The 411: Ossining has roots that stretch back to 1685, when Dutch immigrant Frederick Philipse bought a large tract of land that included what would become modern Ossining. It was known as Sing Sing—a name derived from a local Native American word—from 1813 until 1901, when it was changed to differentiate the surrounding area from the maximum-security prison it had become synonymous with. The Town of Ossining comprises two villages: the Village of Ossining and part of Briarcliff Manor, the rest of which is part of the Town of Mount Pleasant.
One of the county’s Rivertowns, Ossining is perched on a strand of hills overlooking the Hudson, affording, on clear days,views of the Manhattan skyline. The town retains much of its original character and boasts a myriad of historic sites. Single-family homes comprise the majority of the town’s housing options. Outdoor enthusiasts revel in the town’s Cedar Lane Park, Teatown Reservation, and three boating clubs.
Size: 11.7 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $470,000 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $10,035 Closest Metro-North Stop: Ossining (Hudson Line)
Time to Grand Central: 53 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Actors Jose Ferrer and Peter Falk
Household: $77,755 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $98,695 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
70.3% Caucasian 14.3% African American 10.9% Other 4.5% Asian 19.9% 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: 3 (Westchester Average: 2National Average: 3) Property Crime: 3 (Westchester Average: 3National Average: 3)
FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006): Number of violent crimes: 70 Murder: 1 Rape: 2 Robbery: 43 Assault: 24 Burglary: 69 Property Crimes: 346
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