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Of Real Estate, Railroads and Running MasterCard



Bob Capazzo

It’s April and we can’t afford to spend it “fooling” around — even on the first day. To your Greenwich Magazine staff, spring means fat issues and lots of hard work. Okay. Some fun, too.

Our traditional focus this month is real estate, so we canvassed local realtors to see where home buyers really want to live — the hot neighborhoods — and why. When Jack and I moved to Riverside in 1963, Greenwich folk could barely find their way down the Post Road to our front door. But things sure have changed. Houses on the eastern end of town are selling at a premium now, and once settled into one, families are there to stay.

We also talked to people who style your house for sale — a booming business in a slower-than-usual market. According to a USA Today survey, staged homes sell in half the time others do and for 6.3 percent more than their asking price. This article offers practical staging tips that may come in handy when you sell your house. You’ll even learn how to pull off the “immaculate perception.”

In another piece, CEO Robert Selander talks about his successes and challenges at MasterCard. Then we have a totally Greenwich story we got permission to pick up from Golfweek. It’s town history, golf history and Manero’s restaurant history all rolled into one great read. Have a good time!

And finally, we discovered Dick Banyard’s other passion — besides his wife Sandy and his ophthalmology practice: model trains. To be specific, the Indian Harbor Railroad. It chugs through a layout representing our town and its neighbors circa 1941, all built by the good doctor himself on weekends and when he was stuck at home on call over the past ten years. Coincidentally, the first Gold Record was awarded to Glenn Miller by RCA in 1942 for guess what? “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”

A behind-the-scenes comment on Bob Capazzo’s1988 photograph of Debbie and Russ Reynolds with Barbara and George Bush on page 177: We have to be proud of our earliest retouching effort, long before Photoshop. There was so much reflection in the right lens of the vice president’s glasses that we couldn’t see his eye at all. So we cleverly duplicated the other and popped it in. Where there’s a will …

Letters about our January 60th Anniversary issue are still coming in, and we love you for writing them. One of our “Sixty Things in Sixty Years That Changed Our Town” had to do with Greenwich Avenue being two-way in the fifties. I must say that we’re happy the powers that be haven’t taken away our traffic police officers. Consider the scene with traffic lights — the double-parking, jaywalking and light running. Let’s keep our charm, our shoppers and merchants happy, and our intersections safe.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...

  • Markham Roberts: Decorating the Way I See It

    2014.11.13
     @ Belle Haven Club

    Join us as Interior Designer Markham Roberts shares coveted design insights, key to creating the perfect home. The program will include...


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