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What's that Garden in Front of Bronxville Village Hall and Why Is It Important? PDF Print Email

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By Mary Liz Mulligan, Director, Bronxville Giving Garden

Jul. 17, 2019:  Ever wonder what that garden is in front of Bronxville Village Hall? It's the Bronxville Giving  Garden (“BGG”), which is now in its third growing season. Although the first season was not a full growing season because of ongoing construction of the beds and fencing installation and other normal occurrences, we produced almost 200 pounds of organic vegetables that we donated to a soup kitchen in Mount Vernon and ECAP (Eastchester Community Action Partnership) in Tuckahoe. They continue to be the benefactors of the BGG harvests and are very grateful for all.

The BGG would not be in existence had it not been for Dave Phillips, who we affectionately dubbed Farmer Dave. Dave is an extremely talented musician who has been playing the bass for The Book of Mormon for several years. He also gives many local kids one-on-one string instrument lessons. When we met, set up by Mayor Marvin, we were at opposite ends of the spectrum:  Dave the artist; me the organizer. Dave brought in his buddy, a Bronxville resident, Nicki Coddington Piercy, a brilliant and talented webmaster, and the rest flowed from there.  Everyone involved with the BGG is a volunteer.

Of course, you need substantial financial backing for any venture, including compost and plants. We were fortunate to have received very generous donations from the Rotary Club of Bronxville and the Village of Bronxville. That was our seed money, literally. As key as those funds were, it didn’t take long to put a big dent in the bottom line. Going forward, we are 100% responsible for sustaining the BGG. We have been fortunate to do so by relying on the generosity of local residents.

The BGG has several missions:  paramount is helping our neighbors in need by giving them fresh vegetables over the growing season; conducting hands-on classes for school-age children from ages four and up; involving local residents and encouraging them to "dig in" and help maintain the BGG by weeding, harvesting and delivering; and by performing any other odd jobs that pop up. Our "working" website (BronxvilleGivingGarden.org) allows residents to sign up for volunteering for what interests them as well as signing up for emails with reminders and information on current "happenings."

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We all know there is very limited green space in the one square mile of Bronxville.  We hope to make the BGG a destination spot for residents to visit and sit and smell the tomatoes. It will not be a "park" but will be a peaceful place to relax and take in the beauty of nature. We will be adding some landscaping and seating by the fall to make this a reality.

The BGG is under the umbrella of the Bronxville Green Committee, which has been in existence for over ten years. The Bronxville Green Committee’s mission is to help residents "green" their lives in realistic ways through sharing green initiatives that are doable. The BGG is one of these initiatives, although not a small one. Please check the Green Committee's page on the village's website, villageofbronxville.com, for more information. 

If you are interested in digging in the dirt or would like more information about the BGG or if you would like to help support the garden, please contact us at CLOAKING or by mail at PO Box 404, Bronxville, NY 10708. 

And, yes. It does take a village!

Pictured here:  Bronxville Giving Garden.

Photos by A. Warner

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Renovating a Bronxville Tudor: Part 1--Open Concept PDF Print Email

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Editor’s note:  This is the first article in a three-part series about a home renovation in Bronxville: Open Concept, Functional Living and Updating. This article will focus on the open concept. 

By Tisha Leung, Sweeten.com

Jul. 10, 2019:  You get married, you have a baby, you move to the suburbs. That’s the usual path. Living in a co-op in Riverdale, Sara and Mike were no exception, but they were ready.

After watching HGTV for twelve years, planning for their perfect house, they found it--the first day of looking at homes in Bronxville. 

A 2,500-square-foot 1930s Tudor checked off quite a few boxes for the duo, who have a three-year-old son and were pregnant with their second child. The architecture style had the charm and character of dark wood details on the interior. They loved the amenity-filled neighborhood with good schools within 30 minutes of the city. The price of the house landed in the sweet spot that allowed them enough budget to renovate. And it had a most coveted feature--a big, flat, private yard. 

Although it had been well maintained by the previous owners, the house had a choppy main floor, awkward layouts, and a kitchen and baths that showed their age.  

The couple’s vision? “We wanted to keep the feel of the classic Tudor but hide the modernization away,” said Sara.

Open Concept

The plan for the first floor was to remove several walls to open up the space. The single-family home felt smaller because of the layout. 

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Floor plan before and after.

A new beam replaced the dividing wall and spans the length of the room, providing structural support and an architectural flourish that echoes the existing woodwork in the century-old home. An existing bedroom was also demolished, changing the path to the only bathroom on that level (you previously had to go through the bedroom to access it). 

The new kitchen includes a large center island custom designed by their contractor; it also divides the dining space and the cooking area. The counters extend fully over the stools, allowing plenty of room for legs to fit underneath. With more storage built in, features inside the cabinets include dish drawers with peg separators, swiveling corner shelves, and drawers in every cabinet, which keep daily items within reach and neatly organized.

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Kitchen before and after the renovation

Other touches add to the cooking experience: a touch faucet, a pot filler, an appliance cabinet with pull-outs and outlets. Their general contractors installed a utilitarian quartz countertop with a marble look to contrast with the custom wood island stained to match the molding throughout the house. The Dutch back door, off on one side of the kitchen, will be useful for indoor-outdoor living for the warm-weather months, taking advantage of that perfect yard.

Read about creating more functional space in Sara and Mike’s house by creating a pantry, mudroom, and powder room in the next issue of MyhometownBronxville.com. 

Sweeten is a free service that matches homeowners with vetted general contractors.

Photos courtesy Sweeten.com

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.






 
Gung-Ho Gardener: A Container Should Have 'Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers': See Photos PDF Print Email

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By Neely Bower

Jun. 12, 2019:  While walking around the streets of Nantucket, Massachusetts, I thought, why are the window boxes and planters so exciting here and “so-so” everywhere else? I think it is because the gardeners there are not afraid to take risks. They have tourists to impress and don’t worry about thinking “out of the box.” Look at these pictures. One window box has umbrella pine trees with the perennial heuchera; another has mixed hosta with annuals; and some have incorporated different grasses.

A container should have something high (grass or tropical), something full, and something growing over the edge. Or, as Michael Ruggerio, a well-known horticulturist and retired senior curator of the New York Botanical Garden, would say, “thrillers, fillers, and spillers.”

One thing to remember when putting your containers together and trying to do something different: a perennial may not last the entire summer. Don’t worry; remove it and put it in the ground, then replace it with something else.

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Bronxville Life & Style: Special Home Projects Edition 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot

June 12, 2019:  Summer is here and it's a great time to take care of your home projects. Below are some great companies that can help!

Radoslav Opacic AIA Architects

Radoslav Opacic AIA Architects was founded in 1990 as a full-service architectural firm that combines exceptional design with a commitment to client satisfaction. The Principal, Rad Opacic, provides personalized attention throughout all phases of the design process. With his passion for fine detailing and vast knowledge of the construction process, he has developed a well-earned reputation for finding creative solutions to meet the specific needs and desires of his clients, producing work that is always exquisitely detailed, elegantly proportioned, and uniquely individual.

24 North Astor

Irvington, NY

914-591-4306

CLOAKING

www.opacicarchitechts.com


Brian O'Keefe Architecture (BOKA)

 

Brian O'Keefe Architecture ("BOKA") which is owned by Bronxville resident Brian O'Keefe, was established in 1993. Their work draws upon the client's desired aesthetic, traditions of that style and reinterpreting them to create a project that is well suited to its location and context, and fits well with the client's lifestyle and today's needs. They do renovations, additions, and new construction projects of varying sizes.   BOKA also works as an architectural consultant for several well-known New York and Los Angeles based interior designers.

Office: 212.957.9790 /

Cel: 917-402-6774

Fax: 212.245.0157 

445 West 162nd St New York, NY 10032 

CLOAKING

www.bokapc.com


Guttilla Contracting 

Gutilla Contracting was built on taking pride in what it does and making home owners dreams come true. Serving Bronxville for over 25 years. It is fully licensed and insured in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess County and the State of Connecticut. See their website for a complete list of services. www.guttillacontracting.com

66 Palmer Ave Suite 49a

Bronxville, NY 10708

(O) (914) 693-2132

(F) (914) 693-2133

CLOAKING

www.guttillacontracting.com


Dordevic Architecture+ Construction 

 

Dordevic Architecture + Construction is a specialized design firm whose core values are grounded in timeless modern design with a thoughtful approach to understanding program and function. Our expertise ranges from luxury residential to retail and commercial. We provide clients with a full range of architecture, construction and renovation services since great spaces are the result of a collaborative effort between thoughtful designers and skilled craftsmen.

119 Pondfield Road, No. 156

Bronxville, NY 10708

CLOAKING

www.dordevic.com

office: 212.362.7332

direct: 617.821.2491

 

 



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Bronxville Beautification Garden Party Coming Up in June PDF Print Email

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By Maggie Monahan-Bopp, Member, Bronxville Beautification Council

May 22, 2019:  On Sunday, June 9, from 4:00 to 6:00, the Bronxville Beautification Council (the "BBC") will be holding its second biannual garden party. The concept of mingling with friends, neighbors, and other garden enthusiasts while sampling hors d’oeuvres and summer cocktails in the atmosphere of a beautiful Bronxville garden was conceived in 2017. This year, local landscape designer Jennifer Colao and her husband, Andrew Colao, have offered the use of their exceptional historical garden on Beechwood Road as the venue for the event. Students will provide chamber music as guests explore the garden. 

The Colaos' garden is no ordinary one. The house on Beechwood was built by Louise Beebe Wilder, who ranks among the 20th century’s greatest horticulturists. Author of over ten books on the subject, including Adventures in a Suburban Garden (1931), written specifically about the Beechwood garden, Wilder is considered by many to be America’s greatest garden writer. Wilder and her architect husband designed and built the house around 1922. Wilder transformed the wild, one-acre property into a Garden of Eden, with a long grape arbor and stone pillars that still stand today (though most of those, along with the rest of the garden, have been reconstructed by the Colao family). Wilder also designed the landscaping around Bronxville’s railroad station, a project maintained today by the BBC.

For further information or to purchase tickets for the garden party, email  CLOAKING or call 414-232-9998. Proceeds go to the BBC, a nonprofit volunteer organization that maintains numerous beautification projects in the business district of Bronxville, including the banks of the railroad underpass, the circle near Lawrence Hospital, and the beautiful flower-filled triangles and new pots on Pondfield Road.  Please join the BBC on the afternoon of June 9 and help us keep Bronxville beautiful.

Pictured here: The Colaos' garden.

Photo courtesy the Colao family

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 

 

 
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