LoopFood: Chinese New Year

The Chinese Lunar New Year, Year of the Horse, is Friday, Jan. 31st, and Asian restaurants throughout the area will mark the occasion

Bronxville for $250K?

Seriously? QueensNYC  rounds up some real estate bargains under $250,000 in the area, and cites a Loop Real Estate Marketplace co-op listing in Bronxville. Does that work for you? See this home and all the MLS listings at theLoop Real Estate Marketplace.  

If I Could Write with the Animals…


BRONXVILLE–On line registration has begun for a truly unique writing course this Fall. Experience the Bronx Zoo in truly novel ways — by writing about animals! A new non-credit course at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College will add animal voices and descriptions to your fiction and nonfiction writing. Examples by Douglas Adams, Mark Twain, Edward Albee, A.R. Gurney, Johnny Tay, and Billy Collins will serve as inspiration for short stories, fables, blogs, and personal essays. There will be two field trips to the Bronx Zoo for behind-the-scenes tours and unique writing prompts.

Some Westchester Hospitals Ranked Very Low

YONKERS– Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla was  judged one of the 10 worst hospitals nationwide. St. Joseph’s Medical Center and St. John’s Riverside Hospital, both in Yonkers, and Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville were only a bit better in an upcoming issue of Consumer Reports, the nonprofit consumer research and product-testing organization based in Yonkers.  

Detailed ratings are at ConsumerReports.org .

Charities Can Apply for $2500 Grant From Bayside Travel


Does your charity need a grant of $2500? Of course it does!  To celebrate 25 years as owner of Bayside Travel in Larchmont and Gramatan Travel in Bronxville, owner Barbara Nichuals will award $2500 to a local charity.  Any charity based in Westchester is invited to submit an application setting forth how they would use the funding. More information at their website, luxurytravelservice.com. Applications are due by July 31st. The submissions will be evaluated and the top 5 best responses will be put to a vote on Bayside Travel’s Facebook page this summer.

Memorial Day Parades

Love a parade? Here are a few in the area, there are many more. Most area children have a five-day weekend because of snow give-back days…so if the natives get restless…  

THURS., MAY 24 – 7 P.M.



SAT., MAY 26- 10 am

Rye:  Memorial Day Ceremony. To remember and honor those buried at the cemetery.

Building of the Week: Historic Wildcliff in New Rochelle to be a School



During spring break week, we are bringing back some popular posts:
The Metropolitan Museum calls Alexander Jackson Davis, “the greatest architect of the mid-nineteenth century.” The designer of Federal Hall (the Old Customs House) in New York and Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, designed some remarkable Gothic Revival houses in New Rochelle in the mid 1800’s. Some of their photos can be seen if you scroll down here. Wildcliff, or the Cyrus Lawton House, sits high atop a hill, overlooking the Long Island Sound at 44 Wildcliff Road in New Rochelle. The 20-room house was built in about 1852; Tudor architectural feature were said to have been added later.

Westchester.gov Web Sites Seem to be Working

Several of the Westchester.gov Web sites run by the County seem to be back up–at least sporadically– after being hacked Friday. The hacker’s message poked fun at the county’s computer security, saying “Security is a joke! Your box owned by Mr.XHat Greets To: All Underground Hackers & Mafia Bands.”

The sites were those of Several of Westchester County’s offices, including those for the district attorney, the county clerk and the Board of Legislators. Did this shutdown affect you? Did it get in the way of your doing business with the County, finding directions, or anything else?

Local Decorator Shows Her Colors



Debra Kling of Larchmont turned color into a career. (You may remember where she turned your editor’s old stone heap into something a lot more fun.)

Now, Debra has been awarded the “Best of Remodeling Award” from Houzz.com, a popular web platform for residential remodeling and design. The Architectural Color Consulting firm was chosen by the more than 1.2 million registered members of the Houzz community. Here are some of her color consults in the towns indicated:



Polls Open Until 9:00 pm

Voters in 15 villages in Westchester go to the polls today to elect local offices. Contested elections in (alphabetically) Buchanan, Irvington, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Elections are uncontested in Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Larchmont, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Rye Brook and Tuckahoe. Find out who’s running: Visit LoHud.com’s Village Elections 2012 guide.

Growing Pains in Bronxville: Teen Drinking Hospitalizations and More

Bronxville is having its share of underage drinking and related incidents. Since January, various published reports indicate, at least five teens have required hospitalization for weekend drinking; over the weekend of February 24-26, Bronxville police officers responded to two separate incidents of Bronxville teenagers in need of hospitalization for alcohol poisoning.  They were taken to Lawrence Hospital. Also that weekend, police reported two assaults on local teens on Park Place after an estimated 75 teens arrived in town on the Metro North train and congregated in the parking lot.  Officers were unable to police the assaults because they were busy with the teens taken to the hospital. The latest incident involves Facebook boasts apparently posted by boys from two private boys schools. In one message, a teen bragged that he would “bring a Glock” to the village during the weekend of March 2.

4 Westchester Hospitals Graded “F” by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports Magazine is reporting that you may not want four Westchester Hospitals to be your first choice for care. Four Westchester County hospitals receive an “F” for safety in the CR rankings, based on hospital-acquired infections, how well hospital staff communicate with patients about medications, readmissions, and discharge planning. The Westchester hospitals cited as “lowest performing” were

St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers,
St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers,
Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville
Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle.

Bronxville Mayor Tries to Write the Book on New Larchmont Library Director

Who knew libraries were such a hotbed of intrigue? The Larchmont Public Library recently welcomed Laura Eckley as Director, a friendly and energetic NYU grad, with a Masters in Library Science from Long Island University, who answers her own phone.  She was most recently Director at the Bronxville Library, a position she held for nine years. Sadly, that exit is tainted with bad feelings on both sides. In October, the Bronxville Village Board voted to give Ms. Eckley a raise of about $24,000 (including benefits,) while expressing what a good job she had done. At the next board meeting in November, they voted to take back the raise, citing bad information about available money in the budget, and replaced it with a raise of about $10,900 including benefits.