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Historical Society Recognizes Pond Road House

Another Great Neck house has been recognized by the Great Neck Historical Society’s Heritage Recognition Program, which honors notable buildings in the Great Neck area. The house, at 50 Pond Road, has a long and fascinating history.

 

The home was built in 1909, a date inscribed in the cornerstone, for E.M. Scott, who has been described as “one of the most successful manufacturers in the world.” At that time, the property was 62 acres, with close to 2,000 feet of frontage on the Long Island Sound. The same numbers were recorded by North Hempstead in 1925. A 1932 map describes the property as 16 acres, a 1947 map as nine acres, and today, it is less than two acres. 

 

The property was purchased in 1925 by financier industrialist and philanthropist August Heckscher. He had a summer home in Huntington, where he was a generous benefactor, but moved to Great Neck to be closer to New York City. He named his estate Feu Follet, and while living there, swam nearly every morning in Long Island Sound. Heckscher was a real estate operator and mine executive. In Huntington he funded both the Heckscher Museum of Art and Heckscher State Park; in New York City he created Heckscher Playground in Central Park. He also established the Heckscher Foundation for Children and worked to eliminate slums in New York City.

 

Mae Van Brunt Howes owned the house in 1950. In 1977 Barbara and Herbert Haar, president of the Fairmoor Coat and Suit Company, sold it to the present owners, Dr. Edward and Mahboubeh Soufer.

 

The property now has 350 feet of shoreline, with trees shading the elegant home, swimming pool, pool cabana and detached two-car garage. The dock was destroyed in a storm. The house is constructed of granite block, with walls close to three feet thick and ceilings a minimum of 12 feet high. Inside, the architect created a grand reception hall with a beamed ceiling, columns and a large entry fireplace. The oak-paneled dining room also has a beamed ceiling, built-in cupboards, and tooled leather paneling. Still clearly visible in the spacious dining room are the initials “S,” incised into the four corners. One of two kitchens was located on the first floor, as well as a study, sunroom with a tile floor, and two of the master bedroom suites, both with fireplaces. There are a total of seven fireplaces and seven bathrooms.

 

The handsome dark wood central staircase rises and splits, each side leading to the second floor’s three master bedrooms, two with French fireplaces and baths, plus four servants’ bedrooms (two with water and a bath). The third floor full attic has three finished rooms, two of them cedar-lined for storage. The basement had a second kitchen connected to the floor above by a dumbwaiter; a fireproof wine room; a marble-walled three-tub laundry; a toilet; and furnace and coal rooms.

 

The Historical Society’s Heritage Recognition Program recognizes structures and locations of interest in Great Neck of architectural, historical or cultural interest. In addition to homes, the Society has recognized buildings such as Great Neck House and the Village School. Locations recognized receive a recognition plaque. Homeowners also receive a certificate describing the history of the location.

 

To request a Heritage Recognition application, visit the Historical Society website, www.greatneckhistorical.org or write to the Great Neck Historical Society, P.O. Box 234483, Great Neck, NY 11023.

News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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