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.”
Erected 2009 by Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1932.
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. Marker is located near the Englewood Boat Basin in the Palisades Interstate Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Englewood Cliffs NJ 07632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockefeller Lookout Panorama (approx. ¾ mile away); The Palisades (approx. ¾ mile away); Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (approx. ¾ mile away); Rockefeller Lookout (approx. ¾ mile away); Shorakkopoch (approx. 1.2 miles away in New York); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1½ miles away); The Hessian Military Hut (approx. 1½ miles away in New York); Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (approx. 1½ miles away in New York). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Englewood Cliffs.
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 Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.