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Move Over! New Passengers to be Shuttled to Bronxville Train Station from Ridge Hill Development in Yonkers PDF Print Email


Jan. 19, 2011:  If you currently feel crowded on Bronxville trains to and from Grand Central Terminal, just wait.  The large new condominium development in Yonkers -- Monarch at Ridge Hill -- is planning to provide condominium owners with shuttle bus service to the Bronxville train station.

The new service will begin in May, when one of the towers, the first of four, is scheduled to be completed.  That is expected to draw 162 homeowners. Eventually, 500 one- and two-bedroom condominiums are slated to be sold.

Ridge Hill's plan for a shuttle bus to the Bronxville train station was news to Mayor Mary Marvin.  Nor would a Metro-North Railroad spokesman, Mark Mannix, director of intergovernmental relations, respond to questions about whether Metro-North will expand the train schedule or add cars to trains to handle increased usage. He referred all questions to the developer.

Houlihan Lawrence Project Marketing is the marketing and sales agent for the condo community.  Gay Prizio, director of marketing and sales for Houlihan Lawrence, offered no specifics on these matters.  She said the bus service would be one of the "amenities" provided to condominium owners.  Others will be a fitness facility, a golf simulator, a wine cellar, a cinema room, a children's playroom, and a residents' lounge.

Bronxville was chosen for the shuttle bus service because it is closest to the project and provides more room for a shuttle bus to maneuver, according to Prizio.  She said the service to the village will be offered in rush hours and possibly on weekends as well.

Ridge Hill, a $250 million enterprise overlooking the New York State Thruway, will house retail stores, including a Lord & Taylor, a Whole Foods, and an L.L. Bean.  The condos are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the high $700,000s.

One of the developers of Ridge Hill is Forest City Ratner, which is the mainspring of the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn scheduled to feature 16 high-rise buildings and a basketball arena.

Prizio said the Ridge Hill project "will be an economic engine, bringing renewed economic vitality and prosperity to southern Westchester. ... Its residents will infuse the development with the vitality of a true neighborhood."

Pictured here: Bronxville train station on a cold, winter day.

Photo by A. Warner



Most importantly, at a time when Bronxville has its fair share of empty store fronts, how great that Monarch residents’ will help keep local shop owners alive and thriving!

Another contradiction.

From the May 12, 2010 edition of the Paramus Post, Gay Prizio said, "Monarch is on the edge of New Urbanism, offering a new version of suburban list in which everyday needs are satisfied by taking a few pollution-free steps within the village. Whether future residents want to go to the gym, take in a movie, pick up some groceries, swim a few laps, buy a wedding present or play a game of tennis, the New Urbanism lifestyle offered by Monarch will allow them to do it all right at home."
Do I have this right? The developers and promoters of the Monarch at Ridge Hill have generously selected Bronxville train station for their commuter shuttle service to help improve our economy. Richard Magat should have explored all the facts before writing this article. Bronxville residents and merchants should try to improve our bad name by showing some gratitude, instead of concern. And Bronxville administrators have been disingenuous since they were properly notified by use of a quote in an article in the July 20 Westchester County Business Journal; an article which no longer appears on the Monarch at Ridge Hill website. Boy, do I have a lot to learn about commercial real estate!
If shuttle service has not been finalized, why are you quoted as saying "Monarch residents will have free shuttle service to the Metro-North Railroad station in Bronxville" in an article that appeeared in the 7/20/10 Westchester County Business Journal

Jim, a fair question, and one you should ask Bronxville Village officals. There was obviously constructive notice about this plan, so the objections six months later are a bit disengenuous. No one in Village Hall reads the Business Journal?

I think the developer has been very reasonable in reaching out and has shown willingness to address concerns. Talk to him before condeming him. The owner of Houlihan Lawrence has also made clear the firms deep commitment to Bronxville Village, which I think everyone is fully aware. With 123 years in the Village I would not expect anything different. It is simple: the developer has reached out: talk to him, then make a determination.
Yet another reason I will never set foot in the debacle of Ridge Hill.
As the developer of this project, I feel that it is unfortunate that there has been a misunderstandin g surrounding the potential shuttle service. The shuttle service has not been finalized ...

If shuttle service has not been finalized, why are you quoted as saying "Monarch residents will have free shuttle service to the Metro-North Railroad station in Bronxville" in an article that appeeared in the 7/20/10 Westchester County Business Journal, a .pdf of which is available in the "In the News" section of Monarch Ridge Hill's web site?
The Bronxville community has become understandably alarmed by the inaccuracies contained in Mr. Magat’s article. Most importantly, the preliminary plans of the developer of The Monarch at Ridge Hill Village to shuttle Monarch residents to the Bronxville train station are by no means final. Following the publication of this article, Houlihan Lawrence encouraged David Marom, a principal of the developer of the Monarch, to reach out to Mayor Mary Marvin to discuss and resolve any and all issues surrounding the proposed shuttle service to the Bronxville train station. He has since posted a comment in this thread affirming his commitment to do so.
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As the sales and marketing agent for the Monarch, or for any other development project, the role of Houlihan Lawrence is to present the property to the buying public as designed and configured by the developer. In this capacity, we do not make the final determination regarding amenities and play no role in obtaining the required approvals for any aspect of
the project. Nevertheless, we always encourage our developer clients to be sensitive to the interests of the surrounding communities.
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We are sorry that this article left the impression that Houlihan Lawrence is not sensitive to the concerns of the people of Bronxville. Nothing could be further from the truth. Houlihan Lawrence has deep roots in Bronxville that go back more than 100 years. We are very proud of our 30+ agents that make Bronxville their home and of our long record of community service in the Village. Quite simply, we live here too. Please rest assured that Houlihan Lawrence has always been and will always remain committed to preserving the quality of life in Bronxville and to serving the community responsibly, loyally and faithfully. Thank you very much.

Stephen Meyers
President and CEO
Houlihan Lawrence
Jason, I know nothing about commercial real estate. But if this decision was made long ago, why is Bronxville just now learning about it?
As the developer of this project, I feel that it is unfortunate that there has been a misunderstandin g surrounding the potential shuttle service. The shuttle service has not been finalized and I welcome the Bronxville community’s insights as to what will be best for the daily Bronxville commuters. As the decision maker, I am including my personal email for Bronxville residents to relay their concerns and suggestions. Please email me at david@horizonus .com. I am committed to vetting the suggestions so the outcome works well for everyone in Bronxville and the surrounding communities.


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Bronxville Overview

Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a 400-bed acute care hospital (New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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Real Estate Companies

Park Sterling Realty
17 1/2 Park Place Bronxville, New York 10708

Houlihan Lawrence
4 Valley Road Bronxville, New York 10708 and 89 Pondfield Road Bronxville, New York 10708

Houlihan & O'Malley
133 Parkway Road Bronxville, New York 10708

Julia B Fee Sotheby's International Realty
2 Park Place
Bronxville, NY 10708

Real Estate - Attorneys

Bertine, Hufnagel, Headley, Zeltner, Drummond & Dohn LLP

Established in 1929, Bertine, Hufnagel is "a general practice law firm, offering clients expertise in both individual and commercial matters." Their broad range of services include the following: Wills, Estate
Planning and Taxation, Probate and Estate Administration, Elder Law, Real Estate (commercial, residential, condominiums and cooperatives), Commercial Law and Transactions, Litigation and Banking Law.

700 White Plains Road
Suite 237
Scarsdale, New York 10583
(914) 472 7700
(914) 472 1946 (fax)

Suzanne M. Bloomer
Wills, Trusts, Estates and Real Estate

85 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bosworth, Gray & Fuller
Wills and Probate, Real Estate, Media Law, General Litigation

J. Rockhill Gray
David Otis Fuller, Jr.
116 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
(Tel) 914-337-3626
(Fax) 914-337-3630

George R. Mayer, Esq.
65 Pondfield Road #6 Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3033 (tel)
914-337-1038 (fax)

Griffin, Coogan, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C.

Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Located in Bronxville, New York, Griffin, Coogan, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C. takes great pride in providing our clients with comprehensive, high quality legal services in a responsive manner. The firm concentrates its practice in real estate law with a primary focus on issues relating to real estate tax litigation (also known as tax certiorari), real estate transactions, valuation law, real property taxation and tax planning and real property tax exemption matters throughout New York State.

The firm serves as general counsel for several local cooperatives and represents clients in various issues relating to wills, trusts and estate planning.

51 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
(914) 961-1300

Kim O'Toole, Esq.
80 Sagamore Road
914-961-6175 (tel)
914-337-3292 (fax)

Mary Anne O'Callahan, Esq.
32 Gramatan Court Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-3558 (tel)
914-779-5182 (fax)

Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo

We are hardworking and dedicated attorneys who, combined, have more than 150 years of experience delivering quality legal advice. Our cutting edge is our ability to enter both the conference room and the courtroom with strength. Our law firm provides legal representation and counsel for both individual and business clients on issues related to estate planning and administration, real estate law, litigation, and business law.  Our practice areas include: Commercial Litigation, Business Law, Real Estate, Wills, Estate Planning, Trusts, Estate Administration, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Not For Profits, and Employment Law.

111 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville, NY 10708


Veneruso, Curto, Schwartz & Curto, LLP

Veneruso, Curto, Schwartz & Curto is dedicated to providing businesses and individuals with exceptional legal services customized to each client's needs and objectives.  Practice areas include litigation, real estate, not for profit, wills and estate planning, land use and zoning, business and corporate, cooperative and condominium and real estate tax assessment litigation.

The Hudson Valley Bank Building

35 East Grassy Sprain Road, Suite 400

Yonkers, New York 10710



Peter W. Williamson, Esq.
141 Parkway Road
914-337-3434 (tel)
914-337-3392 (fax)

Real Estate - Insurance Agents

Leslie Homer
71 North Avenue New Rochelle, New York 10801

John L. Vorbach Company, Inc. Insurance Brokers
Manhattan Media & Technology Center
65 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, New York 10006
212-294-4900 x 112

Linda Graef Jones, Private Client Sales Executive
Personal Risk Management Solutions
Focuses solely on personal insurance and
provides unique, customized solutions that save
money and time and create peace of mind.

6 East 43rd Street
New York, New York 10017

Palmer-Tanno Agency, Inc.
Independent Insurance Agents since 1948

Greg Tanno
141 Parkway Road, Suite #11
Bronxville, New York 10708

Ranieri Insurance Agency
Auto, Home, Business & Life
Over 50 Years' Experience

Paul D. Ranieri, CPCU
457 Palmer Road
Yonkers, NY

Insurance and Risk Management Solutions
Since 1910
65 Main Street
Tuckahoe, New York 10707


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Decorators and Interior Design

Dunn & Tighe Interiors

25 Sycamore Street
Bronxville, NY 10708

Edwin Gemes, Ltd.


Madeline Eckett Oden Interiors

61 Beechmont Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Jane Mitchell

9 The Byway

Samuel Botero Associates, Inc.

215 East 58th Street
Suite 6B
New York, New York 10022

Sandra Steele Schneider Interiors

70 Burkewood Road
Mount Vernon, New York 10552

Serendipity Interior Design, LLC

Catherine Wyner
203-846-0809 or 203-637-9266

Shannon Interiors LTD.

Kelly Shannon Jelensperger, President
81 Pondfield Road #344
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-1629 (O)
914-953-7584 (C)
914-793-2195 (F)

Design Professionals


Dean Davis

2 Park Place
Bronxville, New York

Michael Davis

435 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10014

Charles Hilton

Hilton Vanderhorn Associates
31 East Elm Street
Greenwich, Ct. 06830
203-862-9011 (tel) 203-862-9196 (fax)

Scott Koniecko Architects

80 8th Avenue
Suite 1600
New York, New York 10011
212-620-3924 (tel)
212-620-7640 (fax)

Maggie Marrone Architects


Peter Pennoyer Architects

432 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10016

Radoslav Opacic Architects

24 N. Astor
Irvington, New York 10533
914-591-4306 (tel)914-591-4308 (fax)

Landscape Architects

Renee Byers, Landscape Architect P.C.

10 Avon Road
Bronxville, New York 10708


Civil Engineer
Brett Auerhahn P.E.

Home Maintenance & Improvement

Chimney Sweep

Egan Chimney Sweeps



Keating Electric & Technologies

115 Wall Street
Valhalla, New York 10595

Lippolis Electric

445 5th Avenue
Pelham, New York 10803

James A. Stone

96 Congress Street
Harrison, New York 10528

White Electric, Inc.

128 Fulton Street
White Plains, New York

Fruit Delivery

Hutchinson Farm

833 Post Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583

General Contractors

Vincent Franco
R-Men Contracting
179 Summerfield Street
Scarsdale, New York 10583
914-472-7007 (tel) 914-472-0451 (fax)

Arthur Lange Inc.

841 Tuckahoe Road
P.O. Box 993
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-4422 (tel) 914-395-0471 (fax)

Heating & Cooling

Absolute Comfort & Temperature Control Inc.

Mr. Paul Gomprecht, President

Richards Conditioning Corp.

70 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, New York 10707

Besson Oil Inc.

140 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, New York 10707

Iron Work

Debra Coddington

Arrowsmith Forge
3788 Rte 44
Millbrook, New York


LMC Safe, Lock & Key

Luigi M. Cattzia II


Direct Dairy

POB 201
White Plains, New York 10603


All Colors Painting Co.

69 Delaware Road
Yonkers, New York 10710
(Johnnie & Joey)

Mateus Neto Painting Co.

95 Chase Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10703

Pick up and take away

Robert Rabsey

Technical Help

Computer, Network & Internet Services

Gerry McLoughlin
Computer Tutor @ PCI

Geeks on Wheels

Dylan Hall
Harrison, New York

The Computer Nerds, Inc.

PO Box 31
Bronxville, New York 10708

TV & Steroes

AV Design

130 East Main Street
Elmsford, New York 10523

Landscape Design & Maintenance


Maureen Hackett

Hackett Landscape Design Inc.
212-768-4242 and 917-494-8084

Renee Byers, Landscape Architech P.C.

10 Avon Road
Bronxville, New York 10708


Frank Bulfamonte & Sons, Inc.

26 Circuit Road
New Rochelle, New York 10805

Land Productions Inc.

360 Adams Street
Bedford Hills, New York

Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center

1 Askins Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801


Tryforos and Pernice

73 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York

Plants & Nurseries

Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center
1 Askins Place
New Rochelle, New York 10801

Rosedale Nurseries

51 Saw Mill River Road, Route 9A
Hawthorne, New York 10532-1598

Sprainbrook Nursery, Inc.

448 Underhill Road
Scarsdale, New York 10583

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