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Westchester’s Burgeoning Healthcare Technology

Westchester already has a $15-billion healthcare, life sciences, biotech and IT sector, and those industries continue to grow because Westchester provides key advantages, including affordable real estate. Tech and startup commercial space in White Plains leases for $25 to $30 per square foot compared to $65 in New York City.

Technology is transforming healthcare leading to medical advances, data mining, therapeutics and applications that once seemed like something only George Jetson could dream about. But on May 7-8, Mercy College sponsored Health Tech ’14: Fueling Innovation in Westchester, and the conference hosted some 600 attendees from the science and business communities solidifying Westchester as one of the best places to live.

The conference offered incomparable opportunities for entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, and healthcare executives and professionals to network and gain important business intelligence to help their businesses grow in Westchester. Terms like brain-machine interface devices, bioinformatics, and human leukocyte antigen sequence-based typing were tossed around as panelists, guest speakers, and those in attendance discussed opportunities to nurture and grow Westchester’s burgeoning health tech industry and ways to attract additional companies in the industry. And you don’t have to understand technology-speak to understand what a boon this is for our county’s economy.

Attorney Bill Harrington, Westchester County Association chairman and partner Bleakley Platt, White Plains put it this way, “We are in the midst of a healthcare tsunami – and it is a  tremendous opportunity for Westchester. Our goal is to be one of the largest health tech, biotech, and med tech hubs in the Northeast. We think it can be a $15 billion economic engine for us.”

Neil Stahl, PhD, senior vice president, research and development sciences, Regeneron, Tarrytown, expressed his delight at the possibility, “Wow – Westchester. Who knew? We are excelling in the business of healthcare – and it is the most noble enterprise . . . The excitement here is palpable.”

Steven Safyer, MD, CEO, Montefiore Medical Center exclaimed, “Our strategy is . . . to build the full spectrum and capacity to care for this population. Our goal is to keep patients in Westchester – and we will fulfill that promise.”

Yes, George Jetson the future you dreamt about is here, and Westchester is leading the way in providing a place for these industries to continue to grow and innovate.

Living in Scarsdale NY

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Choosing the best place to raise your children can be pretty daunting. Great schools, libraries, playgrounds, parks, family-friendly activities, convenient shopping, exceptional places to eat, beautiful, well-kept neighborhoods, and an easy commute all weigh heavily on your decision. If you are looking for just such a place, look no further than Scarsdale.

Much like the rest of Westchester County, the big draw to Scarsdale is the excellent school system. Each of the five neighborhoods in the Scarsdale Union Free School District has its own elementary school, and there is also one middle school and one high school. The schools in Scarsdale are highly competitive, but worth the hard-driving education.

The Scarsdale Public Library was started in 1925 when Scarsdale residents John W. and Mary F. Dickinson gave 2,500 books to start a library and a $10,000 trust fund to maintain them. Today, the 25,000 square foot building houses approximately 147,000 items.

The Weinberg Nature Center is a wonderful family-friendly afternoon excursion with many weekly children’s programs as well as vacation camps and beautiful walking trails. There are also many lovely parks like Aspen and Chase, golf courses, an open-air complex with four pools, tennis courts and many places to worship.

With stores like Lulu Cake Boutique, Rothmans Menswear and more, the shopping district in Scarsdale is very quaint. You can shop at Trader Joe’s, Staples, ShopRite, Balducci’s Gourmet Food Lovers Market, and DeCicco’s, just to name a few.

You won’t have to leave town to enjoy a pleasant meal. Different cuisines and atmospheres are at your fingertips! From the hip vibe of Savona to the tasty offerings of Moscato, Chat and Bistro 808 to  Taiim Cellar, Sakura, and scrumptious wings from the Candlelight Inn. These are just a few of the fabulous restaurants and eateries Scarsdale has to offer.

But what makes the village of Scarsdale so attractive are the fancy colonial and medieval-style Tudor buildings and homes that give a nod to the area’s colonial roots dating back to 1701 creating a mosaic of five neighborhoods that range from the modest homes of Edgewood to the estates of Heathcote.

The morning commute from the Scarsdale station to Grand Central Terminal takes less than 40 minutes.

If living the good life in Scarsdale is just what you are looking for, contact our management team here at Prudential Centennial Real Estate 7 days a week. Living the good life in Scarsdale is just a phone call or click away.

We recently sold a home at 17 Ellis, #WhitePlains. Read what the buyers had to say about our realtor Pat Cassese.

“We were referred to your office to help us navigate purchasing a home in Westchester. Specifically, we were told to ask for Pat Cassese, who guided us throughout the process until we recently purchased a home in White Plains.  Please note that this is not just any home.  For my wife and I, this is our first home, which, coincidentally, we closed on two weeks after having our first born child.

I am contacting you to let you know that, as a first time home buyer, I could not have asked to work with a better realtor.  Pat was great from start to finish.  Her insight into the towns and neighborhoods really helped us make an informed decision on where we were going to call home.  Not only was she easy to work with but we genuinely felt like we were working with a longtime friend and advocate.  We always felt like she had our best interest in mind and she was always available to answer questions (and we had many).

We had what we now refer to as our dream team of Pat, Mary Ann Scaggs, our mortgage broker and Nancy Cifone, our attorney.  The three of them had great chemistry and guided us through each step of this process.

Since we were purchasing from an estate, Pat had to do a lot more than expected on order to make this go somewhat smoothly.  If she is still in the business, we will definitely call on Pat (and the dream team) again for any subsequent purchase we may make in Westchester.

I can go on for pages so, please free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to further discuss our experience working with Pat.”


Michael and Angela

Fresh Is Best in Westchester NY

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

In Westchester – Fresh is Best

Visiting a farmers market is a weekly treat where you can delight in freshly picked, locally grown produce and other foods. Your senses will tingle as you smell the aroma, take in the array of colors, and see the wide assortment of offerings. These delightful eats are brought to you by farmers and other vendors who sell their products directly to you.

What should you expect when you visit a local farmers market? Seasonal regional fruits and vegetables. Foods that tastes better and are higher in anti-oxidants. Foods that are produced with fewer toxins.

If you have never tasted a freshly picked tomato, your mouth is in for a surprise. One bite and their flavor bursts with sunshine in your mouth. Their colors range from bright red to rich golden yellow. And tomatoes aren’t the only multi-colored goodies you will find. Did you know carrots come in a hue of different colors? Of course, you will find the familiar orange ones, but why not be venturous and try a white or purple carrot?

During the summer months you will find a variety of locally grown berries so sweet and succulent your mouth will water in anticipation of that first delicious bite.

Onions, asparagus, cucumbers, greens, radishes, peaches, apricots, cherries, a potpourri of fruits and vegetables are there for the choosing. Eggs so fresh you can almost hear the rooster crow. Dairy products, meat and  poultry without added hormones.

And did you know that approximately $62 out of every $100 you spend at a farmers market goes back into the local economy?

The freshest fruits and vegetables, the tastiest meat and poultry, dairy and eggs with no added hormones, and a boost for the local economy? Farmers markets are where it’s at. Why don’t you visit a farmers market right here in Westchester this weekend? Here are a few you might be interested in:

Down to Earth Farmers Market – Larchmont

Grand Market – New Rochelle

White Plains Farmers Market

Mangone’s Farmers Market – Mamaroneck

Scarsdale Fresh and Natural

Nature’s Cradle Nursery and Farm – Eastchester

H Mart – Hartsdale

If you are looking to live in one of the best places in America, Westchester has it all. Let our dedicated management staff here at Prudential Centennial help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us 7 days a week. And here’s to your health!

Come see some of our Westchester NY Homes for sale this weekend!

When: June 8 between 1-4pm

562 Pinebrook Blvd.                          New Rochelle

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Text M363575 to 85377


1076 Hunter Avenue                          Pelham Manor

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1 Bronxville Road                               Bronxville PO/Yonkers

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Purify Your Hartsdale Home With Indoor Plants

The air in our homes and offices is some of the worst air we breathe because it is inside and full of indoor air contaminants, including smoke, toxins, pesticides, detergent and household cleaner fumes, mold, bacteria, and more. Cleaning takes care of some of the problems, but cannot clear out many contaminants. However, a NASA study found that “houseplants can purify and revitalize air in our homes and offices, protecting us from the negative effects of such common toxins as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene.”

Filling your home in Hartsdale with beautiful plants will improve the quality of the air you and your family breathes. As they absorb toxins through their leaves and release fresh oxygen, plants act as filters. And unlike air purifiers, they are pleasant to look at, quiet, and don’t require power generated from a power plant. They are also much more efficient. And because they filter out toxins before those toxins reach your noses and lungs, allergies, asthma, and reactions to mold may be lessened.

So where do you begin? First, pick your plant according to their benefits. Larger leafed varieties such as English ivy, peace lily, rubber plant, weeping fig, Boston fern, and dwarf date palm are some of the best. Christmas cactus and snake plants do well in rooms where there is little direct light.

Second, decide where you want your plants. TV rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, studies, bathrooms, and offices all benefit from plants that purify the air. Just make sure they are easily accessible for watering and feeding. And be sure whatever surface they are on won’t be adversely affected with the occasional water spill.

Third, keep your plants in good shape by understanding their watering and fertilization needs.

Healthy plants work best and are the most attractive. Take good care of your indoor plants and they will take good care of you, your lungs, and your Hartsdale home.

Looking to upgrade your current home, or relocate to beautiful Hartsdale?  Contact Prudential Centennial Realty, we can help you find the perfect place for your family.

New Rochelle: Diversity that Fits

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

New Rochelle: Diversity that Fits

New Rochelle’s diverse mix of people, homes and neighborhoods has been the inspiration of artists like Norman Rockwell who painted his visions of American life during his 25 years there, and Carl Reiner who wrote The Dick Van Dyke Show around his memories of life in New Rochelle. Today New Rochelle is still a haven for artists from Hollywood to Broadway and Carnegie Hall.

Ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods, nine miles of shore line, and proximity to New York City continue to attract homebuyers. There are many housing options in New Rochelle from single-family homes, co-op complexes, and condominiums, to multiple-family homes, and apartment buildings.

New Rochelle abounds year round in sports and leisure activities. There are recreational facilities that include waterfront parks and lakes, gardens, trails, and bird sanctuary. Sixty-seven acres of foot trails and open meadow make up two natural areas. Parks with playing fields, athletic stadiums, outdoor pools, pavilions, and picnic rentals, and a Municipal Marina with boat slips and kayak storage. Downtown offers an 18 screen movie theatre, bowling alley, an amusement center, go kart track, and miniature golf.

The express train to Grand Central Station is just over 30 minutes. And commuters also have easy access to I-95 and the Hutchinson River Parkway.

The City School District of New Rochelle has one of the most extensive education systems in Westchester County with ten elementary schools, two junior high schools, and one senior high school. The student population is diverse, and there is a sense of community and a belief that every child can learn. The American Music Conference named New Rochelle one of the “Best 100 Communities for Music Education” in the nation.

If you are looking for a place with an eclectic mix of people and activities, New Rochelle is just the kind of place you are looking for. Call our experienced management team 7 days a week. We have over 60 years’ experience in Westchester NY real estate and are still run by our original management.


Westchester County Welcomes the Westchester Nicks

The New York Knickerbockers, Madison Square Garden Company and Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced the company’s new NBA Development League team, the Westchester Nicks and unveiled the new team’s logo at a special event at the Westchester County Center.

The Westchester Nicks will make their debut in the 2014-2015 season as they play home games at the County Center in White Plains, New York.

After the announcing the new franchise on March 10th, the Knicks invited fans to help choose a name for the new D-League team by submitting suggestions online. The most popular choice was the Westchester Knicks.

“We are proud to be the home of the Westchester Knicks,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “With the winning combination of the NBA, the Knicks organization, Madison Square Garden and Westchester County behind it, the team is already off to a good start.”

The new Westchester Knicks logo is based on the original logo of the New York Knicks which was used from 1946-1947 season through the 1963-1964 season. It featured a smiling Father Knickerbocker dribbling a basketball, and was the creation of sports cartoonist Willard Mullin of the New York World-Telegram.

The team name was announced and the new logo was unveiled at an open house seat selection event at Westchester County Center for fans and businesses interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2014-2015 season. The evening’s events included performances by the Knicks City Dancers, music, contests and giveaways, and a free youth basketball clinic.

Tickets can be purchased at, and ticket packages start as low as $250 for the entire 25 home game season. For more information, fans can follow the team on Twitter (@wsknicks) and Facebook (

Here’s to a winning season for the Westchester Knicks!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Come Join us on Sunday, June 1st between 1-3pm and view these wonderful properties.  Spectacular space, location and lifestyle! This wonderful New Rochelle community offers waterfront, easy commute to NYC, shopping, parks and so much more.

Terrific and grand, these properties offer spectacular space, location and lifestyle!

The History of Scarsdale

Caleb Heathcote purchased land at the end of the 17th century that would become Scarsdale. The first local census included twelve inhabitants.

During the American Revolution, the town saw fighting when the Continental and British armies clashed briefly at what is now the junction of Garden Road and Mamaroneck Road. The farmhouse on Garden Road that British commander Sir William Howe lodged at still stands.

By the time of the first Federal Census in 1790, the population had grown from the original twelve to 281. By 1840, the number had declined to 255. When the New York and Harlem Railroad connected Scarsdale to New York City, the town again began to grow.

In 1891, the Arthur Suburban Home Company purchased a 150-acre farm and converted it into a development of single-family dwellings, thus beginning Scarsdale’s transformation from rural to suburban. It wasn’t long before civil institutions began appearing: the Heathcote Association and the Town Club (1904), Scarsdale High School and Greenacres Elementary School (1917), the Scarsdale Women’s Club and the Edgewood Elementary School (1918), and the Scarsdale League of Women (1921). The first store in Scarsdale opened in 1912. By 1915 the population approached 3000. By 1930, that number was close to 10,000. Heathcote School, the last of the town’s five elementary schools opened in 1954.

New York City publisher S. Spencer Scott raised $100,000 in 1951 to move Scarsdale’s public library from historic Wayside Cottage where it had been located since 1928 to its present location on the White Plains Post Road. It opened with 27,000 books.

The landmark United States Supreme Court decision, ACLU vs Scarsdale (1985) established the so-called “reindeer rule” and upheld the right of local religious groups to place crèches on public property.

Today Scarsdale is one of the most historic villages in the country. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors, and a high rate of home ownership, Scarsdale is a solid, family-friendly community.

If you would like to live in a community where education is top-notch, the history is rich, family is important, and community spirit is alive and well, Scarsdale is the place for you. Let our friendly management team here at Prudential Centennial Realty help you find the home of your dreams. We are here 7 days a week and have over 60 years of experience. Call us today.

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