Hudson River Museum Presents Two Exhibitions This Summer that Explore Social Justice Issues and Equity in Representation

Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer, on view May 31–Aug 18, 2019

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers, on view May 31–November 3, 2019

Press Preview: Thursday, May 30, 10am
Download press images here

Yonkers, NY, May 7, 2019—The Hudson River Museum is continuing a year of Centennial celebrations with the presentation of two special exhibitions, along with a roster of dynamic public programs, that celebrate diversity, community, and social justice issues. These exhibitions and programs demonstrate the Museum’s ongoing commitment to making our offerings more inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.

Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer features a selection of forty-five works from this award-winning, contemporary American photographer. Snitzer’s remarkably broad artistic vision is present in photographs of iconic jazz musicians from the 1950s and 60s—including John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Miles Davis—images that document the struggle for social equity and equal rights, as well as exultations of the human spirit. The exhibition will also serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of #WorldPride. Snitzer is the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP for his work with social justice causes; his long-held conviction is that “Inequality for one is inequality for all.”  His photographs have been featured in LIFE, Fortune, and TIME, among many other publications, and his work is collected by major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read the full press release.

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers is the culmination of a year-long project to collect and celebrate important stories in the Museum’s diverse community. The exhibition will showcase more than 100 years of photographs and objects donated by African Americans whose significant public achievements and poignant personal moments have helped to make Yonkers the vibrant city that it is today.

The Museum’s Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow, Christian Stegall, spent more than seven months researching and interviewing Yonkers residents to collect these important stories. As a result of grassroots examination and community outreach, Stegall collected more than 700 images, many of which will be added to the Museum’s collection. Read the full press release.

The exhibitions are featured on the HRM website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtags #CanIGetAWitness, #HerbSnitzer, #ThroughOurEyes and #HRM100.

 For more information about our programs, visit

Hudson River Museum’s Centennial

The Hudson River Museum is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 with a series of Centennial exhibitions, programs, special events, and community outreach and invitations to commemorate this momentous occasion. Throughout the year, we will be publishing “100 Moments” from the Museum’s rich history, sharing archival images, stories, and crowdsourced memories about the HRM on the website and social media, as well as a display in the Museum Lobby.


THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM ( is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers engaging experiences for nearly every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable 19th-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

The Hudson River Museum’s general operations are supported in part by Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Board of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Westchester Delegation of the New York State Assembly and Senate.The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Friday and Saturday nights from July 5 –August 31, the Museum’s hours are extended and admission is FREE 5 - 8pm, with a FREE Planetarium show Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+); Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5. Planetarium Tickets: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line to Yonkers and Glenwood stations), by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways.
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Hudson River Riders—the free public paddling program of Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club—kicks off on Wednesday, June 19
Community paddles, tours, and instruction at JFK Marina and the YPRC Boathouse!
Yonkers, N.Y. (June 2, 2019) Hudson River Riders—the free public paddling program of Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club (YPRC) —kicks off on Wednesday, June 19 with a community paddling program at JFK Marina from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Ages five and older / no registration needed. View all free weekly activities at Groups of 8+ and specific programs must preregister through (914) 303-5643 x105.

This year, Hudson River Riders is doubling the amount of free paddling experiences it offers. Introductory kayaking sessions for ages 5+ will take place at JFK Marina on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Time is reserved specifically for camp and community group sessions on Thursday and Friday at JFK Marina. New this year: sea kayaking tours and race training and fitness programs for ages 13+ at the YPRC Boathouse at 35 Alexander Street.  

Chevaughn Dixon, the coordinator of Hudson River Riders, is one of hundreds of Yonkers youth who gained access to the Hudson through YPRC’s public program led by Gerry Blackstone, its indomitable champion. Dixon is a Level 4 ACA Kayak Instructor with additional certifications in stand-up paddle boarding and wilderness first aid. He is also the winner of the 2018 Yonkers Mayor’s Cup for best time in the men’s 800-meter race.  

Blackstone passed away on June 6, 2018. Hudson River Riders’ flourishing programs is one of his many legacies. 

 “Kayaking is a vehicle,” said Dixon. “You can use it to go places as well as figure out life and make connections. I want to pass that on to other young people.”

Hudson River Riders Free Weekly Activities

Walk-up Community Paddling

Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:00 pm–7:00 pm 

Ages 5 years and older / Groups of 8 or more by reservation 

JFK Marina, Yonkers
Community Groups and Camps

Thursdays & Fridays 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Free to non-profit groups and camps, starting at $250 per session for-profit organizations

Ages 5 years and older / Register in advance 

JFK Marina, Yonkers

Sea Kayak Tours

Fridays 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Ages 13 years and older / Register in advance 

YPRC Boathouse, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers 
Race Training and Fitness

Mondays 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Ages 13 years and older / No registration needed

YPRC Boathouse, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers 


Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club serves as an anchor institution along the Yonkers riverfront nurturing paddling and environmental awareness. It is host of the annual Gerry Blackstone Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation, honored by the American Canoe Association in 2018. Member programs include weekly paddles, rescue and paddling skills clinics, and a winter boat-building workshop.  

Hudson River Riders, YPRC’s free public paddling program, provides recreational access to and environmental awareness of the Hudson River through kayaking tours and instruction.

YPRC’s historic boathouse, just north of the Yonkers Pier, was built in 1938. It was home to Yonkers Canoe Club (YCC) which is remembered for the two Olympic Gold medals it brought home in 1948. Although the boathouse was submerged in four feet of water during Superstorm Sandy, the members rebuilt it and continue the club’s long legacy of community involvement.  

YPRC has been recognized through the receipt of grant support from the City of Yonkers, the State of New York, Westchester Community Foundation, Hudson River Estuary program, Hudson River Improvement Fund, Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., Toyota, and Public Lands Every Day, a National Environmental Education Foundation Program.

Hudson River Community
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Wednesday May 29, 2019


HRCA and Park Hill Residents Association Presents

Candidates Night

Chema Center

135 Riverdale Ave.

​Yonkers, NY

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Tuesday, June 11

to Celebrate Their Partners in Education


Atop the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains

For information call 914-747-0519

or Sobeida Cruz  914-409-7399

for tickets and sponsorships:

Please send Journal ads in high resolution pdf format along with your contact and payment information  by May 24th to

or mail to c/o The Event Dept

75 Virginia Road, 2nd Floor, White Plains, NY 10603




Wednesday, June 12

​HRCA Barbecue Meet and Greet


35 Alexander St


Yonkers, NY


Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak

CURB Summer Science Camp!

Session 1: July 15-19, 10am - 3pm (ages 6-9 $400/session

Session 2: Sturgeon Stewards

July 22-26 10am-3pm (ages 10-13 $400/session


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AT&T and Sister to Sister International 

All Girls Coding Camp

July 1-19/9:30am - 4:00pm

Yonkers Riverfront Library

Middle and high school Black and girls of color attending school or residing in Lower Hudson Valley (7th - 12th grades)