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A Colonial Manner in the Hudson Valley

This estate in New York’s Cornwall-on-Hudson, with easy hiking and views of the Catskills, has been in the same family for over a century. It is asking $2.395 million. —Sarah Tilton

Sengen House in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York

Renee Tobin’s great-great-great-grandfather built this house in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., around 1904. She grew up spending weekends here with her grandparents and eventually inherited the nearly 20-acre estate. ‘The house breathes an incredible history,’ says Dr. Tobin, a learning specialist with a private practice in New York City.

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Hudson Valley: A Culinary Destination

Just a short drive from New York City, the scenic Hudson Valley is teeming with restaurants and craft breweries that celebrate the region’s agricultural heritage, cuisine and bounty. While autumn in the valley is a renowned fall foliage wonderland, food enthusiasts also flock to the Hudson Valley to explore its restaurants and chef community as well as its amazing farms, wineries and purveyors of local products, from pumpkin ravioli to pumpkin brews. Appealing to the country’s appetite for all things local, homegrown breweries also abound in the Hudson Valley with many of the area’s brightest beer makers brewing with exclusively state-grown ingredients, notably malts and hops. Here are a few popular food and beverage activities worth a visit:

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Oct. 29-Nov. 11 (multiple locations)

It’s that time of year when the Hudson Valley’s counties come together to promote their plethora of restaurants and chefs in a two-week celebration of dining. The 2018 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, Oct. 29 through Nov. 11, features nearly 200 participating restaurants, including more than a dozen eateries new to the lineup this year, according to Valley Table magazine, producer of the event.

This will be an opportunity for chefs to showcase their best culinary creations and for diners to check out new restaurants and visit old favorites. Chefs will feature their best dishes by way of three-course, prix-fixe lunch ($22.95) and dinner ($32.95) menus. Most restaurateurs use locally sourced ingredients in support of the region’s farms, winemakers, distillers and artisanal producers. No passes, tickets or coupons are required; however, reservations are highly recommended.

Hit the Hudson Valley Beer Trail

Hit the Hudson Valley Beer Trail
Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Garnerville, New York

In the lower Hudson Valley, Industrial Arts Brewing Company will have you hitting a high note. Housed in a converted pre-Civil War textile factory that dates to the 1700s, the high-ceiling beer hall in Garnerville, Rockland County, New York, is a simple, yet impressive brewing facility producing high-quality beer. The brewery launched a year-round series of lagers brewed exclusively with New York State ingredients as part of its Landscapes series, which feature the work of a prominent local artist and benefit various nonprofit organizations.

Autumn Landscape is a spicy, rustic harvest lager currently on tap that showcases floor-malted Germantown pilsner malt, special Bavarian Munich malt and a small proportion of rye malt from Hudson Valley Malt. Want a taste for yourself? Ask for the brewer’s favorite and you might get the Tools of the Trade, a bright and hoppy extra pale ale; Metric, a clean and creamy Pilsner; or Wrench IPA. Industrial Arts’ beer hall is open Thursdays to Sundays with a half-dozen beers on tap, plus in cans. The entrance is right under an old smokestack.

Torne Valley Vineyards

Photo Credit: Torne Valley Vineyards

Wine Tasting and Live Music at Torne Valley Vineyards, Hillburn, New York
Weekends in November

It’s been said that if you take a sip of a wine produced in the Hudson Valley, you’ll taste a connection with the landscape surrounding you. The Hudson Valley is the country’s oldest wine-producing region, and many of the picturesque family-owned wineries still produce excellent vintages. Awarded the distinction of becoming the first fully functioning winery in Rockland County, Torne Valley Vineyards vineyard sits on a historic 19th-century country estate. On weekends, guests can enjoy lunch and live music at the winery’s restored Victorian mansion and take a stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking the Ramapo River.

Shawangunk Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Shawangunk Wreath Fineries at the Wineries
Nov. 17-18, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9
Along the Shawangunk Wine Trail

Nestled between the magnificent Shawangunk Mountains and the majestic Hudson River in Ulster and Orange counties, New York, just 60 miles north of New York City, lies the eighty-mile-long Shawangunk Wine Trail, home to 13 diverse wineries that are as varied as the wines they produce, from small to medium in size and new to old, including one in a 100-year old refurbished barn. Some are quiet, and others offer live music and special events. There is one common thread: each resides in New York State’s beautiful Hudson Valley. Take a self-guided wine tasting tour along the Shawangunk Wine Trail and get a jump start on your holiday shopping with Wreath Fineries at the Wineries, the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s holiday event. Advance tickets only; tickets will not be sold at the door. Visitors will receive a souvenir wine glass, grapevine wreath and Shawangunk Wine Trail ornament.

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Nyack Benefit Raises Nearly $33,000 for Arts Education Program

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center raised nearly $33,000 during a recent event for the Edward Hopper House’s arts education program, which has supported over 1,000 Hudson Valley public school students in grades K-12.

The Oct. 6 benefit, now in its third year, drew approximately 100 attendees and raised nearly 25 percent more than last year.

Fundraiser benefit local arts education Nyack New York

Nancy Bunin, left, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development, joins Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty owner, and Jennifer Patton EdD, executive director of the Edward Hopper House, at a fundraiser to benefit local arts education in Nyack, New York.

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $80,000 in the last three years,” Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “This event single-handedly enabled us to start thriving arts education partnerships in Nyack and the surrounding public schools. We are so grateful for everyone’s support as we collectively continue to meet the needs of classrooms and art teachers, integrating art to create an interdisciplinary curriculum.”

Guests bid on several silent auction items, including the opportunity to attend a brunch reception at Sotheby’s auction house in New York to preview priceless works of art during its Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American Art sale.

The Golden Age of Hollywood gala was held at Pretty Penny in Nyack, an 1858 Italianate Victorian home overlooking the Hudson River once owned by actress Helen Hayes, the “first lady of American theater,” and later by comedian, actress and television personality Rosie O’Donnell. Hayes and her playwright husband, Charles MacArthur, entertained numerous celebrities there, including Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, Cole Porter, Laurence Olivier, Vivian Leigh, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ed Sullivan, Madonna and President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy. The home is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $3,995,000.

Ellis Sotheby's International Realty fundraiser to benefit local arts in Nyack New York

Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty owner, addresses guests at a fundraiser to benefit Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, held at the historic Pretty Penny estate. Over $33,000 was raised to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

Pretty Penny was painted by Edward Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America. It was his only commission.

“The art education program has been a tremendous success,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Executive Director of Edward Hopper House. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership, and we look forward to expanding our curriculum and offerings to benefit even more students.”

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurring themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by a museum director, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson followed by a visit to the Edward Hopper House and another classroom lesson and visit by an artist-in-residence to strengthen the learning through hands-on art making.

The Arts Education Program initially was funded in 2016 with proceeds from a fundraiser sponsored by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty that benefited Nyack Public Schools, Nanuet School District, Clarkstown Schools, East Ramapo Schools, South Orangetown Middle and Sleepy Hollow School District.

 

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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Fundraiser Seeks to Preserve Nyack’s Historic John Green House

NYACK, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2018) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced a fundraiser to preserve the historic John Green House, one of Nyack’s oldest houses and one of the last in the Hudson Valley to represent original Dutch-style architecture. With roots dating back to the early 1800s, the home is listed on the New York State and National registers of historic places.

Rendering of Restored John Green House in Nyack

Rendering of Restored John Green House in Nyack

The event, sponsored by Nyack-based Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at another important home ingrained in the history and development of Nyack, the Bennett-Deyrup House at 309 N. Broadway in Upper Nyack, where the Johnson/Deyrup family lived for almost 100 years. Its patriarch, Alvin Johnson, was one of the co-founders of the New School for Social Research in New York City and the University in Exile program that saved 3,000 German-Jewish professors from the Nazis during the 1930s.

Two of Johnson’s daughters were artists, Astrith and Dorothy Deyrup. The fundraiser will sell original artwork by Astrith Deyrup, priced from $80 to $500, thanks to the generosity of a John Green House supporter who donated about 60 of her paintings. Proceeds will go to John Green Preservation Coalition, which needs $300,000 to $500,000 to preserve the home.

John Green was a businessman and a founding member of the community and Nyack Steamboat Association. He oversaw the construction of the Nyack Turnpike, which later became Route 59. Manufactured goods and farm produce were transported across Rockland County and shipped downstream to New York City using the road he built and the boats he funded, including the Orange, Nyack’s first steamboat.

“John Green revolutionized Rockland County’s economy, and his former home, dating back to the early 1800s, is historically significant and worthy of preservation,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “As the oldest sandstone house in Nyack, the structure’s architecture is unique to this part of the country and is the last surviving example in Nyack of the design and construction employed by the early settlers of the area, who were of Dutch ancestry. John Green successfully accomplished his dream to make Nyack the commercial hub of Rockland County, and it remained so for 100 years. Having served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years, we are committed to doing our part to restore this local landmark.”

The Paganos family, current owners of the Bennett-Deyrup House, also has a collection of Dorothy Deyrup’s paintings in their home. The fundraiser will be the first time since 1918 that sisters’ Dorothy and Astrith’s paintings will be displayed together.

“John Green, Alvin Johnson and sisters Astrith and Dorothy Deyrup are all important figures in the development of Nyack, and they will be reunited in spirit on Oct. 20 and 21,” said Ellis. “Astrith’s love of nature and the Hudson River clearly demonstrates both her talent and connection to the Lower Hudson Valley. Now you can own a part of her passion and love, for a nominal price.”

John Green House Under Restoration

John Green House Under Restoration

The first floor of the Bennett-Deyrup House will be open for viewing during the fundraiser on Oct. 20, from 11 to 4 p.m.. On Oct. 21, the fundraiser will be held in the rear yard and lower level from 11 to 3 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

The Bennett-Deyrup House is currently listed for sale by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $5.2 million. Please contact Richard Ellis with inquiries at 914-393-0438.

The John Green Preservation Coalition acquired the house in severely dilapidated condition. With donations of in-kind labor and materials, contributions from individual donors and foundations, a grant from the Preservation League of New York and a grant from the Community Benefit Program of the New York Bridge, the coalition stabilized the building and installed a new cedar shingle roof. The next pressing challenge is to repair the venerable stone walls, substantial parts of which must be rebuilt using the original stones and matching new stones as required.  Donations can also be sent to: John Green Preservation Coalition, P.O. Box 378, Nyack NY 10960.

 

About Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is a leading luxury real estate broker located in the Hudson Valley village of Nyack, approximately 22 miles from New York City at 76 N. Broadway. The firm lists and sells extraordinary properties in New York’s Rockland and Orange counties, specializing in the lower Hudson Valley, from Upper Nyack through Snedens Landing to Tuxedo Park. The firm sells the area’s most extraordinary real estate, from fine country estates, waterfront homes, historic properties, farm houses and contemporaries to Victorians, Greek Revivals and log cabins. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty associates have extensive knowledge of the lower Hudson Valley, including Nyack, Piermont, Grandview, Palisades, Snedens Landing, New City, Tuxedo Park, Warwick, Goshen, Cornwall, Greenwood Lake, Pierson Lakes, Suffern, West Nyack, Blauvelt and Tappan.

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RDR PR LLC
Evy@rdrpr.com
973-452-7208

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Army general’s Cornwall-on-Hudson estate on the market for first time in more than 100 years

SenGen house in Cornwall

For the first time in more than 100 years, a Hudson Valley estate is on the market.

A historic property owned for over 100 years by one of the earliest families to settle in Orange County’s Cornwall-on-Hudson is on the market for the first time since its construction at the turn of the 20th century.

Four generations have enjoyed the home and its views.

The house was built in 1902 by the Ledoux family, one the early families of Cornwall. The family helped to found the village’s first Presbyterian Church and the nearby Storm King School.

Renee Ledoux married Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Sands, a 1929 West Point graduate.

Their family home is known as Sengen House. A classic stone and timber home, it’s on forested land, high above the Hudson River, a short drive from West Point. The home, at 6 Sengen Lane, is listed for $2,395,000 by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

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