Monthly Archives: June 2011


I just returned from a week in Sicily with the Smith College Alumnae Chorus. (I’m not an alumnus of course but my girlfriend is.) With an Italian chorus and orchestra, the group performed Mozart’s Requiem at cathedrals in Acireale, Siracusa … Continue reading

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Abandoned in New York City

I walked the west side avenues in midtown last Friday and photographed a few abandoned buildings. New Yorkers like to sneer at other cities and their derelict structures, but abandoned buildings seem largely to go unnoticed in Manhattan, except by … Continue reading

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Texaco Beacon Research Lab Demo Alert

Demolition of the Texaco Beacon Research Laboratory is expected to begin immediately. One of the first structures to be razed is a historic textile mill. The site was developed as a woolen mill in the 1820s. Texaco acquired the mill … Continue reading

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Bannerman’s lodge stabilization

This past Saturday I gave my first couple of tours of the year at Bannerman’s Island Arsenal. Already the Bannerman family summer residence has been stabilized by the bracing of the walls and the installations of floors and a roof. … Continue reading

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Scott Craven lectures

Last Thursday I attended Scott Craven’s lecture about the Icons of Route 9, presented by the Croton Friends of History. Scott told us about the stories behind things we pass every day but might not think about. The tank at … Continue reading

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Reusen’s Farm in Oscawana

Rob Marchant of The Journal News wrote an article yesterday about Wes Pomeroy, a Buchanan native who is researching Reusen’s Farm / Long View estate in Oscawana (Town of Cortlandt). The property (they call it the “McAndrews estate”) is now … Continue reading

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