This link was given in the borough newsletter a while back. Back at the turn of the century (No, not this turn of the century. The one before that!), nearly all the news was local so newspaper articles would be on such scintillating topics as the new load of fertilizer that just came in, or the snake that someone killed, or the prominent local who took ill this week.
There was one story about an elopement. I guess that would have been the town scandal back then.
5 January 1900 - Is it an Elopement?
Mrs. Brown who is the daughter of William Forshay and George Russell disappeared on Saturday and it is rumored that the pair have left together. Mrs. Brown's husband is employ at Paterson. The relatives of the woman think that the pair are locate in a town up the Hudson river, but cannot definitely state the location.
26 January 1900
The runaway couple are located at Nyack, N. Y.
Also back then, New Yorkers would have summer vacations in the Pascack Valley to escape the city heat. They didn't have air conditioning yet, of course. But it's not really any cooler here these days.