Greenburgh, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Ardsley, Elmsford, and Hartsdale
Hastings on Hudson, Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford and Hartsdale are some of the many villages comprising the lower Hudson Valley, and are all part of the town of Greenburgh. They are all rich in colonial heritage and some are situated along the Hudson River, providing unsurpassed vistas. Historically interesting sites and buildings are spread throughout the area.
All of the villages within the town of Greenburgh benefit from its vast wealth of community amenities, including parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, community centers, libraries and nature preserves. Shopping is abundant along the Central Avenue corridor as well as in the villages themselves. Several commuter stations of Metro North whisk passengers to midtown in 40 minutes or less.
Hastings-on-Hudson, situated 19 miles from New York City, was incorporated in 1879. The village offers an abundance of arts and recreational opportunities. The oldest golf course in the United States, St. Andrew's, is a spectacular private facility. There is public golf as well, and two yacht clubs along the Hudson River. The downtown business district, awarded "Best Main Street" in 2008 by Westchester magazine, is comprised of a variety of mom-and-pop shops, casual and refined eateries, and well-established businesses. New waterfront parks and restaurants add to the village's allure.
Irvington is named for the renowned author, Washington Irving, who lived in a cottage on Sunnyside Lane from 1835 to 1859. Village residents take pride in the fact that the business district remains quaint and complete with essential shopping. Town Hall, a handsomely restored Classical Revival building, is resplendent with tiffany stained glass windows, courtesy of its former namesake resident. Restored factory buildings along the village's waterfront house upscale businesses, and scenic parks abound.
Dobbs Ferry was named for Jan Dobbs, who used to ferry people across the Hudson River to Sneden's Landing. It was incorporated with the Town of Greenburgh in 1783 and combines spectacular views with charming neighborhoods. Its view of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Palisades makes it difficult to comprehend its close proximity, just 20 miles, to New York City. A vibrant downtown combines casual pubs and restaurants with specialty retail shops and artists' galleries. Outdoors enthusiasts are drawn to Dobbs Ferry for its waterfront park, to hike along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway, or hit the fairways at Ardsley Country Club's championship golf course.
Ardsley, while not directly along the Hudson, has grown into a thriving suburban community replete with single-family and condominium residences, a small downtown business district, and its share of recreational options, even including skateboard lessons! Ashford Park offers tennis courts, ball fields and a skatepark, McDowell Park has 4 baseball diamonds, and a variety of programs from youth to seniors are offered at the community center. Befitting its small-town spirit, the village sponsors an annual village garage sale and Ardsley Day celebration.
The one square mile of Elmsford, once a rural hamlet, is now a hub of activity. It boasts many business and industrial parks, restaurants, and entertainment options including movie theaters, a skating academy and the Westchester Broadway Theater offering the finest in local dinner theater.
Hartsdale is a hamlet of just over 3 square miles, with a population of almost 10,000. It is the home of two well-known "firsts": the home of the first Carvel ice cream store that stood from 1934 until 2008, and America's first pet cemetery where many famous canines have been laid to rest. Hartsdale has two distinct shopping districts, the cozy downtown area near the train station, and the expansive strip of Central Park Avenue. Housing includes numerous cooperative and condominium complexes, and single-family homes in a variety of neighborhoods with names like Poet's Corners, Orchard Hill, and Windsor Park. The area also boasts two working farms, several large parks, and the Hart's Brook Nature Preserve.