Hastings-on-Hudson is located nineteen miles north of New York City, just beyond Yonkers. Its reputation as an artist’s community dates back to the late 1800′s when the famous Hudson River School painter Jasper F. Cropsey made the town his home. Hastings takes pride in its excellent schools and a friendly, unpretentious style. Sited on three hills in an especially beautiful spot on the Hudson River. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, thousands of people were employed as part of the town’s thriving riverfront industries. Since then, part of Hastings’ riverfront has been redeveloped into lovely MacEachon Park, and trendy restaurants like Blu and Harvest-on-Hudson. Major projects are underway to continue this process so Hastings residents will be able to fully utilize the village’s extraordinary scenic setting. Housing ranges from luxurious to modest.
Website: http://village.hastings.ny.us/ and http://www.greenburghny.com
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson in town of Greenburgh
Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Route 9
Distance to NYC: 19 miles
Area: 2 sq miles
Population: 7,700 (2000 census)
Commuters from Hastings-on-Hudson can reach Grand Central in 32 minutes on the Hudson line of Metro North Railroad. The Hastings train station is located at 34 Southside Avenue.
Station parking: commuter capacity: 402 cars.
Call 914-478-3400 for information on permit parking. Twelve-hour meter parking is also available to residents with a permit. www.mta.info
Connecting Services: A Bee-Line bus stop at the Hastings Train Station for: Routes 1C, 1T, 1W and 6. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules.
Hastings is serviced by the local Hastings Union Free School District. It consists of the Hastings High School, the Farragut Middle School and Hillside Elementary School. For more information on the school district, you can access their website at: http://www.hastings.k12.ny.us/. You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for the full school report on Hastings schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
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.
Boat on the Hudson River from the Irvington or Tarrytown Boat Club.
Visit the Hudson River Museum in nearby Yonkers for art and interactive exhibits related to the region and the greatest river in the world.
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.
Visit MacEachon Waterfront Park, Hastings’ beautiful park along the banks of the Hudson on River Street.
Check out the Jasper F. Cropsey Home and Studio at 49 Washington Avenue and The Newington Cropsey Foundaton’s Gallery of Art. Cropsey, one of the most accomplished painters of the Hudson River School, lived in Hastings in the latter part of his life.
Take a tour the Historic Hudson Valley properties of Sunnyside, the Washington Irving residence in Irvington, Philipsburg Manor, the pre-Revolutionary home and working farm in Sleepy Hollow, Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home in nearby Pocantico Hills and the Rockefeller-built Union Church in Pocantico renowned for its series of stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall as well as for its Henri Matisse Rose Window. Also nearby is the castle-like gothic revival mansion Lyndhurst, former home of the railroad magnate Jay Gould.
New York Waterways offers a seasonal scenic two hour river cruise departing from Tarrytown and proceeding northwards in full view of awe-inspiring Hudson Valley River scenery.
Be entertained at Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown; one of Westchester’s oldest surviving theaters. Built in 1885, it continues to be a venue for some of today’s most popular entertainers and productions.
Take advantage of the magnificent new Hastings Library located on a bluff overlooking the Palisades with the famous Jacque Lipchitz sculpture, “Between Heaven and Earth” on its lawn.
At Harvest-on-Hudson, 1 River Street, you will think you have entered a Tuscan villa with its large patio, giant stone fireplace and fabulous, fresh cuisine. To complete this perfect picture is the Hudson River-only steps away.
Buffet de la Gare, 155 Southside Avenue, is Parisian in every sense-the perfection of every dish, the ambiance enhanced with dark wood, gas lamps, tin ceilings and authentic Quimper pottery. The Buffet, in Hastings for over twenty years, continues to be thought of as one of Westchester’s finest French restaurants.
New to Hastings is the American Bistro, Blu. Its lovely bar, fireplace and savory menu enhance the awesome river views from almost every seat.
New in the village is 19 Main Street, a casual, but pretty restaurant, open for lunch and dinner with music on most weekends.
Casual atmosphere with outdoor tables, great food and wonderful view of the Hudson make Maud’s Tavern a Hastings institution.
Galleries include the Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, located in the Municipal Building, the Yellow Door Studio at 1 North Street, and Artic Artistry at 2 Spring Street, specializing in native American art from the Artic region.
Central Avenue, Westchester’s most diverse shopping street with outlets from just about every major retailer in the country, is just minutes from Hastings via Jackson Avenue.
The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
Stew Leonard’s, Costco and Home Depot are nearby just off I-87.
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