Croton Historian: On the Street Where You Live Part II

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Piney Point Avenue

Sean Kimerling (photo above) graduated from Croton-Harmon High School with the Class of 1984. Sean knew what he wanted in his life and worked for his goal of becoming a television sports broadcaster. He worked his way up the ladder from a small television station on the Texas/Oklahoma border to becoming the Weekend Sports Anchor at New York’s WPIX Channel 11 on “The WB11 News at Ten.” He also served as a reporter and commentator for WPIX broadcasts of the NY Mets baseball Games. Sean’s life was cut short in 2003 at the age of 37 by testicular cancer. The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation was later formed to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

 

Lenore DoskowFinney Farm

Lenore Doskow was born in 1912 in Philadelphia and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1932. A world renowned silversmith she began her career while still a college student when she received permission from her dean to make her jewelry in the science laboratory. After studying Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris for a summer, she opened a tiny shop in Philadelphia. After a few years, she and her husband moved to New York City, but it was the middle of the Depression and they found themselves unemployed with a baby on the way. Lenore would make items like tie clips in large batches at home, and her husband David would sell them to gift shops and boutiques. They moved to Westchester in 1941, where their business flourished. She and her husband owned and operated Leonore Doskow, Inc., a jewelry company selling to upscale stores around the country from 1935 until the 1980s, when her son and his wife took over the company. Many of her early, pins, necklaces and bracelets are collector’s items. Lenore died in 2009 at the age of 97.

 

Hananiah Harari
Hananiah Harari

Prospect Place

Hananiah Harari was an artist whose work hangs in The Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to name just a few. Harari was born Richard Falk Goldman, but after studying in Paris and visiting Palestine, he returned to the United States. That is when his step-father invented his new name that was “a name better suited to an important artist.” He had many styles ranging from the abstract to landscapes, collages and still life. He was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group, and he also worked on the Mural Project of Works Progress Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1942. In the early 1940’s he learned a technique called realist, which became a source of income through commercial commissions for the Coca-Cola Company and Fortune Magazine. He taught classes at the Art Student League and even at displays at the Smithsonian. A native of Rochester, New York, Hananiah lived in Croton for 45 years. At age 84 he had a recurrence of cancer that left him blind and deaf, unable to enjoy things around him that always brought him so much joy. Hananiah Harari passed away in 2000 at age 87.

 

Syd Ginsburg
Syd Ginsburg

Colabaugh Pond Road

Syd Ginsburg is a widely recognized and exhibited artist who is best known for her clay sculptures. People are her only subjects and they come in all shapes and sizes – sometimes alone, sometimes in groups, standing and sitting. They all seem to reach out to people. But
sculpting is not how she makes a living. She is a “fixer”. She puts broken pieces of valuable objects d’ art back together. She worked for a shop in New York that catered to people who could afford to have an artist repair their valuables. She did work for notables like Fredric March, Billy Rose and Walter Matthau. At the end of World War II artists couldn’t buy tools, so Syd and some artist friends had a forge and made tools that they sold and also kept for their own use. The artist also shares her talents with others by teaching painting to Senior Citizens and sculpting to children.

 

Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry

Quaker Bridge Road

Lorraine Hansberry died in 1965 at age thirty-four, when she was really just beginning what might have been a long and successful career as an award-winning playwright. At the age of 28, she became the youngest American playwright, the fifth woman and the only black writer to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the Year with, “A Raisin in the Sun”. Her other Broadway play was, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window.” Another play, based on her own life, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, had a long run at the Cherry Lane Theatre and became the basis for a book of the same name. The latter play had a subtitle, “The World of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words,” which was adapted by her husband, Robert Nemiroff. In 1970, one of Lorraine’s unfinished plays, “Les Blancs”, starring James Earl Jones was performed to a glowing review by Walter Kerr.

 

 

Harry M. Markowitz
Harry M. Markowitz

Cleveland Drive

Harry M. Markowitz was born in Chicago in 1927. After high school he entered the University of Chicago where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in two years, and went on to study Economics. While he was in that program he was invited to be a student member of the Cowles Commission for Research in Economics, which has produced a number of Nobel laureates over the years.

Harry was a recipient of the 1989 John von Neumann Theory Prize, and in 1990 he shared the Nobel Prize for Economics with William Sharpe and Merton Miller. In later years, he co-founded a software company and helped to develop a programming language. Harry served as professor of finance at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. He is now retired.

 

Jerry Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney

Furnace Dock Road

Jerry Pinkney has illustrated over 100 books and won five Caldecott medals for his work on children’s books. In 2012, he was elected into The American Academy of Arts and Science at Harvard University.

He has designed a dozen Black Heritage portraits for the United States Postal Service featuring Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth among others. In his early years he worked as a commercial illustrator doing album covers, calendars and the like, because at this point he had a wife and four young children.

Jerry and his family lived in Boston for ten years before deciding that New York offered better educational opportunities for the children. They moved to Croton in 1971. All of the Pinkney family are talented illustrators, writers, painters and photographers from Jerry’s wife, Gloria to his daughters-in-law.

 

 

Maggie Barbieri
Maggie Barbieri

Terrace Place

Maggie Barbieri is a married mother of two children and a cancer survivor. She is also a freelance writer and editor of college textbooks, but her real passion is writing mystery novels.

After high school she commuted across the Tappan Zee to attend Manhattan College but she was not happy there. She began to notice a yellow school bus always parked on campus and asked what it was used for. The answer changed things for Maggie when she learned that it traveled to Manhattan’s sister school, the College
of Mount St. Vincent. She took the bus and fell in love with the school, which led to a transfer. The school wasn’t the only thing she fell in love with. She met her future husband, Jim, who hailed from Croton. They later settled in the village to raise their family.

Since she started writing novels and getting them published, Maggie has produced a book every year starting in 2006, from “Murder 101” up to this past year with “Once upon a Lie”. Her father was a New York City policeman, and his many stories helped form the background for many of her mysteries.

 

Guy Adami
Guy Adami

Morningside Drive

Guy Adami is a 1982 graduate of Croton-Harmon High School and 1986 alumni of
Georgetown University. He began his career in finance on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange and moved on to other well-known investment firms. Guy is a trader, TV personality and professional investor who became a familiar TV figure on “Fast Money Five”.

In local circles Guy was inducted into Croton-Harmon High School’s Hall of Distinguished Graduates in 2010.

An outstanding athlete in high school, in 2012 Guy became an “Ironman” after completing the NYC event that included a 2.4-mile Hudson River swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride on The Palisades Parkway and a 26.2-mile marathon-type run. His journey to becoming an Ironman was chronicled in a New York Times article titled “The Road to the Ironman”.

 

Daniel Riesel
Daniel Riesel

Sunset Trail

Daniel Riesel is a 1954 graduate of Croton-Harmon High School who was an active member of the high school “family”. He participated in football and track, as well as the school newspaper, student government, the yearbook and the senior play to name a few.

Daniel is a lawyer who has litigated a wide variety of cases including white collar defense,
civil rights, commercial, and environmental matters. His litigation experience ranges from
pre-trial practice in complex litigation to extensive appellate advocacy. His extensive environmental and litigation practice has been recognized by several organizations that conduct peer evaluation of lawyers. In 2005, Chambers & Partners survey of environmental lawyers ranked him as one of two top-tier environmental lawyers in New York, and noted “No end of praise is heaped on Daniel Riesel”; and further noted, “Creative, forceful and dynamic, he is seen as an excellent counselor and a strong litigator – who is experienced in enforcement defense, white-collar crime and civil litigation including toxic torts, as well as rulemaking challenges.”

Croton Historical SocietyContributor: Croton Historical Society

The Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society was formed in 1972 and is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The primary mission of the organization is the collection and preservation of Croton-on-Hudson historical materials and making them available to the public.

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