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
Elementary School: Parsons Memorial, Harrison Avenue Elementary, Samuel J. Preston
Grades/Type of Organization: K-6/Neighborhood Average Class Size: 20 % Special Ed Students: 9 % 4th-graders Who Received 4 (highest score) in English/Math/Science: 17/39/89
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.
Veterans from all service branches and periods will be posing Wednesday afternoons at the Reilly League of Artists. All sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and genders will be included in the project. Poses will extend over 3 afternoons so that artists can develop complex paintings. Still life objects, interesting lighting, and other considerations will add to the interest. So come stretch yourself...
Veterans of all branches of service and from different periods will be coming to the Reilly League to pose in multiple sessions. Models will be male, female, of all backgrounds. Some will be in uniform, some in their current daily wear. Bring your art materials and challenge yourself to paint or draw along this unusual theme.
Lyndhurst's restored grand Picture Gallery reopens to the public. The grand picture gallery features a fine collection of paintings purchased by railroad baron Jay Gould in the 1880s and is a rare survivor of America's gilded age. The collection has been in situ since Gould purchased the works from noted dealers Goupil and Knoedler. Conservators from the Metropolitan Museum have cleaned the...
In the Garden of Sonic Delights is large-scale sound art exhibition that explores the relationships between sound, nature, history, and architecture through 15 commissioned, site-specific works by 16 sound artists. Playing upon the natural settings of Westchester County, this 5-month long exhibition is designed to transform and change with its environment, responding to time of day and...
For artists on both sides of the Hudson River, the Tappan Zee Bridge has been a familiar sight in the Hudson Valley landscape and an inspiration throughout the years. We ask you to join us in honoring the combined talent and vision of the local artists who submitted to the inaugural Bridge Art Show.With 87 submissions from over 60 artists, there is something for everyone.To celebrate the twin...
The Westchester Italian Cultural Center Presents ART & PERCEPTION Featuring Contemporary Italian American Artists in Westchester County Artists of Italian descent have enriched American aesthetic culture, embracing new styles and techniques. Without limitation, they opened up to a variety of new styles with fresh ideas and imagination. Featured artists include world-renowned pop artist...
Center for the Digital Arts at Westchester Community College
Sep 17, 2014 - Nov 5, 2014
In this class the Spanish language will be reviewed in songs that are used in various Zumba classes, as well as in movies, television, and other forms of mass media. After listening to the songs, the vocabulary and grammatical structures will be studied. Relevant cultural themes will also be discussed. Basic knowledge of Spanish is useful. CE-LANG 2119PE, Wed., Sept. 17-Nov. 5 (make-up class...
Focused on helping teens develop their portfolios for college admission. Projects are devised to build skills in drawing and painting as well as to express individuality and creativity. Mostly a hands-on art class, portfolio presentation methods will be discussed. All levels welcome. Non-Credit.
Irving Harper A Mid-Century Mind At Play opens at The Rye Arts Center on Sunday, September 14 A solo retrospective debuts the private works of design genius Irving Harper at The Rye Arts Center. Known professionally for his iconic contributions to the George Nelson Office, including the 1949 Ball Clock, Herman Miller logo and the 1956 Marshmallow sofa, Harper's personal creations have...