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Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bathing in the Hudson

 
 
Bathing in the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2013
1. Bathing in the Hudson Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
Erected
Bathing in the Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2013
2. Bathing in the Hudson Marker
2009 by Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
 
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. Touch 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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Marker on the Hudson River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2013
3. Marker on the Hudson River
Marker in Palisades Interstate Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2013
4. Marker in Palisades Interstate Park
New York City can be seen on the opposite side of the Hudson River.
Bath House Remains image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2013
5. Bath House Remains
This structure, located adjacent to the beach where the marker is located, was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 313 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 30, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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