Above: James Daley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 200. The VFW Post 200 in Hastings is named after James Daley, who was killed in action in France on November 5th, 1918. Daley was the last Hastings resident to die during WWI. The Sons of the American Legion honored Daley Saturday, July 10th 2021 at his gravesite at Mount Hope Cemetery. It was the 100th anniversary of his burial there.

First Bank Building.

A piece dated 21 January 2010 on the Hastings-on-Hudson Historical Society called “A Moment of Glory for 25 Main Street” by By Judy (Wemer) Chamberlain reads:

Hastings was all a buzz this past summer with the news that a movie was being filmed on Main Street. It is exciting when something out of the ordinary happens in a small town. It gives everyone something to talk about, and it makes for good “people watching.” The featured actors included Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin, though only Meryl was in the scene shot this June in the village.

It’s Complicated, the new romantic comedy written and directed by Nancy Meyers, chose to feature one of my favorite buildings in town. The First National Bank building, on the corner of Main and Whitman, was built in 1907, and through its long history the building has housed an assortment of businesses.

My connection to 25 Main Street was through a dentist. Dr. Stewart had his office on the second floor. Mounting the steps was like marching to the gallows. I would walk down from school with dread for my afternoon appointments. I remember that the waiting room was austere, the magazines of little interest to me, and time waiting for my turn in the chair, unbearable.

There was one bright spot though. The receptionist was a lovely lady with silver gray hair, who always had a large colorful handkerchief attached to her stiff white nurse’s uniform. Her name was Mrs. Feury. I think her first name may have been Beth, but since I never called her anything but Mrs. Feury, I’m not certain. She was efficient and tried her best to put patients, especially nervous children, at ease — no small feat given the antiquated drills that awaited you beyond the closed door.

Today the office of dentist Dr. Harvey Kutz is located at 25 Main. However, now for at least the run of this newly released film, the sturdy brick building with its pleasant arches, will be famous in Hastings for its transformation into a restaurant.

Unfortunately, only those who stopped by in person to watch will know this, because the scene shot here ended up on the cutting room floor. For the rest of us who intently watched the film to spot our landmark, well, we’ll have to be content to know that this fine building brought a film crew, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, and some excitement to Hastings

Interesting looking liquor store on the corner of Main Street and Warburton Ave. I bought a bottle of rum there.

Hook and Ladder No.1. Looks as if it was once a church. I imagine it must have an interesting history, but I haven’t been able to find any relevant information yet.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

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