Hackensack River Canoe &
Palisades - 100,000 acres in 100 years
I finally read this gem of a book received as a
Christmas present (2001) - I savored every page.
I still haven't accepted that Binnewies is no longer PIPC executive director. I
remember so clearly working with him as a volunteer, it seems like only a few
years ago, assembling picnic tables at Tallman Mountain State Park when he first
He has done an excellent job on this history of the Palisades Interstate Park
Commission - a story more exciting than I imagined. A work of fiction could not
have been written with more twists and turns.
I would have perhaps preferred more detail on the earlier days of the PIPC and
less minutiae of the recent Sterling Forest battle, but then again, I understand
that is right when he joined PIPC and is the era he knows best.
I had always been aware of how much families such as the Harrimans and Perkins
have done for Bear Mountain & Harriman state parks, and of the generosity of
the Rockefeller family in general...But I had no idea how extensive the
Rockefeller's generosity was regarding these parks. What that fine family
contributed is simply amazing! The way John D. Jr. secretly bought up most of
the land atop the Palisades for the future construction of the parkway, then
later donated it all to the PIPC, still takes my breath away.
On the other hand, I was disappointed to learn (actually, I suspected as much
over the years) that the Harriman family owned most of the area that came to be
known as Sterling Forest. 'Tis a shame that the land wasn't made parkland
A wonderful read that you won't be able to put down, Palisades is a book that
just can't be missed.
Contributed by HRCKC member George