The Village of Briarcliff Manor is located in northern Westchester along the Hudson River. A part of the original Philipsburg Manor, it grew into two separate hamlets; Scarborough and Whitson’s Corner, which later became known as the Village of Briarcliff. This rustic, residential environment is within easy commuting distance to Manhattan.
The Village’s Central Business District is a quaint, tree-lined commercial area offering charming shops, restaurants and convenient services. With brick sidewalks, free parking and period street lighting, the area is one of the most desirable in the region.
One of the proudest accomplishments of the Village of Briarcliff Manor has been its ability to carefully and creatively balance development with the preservation of open space and the Village’s historic character. In fact, the Village itself owns and maintains over 172 acres of active and passive parkland.
Briarcliff has retained its friendly atmosphere as it continues to grow into one of Westchester’s most sought after communities. The village offers a variety of housing options-turn-of-the-century estates with dramatic river views, classic center hall colonials, contemporaries, new construction and condominiums can all be found.
Local Highways: Taconic State Parkway, Rte 9A and 9, Saw Mill Parkway, Rte 100
Distance to NYC: 33 miles
Area: 5.75 sq miles
Population: 8,215 (2018)
Commuters of Briarcliff can reach Grand Central Station within 42 minutes on the Hudson Line of Metro North Railway from the Scarborough Train Station, located at 156 Scarborough Station Road. It is 5-7 minutes from the village center.
B. C. Taxi: 914.941.7080
- Westchester County Airport is a 25 minute drive.
Small in size, students attend three award-winning schools at the Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District, recipients of the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
Visit the many parks Briarcliff Manor has to offer, including Scarborough Park on the banks of the Hudson River near the Scarborough Train Station. This slip of a park is a quiet place to relax, fish and feed the geese.
The Briarcliff Manor Public Library is located on the eastern edge of Law Memorial Park, and offers computer classes, book discussion groups, programs for children, teens and adults, a children’s room and a local history collection. The library is housed in a tudor-style train station built in 1909, having been renovated and expanded throughout the years. It also houses the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society, the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department, and the William J. Vescio Community Center.
Bike and walk the North-South County Trailway, a paved, multi-use trail spanning 36.2 miles through Westchester County, 22.1 miles comprise the North County Trailway, from Eastview in the Town of Greenburgh north to Putnam County. The remaining 14.1 miles, south to the New York City border make up the South County.
Play golf at the new public course at Hudson Hills in Ossining, Hollow Brook Golf Club in Cortlandt Manor, and on the private course at Hudson National Golf Course in Croton-on-Hudson 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.
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.
Take a tour of Van Cortlandt Manor, an estate located in Croton-on-Hudson that dates back to the 1600’s. Part of the Historic Hudson Valley, the Manor began as a 220-acre home and farm run by Stephanus Van Cortlandt, a Dutch settler.
The Jacob Burns Film Center opened in 2001 on the site of the old Rome Theater in the village of Pleasantville. JBFC is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema in a beautiful new facility. Leading actors, directors, screenwriters are frequent speakers at events.
Shop for groceries at the ACME Market in the Chilmark Shopping Center on Pleasantville Road, or Greens Natural Foods on North State Road with a full range of organic produce, baked goods and prepared foods.
There are many dining choices: enjoy wonderful Italian lunches and dinners at Orfino’s Restaurant, Briarcliff’s social meeting place; The Patio is the place to go for a casual lunch and a must for brunch with its incredible waffles; stop at Donato’s Trattoria for a slice of pizza; the best hamburgers are at Squire’s of Briarcliff on North State Road; for bagels, go to Briarcliff Market and Deli on Pleasantville Road.
For authentic Mexican cuisine, head on over to Maya Riviera Bar & Restaurant on North State Road; In addition to a dining room and private banquet area, there is a Bar and Lounge as well as outdoor patio.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns is an extraordinary newcomer. Located on the Rockefeller property (known as Kykuit), in nearby Pocantico, uses food grown on their grounds. Dining at Blue Hill is an unforgettable experience.
Cortlandt Town Center on Rte 6 in Mohegan Lake is a 30 minutes drive to over 40 stores, including Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, various clothing stores and restaurants, and a 12-screen Regal UA Theater.
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