Purchase is a hamlet of the town of Harrison and is celebrated for its sprawling natural beauty. A very quiet town, Purchase is populated by a few institutions, several small very popular restaurants and the large, gorgeous properties of its residents including celebrities and athletes.
Purchase hosts such prestigious institutions as SUNY Purchase College as well as Manhattanville College. SUNY Purchase has been a mainstay in art education since its opening in 1967. Such famous names as Stanley Tucci, Edie Falco, Wesley Snipes, Josh Harnett and several more actors, directors and screenwriters studied at SUNY Purchase. Princeton Review has rated Purchase College as one of the top colleges in their list of 361 Top American Universities.
The grounds themselves have become a popular spot to view many of the installation and sculptural art located throughout the property. Purchase College offers expansive grounds as well as the Neuberger Museum of Art. The museum boasts stunning art from the 20th century and is always hosting public events and offering education programs to both adults and children. Some of the artists who are exhibited as part of the permanent collection include: Edward Hopper, Max Weber, Georgia O’Keefe, Ernst Kirchner and Mark Rothko. For most information about the Neuberger museum click on the link below.
Purchase is also home to Pepsico, the Pepsi headquarters located on 168 acres of beautifully manicured lawns. Pepsico has created an outdoor museum in the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens. Throughout the property several sections are arranged into various species of trees, flowers and shrubs from various areas of the world.. The grounds are open to the public and the public does come. During the warmer months, hundreds exercise, picnic and relax in these gardens. As a visitor you will be able to sit by water lily ponds, the large koi pond in the center of the property or one of the many fountains adorned with sculptures. The works of Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Alberto Giacometti decorate the property and are within arm’s length.
Whether you choose to live in Purchase or one of Westchester’s many towns it is an opportunity not to be missed. A weekend walk through the Pepsico grounds is unmatched and fortunately for visitors right across the street is the beautiful Purchase College and Neuberger Museum.