A Tribute to the New York City Landmarks Commission
Now privately owned, these paired three-story residences at 437-459 West 24th Street in Manhattan were built in the mid-19th century to provide housing for merchants and professionals of the expanding Chelsea community. Below, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the longest-serving commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, worked under four mayors: Abe Beame, David Dinkins, Ed Koch, and Rudy Giuliani.
A cast-iron street clock can be found at 753 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, the only one surviving in that borough. There are four landmarked sidewalk clocks in Manhattan and two in Queens. This is the oldest, circa 1895.
P.S. 31, one of many public schools built in the late 19th century to accommodate the surging population of the Bronx, was “a model for academic architecture in the years to come,” according to “The Landmarks of New York.” The building’s more recent story, however, is not a happy one.
The 1855 Mount Morris Watchtower lives on in Marcus Garvey Park opposite East 122nd Street in Manhattan. From its four-story-high cupola, a watchman could see across the roofs of Harlem and ring the bell to summon help if he spotted a fire.

A fungi business mushrooms into home-grown produce, takeout, and Thanksgiving turkeys
David Falkowski sells the remarkable mushrooms he grows at South Fork farm stands. Now, he has one of his own, and it is stuffed with familiar and unusual produce, prepared foods, and family photos.
Mr. Falkowski grows yellow oyster, shitake, blue oyster, and, most recently, maitake mushrooms.Durell Godfrey
You will find the Peruvian purple potato at the stand. Durell Godfrey
Squashes are perched on a chair near the farm stand ceiling.Durell Godfrey
Tomatoes in different-colored coats come from the family farm,Durell Godfrey
For more exotic offerings, you can contemplate the peppers. Thai chili peppers are grown from seeds brought home from Thailand.Durell Godfrey
On a golden late-summer day, Ms. Falkowski baked apple pies while Mr. Falkowski roasted peppers outside. Durell Godfrey
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Cannas have to be nurtured indoors over the winter
Tom Dakin’s cannas are taller than he is. DurelL Godfrey photos

At 10,000 square feet, Briar Patch remains an understated family home
“We live out here,” Priscilla Rattazzi said of the large back porch facing Georgica Pond, which she and her husband, Chris Whittle, added to the house when they bought it in 1989.
Kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboards are always at the ready at pond’s edge. Durell Godfrey
Tito, a dachshund, and Leo, a golden retriever, relaxing on the front steps with Ms. Rattazzi, are the latest in a line of beloved dogs to call Briar Patch home.Durell Godfrey
A portrait of Margaret Hyde Hamilton by the painter John White Alexander hangs over the fireplace in the house’s great room, where earth tones add a sense of warmth to the large space. The custom wallpaper was made to look like Italian tile. Durell Godfrey
The grass is not always greener: A founder of the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, Priscilla Rattazzi, who is dedicated to improving the pond’s health, eschews landscaping chemicals, even organic ones. Durell Godfrey
Photographs by William S. Curtis fill the wall in the front stairwell. Durell Godfrey
The family eats most meals in what they call the breakfast room, which has its own small kitchen. Durell Godfrey
Chris Whittle’s office, just off the great room, occupies its own quiet space, but the great room also is “his sanctuary,” his wife said. Durell Godfrey
Two towering linden trees, each more than 100 years old, frame the view of the pond from the house. Durell Godfrey
The Whittles’ own children may be grown, but the playroom, with its large dollhouse and toy-filled bench seats, remains intact. Durell Godfrey

By Erica Broberg Smith
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The ocean is a presence at the Dune Road House. Chris Cooper
An old house with resurgent life and family treasures
The photographs on the wall above are of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea, with whom Peter Matthiessen and colleagues spent six months.
Alex Matthiessen, above, is seated on a settee in the sitting room. Below, the fireplace in the original kitchen was one of the reasons he bought the house. It now heats the combined sitting room, dining room, and kitchen.
Above, the folding doors on a corner cupboard in the kitchen were designed for access to a huge single shelf. Below, two rooms were combined to create an ample master bedroom.
A close-up of the Papua New Guinea photos that hung in Peter Matthiessen’s Sagaponack house.
A right whale skull has been moved from the Saga­ponack house to Sag Harbor.
The patio, surrounded by plantings rather than a lawn, features an Indonesian teak daybed.

By Justin Spring