The bluestone facade of 12 Warren makes it an instantly recognizable Tribeca condo. And there’s a story behind this unique material, which comes from closer to home than you might think—the stone is imported from a small town in New York State called Hancock. You might want to pay a visit to this fascinating town, which is just two and a half hours from NYC, next time you’re heading upstate. To whet your appetite, here are a few things we’ve learned about Hancock.
The Delaware River
Hancock is the self-professed “gateway to the Delaware River” where the east and the west branches converge, making for stunning scenery and excellent fishing (brown trout, bass, and eels are prevalent in these parts). Streams, lakes, and ponds add to Hancock’s beauty, while, during the fall, the woodlands become prime game-hunting grounds. Autumn upstate is always beautiful, and, as you might expect, it is the time of year when Hancock looks its best. Indeed, Hancock is situated along Route 17—one of the USA’s most scenic routes and a hotspot for motorists during the 1960s. As for winter? Heavy snowfall means that some of New York State’s finest ski resorts are just 15 minutes from Hancock.
A spot of golf
When the weather’s fine, it’s time to hit the Hancock links. This nine-hole course overlooks the Delaware River Valley and has a PGA-certified professional on staff. Once you’re done swinging, it’s time to unwind with a beer and a steak at the Lucky 13 Bar & Grill.
Time for dessert. The views are sweet in Hancock, and so too is the town’s maple syrup, which is served in all of its best cafes and restaurants. Perhaps the best place to get it is Ioka Valley Farm, where you can also acquire maple butter, maple cream, and even maple mustard to bring back to your NYC-dwelling friends. Vermont quakes in its boots at the quality of Hancock’s syrup. And so it should.
The bluestone quarry
And now we come to what brought us here in the first place. The bluestone that’s quarried in Hancock has created some truly iconic New York landmarks. Parts of the Empire State Building were made from it, along with the base of the Statue of Liberty. On a more down-to-earth note, many of NYC’s sidewalk curbs are crafted from Hancock’s in-demand stone too. Now you know why 12 Warren is such a special building: it’s built from the stuff that made New York great.