Historic

Oral History: Hudson Street’s Helen Manca

by Krista Madsen Helen Manca, 99, is my next-door neighbor and popular with my two young daughters for her endlessly replenishing bowl of M&Ms. Since we moved here in 2009, we’ve enjoyed her stories of growing up in the very house she still lives in, so it felt special to be able to record them for this installment of the ... Read More »

Oral Histories: Galella, Reluctant Hero, Recalls Pearl Harbor Attack

by Krista Madsen Armando “Chick” Galella, 94, sees himself as a person with a life-long habit of serving rather than any kind of hero. He’s reluctant to get all the attention and accolades he gets as our region’s sole surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. “I’m not the only veteran around,” he said. “They should interview other people besides me. I know ... Read More »

Transfiguration Students Honor WWII Vets in Letter Writing Campaign

by Neal Rentz For students in grades five through eight at the Transfiguration School in Tarrytown, World War II is something more than what they have read about in textbooks. Pupils in social studies classes taught by Rosemary Holodak have formed a bond with those who fought in the conflict. The students wrote letters to veterans from the Hudson Valley ... Read More »

Life on the Homefront During WWII: “Having a Common Cause”

|by Krista Madsen| Ten women and two men filled every chair in the third floor Warner Library conference room to share stories of life on the homefront during WWII. Though the war ended 70 years ago, their memories are as vivid as if it all happened yesterday – from the constant air raid drills and pulled curtains for blackouts, down ... Read More »

Jewish Spy in Nazi Territory to Speak in Tarrytown

| by Alexander Roberts |  Just 22 years old, the pretty blond woman pretended to be a nurse searching for her Nazi soldier boyfriend behind enemy lines in Nazi–occupied France during World War II.  But in actuality, Marthe Cohn was a French Jew with forged papers who spoke fluent German, recruited by the Allies to funnel information about German troop ... Read More »

Ceremony at Lighthouse to Celebrate New Beacon

Exact replica of original lens has been installed in the Lighthouse.

|  by Robert Kimmel  | Without its light since the 1960’s, the Lighthouse by night has been a murky silhouette in the Hudson River off the Sleepy Hollow shoreline. But that is about to change. Originally labeled the Tarrytown Light when it was built in 1883, the structure was decommissioned in 1961, and its valuable lens was removed and sold ... Read More »

New Irvington Laws Aim to Stave Off Wrecking Ball

Home at 116 Main St. is nearly 120 years old.
(photo: Barrett Seaman)

|  by Barrett Seaman  | When the Irvington Historic District Committee (IHDC) held public information sessions two years ago in an effort to resurrect a 10-year-old plan to designate much of the village’s business district as “historic,” many local owners voiced fears that the plan would lead to yet another layer of regulatory restrictions on what they could do with ... Read More »