When Nor’ Easter Nemo kicked me – Snow Away came to the rescue….

Ok!  I will be the first to admit it!  I have one of the worst driveways in White Plains….It might even be an award winner county-wide.  It is pictured in part in the iPhone photo on the right…. To begin with, it is long and curved.  Its fine for most cars and SUV’s,  but for a plow, it can be difficult.  To add insult to injury, the driveway is in dire need of repaving.  But the length of the driveway means mucho $$$ for re-paving  and although according to the government the “recession has been over” for almost 3 years, most of us here on the ground still feel as though we are deep in a recession….including yours truly.

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The Broadlawn of White Plains – Sales Update for 2012 is Upbeat…

The Broadlawn - 20 N Broadway - White Plains NY 10601
Often when buyers start looking for White Plains NY condos for sale, they find themselves drawn to older complexes with old-world charm.  Westchester coops comprise the largest share of pre-war buildings and many high-end Westchester coops end up being on the short list of buyers for White Plains NY condos.  The Broadlawn of White Plains is just such a complex.

Note:  This site is currently featuring a new listing for the Broadlawn!  A totally renovated 2BR duplex with a granite kitchen an brand new bath.  To learn more about The Broadlawn L-156 – Click Here!

The Broadlawn Complex:

The complex consists of  garden style units surrounded by formal  gardens that including  Pergola and  barbecue area.  Built in 1928, the Broadlawn is know for its Old-World charm and architectural details.  Most of the units at the Broadlawn have  two bedrooms.  Many include such wonderful amenities as fireplaces and  balconies overlooking the formal gardens.  Ground floor units often have private patios.   Many units are duplexes.  The ground floor units tend to be simplexes with patios while the upper floor units are generally duplexes. The Broadlawn was able to forgo raising its maintenance fees last year – which speaks well to its financial stability.  The interior hallways have just been given a facelift and they are also in the process of creating a fitness room on the premises.  All of these are positive steps for the owners and are signs of a thriving community.

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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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Happy New Year!! From Renaissance Square in White Plains NY

Over the past several years, White Plains NY has created a new New Years Eve tradition.  Dubbed “mini-me” Manhattan during the building boom  (aka real estate bubble) of the early 200o’s, the city started its own version of the Times Square ball drop followed by fireworks.  I rather enjoy the event although I firmly believe that White Plains needs to stop pretending to be NYC.  There is only ONE Times Square and we need to create our own unique tradition.  Also,  fair warning for those who enjoy a quiet New Years Eve by the fire – this is not that type of gig.  There is a tremendous party atmosphere.  Personally, I’m more of a “by the fire” type myself, but I really do like fireworks displays too….

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Fotos On The Fly – Whimsies of Tarrytown – Great Place to shop local….

Whimsies - Tarrytown NYIn a Walmart dominated world,  holiday shopping has become homogenized.  The unexpected becomes the a thing of the past and the big predictable brand predominates.  But every once in a while you run across something very unique. For anyone reading  this, it is probably too late for me to making suggestions as to where to buy that last minute gift for Christmas Day.  But you may have some people that you still have to shop for after the holidays.   If you live in Westchester NY, and have a yen to find something truly unique…try Whimsies in Tarrytown on Broadway.  You can tell by their window display that they are not your same-old, same-old.  I took this picture on the 22nd.  Its a great store with a character all its own.  It also has something for just about anyone.  And while you are there, if there is  a four-footed friend on your list, try Bark and Meow. Its just a couple of stores down towards Main St. from Whimsies and it has everything a cat or dog could wish for and then some.

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Fotos on the fly – Simple Light Displays…Sometimes less is more……

White Plains NY, Downtown White Plains, Westchester NYHoliday lights are everywhere in Westchester this time of year – from the spectacular to the gaudy to the very simple.   So I’m putting up a very simple display today to show how simple sometimes is better than over-the-top. This is a balcony from a pre-war building in downtown White Plains NY.  So I used HDR to bring out the texture of the brick and wrought iron railings. The simple lights let the texture and pre-war character of the building shine and still provided holiday cheer.   Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season.


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Sometimes Simple Says it Best…

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Attracting New Residents to Westchester – We need to be more dog-friendly…

The battle for hearts & minds:

This is going to be a short series on ways we can win over the hearts and minds of potential new residents for lower Westchester.   Westchester’s population has seen a slow but steady decline and we definitely need to step it up with respect to encouraging the new generation of homebuyers – Gen Y.   This generation has a different set of expectations and needs and Westchester is not meeting them well enough.  Most in this generation and indeed in the latter Gen X generation are not as enamored with Westchester as the early Xer’s and the late boomers.  There are plenty of reasons for this and if we don’t work to rectify the situation, there are broad implications for home values and businesses alike.  Everyone should have a vested interest in making our county more user-friendly to the next generation.

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Today we mourn and express our condolences….

No Christmas lights for me today.  I had a topic all picked out for a post today.  But given the tragedy of the events in Newtown CT, a town not more than about 35 to 40 minutes away from my own home in the south end of White Plains, anything I was planning to write – no matter how useful, would seem almost foolhardy.  So, like many other bloggers, working in many different venues, this day will be devoted to the Newtown shooting.

Since  I’m not a mother, I will not pretend for a minute to understand how the parents of the young victims must feel.  It is just such a violation of the natural order of things, that the grief is beyond my personal comprehension.  Unless you have walked in these people’s shoes, there is really no way that any of us could understand what they are going through.     These young lives were snuffed out before their lives had even begun.  It was senseless, cruel, and worse – very possibly preventable.  All we can do is offer our condolences and so that these families know that we have them in our hearts, minds and prayers.  That is the best we can offer.

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Christmas Lights in Westchester NY – The Broadlawn of Downtown White Plains

Yes, I know its not all that PC to call them Christmas lights, but most of the lights that are out are Christmas lights – so I’m just going to call them what they are!  Whatever you call them and no matter what your religion, the lights are always fun for the whole family. I remember driving around with my parents as a child looking for light displays  everywhere we went.  Some nights we actually went on “Christmas Light Expeditions”.  We would go out in search of lights.  Photographing the lights was a bit of a challenge.

The pictures never seemed to turn out the way we expected them to!  But I’m going to give it a shot and post as many photos of holiday lights as I can this year.  And I will spill on the location so people can go and see for themselves….This first photo is from downtown White Plains on North Broadway.  The Broadlawn is one of my favorite cooperative buildings.  It has wonderful old-world charm with old growth trees in its English garden courtyard.  The complex is known for its holiday decorations.  Beautiful and tasteful!  This is a photo of the entry.

Happy Holidays Everyone!


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Designs for the new Tappan Zee Bridge just released…

Tappan Zee Bridge 2012- Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown River WalkThe photo above is a scene that will be history in a fairly short amount of time.  I took it of the “old” or “current” Tappan Zee Bridge from the River Walk right at the border of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.  For those who are interested, the Hudson Harbor complex was slightly south and to the left of the shot.

In any case, three designs for the new Tappan Zee Bridge were just released for public consumption.  They are are very different from the original bridge design and will change the landscape forever.  You can view them at this link.  Behind all the ramifications and politics there is an urgent need for a new bridge.  Where many feel the the system has fallen short is with the loss of a proposed mass transit system that would have relieved the traffic flow across the bridge and eased commuting times to NYC for those on the western side of the Hudson  River.  I tend to agree that we need to make the area more mass-transit friendly.

One of the problems with any design is the vast length that has to be traversed.  It is a 3 mile stretch across the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.

Anyway, for a sneak peak at the designs – here is a link.  I happen prefer design #2.  I’m not wild about design #1 and the arial orientation makes me undecided about design #3.   But anyway – pick  your favorite or your most hated!

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