Category Archives: Westchester County

Hudson Valley Moon Houses

In his landmark 1939 publication The Hudson, Carl Carmer wrote “The lands on the Hudson in the last fifty years have been absorbed to an amazing degree by institutions… The Roman Catholic Church owns more land on the shores of … Continue reading

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Six Degrees of the British Monarchy and Hudson Valley Ruins

Recently I received the following two images of a carpet swatch from Dave Morrison whose father George was assistant to the Vice President, Operations & Industrial Relations of the Alexander Smith & Sons Carpet Company in Yonkers, NY. The cutting … Continue reading

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HVR News – May 11, 2012

I received a card a couple of days ago from Historic Hudson announcing tours of the Oliver Bronson House, May 19 and 20, 2012, 1pm and 3pm daily. This early 19th century home was remodeled by Alexander Jackson Davis in … Continue reading

Posted in Columbia County, Demolition Alert, Dutchess County, Orange County, Tours Lectures and Events, Ulster County, Westchester County | 4 Comments

Lower Hudson Valley Tour April 2012 – Part 2

Continuing from Part One, here are photographs of the Yonkers Power Station and Hudson River State Hospital. YONKERS POWER STATION HUDSON RIVER STATE HOSPITAL

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Lower Hudson Valley Tour April 2012 – Part 1

Recently I had the pleasure of showing an out-of-state friend some of the highlights of ruins in the Hudson Valley. Nailhed and I spent two-and-a-half days visiting locations between Yonkers and Poughkeepsie, after which he continued on in his travels. … Continue reading

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St. George’s Church, Mohegan Lake, NY

The family of prominent painter, muralist, author, and stained glass designer John LaFarge is associated with this formerly abandoned church (Bing aerial), located in northern Westchester County. John LaFarge’s widowed mother, Louisa Binese LaFarge, moved into a nearby Swiss chalet-style … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Preservation, Westchester County | 13 Comments

Briarcliff Lodge and the Titanic

There is a lot going on in the news regarding the upcoming 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and I may as well join in on the big boat bandwagon. There is a direct connection with Titanic and … Continue reading

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Playland Amusement Park, Rye, NY

Westchester County is currently vetting proposals to reinvent the historic Playland Amusement Park in Rye (Bing aerial). Citing financial losses in recent years, County Executive Rob Astorino “invited developers to do away with the amusement park entirely, if they chose, … Continue reading

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Ossining, NY

Yesterday afternoon I walked around Main Street in Ossining and then explored that area north of Main and west of Broadway. There are a lot of great old brick buildings and small wooden houses of diverse architectural styles. Many of … Continue reading

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Planetary Conjunction at Lyndhurst

Venus and Jupiter put on quite a show this week. On Wednesday night I took some photographs of the conjunction at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown while visiting a friend who lives on the estate. It was pretty cool, but there was … Continue reading

Posted in Night Photography, Non-ruins, Westchester County | 4 Comments