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Get to know Larchmont

First settled as a beach resort, Larchmont is a leafy coastal suburb where it’s not impossible to commute by boat, though most opt for the half-hour ride on Metro-North’s New Haven Lane. Residential street names honor the Beech, Cherry, and Chestnut trees adorning its neighborhoods, but it’s the noble Larch, a grandiose Scottish cousin of the Evergreen planted at its historic Manor House, that gives the village its name. Part of larger Mamaroneck, Larchmont is unique in having two central business districts: the primary cluster along Boston Post Road and an ancillary one by the train station fringed with pre-war apartment houses, sharing a glorious seasonal hydrangea bloom. Larchmont Manor, one of Westchester’s most treasured waterfront neighborhoods, abounds with Queen Anne and Shingle Style classics. Its iconic gazebo offers prime yacht-watching, but the best regatta might be inland in Larchmont Gardens, where local families race hundreds of rubber mallards down the brook each May for their “KenDucky Derby.”

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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.