Croton On Hudson
Croton-on-Hudson is located in Westchester County thirty five miles north of New York City and runs along eight miles of Hudson River shoreline. Situated at the confluence of the Croton and Hudson Rivers, the topography of the village affords dramatic views of Haverstraw Bay and the Croton River Gorge. Beautiful vistas, riverfront parks and extensive wooded areas characterize this picturesque and historic village. Known as an artists colony, this best kept secret is quickly becoming THE hot spot of Westchester.
Village of Croton-on-Hudson is part of the Town of Cortlandt.
Village area: 4.88 square miles
Population: 7,606 (2000 census)
Distance to NYC: 35 miles
Local Highways: Taconic Parkway, Route 9 and 9A
The local Metro-North train station, Croton Harmon, is the hub of the Hudson River line. Express trains are 48 minutes. The parking lot is the largest in Westchester. Village residents automatically get a parking permit. Outside the village, there may be a wait list for permits. There is daily parking. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go to www.mta.info
Station Parking Capacity: 1,973 cars
Connecting Service: Bee-Line (914) 813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules.
Taxi Service: J&S Taxi (914) 271-3333 and Larry’s Taxi (914) 271-3777
Croton is serviced by the local Croton-Harmon School District, with one elementary (Carrie E. Tompkins), middle (Pierre Van Cortlandt grades 6-8) and high school (Croton-Harmon). For more information on the school district, you can access their website www.croton-harmonschools.org. You can also check the website of New York State Education Department for the full school report on Croton-on-Hudson schools athttp://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128
The Masters SchoolPreK-12(914) 693-0128
The Harvey School6-12(914) 232-3161
St Augustine’s SchoolPreK-8(914) 232-1200
John F Kennedy High School9-12(914) 941.3849
- Boating on the Hudson River from Croton’s Senesqua Park, Croton Yacht Club and Half Moon Bay Marina
- Hike at Teatown Lake Reservation, an 834-acre nature preserve with 15 miles of hiking trails, a 33-acre lake.
- 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.
- 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.
- Relax on the beach at Silver Lake (located in the heart of the village) and swim in water so clear you can see your toes.
- 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.
- Horseback riding lessons and trail riding can be arranged through area stables such as Beech Hill Farm, Beech Hill Rd, Pleasantville (914) 762-9882 and Fox Hill Farms, 204 Old Sleepy Hollow Rd., Pleasantville, (914) 769-9813.
- Take a tour of Van Cortlandt Manor, an estate located in Croton 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.
- Just a few miles north is Boscobel Restoration on Route 9D in Garrison; a picturesque nineteenth century mansion overlooking the Hudson River offering one of this country’s finest collections of Federal period furniture and decorative arts.
- 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.
- Be entertained at Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown; one of Westchester’s oldest surviving theaters. Built in 1885, it continues to be a venue for some of today’s most popular entertainers and productions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Work out at the New York Sports Club in Croton, the Premier Club in Montrose, and Club Fit in Briarcliff
- Local grocery chains are Shop-Rite and A&P in Croton and Turco’s and the Food Emporium in Yorktown
- Shop Rite offers a grocery delivery service
- Shop at the gourmet grocer Zeytinia’s (open M-Sun 630am-930pm), and Jean-Jacques Bakery (prepared foods are available)
- Dining suggestions are Umami Café (Pan Asian) for something different, Just in Thyme and for a good hamburger Samaria Steak House for great sushi. For more elegant dining try historic Peter Pratt Inn in southern Yorktown or Blue Hill @Stone Barns on the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills
- Homemade ice cream at The Blue Pig, fresh brewed coffee at the Black Cow coffee house, bagels at Bagels-on Hudson, and pizza at Capriccio’s.
- The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
- Home Depot is 15 minutes away at Cortlandt Town Center on Rte 6 in Cortlandt Manor
- The Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets is located about 30 minutes away in Central Valley, New York. Covering an extensive area, it includes 220 designer and brand name outlet shops.
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