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Get to know Bronxville

One of the closest communities in Westchester to New York City, Bronxville shares little with its similar-sounding borough beyond their first five letters, a river, and its eponymous parkway, followed by a paved bike trail that’s just gushing with flora and fauna. Look below the surface of this buttoned-up suburb and you’ll find historic links to America’s greatest creative minds, from muralist Violet Oakley to beat generation luminary Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Modern Bronxville took shape at the hands of developer William Lawrence, who built a hilltop cluster of artful homes by such noteworthy architects as William Bates and Charles Lewis Bowman, perfectly shelved on yellow brick roads. You’ll find the latter still standing proud, soaring above a cultured business district with upscale clothiers, courtyard trattorias, a charming bookshop and a coffee house straight out of Dead Poet’s Society, beloved by professionals and Sarah Lawrence collegiates alike.

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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 the city. 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.