Known as Westchester’s Soho, the City of Peekskill is a thriving artist’s colony. With a little less than 25,000 residents who live in a mix of urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods, Peekskill has popular new restaurants, galleries and antique stores-making it a new shopping and strolling destination. Peekskill is located forty-one miles north of New York City in the northwestern corner of Westchester along the Hudson River. Dramatic vistas of the Hudson Highlands and the Bear Mountain Bridge make this one of the most beautiful parts of the River. Peekskill is a historic Hudson River town-the site many significant events, including those of the Revolutionary War, the only Westchester stop Lincoln made on the way to his Inauguration, and a famous Williams Jennings Bryant speech made from the porch of the now renovated Standard House. Historic public buildings, artist’s lofts, Victorian mansions, lovely new condominium complexes are all found in the downtown area. The completed Riverfront Green Park, a waterfront park at the site of the Metro-North train station is only one phase of the extensive plan to develop and reclaim the waterfront.
City of Peekskill website: http://www.ci.peekskill.ny.us/index.cfm
City of Peekskill
Local Highways: Rts. 6 & 9 and Bear Mt. Parkway
Distance to NYC: 41 miles
Area: 5.6 sq miles
Commuters from Peekskill can reach Grand Central in 55 minutes on the Hudson line of Metro North Railroad. The Peekskill Train Station is located at 300 Railroad Avenue. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go to www.mta.info. Station parking: commuter capacity: 488 cars. Call 914-737-3400 for information on permit parking.
Connecting Services: Connecting Services: A Bee-Line bus stop at the Peekskill Train Station for: Routes 16 and 18. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules.
Peekskill is serviced by the local Peekskill City School District. It consists of the Uriah Hill-early childhood center, Hillcrest, Oakside and Woodside -elementary schools and Peekskill Middle School and Peekskill High School.
You can also check the website of New York State Education Department for the full school report on Peekskill schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128
The Harvey School6-12(914) 232-3161
The Masters SchoolPreK-12(914) 693-0128
Our Lady of the AssumptionK-8(914) 737-0680
St. Ann’s SchoolPreK-8(914) 941-0312
St Augustine’s SchoolPreK-8(914) 232-1200
John F Kennedy High School9-12(914) 941.3849
- The Paramount Center for the Arts is wonderful resource for the entire region. This stunning space is a historic theater recently renovated and used for regular showings of art house films, theoretical and music performances as well as a gallery space. Stars such as Stanley Tucci and Bernadette Peters have devoted their energy to its success. (914) 739-2333
- The Riverfront Green was the site of the ceremony to name the Hudson River as one of the nation’s American Heritage Rivers. There are playgrounds and picnic areas.
- Kayaking in the Hudson River can be arranged by Atlantic Kayak Tours, located at Annsville Creek Paddle Sports Center. They have everything the kayaker needs including lessons and arranging group tours at different skill levels.
- Boat on the Hudson River from Shattemuc Yacht Club, the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club or Westerly Marina.
- 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.
- Tours of the Artists’ District studios take place every third Saturday. They begin at 10:00 in front of the Paramount Center for the Arts. Call the Flat Iron Gallery for information at 914-734-1894.
- Enjoy Croton Point Park, a 508-acre park on the Hudson River which features hiking, boating, swimming, and camping
- Bike and walk the North Country Trailway, a 20 mile long paved route- former roadbed of the Old Put Railroad.
- Blue Mountain Reservation is a a heavily-wooded, wild 1600 acre park with over fifteen miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking. The Lodge has overnight and eating accommodations.
- Visit the Blue Mountain Reservation, a heavily-wooded, wild 1,600 acre park with over fifteen miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking. You won’t believe you are only forty miles from Times Square. The Lodge has overnight and eating accommodations. http://co.westchester.ny.us/parks.
- The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art has an extensive list of offerings from gallery shows, lectures, a gallery for multi-media events and learning opportunities to engage artists and the community in a diaglogue. The New York Times recently reviewed a show as, ‘first rate museum grade.’
- Take a tour of the Historic Hudson Valley properties of Van Cortlandt Manor, an estate located in Croton which dates back to the 1600’s, Philipsburg Manor, the pre-Revolutionary home and working farm in Sleepy Hollow and Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home in nearby Pocantico Hills.
- Thirty scenic minutes away is the Military Academy at West Point, just over the Bear Mountain Bridge. On the way, plan to stop for lunch and antiquing in atmospheric Cold Spring.
- The Field Library, Peekskill’s public library has over 80,000 books, 300 periodicals and an extensive collection of items on local history. They have many programs for all ages.
- Play golf at the new public course at Hudson Hills in Ossining and Hollowbrook Golf Course in Cortlandt Manor and on the private course at Hudson National in Croton which allows village residents with a qualifying handicap to play. Other nearby private clubs include The Sleepy Hollow Country Club and The Trump National Golf Club.
- Peekskill has wonderful restaurants for every budget and palate. Zeph’s eclectic New American cuisine is one of Zagat’s most highly rated restaurants in Westchester. Susan’s Restaurant, one of the pioneers to create the Division Street scene, has a fresh, interesting menu and a warm, welcoming ambiance. Kathleen’s Tea Room offers a traditional English tea complete with Devon cream and cucumber sandwiches. The tea and the quaint charm are unbeatable. On a warm summer afternoon you can have a glass of wine and burger overlooking the Hudson at Kelly’s in the train station.
- On the outskirts of Peekskill is Montverde, an elegant mansion perched on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. The owner of Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia recently bought it. The cuisine may now even surpass its gorgeous setting. Juliana’s, on Watch Hill Road in Cortlandt Manor, is a great neighborhood bistro with excellent fish, pasta and steaks. La Fortuna, also in Cortlandt Manor, has superb Northern Italian food and an excellent wine list.
- Great for browsing is Bruised Apple Books on Central Avenue-one of the largest used bookstores in the region.
- Along the Division Street strip are several antique stores. Try Retrovato Consignments and Collectibles, The Nelson House Antiques, or Past & Present.
- Downtown Peekskill has several galleries that have a range of styles and prices-The Upper View Gallery/Studio, the Flat Iron Gallery, Maxwell Fine Arts, Gallerie Jjenth, Driftwood Gallery are only a few.
- Cole’s Market on Rt 9A in Montrose is an old-fashioned butcher and country market, renowned for the highest quality meats and fish and produce
- WalMart, Home Depot, Office Max, Pier 1, Linen n’ Things, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy are located on Route 6 in Cortlandt Manor
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