It experienced its greatest surge of growth with the building of the New York and Hudson Railroad, enabling residents of ‘the City’ to move north. Dobbs Ferry was one of the first villages to reclaim the river by creating the lovely Waterfront Park.
Dobbs Ferry is a quaint village with a bustling downtown and mix of housing from mansions to modest single family homes, luxurious new river front condos as well as those of older vintage, and co-ops.
Commuters from Dobbs Ferry can reach Grand Central Station in 32 minutes on the Hudson line of Metro North Railroad. The Dobbs Ferry Train Station is located at 11 Station Plaza between High Street and Palisades Street across from Waterfront Park.
Station Parking: Commuter capacity: 576 cars. Twelve-hour meter parking is also available for residents. Call 914-693-5500 for information on Permit Parking.
Connecting Services: A Bee-Line bus stop at the Dobbs Ferry Train Station for: Routes 1C, 1T, 1W,6 and 66. Call for more information 914-813-7777.
Dobbs Ferry Taxi 914-693-9449
Knapp McCarthy Taxi 914-332-8294
As one of the first high schools in Westchester County to offer the challenging and prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program, the Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District is focused on mastering the 21st Century skills that they will need to be successful in college and careers in the new global economy.
Springhurst Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-693-1503
Dobbs Ferry Middle School (grades 6-8) 914-693-1500
Dobbs Ferry High School (grades 9-12) 914-693-1500
For a full school report on Dobbs Ferry schools, please visit New York State Education Department.
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.
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 Waterfront Park in nearby Dobbs Ferry, a beautiful eight-plus acre park along the banks of the Hudson.
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, located on Main Street in Tarrytown. One of Westchester’s oldest surviving theaters, it was built in 1885, and it continues to be a venue for some of today’s most popular entertainers and productions.
The Dobbs Ferry Public Library, originally created in 1899 and and redesigned in 2003 by Peter Gisolfi, has superb views of the river. Many programs, including a story hour, are offered to the public.
Half Moon is well-known throughout the county for one of the best water views of any Westchester restaurant. Primarily known for its seafood, Half Moon’s patio is a great place to nurse a martini while taking in the views of the Palisades and Manhattan skyline.
Sushi Mike’s is a Dobbs Ferry institution whose loyal patrons claim it’s the best sushi around. It’s open for lunch and dinner and is always packed.
On Cedar Street you’ll find Caffelatte, an old fashioned Italian coffee bar, Tomatillo, a California influenced Mexican cuisine made with locally grown produce and has a wide array of microbrews, JJ Beans Cafe, Go Greenly (not just yogurt), and Piccola Trattoria.
Around the corner on Main Street is Sushi Niji, another Japanese sushi restaurant.
Cary’s Pharmacy offers “small town” friendly and helpful service.
Every Fall, crowds pack the streets for the Annual Dobbs Ferry Festa, a community sponsored event that celebrates local businesses; there are jumping castles for children, live music, food, art and crafts. It has become a village tradition.
Dobbs Ferry’s numerous galleries, including the Upstream Gallery, Deerstooth Murals, Dobbs Ferry Pottery, and The Donald Gallery in the South Presbyterian Church make it an active center for the arts.
The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus)
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