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.
Beginning Saturday, November 11, 2017, visitors to the Bruce Museum can take a global tour of the splendor, wonder, and science of minerals as Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection opens to the public.
Continuing through April 1, 2018, this exhibition offers a rare chance to discover the wondrous beauty and amazing properties of world-class minerals...
Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Berman Center on Manhattanville Campus
One-day Graphic Novel Writing workshops will be held at Manhattanville College on Saturday, March 24 for Youth and Adults.
The special One-Day Workshop Features cartoonist Colleen Doran, whose recent work includes the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s TROLL BRIDGE for Dark Horse.
The Westchester offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events. Save time and avoid the line with Bunny by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Bunny online at simonbunny.com.
The Bunny Photo Experience begins March 2 and runs through March 31. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the...
Jim Frank is a Westchester County-based artist and educator with over 35 years of professional practice. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Prof. Frank has taught internationally in Spain and England, and his photographs have been exhibited and published internationally. As a...
The Westchester Jewish Council invites you to be a part of our spectacular countywide celebration to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary. The celebration will be held on April 15, 2018, 12:00-5:00 pm at Schechter Westchester Upper School, 555 W. Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale, NY 10530. Cost for the day is $ 10 per adult before April 1 and $ 20 per adult after this date. Children 18 and under and...
Daisy Tainton, Insect Preparator and Curatorial Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History, will lead participants in creating a miniature, whimsical insect diorama under glass, centered around a preserved rhinoceros beetle. Participants are encouraged to bring their own miniatures, natural objects, and other items for inspiration. Recommended for ages 11+.
Tickets: $20; Members...
As women, finding the time for relaxation in our everyday lives can be a challenge. Carve out 90 minutes of your Saturday for this relaxing workshop, with proceeds going towards a good cause.
Restorative Yoga involves placing the body into fully supported yoga postures with the use of props (blankets, cushions, blocks). This practice helps calm the nervous system which also helps...
Celebrate the Piano with the talented young students of the Music Conservatory of Westchester!
In this free, educational concert series, learn how the piano was invented, and how it became the most popular instrument of all time. Take a peek into the lives of the great piano composers and how they influenced piano builders to make it bigger and better.
These concerts are supported by the...
Japanese tea master Kazuko Komatsu will demonstrate and share the art of tea at te+te, a new local shop in Pleasantville, NY. Learn about the tea, the process, and enjoy a cup before you go. Join us and share in this refreshing and delightful Japanese tradition.
All are welcome. No registration is required and no fee to participate.
On Saturday, March 24, Tinkergarten leader Kate Lanfer will take children—who must be accompanied by an adventurous adult—on a sensory exploration over the stream and through the woods of Hunter Brook Preserve. Prepare to get a bit muddy. This event is free and open to all! Contact Kat Deely at 914-234-6992 ext 15 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. (photo by Kate Lanfer)