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Get to know Rye

Settled in 1660, Westchester’s smallest city has always provided a nautical nest for the maritime-inclined. Gracing the deep blue shores of the Long Island Sound, this once-upon-a-time oystering community has unfurled into a sophisticated albeit leisurely suburb, a picturesque contrast from New York’s concrete bones that’s just a train ride away. Along the harbor, and over by the beach, a spectrum of slope-roofed cottages, columned Colonials and modern stone manors stake their claims amongst forsythia, hydrangeas and cherry blossoms. Rye Playland, with its trestle-y Dragon Coaster and art deco flourishes, is the nation's only county-run amusement park and a beloved relic of old-fashioned seaside fun. Distant sailboats dot the sound in summertime, and in town you’ll find redbrick store fronts filled with all the treasures to top off a linen-lined picnic basket. A serene wildlife sanctuary on the water provides serenity for visitors and ducks, shaded at sunset with blazing pink hues.

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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.