Rivercrest Historic District - Vestal, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ripraff
N 42° 05.644 W 075° 57.226
18T E 421127 N 4660660
Quick Description: A row of houses by the Susquehanna River and the old canal, about 12 of which are currently being demolished (on Vestal Parkway East). The ones on Old Vestal Road are still standing.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 4/22/2015 11:44:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMNR1Q
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
"Rivercrest is historically significant, and stepping into the back yard of any house in this community the case becomes even more convincing. It's a different world back there. Long lots extend back through natural gardens and wooded areas, then slope down into the bed of the Chenango Canal Extension, still intact since it was abandoned in the late 1800's.

Unlike many former canal sites in the area, here the canal bed has not been filled in. It exists today as the best preserved remnant of the canal extension. On the other side, the old towpath separates the canal bed from the river and since 1932 has served as a community walking trail extending the length of the development. A well-worn path, fire pits and park benches are evidence that this trail serves the neighborhood well.

From the towpath there is little evidence of the hyper-activity on the other side of these houses. Traffic noise seems distant and looking across the river there is no sign of civilization - just water, woods and wildlife. Like it was when these houses were built."

"Twenty-four years ago a local developer began purchasing Rivercrest property. North Star LLC now owns twelve of the houses of which six are abandoned, and early this year the owner announced plans to demolish four of them."

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Street address:
4601-4609 Vestal Rd. & 4613-4729 Vestal Pkwy. E.
Vestal, NY USA

County / Borough / Parish: Broome

Year listed: 2009

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Commerce, Architecture, Community Planning And Development

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874

Historic function: Domestic, Transportation Single Dwelling, Water-Related

Current function: Domestic, Transportation Pedestrian Related, Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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