It’s easy to imagine yourself living in the latter half of the 19th century when strolling the sidewalks of Katonah. Many of the homes and stores are from the 19th century and the village retains the character of an earlier era. The larger area of Bedford, Katonah village, lies within the Bedford municipality and was part of Connecticut prior to 1700. In 1680, 22 men from Stanford purchased the majority of the land that now makes up Bedford from the Native American chiefs. One of the chiefs was Katoonah from which the village takes its name. The village itself has a fascinating history. The original town was located a mile to the north of present day Katonah. In the 1890’s, to satisfy their growing need for water, The City of New York purchased the lands and condemned the original village to make way for the Croton Reservoir. Rather than just abandon their community, the residents formed a syndicate, bought land to south, and then moved their houses and business to its new location Today, Katonah offers a unique blend of suburban sophistication and New England small town charm. Many of the homes and buildings that were moved are now part of a thriving shopping area now line Katonah Avenue, the primary shopping area in the center of town. The old train station from the 19th century is now a restaurant; a modern station is one block north. Katonah is a one-hour commute to Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.
Katonah village is in the Town of Bedford
Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Taconic Parkway, I-684
Distance to NYC: 45 miles
Area: 25 sq miles
Population: approx. 2,463
Commuters from Katonah are able to reach Grand Central Station within an hour from several nearby stations on Metro North’s Harlem Line. Katonah station is at 70 Katonah Avenue, the Bedford Hills Station is located on 46 Depot Plaza, and the Mount Kisco station can be found at 1 Kirby Plaza. All stations offer a variety of parking options. Visit www.mta.info for more information.
Connecting services: There is a Beeline # 19 bus stop at all three stations which runs between Katonah and Ossining. See www.beelinebus.com for a schedule.
Airport: Westchester (20 Min)
The village of Katonah is serviced by the Katonah-Lewisboro School System. Katonah Elementary has grades K-5. The John Jay Middle School (grades 6-8) John Jay High School is located about 15 minutes away in the hamlet of Cross River on a beautiful 55-acre campus.
You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for the full school report on Katonah schools at http://emsc33.nysed.gov/repcrd2004/links/c66_dist
The Hackley SchoolPreK-12(914) 631-0128
The Masters SchoolPreK-12(914) 693-0128
Rye Country Day SchoolPreK-12(914) 967-1417
The Harvey School6-12(914) 232-3161
Archbishop Stepinac High School9-12 boys(914) 946-4800
Fordham Preparatory School9-12(718) 367-7500
Good Counsel AcademyK-8(914) 761-4423
Good Counsel High School9-12(914) 949-0178
Solomon SchechterK-12(914) 948-3111
St. Josephs Parochial SchoolK-12(914) 277-3783
St. Patricks Parochial SchoolPreK-8(914) 234-7914
John F Kennedy High School9-12(914) 941.3849
- Katonah is known as an equestrian paradise with an extensive system of riding trails maintained by the Bedford Riding Lanes Assoc. (BRLA)
- John Jay Homestead, a New York State historic site, is located on Rte 22 in Katonah. Open for tours Wednesday to Sunday from mid-April to end of October.
- The Katonah Museum of Art located on Rte 22 features rotating collections of fascinating exhibits, a tranquil sculpture garden, and an interactive learning center for children
- Visit Caramoor Center for Music and Arts on Girdle Ridge Road Sept-May and attend indoor concerts. During the summer, two outdoor theaters feature the world’s finest classical and jazz musicians in a dramatically beautiful setting. House Museum features collection of Renaissance and Eastern art Afternoon tea is offered on Thursday and Friday in combination with museum tours.
- Katonah Village Library is located within walking distance from the village center.
- Movie theaters are located in Mt. Kisco, Cortlandt Town Center, and Danbury CT.
- Peach Lake in North Salem is the only lake in Westchester that allows motorized water sports such as waterskiing and jetskiing.
- Enjoy hiking and walking at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westmoreland Sanctuary, The Henry Morgenthau Preserve and Mianus River Gorge Preserve. Canine members of the family can play at Bedford D.O.G., a seventeen acre dog park complete with off-leash trails and an agility training course.
- Grocery shopping: A&P on Bedford Road and in Goldens Bridge on Rte 22 and specialty gourmet markets like Scagliose and the Village Market.
- The Westchester Mall is 15 minutes away in White Plains (Bloomingdales, Nordstrom’s, Nieman Marcus)
- The Danbury Fair Mall is twenty minutes away and houses over one hundred stores including Sears and Macy’s.
- Home Depot is 30 minutes away in both Yonkers or Cortlandt Town Center
- Katonah restaurants include Italian cuisine at Peppino’ located in the former Katonah train station, the local diner The Blue Dolphin, the Katonah Grill on Bedford Road offers American cuisine and local favorite the Katonah Restaurant on Katonah Avenue offers great food all day long.
- Bistro Twenty-two is an elegant restaurant with a fabulous wine list and continental cuisine in the heart of Bedford Village. 234-7333.
- In Banksville on the Bedford-Banksville Road is romantic La Cremaillere, consistently rated as one of the best French restaurants in Westchester.
- Meetinghouse on Court Street in Bedford Village has casual, but excellent American fare-its diverse menu’s full range of hearty appetizers and main courses, as well as mouthwatering desserts offer patrons a most satisfying dining experience.
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