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Get to know Dobbs Ferry

Dobbs Ferry could seem a simple, picket-fence perfect riverside den relishing in the comfortable conveniences of suburbia. There’s a mom-and-pop pharmacy, red-sauce joints around since the fifties, and quiet streets that conveniently drain into the tree-topped parkways. But this vibrant Lower Westchester community is so much more than that. Here, one can browse galleries, sip plant-based elixirs at a Brooklynesque pop-up shop or check in for an acupuncture tune up. The array of restaurants in Dobbs are some of the best around, with a variety of cuisines served up everywhere from rock-walled courtyards to waterfront terraces. Artisan energy revels in the sun-drenched corridors of the Hudson River Landing, now a conglomerate of co-working crafters, artists and professionals. Midtown Manhattan is just 30-odd minutes away by train, but Dobbs Ferry’s captivating ingenuity will make the Metro-North station seem more ornamental than vital.

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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.