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Five Questions for a Life-Long Rye Resident

Douglas Carey first came to Rye "during the Eisenhower administration" as a newborn infant from what used to be United Hospital in Port Chester. He teaches politics and government classes at Spring Valley High School in Rockland County and is a research historian in his spare time. The Daily Rye sat down with Carey to ask him five questions about his hometown. Q: What do you like most about living in Rye? A: Being close to my parents and my daughter who works here. I get to see them everyday. Q: What is one of your fondest memories here? A: Gardening with the older folks. You learn so much from them. And you get to see the miracle of life, watching plants go from seed to harvest to seed. Q: What is one of your favorite places to go? A: The shoreline. There's an archepeligo of rock islands near the mouth of Milton Harbor. At sunrise it's an incredibly magical place. Q: What is something you know about Rye that most people don't?

A: For newcomers, they don't really know that the Rye would have been a much different place if residents during the '60s hadn't fought against the building of the Oyster Bay Bridge from Long Island, which would have brought I-287 right through Rye. A lot of these infrastructure projects destroy communities. Q: If you could change one thing about Rye, what would it be and why?

A: I wish more people would embrace bicycles in a more functional way--to go to the store, the library, the train station. It's the most proactive way to alleviate the parking challenges and has tremendous health benefits.

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