I can recall … Musings on our children growing up

I can recall reading how children in New York City would play stickball way back when …. I grew up in a pseudo country side, and my father had invented ‘sticky wicket’, a game with a ball and a cricket bat with the players trying to throw a ball (gently) at the legs of the person holding the cricket bat. It was so much fun, and I can imagine how it would be frowned upon today! Throwing a ball at someone’s legs! Oh my goodness!

My siblings and I would grow vegetables and then ‘sell them’ to my  mum, and there was such a  sense of accomplishment. Each year I would embroider chairbacks for Great Aunt Nance, and she would knit us a cardigan each. We would be in bed at 7 pm. (summer too  – can you imagine!), and we would lie in bed for hours until we fell asleep. I would read a book, and sneak it beneath my pillow when I heard my parents on the stairway. My mum made great roast chicken with stuffing (my father’s chicken was better though), but it was just the way he would season it. He would return from work and we would sit and watch him eat, and he would put x amount of pepper on the potatoes, and then the salt, and I cant describe it, but he would make everything look so appetizing when he did next to nothing? My mum would place our dessert called ‘afters’  behind the main course. We were not allowed to eat the ‘afters’ until we ate our dinner. The point of course was to eat all of those vegetables we hated in order to get to the yummy dessert be it pie and custard or something else.  Ice cream was always a huge treat. When my mum made a stew.. ‘we…ell‘  it was meat, some vegetables in water…. That was when we started to learn how to season,  some A-1 sauce, some pepper, anything to give flavor. We would always take out the dumplings and save for our ‘afters’ and serve with jam. Vegetables? My mum would cook a variety, but I would not be exaggerating if I stated 4-5 with each meal. Swedes, spinach, cabbage, brussel sprouts, potatoes of all kinds, greens as we called them. Not much meat.

Sundays in the summer would mean my mum pickling some hard boiled eggs in vinegar to have with salad for tea ( always a roast for Sunday lunch).  If fishermen would come around, we would have fresh cockles and mum would place them in vinegar to marinate. They were delicious.  Herrings slow cooked in the oven with onions and vinegar – yum! I used to love to bring in the bottles of milk and enjoy the fresh cream on top!

Life was so different. Families were families.  Sunday afternoons would mean sitting by the fire and reading the Sunday newspapers. When I was 4, I would pretend to read.. and when I was 5, I did read. So many stories about the holocaust. That I vividly recall.  I can recall coming in second in a Cadbury’s writing contest held  amongst all schools in England and  Northern Ireland when I was in Elementary School. We had to write a story on how the Easter Bunny lost its tail! We had time to have imaginations. Are our children too programmed today?

A.J. and Mark. A.J. always loved uniforms, and is now a commercial pilot! Mark is in business!

Playtime was outside, playing with friends, be it soccer, or berry picking, or going where we weren’t supposed to it which were the batteries or emplacements on Canvey Island. We would run amidst the pillboxes having so much fun. Yikes! I am sure there was ammunition left somewhere but what did we know in the 50’s! I can recall mud flats, and we would roll in the mud – it would be warm and oozing. Canvey Island was a holiday spot for people from London which made us laugh.  Coming to our island? People would come for holidays or day trips, there was a fair ground, a Country Club, a horrible stony beach and a casino. We even had (have) Dutch cottages with thatched roofs. One famous pub was called the Haystack because of it thatched roof.

When I was 11, I passed the “11 Plus’, my parents told me not to go to High School for I would get married and so why bother. Ha! However, I attended an all girl’s High School which meant I had to wear a uniform, a beret, take a bus to a train, a train and then another bus to my school from the age of 11 onward. I cant imagine doing that now. However, back then, everyone did it. The trains were also steam, and so we would hang our heads out of the window to see the smoke getting all black in the process!  We had to stand for any adult on a bus so they would not have to. Life was different. We were taught to respect our elders.

I think that our childhood also determines to some extent the type of play we then have with our children when they are born. My father was the fun person, and we loved his sense of play. I can recall (still do – oops) having throwing contests with paper balls into the garbage can from the kitchen table. We call it the best of three, and see who gets the ball of paper into the garbage the most times.  A relative came to stay once, and asked why were we doing it. I responded with ‘because its fun!”  I felt so sad that he had never experienced doing something so silly and he was so young. I would sit down on the floor after dinner, their homework completed, and my sons and I would play marbles. Or, we would play floor hockey on a limited basis of course.  Board games – always just as we did growing up on Canvey. Scrabble my favorite!  Driveway tennis,  baseball, berry picking, cooking. All of my sons are great cooks.  One of my son’s friends said he would love sleep overs as I would make great breakfasts. That was nice . One time, and after my children had a bout of the flu, we decided to have an indoor picnic to cheer  up. I placed a sheet onto the kitchen floor, and we had a picnic just because…

I was taught not to take myself seriously, and I would like to think that my three sons all have a great sense of humor, care for others, and to treat everyone the same. Life is too short.

So, it all makes me ponder on this generation a little.  Don’t hate me!! I see the children glued to their computer tablets and phones so how do they socialize, have fun and just be children? Will they grow up to be too serious. Perhaps unhappy?  Its saddens me when I hear how colleges have to create safe places for their students because they cant cope. Have they lost their sense of fair play, how to play, how to relax, can they spontaneously create a game just because?

Just pondering…

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Happy Birthday Matt!

What a night!!! Legendary Underhills Crossing CEO/Proprietor Steven Palm took these two photos with us at my fabulous 52nd Birthday bash in my birth town of Bronxville, New York! Kudos and thumbs up to Steven and the entire Underhills Crossing Staff!

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Monday – Tuesday: Lunch 11:30 AM – 3 PM, Dinner 3 PM – 10 PM
Wednesday – Thursday: Lunch 11:30 AM – 3 PM, Dinner 3 PM – 10:30 PM
Friday: Lunch 11:30 AM – 3 PM, Dinner 3 PM – 11:30 PM
Saturday: Brunch/ Lunch 11 AM – 4 PM, Dinner 4 PM – 11:30 PM
Sunday: Brunch/ Lunch 11 AM – 4 PM, Dinner 4 PM – 9:30 PM

 

 

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Sunday morning breakfast! Aebleskiver!

I am a Realtor, work 7 days a week and so it is important I start the day with a smile on my face (which is easy as I have so many wonderful friends and clients!)… Sometimes though, comfort food is a nice way to start the day! Aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls) and a few cups (smile) of hot frothy café au lait sometimes does the trick!  Have a great day!

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55 Hillside Crescent -Public Open House- Sunday 2/16/20 1-3 p.m.

Please join me at a public Open House today at 55 Hillside Crescent in New Rochelle from 1-3 p.m. Located in a cul de sac, this lovely 3200 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Center Hall Colonial home on 0.27 of an acre is sure to please. While winter now, the garden boasts beautiful flowers in the spring and summer months when you can sip a cup of tea or morning coffee on the delightful patio which is assessed via the kitchen and family room. The kitchen has a center island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast area, and opens to the large, sunny family room with its wood burning fireplace. The formal dining room, office, living room, laundry area and powder room complete the first floor. The master bedroom (17’X15′) offers great light, a walk in closet & the lovely master bathroom with marble counter & a Jacuzzi bathtub. There are three additional bedrooms, and a hall bath also on the second floor, and access to a room (23′ X 18′) over the garage which is not included in the square footage. Close to transportation, schools, and fine dining, and just 30 minutes from New York City!  This charming home is being offered at $1,100,000.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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How Far is it from 95 Robinhood Road?

I entered a wonderful home in White Plains a few weeks ago.  (now going into contract) .. Why so quickly?  Simply because the home was beautiful, and this was the driving distance to local destinations… 

  1. Downtown White Plains – 8 Minutes 2.1 miles
  2. The German International School – 2 minutes -0.6 miles
  3. Ridgeway Elementary School 3  minutes. 1.5 miles
  4. White Plains Train Station –  9 minutes 2.9 miles
  5. The Westchester Mall – 5 Minutes 1.9 miles
  6. Westchester Hills Golf Club 2 Minutes 0.9 Miles

     7) Some Restaurants in White Plains:

Morton’s Steakhouse – 4.3 Miles

Lilly’s– 4.3 Miles  (New American)

Mulino’s of Wetchester – 4.6 Miles

Lombardo’s White Plains – 4.4 Miles

KEE Oyster House – 4.6 Miles

Meditteraneo 4.3 Miles

North Street Tavern & Wood Fired Pizza 4.3Miles

P.F. Chang’s 4.1 Miles

The Brazen Fox – 4.3 Miles

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – 4.5 Miles

The Cheesecake Factory –
4.1 Miles

Serafina White Plains -4. miles

Hudson Grill – 4 .1 miles

Tre-Angelina -4.5 Miles

BLT Steak – 4.1 Miles

Vintage Lounge & Restaurant – 4.3 Miles

Holy Crab Cajun Seafood  3.9 Miles

Turkish Cuisine -4.3 Miles

White Plains is great !

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Public Open House Sunday February 9th, 1-3 p.m. 95 Robinhood Road

Please join Brad Brammer and I at a beautiful home on Sunday, February 9th  from 1-3 p.m. at 95 Robinhood Road in White Plains.  Located in a quiet Cul-de-Sac, this 4000 sq. ft. 3.5 bath sunny Colonial home located on 0.25 of a lush acre abutting the Ridgeway Country Club is simply gracious, elegant and charming! Built in 2008 (like new), there are beautiful hardwood floors throughout, a simply grand eat-in kitchen with granite counters, an Island, Viking stove/wall oven/microwave/ Refrigerator and GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator. There is a large 1st floor family room (adjacent to the kitchen) with a wood burning fireplace leading to the deck. The formal dining room, living room, powder room and laundry room complete the 1st floor. The Master Bedroom has both a walk-in closet, built-ins, plus the master bath has a polished Travertine marble floor, separate shower and bath, marble vanity. The 2nd bedroom has an en-suite bath, the 3rd and 4th bedrooms share a Jack-n-Jill bathroom w/granite counters. Great space in the lower level which also accesses a patio. Central Air Conditioning, Gas heat. Close to downtown White Plains, fine dining, trains and still close to New York City. This lovely home home is being offered at $1,270,000.   95robinhoodroad.com/

White Plains is GREAT!

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Where in the World (Westchester) is Matthew – Blog #5

Where has Matthew been these past few weeks?
D’AGOSTINO CLOTHIERS AND TAILORS…Style And Sophistication In A Class By Themselves!

Tony D’Agostino Sr. – Photo by Clare Lawrence

Clothing trends and fashions come and go. But at the exquisite D’Agostino Clothiers and Tailors in Larchmont, this landmark family-owned business has always kept up with the times when it comes to both classic and modern clothing. Incorporated in 1962, this monumental local entity has been at the forefront of the upscale clothing arena for more than half a century. In 1962…America had announced its embargo against Cuba, Bob Dylan issued his debut album, Johnny Carson became host of The Tonight Show. And D’Agostino Clothiers was born.

Think of it,  D’Agostino Clothiers has been outfitting discerning individuals and Westchester families for over 55 years with the finest seasonal overcoats, blazers, pants, socks, prom dresses, suits, shoes, jackets, vests and much more all under one spacious roof with that impeccable D’Agostino touch. They proudly feature suits and jackets by Ralph Lauren, Zegna, and Michael Kors, as well as shoes by Florsheim, Hushpuppy and more. You’ll also find Save The Duck outerwear and Wilkes and Riley, Enro and other fine shirt makers represented. D’Agostino Clothers also sells Buffalo Jeans and has a dressmaker and 3 tailors on premises. Once here, you will be greeted by the very hospitable and cordial D’Agostino family, a family that takes tremendous pride in helping you choose the right look and fit for you or your children.

Photo by Clare Lawrence

I asked Tony D’Agostino Sr. how much pride and satisfaction he gets from working with his two Sons, Erminio and Tony, Jr. “Great! Eventually, I am going to retire and they will take over the business. It’s their business when I’m gone.” Tony D’Agostino on the secret to his success, “The secret is do good work, fair prices and quality work. I believe in giving the customers high quality work and merchandise. People will be satisfied and I will be satisfied. People appreciate quality good work.” D’Agostinos is known for their remarkable tailoring. “Tailoring is very important, says Tony Sr. You make the people look nice. You dress them up right. I started being in this business when I was five years old as an apprentice. I came over at fifteen years old and I had a trade. I went out on my own on Palmer Avenue in 1964. I bought a dry cleaner and tailor, gave up the dry cleaner and did tailoring, and had people working for me also. Little by little, I got bigger. I moved to Boston Post Road, then moved to our current location here in Larchmont. When asked about keeping up with fashion trends,  Tony Sr, commented,  “No problem. As the fashions change, we change with it. We make whatever changes in the trade. We are tailors.  We can make the garments bigger or smaller, narrow and change the style. We do mostly big jobs. As for our clothes, we buy basic stuff. The idea is to satisfy the customer and keep them happy, and they will come back.

Even though this unique and spacious store features many top designers, you will love their competitive prices. D’Agostino Clothiers is a special place when it comes to fine clothing; two generations of a brilliant clothing family that are ready to serve your every need! The D’Agostino family also provides expert fitting and tailoring on premises. You will love the precision and skill they put into altering your newly purchased clothing. Stop by today for all your valuable apparel needs and custom tailoring. Tony Sr. and his two sons, Erminio and Tony Jr. welcome you to peruse their racks of beautiful clothes. D’Agostino Clothiers is also the ideal place to find your wedding gown, Bar Mitzvah outfit, communion, prom and more. They’re located at 138 Larchmont Avenue in Larchmont, NY and feel free to call them today at 914. 834. 0634. Let your true stripes show in D’Agostino Clothiers legendary attire! Five decades of fine vestments and custom tailoring…
NEW ROCHELLE FARMS….10,000 sq ft Of Grocery Goodness!

Jeff, (store manager), Jose, (co-owner), Matthew, Victoria, Jose’s daughter – Photo by Clare Lawrence

It just had to happen. The much anticipated, brand new, all encompassing grocery store in New Rochelle has been unveiled to rave reviews. New Rochelle Farms, a 10,000 sq ft pristine supermarket on North Avenue and Manor Place, features wholesome prepared food, seafood, fresh fish which is brought in twice per day sometimes,  a large selection of produce including organic, a deli section, a hot and cold food bar, a juice/coffee bar, full service meat department with a butcher who works on demand and more such as vegan and gluten free foods.  New Rochelle residents and others are singing the praises early on of New Rochelle Farms, and our city’s newest supermarket has been welcomed with open arms. And with people now living a healthier life, New Rochelle Farms is perfect for finding only the freshest fare all under one roof. They also feature a vast array of products from Peru, Mexico, Brazil, India, Bangladesh and West Indian. In addition, they’re one of the only supermarkets in Westchester to carry Portuguese olive oil. 

According to officials of New Rochelle Farms, they are taking on this new endeavor with great responsibility and they stand prepared to meet and surpass the community’s expectations. I spoke with store co-owner, Jose

Matthew welcoming you to New Rochelle Farms. Photo by Clare Lawrence

Filipe who said, “I wanted to be part of the organic growth of the city. New Rochelle is growing. It’s a New Rochelle store and I’m catering to everybody.” As for the great decor of the supermarket, Jose added, “We wanted to use as much natural material as possible when designing New Rochelle Farms. It feels natural. We found a tremendous source of construction materials that were buried here. The floor had an original floor from 1940, old wood blanks. We used the wood as the core throughout the store along the walls and for shelving. What that does is give the store its natural feeling. That’s why it feels so warm and comfortable. 

New Rochelle Farms is a gem in the city’s ever-growing economic climate, and stands ready to bring the freshest food with top notch service to welcoming customers from all over. New Rochelle Farms had its official grand opening on January 21st, and the word already among residents is that this needed supermarket has been a long time coming.  With downtown New Rochelle going through its historic real estate transformation, New Rochelle Farms will also have the obvious distinction of serving those city inhabitants who live close by to the store. The farm has come home you could say, with much fanfare in its wake. New Rochelle residents are in for a real treat! New Rochelle Farms is open seven days a week from 7 am to 9 pm. Visit soon and often, as the farm is now in your backyard. New Rochelle Farms….now open and highlighting delicious food in the Queen City.
CONSIGN IT ON MAIN….Exquisite Interior Consignment in The Heart Of Downtown New Rochelle!

Photo by Clare Lawrence

Nestled charmingly in downtown New Rochelle, opposite C-Town supermarket is a longtime paradise that Westchester and The Tri-State area have come to know for stunning heirlooms both classic and modern. Consign It On Main is a connoisseurs best resource when it comes to purchasing and consigning items for the home in their 3,800 sq ft showroom which features everything from beautiful couches, to worthy art pieces, vintage and modern chairs, designer lamps, fine china, high-end lighting, mid-century furniture and more. They are spotlighting consignments from luxury homes in The Hamptons, Connecticut, Westchester County and New York City. New Rochelle has also over the years become home for UN diplomats. Some of whom even buy their home furnishings at Consign It On Main for their residences abroad.

What makes Consign It On Main so special and unique?  According to Dom Cioffoletti of the store, “The secret to our success is that we are very selective as to what we take. We make sure the quality is there. We are also very well educated about the items we sell. And we pass that knowledge onto our consumers. Some of our consignments are rare. For instance, we have a doorbell ringer; there were only two manufactured in the world; one of them was sold in an antique store in Manhattan. We feature the other one.” Patrons who visit Consign It On Main are in store for a great experience. Comments Dom, “It’s really a family-like atmosphere. Our customers get special attention when they come in here. Candice, my partner, will recommend pieces for their home; many times she will go to their home and get a feel for their house, and give her input and knowledge of many years. She will put her twist and spin into the home and make it an absolutely amazing and beautiful.”

Matthew with Amy Coleman – Photo by Clare Lawrence

Consign It On Main features new and used home furnishings and accessories priced considerably less than the original retail cost. Highly knowledgeable and well respected proprietor Candice Denslow and her business partner, Dom Cioffoletti, have been in high quality home furnishings for decades and they look forward to working with you on all your fine home decor needs, including, of course, your cherished consignment items. Industry veterans, they can be trusted with all your consignment questions and more. They will help you with their years of knowledge and kind approach with all consignment issues. They have even garnered a great reputation with academy award-winning set designers in the New York area for distinctive pieces.

Amy, Dom Cioffolett, and Matthew – Photo by Clare Lawrence

Also proudly featured inside their store is Sweet Preserves, a designer boutique, where you may be pleased to find such items as Hermes and Chanel Jewelry, handbags, clothing, wallets, scarves, vintage artifacts from the 1970s, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and more! Amy, who runs the boutique, also accepts no name, unusual pieces for consignment if they’re interesting. Amy.sweetpreserves@yahoo.com to check out her consignment items which are always a fraction of the retail price and are in mint condition. Amy’s  consignments come from as close as New Rochelle and as far away as Kentucky and Palm Beach. Consign It On Main is the only store you have to visit to decorate your home and office. And Sweet Preserves to enhance your closets. Their reputation speaks for itself. Now in Westchester for over a decade, featuring the most elegant and timeless consignments! Visit or call them today; 914 637 7600. 543 Main Street in downtown New Rochelle. Consignitonmain@gmail.com. Consign It On Main… revitalize your home,
apartment or office with panache and discernment!
Until next time! Have a Great Valentine’s Day from Matt and Clare
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95 Robinhood Road – Public Open House 1-3 p.m. February 1st, 2020

Please join Brad Fischer and I at a beautiful home today from 1-3 p.m. located at 95 Robinhood Road in White Plains.  Located in a quiet Cul-de-Sac, this 4000 sq. ft. 3.5 bath sunny Colonial home located on 0.25 of a lush acre abutting the Ridgeway Country Club is simply gracious, elegant and charming! Built in 2008 (like new), there are beautiful hardwood floors throughout, a simply grand eat-in kitchen with granite counters, an Island, Viking stove/wall oven/microwave/ Refrigerator and GE Monogram Wine Refrigerator. There is a large 1st floor family room (adjacent to the kitchen) with a wood burning fireplace leading to the deck. The formal dining room, living room, powder room and laundry room complete the 1st floor. The Master Bedroom has both a walk-in closet, built-ins, plus the master bath has a polished Travertine marble floor, separate shower and bath, marble vanity. The 2nd bedroom has an en-suite bath, the 3rd and 4th bedrooms share a Jack-n-Jill bathroom w/granite counters. Great space in the lower level which also accesses a patio. Central Air Conditioning, Gas heat. Close to downtown White Plains, fine dining, trains and still close to New York City. This lovely home home is being offered at $1,270,000.   95robinhoodroad.com/

White Plains is GREAT!

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New Rochelle Farms Open for Business!

If you live anywhere near 465 North Avenue, New Rochelle, you will know that the local residents have been waiting a long time for the New Rochelle Farms supermarket to open. It finally did open on January 21st, and you can find a large selection of fresh fish, meats, a deli, hot foods, frozen foods, and vegetables galore! There is parking in the rear of the store as well as in the Municipal parking lot. Yay!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Public Open House Sunday 1/19/2020 at 1299 Palmer Ave #303 10538!

Please join me at 1299 Palmer Avenue, Unit #303 , Larchmont, Sunday, January 19th, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.! This charming coop is priced at $199,000 and is beautifully located -so close to the village and all!

Just a stone’s throw away as they say from the Larchmont Train station, fine dining, the park, and also close to Manor Park where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an 875 square foot, one bedroom COOP in a very desirable Larchmont Village elevator building. Spacious, sunny and a great view from the enclosed terrace overlooking the courtyard while you are relaxing and enjoying your morning tea or coffee! There is room for both a breakfast area and a dining area, great closets too. Located on the third (top) floor. There is a wait-list for parking but Municipal parking close-by if desired. Just 35 minutes from New York City. Welcome home to a great COOP!

Larchmont is GREAT!

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