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Open / Closed in the Park:

Updated: January 12, 2018 (subject to change without notice).

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.  Restrooms closed for season.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Pavilion restrooms closed for season. Kearney House closed for season.

Construction Closure
Plaza restrooms closed for repairs.

Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for season.

Construction Closure
Restrooms closed for repairs.

Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking, 7 days (click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.

Parking Restrictions
WEEKDAYS: Public parking in south lot only.

Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Ramp: Closed for season.
Henry Hudson Drive: Edgewater park entrance to Englewood Cliffs park entrance (including Ross Dock & Englewood area access) + Alpine park entrance to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin open daylight hours, conditions permitting.

Seasonal Closure
Englewood Cliffs park entrance north to Alpine circle closed to vehicles for season (Dyckman Hill Road to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin remains open, conditions permitting).

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. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season.
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Café & bookshop) open 7 days, 9:30 AM – 5 PM.
Trails: Open daylight hours.

Ongoing Project
Intermittent closures on Shore Trail from Englewood to Ross Dock for construction.

Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.

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The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey hosts a number of events each year when visitors can experience what it may have been like in the mid-nineteeth century — when Mrs. Kearney, a widow who had brought up nine children at the house, also kept a dockside tavern there.

Thanksgiving Time at Mrs. Kearney's tavern

Spring & Summer 2018

Punch & Pie
Sat., April 21 & 28 (tentative)

Behind the Times
Tues., June 26 and July 10 & 17

“Punch & Pie at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern”

TENTATIVE DATES: Saturdays, April 21 & 28, 2018, 8:00 – 10:30 PM.

$16 per guest reserved in advance, $20 at door (if spaces remain).

Confirmed dates for these programs will be posted here by mid-March, with a PayPal link to make reservations.

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The historic Kearney House will host a pair of its popular “Punch & Pie” programs for spring 2018, during which about twenty guests participate in an evening of spiced punch, freshly baked pies and other morsels — and plenty of good cheer — all served by real candlelight and the glow of stone hearths. Mr. Thaddeus MacGregor will again provide mirth and music, while guests enjoy tall tales and real-life adventure stories about life along Hudson’s River, as related by Eric Nelsen. Ample time will be allowed for guests to socialize with one another — as well as with staff dressed in period clothing — and to explore the house by candlelight, and guests may bring their own beer or wine to the programs.

“Punch & Pie at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.”

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“Behind the Times at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern”

Tuesdays, June 26 and July 10 & 17, 2018, 7 – 9 PM, with lemonade & treats, music, storytelling, and games.

Behind the Times flyer

Free & open to all — no reservations needed!

“Behind the Times” at the historic Kearney House, summer 2015.

Juicy slices of watermelon are on a platter on the table, and a woman in a simple dress serves you from a pitcher of chilled lemonade. The musician who was strumming a tune in the corner when you first walked in puts down his cigar-box guitar and picks up what looks like a toy, a tiny wooden figure. But in his deft hands the figure comes to life, its arms swinging in time to its wooden feet as they clatter against a board.

Limberjack performance at the Kearney House.

Meantime, just outside the door, children laugh as they toss rings and roll hoops…

The Kearney House, where these scenes will again unfold for the summer of 2018, is now kept by the Palisades Interstate Park as a historic house for visitors to explore and learn from. But a century-and-a-half ago, it was the home where a widow named Rachel Kearney brought up her nine children — even as she kept a dockside tavern in the same small house. Her tavern became a favorite haunt for the captains and crews of the sailing vessels that came and went from the busy farm landing with each change of the river’s tides. As the brochure for the little house explains, “Gossip, strongly argued political opinions, the latest joke — all would have been shared within these walls.”

“Behind the Times at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.” “Behind the Times at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.”

On a few long evenings this summer, as they host a series of three open-house programs, park staff will continue the tradition of Mrs. Kearney, inviting visitors to leave the twenty-first century for a few hours and return to a time of simpler pleasures. Called “Behind the Times,” the programs will be held on Tuesday evenings, June 26 and July 10 and 17, from 7 to 9 PM. Staff dressed in period clothing will serve lemonade, watermelon, and other summer treats for visitors, as they share tales of life along the river in the days of steamships and sloops. Visitors can settle into a game of checkers in the tavern room or, just outside, have a go at such period amusements as “roll-the-hoop” or “graces.” Thaddeus MacGregor, a musician and teacher from Englewood who now resides at old Schraalenburgh (better known as Dumont, New Jersey, today), will entertain visitors with music and songs of Mrs. Kearney’s day, while at around 8:15 each evening, Eric Nelsen — a historical interpreter who now stands in for Mrs. Kearney as tavern keeper — will read aloud from a story, poem, or essay of the time.

“Behind the Times at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.”

The Kearney House is on the riverfront at the park’s Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (click here for detailed directions). To be held rain or shine, the “Behind the Times” programs are free and open to all, and are for visitors of all ages, adults and children alike. No reservations are needed, and visitors are welcome to come and go as they wish over the course of the evening. For more information or directions, please call 201 768-1360 ext. 108.

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