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Dobbs Ferry

Dobbs Ferry is a true River Town – the descriptive term for Westchester villages dotting the Hudson River’s eastern bank. Located on the Hudson River only twenty miles north of New York City, the village experienced its greatest surge of growth with the building of the New York and Hudson Railroad, enabling residents of ‘the City’ to move north.

The Hudson River waterfront, with generous open spaces, tree-lined streets, a traditional downtown, and a hillside setting all play a part in defining Dobbs Ferry’s identity; a historic, riverfront village, founded more than 300 years ago.

Dobbs Ferry boasts a diverse community – both economically and ethnically – and is diverse in character of its many distinct residential neighborhoods. It is, first and foremost, a residential community, and those who live here do so primarily because they value the physical and social qualities of the neighborhoods where they and their families make their lives.

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, Dobbs Ferry has something for everyone.

Town Facts


Commuters from Dobbs Ferry Train Station can reach Grand Central Station in 32 minutes on the Hudson line of Metro North Railroad.


  • Commuter capacity: 469 spaces at the Riverfront Lot.

  • Annual Resident Commuter Parking Permits are available at the Police Station.

  • Metered Parking in effect Mon-Friday 6:00 am to Midnight. Saturday and Sundays are Free.






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.

For a full school report on Dobbs Ferry UFSD, please visit New York State Education Department.




  • Dobbs Ferry has many parks and facilities for its residents:
    • The Embassy Community Center is used for youth, teen and senior citizen programs. *currently closed for renovations*

    • Gould Park is an 8 acre park containing a basketball court, playground, pool facility, softball/ baseball field, football/soccer field, volleyball net and bathroom facilities. It is currently being expanded with a new pool, playgrounds, and green space for all residents to enjoy.

    • Juhring Nature Preserve is Dobbs Ferry’s largest park. The 76 acre, pristine woodland preserve is located in the northeast corner of the village and offers residents a passive recreational area for hiking, walking, dog walking, biking, nature study, bird watching and pure enjoyment of the great outdoors (trail map).

    • Memorial Park is a 3.5 acre park containing a basketball court, playground, wading pool, little league field, bocce ball court and bathroom facilities. Home to the Recreation Department. They also offer Summer Camp and After Schoolprograms.

    • Waterfront Park is the village’s greatest asset; a 10 acre recreation area overlooking the Hudson River. This newly updated park contains a playground, covered stage, fishing pier, bathroom facilities, exercise equipment, boat dock and picnic area. This public park also hosts a variety of community events and concerts.

  • The Dobbs Ferry Historical Society has teamed up with Walkabout to create a self-guided walking tour of village highlights.

  • Hike, bird watch, jog, stroll and cross-country ski at the Rockefeller Preserve in nearby Pleasantville. The 1,233 acre state park has 22 miles of  crushed stone carriage roads along rivers, woods, and a 24-acre lake with panoramic vistas (trail map). Horseback riding and carriage driving require a fee permit. Fishing permitted in Pocantico River and Swan Lake in season. The preserve also hosts many events throughout the year.

  • 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 Aqueductwhich runs from Croton-on-Hudson South through downtown Ossining and Dobbs Ferry on its way to Yonkers.

  • Boat on the Hudson River from the Irvington Boat and Beach Club or Tarrytown Boat & Yacht Club.

  • Take a tour the Historic Hudson Valley properties of Sunnyside (the Washington Irving residence), 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 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, created in 1899 and redesigned in 2003 by Peter Gisolfi, has superb views of the river. There are many programs for children, teens and adults.


  • Local supermarkets include Stop & Shop, next door in Ardsley is DeCicco & Sons, and the Ardsley Market Fresh is an upscale, gourmet deli offering a wide variety of fresh produce and deli items.

  • Dobbs Ferry has become a “restaurant destination”: The Cookery and Cedar Street Grill consistently receive rave reviews from local food critics and the New York Times; 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; Piccola Trattoria seasonal menu features an array of homemade pastas such as cannelloni, gnocchi and pappardelle; on Main Street is Sushi Niji, another Japanese sushi restaurant known for its variety in taste and high quality fresh ingredients; The Ferryman Cafe  is a cornerstone in the Dobbs Ferry community and has been recognized for its outstanding cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff; Lombardo’s offers artisanal pizzas, chef salads and authentic Italian eats.

  • Fiamor Boutique on Cedar Street is more than a trendy, Euro-centric fashion boutique; it offers an on-site clothing design course for fashion as well as tailoring and custom ordering; Audrey & Evans is located on Main Street  and offers upscale merchandise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rivertowns Square is Westchester County’s new open-air village of retail, restaurants, cinema and lodging right in Dobbs Ferry.

  • The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, and many others).

  • The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in nearby Yonkers is a stylish theater chain for new & classic films featuring cocktails & creative bites served seat-side.

  • Stew Leonard’s, Costco and Home Depot are nearby just off I-87 in Yonkers.

Market profiles are prepared in collaboration with real estate agents who either live or work in the town they write about.


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