John E. Joyce operated his auto repair and towing business out of the lower level of the Van Tassel Garage, on Beekman Avenue & Teresa Street. The Van Tassel Garage, (courtesy Westchester County Historical Society). The 40s style pin up blotters were made by Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul’s, Minnesota. The printers & publishers started in 1896, and by World War Two, specialized in calendars, … Continue reading Van Tassel Garage Promotional Blotters, 1940s.
The corner of Wildey Street and Mechanics Avenue is home to the Foster Memorial AME Zion Church, thought to be one of the oldest African American churches in all of New York. Opened in 1864, it was an important stop on the Underground Railroad, and is still a thriving church today. It is named after one of the founders, Amanda Foster. Charlene Weigel writing for … Continue reading Amanda Foster
In 1878, Francis Burdette Cypher opened an ice cream shop and confectionery at the end of Main Street. By the 1900s he was nationally famous for his root beer for which he received numerous outstanding offers from large companies who wanted to buy his recipes. Cypher denied them every time as he prefered to work and keep a humble life saying “When I die, They … Continue reading Francis Burdette Cypher’s Ice Cream Shop, 1878