NY in $10 Million Project to Restore Bear Mountain Inn on AT

NY in $10 Million Project to Restore Bear Mountain Inn on AT

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January 16th, 2003, 4:45 pm #1

BEAR MOUNTAIN — The Palisades Interstate Park Commission has embarked on a $10 million project to restore the Bear Mountain Inn to its former stature as a prime destination in the Hudson Valley.
The latest work — to be paid for with a $2 million state grant, foundation grants, fund-raisers and private donations — has closed the popular tourist spot until the spring. The second and third floors are expected to reopen April 11, park officials said. The first floor will remain closed the rest of the year.
Bear Mountain State Park gets 3 million visitors a year.
The work will restore the inn to a 1930s ambience, one that commission officials said would render the rustic building worthy of its designation last year on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scott Fish, capital facilities manager, said the inn's first floor on the side by Hessian Lake would include a conference room with fireplace, teleconferencing capabilities and a patio overlooking the lake, as well as a kitchen area, enlarged gift shop and a new hiker's lounge with limited menu, a bar and outdoor cafe seating.
After philanthropist Mary W. Harriman donated 10,000 acres and $1 million to the state in 1909 to establish Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park in the Palisades Interstate Park system, Gov. Charles Hughes canceled plans to build a prison on the site.
The inn attracted a steady clientele through the years, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former first ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Lady Bird Johnson, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of the Nationalist Chinese president. Eisenhower and his fellow graduates of the class of 1915 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point held their 1960 reunion there, Binnewies said.
http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/011503/a ... ntain.html

Bear Mountain on Web:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=n ... untain+inn
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Steve Gruhn
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January 16th, 2003, 5:40 pm #2

Looks like you're missing the proper story.
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Olivier Kozlowski
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January 16th, 2003, 5:53 pm #3

"The bottle label not only carries a picture of Wastwater, England's..."

Let's hope the bottle makers don't misspell it "Wastewater!" (My apologies in advance to those who may live in or near the town.)
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January 16th, 2003, 7:19 pm #4

Look again.

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I've got to quit drinking that waste water.
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April 10th, 2003, 5:15 pm #5

BEAR MOUNTAIN — The Palisades Interstate Park Commission has embarked on a $10 million project to restore the Bear Mountain Inn to its former stature as a prime destination in the Hudson Valley.
The latest work — to be paid for with a $2 million state grant, foundation grants, fund-raisers and private donations — has closed the popular tourist spot until the spring. The second and third floors are expected to reopen April 11, park officials said. The first floor will remain closed the rest of the year.
Bear Mountain State Park gets 3 million visitors a year.
The work will restore the inn to a 1930s ambience, one that commission officials said would render the rustic building worthy of its designation last year on the National Register of Historic Places.
Scott Fish, capital facilities manager, said the inn's first floor on the side by Hessian Lake would include a conference room with fireplace, teleconferencing capabilities and a patio overlooking the lake, as well as a kitchen area, enlarged gift shop and a new hiker's lounge with limited menu, a bar and outdoor cafe seating.
After philanthropist Mary W. Harriman donated 10,000 acres and $1 million to the state in 1909 to establish Bear Mountain-Harriman State Park in the Palisades Interstate Park system, Gov. Charles Hughes canceled plans to build a prison on the site.
The inn attracted a steady clientele through the years, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former first ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Lady Bird Johnson, and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of the Nationalist Chinese president. Eisenhower and his fellow graduates of the class of 1915 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point held their 1960 reunion there, Binnewies said.
http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/011503/a ... ntain.html

Bear Mountain on Web:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=n ... untain+inn
BEAR MOUNTAIN — Three and a half months into a $10 million restoration of the Bear Mountain Inn, the historic hostelry will meet its deadline for a partial reopening this weekend.
The inn will reopen temporarily for lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday, park officials said, but will be closed next week, while workers put the final touches on the current renovations.
On April 18, the second and third floors of the inn will open full time, they said. In mid-June, a permanent food concession stand will open at the former bus circle northeast of the inn.
Bear Mountain State Park gets 3 million visitors a year. From history buffs to birders, and anglers to picnickers, "there are few places like Bear Mountain that can handle activities for people of all ages," Commission Director Carol Ash said. "We're hoping to work with New York ferry operators to make more trips here in the spring, summer and fall."
http://www.nyjournalnews.com/newsroom/0 ... ntain.html
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