Irvington, located twenty three miles from New York City is a lovely village. For the last one hundred and fifty years it has been a favorite country escape for wealthy New Yorkers. In addition to its many large estates on Broadway and in Ardsley Park, modest single family homes and several large condominium complexes can be found in many sections of Irvington. Its Main Street is filled with shops and restaurants, such as The Red Hat and Il Sorriso. Irvington Schools are among the most highly rated in Westchester. What had been an older industrial complex between the train station and Hudson River has now been transformed into one of the most successful waterfront development projects in the Hudson River Valley. A beautiful new park with ball fields, playground and a senior recreation center-created from a renovated building-take advantage of their magnificent site directly on the waterside. Also on the water’s edge is Bridge Street Properties, a charming renovation of nineteenth century industrial warehouses, now the home to some of the areas most innovative businesses and interesting restaurants; including Solera, which serves fine Spanish cuisine. In addition to the waterfront, Irvington also has several other parks and trails to offer its residents.
Websites: www.irvingtonny.gov, www.irvingtonnychamber.com and www.greenburghny.com
Village of Irvington in town of Greenburgh
Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Routes 9, I-87, I-287
Distance to NYC: 23 miles
Area: 2.8 sq miles
Population: 7,000 (2000 census)
Commuters from Irvington can reach Grand Central in 37 minutes on the Hudson line of Metro North Railroad. The Irvington train station is located at Astor Street. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go towww.mta.info
Connecting Services: There is no connecting service at the Irvington Metro-North station.
Irvington is serviced by the local Irvington Union Free School District. Dow’s Lane has grades PK-3, Main Street has grade 4-5, Irvington Middle School has grades 6-8 and Irvington High School has grades 9-12. For more information on the school district, you can access their website www.irvingtonschools.org You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for a full school report on Irvington schools athttp://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
Boat on the Hudson River from the Irvington or Tarrytown Boat Club.
Hike, bird watch, jog, stroll and cross-country ski at the Rockefeller Preserve, the 1,233 acre state park on Rt 117 in Sleepy Hollow with 22 miles of carriage paths along rivers, woods, a 24-acre lake and panoramic vistas. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the Preserve. Horseback riding and carriage driving require fee permit. Fishing permitted in Swan Lake and the Pocantico River
For strolling, nothing is more beautiful than Halsey Pond Park in Irvington.
Hike and bike around the beautiful Lakes area of Irvington on the Lakes Extension of the North Country Trailway, a part of the Westchester County Trailway system.
Take in a concert or play at the historic Town Hall Theater, the magnificent 600-seat theater modeled after Ford’s Theater in Washington.
Graham Hills Mountain Bike Trail is just off of Route 117; across from the Pleasantville campus of Pace University. This 431 acre park is geared to experienced mountain bike riders and hikers who appreciate a rugged and diverse terrain.
Horseback riding lessons and trail riding can be arranged through area stables such as Beech Hill Farm, Beech Hill Rd, Pleasantville (914) 762-9882 and Fox Hill Farms, 204 Old Sleepy Hollow Rd., Pleasantville, (914) 769-9813.
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.
Kingsland Point Park, Palmer Avenue off Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow, is scenically located on a substantial crescent of land curving into the Hudson River. Picnic and play ball while enjoying breathtaking and unobstructed 180º views across the river to the Palisades. Adjacent to the park is the historic 19th century Tarrytown Lighthouse. While no longer in use, it provides a nostalgic reminder of the Hudson River’s colorful shipping history. Several times each year, the lighthouse is opened for guided tours.
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.
The Irvington Library at 12 Astor Street has many public programs for children of all ages.
River City Grille is a popular restaurant on South Broadway, steps from Main Street.
Il Sorriso, at the corner of Main Street and North Buckout, is a lovely Italian restaurant with a loyal following thanks to the creative and authentic menu, as well as for its charming décor.
Solera-on-Hudson, in one of the restored industrial buildings of Bridge Street Properties, is one of few Spanish tapas restaurants in Westchester.
The Red Hat Bistro is a most welcome addition to Irvington’s dining scene. Voted ‘Best New Bistro’ in 2004 by Westchester Magazine, The Red Hat is located on Main Street.
Galleries, gift shops and cafes such as Tra La La, The River Gallery, and Buttermilk Blue have offerings in a range of prices and styles.
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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