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Winter Storm of March 2-3 Downs Trees and Power Lines with Power Outages for Many in Bronxville; See Photos PDF Print Email


By Sarah Clifford

Mar. 7, 2018:  The nor’easter that hit the Northeastern United States on Friday, March 2, known informally by some as Winter Storm Riley, resulted in downed trees and wires and power outages throughout Bronxville and surrounding areas. There are homes that have not had power since Friday. 


The end-of-week storm was considered to be a bomb cyclone, in which a storm's pressure drops precipitously within 24 hours, bringing high winds and precipitation. Strong wind gusts toppled large trees in Bronxville.


The Village of Bronxville declared a state of emergency on Friday night, which ended on Monday morning. According to Village Administrator Jim Palmer, this makes the village "eligible for certain state and federal aid if and when it becomes available."


According to Palmer, "Tanglewylde and Summit were most hard hit by the storm, followed by Sturgis, Prescott, and Elm Rock." Avon and Valley also lost power.


The Bronxville Department of Public Works, Con Edison’s tree subcontractor, and the village’s private tree contractor had all roads but Tanglewylde and Summit open by Saturday evening. Verizon crews installed multiple new poles and rehung wires along Tanglewylde and Summit on Sunday.


Palmer also said that "the village police department and department of public works forces worked tirelessly and coordinated throughout the weekend."


He also reported that "while Con Ed's initial de-energizing of lines allowed our DPW to reopen roads, their restoration crews have been non-existent and their efforts represent a new low for the utility. They are a total embarrassment and disgrace. As of this a.m., the village still has over 150 residents without power."


Some residents were able to secure hotel rooms on Friday, but others were met with solidly booked hotels on Saturday. Irena and Bruce Stern reported that every area hotel they checked was full for Saturday night. As a result, the Sterns "relied on the kindness of neighbors" and Irena put a generator at the top of her "birthday wish list." Others, like my family, dug up every flashlight we had and burrowed in under layers of comforters and blankets until last night when we stayed with my sister and family.  On the bright side, my husband caught up on his New Yorkers and the kids rediscovered cards and backgammon.


On Monday at around 9:00 am, another outage occurred on Locust Lane and other streets nearby, but power was restored within hours.


As of publication, a second March winter storm is moving up the East Coast and is descending upon Bronxville. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Southern Westchester at 10:43 pm on Tuesday, March 6, effective until 4:00 am on Thursday, March 8, saying that heavy snow is expected with anticipated total accumulations of seven to ten inches. For real-time updates from the National Weather Service, click here.

Top photo by S. Clifford; others by N. Bower, S. Clifford, and A. Warner.



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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 hospital (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 (10708, 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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