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How to Spend a Saturday in Peekskill


What is it about Peekskill that makes it so cool? In recent years, our county’s northernmost city has adopted an almost Harlem-like vibe, with carefully restored historic charm, a vibrant dining scene, public art installations and galleries, and eclectic shopping. Here’s how to experience it all.

10:30 a.m.

Start your Saturday with fresh air and a fresh perspective on Peekskill’s art scene. A dozen public works of art are clustered around the Metro-North station (a sculpture map showing installations across the city can be found at www.hvcca.org). After you’ve found them all, explore Riverfront Green Park and walk a stretch of the newly expanded RiverWalk.



Choose between two of the city’s most popular Saturday brunch options. Tender tacos at Taco Dive Bar (55 Hudson Ave; 914.788.8226) feature tortillas from nixtamal La Milpa de Rosa in Yonkers. (Hudson Creamery serves ice cream sundaes next door in warmer weather.) Or make your way up to Main Street for a beer-laden brunch of elevated pub food at Birdsall House (970 Main St; 914.930.1880).


1 p.m.

Seek out Gallery 982 (982 Main St; 914.930.8280), hidden on the second floor, above an auto-parts shop. The intimate space’s current exhibit features a mix of established artists and new talent whose pieces have never been galleried before.


1:30 p.m.

Drop some cash along the city’s main shopping street. Browse five decades of Gibson and Fender at Division Street Guitars (36 N Division St; 914.737.2630). Try on an eclectic mix of artisan jewelry, accessories, and clothes at Quirkshop (23 N Division St; 201.835.5719). And give your home a little vintage flare with funky furnishings and antique items from The Coop (107 S Division St; 914.737.2194).


2:45 p.m.

Backtrack slightly to hit Bruised Apple Books (923 Central Ave; 914.734.7000). A Peekskill institution since the ’90s, the shop is famous for its expansive selection (about 50,000 titles!) of rare books and vinyl.


3:15 p.m.

Fight off that mid-afternoon slump with a quick caffeine fix. Settle into one of the comfy chairs at Peekskill Coffee House (101 S Division St; 914.739.1287) for a cup of organic coffee with an emphasis on sustainable practices (order a warm Belgium waffle, too). If tea is more your speed, Kathleen’s Tea Room (979 Main St; 914.734.2520) serves more than 50 varieties with a side of classic charm.


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4:00 p.m.

You’ve got about two hours to explore one of the county’s preeminent museums. The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (1701 Main St; 914.788.0100) displays 12,000 sq ft of curated exhibits.


6:00 p.m.

Check out the bar scene. At Iron Vine (992 Main St; 914.930.8507), reclaimed décor from historic Peekskill sets a speakeasy vibe for expertly executed cocktails. Nearby, McDonald & Peacock (38 N Division St; 914.930.7875) is the county’s only cider house, with seven ciders available on tap and another dozen or so by the bottle. If you’re willing to drive a few minutes, a tasting flight in the Tap Room at Peekskill Brewery (47 S Water St; 914.734.2337) is a must for local beer enthusiasts.


8:00 p.m.

For dinner, dip chopsticks into a bowl of brothy noodles at RameNesque (1008 Main St; 914.930.1788), where the ramen — and everything else — is free of MSG. Not in the mood for noodles? Gleason’s (911 South St; 914.402.1950), named for the famed comic, is popular for its thin-crust pizza.


9:30 p.m.

Make your way to The Hudson Room (23 S Division St; 914.788.3663), where it’s standing-room-only for live music starting at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.