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Have You Noticed The New Crosswalks at Midland, Masterton and Crows Nest? PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Oct. 9, 2019: Have you noticed the new crosswalks at Midland Avenue, Masterton Road and Crows Nest Road in Bronxville?

According to Mayor Mary Marvin, the village has reconfigured this intersection to "better define the intersections, make crossing safer and reduce vehicle speed." A crossing guard will be at these intersections during school opening and closing hours.

The village's consulting engineer recommended the new design. It includes the relocation of the crosswalk on Masterton Road along with additional striping to reduce vehicle speed and better define the intersections.

It also includes the relocation of the crosswalk across Midland Avenue.  The old crosswalk had a stoplight. The new crosswalk will not.  According to Jim Palmer, Bronxville Village Administrator, the new crosswalk will have a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon ("RRFB") which is activated when a pedestrian is about enter the crosswalk.  According to Palmer, "this is in compliance with New York State standards and is what’s appropriate for the intersection." 

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New Crosswalk beween Masterton Road and Crows Nest Road and new striping

You also may have noticed there is a new green "walking person" painted near the bottom of Masterton Road.  The purpose of the "walking person" is to provide advance notice to motorists that they are approaching a crosswalk.

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New green "walking person" near the bottom of Masterton Road

A police car was stationed at the new crosswalks for the past month to draw attention to the changes and slow the speed of vehicles.

According to Palmer, the initial feedback on this new design is "positive."  Some residents have expressed concern about the "'industrial' nature of the improvements." However, Palmer explained these residents are "overwhelmingly supportive" when they learn that the striping and reflective bollards "will be replaced with low plantings, a new sidewalk and curbing – as was the case with the improvements at Kensington and Sagamore."

Residents are encouraged to provide input on the design so that necessary changes can be incorporated into the final plan.  Emails can be sent to  CLOAKING .

Pictured at top:  New crosswalk across Midland Avenue

Photos by A. Warner


 
Gung-Ho Gardener: Time to Plant the Bulbs PDF Print Email
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By Neely Bower 
 
Oct. 2, 2019:  October is a quiet time in the garden. You should be cleaning up plants that are finished for the season. Daylilies and hostas are the first that come to mind.
 
With the dry, hot weather we have had this summer, many plants are unsightly. Use your fingers to comb through the daylilies and remove the dead leaves; in some cases, there will not be much of the plant remaining--this is ok. If your hostas are turning brown, remove the dead leaves and the flower stem or cut them down and clean up the area.
 
Now that this is done, pull out your bulb catalogues. I recommend John Scheepers, which can also be found online. You can plant your bulbs anytime through the end of November, as long as the ground does not freeze.
 
Be creative this year. Daffodils are tried and true, but you may already have enough of these. Try alliums or leucojum for a change. I stay away from tulips because they usually bloom only the first year, they are smaller the second year, and then they peter out and stop blooming. Deer, squirrels, and bunnies also love tulips.

When planting your bulbs, refer to the instructions that come with them for depth and plant them in groups. Never plant bulbs individually. Dig a hole that will accommodate five or six bulbs, not touching, add a little bone meal, cover, and wait for a surprise in the spring.

Photo by N. Bower
 
Artie Lange and Staff Appear in NBC 'Today Show' Segment with the Property Brothers PDF Print Email

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By Staff

Sep. 25, 2019:  On Tuesday, September 10, Artie Lange of Arthur Lange, Inc. was part of an NBC Today Show segment with the Property Brothers to promote the brothers' new children's book Builder Brothers.

Artie met Jonathan and Drew Scott (the Property Brothers) three years ago when his construction company, Arthur Lange Inc., participated in four episodes of Property Brothers Buying & Selling on HGTV. The shows were a big success, and Artie and the Scotts have stayed in close touch.

To help promote their new children's book, the Scott brothers requested that Artie and his staff create matching derby cars to be used in a race in which NBC morning anchors' cars were pushed by the brothers in a race. 

When asked what he liked most about the event, Artie said, “I think it was classy of Jonathan and Drew Scott to invite me on the plaza of the Today Show to watch the event close up. It was a close second to the shout-out on national TV. I truly enjoyed the experience.”

Click here to see a video of the race.  You’ll hear Drew Scott of the Property Brothers thank Artie and his team for their help building the cars.

Pictured here:  Artie Lange and Jonathan Scott.

Photos courtesy Artie Lange







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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 the renovation

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Kitchen 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.






 
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