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I "grew up on the OCA," she wrote on The Tarrytown Daily Voice
Strachan is not alone. The Old Croton Aqueduct Historic State Park has seen a more than 20 percent increase in visitors so far in 2012. The park has had 708,402 visitors this year, nearly 145,000 more than the same time period last year. The Aqueduct park was created in 1968 and spans the Western edge of Westchester County from Yonkers to the Croton Dam.
The Rockefeller State Park and Preserve in Pocantico Hills also saw attendance jump more than 20 percent. It recorded 236,732 visitors this year, nearly 49,000 more visitors than the same time last year.
The two parks are following a trend. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that overall attendance within the system has increased by 2.3 million since last year — a 5.6 percent increase. New York State has seen nearly 43.7 million visitors at its 178 state parks and 35 historic sites this year.
"It is gratifying that so many people continue to enjoy and appreciate the New York state park system year after year," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "New Yorkers are fortunate to have such high-quality and inviting state parks and historic sites across the state."
The statewide increase can be attributed to great weather and well-attended events such as Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across Niagara Falls in June, Harvey says.
Lesley Walter, a Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct board member, believes the historic park is popular because it is dog-friendly.
"For that reason alone the OCA Trail is very well-used," she said.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve has become so popular that it doesn't have a down season anymore, park Manager Alix Schnee said. Fall is the park's busiest time, Schnee said.
"It used to be that the summers were very slow, that's no longer the case," she said. "We also had tremendous attendance during the peony season this year; we were literally jammed in the courtyard; and people came all day long."
Although summer is winding down, Harvey said the park system is expecting even more visitors.
"We've had a tremendous season so far, and we hope that our visitors enjoyed their time swimming, camping, golfing, hiking and sightseeing at our parks and historic sites," Harvey said. "But the year is far from over, and fall is one of the best times to get outside in New York."
Ten Last-Minute Tips for a Smooth Closing
- You reviewed your estimated closing twice already and are about to review the document a third and final time right before closing. Don’t wait until the last few days or hours.
- Check with the closing company to make sure the seller has stayed on schedule.
- If you have negotiated for repairs to be made by the seller, chances are he will wait until the last minute to do them. He will want to make sure all of your contingencies have been met and removed and you are locked into the deal before he spends a single cent on your requested repairs. Make sure you and your Realtor keep tabs on the seller to get them done in time.
- Hopefully you have been staying on top of your mortgage broker or bank. Have all of your newest bank statements, pay stubs, and records ready just in case there is an eleventh-hour request for yet another document. Make sure your loan is approved and ready to fund in time for the closing.
- Confirm that the appraisal came in at the appropriate amount and that the official report has been sent to your mortgage company for approval of your loan. Without it, you won’t get your loan finalized.
- Review every document sent to you and return it immediately. Time is of the essence, and you need to be ahead of schedule at all times.
- If you have had an attorney work with you on this purchase deal, ask him to come to the closing. He will be able to do any last-minute troubleshooting on your behalf. If the escrow officer or closing agent knows your lawyer will be attending, all those little details will probably be taken care of before you arrive.
- Have your funds ready and transferred to escrow. You handed over your deposit money way back at the start of escrow. But where is the remainder of your funds for your down payment coming from? Are you pulling money out of a money market account, mutual fund, or savings account? Plan ahead by getting the money ready to be transferred or wired into the closing account. Banks, for instance, can often take a day or two when you request a wire transfer of a large sum. If you plan ahead you’ll also avoid paying penalties for withdrawing funds from other investment accounts. This could save you big bucks. The money must be in the escrow account prior to the closing day.
- Never close on a Friday. Always schedule a closing on a Wednesday or Thursday. Last-minute items often get delayed. Closing on a Wednesday allows for an extra day or two, just in case.
- Don’t plan to take possession of the property on the day of closing. In fact, be flexible for at least two days after the preferred closing date. Things always go wrong, and closings are often delayed.
- 18 Rural Drive, Scarsdale: Sold for $1,511,000 on June 13. This four bed, three bath, 3,309 square foot home sits on a .49 acre lot.
- 47 Woodruff Avenue, Scarsdale: Sold for $625,000 on June 12. This three bed, two bath, 1,800 square foot home sits on a 4,922 square foot lot.
- 14 Virginia Place, Larchmont: Sold for $980,000 on June 11. This four bed, four bath, 2,179 square foot home sits a 0.26 acre lot.
- 61 Bon Air Ave, New Rochelle: Sold for $650,000 on June 11. This four bed, four bath, 2,978 square foot home sits on a 0.27 acre lot.
- 7 Harcourt Road, Scarsdale: Sold for $1,425,000 on June 8. This five bed, four bath, 3,157 square foot home sits on a 0.29 acre lot.
- 13 Harvard Road Scarsdale: Sold for $627,500 on June 8. This three bed, three bath, 1,901 square foot home sits on a 9,714 square foot lot.
- 205 Rogers Drive, Scarsdale: Sold for $381,500 on June 8. This is a 9,583 square foot lot.
Realtors reported 1,788 closed residential sales in Westchester County during the second quarter, which is an increase of 13.0 percent over the same period last year.
The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing "experts" that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.
Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up. "We finally saw some rising home prices," S&P's David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines.
The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing "experts" that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing, according to David Wessel on The News Hub. (Photo: Bloomberg News) Nearly 10% more existing homes were sold in May than in the same month a year earlier, many purchased by investors who plan to rent them for now.
1. Enjoy a family-friendly day of pirates, adventures and food. Head over to Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and have some fun at the theme-filled day.
2. On Sunday, the Scarsdale Congregational Church: Coffee Hour is being held at 11:30 a.m.
3. Looking for something to do with the little ones inside the AC this weekend? Head over to Gymboree in Scarsdale Saturday at 9:45 a.m. fora free trial of a Weekend Art Class for kids ages 3-5 years.
4. Calling all artists. EMBARK is seeking artist sumissions for the Performing & Literary Arts Festival 2012. The early submissions deadline is July 15.
5. Beach plans? Be sure to check out our Summer Beach Guides to plan your trip to the NY, CTand NJ beaches. Be sure to pack the sunblock!