Garrison, New York

Garrison is a hamlet in Putnam County, New York, United States. It is part of the town of Philipstown, on the east side of the Hudson River, across from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Garrison Metro-North Railroad station serves the town. Garrison (a.k.a. Garrison's Landing) was named after 2nd Lieutenant Isaac Garrison who held a property lot on the Hudson River across from West Point and conducted a ferry service across the Hudson River between the two hamlets. Isaac and his son Beverly Garrison fought in the Battle of Fort Montgomery in 1777, were captured by the British and later set free.

The Garrison train wreck occurred near Garrison on the Great Hudson River Railway on October 24, 1897, killing 20 people.[1][2][3]

For the 1969 film Hello, Dolly! starring Barbra Streisand, Garrison was the filming location for the Yonkers scenes. The Saint Basil Academy in the town served as the finish line of The Amazing Race 10 in 2006.

Garrison Landing, NY
The Garrison Art Center and other structures within Garrison Landing
Boscobel, Garrison, NY - front facade
Boscobel, a historic house museum in Garrison


Garrison is home to many non-profit and cultural organizations. Manitoga is the extensive woodland gardens estate of modernist designer Russel Wright, and the location of his National Register of Historic Places listed modern style house Dragon Rock. It is operated by the non-profit Russel Wright Design Center, with tours and hiking trails. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, founded in 1987 with its first performances at Manitoga, is now located at Boscobel, a Federal-style mansion (built 1804–1808) for the Morris States Dyckman family. Constitution Marsh is an Audubon sanctuary with walking trails and canoe tours on the Hudson River. The Hudson Highlands Land Trust promotes and assists in local conservation efforts.

The Garrison Institute is a progressive interfaith organization and retreat center. The Hastings Center, founded in 1969, is an internationally recognized bioethics think tank and research center. The Garrison Art Center promotes local and regional artists. The national corporate headquarters of Outward Bound USA, the worldwide premier outdoor adventure and educational organization is also located in Garrison.


Garrison is served by two weekly newspapers: The Highlands Current, founded in 2010 and published on Friday, and the Putnam County News & Recorder, founded in 1868 and published on Wednesday.


Garrison is home of the Garrison Union Free School, or GUFS.[4] GUFS is a K–8 school. Graduating students have the choice of going to Haldane High School in Cold Spring or across the river to James O'Neill High School in Highland Falls for high school.

Haldane High School is located in Cold Spring and was awarded a Blue Ribbon school in 2016. This award was made possible by the teachers. Some notable teachers include Lee Posniack (Earth Science & Astronomy/Meteorology), Lou Sassano (Math Department), Mark Patinella (Biology & Forensics), Brian Ogden (Global History), Anthony Pezzullo (Sex Education & Head Boge Squad Coach), Sebastian Iacobucci (Drugs and Alcohol Prevention) and Dr. Eric Richter (English). [1]

The Manitou Learning Center is a private Garrison school that emphasizes bilingual education, experiential learning and purposeful play.

Notable people


  1. ^ Garrison train wreck photo #1, George Eastman House
  2. ^ Garrison train wreck photo #2, George Eastman House
  3. ^ Victims of 1897 Garrison train wreck, New York Public Library
  4. ^ Garrison Union Free School website
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  6. ^ "Nicholas Berger - Artist, Fine Art Prices, Auction Records for Nicholas Berger". Retrieved 2017-01-04.

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Coordinates: 41°23′02″N 73°56′44″W / 41.38389°N 73.94556°W

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Andrew Revkin

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Boscobel (mansion)

Boscobel is a historic house museum in Garrison, New York, overlooking the Hudson River. The house was built in the early 19th century by States Dyckman. It is considered an significant example of the Federal style of American architecture, augmented by Dyckman's extensive collection of period decorations and furniture.

It was originally located in the Westchester County village of Montrose. Restoration efforts in the mid-20th century moved it 15 miles (24 km) upriver to where it currently stands, on New York State Route 9D a mile south of the village of Cold Spring in Putnam County.

Castle Rock (Garrison, New York)

Castle Rock is the estate of former Illinois Central Railroad president William H. Osborn in Garrison, New York, United States. It sits on the hill of the same name, looking down on the Hudson River 620 feet (190 m) below. Visible from West Point across the river and traffic on NY 9D passing through Garrison, it has become one of the most recognizable man-made landmarks of the Hudson Highlands.The Osborn family, including paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn and his son, conservationist Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr, has owned and lived in it since it was built by J. Morgan Slade in 1881 as a summer residence, although the original acreage has been subdivided considerably since then. In 1977 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the remaining land is now open to the public for hiking.

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Duncan Sheik

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Frederick Skene

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Garrison station (Metro-North)

The Garrison station is a commuter rail stop on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line, located in Garrison, New York. Trains leave for New York City every hour on weekdays and about every 25 minutes during rush hour. It is 49.9 miles (80 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to Grand Central is approximately one hour, 17 minutes.

It is known for its sweeping views of West Point across the river.

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Jacob Ruppert

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Starting out in the family brewing business, Ruppert entered the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard in 1886 at the age of 19, eventually reaching the rank of colonel. While he was the owner of the Yankees, he purchased the contract of Babe Ruth and built Yankee Stadium, reversing the franchise's fortunes and establishing it as the premier club in the major leagues. Ruppert was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2013.

Jacques Cattell

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James Gleick

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Julie Taymor

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Her film Frida about revered Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was nominated for five Academy awards, and her "1960's Beatles jukebox musical" Across the Universe won approval from both Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney. These films developed her reputation for respectful handling of the sensitive legacy of artists amongst their fans.

Taymor created the Taymor World Theater Fellowship in 2016 to provide opportunities for enterprising young theater directors to push their boundaries through travel, exposure to new experiences and experimentation.

Patty Hearst

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Roger Ailes

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Saint Basil Academy (Garrison, New York)

Saint Basil Academy is a residential school for at-risk students run by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Garrison, New York, United States. It is located at Eagle's Rest, previously the estate of Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees in the early 20th century, between NY 9D and the Hudson River.

During Ruppert's lifetime many Yankees players, including Babe Ruth, were frequent visitors. After his death, the estate remained vacant until 1944, when Archbishop Athenagoras acquired the property for the church and founded the school. In 1982 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in recognition of both Ruppert's historical importance and its well-preserved early Twentieth-century architecture.

The Birches (Garrison, New York)

The Birches is a house at the southeast corner of the junction of NY 9D and 403 in the hamlet of Garrison, New York, United States. It was built for William H. Osborn, as part of his nearby Wing & Wing estate, by architect Ralph Adams Cram in the Gothic Revival architectural style. Osborn was a 19th-century railroad tycoon, who became one of the most prominent railroad leaders in the United States. In addition to Wing and Wing and the Birches, Osborn famously constructed Castle Rock, his great summer estate overlooking the Hudson River.

In 1982 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is just across Route 9D from the Garrison Grist Mill Historic District.

The Hastings Center

The Hastings Center is an independent bioethics research institute based in Garrison, New York. Founded in 1969 as the first bioethics research organization, the center was important in establishing bioethics as a field of study.The center aims to address ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research and the environment affecting individuals, communities, and societies. Hastings scholars publish regular reports, articles and blogs, as well as specific guidelines, policy recommendations and books. They testify at Congressional and Presidential hearings and at national and global conferences.The Center is funded by grants, private donations, and journal subscriptions.

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In an interview after the finale, Denk said one of the main causes that they won The Amazing Race was because their cab driver had an E-ZPass when they came to a toll whereas fellow competitors Rob & Kimberly's cab driver did not.Denk had also appeared as a guest star on the fourth season "Felony Flight" of CSI: Miami in 2005.

Denk is currently on the cover packaging of Hanes products.

Both Tyler and James were friends with the US edition of Survivor: Panama winner Aras Baskauskas.

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