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Get to know Ardsley

Ardsley is a small but spirited village in the Town of Greenburgh, loosely bookended by the Sprain Brook and Saw Mill River parkways. While it enjoys a rolling, inland setting in the woods west of Hartsdale, it’s often considered an honorary extension of the River Towns—though not to be confused with adjacent Ardsley-on-Hudson, which lies squarely within the Village of Irvington. There’s a quaint, compact downtown with a surprising array of restaurants, an old-fashioned town clock, and a spanking-new supermarket, surrounded by charming neighborhoods that make an Alpine-like ascent into the hills in all directions. Metro-North commuters have convenient access to both the Hudson and Harlem lines, with express service on the latter available just down the road in Scarsdale. The South County Trailway, which runs on the old Putnam Division rail bed right through town, links Ardsley with a 50+ mile paved recreational corridor stretching from Van Cortlandt Park to Brewster.

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Living in Westchester

Don’t call it upstate. This cosmopolitan county north of New York City is a collective of towns, hamlets and mid-sized cities that put virtually every lifestyle imaginable within an hour’s commute of Manhattan. It’s due north of the Bronx, next door to Connecticut, and the gateway to the Hudson Valley. Metro-North’s Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines make for speedy service into Grand Central — an express ride from many down-county communities runs comparable to the F train from South Brooklyn, with a much sunnier view. Lower Westchester’s villages prioritize convenience, while the verdant horse country to the north is a favored destination for those looking to fade away in privacy. The Hudson and Long Island Sound form its two coasts, conspiring with an inland chain of lakes and reservoirs for unbeatable boating, fishing and other recreational endeavors. Chain stores are noticeably absent from many Main Streets, which run chockablock with character-filled indie shops.