Written by Aliza Schauder, Manhasset@antonnews.com Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00
The southwest corner of Northern Boulevard and Searingtown Road is home to numerous drivers making their ways to and from the Long Island Expressway, and for much of the summer, a construction site on the property of Americana Manhasset.
Longtime shoppers may remember a staircase at that location. It was removed approximately 10 years ago, when Waldbaums – not Gucci – was visible from the street. Americana officials and designers from the Oehme van Sweden landscape architecture firm are now working to replace the timber and gravel version with a contemporary addition.
The Hillside Staircase project comprises 32 steps made of bluestone shards, bronze handrails on either side containing LED lighting, a rose garden accentuated by seasonal flowers and 1,000 additional points of LED lighting, stemming from wicks that will rise from the landscape and sway in the wind.
“It’s not your typical bricks and mortar type of landscape,” said Oehme van Sweden Principal Eric Groft, on Americana’s approach to design. “Luxury is obviously one of the goals here. It’s the haute couture that rivals Rodeo Drive.”
Groft also noted that this project aligns with American communities’ efforts to become more pedestrian friendly. “If there are not pleasant places to walk, people aren’t going to walk,” Groft said, acknowledging that while driving is entrenched in the daily routines of many north shore residents, the staircase represents “a nice first step in making Manhasset a more pedestrian friendly place.”
Groft suggested that Roslyn Estates residents walk along the path connecting one street in their neighborhood, The Serpentine, with the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Searingtown Road. These shoppers could then use the new staircase to enter Americana.
Walter Pawliw, a North Shore University Hospital employee, frequently sips coffee from Cipollini Pronto Caffe while relaxing in the shopping center’s East Walkway. While Pawliw does not personally expect to use the staircase, he is eager to see Americana’s beauty enhanced by the final product. For him, it is the “surrounding flowers and inviting spots” that make Americana an ideal place to frequent.
Manhasset resident Angela Binetti questions whether most patrons will walk the staircase. “How? Where are you going to park? The only people who are going to use it are the people who will come off the bus,” she said, citing the Nassau Inter-County Express bus stop at the intersection.
Still, Binetti realizes the importance of enhancing Americana’s landscape. “You’ve got all high end stores here, it should be beautiful,” she said.
Deirdre Major, of Americana Manhasset, agrees. “Architecture is one of our defining characteristics,” she said. “It gives a sense of place to the shopping center … [and] it’s in keeping with the Manhasset community. There’s a certain aesthetic to Manhasset and we’re part of it.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.