Scarsdale is a pretty old town and dates back to 1701, would you believe? During the American Revolution there was fighting at the junction of what is now Garden Road and Mamaroneck Road, and the British Commander, Sir William Howe, stayed in a house on Garden Road that is still there.
We are now well into the 21st century and things in Scarsdale have moved on, including the famous – or infamous depending on your point of view – Scarsdale Diet. Developed by Dr Herman Tarnower who lived in Scarsdale in 1978, it was similar to the Atkins diet, calling for high protein, low fat, low carbohydrates, but also emphasized fruit and vegetables. The book received an unexpected surge in sales when Dr Tarnower was shot dead by his lover Jean Harris in 1980.