Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bathing in the Hudson
This photograph was taken here at “Bloomer’s Beach” in the summer of 1932. From the Park’s Annual Report for that year:
“The bathing beaches and bath houses were open to the public from the latter part of May until Labor Day. It is estimated that about 130,000 persons used the pavilions at Hazards Beach and Undercliff and that, in addition to these, about 210,000 made use of the smaller dressing rooms provided at Bloomer’s, Alpine and Quinn’s Beaches. Besides these, there were many persons who did not use the bath houses, but who came to the Park in bathing suits and removed their outer wraps upon arrival.”
Most of the people using these beaches came from across the Hudson by ferry from New York. Competition from the George Washington Bridge, which opened in late 1931, began to put the ferries out of business – and the Palisades beaches followed. By 1943, only Alpine Beach remained open. Then from the Annual Report for 1944:
“The Alpine bathing area was closed for bathing for the duration, because of river pollution caused by war conditions.”
While the Park no longer operates beaches in New Jersey, the water quality of the Hudson today may be better than it was when this photograph was taken.
Location. 40° 52.905′ N, 73° 56.68′ W. Marker is in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Henry Hudson Drive. Click for map. Marker is located near the Englewood Boat Basin in the Palisades Interstate Park. Marker is in this post office area: Englewood Cliffs NJ 07632, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Hessian Military Hut (approx. 1.5 miles away in New York); Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (approx. 1.5 miles away in New York); Fort Tryon (approx. 1.5 miles away in New York); Fort Tryon Park (approx. 1.5 miles away in New York); Preserving the Palisades (approx. 1.6 miles away); Margaret Cochran Corbin (approx. 1.6 miles away in New York); John G. Benson House (approx. 1.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph of people bathing in the area of the marker.
Also see . . . Palisades Interstate Park Commission website. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.