Pelham NY: A Community of Homes

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pelham Manor - Looking Good in the Neighborhood

The steps to the Police Station at Pelham Manor Village Hall, 4 Penfield Place, Pelham Manor, New York 10803 were rebuilt last week by a local contractor.

The iconic building is home to the police, fire department and Village Administration.

Penfield Place was named for Edward Penfield of Pelham Manor, "one of the most notable artists ever to have lived in Pelham Manor," according to Blake Bell, Pelham Town Clerk and Pelham Town Historian.

Bell publishes the Historic Pelham Web Site and according to his blog, Penfield served as Pelham Manor Village Street Commissioner for many years.
As such, Penfield gained fame in Westchester County "for his successful efforts at mosquito extermination,"according to an article published in The New York Times:
"For several years he annually drained the marshes about the village, filled in small ponds and oiled swampy places until there is no natural spot for a mosquito to raise a family." Source: Edward Penfield Rids Town of Mosquitos -- Illustrator Destroys Swamps and Other Breeding Places in Pelham Manor, N.Y. Times, Jul. 21, 1923, p. 22.

So next time you visit Pelham Manor Village Hall on Penfield Place, notice the new steps leading to the Police Department and thank Edward Penfield for his service to the Village.

Thanks in part to his efforts, Pelham Manor is a great place to raise a family.

Unless, of course, you're a mosquito.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

New at Kravitz, REALTORS®, Ltd. - Pelham NY 10803 - 3D Video - Awards - Achievements

Kravitz, REALTORS® Announces New 3D Home Videos, Awards, Achievements and "Man in the Hat"

On its YouTube channel USAnyRelocation, Kravitz is posting 3D home video tours Watch in 3D or 2D. Broker Lester Kravitz said, “I believe we are the only firm using YouTube’s 3D platform to showcase our homes.” The videos can be viewed with or without special hardware by following the 3D instructions on YouTube.

■Rosalie Kravitz received a 2010 “Excellence In Sales” award from Westchester-Putnam Association of REALTORS. Each year during the past decade, the White Plains-based trade group has recognized and honored her.

■Elaine S. Moshe was top sales associate at the ANN DeSANTIS Pelham Manor office in 2010. She also is a licensed attorney and successfully sold and rented properties in New York City, Pelham, New Rochelle and the region.

■Linda J. Cortez, who earned her broker’s license, ran the rental desks over the winter and found homes for locals and relocatees. Her clients include apartment building and property owners who prefer to rent outside of the MLS framework as well as multi-listed apartments.

■Georgette Pacia also earned her broker’s license.

■Amy Scarangella began her 35th year selling homes in Pelham.

■Louise E. Pedretti was elected to the Board of Directors of The Pelham Biltmore and serves as Treasurer of the cooperative corporation.

■Jackie Klein Walker completed her job as NY’s First Lady Michelle Paterson’s aide and now attends law school. Jackie, who has an MPA from Cornell, lives in White Plains and specializes in luxury condo sales and rentals at the Trump and Ritz Carlton and other premier properties.

■Mr. Kravitz was elected president of The Guild of Independent Real Estate Professionals, a regional network of 20 offices.

The firm’s Facebook ad was viewed more than 6 million times during the winter and had an exceptional click-through rate. The firm’s new campaign “Ask The Man in The Hat” went live this week on news, real estate and social media sites across the web (

Kravitz, REALTORS®, Ltd. was established in 1989 and is located at 89 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. Five years ago, the firm bought ANN DeSANTIS REAL ESTATE at 4550 Boston Post Road, Pelham Manor. New and experienced sales associates may call Lester at 914-738-7777 to find out more about opportunities with the company.