Local Guides World

Davis D. Janowski

58 reviews on 1 places
The most balanced, inclusive, local history museum I've yet visited. I have to say that I've visited Yonkers and the facade of the Philipse Manor Hall many times as a kayak guide out of midtown Manhattan, but over the winter holidays decided to bring the family by train (Metro North out of Grand Central) and pay it a longer visit.

As a lifelong history buff, I've visited hundreds of such museums in dozens of states since I was a kid (I just turned 55, so...) and this one---recently renovated and re-opened I'm told---includes not just the land-usurping founding family but the enslaved people and First Peoples as much as is possible in equal measure.

The stories of the Munsee Lunape (Lenape) and the many Africans (most of west-African extraction) are told side-by-side with that of the Dutch that arrived in the 16th century. It is a fascinating, tragic, intertwined story that adults and kids should see. Static artifacts and displays are mixed with video, audio (hear words in Lenape and an African dialect), touch (a cured beaver pelt for example) and even the smells of some of the product produced here.

Lisbeth, our guide gave a wonderful presentation, even opening the front half-door (apologies, I've forgotten the Dutch name for it Lisbeth!) and allowing us to imagine the view the Philipses had, and education coordinator John F. was a font of additional information. Kudos to all of you. Keep up the great work!
Urban Hawker
2023 Sep 04
My wife read about this amazing Singaporean style food hall that is, supposedly, the first of its kind in the US. My daughter wanted to go because of the Singaporean food hall that made up one of the scenes in the film Crazy Rich Asians. We enjoyed it, very clean, LOTS of great food choices, very enthusiastic owners, managers and staff at both the food court and the individual providers---and---which, is important to me, an attempt at providing full recycling and composting, separating paper, plastics, food scraps and trash. Now, a lot of New Yorkers are not patient enough to do it but it is a great start and hopefully the Urban Hawker management will figure out a way (it may take biting the bullet and having some staffers standing at the barrels) to educated the customers. Great place!
2023 Aug 01
We had our last---and very enjoyable---meal in Prague here prior to returning to the States. Fun atmosphere, pleasant staff and good service. The pizzas a few of us had were wonderful (I especially enjoyed my Napoli) as was the pasta and starters (the baratta was exceptional). Italian-loving Americans will feel right at home.
Van Der Donck Park
2023 May 12
Daylighting the Saw Mill here is wonderful, now to knock down the train station and reroute the tracks and raise the road and let it become the beautiful outlet it once was…
Le Grainne Cafe
2023 Mar 10
I've loved the exterior structure and long life of the building housing the cafe, built in 1831-1832. Be sure to read the plaque and date marker on the S side of the building. I've admired it for many years but was always hurriedly going somewhere. Finally, I had time to eat here, had a great breakfast here with my wife. Enjoyed Le Omellette and a Mocha. Highly recommend.