Rockland County, NY

The incomparable beauty and quaint charms of Rockland County offer peaceful, pastoral countryside spiced by river villages, historic sites and, arguably, the world's most beautiful river valley. It's unmatched as a getaway spot for a day, a week, or more. There are magnificent Hudson River views that once inspired a whole school of American painters. 32,000 acres of unspoiled parklands. Rolling mountains, sparkling lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. Unique historic sites that made important contributions to America's earliest history. Intriguing museums, landmarks, music and theatre await you.

But don't be fooled by this seemingly rural charm. Because of the county's proximity to New York City (16 miles), and residents that are no less than icons in the theatre, arts and business, there is a sophistication found only in big cities. With Palisades Center Mall and close-by Woodbury Commons, boutiques, shops and galleries, you will find endless shopping opportunities. And restaurants-we rival Manhattan's best. We have some great things hidden in the little corners of our world.

While in Rockland make sure to visit Off the Hook fish and chips restaurant located at 15 South Route 9W in West Haverstraw. Bro. Richard Clarke (owner) has brought a well known, but missing, staple to the county. He has mastered the art of great seasoning in his fish that will surely have you returning for more.

Xi Lambda Lambda's original meeting site is the CEJJES Institute located at 1003 Route 45 in Pomona, NY. Established by Bro. Dr. Edmund W. Gordon and his wife Susan as a cultural, educational, and research foundation dedicated to improving the educational and social conditions for all disenfranchised people. The Institute has a particular emphasis on the lives of children of color. Tours of students in grades 4 to 12 and college groups, as well as Community groups, are welcomed to tour the Charles White Gallery of Art and The Rockland African Diaspora Heritage Center by appointment. Click here for website.

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