About the Area
Home - Town, USA
Suffern, NY located in Rockland county right on the border of New York and New Jersey is "Home-Town, USA" according to Patricia Delaney, life long resident of Suffern and owner of Delaney Realty Corp. There are several old neighborhoods with streets lined with ranches, Cape Cods, colonials and small Victorians with picket fences built in the 20's and 30's. (Platzman)
One of the jewels of downtown is the Lafayette Theater, an old-time movie-house. It still has old-fashioned sparkling lights on the marquee, sconces on the walls, a balcony and a renovated Wurlitzer pipe organ that pumps out tunes on Friday and Saturday nights before the main feature.
At the Handy Hardware Store, a family-owned business since 1921, "we still sharpen scissors and knives, fix storm windows and will even repair lamps," said Bill Tarantino, who owns the store. The grandfather of his wife, Anne, started the business. Last year, perhaps as a result of downtown improvements, Patricia Delaney, owner of Delaney Realty in the village, said she had sold eight of ten vacant stores.
There are five elementary schools in the Ramapo Central School District, including one in Suffern, the Richard P. Connor school. Students commute from the village to Suffern Middle School in Montebello for grades 6 through 8 and to Suffern High School, also in Montebello, for grade 9 through 12.
Weinstock, Cheryl Platzman. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Suffern, N.Y.; Small-Town America, Near the Big City." New York Times 17 February 1998
For more information about the area:
Ramapo.org - Information on all of the Town of Ramapo's government.
Rockland.org - Information on Rockland County