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Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature

By Chiu Yin Hempel, photography by Greg Miller (Carol Monderer Publishing, 2015) Buy It Now

Less than an hour from Manhattan, the Gilded Age enclave of Tuxedo Park is truly a world apart.  This unique community’s iconic mansions include grand homes commissioned by the Astors and Vanderbilts, nestled in 2,000 acres of jaw-dropping natural beauty. Focusing on its timeless vistas and hundreds of native species, this sumptuous large-format book celebrates the Orange County haven’s “wild gardens,” stone stairways to nowhere, and lakes, stunning in every season and all kinds of light. It also examines community responsibility for ongoing environmental stewardship. What does it mean to live in a beautiful place, and how can we honor that legacy? Greg Miller’s lush color photos and Chiu Yin Hempel’s eloquent text form the warp and weft of an opulent tapestry, weaving a magical spell.