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Village Trustees Meeting: Two Bridges to Be Rebuilt; All Stores Could be Occupied by the Holidays; Fire Safety Tips PDF Print Email


By Staff

Sep. 12, 2018:  At the Village of Bronxville Board of Trustees Meeting on September 10, Mayor Mary Marvin provided an update on improvements in the village this summer, including $500,000 worth of paving, new islands, and improvements by Metro-North at the train station.   

Village Administrator Jim Palmer reported that Midland Avenue had been paved and thanked residents for their patience with the Con Ed pipes project. The village is also undertaking a comprehensive plan, and Mayor Marvin and the trustees are looking at the best ways to solicit input from key stakeholders and residents in the village. Marvin also reported that there are leases out for almost all of the empty stores and that if all goes well, almost all the stores could be occupied by the holidays. Trustee Mark Wood reported that the village had purchased the Avalon parking lot and is going to improve this space.

County legislator Gordon Burrows reported that two bridges in Bronxville are going to be rebuilt, the Palmer Road bridge and the bridge on Pondfield Road West over the Bronx River. Work on the Palmer Road bridge will start soon and is being funded by a $2.375 million bond. The bridge on Pondfield Road West will be replaced in the spring of 2019 at a total cost of $9 million.

Burrows also reported that a soccer field is being built on Scout Field and that work will start this fall.  There was some opposition to this field and Burrows said that they are trying to address these concerns.

Finally, Westchester County is currently projecting a deficit of $18.2 million for the year, but this could increase to $58 million because of the impact of a new union contract.

At the meeting, the fire inspector provided tips to avoid fires such as the one that occurred this summer in Midland Gardens, caused by an air conditioner that was plugged into a power strip. The fire inspector presented key fire safety tips:

  • Do not plug large devices like air conditioners and microwaves into power strips because these strips are meant for small devices. If used for small devices, make sure they are “good ones” and will shut down if overloaded.

  • Have smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside bedrooms, and on every floor. Make sure they are charged.

  • If there is a fire, get outside, then call 911.

  • Have carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Do maintenance on heating systems before winter comes.

  • Make sure Christmas trees are watered; check lights to make sure there are no frayed cords.

  • Be careful with candles.

  • Plan your escape; always plan two ways out.

  • Cooking is the largest cause of home fires, accounting for 30 to 40%. If you have a grease fire, the best way to put it out is to turn off the burner and cover the pot.

Finally, also mentioned at the meeting were two upcoming events, the Be Well Event sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, which will take place on the front lawn of The Bronxville School on September 29, and the “Speeders” Art Show, which will take place starting September 23.

Pictured here: Bronxville Village Hall.

Photo by A. Warner


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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