Thursday, 11 February 2016 16:19




Fyfe Shipyard1Fyfe Shipyard

Situated on a deep water channel across from Bar Beach in Hempstead Harbor, the hamlet of Glenwood Landing has at different times supported a tourist trade with two hotels, an electric power plant, an Exxon Mobil facility and the world-renowned Fyfe Shipyard.

Though boats were built at the shipyard before World War II, Fyfe was best known as the "Tiffany of boatyards," where yachts belonging to J.P. Morgan, Marjorie Merriweather Post and others and were maintained and stored and where the Vim, a racer commissioned by Harold S. Vanderbilt, was readied for the 1958 America's Cup.

A fixture on Shore Road for more than 60 years, the Fyfe property was taken over by the Long Island Lighting Company in 1970.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 12:27



Study Gate House Estate of Samuel A Salvage Esq Glen Head Long IslandIMG 7170


The present-day headquarters for Banfi Vintners on Cedar Swamp Road was originally a 55-acre estate known as Rynwood, built in 1927 for industrialist Samuel A. Salvage. Born in London, Salvage came to America in 1893 and made his fortune as the “father of the rayon industry in the United States.”  For more than 30 years, Rynwood played a prominent role in the social life of Long Island’s “Gold Coast.”  A royal spectacle – hosted by the British government - was held on the grounds each May 24th to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria.

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After Salvage’s death in 1946, Rynwood was bought and sold several times and the property began to slowly deteriorate. Assisted by architectural drawings and photographs, the 60-room manor was fully restored by Banfi after purchasing the estate in 1979.






Saturday, 17 October 2015 15:05



Bulls Head 1905 

The Bulls Hotel, once located in Greenvale, was the headquarters for several teams that competed in the six celebrated Vanderbilt Cup races held on Long Island between 1906 and 1910. Founded by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., the Vanderbilt Cup was the first international automobile competition held in the United States. The intersection of Glen Cove Road and Northern Boulevard in Greenvale, known as Bull’s Head before the Civil War, was a popular spot to view the highly popular event.



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Photographs courtesy of Howard Kroplick.




Tuesday, 04 August 2015 10:35


Adelaide Gaylor 1982Adelaide Gaylor invite 1982

Photographs courtesy of Joan Harrison

Born in New York City in 1889, Adelaide Lawson Gaylor studied at the Art Students League and was a member of the Society of Independent Artists and the New York Society of Women Artists.  A modernist painter known primarily for landscapes and figures, she was an active participant in the Harlem Renaissance. Her friends and colleagues read like a Who’s Who of early 20th Century New York culture and include Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, writer John Dos Passos, and entertainer Josephine Baker.  She married artist Wood Gaylor, and the couple moved from Manhattan to Glenwood Landing in 1932.  They not only gave art classes, but also mounted exhibitions in their barn.  Adelaide Lawson Gaylor remained an area resident until her death in 1986.








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