Nyack's Business Sector: Prosperity, Decline, and Renewal

Nyack. It’s a word that only resonates for a small portion of those living in the Lower Hudson Valley, a town just off New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge that many would not expect to have an extensive and well-documented history. But Nyack is only one example of the larger problems facing Small Town America. From its humble beginnings as a quarrying business and shoe manufacturer, to a decade long Urban Renewal that displaced hundreds of minority residents, Nyack’s history is one that helps to explain current issues facing the town today and offers potential solutions. Because the more informed residents and others there are, the more we can all work towards a better future.

  • Daniel Anton
  • Caitlyn VanderMaas
  • Daniel Anton
  • Daniel Anton
  • Winston Perry
    Key Cast
    "Upper Nyack Village Historian"
  • Daniel Anton
    Key Cast
  • Nick Behson
    Director of Photography
  • Mario Expósito Sánchez
    3D Graphics
  • Peter Nickalls
  • Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks
  • Joshua Chivers
  • Ivo Vivic
  • HvD Fonts
  • Manfred Klein
  • Daniel Anton
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Non-Fiction, Documentary, Historical, Interview
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Nyack High School
Director Biography - Daniel Anton

Daniel Anton is an 18-year-old filmmaker from Nyack, New York. Having experimented with writing and filmmaking since he was a kid, Daniel seeks to tell real passionate stories that also help to educate those watching them.

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Director Statement

Growing up in Nyack my entire life, I have a very personal connection to the village. Watching its business sector re-invent itself multiple times, I wanted to learn what caused my town to be in the state it is in today. By spending hours at our local library's historical room, from opening to closing, I uncovered parts of my town's history I was never taught, some that I was appalled by. It's then I realized I had to use my passions to create my first ever true film, and I hope that by making this more residents can learn about the true history of Nyack. It is my thank you to the town that raised me as I leave for college.