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At this time of year, it is common to encounter what may appear to be sick, injured, or orphaned young animals in the park. Most often, these animals are fine and should be left alone!
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Open / Closed in the Park:

Road Closed
Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters is CLOSED TO ALL USE for major road reconstruction.
Projected reopening: May 1 (weather and other factors permitting – please check back for updates).

Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.

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Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No motor vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive. All restrooms closed for season. Kearney House closed for season. 
Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack open 10 AM – 4 PM Tues. – Fri., 10 AM – 6 PM weekends (closed Mondays).
Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (year-round, click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. 201-461-1776.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required). 201-784-0484.
Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours.
Henry Hudson Drive: Edgewater park entrance to Englewood Cliffs park entrance open daylight hours. Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters CLOSED TO ALL USE (projected reopening: May 1). Englewood to Alpine CLOSED TO MOTOR VEHICLES for construction (projected reopening: May 1).
Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.
Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. 201-768-1360. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Cafe & bookshop) open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.
Trails: Open daylight hours. Trail construction with intermittent closures on the Shore Trail between Ross Dock and Englewood.
Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No motor vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive.

Last updated April 21, 2017 (subject to change without notice).

“Music on the Rocks”

Outdoor concerts at State Line Lookout

Music on the Rocks: An Evening of Americana with Mel's Jazz Zone

On select Saturday evenings during the warm weather months, park visitors can enjoy some “Music on the Rocks” at State Line Lookout in Alpine, the highest point along the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey. The programs begin at 7 PM and are open to all, with no advance reservations required. Admission is $5 per person. Some seating at café tables will be available, or visitors can bring their own chairs. The State Line Café at Lookout Inn will remain open with a special evening menu, or visitors may bring a picnic supper. Adults may bring their own beer or wine if they'd like.

The Palisades near State Line Lookout. The great sounds of Americana from “Tom’s Dream” round out our 2015 “Music on the Rocks” outdoor concert series at State Line Lookout.

Sat., May 20: “Kid Thadillac” (classic rock)

Sat., June 10: “The Steve Kaiser Quartet” (jazz)

Sat., September 9: “Mel’s Jazz Zone” (jazz, funk & blues)

More shows to be added — check back soon!

State Line Lookout is accessible from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway from its own exit near Exit 3, with a well-marked U-Turn available for southbound travelers. Visitors coming by bus should stop at the state line on Route 9W, from which it is about a mile walk east, up the old closed highway there (adjacent to the entrance to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). Bicycles can also gain access to the Lookout area from this point. Click here for detailed directions.

For more information about “Music on the Rocks,” please call Lookout Inn at 201-750-0465.


“Kid Thadillac”

On Saturday evening, May 20, “Music on the Rocks” will kick off its 2017 performances with a park favorite, Thaddeus MacGregor and his classic rock band, Kid Thadillac.

Thaddeus MacGregor.

The son of an opera singer, Tenafly native MacGregor has been singing all his life. Long involved in vocal groups, bands, and solo performances, he has worked as a singer, instrumentalist, composer, conductor, music director, and teacher. He earned a degree in music composition from New York University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts in Manhattan, and he has scored several films and commercials. His recent performance venues have included Boscobel House and Gardens and the historic Paris Café at South Street Seaport. He is also known as the popular “tavern musician” at the Interstate Park’s own historic Kearney House.

Celebrated for his ability to bring a show to life, MacGregor and his bandmates will take visitors on a musical journey peppered with R&B influences. Joining MacGregor at the Lookout will be Luther Rix on drums and vocals, Frank Hernandez on bass and vocals, Rich Reiter on saxophone and flute, and special guest vocalist Carol Hoernlein — musicians who have played and toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, the Mommas and the Poppas, Bette Midler, and more.

Thaddeus MacGregor.

MacGregor notes that a big part of his life and career has been sharing his love of music with young people. As he has in his ealier performances at “Music on the Rocks,” MacGregor will invite some of his students to join the band for a set during the show. This gives a unique opportunity to the students to play with some exceptional musicians — and for the audience to get a glimpse of some up and coming talent!

Rain date for this performance is Saturday, May 27.

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“The Steve Kaiser Quartet”

On Saturday evening, June 10, “Music on the Rocks” will continue its 2017 performances with the smooth jazz stylings of the Steve Kaiser Quartet, bringing to the tall cliffs a sound that has been described as “warm and soulful.”

Kaiser, a twenty-year veteran of the New York and international music scenes, comes from a long line of performers. “My grandparents were actors and entertainers,” he recalled. “They made a vocal duet recording together in 1919.”

Steve Kaiser.

As a boy, listening to Billie Holiday and Errol Garner, he desperately wanted to play an instrument, but music lessons were out of reach for the family. His voice became his instrument. “I sang everything I heard. I sang tenor sax solos, trumpet, piano, drums, and even bass solos. People thought I was nuts! Then I started learning lyrics and standard tunes. I discovered Ella and Nancy Wilson and Johnny Hartman, to name a few. I sang all the time and when I wasn’t singing I was listening to and thinking about music. I even did a pretty good imitation of the Beatles for my high school friends…”

His first real instrument was the electric bass, followed by upright acoustic bass. He started playing instrumental jazz in clubs, but it wasn’t long before fellow players and club owners realized he could also sing. He soon came into demand for both — an unusual and difficult combination in the music world.

Over the past several years the Quartet has become a popular regular at the “Music on the Rocks” series.

Rain date for this performance is Saturday, June 17.

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“Mel’s Jazz Zone”

On Saturday evening, September 9, “Music on the Rocks” will round out its 2017 performances with the return of Mel’s Jazz Zone, a five-person ensemble that will bring their unique mix of funky jazz, ballads, standards, blues, and creative live music back to the lookout.

Mel Nusbaum.

The group is headed by Mel Nusbaum, a veteran musician on both guitar and piano, who is originally from Chicago. Nusbaum, known as a versatile and inventive player, has collaborated with many of the foremost musicians on the jazz scene today. Joining him on September 9 will be musicians whose experiences and collaborations are as varied as their musical selections for the evening. Taken together, they have worked with musicians such as Al Foster, Bill Jones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Quincy Jones, and they perform throughout the Tri-State area, including at the New Jersey Jazz Festival, the Turning Point, and the Iridium, as well as venues across the country.

Rain date for this performance is Saturday, September 16.

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