Nanuet, New York

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Nanuet is a hamlet (and census-designated place), in the Town of Clarkstown Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Pearl River; south of New City; east of Spring Valley and west of West Nyack. It is 19 miles north of Manhattan, and 2 miles north of the New Jersey border. It has one of three Rockland County stations on New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley Line.

Popular recreational activities in Nanuet include gold panning for the placier gold deposits in the Naurashaun Brook south of Townline Road, exploring the Paleolithic ruins west of the Hackensack River, and Precambrian fossil and Paleo-Indian arrowhead and artifact collecting in the woods west of Sickletown Road. Lake Nanuet Park, part of the watershed which includes Naurashaun Brook, offers residents a summer pool and recreational baseball/softball fields, but recent massive flooding and subsequent contamination closed the park for swimming until 2011.

The opening of the New York State Throughway System and the Tappan Zee Bridge in the 1950's had a deleterious effect on the quality of life of the area,ushering in decades of unchecked population growth and real estate development. Political corruption further contributed to mismanagement and destruction of the area's dwindling natural resources. [1]

Nanuet High School gained national attention in 1989 when its football team claimed the New York State Division III championship. Sports Illustrated named the Nanuet team the No. 1 high school team in the state.

The population was 16,707 at the 2000 census, and was estimated at 18,200 in 2006. In 2007, CNN Money ranked Nanuet 24th on its annual 100 Best Places to Live list.[2]



Nanuet is located at 41°5′43″N 74°0′56″W / 41.09528°N 74.01556°W / 41.09528; -74.01556 (41.095296, -74.015622)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.1 km²), all land.

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