Sleepy Hollow, NY Real Estate News

By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
One of my favorite places to take the dogs for a long walk is the famous Rockefeller Preserve in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills.  The park’s primary activities include hiking, running, fishing and horseback riding.  The Preserve has been designated as an “Important Bird Area” with over 180 species known by the National Audubon Society.  The park features many trails and a lake which is an ideal location for an easy 1 mile walk. To say that the history of the park is rich one is an understatement. The land was donated by the Rockefeller family of Standard Oil fame. Over 1000 acres have been dedicated to the State of New York since 1983.  It is with a sense of irony that the family who built an oil empire has in subsequent generations dedicated itself so ardently to wild-life preservation ...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
The snow was gone - unfortunately...but it was quite cold on Christmas Eve Day when I took Jade and Tundra to the Dog Park at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, NY.   Dogs need exercise - particularly Siberian Huskies - and with the two days that were ahead, I knew that what they needed was a great run in the park to burn off the excess energy. And run they did!   Here are a few photos of them standing still.....        Jade taking a short rest.....                 Tundra Checking out what is in the tree...              Jade watching and waiting.....              Tundra - after a big run.......         Here are a couple of shots of Jade and Tundra running.....These are very hard to get with my camera - so forgive the blurring....but it shows just how much exercise these guys need......
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
A new monkey wrench was thrown into the Lighthouse Landing project that I wrote about yesterday.  The builder - Roseland has backed out at the 11 th hour because the Sleepy Hollow board of trustees reduced the size of the residential housing by a little less than 6% and added bonding obligations and improvements that they feel were excessive and exceeded the authority of the Trustees.  Granted that it is important that builders and landowners  make a fair profit.  But at the same time, I have gotten an increased sense that builders feel that they can literally "bully" local officials into submission with "its my way or the highway" stands and threats of litigation.  My point is - where does a landowners right to a profit end and a municipalities right to determine its future growth begi...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Lighthouse Landing – the proposed development  in question located on roughly 100 acres of prime real estate along the Hudson River in Westchester County. The site features breathtaking river views including that of the Kingsland Point Light House and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The site is also full of lead contamination from the GM plant that occupied the area from 1899 to 1996.  It is also the focal point of two lawsuits, one filed and one threatened. When GM left Sleepy Hollow it left behind prime real estate that was badly contaminated.  What to do with this potentially marvelous site has been a hotly debated issue ever since. So much so, that it has taken 11 years to get to the point of issuing special permits.  To  the environmentalists the site represents an opportunity to restore th...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
I happened to be on the Hudson River this evening and experienced the most wonderful sunset.  I had my camera - but photographing sunsets can be tough. With  a fairly new camera in hand - I got some fairly decent shots. So I'm just going to post a few and say "Enjoy!" 
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
One day my vet was looking at one of my white Siberian Huskies one day when she had a distinctly gray tinge around the neck.  It was coming from the tag on her collar.  She shook her head and said “It’s hard to be a white dog!”  Another vet that I use for surgeries laughed when he saw the two “girls” and said – “White dogs always like to roll in the mud!” Often, I forget just HOW white these guys are.  So, I decided for a special treat, that it was time to have Jade and Tundra professionally groomed. Buddy always stays clean – but he’s red and white – not all white!  Anyway, after their bath and blow-dry the groomer put special pumpkin bandanas on them. Later, I  decided they deserved some time at the dog park in  Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  The park is located across fr...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without at least giving a nod and a drive-by to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow – the location being the inspiration for Washington Irving’s famous tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Although part of different townships, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are closely associated  both geographically  and by history. Washington Irving’s Estate, Sunnyside is located in Tarrytown, while Philipsburg Manor, the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and the Headless Horseman Bridge are located in Sleepy Hollow.  An 18-foot statue of Ichabod Crane being chased by the Headless Horseman was erected in Sleepy Hollow on Halloween morning  2006.  So the statue will celebrate its first birthday this Halloween. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a short story written Washington Irv...
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