The 411: The members of this town’s exclusive Westchester Country Club hosted the Westchester Classic stop of the PGA Tour for many years. And Jean Harris dispatched her lover, “Scarsdale Diet” creator Dr. Herman Tarnower in his home here, the gatehouse of an old estate. But lots of different types of people—not just those with deep pockets—including the proprietors of its many Italian delis and second-generation contractors, call Harrison home. The town attracts a wide variety of residents to its different neighborhoods. Some, like the super-wealthy hamlet of Purchase and the Westchester Country Club area, are dotted with stone walls and gated multi-million-dollar homes and estates; others, like the working-class areas close to its two downtowns, are characterized by sidewalks, basketball hoops, and more affordably priced clapboard houses.
The town comes together through its kids, schools, and spirited sports leagues, three active community centers, and much-used parks, like the one in downtown West Harrison sporting an elaborate water park-like swimming pool. CEOs and sub-contractors alike cheer on the Columbus Day parade during the town’s wildly popular “It’s Great to Live in Harrison” celebration, sampling authentic ethnic goodies from homemade sausage to sushi afterwards. Also calling Harrison home—and helping to offset residents’ taxes—are such corporate giants as MasterCard and PepsiCo; the lush compound of the latter features a spectacular, open-to-the-public outdoor sculpture garden.
Size: 17.4 square miles Median Home Sales Price: $1,502,500 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $32,078
Closest Metro-North Stop: Harrison (Hudson Line)
Time to Grand Central: 42 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and the team’s closer, Mariano Rivera; Knicks players Stephon Marbury, Larry Johnson, and Latrell Sprewell; fashion designer Kenneth Cole; Congresswoman Nita Lowey; domestic doyenne Chris Madden; female aviator Amelia Earhardt; entertainer Johnny Carson; slain diet doctor Herman Tarnower.
Household: $100,681 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $118,721 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
Ethnic Composition 89.8% Caucasian 5.4% Asian 1.4% African American 3.4% Other 6.7% Hispanic or Latino of any race (i.e., already counted in another category above)
Crime* *Sperling's Best Places Crime Index, based on 1 (best) through 10 (worst):
Violent Crime: 1 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 3 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3) FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 28 Murder: 0 Rape: 2 Robbery: 3 Assault: 23 Burglary: 45 Property Crimes: 305
Birds at Harrison High School, submitted by Deborah Farone. This is our current featured photo for Harrison. Submit your own pictures, below, and perhaps yours will become the featured image on our Harrison page.
The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center invites the community to view “Laudato Si’” a photo exhibit inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si ´mi’ Signore” featuring the photography of Brother John O’Hara, SA, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement. The exhibit is open from October 7 through December 7 at Graymoor in the Graymoor...
Talk Cinema Westchester County Comes to AMC Loews Port Chester... Hollywood Glamour and the Element of Surprise Come to Port Chester With Talk Cinema. Talk Cinema, created in 1992 by Croton-on-Hudson's Harlan Jacobson, is the nation's longest running film preview and discussion series. Talk Cinema showcases a series of brand new independent films in the run up to Oscar season...
The Northeast Etsy Artists Association will host a Holiday Pop Up Shop at West Elm Scarsdale, the home furnishings retailer located at 678 Post Road. The Holiday Pop Up will take place on Sunday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 20 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Approximately 13 artists will be on hand to connect and engage with shoppers...
Aikido of Westchester is offering a free introduction to the martial art of aikido every Saturday and Sunday. The class is open to all. You don't need to be physically fit or have martial arts experience. Please bring loose fitting exercise clothing and arrive at least 15 minutes before the class to register. Simply show up with an open mind and we promise you'll have fun. Our senior...
Over the past six years The Chappaqua Farmers Market has grown into a vibrant farmers market with a rich variety of vendors. It has also played a pivotal role in our community, bringing us together each Saturday for good food, entertainment and old-fashioned face-to-face visiting.Over the past year we've had an outpouring of requests from shoppers to continue our market through the winter, and...
On view: Friday, August 14th – December 6th, 2015
Reception: Saturday, September 12th, 5 – 7 pm
HVCCA is honored to present Hermann Nitsch’s one-person installation, “Leviticus.” The installation features Nitsch’s “Leviticus,” his seminal book (52 3⁄4” x 38 1⁄2”) opened to the segment describing the sacrificial...
About Jean-Francois LARRIEU: Jean-François LARRIEU’S works are like exotic rhythms, an amalgamation of superimposed and repetitive forms, joyful and impressionable. He has created a distinctive language and architecture, choreographed in mosaics, multicolored and multicultural. Articulated within the landscape, and cityscape, these intricate renderings are...
On Saturdays and Sundays at 11am-5pm, visit Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple Syrup.
Located on 800 acres of pristine land in the Taconic Hardwood Forrest, Crown Maple makes the perfect day trip.
At 11am, 1pm and 3pm, take a tour of our state of the art sugarhouse and follow the journey our maple sap takes to become what is quite possibly the purest maple syrup on earth. At the...
Love, The First of the 7 Virtues
February 14 - December 6, 2015
It is with great enthusiasm that HVCCA launches a year of exhibitions and education programs exploring the artistic representation of Love: The First of the 7 Virtues and its antithesis, Seven Deadly Sins: Lust. Developed as an FWMA (Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance) collaboration, each museum will explore a...