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Famous Hastings Residents


Henry Draper (1837-1882) 407 Broadway
An astronomer and author. With his father (John) and meteorologist brother Daniel built an observatory on the Draper property. In 1877, he discovered that oxygen is present in the sun.

John W. Draper (1811-1882) 271 South Broadway
World-renowned scientist, author, and philosopher, moved to his 20-acre Hastings estate in 1847. Founder of the New York University School of Medicine and the American Chemical Society. He pioneered photography, producing the first photos of the human face and of the moon.

Martin Gardner (1914-2010) 10 Euclid Ave
Author, pseudoscience debunker, eminent puzzler, he published more than 70 books, from The Annotated Alice to The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, and penned popular columns in Scientific American and Skeptical Inquirer. He wrote fiction and poetry, wrestled with religious questions, popularized math for the masses and perplexed the professionals.

Antonia Maury (1866-1952) 407 Broadway
One of this country's most outstanding astronomers. She graduated from Vassar in 1887 and worked at the Harvard observatory (1888-96 and from 1918-35), where she made major discoveries that served as the basis for theoretical astrophysics. Granddaughter of John and niece of Henry, she lived on the Draper Estate from 1935-52.

Leo James Rainwater (1917-1986) 342 Mount Hope Blvd.
Received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1975 for the discovery of the connection between collective motion and particle motion in atomic nuclei and the development of the theory of the structure of the atomic nucleus.

J. Otis Swift (1871-1948) 81 Summit Driveway
A well-known journalist, naturalist, poet, and humanitarian. Author of a daily column in the New York World entitled “News Outside the Door”; he walked more than 100,000 miles in his lifetime. Home known as “Treetops.”

Max Theiler (1899-1972) 48 Circle Dr.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1951 for his research of yellow fever vaccine.

The Visual Arts

Carl Brandt (1831-1905) 558 Warburton Ave. (now VFW Building)
19th-century painter.

Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900) 49 Washington Ave.
Celebrated Hudson River School painter, worked in his home and studio on Washington Ave. from 1885-1900. The house, known as “Ever Rest,” is on the National Register of Historic Places.

John Emmett Donnelly Sr. (1867-1947) 44 Calumet Ave.
Distinguished architectural sculptor. Some of the works of the John Donnelly Company include the Supreme Court, post Office, Department of Justice, and National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.; Riverside Church and the Federal Court House in New York City; the Detroit Public Library; the Oregon and West Virginia state capitols; and numerous commissions for the 1939 World's Fair.

George Harvey (1801-1878)
Painter, architect, and writer. Immigrated to the United States from England in 1929 and moved to Hastings in 1834. Planned the remodeling of Washington Irving's Sunnyside into an outstanding example of domestic Gothic Revival and designed his “picaresque”-style Hastings residence.

Lewis Hine (1874-1940) 170 Edgars La.
Well-known photographer, notably of child laborers.

Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973) 168 Warburton Ave.
Internationally renowned sculptor. Moved to Hastings in 1947. In 1952, after fire damaged his New York studio, American museums raised money for a new studio that Lipchitz built on Aqueduct La. A Lipchitz sculpture, “Between Heaven and Earth,” stands in front of the Hastings Library thanks to the efforts of the Hastings Creative Arts Council.

Raffaello E. Menconi (1877-1942) 10 Riverview Place
Architectural sculptor who created many decorative pieces, including the bronze flagpole bases at the New York Public Library. In Hastings, he is known for the eagle sculpture at the Municipal Building and the squirrel sculpture in “Squirrel Alley.”

Ralph J. Menconi (1915-1972) 10 Riverview Place
Son of Raffaello and a medallic sculptor, his nickname was “Sculptor of Presidents” because of the 36-medal series of Presidential Art Medals he created.

Tony Palazzo (1905-1970) 95 Mount Hope Blvd.
Author and illustrator of more than 65 children's books. Illustrations for Timothy Turtle by Al Graham won the book a 1947 Caldecott Medal.

Richmond H. Shreve (1877-1946) 50 Euclid Ave.
He was a member of the architecture firm Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, whose works included the Empire State Building, military and naval installations, and public and private housing projects. Director of the Slum Clearance Committee of New York in 1933, president of the American Institute of Architects from 1941-1943; member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Jack A. Warren (1887-1955) 31 Hillside Ave.
Artist, cartoonist, and cowboy. Painted the Western mural in the high school cafeteria for the WPA. Political cartoonist for the New York Sun. Illustrator of the “Pecos Bill” comic strip.

The Performing Arts

Arthur Abell (1866-1958) 32 Sheldon Place
Music critic, amateur violinist, and journalist. His book Talks with the Great Composers details insights gleaned from interviews and conversations with Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Giacomo Puccini, and others.

Kay Brown Barrett (1902-1995) 55 Maple Ave.
Hastings native. Talent scout and entertainment agent who convinced David O. Selznick to make Gone with the Wind, persuaded Ingrid Bergman to leave Stockholm for Hollywood, and represented Alec Guiness, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison, Frederic March, Patricia Neal, and Montgomery Clift, as well as Lillian Hellman, Isak Dinesen, and Arthur Miller.

Michael Brecker (1949-2007) Pinecrest Parkway
Influential jazz saxophonist and composer. Founder with his brother Randy of the Brecker Brothers Band. Collaborated with a wide range of pop and rock artists and recorded with leading jazz artists of his day.

Alan Brock (b. Stephen Zebrock) (1909-1995) 6 Main St., 15 Villard Ave.
Stage, screen, and TV actor; actor's agent; and author, whose 40-part “Main Street through the Years,” about his immigrant family, was published in the Hastings News in 1941.

Billie Burke (1883-1966) Burkeley Crest (Burke Estate)
Actress. Lived with her husband, producer Florenz Ziegfeld, on a 22-acre estate, where they kept a menagerie that included bears, lion cubs, buffalo, ponies, parrots, and an elephant. A playhouse on the property resembled a miniature Mount Vernon.

Albert Dekker (1905-1968)
Stage and screen actor. Stage roles included replacing Lee J. Cobb in the original production of Death of a Salesman. Famous film roles were in Dr. Cyclops, The Killers, and The Wild Bunch.

Alexis Kosloff (1892-1983 ) 131 Pinecrest
Ballet dancer, instructor, writer and choreographer. Organized the Kosloff Dancers. Featured in the 1917 silent film “The Dancer's Peril.” Became ballet master of the Metropolitan Opera.

Henry Kulky (Kuklovich) (1911-1965 ) 539 Warburton Ave.
Hastings native began his professional life as wrestler “Bomber Kulkovich” before becoming an actor. Played (sometimes lovable) thugs, gangsters, and bartenders. Made dozens of films and was known for TV roles on “Life of Riley” and “The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”

David Manners (1917-1998) 39 Lefurgy Ave.
Stage and film actor best remembered for his role in Bela Lugosi's “Dracula” in 1931.

Frank Morgan (1890-1949) 18 Calumet Ave.
Actor best known for his role as the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.” Brother of Ralph. Born Wupperman and grew up in Hastings; family was famous for importing bitters.

Ralph Morgan (1883-1956) 18 Calumet Ave.
Actor and brother of Frank. Born Wupperman and grew up in Hastings; family was famous for importing bitters.

Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allen) (1903-1986) 2 Fraser Pl.
In 1937, Meeropol, a New York schoolteacher, wrote the poem “Strange Fruit” after seeing a photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith. He showed it to Billie Holiday, who with Sonny White turned it into history. Meeropol was active in the American Communist Party, and after the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1953, he adopted their two sons. He taught at the DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx for 27 years, but continued to write songs, including the Frank Sinatra hit “The House I Live in.”

Leonard Rose (1918-1984) 19 Overlook Dr.
Distinguished American cellist, principal with the New York Philharmonic. He taught at the Juilliard School for almost 40 years. Formed a trio with Isaac Stern and Eugene Istomin in 1961 that performed all over the world.

Alan Schneider (1917-1984) 30 Scenic Dr.
Premiered five of Samuel Beckett's plays in the U.S. Won a 1963 Tony for directing “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” on Broadway.

Charlie Spivak (1907-1982) 50 Summit Driveway
Trumpeter and big band leader.

Walker Whiteside (1869-1942) 25 Riverview Place
Distinguished actor on stage and in silent films.

Jonathan Winters (1925-2013) 57 Kent Avenue
Comedian, actor, author and artist. Awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999. Winner of two Grammy awards and one Emmy award. Appeared in hundreds of TV shows and films. Author of several books, including the bestselling Winters’ Tales (1988).

Florenz Ziegfeld (1867-1932) Burkeley Crest (Burke Estate)
Producer. Lived with his wife, actress Billie Burke , on a 22-acre estate, where they kept a menagerie that included bears, lion cubs, buffalo, ponies, parrots, and an elephant. A playhouse on the property resembled a miniature Mount Vernon.


Henry Collins Brown (1863-1961) 55 Maple Ave.
Publisher of “Valentine's Manual.” Founder of the Museum of the City of New York. Lived in a Victorian house that was once owned by the brother of Washington Irving.

Lewis G. Leary Jr. (1906-1990) 46 Summit Driveway
Noted scholar of American literature.

Vermont Connecticut Royster (1914-1996) 27 Darwin Avenue
Wall Street Journal editor and columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient (1986).

Albert Shaw (1857-1949) 715 North Broadway
Editor of the reformist Review of Reviews.

Charlotte Zolotow (1915-2013) 29 Elm Place
Children's book publisher and author of more than 70 books for children.


Harry Hillman (1881-1945) 44 Maple Ave.
Olympic hurdler.

Stephen Lysak (1912-2002) The Graham School
Olympic gold medalist in canoeing in 1948, along with Hastings resident Steve Macknowski. Raised in the orphanage along with his brother, John, who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, and two sisters.

Elsie Muller McLave (1895-1967) 184 Rosedale Ave.
Speed skating champion who represented the U.S. in the 1932 Olympics.

War Heroes

Admiral David Farragut (1801-1879) 60 Main St./128 Washington Ave.
Civil War hero and the country's first full admiral lived here with his wife and son during the War.

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882)
Italian patriot whose military campaigns helped in the formation of a united Italy.

Social Science

William Briesemeister (1895-1967) 124 High St.
Prominent mapmaker who retired as chief cartographer for the American Geographical Society in 1964 after more than 50 years there. His many accomplishments include the Briesemeister Elliptical Equal Area projection, which permits a flat map to show land areas in their true relative size.

Kenneth B. Clark (1914-2005) and Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983) 17 Pinecrest Dr.
Influential civil rights pioneers and psychologists. Kenneth Clark was the first black to earn a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, the first to become a tenured instructor in the City College system of New York, and the first black elected to the New York State Board of Regents. Mamie Clark was the first black woman to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia. They founded the Northside Center for Child Development, which helped thousands of emotionally troubled Harlem children. The couple's research on black children's perceptions of themselves was instrumental in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that found segregation in public schools unconstitutional.

David Dudley Field (1805-1895) 666 Broadway
Prominent lawyer and law reformer, brother of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field and of Atlantic Cable promoter Cyrus Field.

Jeremiah Gutman (1923-2004) 2 Riverview Place
Helped found the New York Civil Liberties Union, in response to McCarthyism. A civil rights litigator, his clients included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, the Hare Krishnas and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) 81 Edgars La.
Organizer of the American Birth Control League in 1921 (later Planned Parenthood) and founder of the first doctor-staffed birth control clinic in the U.S. in 1923. She lived with her husband and three children for six years in Hastings before launching her crusade in 1912.

William Vickrey (1914-1996) 162 Warburton Ave.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1996 for fundamental contributions to the economic theory of incentives under asymmetric information.

Other Claims to Fame

George Baker (1807-1899) 532 Broadway (Baker Lane)
French-born cabinetmaker, undertaker, businessman, and politician who helped Hastings become an incorporated community in 1879. He was the village's first mayor.

Bertha Berbert (Hammond Zabell) (1872-1936) Maple Avenue
Elected Westchester's first woman School Commissioner at age 27; served from 1899 to 1905.

Lefferts L. Buck (1837-1909) 666 Broadway
Engineer of the Williamsburg Bridge, among many other projects.

Charles Callison (1913-1993) 43 South Calumet Ave.
Prominent environmentalist. Was executive vice president of the National Audubon Society and founded the Public Lands Institute, which later merged with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Robert Bowne Minturn (1805-1866)
Shipping magnate and philanthropist bought 173-acre estate in Hastings in 1857, “ Locust Wood,” in what is now Zinsser Park. Home was owned by his family until 1844. He owned “Flying Cloud,” the fastest clipper ship in the world.

Dorothy Hayden Truscott (1925-2006) 22 Pleasant Avenue
One of the most successful woman bridge players, who won four world titles and more than two dozen national championships. Authored several books on bridge, including Winning Declarer Play (1969).

May Yohe (1869-1938) 60 Edgars La.
Wife of Lord Francis Hope of “Hope Diamond” fame. Home known as “Gribben House.”

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