Here are some factoids about New City, NY, the home of Franchino Insurance Agency Inc.
New City is a hamlet in the town of Clarkstown, Rockland County, New York, United States, in the New York Metropolitan Area.
A suburb of New York City, the hamlet is located 18 miles north of the city at its closest point, Riverdale, Bronx.
Within Rockland County, New City is located north of Bardonia, northeast of Nanuet, east of New Hempstead, south of Garnerville, and west, straight across Lake Deforest, of Congers.
New City’s population, taken at the 2010 census, was 33,559.
New City is the county seat, and most populous community of Rockland County and the location of the Clarkstown Police Department, Sheriff’s office and corrections facility. The downtown area is one of the main business districts in the county.
Before the Revolutionary War, the area was settled mostly by Lenni Lenape Native Americans. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle in the area. Orange County was established in 1683 as one of the first 12 counties in Province of New York, which included present day Rockland County.
New City was formed in 1798, when Rockland County was incorporated as a separate county from the south-easternmost portion of Orange County. With the formation of a new county, there were needs for a new county seat. The central location of New City was a convenient location for a county seat, since travel in 1798 was difficult, and the existing main towns in the county were not centrally located.
The community got its name because the founding fathers envisioned a “new” city when forming the new county seat.
The downtown area in its early days, other than county and town government, consisted mainly of small retail shops in what was mainly an agricultural area. There was also a county fairgrounds and racetrack located on the Route 304 and Congers Road intersection.
New City remained rural in character until the 1950s, when the idea of post-World War II suburbia, as well as the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge and Palisades Interstate Parkway, made traveling between New York City and Rockland County faster, and easier. Many former New York City residents migrated to Rockland, which transformed New City from a quiet rural community to a busy populated suburb of New York City.
Along with residential development, business development increased rapidly as well. The downtown area became home to many banks, retail, and real-estate companies; as well as restaurants, shops, a movie theater, bars, and many other forms of entertainment.
The Franchino Agency is proud to call New City NY our home!