Bustling and active with new development, Port Chester is Westchester’s biggest village. Located on Long Island Sound, Port Chester was a thriving port from the earliest days of the newly minted republic. Today, positioned between New York and Connecticut and the juncture of every major highway along the Sound, it’s become a destination for shopping and dining. Historically, like many ports, it has always had an abundance of newcomers-a tradition that continues today with a vibrant multi-cultural ambiance in which it takes great pride. For its residents, Port Chester offers affordable, charming housing, access to the water, many recreational programs and extensive educational resources.
Village of Port Chester within the Town of Rye
Local Highways: Rt. 1, I-95, I- 287
Distance to NYC: 25 miles
Area: 2.4 sq miles
Population: 28,000 (2000 census)
Commuters from Port Chester can reach Grand Central by using the Port Chester Train Station on the New Haven line of Metro North Railroad. The Port Chester train takes about 38 minutes and is located at 3 Broad Street, between 186 Westchester Avenue and Irving Avenue. Port Chester Station Parking: Village operated: commuter capacity: 150 cars. Call 914-939-5226 for information. Additional parking for 669 cars is available. Call 888-682-PARK for information. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go to www.mta.info
A Bee-Line bus stops at the Port Chester Train Station for Routes 13, 61 and 73. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules.
Port Chester is serviced by the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District which consists of four elementary schools-John F. Kennedy Magnet School, Thomas A. Edison, the King Street and Park Avenue Elementary Schools; and, Port Chester Middle School and High School.
You can also check the website of New York State Education Department for a full school report on Port Chester schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
Brunswick SchoolPreK-12 Boys(203) 625-5800
Greenwich AcademyPreK-12 Girl(203) 625-8900
French American SchoolPreK-10(914) 834-3002
The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128
Keio Academy of New York9-12(914) 694-4825
Rye Country Day SchoolPreK-12(914) 967-1417
Windward School1-12 + SpEd914-949-6968
Convent of the Sacred HeartPreK-12 Girls(203) 531-6500
Corpus Christi SchoolPreK-8(914) 937-4407
Holy Rosary SchoolK-8(914) 939-1021
Iona Grammar SchoolPreK-8 boys(914) 633-7744
Iona Preparatory School9-12 boys(914) 632-0714
Our Lady of MercyK-8(914) 939-2963
Sacred Heart Academy of Stamford9-12 Girls(203) 323-3173
School of the Holy Child5-12 Girls(914) 967-5622
Solomon SchechterK-12(914) 948-3111
Trinity Catholic High School9-12(203) 322-3401
Westchester Day SchoolPreK-8(914) 698-8900
- Port Chester residents have the use of Oakland Beach located on Forest Avenue as well as Rye Town Park with 62 acres of preserved land with mature plantings, a duck pond and other recreational areas.
- Also available to Port Chester residents is Crawford Park, a 35 acre estate donated to the town by the Crawford family upon the death of Mrs. Edna Crawford. It includes the mansion which was the family home built in 1910 and playgrounds, ball fields, and picnic areas.
- Nearby SUNY/Purchase has numerous concerts, art exhibits and workshops open to the public.
- Owned by Westchester County, Rye Playland is an art-deco amusement park that is a historic landmark. In the summer Playland has over 100 rides, a beach and live entertainment and skating in three rinks in the winter.
- The Port Chester Council for the Arts offers classes, adult theater workshops, productions and other special events throughout the year.
- The Port Chester Recreation Department has a variety of programs for children and adults. Port Chester Day Camp is a six-week camp open to children from 6-12. The Columbus Park restoration project will provide a synthetic turf for soccer. The YMCS has an indoor pool and outdoor pool can be found at Saxon Woods.
- Port Chester is part of the South East Consortium for Special Services which provides recreational activities to residents with disabilities. An extensive program for senior activities is also available.
- The Port Chester Library at 1 Haseco Avenue has over 61,000 publications and offers numerous special programs for patrons of all ages.
- With over eighty restaurants, Port Chester has become a Mecca for diners.
- For home-style Mexican try Coyote Flaco known for its great margaritas.
- Port Chester’s abundance of great Southern Italian restaurants with devoted followings reflects its Italian heritage.Per Voi, Marianacci’s-a part of the Port Chester scene for decades, Hostaria Mazzei, and Piero’s-a small neighborhood place that people come from all over Westchester to try-are among the most notable.
- Willet House is Port Chester’s classic steak house with great service and a clubby atmosphere.
- New favorites include Sonora and Pacifico, both getting rave reviews for their innovative Nuevo Latino cuisine and exotic drinks menu. F.I.S.H. is also stretching the limits of the imagination with its Mediterranean seafood dishes and beautiful setting on the Byram River. In the fun department, is Café Mirage offering an eclectic menu at hours more typical of Soho than Westchester.
- For more serious shopping, Port Chester is now a destination with recently completed stores like Home Depot, Pathmark, Costco, Marshals, Super Stop & Shop, Kohl’s Department Store, Bed Bath and Beyond with more to come.
- For boutiques and gifts, the downtown has several charming shops as well as those in Rye and Greenwich.
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