Maria Nigro is the founder and owner of Black Oak Estate and Appraisal Services, LLC. Black Oak provides locally based, better quality estate sale services throughout Westchester County. We work with clients who are moving, downsizing, relocating, or handling the estate of a loved one. Our mission is to ease the stress and burden of finding new homes for the items you and your loved ones collected over a lifetime.
Maria spent 10 years working in museums and art organizations, including The Cloisters, Reynolda House Museum of American Art (Winston-Salem, NC), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY), before founding Black Oak Estates. She holds a BA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and a MA in Art History from CUNY's Hunter College. She lives in Dobbs Ferry with her husband, Anthony, and their two children.
The business name merges Maria’s maiden and married names: Dembrowsky Nigro. Dembrowsky stems from dąbrowa, which is Polish for oak grove, and Nigro means black in Italian. Dąbrowa Nigro = Black Oak. The Dembrowsky/dąbrowa/oak reference recalls Maria's Massachusetts upbringing and a mother who owned an antique store. Combining the two names acknowledges the past while looking to the future, much like Maria's clients do.