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Irvington [1] is a village in Westchester County in the state of New York in the United States of America. It takes its name from the author Washington Irving, who lived nearby. Irvington-on-Hudson Chamber of Commerce [2] provides visitor information and sponsors local events.

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By plane[edit]

  • Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Road, White Plains, +1 914 995-4860 (airlines), [3]. The closest airport, about 30 minutes drive. Rental cars are available.
  • Stewart International Airport, 1180 First St, New Windsor, +1 845 564-2100, [4]. Another alternative to the congestion of the 3 major airports, but at present offers few direct flights.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, [5], John F. Kennedy International Airport [6], and LaGuardia Airport [7]: The three major international airports in the New York City area offer service to just about anywhere. Westchester-based taxi and livery cars offer regular service to and from the three internationals from most areas of the county. New York City yellow cabs will take to you Westchester in a pinch, but the fares can be exorbitant. If staying in Westchester, ask if your hotel offers shuttle service.

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By train[edit]

  • Metro-North Railroad - Hudson line, [8]. Express service between Irvington station and New York City's Grand Central Terminal is about 30 minutes. Local rail service is available between other Metro-North commuter stations. Taxis are usually available at the arrival of trains from New York City. On all Metro-North trains on-board fares are subject to a stiff surcharge, so buy your tickets at the station or at the vending machines.
  • Amtrak, [9]. Long distance connections are available in New York City's Penn Station and at Metro-North's Croton-Harmon station.

By bus[edit]

  • Bee Line System, [10]. Westchester County's bus service provides access to White Plains and other locations in the county. Schedules and route maps are available on-line and at the Irvington train station.

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Over the past decade or so, Irvington has attempted (fairly unsuccessfully) to sell itself as a tourist attraction. Irvington certainly has its charm and history, but for the most part it is comparable to any of its neighboring New York suburbs. That being said, like all locations, Irvington has history. Those who are intent on exploring the colonial history of this affluent village should be able to find enough attractions to keep them occupied for a few afternoons.

  • The Stiner-Ross House, commonly called the Octagon house, located off of the Aquaduct, offers some mild thrills for architecture buffs.
  • Odell's Tavern, built in the 1690s, is a less interesting building with greater significance. Among other things, it was where the newly created State of New York's Committee of Safety met to discuss General George Washington's defeat in the Battle of Long Island.
  • The Rip Van Winkle Statue is located on Main Street outside of the Main Street School. The statue honors the late Washington Irvington whom the town was named after.

Do[edit][add listing]

Town Hall Theater is in the same building as Irvington Village Hall.
  • Old Croton Aqueduct, [11]. Go hiking or biking on the aqueduct's trailway. The original water supply to New York City is now a walking trail that runs from Croton-on-Hudson in the north to Yonkers in the south. Over the 180 years since it was built, portions have disappeared from the downtown areas of several river towns, but runs mostly intact through Irvington. River Gallery at 39 Main St. sells maps of the trail.
  • See a performance at Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St, +1 914 591-6602, [12]. Theater was designed by A.J. Manning and patterned after Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C. where President Lincoln was assassinated.
Scenic Hudson Park has views of the Manhattan skyline and the cliffs of the Palisades.
  • Have a picnic, play whiffle ball, or just take a nap in Scenic Hudson Park, Bridge St, [13]. Bridge St is located on the west side of the railroad tracks, accessible off Main St. The park offers access to the majestic Hudson River. Launch your kayak or canoe from the south end.
  • Adjacent to Scenic Hudson is Matheissan Park. A much older and more open park than Scenic, with swings, a playground, and plenty of benches and grills for cook outs. The park is located on the right hand side just over the train track overpass.
  • Go for a leisurely afternoon walk and enjoy the foliage at Halsey Pond or the Irvington Reservoir, both located off of Hamilton St.
  • Go for a jog at Irvington High School's Peter K. Oley Track, one of Westchester's finest outdoor tracks, located at 40 N Broadway.

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Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • River City Grille, 6 S Broadway (at Main St), +1 914 591-2033, [14]. Excellent weekend brunch, with a sumptuous bread basket, as well as lunch and dinner.

Splurge[edit]

  • The Red Hat Bar & Bistro 63 Main St, +1 914 591-5888, [15]. The newest and probably best place to eat in Irvington. The menu can be a bit pricey, but given the quality of the food and the convenient location on Main Street, it's well worth it. Best burger, steak, or pasta in town. Lunch: T-F 12:00PM-3:00PM. Brunch: Su 11:30AM-3PM. Dinner: M-Th 5PM-10PM, F & S 5:00PM-11:00PM, Su 5PM-9PM.
  • Solera, 1 Bridge St, +1 914 591-2233, [16]. The Westchester version of the popular Manhattan restaurant. Spanish, seafood and tapas style dining is an excellent addition to the Irvington waterfront (no river views though). The octopus appetizer is excellent, for those who like that kind of thing. As of November 2006, Solera in Irvington is closed.
  • Chutney Masala Bridge St. A new Indian restaurant that features its own local flare.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

At present there is no overnight lodging in the village of Irvington itself. Find accommodations in adjacent villages and towns.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Courtyard by Marriott, 475 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, 914 631-1122, [17].
  • Doubletree Hotel, 455 S Broadway, Tarrytown, 914 631-5700, [18].
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 480 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, 914 366-4600, [19].

Splurge[edit]

  • Castle on the Hudson, 400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown, 800 616-4487, [20].
  • Marriott, 670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, 914 631-2200, [21].

Stay safe[edit]

Dial 911 from any telephone for emergency police, medical, and fire services.

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