Author and Bronxville native Eliot Vestner: Meet Me Under the Clock at Grand Central

The Bronxville Public Library was the site of a fascinating afternoon sponsored by the Conservancy and devoted to Eliot Vestner’s historical memoir published earlier in the year. In his introductory remarks, Conservancy member Robert Riggs described Vestner’s memoir as one of the most enlightening books he has ever read. “It’s remarkable as to the depth and importance of research he did. It’s a family story in the context of what life was like in the area during the last half of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth.”

Vestner explained how he came about writing his memoir, which is about his childhood and the history of his family in Bronxville; his mother’s letters and diaries were integral to his research and an advanced course in memoir writing gave him the tools to write the book. He traced the history of his forebears who arrived in the area in the 1800s when the village was still known as Underhill’s Crossing; his maternal grandparents moved to Bronxville in 1934; he was born in 1935 at Lawrence Hospital. Vestner went on to describe what Bronxville was like in World War II when he was a child (“in the main we lived normal lives in the most abnormal of times”). He allowed that in the early 1950s houses in Bronxville grew more expensive and women began wearing furs to church!

About the author

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was established in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the Village of Bronxville, New York. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures, and special events that foster an awareness of the Village’s architectural, artistic, and cultural heritage and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies.