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Official Grand Opening with Mayor Mike Spano. #yonkers #thetacoproject #boycethompson

A few Arboretum members attended Sunday's Picket Post Mansion Open House in full roaring 20s regalia. Even their stage names, "Cristal" and "Quinn" were used instead of Gail and Tara (the birth names they adhere to in this century). Over 700 curiosity seekers toured Picket Post House over the weekend and were treated to an architectural and historical spectacle not seen since the last Open House five years ago. We're doing it again on Jan. 7 & 8, 2017. #roaringtwenties #castleontherock #Picketpost #boycethompson #1arb

Just want to wish you @cpthecook and @fortinapizza the best of luck in yonkers on opening day today #yonkers #westchesterfoodie #westchestersbest #boycethompson #northyonkers

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So glad this building did not become a hole in the ground. It should be open for business occupancy in early 2017.
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Yonkers, NY.
August 2015.
#boycethompson #yonkers #hudsonvalley #historicpreservation

Arizona is a real beaut. There's some beard in this one @mama.belnap just for you. #boycethompson

Happy to get a little break from it all with family in Arizona. Back to the great white north tomorrow. #hikeitbaby #raiseawildchild #boycethompson #arizona @btarboretum

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Going through some old photos and love this old truck #boycethompsonarboretum #ford #truck #arizona #az #hiking #hikeaz #boycethompson #hwy60 #oldtruck

Just want to wish you @cpthecook and @fortinapizza the best of luck in yonkers on opening day today #yonkers #westchesterfoodie #westchestersbest #boycethompson #northyonkers

William Boyce Thompson, who acquired wealth in the copper mining industry, visited Russia in 1917 where he saw the effects of hunger on its inhabitants. This trip persuaded Thompson of the importance of ensuring food supply for the world population, and in 1920, he decided to establish the Institute for Plant Research. He wanted the institute to further the understanding of plants, to use this understanding for improving world food supply, and to promote conservation of natural areas. Thompson named the institute in honor of his parents, Anne Boyce Thompson and William Thompson, and endowed it with $10 million. Subsequently, the BTI has been funded by government support and revenues from the licensing of institute patents. Thompson played an active role in the early years of BTI and sought to encourage commercial development of the institute's research results. Because Thompson sought an active role, rather than locate BTI on the campus of an existing university, in 1924, Thompson built the initial laboratories across the street from his country estate Alder Manor, in Yonkers, New York. The Yonkers campus, used by BTI until the 1970s, was leased out and used as late as 1997, and was later sold to the City of Yonkers Board of Education in 1999. In 2015 the City of Yonkers sold the property for $4.25 million to Simone Development Cos. The plans for the campus are to re-develop it into a mixed-use center with medical offices, restaurants and retail stores. (Wikpedia-my collection of before & after photographs over the past 4 years) #boyceinstitute#landmarksofwestchestercty #abandonedplaces#affairhubs#hudsonvalley #hudsonvalleyphotographer#historicyonkers #oldbuildings_withstories#boycethompson #boycethompsonaboretum#boycethompsoncenter #yonkersphotographer#executiveboulevard #executiveboulevardyonkers

Official Grand Opening with Mayor Mike Spano. #yonkers #thetacoproject #boycethompson

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