Greenburgh is a large town populated by several quaint villages, below is a description of some of the historic river towns. Greenburgh is made up of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown. Greenburgh is leading Westchester in the move to bring the town to the web. Residents are now capable of researching property information, town administration information and even paying their taxes online. Many other towns have begun to follow in Greenburgh's footsteps.
Ardsley is a small village with an estimated 4,270 residents.Highly sought after schools, terrific restaurants, shopping and a great sense of community make this village. Like many Hudson River towns, there is an appreciation for community and the village always tries to incorporate recreational activities into the daily life of its residents.
Dobbs Ferry is another village along the Hudson River that has both a rich history and recently burgeoning neighborhood culture. Once the site of George Washington's troops, Dobbs Ferry now provides an artistic haven and hosts many popular restaurants and nightlife spots. Much of the town sits on hills overlooking the Hudson creating gorgeous views for residents. Dobbs Ferry has many large historic homes but also a quaint downtown offering real estate from single family homes to apartment rentals. Dobbs Ferry also believes in the importance of community.The village offers several programs for everyone from children to senior citizens as well as hosting summer long events in town. One of the favorites for Dobbs Ferry residents is the weekly, evening jazz concert held for the public.
Hastings-on-Hudson is celebrated for its recreational programs. A few of the current recreational activities include: Hillside Woods which provide great hiking and bike trails, Sugar Pond which becomes a great ice rink during the winter months, numerous playing fields and pools, a gorgeous downtown and the historical site of artist James Cropsey's studio. Hastings-on-Hudson has also created a website just in the celebration of art. The site, www.tjallan.com lists local artists as well as their art.
Irvington is an affluent village that is sometimes known as Irvington-on-Hudson and within its boundaries also houses the small community of Ardsley-on-Hudson. Irvington is known for its various historical sites, short commute to Manhattan but also the school system which was ranked #91 in the top 100 high schools in the nation by U.S. World & New Report. Irvington is also home to several historically relevant and visually stunning pieces of architecture both in public spaces and private homes. Some of these include The Octagon House, McVickar House, Cosmopolitan Building, Villa Lewaro and several more scattered throughout the village.
Tarrytown, carrying on the historic Hudson River theme fulfills all the same expectations. A little north of the town is the small well known village of Sleepy Hollow. While at this time they are two separate villages there has been much discussion about combining the towns due to the fact that they have shared the same school system for the past 55 years. Both towns are filled with gorgeous historic buildings and homes as well as many fantastic restaurants, theatres and stores.
While all of these villages have their own personality there is a common thread, the stunning beauty of the Hudson River, short and easily accessible train ride to Manhattan (a station can be found in each village), beautiful historic architecture and a genuine appreciation for the arts, education and the overall culture of each community.