Ice House No. 3, located at Rockland Lake, could store more than 40,000 tons of ice harvested from the lake. The wooden storehouse's walls were insulated with sawdust to keep the ice blocks frozen until they were shipped in the summer. By 1834, the company owned a dozen steamboats and 75 ice barges, and employed about 3,000 to ship ice countrywide. The stored ice was placed on inclined railroad cars, transported down the mountainside, placed on barges on the Hudson River and shipped to New York City. So much ice was shipped that Rockland Lake became known as the "Icehouse of New York City". Knickerbocker burned down in 1926. Knickerbocker's Ice House No. 3 is currently a Clarkstown town historic site. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage recently pledged to help preserve the remaining walls. Only those walls and some scattered foundations from other icehouses remain. The Hanchar family who has deep roots in the hamlet, recently donated money for new markers at this site.
  • Knickerbocker Fire House - established 1862
  • Palisades Center bordering Valley Cottage from West Nyack side.
  • Rockland Lake Community was a thriving community made up of the many workers at the Knickerbocker Ice Company.
  • Rockland Lake State Park
  • Storms Tavern - believed to have been built in 1765 restored in 2008
  • Tolstoy Foundation of Valley Cottage, founded in 1939 by Alexandra Lvovna Tolstoy, youngest daughter of Leo Tolstoy. Some of the Board members throughout the years included Sergei Rachmaninoff - composer & conductor, Igor Sikorsky - aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, Boris Bakhmeteff - engineer, professor of Civil Engineering at Columbia University and the only ambassador of the Russian Provisional Government to the United States, Boris Sergievsky - one of the most colourful of the early aviators.[12]

Religious institutions[edit]

Notable people from Valley Cottage[edit]


  1. ^ Valley Cottage boundaries
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Valley Cottage CDP, New York". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  6. ^ Valley Cottage to Nanuet
  7. ^ Valley Cottage to Tarrytown
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-15. Retrieved 2013-02-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Test & Research Pilots, Flight Test Engineers: Boris Vasilievich Sergievsky 1888–1971". Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  13. ^ "Hudson River Valley Heritage"
  14. ^ "All Saints"
  15. ^ ."Hudson River Valley Heritage"
  16. ^ "Rockland Genealogy"
  17. ^ Islamic Center of Rockland
  18. ^ "Post Cards"
  19. ^ "Directory"
  20. ^ "Valley Cottage Facebook Group"
  21. ^ a b "History of St. Paul's Church"
  22. ^ "Hudson River Valley Heritage"
  23. ^ "St. Paul's Roman Catholic School"
  24. ^ "Tolstoy Foundation"
  25. ^ "Hudson River Valley Heritage"
  26. ^ "Rockland County Patch"
  27. ^ Thomas M. Tryniski (19 August 2011). "Old Fulton NY Post Cards" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  28. ^ a b "JUDY LANDERS: Film / Movie Information". Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  29. ^ Thomas M. Tryniski (19 August 2011). "Old Fulton NY Post Cards" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  30. ^ "Romanov Princess, 94, Dies". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  31. ^ "Anita Shreve's Language - New York Times". Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  32. ^ Styron, W.; West, J.L.W. (1985). Conversations with William Styron. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9780878052615. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  33. ^ Styron, W.; West, J.L.W.; Styron, R. (2009). Letters to My Father. Louisiana State University Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780807136768. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  34. ^ "Former home of Harvey Swados :: Library Association of Rockland County". Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  35. ^ "Kristi Zea's Oscar experience was as good as it gets". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
  • Budke, George H. Rockland County during the American Revolution, 1776–1781. New York. The Rockland County Public Librarians Association. 1976

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