by Shel Haber
The first issue of The Nyack Villager was published in 1994, just two years after the birth of the World Wide Web and 10 years after the introduction of the Macintosh computer.
The nineties was a good decade. The Vietnam War was over and we were at peace for the first time in decades. The Hudson River villages had many new, locally-owned mom-&-pop shops and businesses.
All across Rockland County there was new home construction and many new jobs. On television, Martha Stewart was the guru of home design. There was the unexpected popularity of Hubble Space telescope photographs viewed by scientist and duffers, grownups and kids. Also big on TV was Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and, of all things, William Wegman’s photographs of dressed-up dogs.
In Nyack the big problem was then, as it is now, not enough parking.
In our first issues we reported on Setting Parameters For Bicycle Riders, the new Water Taxi, the Elmwood Playhouse presentation of Angels in America and a report from the American Legion Post of Nyack.
The mayors of Nyack, South Nyack and Grandview all contributed articles. We carried features called Health Tips, Cyber Talk, People To People, Septemberfest and Waste Reduction
Among The Nyack Villager’s earliest advertisers were Century 21 Rand Real Estate, The River Club, the Chamber of Commerce, M&T Securities, Hannemann Funeral Home, Montessori Center, Hand Of the Craftsman, O’Donoghues Tavern, Christopher’s Antiques and Koblin’s Pharmacy.
The many innovations of the ‘90s made The Nyack Villager possible. The LaserWriter, the first desktop printer and the Macintosh computer allowed us to design and lay out the pages without leaving the studio. The Internet allowed us to research and check the facts and dates we printed, quickly and easily.
In the ‘90s, we all learned new phrases, some happy: (“see you online”) and some dreaded: (“the server’s down.”)