Rockland’s most famous home can’t hide from history

Edward Hopper painted it. Helen Hayes lived in it. So did Rosie O’Donnell. Now an art dealer and fashion editor call it home.

It once made Front Page news. Soon it will have its own page in the history books.

Published by Robert Brum

Writer/editor/storyteller, bicyclist and hiker roaming the Hudson Valley on two feet and two wheels. Brum as in drum; not Blum or Broom.

8 thoughts on “Rockland’s most famous home can’t hide from history

  1. My Mom grew up across the street from this beautiful home, on N. Broadway, in the 1930’s and 40’s until her marriage to my Dad in 1944. She was invited to swim in the pool as a young adult.


    1. Bobbie, there are some beautiful homes across the street and elsewhere on that block. And yes, as you can see from the photo, unless the late is open at 235 N. Broadway it’s quite difficult to see the house.


  2. As I remember as a child growing up in Nyack, the Glynn family lived across the street on N. Broadway from Helen Hayes ‘Pretty Penny’ home in the 1940’s – 1950’s.


      1. Yes, she was also very active as a volunteer and parishoner in St. Ann’s Catholic church which was a short walk for her and her giant poodles. Her adopted son, Jamie McCarthur, attended first grade at St. Ann’s parochial school in 1944. I was in the kindergarten class in the same two class room building.


  3. My husband Mark T Vanderbilt, passed on May 03, 2021, had many memories of spending time with Ms Hayes’ daughter sharing cookies, lemonade around the pool.


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