Streets and Place-Names of Scarsdale
By Richard Lederer
Compiled 1952, revised 1989
Footnotes, giving sources, and, in some cases amplification, are on file in The Scarsdale Public Library.
In 1891 the North End Land Improvement Co. bought 45 acres from Oliver Hyatt and developed the land which lay in both Eastchester and Scarsdale. The company named many of the streets for officers of the company and their family. Alida McIlroy was the wife of the President.
Seymour Orlofsky developed Scarsdale Acres in 1955. Who Archer was is unknown.
Heath Ridge was developed by H. A. Lockwood in 1926. In 1952 I was told by someone that he turned to the plumbers section of the Ft. Wayne, Indiana directory and selected Ardmore, Carthage, Lebanon and Wakefield. This is a good story, but not true. The 1926 Ft. Wayne Directory shows no such plumbers' names. Ft. Wayne, however, has streets named Ardmore and Wakefield so there may be some basis for the legend.
Benedict Park was laid out in 1926 by Fred Ries.
Henry G. Autenrieth, a member of the Board of Assessors of New York City, owned the land between Church, Autenrieth and Popham Roads.
In 1928 Alexander M. Crane subdivided his property from Post Road to School Lane under the name of Crane-Berkeley. He named this street for his great-grandmother Johanna who smoked a pipe and lived to be 101.
This street was laid out in 1955 as part of a Scarsdale Ridge development. I cannot find out who Bansom was, but this street is the only one in Scarsdale with no houses on it. All the houses have numbers on the neighboring streets.
In 1981 Anthony Scarcella subdivided the land which he bought from Frederick Lowenfels. The name suggested by me to the Planning Board, was for William Barker whose name appears as the landowner on the 1774 map of the Manor of Scarsdale.
Westover, the property of Westover Land Co., Inc., was laid out in 1919 and this road was dedicated in 1923. The President was C. Moran Barry.
Walter J. Collet developed Sherbrooke Park from the Max Goldsmith estate in 1939 and named the principal street for a large copper beech tree. It was ironic that no homes could be sold to Jews on the land formerly owned by a jew.
Arthur Suburban Homes Co. filed its first development plan for the former George D. Arthur property in 1895. Although they used a picture of Chester A. Arthur on their promotional literature, there was no connection. They modestly named most of the roads for officers of the corporation. Enoch C. Bell was a major stockholder, but not a Director.
Benedict Park was developed in 1926 by Fred Ries on property formerly owned by Hiram Benedict.
When Robert E. Farley laid out Greenacres and Scarsdale Hill in 1909 he named some of the streets for his secretary, his mother’s pen name, and his wife’s maiden name. Others must have been equally as obtuse as I can get no lead on Berkeley, Brayton, Claremont, Gorham or Montrose.
This name was changed in 1952 to avoid confusion with Beverley Road in the Longview section of Greenburgh.
The property of Frank Hopkins Bethell was subdivided in 1920. The road name is spelled wrong; it needs two “l”s. Bethell, a Vice-President of the New York Telephone Co., was the first President of the Village of Scarsdale. (We didn’t call them Mayor until 1927.)
This lane was laid out with Lakin Road in 1929. See Lakin Road.
Frederick P. Fox and his Quaker Realty Co. laid out this street in 1913 and named it for his friend William H. Birchall, President of the Bronx Textile Works.
Black Birch Lane
This little street was in a 1955 subdivision by George J. Kraft. It had previously been part of Dell Ave.
Black Hawk Road
Thomas Callahan developed Colonial Acres in 1946. It was this development which engendered the anti-look-alike law of 1950.
Black Walnut Lane
In 1984 Gunilla Torstensn subdivided the property at 164 Mamaroneck Road containing the Angevine-Hatfield-Morris house and created this small street.
Originally laid out as Tower Circle in 1920 this road’s name was changed in 1943 to honor Arthur Boniface who probably did more than anyone else to shape present day Scarsdale. A Village Trustee from 1918 to 1921 and President in 1921 and 1922, he then became Village Engineer and Manager until his death in 1943.
Boulder Brook Park
In 1984 the village bought from the Boulder Brook Riding Club the over three acres on Mamaroneck Road for $750,000 and developed the playing fields. We then sold part back to the club.
Boulder Brook Road
Boulder Brook Ridge was a corporate name that Lou Simon had from a previous development. In 1971 he named this street for the corporation.
A pretentious name for the street laid out by the North End Land Improvement Co. See Alida.
Leonard H. Davidow, better known for his White Plains real estate activities, subdivided the Bradford Rhodes property in 1926 and the Planning Commission furnished the name. The minutes of the Planning Commission contain many instances of a delightful sense of humor. It is not clear whether or not this is a deliberate pun.
See Bell Road.
Stephen Brambach was a Director of the North End Land Improvement Co. He was also involved with the company which manufactured Brambach pianos. See Alida.
The first of many maps for Greenacres was filed in 1909 by Scarsdale Estates, controlled by Robert W. Farley. Map number one shows Greenacres Avenue coming back to Walworth Avenue on what is now Brayton Road, and Brayton Place was an extension of Greenacres Avenue. See Berkeley Road.
The road was built in 1928 on the 3. 7 acres owned by Prof. Henry T. Brewster.
Brewster’s neighbor, on 6.8 acres, was architect James A. Brite. His property was subdivided in 1914.
The Planning Commission applied this name in 1926 for the neighboring Broadmoor Country Club. See Bradford.
The boundary between Scarsdale and Greenburgh takes its name from Jonas Bronck who came from Niew Amsterdam in 1639 and bought 500 acres on the mainland from The Dutch West India Company and the Indians. The spelling is a corruption of Bronck's River.
Bronx River Parkway Reservation
Completed in 1925, this reservation contained the first public motorcar parkway (a way through a park) in the world.
Originally Locust, this street's name was changed in 1928. It is for an unnamed brook which runs into the Bronx River.
In 1925 Frederick P. Fox and the Quaker Realty Co. developed the E. W. Hellwig property. This name is apparently another of the Planning Commission’s puns, it is by a brook. It is not really a brook but the Sheldrake River.
In 1983 Parlato and Barzelatto subdivided the previous Barracini property and I suggested to the Planning Board that they name the lollipop street Angevine Lane for the family who occupied the land as tenants of the Heathcote Family. (A “lollipop” is a dead-end street that ends in a circle.) Across Mamaroneck Road was Angevine Farm where James Fenimore Cooper later lived. The first person to buy a house in the development objected to the name saying that it sounded like a pizza parlor. The Planning Board capitulated and came up with Brookfield as it’s in a field beside a brook. It is not a brook, it is the Sheldrake River.
Rush Wilson suggested the name for the road beside a brook which forms the Village line. It’s really the Hutchinson River which forms the boundary with New Rochelle. There is a one foot wide strip beside the river owned by the Sherbrooke Park Association so that no street may be cut through from New Rochelle. See Beechwood Lane.
Robert B. Brown was Treasurer of North End Land Improvement Co. See Alida.
Thomas F. Burgess, one-time Village Historian, subdivided his property in 1924. His wife, Laura Crane Burgess was a Village Trustee from 1921 to 1924.
The village bought 75 acres along Wayside Lane for $65,000 from Emily Butler in 1919.
Charles Butler, an early commuter and prominent New York lawyer specializing in insurance, made his first purchase in Scarsdale in 1853. He ultimately accumulated over 400 acres, one-tenth of the town. On his death the property passed to his daughter Emily. In 1922 she sold the area between Fenimore Road and Wayside Lane to I. Randolph and Everett Jacobs who developed it as Fox Meadow Estates. Fox Meadow was a name used as early as 1731. To name the streets they called on Dixon Ryan Fox, Village Historian and biographer of Caleb Heathcote. Butler Road was the driveway to the Butler home which stood where 54 Butler Road is now.
When land was being acquired in 1913 for the Bronx Parkway Reservation, Emily Butler gave 25 acres to the Parkway Commission and five years later gave seven more. Now owned by Westchester County, it contains a large plaque mounted on a huge boulder commemorating the gift.
Cornelius B. Fish filed a development plan for his property known as The Grange in 1905. Two of the principal streets were Oxford and Cambridge.
The property of E. W. Hellwig was subdivided by the Gerar Corp. in 1937. The street was dedicated to the Village in 1942 by Canterbury Ridges Estate, Edna B. and Stanley E. Boughton.
This is an Arthur Suburban Homes name, but who Carman is is unknown. See Bell Road.
Carstensen Drive (private) and Carstensen Road
In 1923 Walter J. Collet subdivided the estate of John Carstenson.
Catherine Herman was the daughter of George Herman, a partner of Charles Evans Hughes, and the attorney of Frederick P. Fox. See Brookby.
This road was named by Henry Hofheimer, Jr., attorney for Heathcote Hills, in 1956 on land which was many years ago Angevine Farm, the home of James Fenimore Cooper. This up-state Indian tribe, one of the Five Iroquois Nation, carries out the theme of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Incidentally, Hofheimer went to Cornell, far above Cayuga’s water.
This road commemorated Rev. Francis Chase, who for many years, from 1879, was Rector of St. James the Less.
Chase Road Park
The lots which make up the two-acre park beside Chase Road were acquired at various times for a little over $100,000.
Caleb Heathcote, see below, was born in Chesterfield, in the Hundred of Scarsdale, Derbyshire, England. See Butler Road.
In 1941 the Village Board named this new road in honor of Robert C. Christie, Jr., a Village Trustee from 1925 to 1927 and Mayor from 1929 to 1931.
This was originally the access to St. James the Less Church from Popham Road.
Overbill Estates, controlled by James Cannon, was developed in 1914. This road runs in a circle.
See Berkeley Road.
Clarence W. Gaylor was the President of Arthur Suburban Homes. See Bell Road.
Cohawney, Beopo, Wapetuck and Patthunke were Indian sachems who signed a deed for the land to Caleb Heathcote. The name for the street was suggested by Dixon Ryan Fox, who had the good judgment not to suggest the other three. See Butler Road.
A gap in Leatherstocking Lane made it confusing, so this portion was changed to Colby on the petition of Edward Ross Aranow for Bainbridge Colby, Secretary of State under Wilson, and because his two daughters went to Colby Junior College.
Colonial Acres Cemetery
The half-acre on Colonial Road was set out as a burial ground by Nathaniel Brown in his 1854 will. When the corporation which owned it went out of existence in 1947, it became the property of the town of Scarsdale under town law.
Colonial Acres Park
The one-acre park at Black Hawk and Continental Roads was donated in 1947 when the area was subdivided. See Black Hawk Road.
See Black Hawk Road.
Robert Farley’s wife’s maiden name was Colvin. They named their son Colvin too. See Berkeley.
See Black Hawk Road.
The green space at the southeast corner of Post and Mamaroneck Roads was bought by the village for $40,000 in 1927 and named for the author who once lived nearby.
Robert Farley’s Scarsdale Estates developed Murray Hill in 1909. This road obviously commemorates James Fenimore Cooper who for a short time lived nearby.
Copper Beech Lane
In 1948 Peter R. Kuhn subdivided his property and named the street for a tree on the street.
Coralyn Road comes to us from the 1925 Rocky Dell development in White Plains. Russel Immerblum, Sidney Baer, and Nelson and Louis Palestrant were the principals in the company which developed the “Rocky Dell” estate of Nathaniel C. Reynal. Coralyn Brush Pisarra was the daughter of the Director of The Burke Foundation.
The three and a half acres at Corell and Sycamore Roads were donated in 1957.
The streets in this area were originally laid out in 1926 by Vernon Corell as Secor Estates. Later (1921) called Secor Garden and developed in 1936 as Secor Farms by Royal H. Fox who had previously done neighboring Reynal Park in White Plains.
The only “street” wholly in Scarsdale (Weaver is half in New Rochelle) was given to the village in 1921 by William H. Sackett, neighboring landowner, who also gave the Revolutionary War monument nearby. It was named for the family which owned the land in the colonial period. Richard Cornell came to Scarsdale in 1727 and Cornells were prominent in town and village government until George retired as Supervisor in 1969.
Alexander Baxter Crane lived in the house which is now the Trinity Lutheran Church. The road had been called Old Orchard Lane until 1948.
I suggested this name to the Planning Board when Boulder Brook Acres was developed in 1980 by Schechter-Antkies. It commemorates Samuel Crawford, Scarsdale patriot, who was one of the seconders to adopt the Declaration of Independence on behalf of the State of New York and who was killed in a skirmish with the British. He lived at 60 Crane Road.
The property of C. C. Campbell was subdivided in 1927 as Quaker Ridge Gardens.
I suggested this name and the Planning Board adopted it in 1987 when Parlato and Brazelatto developed what had been the Rosenberg property at 465 Mamaroneck Road. It commemorates the Revolutionary war patriot who was the prototype of Harvey Birch, Cooper’s The Spy.
The Crossway existed in colonial days. It appears on Robert Erskine’s 1778 maps as the link between the road from White Plains to Mamaroneck, Mamaroneck Road, and the road to New Rochelle where Weaver Street then terminated. It was officially laid out by the town in 1797.
The 18 acres were acquired between 1946 and 1950 and cost only $25,000.
A. B. and Larimer A Cushman owned almost all the land on the north side of the road.
The park bounded by Boulevard, Lyons, Bradley and Carman Roads cost a little over $24,000 and was named for Albert C. Davis who, as Chairman of the Board of Assessors, set up our basis for assesment.
The Planning Board offered no objection to t1le develpper’s choice of this name in 1980. See Crawford Lane.
The acre at Autenrieth and Popham Roads was bought in 1970 for $75,000 and commemorates Edwin A. “Ted” deLima who served on the Village Board and the B.A.R. and devoted himself to the betterment of Scarsdale.
This was part of the Rocky Dell development. See Coralyn Road.
Vivian Green and Perey Bibas developed Green Farms in 1924 from the former C. W. Dickel property. Dickel owned a famous riding academy in New York City.
This street was laid out between 1901 and 1910 on the land of the Dobbs family. Chester A. Dobbs was Fire Chief in 1952.
Walter J. Collet built this road in 1926 and named it for a hill in India where he had lived for four years.
A. Victor Donellan subdivided his Fenimore Road property in 1922.
This road was laid out in 1859 through the land of Elias G. Drake.
Drake Road Park
The almost two acres was bought by the village in 1968 for $100,000.
The pond at Heathcote and Sherbrooke Roads, which is the headwater of Fox Meadow Brook, is owned and maintained by the Heathcote Neighborhood Association.
Duck Pond Road
The Duck Pond had always been known as The Duck Pond. When James G. Cannon developed the Heathcote Tract in 1908 he called it Edgewater Road. The neighbors succesfully petitioned the Village Board in 1939 to restore the old name.
Lawrence Dunham was Justice of the Peace in 1917 and 1918 and Village Trustee in 1917. See Brookline Road.
Although officially a street, this road has never been paved. As a matter of fact a brook draining Hyatt Field runs there instead of automobiles. It was named by The North End Land Improvement Co., but I have never been able to find out who Dunwoodie was. He, however, was a favorite of theirs as they named another street in their Yonkers development for him, the New York City and Northern Railway—later the Putnam Division of the New York Central—put a station nearby and the whole area near St. Joseph’s Seminary is known as Dunwoodie. See Alida.
It is east of the Bronx River Parkway.
Grace Smith subdivided her property in 1930 after her husband Clarence died. She called it “The Woods” and all streets were named with that theme.
This road was laid out in 1919 as part of the Westover development and named for the neighboring school. The name of the school was suggested by Mrs. Gerard Fountain for her former home town, Edgewood, Pennsylvania.
Frederick VanWyck subdivided his estate “The Elms” in 1911.
Elmdorf Drive (private)
In 1910, David Welch subdivided his property which he called Elmdorf.
The Planning Commission changed the name of Meadow Road to Eton in 1921, probably for its proximity to Oxford and Cambridge.
We have streets named for patriots, presidents and plumbers, but this is the only one I know of named for another street. In 1985 the Evondale Construction Corp. laid out this private street. The company name came from its previous job on Evondale Road in the Longwood section of Greenburgh.
This is another street named by the North End Land Improvement Co. I do not know who Ewart was. See Alida.
There was a fair view from· the top of this road in 1924. See Dickel.
This road appears first on Greenacres Map No. 4 in 1925. See Berkeley.
Heathcote Crest was laid out in 1926 by The Heathcote Land Co. on land formerly owned by Thomas Simpson. The development included Graham, Lawrence and Vanderbilt, but I can find no reason why.
The development map for this road was filed in 1910 by Angell & Co.
This was part of “The Woods” development in 1930. See Eastwoods.
A private road which once led only to 6 Fountain Terrace. This house was built prior to the Civil War by Ernest F. Haubold. The Italianate fountain in front was built by Robert Farley. The fountain disappeared in 1974 when the Bronx River Parkway was “improved.”
Foxhall Place & Road
Named by Frederick P. Fox in 1926 for himself and Ferdinand Hall, his partner in the Quaker Realty Co.
Fox Meadow Road
This is the principal road through Fox Meadow. See Buder Road.
Bert Herkimer selected a Quaker Name when he developed Ridge Acres in 1929.
There was once a spur track and a freight station on the west side of the railroad.
Cornelius B. Fish memorialized his wife’s garden. See Cambridge.
David J. Garth owned 180 acres beside the Bronx River. His home, just south of where the Buckingham Aparements now stand, burned down in 1925. The area was subdivided two years later.
Gate House Road
In 1985 Anthony Scarcella laid out this street down the center of what had been the former Louis Marx estate on Weaver Street. The auxiliary building—a garage, etc.—was known as the gate house.
Clarence W. Gaylor was the President of Arthur Suburban Homes. See Bell Road.
George Field Park
The ten acres north of Oxford Road and between Greendale and Post Roads cost over $100,000. It was paid for 30% by the village and 70% by a special assessment district covering 81 neighboring houses which assessment ran for 40 years. It commerorates George W. Field who was for many years a Governor of The Town Club and its President, a member in 1919 and 1920 of the Planning Board, President of the village from 1919 to 1921 and Supervisor in 1927 and 1928.
Robert Farley’s mother Helen wrote under the pen name Ernest Gilmore. See Berkeley Road.
Gorham Court and Road
See Berkeley Road.
Grand Park Avenue
Back in the 1870s a large devlopment called Grand Park, which later essentially became Winged Foot Golf Club, was planned with this as a principal street. Mamaroneck changed the name to Fenimore Road, but Scarsdale didn’t.
Robert Farley was partial to the color green; he also names Green Knolls and Green Ridge. See Berkeley and Brayton.
Vivian Green always got a, green something into, each of his developments. See Dickel.
When this street was officially laid out in 1854 there were four families named Griffen living on it.
G. P. Nelson subdivided his property as Scarsdale Park in 1908. The next roads are Jefferson and Madison, so I assume it was for Alexander Hamilton.
An English sounding name, like Paddington and Kensington nearby, suggested by Dixon Ryan Fox. See Butler Road.
With Wheelock Road this was filed as Hanover Acres by Fenway Estates, Inc. Marcel R. Robbins’ name was associated, but I can find no trace of him. I suspect that he was a Dartmouth man as Eleazar Wheelock founded Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
The plat for this street was filed by Fox Meadow Estates in 1925. The reason for the name is unknown.
This street is in the 1949 Soundview Acres development by Cresin Realty Co. on land formerly belonging to Hopeton D. Atterbury Quaid. It is alleged that there was a farm there where crop were harvested.
The curving street surrounding the Harwood Building was originally Parkway Place. In 1927 the Village Board changed it for George A. Harwood who was one of the original owners and directors of the Sarsdale Improvement Co. which built the building. See Harwood Park, below.
The 11 acrees which include the Library and Harwood Pond cost $230,000 and were named for George A. Harwood, Chairman of the Planning Board in 1919 and 1920 after serving as President of the School Board, and long-time (15 years) a Governor of The Town Club. In his spare time he was a Vice-President of the New York Central Railroad.
A Hathaway, first name unknown, was a member of the Crane family. See Axtell.
Bert Herkimer developed Westchester Estates in 1 914 and memorialized the Quaker-sponsored college.
Hazel Nelson was the wife of Walter Nelson, the principal architect of the houses in Rocky Dell. See Coralyn Road.
James G. Cannon’s Scarsdale Estates laid out this road in 1909 amd named it for the owner of The Manor of Scarsdale, Caleb Heathcote.
Herkimer Road (private)
Bert Herkimer developed Ridge Acres in 1929 and slipped this one in for himself.
This street was not laid out until 1928 and by that time Fox was no longer Village Historian. The Planning Commission had the policy of naming streets for trees as well as for historic figures.
See Butler Road.
This small street is virtually a continuation of the New Rochelle street across Weaver Street.
August Jacob Ackerman developed Soundview Acres in 194 7. He planned to call the street Soundview but the Planning Commission said no; Hillview was the next best.
Only a few feet of Homestead Avenue are in Scarsdale. It was part of the Wilmont park development of the Bates and Ackerman properties in Eastchester and the Bates homestead was near there.
The name was suggested by Dixon Ryan Fox for The Westchester Guides, an informal band of young men who did some raiding, but primarily scouted and guided for Washington. After the Revolution they applied for pensions and were refused on the grounds that they were horseguards or horseguides and not officially part of the army. See Butler Road.
This street was laid out in 1925 and commemorates Dr. George Huntington, professor of astronomy at Columbia and a Scarsdale resident.
Originally called Penn Boulevard, this street’s name was changed to avoid confusion and named for the neighboring parkway.
The river which starts as a swale on the lawn at 21 Sherbrooke Road forms Scarsdale’s boundary with New Rochelle. It was named for Anne Hutchinson who, in 1642, came from Rhode Island and settled near the mouth of the river in the Bronx where Co-op City now stands. In Pelham and Mount Vernon the river is large enough to carry ocean- going tankers.
Hutchinson River Parkway
Inspired by the success of the Bronx Parkway Commission and fostered by the vision of William Lukens (Boss) Ward, the Westchester County Park Commission was created in 1922. Its goal was a necklace of gem-like parks connected by a chain of parkways, not high-speed throughways. The Hutchinson River Parkway was completed in 1928.
The five-acre playing field at Boulevard and Potter Road, dedicated July 4, 1954, cost $11,600 and was named for Oliver A. Hyatt, our Supervisor in 1879 who lived at 937 Post Road.
In 1921 the Heathcote Land Corp., Rush Wilson, President, and James Innes, Secretary, subdivided the 48 acre Simpson property and lined the road with ginko trees. Innes built the houses, one of which, number 25, he built for himself.
See Hamilton Road.
Johnson was probably involved with the Arthur Suburban Homes Co., but I find no evidence of it.
Kathy Lane (private)
This is on the former Popham property at 1015 Post Road. Kathy was a daughter of Emanuel Thomas who built five houses there.
Frederick P. Fox laid out this street in 1915 and named it for his son Kelvin and daughter Wynfred.
This is another English-sounding name suggested by Dixon Ryan Fox. See Butler Road.
Fred I. Kent was an officer of Bankers Trust Company.
Sadie Kingston, later Mrs. Keene, was Robert Farley’s secretary. See Berkeley.
This short road was developed as part of Richbell Glen in 1929. It is on the former property of Herbert C. Lakin who served on the school board from 1914 to 1920 and was its president from 1917 to 1919.
Fox Meadow Estates added this street in 1935.
This road was named for Lee Montgomery, son of C. W. Montgomery, aDirector of the North End Land Improvement Co. See Alida.
Village Assessor George W. Both applied this name for no apparent reason.
In 1928 the Village Board tidied up the street names. Streets and avenues became roads; roads which were extentions of one another were combined; and some, thought inappropriate, were renamed. Priority in names was given to historic figures. Amber Road was changed to Lincoln Road.
Heathcote Terrace was developed in 1924 and this road surrounded the old Lockwood Collegiate School run by Leila H. and Mary E. Lockwood.
Locust Lane (private)
This tiny street from Wayside Lane is on the former Popham property called “The Locusts.” It was laid out in 1913 by the then-owner John Bogart.
Lorraine Place (private)
This street is really no more than an easement to reach the flag lots behind 1148 Post Road. Lorraine was the daughter of Halpern, the developer.
George W. Lyon, without the “s”, was a Director of the Arthur Suburban Homes Co. See Bell Road.
George S. MacDonald was Lockwood’s father-in-law. See Ardmore.
The Planning Commission combined Gentles Street and Hutchinson Place with Madison Road in 1928. See Hamilton Road.
This is a Vernon Corell name on his Secor Gardens 1931 map. See Corell Road.
The West Branch of the Mamaroneck River forms in the White Plains city dump south of the Gedney Way playing fields. It forms the boundary line between White Plains and Scarsdale between Saxon Woods Road and the Hutchinson River Parkway.
In colonial days this had been the road to Mamaroneck from The White Plains.
Marjory Ries Werner is the daughter of Fred Ries. See Benedict Road.
Thomas Callahan named this road in 1946. See Black Hawk.
The 1957 development by August J. Ackerman of this tract was called Scarsdale Meadows.
In accordance with the policy of naming streets after those prominent in Scarsdale history, I suggested this name to the Planning Board in 1988 as it is on land formerly the home of William Mercer, School Board President from 1893 to 1912 and Justice of the Peace from 1908 to 1922. This entry is longer than the street.
In 1976 Iris Carmel developed part of the former Eastman property, once Angevine Farm, James Fenimore Cooper’s home. One of Cooper’s best-known books was The Last of the Mohicans.
In 1929 Eldred H. Halsey subdivided the former property of Charles William Montgomery, Town Assessor, whose wife was President of the League ofWomen Voters, in 1926.
See Berkeley Road.
Frederick P. Fox named this street in 1913 for his brother-in-law James Morris and also for the family of Lewis Gouverneur Morris who once owned over 400 acres in Scarsdale of which this area was a part.
Murray Hill Road
In 1909 Scarsdale Estates, led by Robert Farley, developed the area called Murray Hill. The best guess is that it was to conjure up a vision of the then fashionable area of New York City.
This street was laid out as part of Scarsdale Ridge in 1930.
In 1928 the Village Board extended Nelson Road to include Davis Place and Anderson Road. Anderson had been named for Stephen P. Anderson, a Director of Arthur Suburban Homes. See Hamilton Road.
Norma Palestrant was the niece of Russel Immerblum. See Coralyn Road.
In 1954 Alexander Meffert named this street for his wife Claire who was born in Normandie, France.
The lane is virtually a continuation of Oak Way in Greenacres. See Butler Road.
Frederick Van Wyck’s property was subdivided in 1911 and Mrs. Van Wyck suggested the name for a large oak tree.
This road served the 1941 subdivision of Orion H. Cheney’s estate, “Oakstwain.” Cheney had been on the School Board from 1923 to 1931 and its President from 1924 to 1930.
Popham Park was developed in 1907 by the executors of the Popham Estate, Eliza Hill Popham and James Lenox Popham.
Obry Drive (private)
The estate of M. M. and L. M. Obry was subdivided in 1915. Obry was a well-known New York City dry cleaner operating under the name of Madame Obry.
Charles Butler’s wife was Eliza Ogden (her brother was the first mayor of Chicago). His daughter Emily’s middle name was Ogden and her brother was A. Ogden. See Butler Road.
Old Lyme Road
In 1953 Charles A. Newbergh laid out this street and built houses there. He liked to name streets which sounded like old colonial names and had previously used Old Lyme off Anderson Hill Road in Purchase.
Old Orchard Lane (private)
John Carstensen’s estate “Old Orchard Lodge” was subdivided in 1925 and this private road was named in 1948.
Frederick Law Olmsted, after designing Central Park in New York City, was Charles Butler’s landscape architect. See Butler Road.
Another upstate Indian tribe to carry out the theme of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. See Cayuga.
See Circle Road.
The road overlooks the high school. See Butler Road.
This road is at right angles to Cambridge. See Cambridge.
An English-sounding name, like Kensington and Paddington, suggested by Dixon Ryan Fox. See Butler Road.
B. C. Palmer lived beside this road in 1881. The Palmers were a prominent Scarsdale family; Richard was supervisor in the 1830s and James was Town Clerk during the Civil War.
This was the principal street in The Grange, laid out by Chauncy Fish in 1905.
This road was added by Fox Meadow Estates in 1936.
Westchester Estates was developed in 1919 by Bert Herkimer who was partial to Quaker names. See Haverford and Swarthmore Roads.
Herkimer added this appendage to Penn Boulevard in 1927.
Walter J. Collet named this street for a large pine tree on the crest of a knoll. See Beechwood Road.
Popham Lane (private)
This small street is on land which was formerly the property of the Popham family. See Locust Lane.
At one time the Popham family owned all the land on the north side of this street. Major William Popham moved to Scarsdale in 1789 and the original deed from Levi Deveau to Popham is in the Scarsdale Library.
This road was named for William Potter, Jr., a Director of the North End Land Improvement Co. See Alida.
When Farley laid this road out in 1925 he called it Butler Road. To avoid confusion the Planning Commission changed it to Putnam in 1928. With their penchant for historical figures I assume it was for Israel Putnam.
Frederick F. Fox was a member of the Society of Friends and the Quaker theme runs through many of the streets he named. In 1928 Fox arranged for a statue of a Quaker carved in a tree there in memory of W. Birchall, F. Bannerman and W. H. Bolton. See Brookby Road.
Ora deLima subdivided her property in 1942.
Quentin was one of Frederick P. Fox’s sons. See Brookby.
This small street runs beside the property of John Ramsey, the only remaining farmer in Scarsdale.
Rectory Lane (private)
This street was originally the entrance to the parsonage of St. James the Less. It still is one of them.
Red Maple Swamp
The aptly named park at Valley and Gorham Roads was bought by the village in 1967 for $10,000.
I do not know who Riemer was. See Cooper Road.
This road crosses the tracks of the New York, Westchester & Boston Railway. See Coralyn.
Richbell Close and Road
Thomas Burgess subdivided his property in 1910 and named these roads for John Richbell who bought what is now Scarsdale and Mamaroneck from the Indians in 1660.
See Hamilton. Richelieu seems far afield from Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison.
Ridgecrest East, North, and West
This area was laid out in 1923 and the streets named Eastcote, etc. There was confusion with Heathcote so the Planning Commission changed them in 1928.
See Myrtledale Road.
It was Parkway Drive when this part of Greenacres was laid out. The Planning Commission changed in 1921 at the request of the Bronx Park Commission.
David Welch subdivided his property in 1915 and named the street for Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Compte de Rochambeau, whose army camped in Greenburgh in 1781, during the Revolutionary War.
Rock Creek Lane
Originally Palmer Avenue, this street’s name was changed in 1944 for the park in Washington, D.C. at the request of Phillip J. Kelly because one night an ambulance couldn’t find this detached portion of Palmer.
Rock Meadow Lane
This name was selected in 1985 by Alfred P. Knopp, the subdivider.
There is no person named Rodney in the 1926 Scarsdale Directory. See Montgomery.
Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919, the year Edgewood School was opened.
Leo Skolkin subdivided the property of John R. Ross in 1936. Ross had been our Town and Village Clerk from 1911 to 1933.
Rowsley Place (private)
This street was created in 1915 and named for the building now occupied by The Woman’s Club. The house was named when it was built in 1857 by William Bailey Lang for a house he admired and copied near Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England.
The Planning Commission changed Oake (yes, with an “e”) Drive to Rugby Lane in 1921. The name was probably inspired by neighboring Cambridge and Oxford.
Seymour Orlofsky developed Scarsdale Acres in 1955.
Part of Farley’s Greenacres development, this street was named for William H. Sage who lived on Fenimore Road and had been President of the school board.
Saxon Woods Park
By far the largest in the village, the 820 acre, county-owned park was assembled in 1925. The area was known as Saxton Forest or Woods since colonial days when William Saxton had a saw mill on the West Branch of the Mamaroneck River. After being a tenant, he bought Lot Number 4 from Heathcote’s heirs in 1774.
Saxon Woods Road
This road dates back to colonial times. See Saxon Woods Park, above.
This road was laid out in 1895. See Alida.
This street was named for the Lockwood Collegiate School, later Scarsdale Lodge, now Hoff Barthleson. See Lockwood Road.
Secor Farms Park
The acre-and-a-half park at Springdale and Aspen Roads was donated between 1952 and 1956. See Aspen.
This road appears on the 1774 map as “The new road to White Plains” and was known as White Plains Road until 1922 when the Planning Commission changed it to Secor Road in honor of Chauncey T. Secor, Supervisor from 1882 to 1911. The name was originally Sicard, one of the original Huguenot families of New Rochelle.
Another road in the theme of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. See Cayuga.
Sharon Lane (private)
Shaw Road (private)
W. B. Shaw was one of the owners served by this lollipop laid out in 1908. (A “lollipop” is a dead-end street that ends in a circle.)
Cohawney was a Weckquaeskeck. I cannot imagine why Fox chose a western Indian tribe. See Butler and Cohawney Roads.
This little stream rises at three places in Scarsdale: at Cushman Road and Varian Lane, at the Heathcote School and on the Winston property on Griffen Avenue. The three join to form the Larchmont Reservoir near Weaver Street and ultimately join the Mamaroneck River at the Mamaroneck railroad station. A sheldrake is a European duck and the name appears on a survey as early as 1676.
Pleasant Acres was developed in 1948 by Frederick A. Rellstab. The street runs over the river.
This road was named for Miles Sherbrooke who moved to Scarsdale in 1780. See Heathcote Road.
“The Woods” was developed in 1930. See Eastwoods.
Sarah Hulda Spencer was the mother of Eliza and James Popham. See Oakwood Place.
Royal Fox developed Reynal Park in White Plains in 1926. Jesse Spier was the officer at the Bowery Savings Bank which did the financing.
David C. Sprague was a Director and J. M. Sprague General Manager of Arthur Suburban Homes. See Bell Road.
See Myrtledale Road.
This street was named by Vernon Corell in 1931, as part of his Secor Gardens development, for Spruce Street in New York City where his father had a warehouse.
Hazel Barton McClintock and Mitchell McClintock developed Stonehouse Farm in 1946. They took the name from the stone house of Alexander B. Crane, now Trinity Lutheran Church, which the street surrounds.
This road is an extension of a New Rochelle Road where Francis A. Stratton, President of the Westchester Lighting Company, lived.
Sunset Drive (private)
This tiny street was laid out in 1910 as part of the Ferncliff subdivision.
More than 400 families participated in 1961 in a special assessment district to buy the three and a half acres on Heathcote Road for $175,000 and donate it to the village.
See Haverford Road.
This is a Vernon Corell name on his 1931 Secor Gardens development. See Corell Road.
Sylvia Lane appeared on Vernon Corell’s 1931 Secor Gardens plan. I don’t know who Sylvia was, but the Planning Commission made an adjective out of the noun. See Corell Road.
This road was named by Alexander B. Crane for Taunton, Massachusetts near Berkley where he was born. See Axtell.
Terrace Court (private)
This little court is off Sage Terrace.
This small street was laid out as part of Birchwood Gardens in 1957.
Alexander B. Crane’s mother was Emma Tisdale Porter. See Axtell.
Daniel D. Tompkins, Governor of the State of New York during the War of 1812 and Vice-President of the United States under Monroe, was born in a log cabin at 42 Olmsted Road. The family settled in Scarsdale before 1700. This road was The Post Road until it was straightened in 1872. See Butler Road.
The property of Lawrence Torrence was subdivided in 1926. He had a sawmill there as recently as 1915.
This street commemorates the Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. See Butler Road.
The records show that in 1920 Charles McL. Tunstall of Norfolk, Virginia applied that Davis Place (part of the Westover tract, later part of Nelson Road) be accepted as a public highway, but they do not show in what capacity he acted. See Barry Road. The neighboring landowners in 1926 petitioned the Village Board to change the name of the street to Westover Road, but no action was taken.
Laid out as Beverly Road in 1926, this name was changed by the Planning Commission in 1928. See Lincoln.
The Farley office admitted that valley is a euphemism for “swamp” when they laid out Greenacres.
The Lengel Realty Corp. subdivided this tract in 1940. James Varian came to Scarsdale in 1761 and in 1776 seconded the motion to adopt the Declaration of Independence on behalf of New York State.
Vernon Corell named this street for himself. See Corell Road.
Reuben Hyde Walworth (1788-1867) was a Member of Congress and later Chancellor of New York State from 1828 to 1848. Walworth Street appears in the 1881 atlas, but I don’t know who named it or why.
The house at 1039 Post Road was built shortly after 1717. Soon after the Civil War Charles Butler let his nephew Benjamin F. Butler and his wife Ellen live in it. They called the house Wayside Cottage. In 1919 Emily Butler, Charles’ heir, gave it and a surrounding acre to the village for community purposes. See Butler Road.
This road formed the dividing line between the Butler and Popham properties. It takes its name from the Cottage.
This street was laid out by the county road commissioners in 1720 “two rods wide . . . on each side of Ridgbels line” as far as The Crossway. It is said that it was named for Huguenot weavers in Larchmont, yet it appears as Lincoln Avenue in the 1872 and 1881 atlases, Quaker Ridge Road in the 1901, Weaver (Quaker Ridge Road) Street in 1910 and 1914. With the name’s first appearance in this century, your guess is as good as mine.
Webster White was a Director and Secretary-Treasurer of Arthur Suburban Homes. See Bell Road.
Weinberg Nature Center
The family of Wilhelm Weinberg gave over eight acres to the village in 1958.
This street was part of Soundview Acres laid out in 1953 by August Ackerman.
See Hanover Road.
This name is apparently to counterbalance neighboring Tory Lane. See Butler Road . . . and Tory Lane.
White Birch Lane
Jacob Ackerman laid out and named this street in 1949.
White Plains Post Road
This road was laid out by the Westchester County Road Commissioners in 1717. It is a bit of a misnomer as it was established as a post, mail, road to Hartford by the federal post office in 1789 and later went all the way to Boston. There was mail carried in the colonial period, but no records are to be found. Milestones were set out on post roads to mark the distance a letter was carried and thereby established the price of postage. The 24th milestone near Wayside Lane bears the date of 1771. First carried by a rider, later by cart, carriage, and coach, the first stop for a change of horses was White Plains.
See Webster Road and Bell Road.
This road comes to us from the Rocky Dell development in White Plains. See Coralyn Road.
This road was laid out by Walter Collet. Only willows grow well at the headwaters of the Sheldrake River.
Only nine one-hundredths of a mile of this road is in Scarsdale. The name comes from the Wilmot family who lived on its other end.
Windmill Circle & Lane
There was a windmill on the Dickel property in 1914. See Dickel.
This small street was named by Schwenk of Richell Realty Co. in 1938 “for the atmosphere the neighborhood.” He must have thought it was English.
The tiny, .026 of an acre, park was donated to the village in 1939 to prevent Windsor Lane from joining the Post Road.
A. J. Ackerman named this street when he laid out Soundview Acres in 1949.
The Planning Commission named this tiny street, originally considered part of School Lane, in 1932 for the neighboring owner, Willard Winslow, whose wife Josephine V. served on the school board from 1919 to 1922.
This is a nice sylvan-sounding name laid out in 1907. See Oakwood Place.
Woodland Road (private)
This is a paper street running through the property from Garden to Cushman Roads.
“The Woods” was developed in 1930. See Eastwoods.
The little park at Secor and Wynmor Roads was donated to the village in 1926 by Frederiek P. Fox.
Frederick P. Fox’s daughter was named Wynfred and a son was Morley. The subdivision was made in 1926.