The 10 Biggest References to the Hudson Valley, NY, in Pop Culture, Music, and Movies in 2011

Poptional Reading delivers the biggest references to our region in 2011

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4. X-Men: First Class [Exaggeration]

Of all the superhero teams, the X-Men are closest to our hearts: They keep their HQ in “Salem Center,” Westchester County. Whenever a new X-Men movie is released, I get most excited about seeing how they interpret my hometown. This time, my heart raced at the title card that read “Westchester – 1944” — only to be disappointed upon the realization that the Englefield House (an Elizabethan manor in Berkshire, England) was the stand-in for our fair estates. Next time, X-Men filmmakers, bring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to the real Westchester (and, um, invite me to lunch).

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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