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Playhouse on Rockefeller Estate Donated for Historic Preservation

by Elaine Marranzano –  What kid didn’t have a playhouse growing up? Mine was nestled in the space between four trees where I cooked pretend meals using chunks of broken asphalt and mimosa seed pods as stand-ins for hamburgers and string beans. But perhaps no ... More »

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Efforts Fail as Historic Home in Pocantico Hills Torn Down

by Elaine Marranzano –  Without warning and over the objections of neighbors, bulldozers finally arrived on August 22 to crush the historic little house at 43 Willard Ave. in Pocantico Hills. “I share a driveway and a garage with this house! No one from the to... More »

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Pocantico Hills Residents Try to Save an Historic Home

by Elaine Marranzano –  Just a few weeks ago, Scott Graves and his family of five downsized from a big, five-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn to a historic house in Pocantico Hills that’s half the size. Homes in the hamlet rarely come on the market, so in becomin... More »

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Tree Peonies from Japan will be on Display at Rockefeller Preserve

by Dorothy Conigliaro –  For many Westchester residents, a trip to the Rockefeller Preserve is a must during the month of May. They are there to behold, once again, the magnificent tree peonies that arrived from Japan as seedlings in December 2002. Now, 15 yea... More »

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David Rockefeller’s Art to be Auctioned in May

For many years, David Rockefeller, along with his wife Peggy, lived surrounded by great art in their 11,343-square-foot mansion, Hudson Pines in Pocantico Hills. Peggy died in 1996, and after David died on March 20 a year ago, the house went on the market for ... More »

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The Church of the Magdalene

The Church of the Magdalene, located in Pocantico Hills close by the famed Union Church, may be less well-known, but the diverse faith-community’s devotion to their country church, the beauty of the house of worship’s interior, the gentle and humane guidance g... More »

“It’s a War Zone Out There!”

By Barrett Seaman –  Friday was not a good day in the Rivertowns—nor anyplace else along the eastern seaboard, as a brutal nor’easter ripped its way from the Carolinas through Maine throughout the day and into the evening. Winds clocked at over 60 m.p.h. downe... More »

Treasures Within a Treasure: The Rockefeller Archives Center

By Barrett Seaman –  Perched gracefully atop a hill just outside the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, ”Hillcrest,” a 17,000-sq. ft. mansion built in 1963 for Martha Baird Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s second wife, serves as the repository for the historical... More »

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Sleepy Hollow Fire Chief Rescues Deer from a Frozen Pocantico Lake

by Barrett Seaman   – Not every call to the fire department is about a fire. Certainly the one Sleepy Hollow Fire Chief John Korzelius took Tuesday morning was anything but. The call was from his counterpart in Pocantico Hills, who wanted to know of the SHFD c... More »

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Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills on Market for $22M

By Rick Pezzullo The Westchester residence of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died in March at the age of 101, is up for sale for $22 million. Situated on 75 acres in Pocantico Hills, the three-story, 11,000-square-foot main residence, known a... More »

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Cattle Farm on Rockefeller Preserve in Sleepy Hollow to Disperse

by Elaine Marranzano If you are accustomed to walking in Rockefeller State Park Preserve and enjoy seeing the cattle, say goodbye while you can. The cows are going. Once described as “Bonanza meets Downton Abbey,” Hudson Pines, the cattle farm in Sleepy Hollow... More »

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Personal Tributes to David Rockefeller on his Passing at Age 101

by Barrett Seaman When David Rockefeller died on March 20, his role as surviving patriarch of a famous family, as an international banker and statesman, and as a global philanthropist were widely reported in the national and international media. Less publicize... More »