Located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, Peekskill is a city well-known for its recent cultural renaissance, with various art galleries, eateries, and shops providing a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.
New Amsterdam resident Jan Peeck made the first recorded contact with the native tribal people of this area, identified at that time as the "Sachoes". The date is not certain (possibly early 1640s), but agreements and merchant transactions took place, which were formalized into the Ryck's Patent Deed of 1684. Peeck's Kil (meaning "stream" in Dutch) thus became the recognized name for this locale.
European-style settlement took place slowly in the early 1700s. By the time of the American Revolution, the tiny community was an important manufacturing center from its various mills along the several creeks and streams. These industrial activities were attractive to the Continental Army in establishing its headquarters here in 1776.
Peekskill's first legal incorporation of 1816 was reactivated in 1826 when Village elections took place. The Village was further incorporated within the Town of Cortlandt in 1849 and remained so until separating as a city in 1940.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
The Peekskill Coffee House has been serving the best coffee in the Hudson Valley since 2003. Their location in the heart of downtown blends small town charm with hipster chic, creating a vibrant yet cozy ambiance that would make anyone feel right at home.
Much loved by locals, relax and enjoy their selection of sweet and savory crepes or pick up one of many signature lattes from their friendly baristas. On the weekends, listen to the soothing acoustics of talented local artists.
Since 1993 the Bruised Apple has been buying selling and trading all sorts of used, out of print and sometimes truly rare books, records and now also CDs and movies. They also carry an interesting selection of new books and maps about history and the outdoors in the Hudson Valley. The Bruised Apple has about 50,000 titles organized into about 200 subject headings that are comfortably nestled along aisles wide enough to avoid the dreaded claustrophobia...
The mission of the City of Peekskill Parks and Recreation Department is to provide for the health, inspiration and recreation opportunities for the residents of Peekskill through the creation and maintenance of high quality programs, facilities and community special events. Dedication and preservation of natural resources will insure the opportunity for high quality leisure experiences for generations to come.
The City of Peekskill has many beautiful, family-friendly parks. Please see below for details on each park.
Peekskill is serviced by the Peekskill City School District, which consists of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
Visit the Peekskill City School District website here.
Additional information about Peekskill, including police, fire, and ambulance services, special services, and government operations can be found on the City of Peekskill website.
Visit the City of Peekskill website here.