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Irvington

The lovely Village of Irvington in the Town of Greenburgh is located just twenty three miles from New York City. For the past 150 years it has been a favorite country escape for wealthy New Yorkers, and today the village has a reputation as a “commuter town” or a “bedroom community”. In addition to its many large estates on Broadway and in Ardsley Park, modest single family homes and several large condominium complexes can also be found in many sections of Irvington.

From its quaint shops to its beautiful homes and spectacular Hudson River views, Irvington is a classic example of the best of the Historic Hudson River Towns. The village’s Main Street area has been designated a historic district by New York State, and in 2014 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2013, Westchester Magazine ranked Irvington as the “Best Place to Live in Westchester“.

What had been an older industrial complex between the train station and the Hudson River has now been transformed into one of the most successful waterfront development projects in the Hudson River Valley. Scenic Hudson Park provides passive recreation, a playground, and a senior recreation center that was created from a renovated building. Also on the water’s edge is Bridge Street Properties, a charming renovation of nineteenth century industrial warehouses, now home to some of the area’s most innovative businesses and interesting restaurants.


Town Facts

  • Village of Irvington in the Town of Greenburgh

  • Incorporated in 1872

  • Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Routes 9, I-87, I-287

  • Distance to NYC: 23 miles

  • Area: 2.8 sq miles

  • Population: 6,498 (2018)


Transportation

Commuters from the  Irvington Train Station on the Metro North Railroad’s Hudson Line can reach Grand Central Station in 37 minutes.

PARKING

  • 258 spaces, currently a Waitlist. (Permit) (Parking Map)

  • Metered Parking is first-come, first-serve, and in effect Mon-Friday 6:00 am to Midnight.

  • Free parking on Saturdays, Sundays and MNR Holidays

CONNECTING SERVICES

  • There are no connecting services available.

TAXIS

AIRPORT


Education

PUBLIC SCHOOL

Among the most highly rated schools in Westchester County, the Irvington Union Free School District is a nationally recognized Schools for Excellence, with the elementary school designated as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. The High School has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek as one of America’s best public high schools, and accredited by the Tri-State Consortium.

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

PRIVATE SCHOOL

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL


Recreation

  • The Parks and Recreation Department manages the village’s recreational programs and special events for youth, adults, and senior citizens, as well as managing the many local parks for residents to enjoy:

    • Scenic Hudson Park includes 2 regulation ballfields overlain by a regulation soccer field, 2 playground areas, nearly one-mile of pathways, approximately 4.5 acres of open lawns for passive recreation, picnicking and appreciating views of the Hudson Highlands and Hudson River, including a boat launch for non-motorized, car-topped craft. It is also home to the Senior Citizens’ Center.

    • Matthiessen Park is located on the river with a playground, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, bocce court, volleyball net, spray pool, picnic tables and barbecue pits.

    • Memorial Park has two sections: the lower park, known as “Station Road”, offers a playground, spray pool, picnic tables, fitness par course; and the upper park, known as “Memorial”, has 2 ball fields, 1 multi-use field, and 3 illuminated tennis courts (access by online registration only). 

    • Halsey Pond Park is considered the village’s best kept secret; it’s a scenic, tranquil area for passive recreation activities, open daily from dawn to dusk.

    • At 400 Acres, Irvington Woods is one of the largest forested areas in Southern Westchester, and home to the O’Hara Nature Center, the Peter K. Oley Trail Network and the Irvington Reservoir.

  • Hike, bird watch, jog, stroll, dog walk, cross-country ski and snow-shoe at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, a 1,600 acre state park in Sleepy Hollow. It has 55 miles of carriage roads traversing acres of woodlands, fields, wetlands, bridges, and waterways. Horseback riding and carriage driving are allowed, though passes are required. Fishing is permitted with a NYS Fishing License in Swan Lake (bass), and the Pocantico River (grade B trout stream).

  • Graham Hills Park in Mt Pleasant is a 431 acre park geared toward experienced mountain bike riders and hikers who appreciate a rugged and diverse terrain. Considered a premier mountain biking destination, it is one of only three county parks in Westchester open to mountain bikes. (Trail Map)

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

  • Built in 1926, Kingsland Point Park is one of the first parks developed by the Westchester County Parks Commission. Located in nearby Sleepy Hollow, this 18-acre park offers picnic areas, ball fields, hiking, fishing and playgrounds. Adjacent to the park is the historic 19th century Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, open for guided tours several times each year.

  • The Irvington Library has a rich history and is located across the street from the train station in the Burnham Building (on the National Register of Historic Places since 1999). Additionally, the library is responsible for the unique Tiffany Reading Room, one of the few remaining interiors by Louis Comfort Tiffany (a long-time resident of Irvington). The library also has a host of programs for children, tweens/teens and adults.

  • The Irvington Town Hall Theatre is an exact replica of the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C., made famous for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1902, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. As this historic building does not have air conditioning, it is closed during the summer months, but an Improvement Study has been performed and work should be completed by 2022.

  • The nearby Tarrytown Music Hall is one of Westchester’s oldest surviving theaters. Built in 1885, and on the National Register for Historic Places, it continues today to be a venue for some of today’s most popular entertainers and productions.


Shopping/Dining

  • Geordane’s Neighborhood Market on Main Street has been serving farm-to-table since 1988, with an in-house butcher, fabulous coffee bar, and fresh and delicious lunches and dinners. Stop & Shop is a 5 minute drive south in Dobbs Ferry, and a 10 minute drive north in Tarrytown. Also in Tarrytown is Harvest Field Market, offering a huge selection of quality produce, organic products, and a variety of International specialty products.

  • Providing the community with fresh, local produce, direct from field-to-table, is the Irvington Farmers Market, open every Sunday at the Main St School parking lot.

  • The village has many varieties of restaurants to choose from: riverfront Red Hat on the River is a French-American modern bistro with an airy, chic vibe in what was once the boiler room of the former Lord and Burnham factory, with a rooftop lounge and waterside cocktail area; River City Grille offers seasonal menus using the finest ingredients from local sources and around the world, along with an extensive wine selection and outstanding cocktails, offering both indoor and patio dining; MP Taverna is a modern interpretation of a traditional Greek tavern serving updated Greek cuisine in a stylishly renovated 18th-century building, steps from the train station and a stone’s throw from the river; Chutney Masala Indian Bistro offers a wide range of classic and updated Northern Indian dishes in a converted riverside warehouse; La Chinita Poblana offers authentic and traditional Mexican cooking by using only the best fresh ingredients at this upscale Mexican restaurant; Kiku Sushi is a sushi-lovers dream, from hand rolls to sashimi, sushi rolls, tartars and sushi entrees, as well as bento combos, curry dishes, Thai noodles and much more; Sambal Thai & Malay offers classic Thai and Malaysian cooking, plus cocktails and wine in a polished space with a waterfront patio; have a healthy lunch or dinner in a community atmosphere at Suzanne’s Table, serving organic salads, paninis, sandwiches and gourmet suppers, with daily specials.

  • The Black Cat Cafe is a casual hangout serving soups and wraps, plus breakfast bites, espresso drinks and smoothies; BRRZAAR Cafe and Dessert Bar has 2 locations offering organic frozen yogurt with artisanal toppings that change with the season; and the Red Barn Bakery creates traditional 100% organic artisanal pies, tarts, cookies, muffins and biscotti, as well as an assortment of vegan and gluten-free items, in a quaint, gourmet cafe.

  • Shopping choices include Rivertowns Square, a 10 minute drive to Westchester County’s new open-air village of retail, restaurants, cinema and lodging in Dobbs Ferry; The Westchester Mall is a 15 minute drive to White Plains (Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, and many others).

  • A 20 minute drive south brings you to Central Avenue in Yonkers, Westchester’s most diverse shopping street with outlets from just about every major retailer in the country. There is also Stew Leonard’s, Costco and Home Depot, just off I-87.


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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