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PROMINENT FORMER RESIDENTS

Prominent individuals who have made Bronxville their home over the years include:

The Joseph P. Kennedy Family – Residents of Bronxville from 1928 to 1941, Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy and their nine children, including future President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, owned “Crownlands,” a now demolished mansion on Pondfield Road in the vicinity of today’s Crown Circle.

Brendan Gill – The long time New Yorker film, theater and architecture critic and his family called 26 Prescott Avenue home from 1946 to 1986.


Eddie Rickenbacker – The famed World War I fighter pilot, and later president of Eastern Airlines, lived with his family at the Lawrence Park “Manor House,” 8 Prescott Avenue, from 1931 to 1938.



Elizabeth Custer
The widow of General George Armstrong Custer was a life long friend of William Lawrence, the founder of modern Bronxville. From the early 1890s through the mid-1920s, Libbie Custer was a frequent visitor to Bronxville’s Lawrence Park where she owned 20 Park Avenue and later 6 Chestnut Avenue.

Ford C. Frick – The third Major League Commission of Baseball and his family made their home at 16 Edgewood Lane from the mid-1940s until his death in 1978. During Frick’s tenure as National League President, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues.


Jack Paar – The legendary host of NBC’s The Tonight Show lived at 32 Studio Lane with his family from 1955 to 1974.


Lawrence Ferlinghetti – As a child living at 42 Parkway Road for five years in the early 1930s, the future Beat Generation poet was the ward of William Lawrence’s oldest daughter, Anna Bisland.


Chuck Scarborough – A long time NBC television news anchor in New York City, he lived at One Governor’s Road with his family for about a decade beginning in 1974.




Roy Chapman Andrews – A prominent explorer for the American Museum of Natural History, he led many expeditions to Mongolia, one of which discovered the first fossilized dinosaur eggs. Often said to be the model for Indiana Jones, he lived at 59 Valley Road with his wife and son between expeditions, in 1913-1915 and 1916-1918.

Robin MacNeil – One of the first newsmen on the scene of President Kennedy’s assassination, he is famous as a television news anchor on PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Report. He and his family moved into 51 Valley Road in 1978 and lived there for several years.


William R. McAndrew – President of NBC News and a major force in expanding network television news, he is best known for pairing Chet Huntley with David Brinkley. He and his family made their home at 1 Northway from 1952 until his premature death in 1968.


Ed McMahon – The long time sidekick of late night television host Johnny Carson, and a television host in his own right, he lived with his family from 1965 to 1973 at 233 Pondfield Road.



Jerome Kern – Kern wrote scores for several Broadway hit musicals at 10 Avon Road, which the composer and his wife Eva rented from 1916 to 1918, before moving to nearby Cedar Knolls in Yonkers.

Joe Raposo and Pat Collins – This accomplished couple resided at 376 New Rochelle Road in the 1980s. He was the musical director for Sesame Street and composed some of the best known Muppet songs as well as music for a wide range of movies. A television, film and theater critic on “Good Morning America” and My9News in New York, she won three Emmies.


Donald J. Herbert – Known to many as “Mr. Wizard,” he hosted television shows about science aimed at children, which aired on NBC and Nickelodeon. His home from 1955 to 1972 was 9 Northway.



Harriet Hubbard Ayer
A flamboyant pioneer of the women’s cosmetics industry, she was involuntarily committed in 1893-1894 to Bronxville’s insane asylum, Vernon House. It operated in a now demolished mansion located near 4 Fordal Road.

 

 


Robert Saudek – The television producer of “Leonard Bernstein Conducts,” Omnibus” and “Profiles in Courage” made 15 Northern Avenue his family’s home from 1956 to 1972.


Frank Cashen – The General Manager of the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets, he lived in an apartment at 9 Midland Gardens in the 1990s.




William J. Burns – The famous founder of the Burns Detective Agency, and director of the FBI’s predecessor organization, rented 20 Tanglewylde Avenue in the mid-1910s, at a time when he was considered “America’s Sherlock Holmes.”