The Mommy up the Street is a Biker Chick


LARCHMONT–In the last fifteen years, I’ve bungee-jumped off of the Macau Tower in China, I’ve scuba-dived in most of the world’s oceans, I’ve traveled to nearly 170 cities around the world, and I married an Aussie. Seriously, the last one was the scariest. So what’s next for a thrill-seeking author who’s looking for excitement beyond the pages? Problem is, I now have three little kids.  Though I’m still an adrenaline junkie I tend to err more on the safer side than the riskier side of things. You know, like trying that new restaurant in Port Chester or foregoing sleep to catch a 10pm movie at New Roc.

Opening Photo: Pool Politics


The photographer writes, “Apparently, not only are photographers with cameras bigger than a point and shoot potential terrorists, we are now potential pedophiles. I was informed after taking a few shots at this TAX PAYER FUNDED county pool that pictures of the pool were no longer allowed since people were taking shots of kids that were not their own…Really!!! Another civil right kissed goodbye for a false sense of security…” What do you think?

Library Fine Looter Sentenced in Yonkers

WHITE PLAINS, YONKERS– Do you remember the former Yonkers Public Library employee who was accused of stealing enough change from overdue library books over the years to collect $163,500? She was sentenced this week in Westchester County Court to shock probation – six months in the county jail and the remainder on probation. Margo Reed, 54, of Yonkers, pled guilty in February to grand larceny and false state tax return, both felonies, in connection with the thefts she committed over a seven year period.

What Would You Do with a Year’s Supply of Empanadas?


from our friends at Westchester Eats:
YONKERS–On May 18 – exactly 30 days after the official opening of Havana Central Yonkers – the first 30 guests to dine at the restaurant after 11 a.m. will be awarded a year’s supply of free empanadas. In honor of the new location at Ridge Hill Shopping Center, winners will receive a punch card, redeemable for 365 free empanadas – while dining in or in carrying out – before May 17, 2013. Havana Central – the popular eatery known for its festive ambiance and high-quality, authentic Cuban comfort food – has become famous for its empanadas, which have garnered a cult following at the two Manhattan locations. The restaurant has sold over 2 million of the delicious treats since its first opening in 2002, with each one handmade by Empanada Connoisseur Zenon Martinez since 2004. The new Havana Central location is situated next to Showcase Cinema de Lux at the north side of Ridge Hill, the largest mixed-use outdoor shopping center in the New York metropolitan area.

Over the Weekend in and near Westchester


Several Killed as Minivan Plunges Near the Bronx Zoo
Seven people were killed after a vehicle went over the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday afternoon.[NY Times]

150 stroll to fight child abuse at Playland
Past a roller coaster, slides and other rides, scores of people walked around Playland Amusement Park on Sunday to raise money for child-abuse prevention services. [LoHud]

Yonkers blaze rages for hours, displaces at least 13, kills pets
A fire that raged at a multifamily dwelling for more than three hours Sunday displaced at least 13 residents and killed several pets. Two firefighters responding to the blaze at 76 Crotty Ave. [LoHud]

Westchester Dining | Eastchester: A Review of Burrata, in Eastchester
Since it is the name of a fresh, creamy cow’s milk cheese currently in vogue, Burrata seemed like a perfect name for a wood-fired pizzeria. [NY Times]


Photo: Jacqueline Silberbush

Eating Up Nostalgia


Larchmont’s Jeanne Muchnik writes in Westchester Magazine about “throwback eateries that make you feel like you’re 16 again.” She includes Augie’s Restaurant & Pub (2417 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont 914-834-3800;  Carlo’s Restaurant(668 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers 914-793-1458;; Francesco’s (600 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains 914-946-3359);  Giulio’s Restaurant (53 Park Hill Ave, Yonkers 914-375-1043);  Gus’s Franklin Park Restaurant (126 Halstead Ave, Harrison 914-835-9804;;  Solano’s Lincoln Lounge (209 Stevens Ave, Mount Vernon 914-664-9747), (one of our favorites) and  Sherwood’s Restaurant and Bar-B-Q (2136 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont 914-833-3317;


Thrifty Thursday: Green Eileen (Fisher), Yonkers

It’s genius. It’s fashionable. And it’s cheap. Green Eileen in Yonkers is an Eileen Fisher store -that opened in March- stocked with professionally cleaned, gently worn Eileen Fisher clothing at, in many cases, below half the original retail prices. Quietly gaining a following, a bit out of place in a Central Ave.

Rosen Redistricted out of Run for Congress

Congressional redistricting has claimed its first victim. Mark Rosen, a Larchmont Republican who had announced his intention to seek the Congressional seat now held by Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey, dropped out Wednesday. “Given the redistricting that was just announced, I regret that I can no longer run the effective race we envisioned with Congresswoman Nita Lowey. My kids go to Murray Avenue School. This is our home.

Coming Up on Both Sides of the Hudson

A plethora of listings from our friends at

Thursday, March 22 from 6pm – 9pm
Best Practices: The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media [link] | Westchester Burger Company Rye Brook
275 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook
Presented by Westchester Business Connection. Appetizers included, cash bar. Networkin, A Great Social Media Education(Nothing Technical!!!) for “All levels of expertise.”. The event highlights feature: A presentation from Keith S. Chan from The Froogle Institute for Social Media. and

Thursday, March 22 from 6:30 – 8pm and Thursday, March 29 from 6:30 – 8pm
Home Buyers’ Workshop: Two-Part Series | The Warner Library, Tarrytown
Thursday, March 22: Buying a Home:What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 29: Securing a Home Mortgage
Both workshops are FREE.

Coming Up: Lots of Cool Stuff To Do


Some upcoming Westchester events posted by Found in Yonkers:

“The Kid with a Bike” Screening Jacob Burns Film Center March 23-29 ~Pleasantville~
SOURCE: Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta, L’Enfant) are acclaimed for their intense portrayals of people at the gritty fringes of society. They reveal a more hopeful face in this new drama about a sensitive but uncontrollable 11-year-old and a woman who believes in him. Winner of a raft of festival honors, including […]

The LOFT Open Mic Nite March 24 ~White Plains~
SOURCE: Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Cost: $10.00 includes snacks, finger foods, and beverages Each person or group will have seven minutes to do a stand-up comedy act, a song sung, played, or karaoke, a poem or story, a song or dance, just about anything. Come share yourself and your talent at the […]

REI FREE Bike Maintenance Workshop March 27 ~Yonkers~
SOURCE: This class is an informative presentation that will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. No experience necessary!

Latimer Running for State Senate and War of Words Begins

Assemblyman George Latimer,  Rye Democrat, may not have voted for the re-configured State Senate districts, as he told us last week, but he’s going to run for the seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer. Latimer announced the run in a letter that went out to district leaders this week, which, according to LoHud, reads:

“The changes we need – the changes I have fought for all my life – involve sacrifice from everybody, not just from ‘the other guy’,” Latimer wrote. “Property taxes are too high, and I have worked hard to address that major worry many of us face; it always comes up as the #1 local issue homeowners are concerned about.”

At least two Republicans have announced their intention to run for the seat: Bob Cohen, a New Rochelle businessman who was narrowly defeated by Oppenheimer in 2010; and Diane DiDonato-Roth, a North Castle councilwoman. Cohen spokesman Bill O’Reilly responded:
“We welcome Mr. Latimer into this race, but find it head-scratching, frankly, that he would bring up property taxes in his announcement. Westchester families pay the highest property taxes in America because of what George Latimer did as a county legislator and as an assemblyman.

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.

Pet Project: Charcoal and the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers

If you noticed that I’d been a bit remiss in posting this afternoon, this is because while working at my computer today, my 3 year old rescue Standard Poodle, Charcoal, made it known that something was terribly wrong.  By the time I caught on, he was practically driving me to the Veterinarian himself. Abandoning a well-planned afternoon, I raced to Stamen Animal Hospital, where he was stabilized by Dr. Maria Violi, pronounced to be in shock and X-Rayed to reveal a twisted stomach, gastric dilation volvulus, or bloat. I gathered my children, returned to the vet, and we were warned to expect the worst.  Because surgery was required and 24 hour monitoring was best, we got him to the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, one of the best animal emergency surgical facilities anywhere. Please put their phone number in your address book, PDA or iPhone and on the fridge. Charcoal remains there tonight.

The Westchester Bucket List

If you spend any time following #westchester on twitter, you may know the chatty girls at the Chat Shop. We think of it as a virtual talk-fest where no one yells and you can come and go as you please. Readers have come up with a Westchester “bucket list,” each making a list of some of the local treats they’d like to experience before they well, you know. Have a peek. photo: Jacqueline Silberbush

Is New Rochelle Always Passed Over for Big Box Retail?

Speaking of why some towns get shopping and others do not, (and thanks for your comments on the Armonk supermarket story,) with Whole Foods’ announced move into Port Chester, and Ridge Hill opening in Yonkers, Talk of the Sound recently asked what

Best Buy
Whole Foods
Barnes and Noble
and Kohl’s

had in common? They are “some of the retailers who recently took a pass on New Rochelle. The old adage in real estate is location, location, location. Well, for the purposes of future development in New Rochelle, it should be parking, parking, parking.” How do you think New Rochelle can begin to attract the kinds of businesses it wants, if there are any left?

Coming Up: Roller Derby!

I just love these women- the Suburbia Roller Derby, “Westchester County’s premiere roller derby league,” will host the first bout of its 2012 season on Saturday, February 25 at 7pm at the Yonkers Police Athletic League, 127 North Broadway. Suburbia’s all-star travel team, the Suburban Brawl, hosts upstate New York’s Hellions of Troy for “an evening of hard-hitting derby.” Doors open at 6pm. General admission is $10; $20 for VIP seating. Military discount $2 per ticket at the door with military ID.

What Do We Do for the Next 9 Days?

If you’re sticking around, there’s plenty to do. Here are some suggestions from the Journal News to do with kids, and as always, watch our Coming Up column.  

If you’re leaving for the break, listen up:  In light of a marked increase in local break-ins, police say prep the house to make it look like you’re not away. Speaking at a crime prevention workshop last week, Town of Mamaroneck police urged residents to create a “vacation plan” that includes steps like putting house lights on timers and stopping mail and newspapers. Alerting neighbors to your departure is another wise move, they said.

Worker Admits Stealing $163,582 in Yonkers Overdue Library Fines

The Westchester County DA today announced a guilty plea by a woman in one of the stranger, and frankly, sadder, non-violent crimes in a long time around here. Margo Reed, a former employee of the Yonkers Public Library at 1 Larkin Center, is accused of pocketing overdue book fines from library patrons to the tune of $163,582 from 2004-2007. That’s a lot of change. Said District Attorney Janet DiFiore, “With the limited resources and tight budgets that exist today throughout government, this kind of crime directly impacts children, students, the elderly and anyone who looks to the public library system as a place of knowledge and enjoyment.”

Sentencing will be May 3rd, 2012. Top photo: Wikimedia commons; bottom photo: Westchester District Attorney’s Office

Metro-North Platform Smoking Ban Starts Wednesday


Cold turkey commute. Don’t even think about lighting up while waiting for your Metro-North train. Doing so could get you kicked off the platform, up to $50 in fines or a trip to jail. The MTA’s new ban on outdoor smoking starts today, following a months-long grace period the agency gave smokers to get used to the idea. The ban, which had a soft launch in November, prohibits smoking on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad outdoor platforms, as well as ticketing and boarding areas.

Our Towns: Yonkers

Each Tuesday, we will feature photos of one of the towns that help define us. Submit your photos to our looppool on Flickr!  


photos: Jacqueline Silberbush

Cool Finds: Vintage Nathan’s in Yonkers

The Nathan’s Famous in Yonkers is so tacky it’s near perfect. The third oldest Nathan’s around, the 1965-built time piece falls somewhere between the Nathan’s we see in shopping mall food courts and the original 95-year-old Coney Island outlet that started it all. With a full-fledged arcade attached, this Nathan’s is worthy of a mini-road trip, if that’s what you’re into. Nathan’s Famous, 2290 Central Park Ave., Yonkers.


Report Says Police Find No Evidence that Bullying Behind Ursuline Girl’s Suicide

Yonkers police indicated they have no evidence that bullying fueled the Tuesday suicide of a freshman at the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, according to a story in LoHud’s Sound Shore blog. Reports that 14-year-old Eira Fatima Maghuyop was distraught over bullying before taking her own life in her Yonkers home by hanging, sparked an outpouring of sympathy and anti-bullying sentiment, particularly on social networking websites and blogs like this  on Tumblr. The Ursuline School issued a statement yesterday: “Today we have visited our student’s family and offered comfort. We have held special assemblies for all of our students, who are in mourning. We have made available extra counselors to the students and staff.”

Ursuline Suicide Reportedly Tied to Bullying

Below is a page from  storify with social media reaction to the suicide Tuesday of a 14 year old student at the Ursuline School in New Rochelle. According to The Talk of the Sound,  Eira Fatima Maghuyop killed herself in her Yonkers home Tuesday night after reportedly becoming despondent over bullying. Friends have established an anti-bullying Facebook page in Eira’s name. Ursuline, a private all-girls school, released a statement saying the school offered students grief counselors and “is deeply saddened by the loss of a fine young member of our school community.”

Cool Finds: Happy as a Clam in Eastchester


We’re still in the thick of winter, so you have about 8,000 good excuses to dig into the hearty sandwiches and seafood at Louie & Johnnie’s in Eastchester.  Then again, you’ll undoubtedly come up with just as many convincing reasons come Bathing Suit Season. It’s that good. Newly dressed in basic food bar style – complete with a black-and-white floor and red counter stools – the 4-month-old home of super-yummy cheese steaks and raw bar favorites is the second venture of John Greco and Michael Mannarino, owners of Louie & Johnnie’s Italian restaurant in Yonkers. With its steak shaved paper-thin and shellfish so fresh you could just as easily be beachside, the shop already has garnered its regulars, Greco says. “People seem to like it,” Greco says.