River of Dreams
Martin Ginsburg is hoping to develop the largest outdoor museum in the world: the Hudson River.
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Martin Ginsburg’s Ichabod’s Landing in Sleepy Hollow is a model for future Hudson River development.
The Hudson River is Westchester’s most overlooked and underdeveloped resource, argues Martin Ginsburg, founder and principal of Ginsburg Development Companies in Valhalla. “Right now, it is the only major river in the world that does not have cruise ships on it,” says the Dobbs Ferry resident. “My goal is to have the rivertowns improve their waterfronts—including attractions along the river—so that the River will become a tourist corridor.”
Ginsburg, who considers himself to be an environmentalist but “I also consider people part of the environment,” envisions a time when tourists visiting the Big Apple will also head north to the Hudson Valley to enjoy a continuous swath of inviting retail shops, tony residential enclaves, and multi-use public trails and green space—all punctuated by a series of high-profile, high-value tourist attractions. Perhaps a Sing Sing museum. “It’s something I’ve been promoting for a long time,” Ginsburg says. “Alcatraz in San Francisco draws one-and-a-half million visitors a year. You could do a serious museum at Sing Sing and even establish a penology research center there.”
What’s sorely needed, he says, is better transportation along Westchester’s river corridor, something he has been advocating. He is responsible for the commuter ferries that connect Haverstraw and Ossining, as well as the ferry running between Haverstraw and Wall Street in Manhattan. He is also the creator and lead sponsor of the Hudson Ferry-Go-Round, daylong events that offer discounted boat rides among many of the rivertowns. “Ferries and cruise ships put people on the river. And if you could combine the railroad with ferries and cruise ships, then you could really move a lot of people around the river and rivertowns.”