The village of Briarcliff Manor is located in northern Westchester along the Hudson River. A part of the original Philipsburg Manor, it grew into two separate hamlets-Scarborough and Whitson’s Corner which later became known as the village of Briarcliff. This rustic, residential environment is within easy commuting distance to Manhattan. The village center is a quaint tree lined commercial area offering charming restaurants shops and community services. The Police and Fire Station, Post Office, Village Hall, newly renovated Law Park, Town Recreation Center with outdoor pool, tennis and paddle courts are all located in the village center. Briarcliff has retained its friendly atmosphere as it continues to grow into one of Westchester’s most sought after community. The village offers a variety of housing options-turn-of-the-century estates with dramatic river views, classic center hall colonials, contemporaries, new construction and condominiums can all be found. www.briarcliffmanor.org and www.townofossining.com
Most of the village of Briarcliff is in Town of Ossining and with a small section in Town of Mount Pleasant
Local Highways: Taconic State Parkway, Rte 9A and 9, Saw Mill Parkway, Rte 100
Distance to NYC: 33 miles
Area: 5.75 sq miles
Commuters of Briarcliff can reach Grand Central within 42 minutes on the Hudson Line of Metro North Railway from the Scarborough Train Station located at 156 Scarborough Station Road between Kemey’s Road and River Road. It is 5-7 minutes from the village center. www.mta.info Parking facility: No meters; parking by permit only in two public lots and parking in private lot. Station Parking 914-941-5139
Beeline Bus Service info: 914-813-7777
Students are housed in three Briarcliff schools, an elementary, middle and high school. It is the recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence from the New York Department of Education.
Todd Elementary School (K-6), 45 Ingham Road, 914-941-8300
Briarcliff Middle School (7-8), 444 Pleasantville Road, 914-769-6343
Briarcliff High School (9-12), 444 Pleasantville Road, 914-769-6299
Visit Scarborough Park on the banks of the Hudson River near the Scarborough Train Station. This slip of a park is a quiet place to relax, fish and feed the geese.
Walk, bike, rollerblade, or run the North County Trailway, a 22.1 mile paved path located primarily on right-of-way lands of the former Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad. The Trailway runs from Eastview in the Town of Mount Pleasant north to Baldwin Place in the Town of Somers.on the Putnam County border. Anther 14.1 miles, south from Eastview to the Bronx border is being developed in sections as the South County Trailway.
Play golf at the new public course at Hudson Hills in Ossining and Hollowbrook Golf Course in Cortlandt Manor and on the private course at Hudson National in Croton which allows village residents with a qualifying handicap to play. Other nearby private clubs include The Sleepy Hollow Country Club and The Trump National Golf Club.
Fish, picnic and hike at Croton Gorge Park, a 97-acre property at the base of the Croton Dam with impressive views of the Dam and spillway. There is direct access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct which runs from Croton-on-Hudson South through downtown Ossining and Dobbs Ferry on its way to Yonkers.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns Agricultural Center on the Rockefeller family estate offers a farmers market with products raised on the farm and classes on ie., food preparation as well as tours, lecture series. Go to their webiste to learn more. (914) 366-6200
The Jacob Burns Film Center opened in 2001 on the site of the old Rome Theater in the village of Pleasantville. JBFC is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema in a beautiful new facility. Leading actors, directors, screenwriters are frequent speakers at events.
Work out at Club Fit on North State Road in Briarcliff
Shop for groceries at the Food Emporium in the Chillmark Shopping Center on Pleasantville Road or Mrs. Green Natural Food Market on North State Road with a full range of organic produce, baked goods and prepared foods.
Enjoy wonderful Italian lunches and dinners at Orfino’s, Briarcliff’s social meeting place.
The Patio is the place to go for a casual lunch and a must for brunch with its incredible waffles. Its new Mediterranean dinner menu has great fish, paella and pasta.
Stop at Paese, Pasta &Pizza Trattoria for a slice of pizza or wander across the street to Amalfi’s Restaurant for a more leisurely dining experience.
The best hamburgers are at Squire’s on North State Road.
Briarcliff Market on Pleasantville Road is the place to go for bagels.
If you feel like steak, don’t miss the Flame’s Steakhouse on North Steak House-one of the best steakhouses in Westchester.
For family-style Italian cooking, Torchia’s Ristorante on North State Road has a devoted following.
For traditional American fare, check out Briar’s and for contemporary American cuisine Terra Rustica, both located on North State Road.
Check out the coffee house at Moonbeam Café in the village center.
Guadalajara, on Rt. 9 just south of Ossining, has Mexican food that is a cut above almost anything found in the area and the Margaritas are renowned. Friday nights are fun with a mariachi band.
Excellent sushi can be found at KiKu Sushi on Pleasantville Road or Yama Sushi in the Chillmark Shopping Center.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns is an extraordinary newcomer. Located on the Rockefeller property in nearby Pocantico uses food grown on their grounds. Dining at Blue Hill is an unforgettable experience.
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