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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to Host Gala and Live Auction for Local Arts Education Benefiting Hudson Valley Students

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has teamed up with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host its annual fundraiser at the Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown in New York City on Oct. 3 to benefit arts education in Hudson Valley public schools.

pupils attending class at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack

Strawtown elementary school pupils participate in the 2018 arts education program at the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack, New York.

The event, scheduled Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown, located at 30 Park Place in Tribecca, overlooks the historic Woolworth building, Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and Hudson River.

During the last three years, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and Edward Hopper House raised about $80,000 to benefit arts education. The program has benefited over 1,000 pupils, encouraging them to expand their artistic analytical skills, become more creative and explore narrative storytelling as it relates to Edward Hopper’s art, home, life experiences and influence.

Special guests will include Kim Conaty, the Steven and Ann Ames curator of drawings and prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art, who will curate the Whitney’s next exhibit about Edward Hopper in 2021. A live auction will be hosted by Auctioneer Christy Williams Coombs, Sotheby’s vice president, museum and corporate art services, with Elizabeth Goodridge, Sotheby’s assistant vice president and specialist in American Art, attending.

Speaking of his firm’s support of Edward Hopper House, Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, said he “believes in the importance of art education, for both the emotional and educational benefits it can provide young adults and for its influence on the way they appreciate not only art, but anything aesthetic for the rest of their lives.”

“Our vision is to build self-esteem in students K-12 in a supportive, creative partnership centered around art and the legacy of Edward Hopper. Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back through the years, and we believe this curriculum is important in creating a confident, well-rounded individual.”

“The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing not only great artists but also free, independent thinkers who aren’t afraid to think out of the box. We have proudly served the Hudson Valley community for more than 33 years and are committed to nurturing our future generations.”

paining of Manhattan Bridge

Edward Hopper “Manhattan Bridge” (1926) Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper. Digital image (c) Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

The program’s curriculum is focused on the recurrent themes and distinctive aesthetics of Edward Hopper’s work and its place in American art. Led by an artist-in-residence at the school, each program session includes an introductory classroom lesson, a visit to the Edward Hopper House and a classroom lesson following the visit.

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 School and Sleepy Hollow School District.

“The generosity of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty has allowed the Edward Hopper House to create and sustain a powerful arts education program,” said Jennifer Patton EdD, Edward Hopper House executive director. “Touching the lives and supporting the creativity of over 1,000 students has been made possible by this empowering partnership.”

Ellis added that the event is a “natural fit” for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty because the company’s culture is built around Sotheby’s Auction House, which showcases objects and art of exceptional quality and trends

Limited tickets are available at $250. For more information, email hopperinthecity@gmail.com.


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, farmhouses 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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Evy Apostolatos


Majestic Victorian on the Hudson River asks $5M

With pocket doors, eight fireplaces, and beautiful stained glass

309 North Broadway (Queen Anne Victorian house)

Photos by Andrea Swenson

There’s something innately charming about a historic house, from the woodworking to the intricate original details. The latest historic stunner to cross our desk is this 1887 Queen Anne Victorian located on the Hudson River.

With six bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, the house is about 45 minutes north of Manhattan and has undergone an extensive renovation. The asymmetrical exterior is a mix of balconies, turrets, and eclectic roof lines, and belvedere windows add charm.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Sharon Reidy D’Orazio

NYACK, N.Y. (Sept. 3, 2019) – Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Sharon Reidy D’Orazio has joined the luxury brokerage firm as an associate broker. Sharon Reidy associate broker at Ellis Sotheby's International Realty

She previously managed a real estate office in Rockland County, New York, recruiting coaching and training agents. A top producer, she has served in various facets of the real estate business for 20 years and was recognized with a President’s Award for sales. She is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a certified home stager.

In addition to real estate, her diverse background includes advertising, consumer research, marketing, sales and senior living.

“Clients will benefit from Sharon’s extensive expertise, effective marketing and sales campaigns and use of technology and innovation to market homes,” said Nancy Bashian Bunin, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty director of business development. “Her business acumen, approachability and outstanding level of client satisfaction are a great fit for our office.”

Reidy D’Orazio is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service. She received her bachelor of arts from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“I am proud to be affiliated with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and look forward to sharing my experiences and passion for real estate to serve my clients,” said Reidy D’Orazio. “My clients always come first and can count on me to be there every step of the way to make sure no detail is overlooked.”

Reidy D’Orazio, who has resided in Rockland County for nearly 30 years, is also long-time supporter of the Rockland Business Women’s Network and Professionals in Aging.

Evy Apostolatos


A 1790s Saw Mill Farm Hits the Market at $899,000

Amenities for this New City property include a pool and a 2-story barn with a 3-car garage.

A 1790s Saw Mill Farm in New City


Location: 53 Saw Mill Road, New City, NY

Description: Saw Mill Farm boasts a circa 1790 farmhouse that has been extensively updated and renovated along with a 3,200-square-foot two-story barn that also holds a three-car garage. The property was once a popular saw mill, hence the name of the road on which it is located. It was owned by the Jersey family from the mid-1800s through the turn of the last century, according to listing agent Richard Ellis.

The 3,426-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. It sits on a 1.47-acre scenic lot with mature trees. New and original architectural and design details include wide-board pine floors, tile work by internationally recognized artist Henry Varnum Poor, brick floors, massive hand-hewn beams in the barn, and a custom-designed kitchen with top-of-line appliances and an adjacent sun porch with a large fireplace.

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Homes built in the 1990s

Living room of 503 N Broadway in Nyack

Nyack, N.Y. Wonder Falls, named for its 80-foot waterfall with five wading pools, overlooks the Hudson River. The colorful four-bedroom house, built in 1996 of steel, mahogany and teak, features a two-story great room with a wraparound balcony and large stone fireplace and multiple patios and decks. The 6.5-acre property has a river rock-walled drive and a sandy tidal beach. $3,995,000. Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, (914) 393-0438

Continue reading on THE WEEK.


The tiny suburb that’s cool enough to lure Brooklynites

Family at their home in Nyack, NY

Elizabeth and Ethan Finkelstein, with son Everett, relocated from Park Slope to Nyack in 2014. (Zandy Mangold)

When you begin descending the hill at the top of Main Street into Nyack, a homey village on the Hudson River roughly 20 miles north of Manhattan, it’s just a matter of moments before its small-town charm smacks you in the face.

That’s exactly what happened to Elizabeth Finkelstein in 2014, who was adamant about not wanting to give up her beloved Brooklyn turf for the suburbs — at least not without a fight. With a baby on the way, and a dire need for room to grow, she agreed to explore properties outside of the city, never quite believing she would leave Park Slope for somewhere else.

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Rockland County home of Hollywood actress on the market for $6.5M

Talk about a celebrity hangout.

Treetops, a gated Victorian estate in Sparkill, played host to a who’s who of Hollywood celebs including Will Smith, Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields, Joan Rivers, Helen Hayes, Joan Collins, Ginger Rogers, and many more.

Treetops, a white victorian home located nine acres at the end of a long tree-lined lane in Sparkill, New York

Treetops has been home to Hollywood actress Arlene Dahl and her husband Marc Rosen since 1981. It’s on the market. (Photo: Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty)

It’s the longtime weekend retreat of actress Arlene Dahl — Dahl is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas — and her sixth husband, Marc Rosen. Rosen is founder of Marc Rosen Associates, which specializes in the design and packaging of luxury cosmetic products.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

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Edward Hopper House Honors Longtime Benefactor

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty was also honored at the Annual Spring Benefit June 1.

Pictured left to right: Executive Director, Jennifer Patton and Honorees Raymond F. Wright and Richard Ellis

Pictured left to right: Executive Director, Jennifer Patton and Honorees Raymond F. Wright and Richard Ellis (Edward Hopper House)

From The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center: The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center honored long-time benefactor and Photographer Raymond F. Wright, and Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty during the Annual Spring Benefit held on June 1.

Over 160 attendees gathered in the garden to celebrate the honorees. Guests were invited to participate in the silent auction, including an original pastel piece by James Kimak called Refuge. The John Malino Band and light refreshments from Mimi’s Plate set the event’s vibrant ambiance.

Continue reading on Patch Nyack-Piermont.


From ashes and scandal: Tuxedo glass house was built on the ruins of grand estate

Tear-downs are a common sight in the Lower Hudson Valley, where old, outdated homes are demolished to make room for modern masterpieces.

The Gallery, an elegant modernist home in Tuxedo Park, was built on the site of a previous structure, but it wasn’t technically a tear-down.

According to newspaper accounts at the time, the property held a mansion built in 1903 for Col. Frank R. Keech, a World War I hero and aid to Gen. John J. Pershing who made his fortune on Wall Street. The property was known for its grand-scale entertainment and its landscape, which was designed by Ferruccio Vitale. In its heyday, the estate was maintained by 12 gardeners.

An international-style glass house was built amid the ruins of a 1903 GIlded Age mansion that burned in an arson fire

In Tuxedo Park, an international-style glass house was built amid the ruins of a 1903 GIlded Age mansion that burned in an arson fire. (Photo: Robert Socha)

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