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Two Youngsters Have an Idea for Building a Replacement Bridge at Bronxville Lake

By Ken Hesselbacher

May 17, 2022: Recently, I was walking around Bronxville Lake with my grandchildren Eric, 5, and Caroline, 4. Although we have walked around the lake many many times, there was something missing during this trip. Superstorm Ida had washed away the bridge on the southern end of the lake known as Pe-Pa’s Bridge. Fortunately, the bridge located on the northern end of the lake, known as Eric’s Bridge, had survived the storm. Caroline also has a bridge named in her honor which is upriver!

Walking along, Eric suddenly asked, “Build Back Better, Build Back Better, this is all that I hear. What does it mean, Pe-Pa?” Well, I thought for a moment and replied to both Eric and Caroline, “Ask not what your grandparents can do for you. You are the future! Rather ask what you can do for your grandchildren! Yes, someday your grandchildren will be asking you what you did for them!”

Eric and Caroline pondered this and came up with a great idea. They looked at their Staten Island Ferry toy (see photo below) and realized that the ramp was the perfect size to cross Pe-Pa’s Bridge.

They would negotiate with New York City and purchase two decommissioned ramps which fit perfectly over the bridge. They would acquire the two ramps under a special “buy one get on free” program, which would eliminate any supply chain concerns. They would charge $.10 cents to cross the bridge until there were sufficient funds to build a more efficient and modern bridge. This bridge would have water turbines generating energy from the nearby waterfall, solar panels generating energy from the sun, and rotating wind turbines generating energy from the wind. All natural resources with no damage to the planet!

And best of all, with the money generated from selling any excess energy, they could start their next project, reducing the carbon footprint once they figure out exactly what that means!

So as I walk around Bronxville Lake holding hands with Eric and Caroline, I just feel that I, and the world, are in good hands. And best of all, when we arrive back home at River House, Grandy Sandy will have a special dinner ready for us.


Photos courtesy Ken Hesselbacher

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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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