Around the neighborhood – Trump National Golf Club Westchester

The Trump National Golf Club is just a short walk from the House.

Trump National Golf Club Westchester is a private golf club in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The 140-acre (57 ha) course has eighteen holes, with a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) clubhouse. Founded in 1922 as Briarcliff Country Club, it later operated as Briar Hills Country Club and Briar Hall Golf and Country Club. Donald Trump, later 45th president of the United States, purchased the property in 1996 and renamed the club after its county, Westchester, in a similar manner to his other golf properties. He had the clubhouse and course rebuilt for its 2002 reopening; the course was designed by Jim Fazio. Donald Trump served as president over Trump National Golf Club LLC (managing the Westchester club) from August 2000 until January 19, 2017, the day before his inauguration.

The club had its origins around 1895, with Briarcliff founder Walter W. Law’s private nine-hole course on his estate, which became available to Briarcliff Lodge guests, and was then known as the Briarcliff Golf Club. In 1922, Devereux Emmet designed a course across the street with eighteen holes, and thus Briarcliff Country Club was founded that year. The name was changed in 1927 to avoid confusion, to Briar Hills Country Club. Briar Hills opened in May 1929 with a new clubhouse; construction began in May 1928 and utilized local stones for the building’s exterior. The interior was noted for its design and spaciousness. In 1936, A. W. Tillinghast redesigned the course. In 1948, Henry Law’s son Theodore sold the club to local businessmen who renamed it Briar Hall Golf and Country Club. The 1964 Metropolitan Open was hosted at Briar Hall; Jack Patroni won the championship. In 1980, ownership of the club changed hands again.

Henry Law, a son of village founder Walter W. Law, was among Briar Hill’s founders. Among the club’s directors were Henry Law and his son Theodore Gilman Law; Gene Sarazen was the club’s golf professional in 1923–24, followed by 1952 PGA Champion Jim Turnesa.

At the time of Briar Hall’s 1996 sale, the club had an 18-hole, 6,313 yards (5,773 m) golf course and 78,782 square feet (7,319 m2) clubhouse, seven tennis courts, an in-ground swimming pool, pro shop, maintenance building, and pool house.Briar Hall had been taken over by the Marine Midland Bank, which then sold the property to Trump (Wikipedia)

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4-5.6

Fat City Rockers at the Downtown Peekskill Music Series

Every Saturday evening during Summer the town of Peekskill, NY closes a section of North Division Street and presents a band of some kind. This part of Division Street has a number of restaurants, which put tables and chairs outside so that you can eat while listening to the music. The whole thing has a very European feel to it.

On this particular evening (June 15, 2019) the featured band was “Fat City Rockers:

… a Band performing Rock (50’s-60’s), Instrumental, and Swing/Jump, Big Band music. We are a high energy three-piece group called “The Fat City Rockers” from Northern Westchester County, NY. We are rocking and swinging from Philly to Boston!!! Everything from pubs, restaurants, car shows, breweries, radio stations, county fairs, public and private events.

We are different!!! Performing: The Stray Cats, Dion, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, The Ventures, The Shadows, Danny Gatton, Eddie Cochrane, Dick Dale, Robert Gordon, Bill Halley, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and much, much, more.

We appeal to a wide age groups & have a solid following. We try to play material that the older generations have not heard in years, as well and super important, turning on younger age groups. The feedback has been nothing less than amazing!!! (Hudson Valley Music).

I must admit that they were pretty good.

As I recall we ate at “The Quiet Man“, an Irish Pub.

Very animated guitarist.


Guitarist and lead singer looking very cool in his sunglasses.


This little guy was dancing up a storm.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A walk around Cold Spring, NY – Overview

Back in June I decided to have a walk around Cold Spring, NY. I’ve been there many times but there are still areas that I have not really explored, so I decided to focus on them. However, inevitably I found my way into familiar areas including the picturesque area around the bandstand and promenade shown in the picture above.

According to Wikipedia:

Cold Spring is a village in the town of Philipstown in Putnam County, New York, United States. The population was 1,983 at the 2010 census. It borders the smaller village of Nelsonville and the hamlet of Garrison. The central area of the village is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Cold Spring Historic District due to its many well-preserved 19th-century buildings, constructed to accommodate workers at the nearby West Point Foundry (itself a Registered Historic Place today). The town is the birthplace of General Gouverneur K. Warren, who was an important figure in the Union Army during the Civil War. The village, located in the Hudson Highlands, sits at the deepest point of the Hudson River, directly across from West Point. Cold Spring serves as a weekend getaway for many residents of New York City.

Taken with a Canon 5D and Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM.

Birthday Celebration at “The Falcon”

A while back our friend Joan invited us to a celebration in honor of her birthday. It was to take place at ‘The Falcon‘ a live music venue on Route 9w in Marlboro, NY. From the road the falcon doesn’t look like much, but it’s actually rather interesting. It’s built on multiple, terraced levels, with a waterfall running by.

The music was OK, the food was fairly typical pub fare but the overall experience was great.

Joan, the birthday girl.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix performing.

One of the terraces as seen from a higher terrace.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

At Lincoln Center

We recently went into New York City to see a concert at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The all- Beethoven Programme featured the Violin Concerto in D major & his Symphony #3 in E flat major ‘Eroica’. The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was conducted by Andrew Manze and the soloist was Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang. In a pre-concert recital Drew Petersen on piano played Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major (“Wandererfantasie”). Before the concert we had an early dinner at Boulud Sud.

The picture above shows The Plaza at Lincoln Center as seen from the outside terrace at the David Geffen Hall. On the right the Metropolitan Opera House and on the left the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet. The green space in between them is Damrosch Park. I’d already taken some pictures of the plaza at ground level, but I prefer the view from the higher elevation of the terrace.

The man himself. Ludwig van Beethoven. The plaque reads: “Beethoven, a tragic mask” by Bourdelle. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Dreitzer.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.