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Get to know Tarrytown

Tarrytown is perhaps Westchester’s best-known river town, owing its notoriety in no small part to repeated appearances in popular culture across a span of more than four centuries. Washington Irving wrote volumes inspired by the surreal landscape of so-called “Sleepy Hollow country” from the comfort of his Sunnyside estate, today a popular attraction at the border with neighboring Irvington. Today’s Tarrytown is a live-and-let-live kind of place, with a sizable, pedestrian-friendly downtown by the river and an inland stretch of office parks and such heading towards Elmsford. You’ll find art galleries, eclectic design shops and specialty food stores to fill a canvas tote with everything from artisan-cured charcuterie to locally-roasted coffee. Whether catching a show at the ornate Music Hall or sojourning to the storied gardens of Lyndhurst, the Gothic manse a rosebud’s throw from Main Street, it’s a fine place to tarry awhile.

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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.