History Re-examined


“The Way We Were” (January 2008) was a great trip down Memory Lane. Why not reprint this article for distribution to local high school and college history classes? This might be a great tool to reacquaint young
people to local history. 

 Larry Penner

Great Neck, New York


I regret to point out a glaring omission among the county’s notables listed in your otherwise masterful and intriguing overview, “The History of Westchester.”  Aaron Copland, one of America’s truly iconic and seminal artistic figures, lived in the county for nearly 40 years. The recipient of three of America’s highest civilian honors (Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, and National Medal of Arts), the Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and over two dozen honorary doctorates and foreign decorations, he created some of the 20th century’s most enduring and beloved musical compositions, including Appalachian Spring.

Michael Boriskin

Artistic and Executive Director

Copland House, Cortlandt Manor


In your history feature, you characterize the crimes for which the Rosenbergs were duly convicted as “alleged.” According to the NSA, “the Rosenbergs had many high-tech espionage targets such as the U.S. jet aircraft program, developments in radar and rockets, etc.” I am thus puzzled by your preterition. Moreover, Ron Radosh and Joyce Milton, stalwart defenders of the pair, conceded in their book, The Rosenberg File, that Julius Rosenberg was guilty of Soviet espionage. I even believe that some of the Rosenbergs’ progeny ultimately succumbed to the truth. Perhaps you should reconsider your position.

Zachary Santini

Port Chester


I enjoyed reading “The History of Westchester,” but I was disappointed that you didn’t mention Margaret Hardenbrook, a Dutch-born beautiful young widow who maintained and expanded her late husband’s company: shipping furs to Holland in exchange for Dutch manufacturing goods sold in New Amsterdam. Margaret often accompanied the pelts on her own fleet of ships, eliminating the need for profit-cutting middlemen. When she married Frederick Philipse, in 1662, she continued to use her last name for commercial enterprises. The couple built a magnificent manor house overlooking the Hudson River. With her support and business acumen, Frederick enlarged his overseas trade to such an extent that, in 1674, he was considered the wealthiest person in the city of New York.

Susan J. Gordon

White Plains


As someone who works to help preserve and maintain local Westchester County history, I was excited to read your January feature article. I hope that your article will help to foster a greater interest in our local history and encourage your readers to support their local historical society by joining or making a donation.

Emily Zucker, Curator

Bedford Historical Society


Here’s to White Castle

It was with great pleasure that I read your piece on local area chefs and their secret indulgences. Now I don’t feel so bad when I’m craving a White Castle burger over foie gras. That isn’t to say that I’d be willing to trade in an evening at X2O fora sack of sliders—it’s just that sometimes good old comfort (trashy) food hits the spot like nothing else!

S. Fisch

Purchase, New York


Dissing Christmas

After I read your December issue, I wondered if the very frivolous, non-descript, insulting, gift swap story, described in the “Yankee Ingenuity” piece by Marisa LaScala was supposed to be the “balancing” piece to the serious, sophosticated, obviously researched, and heartfelt “Beyond Chocolate Gelt” piece by Laurie Yarnell.  

 Grace LoBello








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