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For Sale In Ossining NY – 116 Cedar Lane

39 - Cedar - Exterior2- smallThe Bottom Line: 

  • Offered at $524,914
  • Property Taxes – $13,036

The Bullet:

  • 3 BR/2.5 BA
  • 2257 sf
  • 0.62 acres

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For Sale in Mount Kisco NY 10549 – 25 Barker Street #201 – A 2 BR/2.5 BA Townhouse

25 Barker Street - Mount Kisco NY 10549The Bottom Line:

  • Asking Price: $349,000
  • Common Charges:  $348/month
  • Property Taxes: $4578 without STAR savings.

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Shopping Local – Supporting Your Community….

Make-A-Wish-SmallOk – if you haven’t gotten all your gifts by now, you really are officially a “last minute” shopper!  But if you are in that bind – here are a few local merchants that I ran across at a pop-up shop  where I was hawking my fine art photos.  The shop was a part of Tarrytown’s 3rd Friday and was generously hosted by Jenifer Ross of the Watercooler in Tarrytown.

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Fotos On The Fly – Stormy Weather…The Hudson River during a tornado watch…

Tornado Watch - Tarrytown NY - Hudson RiverA little over a week ago Westchester was having one of its “climate change moments.  I was on the road playing fast and loose with a tornado watch as a line of storms approached  from the west.   I kept an eye on the weather but thought I had a bit of time before the worst of the front moved through.  So I decided to go down to the RiverWalk in Tarrytown and see the progress on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Fotos On The Fly – The Hudson River & the Hudson Line….

 

Irvington Train - 8-13 - HDR2-SmallYou can’t think about the Hudson River without thinking about trains and train lines.  Trains and the lower Hudson Valley go hand in hand because the area is just a few miles from mid-town Manhattan.   For Westchester residents, trains are a way of life, and that makes good sense since many residents make the daily trek from their Westchester homes to Manhattan.   Thanks to Metro-North, the trip is quite painless and efficient.

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Fotos On The Fly – Surreal Sunsets on the Hudson – Sleepy Hollow NY

Surreal Sunset- Hudson River - Kingsland Point ParkLately I’ve been taking a lot of photos along the Hudson River.  The sheer concentration on the Hudson River was due in part to a client who had some very specific requests with the Hudson River as the subject.  The process  of such a focussed effort drew my attention to the fact that no two photos of the Hudson River are ever really alike.   They can be in the same location at the same time of day and still be quite different.  The distinctive cloud formations, the sunsets that range from the brightest yellows and purples to the palest pinks create  that unique “Hudson Valley sky” seems to produce endless variations.  Trying to recapture a moment is futile in such a situation…once you have missed the moment, it is gone.

 The sunset above was taken  from Kingsland Point Park when I was trying to capture something completely different.  The sky and weather conditions did not cooperate at all with my original plans that involved a pre-sunset shoot of the LIghthouse.  But I did mange to capture a vivid sunset.  At first I thought this was a “consolation prize”  but this photo took on a life of its own.  The colors were so vivid that they almost looked surreal, so I decided to exaggerate the vivid and emphasize the shadow of the trees.

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Fotos On The Fly: Happy 4th of July – Fireworks From Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow NY

Fireworks-2013-SH1 - 550Fireworks are really fun to photograph, if you know what you are doing.  Personally, I love taking photos of fireworks on the water because you get the added benefit of the water reflection which seems to make them extra special.  Sister villages Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow joined forces once again to create a wonderful display on the Hudson River right next door to Lighthouse Landing.

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Fotos On The Fly: Reflections of Independence Day – Old Glory in Mamaroneck NY

Old Glory - Mamaroneck NY

This was a photo that I took last year but never processed until this year.  It needed some retouching due to the angle that I took the picture and at first I rejected it in favor of another version that I posted a long time ago.   The other photo was easier to process, but this one had more character.

For those who don’t know, this flag flies over the town of Mamaroneck every year on Mamaroneck Ave.  I don’t know any other town in Westchester that flies the flag in quite this way, but I really enjoy the effect.  Its understated patriotism without the bells, whistles, and fireworks, yet it has high impact.

On a personal note, this is the 5th independence we are celebrating since the financial collapse of 2008.   Over the past five years I have watched the pitiful and often disingenuous attempts by our government to curtail the excesses of the “free-market cowboys” in the banking industry and on Wall Street.  Being part of the real estate industry, I have had a front row seat into the good, the bad, and the ugly of all the political posturing and the very real suffering of innocent bystanders.  What I have been left with is an emptiness and sadness in the realization that our country no longer functions for “We the People”.  This year, I decided it was time to be more active.  For that reason, I became a local district leader in the city I call home, White Plains, NY.   Its a small contribution, but if every citizen did the same we would perhaps be able to speak with a louder voice.

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Market Update – Scarsdale Manor Cooperative of Garth Road – The Bull Market Returns….

Scarsdale ManorAfter years of bad news in the housing market, a corner has been turned.  The cooperative complex of Scarsdale Manor  on Garth Road in the Scarsdale PO is an example of such a turn around.   This popular pre-war cooperative complex suffered from the malaise with slow sales and decreasing prices.  Things are now leveling and we appear to be well on our way to healthy price increases.

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Announcing a photography show…featuring photography tour of Westchester NY

 

 

 

Its been a while since I’ve posted a blog, because  with so many things happening in both real estate – which is starting to pick up big time – and for Fotos On The Fly.  I’ve found myself busier than usual.

First – for the basics.  The show is opening on Friday Feb 1, 5-7 PM  at The Water Cooler in Tarrytown NY.  The exact address is 21 North Broadway on Route 9.  The location is less than a block north of Main St. Here is a link to the event.  You can RSVP as attending or as a “maybe”.    All are welcome!  Please come…I’d love to meet you!

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