Internet based journal created to document environmental and architectural conditions in Scarsdale under the non-partisan system governing. Read our efforts to preserve this town. Read articles or the local newspaper The Scarsdale Inquirer will not publish! Come to Scarsdale, see what a beautiful town this is worthy of UNESCO World Heritage designation. But our elected resident volunteers will not protect this town. We need your help to preserve it forever, for all !

Friday, October 6, 2017

18 Heathcote Road - Still building...

Here you are, 18 Heathcote a.k.a. the 16 unit condominium from the Bronx...

You could even say the 60 unit condominium unit  "Affordable" housing project...

Can you see the man with the red shirt on the scaffolding on the left ? Gives you an idea of the scale...

Hard to believe our " Wonderful" government system is not only allowing this but doing nothing to prevent any future monsters of the kind... Talk about denial... Freud is turning over in his grave. 

(No, turning over. Turns out he was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium in London. Thank you Wikipedia !)

If the top three floors were taken down, it would still be huge...

Who knows may be I do not know everything...

This is one developer's ode to Scarsdale, as he puts another mansion he built on the auction block. 

Anyone for a bargain that is now listed at $ 6 Mil. plus ? At one point it was $ 10 Mil. plus. 

Check out 28 Garden Road. Taxes  estimated at only $ 122,000. Auction October 26th.

Last updated Friday October 6th, 2017 8:50 a.m. EDT.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Copyright Law and Public Domain Issues in Architecture and in Scarsdale...

    Just like after a certain time, depending on quite a few variables, a certain piece of literature falls into public domain for anyone's use, in the same way a certain building designed and built becomes the property of the citizens of its immediate city it is situated in as well as the property of the world.

   Thus, the property owner's wishes and whims or claims of hardship are totally inconsequential and immaterial. Just like you cannot desecrate a Picasso in a public location, same goes for a Collette in Scarsdale, or any other house built in Scarsdale that has stood there for 60 plus years...

   It is time we valued our houses and our environment and took care of our buildings, our roads, our trees. Destruction, demolition and desecration does no one good.

     Even the short sighted developer...

Meetings week of October 9th, 2017

As of Friday October 6th, 6:51 p.m., we received a modified agenda for the VB meeting on October 10, however nothing still on the Village website or in the email inbox for the agenda of the ZB... Wonder why ?

Last revised Friday October 6th, 6:53 p.m. EDT.

Planning Board Agenda and Decisions for September 27, 2017

3.  The recommended amount for the rec fee for 115-117 Brown was $25,000. The Village Board will determine the fee based on the Planning Board’s recommendation. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Freighway site re-development workshop with BFJ Consulting

  Last night at the Scarsdale Congregational church there was yet another meeting/workshop on the Freightway site. Here are a few pictures, round table discussion and presentation after the discussion:

The best comment came from Brice Kirkendall-Rodriguez who has lived in the area for a while.

He said we should take our time planning for this site, we should not hurry since what does get built will be there for the next 100 years. I agree. 

This sense of immediate doom, is not getting us anywhere. The site is too big, there is too much to consider. It is almost like we are all getting crushed with the weight of this project. Maybe we should divide it into three or four components and take it one step at a time...

The MTA Station should probably relocate to the Freightway site and make one cohesive Village Center and then we could start planning around that. As is, the Station on one site, the garage on the other, the bridge in between is too much to consider. Too hodge, podge, nothing cohesive.

However, I must say everyone seemed to like the Highline idea, that we needed to have some green space in and around the garage to soften and lend some elegance, some green elements, some air to breathe. 

An underground parking with the station on top, a couple of apartments,  couple of shops.

Small, nothing too big, nothing overwhelming. A park with plaza and fountains, some benches, free wi-fi.

Simple, elegant, small. Lovely, I say !

First revision Saturday September 30, 2017 6:41 a.m. EDT.

Farmers' Markets in Scarsdale

Yesterday there was a Farmers' Market at Boniface Circle at the Village Center:

There will be one more Market next week Thursday October 5th from 12:00 noon till 7:00 p.m.

But as mentioned in a previous post there is a produce Farmer's Market at Ramsey's Farm on Ramsey Road in Scarsdale daily from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. as there has been there since 1915.

 Scarsdale has been on the " Eat Local " movement quite a long time ago.

Here are a few pictures taken there this week:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

12 Dolma Road

Here is the beauty as of September 2017:

Some inside pictures taken from the real estate listing currently available on line thru Zillow, Coldwell Banker, etc.

Here is the description from the real estate listing from Caldwell Banker:

About This Home

On a spectacularly beautiful setting, this 5 BR,4,2 bath sun filled French Normandy home, is on over 1 acre in the sought after Murray Hill Estate Area. Expansive upper bluestone patio and dramatic terraced rock garden lead to the Shoreline in ground pool with separate whirlpool spa, and custom brick deck for fabulous entertaining. Features include a 2 story EH, hardwood floors throughout, Trellised Ding Rm, oak built ins Library, walnut wainscoted Family Rm, large country Kitchen, laundry and a serving pantry complete the 1st floor. 2 zone A/C barrel ceiling 17x27 Master Bedroom, arched doorways, and fine wood details make this stunning home an architectural delight. House has heated garage. Plenty of room for expansion to make it your own. Best value in Estate area and priced to sell. New Estimated combined 2017 tax rate, calculates to gross taxes of $66,670,000. 
Bedroom, arched doorways, and fine wood details make this stunning home an architectural delight. House has heated garage. Plenty of room for expansion to make it your own. Best value in Estate area and priced to sell. New Estimated combined 2017 tax rate, calculates to gross taxes of $66,670,000. 
Read Less

Why destroy, demolish this ?

A little sweat equity and you can repair/ upgrade this easily. Who can build a house now with this quality ? Often windows are old windows, like in the palaces in Europe. Don't get swayed by the real estate industry ( " professionals " ) wanting to sell what they have.

Hold on to what you have, it is priceless. Be patient. Good things often come to those who wait.

Questions ?

Contact me. Will be glad to help.

Last revised on Wednesday September 27, 2017 5:43 a.m. EDT.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Meetings week of September 25th, 2017

Thursday September 28 12:00 noon till 7:00 p.m. Farmers' Market at Boniface Circle. and every Thursday till October 7...

However, Ramsey's Farm on Ramsey Road is open every day
 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. till probably December.

Below Helena Ramsey in the middle with her cousin on her right  and sister visiting from Europe on her left.

Ramsey Farm has been on this site since 1915, now serving Scarsdale and vicinity for four generations every year from April till December.

Last revised Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:25 p.m. EDT.