The River Towns Guide


Scenic Irvington is unpretentious with no supermarkets or shopping centers. Main Street and Broadway house a handful of small shops, delis and restaurants. The town has some excellent restaurants in a converted factory complex on the Hudson River across from the railroad tracks, and several good restaurants line the main street. There’s a nice assortment of gift, craft, antique, and other boutiques.

Like the other Rivertowns, Irvington is rife with parks and fields for outdoor activity. There is also the 432-seat Irvington Town Hall Theater, an exact replica of Washington D.C.'s Ford Theater, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The theater hosts concerts, shows, meetings, and acting workshops year-round.

The Irvington Union Free School District consists of four schools: Dows Lane School, Main Street School, Irvington Middle School and Irvington High School. The newly renovated middle and high school share a sprawling campus with a panoramic view of the Hudson River. The high school was recently ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report.

Dobbs Ferry

A villager in Dobbs Ferry once described her town as "more New England than Westchester." With its sloping geography and intimate community, the village does seem better fit for rural Massachusetts than the outskirts of New York City. The community takes great pride in its schools, most notably their athletic teams. Main and Cedar Streets are home to many of the village's restaurants and shops, as well as a few of Dobbs Ferry’s seven art and pottery galleries.

There are no pubs, but two restaurants, Celtic Corner and Doubleday's, have lively bar areas at nighttime. The village boasts a wide variety of restaurants offering continental, Mexican, sushi, Greek, and other cuisines.

Dobbs Ferry boasts the 70-acre Juhning Estate Nature Preserve and Gould Park, home to Dobbs Ferry High School's football team. The Eagles are the toast of the town, because they won three recent state championships. They were also named New York State's small school team of the decade for the 1980s. Visit Dobbs Ferry Schools Website

Hastings on Hudson

Hastings-on-Hudson is home to two galleries and attracts residents with a penchant for the arts. Famed artist Jasper Cropsey once called Hastings home, and his former residence is now the Jasper F. Cropsey Home Studio and Gallery. The nightlife in Hastings is not extensive, but the village does possess many restaurants from casual to fine dining.

Hastings-on-Hudson owns 11 parks and fields for sports, but its biggest recreational draw is the Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway. The trailway follows the path of an aqueduct used to bring water from the Croton River to New York City during the 18th and 19th Centuries. It runs parallel to the Hudson River and affords spectacular views of the Palisades and the water. Along its path sit old ventilator shafts and flood equipment used as early as the 1700s. Owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the aqueduct is a favorite exercise and relaxation spot for many in the area.

The Hastings-on-Hudson School District consists of Hillside Elementary School, Farragut Middle School and Hastings High School. There are approximately 2,000 students collectively enrolled, and all three have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence.