Located on the Hudson River only twenty miles north of New York City, Dobbs Ferry is a true ‘River Town’-the descriptive term for Westchester villages dotting the river’s eastern bank. It experienced its greatest surge of growth with the building of the New York and Hudson Railroad, enabling residents of ‘the City’ to move north. Dobbs Ferry was one of the first villages to reclaim the river by creating the lovely Waterfront Park. Dobbs Ferry is 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. Website: www.dobbsferry.com and www.greenburghny.com
Village of Dobbs Ferry in town of Greenburgh
Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Routes 9, I-87
Distance to NYC: 20 miles
Area: 2.4 sq miles
Population: 11,000 (2000 census)
Commuters from Dobbs Ferry can reach Grand Central in 32 minutes on the Hudson line of Metro North Railroad. The Dobbs Ferry Train Station is located at 11 Station Plaza between High Street and Palisades Street across from the Waterfront Park. For information on Metro North Railroad fares and schedules go to www.mta.info
Station parking: commuter capacity: 576 cars.
Call 914-693-5500 for information on permit parking. Twelve-hour meter parking is also available
Connecting Services: A Bee-Line bus stop at the Dobbs Ferry Train Station for: Routes 1C, 1T, 1W,6 and 66. Bee-Line info: 914-813-7777 or go to www.beelinebus.com for schedules.
Dobbs Ferry is serviced by the local Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District. It consists of the Dobbs Ferry High School, the Dobbs Ferry Middle School and Springhurst Elementary School. For more information on the school district, you can access their website www.dfsd.org. You can also check the website of New York State Education Department for a full school report on Dobbs Ferry schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128
The Masters School5 -12(914) 693-0128
Immaculate Conception SchoolPreK-8(914) 591-9330
Maria Regina High School9-12 girls(914) 761-3300
St. Ann’s SchoolPK-8(914) 941-0312
St Augustine’s SchoolPreK-8(914) 232-1200
Transfiguration SchoolPreK-8(914) 631-3737
Our Lady of Victory Academy9-12 girls(914) 693-1633
- Boat on the Hudson River from the Irvington or Tarrytown Boat Club.
- Hike, bird watch, jog, stroll and cross-country ski at the Rockefeller Preserve, the 1,233 acre state park on Rt 117 in Sleepy Hollow with 22 miles of carriage paths along rivers, woods, a 24-acre lake and panoramic vistas. Over 180 species of birds have been recorded in the Preserve. Horseback riding and carriage driving require fee permit. Fishing permitted in Swan Lake and the Pocantico River
- 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.
- Visit Waterfront Park in nearby Dobbs Ferry, a beautiful eight-plus acre park along the banks of the Hudson.
- Take a tour the Historic Hudson Valley properties of Sunnyside, the Washington Irving residence in Irvington, 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 as for 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, 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 Dobbs Ferry Library, originally created in 1899 and and redesigned in 2003 by Peter Gisolfi, has superb views of the river. Many programs, including a story hour, are offered to the public.
Dobb’s Ferry has become a “restaurant destination.” The Cookery and Cedar Street Grill consistantly 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 sea food, 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 fashion Italian coffee bar, Tomatillo, California influenced Mexican cuisine made with locally grown produce, JJ Bean-a coffee shop, Grenadine Creperie-a crepe shop, Go Greenly-a frozen yogurt place, Piccola Trattoria
- Around the corner on Main Street is Rich Bean Bakery Café, reminiscent of a city coffee house and Sushi Niji, another Japanese sushi restaurant.
- 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’s Gifts and Home Accessories is located on Main Street and offers upscale merchandise.
- Cary’s Pharmacy offers “small town” friendly and helpful service. 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.
- Dobbs Ferry’s numerous galleries, including the Upstream Gallery, the Main Street Gallery, Deerstooth Murals, Dobbs Ferry Pottery, and the Plotkin Gallery in the South Presbyterian Church make it an active center for the arts.
- The Westchester Mall is 20 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
- Stew Leonard’s, Costco and Home Depot are nearby just off I-87.
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