Tag: new York state

Side Yard to Table at Bedford’s Truck

Food miles—the distance food travels from farm to plate—seem to be kept to a minimum at Truck restaurant in Bedford, N.Y. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

There is something blissful about sitting beneath the Truck sign in the dining room of the restaurant of the same name in Bedford, N.Y. and looking out the window at the garden where some of my lunch comes from. I…

Westchester Castles: Manhattanville

Castles close by: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Don’t let Reid Castle be wasted on co-eds   Try to find a reason to visit the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. just to visit what’s called ‘The Castle,’ and it indeed looks like one. Formally called Reid…

Dining at Ryder Farm in Brewster

Place setting for a seasonal supper at Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Go for Vegetables, for the Flowers, for an Artistic Retreat, for the Past Use any excuse you can to pay a visit to Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y. and imagine, for a few moments, for an evening, for a days-long…

Finding Ulysses in the Big Apple

President Ulysses S. Grant lying in state in City Hall, New York City, 1885. Photo credit: National Park Service Manhattan Historic Sites Archive

Presidents—Past, Present, Future—Seem to Love New York Of all the entries on the list of first politicians lured to or born in New York is one that, for me, does not typically conjure associations with the Empire State. Think U.S.…

Beacon beyond DIA

A revitalized Main Street in Beacon, N.Y. is full of shops, restaurants, and artistic endeavors. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to Artist Jeffrey Terreson’s New Gallery For those who grew up in Upstate New York at a time when it was thriving, what’s happened in decades since is sometimes disheartening. Failure to thrive in too many places comes…

North Salem, N.Y.’s Big Boulder

Balanced Rock in North Salem, N.Y., as depicted on a 1906 postcard

A Balanced Rock by Any Other Name An old postcard from 1906 refers to North Salem, N.Y.’s Balanced Rock, a geological anomaly of sorts as it is a boulder balancing on a few smaller rocks, as ‘Large Boulder.’ It is…

History, Hucksters, and a Highway in Brewster

The grave of a Revolutionary War soldier at Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to the Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Putnam County, N.Y. How many times have I stopped for ice cream and miniature golf at the Red Rooster in Brewster, N.Y., or headed just a little further north to Aversano’s,…

Springtime, Bedford Hills

The aspirational Steinhardt Garden in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Open garden days are a great way to travel locally to see what you might have been missing all year long. Here, the aspirational Steinhardt Garden in Bedford Hills, N.Y. where I could probably spend the entire summer. —Lori Tripoli…

Out at Pound Ridge

Inn at Pound Ridge

Given all of the positive publicity Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Inn at Pound Ridge has received, there’s probably little to no way the place could ever live up to its larger-than-life expectations. For those who remember the tiredness of earlier iterations of…

A Closet History at the Eastman House

Are the bedrooms of historical figures really this neat? A bedroom in the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Hat Boxes and the Past in Rochester, N.Y.   Should visitors to Kodak founder George Eastman’s house in Rochester, N.Y. feel nosy upon peeking into closets at the old place? What would someone find if she were to glance into…