19th century hand-drawn maps of the place show the river front dominated by huge leveled fields for brick drying. The bricks, made from the local clay deposits, were shipped down river on barges and used to build many of the row houses, tenements and skyscrapers of lower Manhattan. 100 years later, the brick industry long gone, the basin at the shore front is still creamy red with marble-sized brick fragments and red chips in the sandy silt.
Where nearby towns like Nyack are full of wooden Victorian-era homes -Queen Anne's, Carpenter Gothic, etc- in Haverstraw the same styles are made in brick, as are the churches, schools, and business along Main Street.
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