The falls are one of America's oldest tourist attractions, and appear in some of the most prominent books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century. Long before Alexis de Tocqueville's famous essay on America, Kaaterskill Falls was lauded as a place where a traveler could see a wilder image, a sort of primeval Eden. Beginning with Thomas Cole's first visit in 1825, they became an iconic subject for painters of the Hudson River School, setting the wilderness ideal for American landscape painting. The Falls also inspired "Catterskill Falls", a poem by William Cullen Bryant. The falls, like the clove and creek with which they share a name, are a relatively recent addition to the Catskills in geologic time. They evolved through stream capture at the end of the Illinoian Stage, when runoff from the glacial melt that created North-South Lake began to flow away from the nearby headwaters of Schoharie Creek and down the steep slopes of the newly created clove. The rushing waters of what would become known as Spruce Creek eroded a natural amphitheater at roughly 2,000 feet (609 m) on the south slope of South Mountain.
Sidney "Sid" Gordon (August 13, 1917, Brooklyn, New York – June 17, 1975), known as "Sid", was a stocky, powerfully built, American right-handed Major League Baseballoutfielder, third baseman, and first baseman. He had a 13-year career in MLB for the New York Giants (1941–43, 1946–49, and 1955), Boston Braves (1950–52), Milwaukee Braves (1953), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1954–55). Gordon was one of the Giants' most popular players. He played 13 years in the majors, batting .283, hitting 202 home runs, and batting in 805 runs. In three different years he homered at least once in every park in which he played. A slugger, he also had a great eye—he drew 731 walks, against only 356 strikeouts. He was a two-time All-Star. Harold Ribalow, in his book The Jew in American Sports, referred to Gordon as the "Solid Man." Gordon was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, and was Jewish. His parents were Morris and Rose (née Meyerson) Gordon. Morris emigrated from Russia, and became a plumber and a coal dealer in the United States. Eventually the family moved to the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
The Elting Memorial Library is the main library for the village and town of New Paltz, New York. It is located at 93 Main Street (also NY 32 and 299) in the village's downtown section. The old stone house that originally served as the library has since been added on to, and much of the library's collection and its main circulation desk are housed in this new wing. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2004.