Category Archives: Westchester County

Demolition Day

Just a quick post to update you all on the rough weekend in Ossining. The biggest news is that the owner of the Brandreth Pill Factory, the Stolatis family/Plateau Associates, demolished the west facade of the c. 1872 factory building. … Continue reading

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The Croft at Teatown

This past week I was alerted a distressing story of a potential teardown of a beautiful, intact mansion at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. January 25, 2015. The Croft, as it is known, was built c. 1914 by Arthur Vernay, … Continue reading

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Halloween Blog Part 5 – Rockland’s Sleepy Hollow Murals

Welcome to the (Post)-Halloween Blog Part 5, the final installment I have planned for this year’s series. Halloween is rapidly becoming something of a new national holiday, and an expensive holiday too – not to mention another PR opportunity for … Continue reading

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Halloween Blog Part 3 – Wisteria Cottage

The Daily Argus, Mount Vernon, NY. January 9, 1935. (Image source: www.fultonhistory.com) “Finding bodies is old tale to Greenburgh cops.” Maybe so, but I imagine that the story of Grace Budd and Irvington’s Wisteria Cottage must have been one of … Continue reading

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Richmond Hill, Irvington, NY

Or, “How a near-obsolete piece of technology helped identify a box of mystery photographs.” In 2004 or 2005 I received email from Oliver Parsons in England. He recently came across a set of photographs of a magnificent mansion but the … Continue reading

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Hudson Valley Ruins Before the Internet?

When I recently photographed my grandmother’s artworks including her Tappan Zee Bridge construction paintings, my aunt also showed me some of her mom’s scrapbooks. One is entitled “Hudson River 1″ and the other one is labeled “Tarrytown 2.” Both books … Continue reading

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Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Art by Edith Downing

In this post I present the artwork of my grandmother Edith (Stein) Downing, particularly her images of the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Edith S. Downing, Tarrytown, NY. As you may well know by now, a new Tappan Zee … Continue reading

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Chevrolet Neon Lost

Earlier this year I reported on the loss of one of Westchester County’s great collections of neon signs. As the year winds down I report on another loss – a set of neon signs that illuminated the Curry Chevrolet dealership … Continue reading

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Paul Clark House and Tavern, Albany

Undated image of the Paul Clark House, when it was Liggett’s Drug Store. From John Wolcott I received the news that the Tandoor Palace restaurant on Lark Street in Albany was demolished on Friday August 2, 2013. The restaurant was … Continue reading

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Sunset After a Summer Storm on the Hudson

Peekskill, July 13, 2013. Of course, there’s a painting too.

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