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Old 04-24-2009, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Central Virginia
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I'm going to check out those videos. Funny for some reason I thought that she would be revered in her town, not hated. Hilarious because she comes across as such a queen bee.
I'm afraid to ask but what do the townies think of Richard Gere's restaurant? I ate there once and really enjoyed it. The farmhouse is gorgeous.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Funny you should mention the Bedford Post, as there was an issue with the parking lot as it spoiled the view, then they erected the five-foot tall fence, and the battle lines were drawn. This area can be extremely persnickety when it comes to intrusions of "suburbia" in the bucolic splendor, hence why many grocery stores and mini-malls are clustered on Bedford Road between Bedford Hills and Mount Kisco. People move to this area to escape built-up environs closer to the city, and yet have the conveniences of NYC within a reasonable distance. The quiet, sophisticated, rural, horsey atmosphere is prized, and incursions of "eyesores" in the form of parking lots or fences that violate town code are egregious issues to many as such issues are seen to be detractions to the quality of life in the community.

At least Richard Gere didn't try to film on the property, since that's a contentious issue in Bedford, and even domestic mavens have been put in their place with requirements for filming permits for their own greenhouse, for example, when it was rumored that they would film a television program from their house. It's all part and parcel of the character of the area, since the cult of celebrity does not exist among locals, and those who have a modicum of fame who want such environments seek alternative residential arrangements that are more amenable to flashy lifestyles.

For the Bedford Post, reviews of the food and service depend upon whom you ask and what meal they had, and whether or not it was the Barn or the Farmhouse. Some feel that it trades too much on celebrity as the draw, and others have had wonderful experiences there. Early on, there were some hiccups with the service and such, but that has improved. It's just a question of the menu and it's seeming lack of diversity that one would expect for the calibre of resturant to which the BP elevates itself.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Funny you should mention the Bedford Post, as there was an issue with the parking lot as it spoiled the view, then they erected the five-foot tall fence, and the battle lines were drawn. This area can be extremely persnickety when it comes to intrusions of "suburbia" in the bucolic splendor, hence why many grocery stores and mini-malls are clustered on Bedford Road between Bedford Hills and Mount Kisco. People move to this area to escape built-up environs closer to the city, and yet have the conveniences of NYC within a reasonable distance. The quiet, sophisticated, rural, horsey atmosphere is prized, and incursions of "eyesores" in the form of parking lots or fences that violate town code are egregious issues to many as such issues are seen to be detractions to the quality of life in the community.
Absolutely true, and if anything understated. The fence story is illuminating. If Bedford is bad, Pound Ridge is worse. Or perhaps if Bedford is good, Pound Ridge is better? Bedford has lots of roadside stockade fences blocking unsightly traffic and noise, such as along Rt 172 between the Bedford Village and the PR border. Roadside fences in PR, however, are limited to 4 ft and need to be "transparent" (i.e., rail fences etc.). A couple years ago one of the PR town supervisors declared that PR would never tolerate such "eyesores," or allow PR to degenerate to anything resembling "the canyons of Bedford." The quote appeared in the Bedford Pound Ridge Review. Sometimes it is a little over the top.

Yet, despite all that, the area is considerably more affordable than lower Westchester, with lower taxes to match - also fewer services (no leaf collection, private garbage removal, etc.), well/septic, etc.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:50 PM
 
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another way that martha alienated herself when she first moved into town was by closing off her property from the Bedford Riding Lanes trails. BRLA is a large organization of horse owners and others nature lovers that maintains an extensive network of trails for riding and hiking, many of which traverse private property. Some of these trails go through some pretty famous folks' back yards, and such gracious civic dedication has always been part of the dance between wildly-famous-but-looking-to-be-left-alone-while-still-fitting-into-the-community residents and the "common folk." not martha, tho. i believe she did recently grant access to her property.
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