Author Archives: Lissa Halen

Column: Buy the book

Humorist Garrison Keillor understands reading. He stated, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” There is an upcoming book which attests to that statement. It is the long awaited “Out of the Wilderness: The Emergence of Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville, 1664-2014” and it has been in the works for over two […]

What’s your pleasure?

Past Present or Future; John F. Kennedy who briefly lived in Bronxville understood the importance of each. He believed, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Head to Tuckahoe’s Depot Square to the stately building a few steps from the […]

Column: Within these walls

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.”–Theodore Roosevelt The Eastchester community lives true to these words especially at Bronxville’s ‘Four Corners.’ Beginning in the 1920s, the wide intersection at Midland and Pondfield avenues […]

Column: Off to college

Concordia College that is, for a little Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville history. The noted novelist and historian Shelby Foote had a thought about going off to college, “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” The buildings of Concordia College line White Plains Road near the boundaries of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. […]

Column: All Aboard

“The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man.” –Thomas Jefferson, 1802 Nowhere may that be more evident than in the Town of Eastchester and its two incorporated villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. It all began with the creation in […]

Column: To Hutchinson’s house we go

Over the river and through the woods to Hutchinson’s house we go. Anne Hutchinson’s house, that is. That’s where our trek through Eastchester’s 350 years of history will take us this week, from the southern, not-so-scenic tip of the river that bears her name to the northern, scenic tip of this same river. In reality […]

Column: Walk this way…through history, part I

Melville understood. He penned the phrase, “Meditation and water are wedded forever,” in his epic novel “Moby Dick.” Along the usually gentle Bronx River, we can add history and pleasure to being forever wedded to water. From the Native Americans who cultivated its fertile banks and fished its plentiful waters to today’s bicycle Sundays, the […]

Column: Where the bell tolls

The bell tolls at St. Paul’s Church, right here in Eastchester. Actually it tolls in what was once a part of Eastchester. As Eastchester celebrates its 350 years of history, it would be a great time to visit not just the historic bell but the entire six acres of St. Paul’s Church. St. Paul’s has […]