The landlocked Village of Scarsdale NY is something of a symbol for the affluence of Westchester County. The town was founded officially in 1788. It remained a small town of mostly farmers and farm-workers until the Harlem Line railway was established, connecting Scarsdale to Manhattan. At that point it slowly converted from farmland to a bedroom community for commuters.
In the early 1980’s Scarsdale became the site of a famous murder when “the Scarsdale diet doctor” Dr. Herman Tarnower, was murdered by Jean Harris a woman whom he had had a long-term relationship with. The subsequent investigation and trial were a national sensation. Personally, I can still recall the media circus at the County Court House throughout the trial.
Scarsdale NY Demographics:
Today, Scarsdale remains a commuter village with a population of nearly 18,000 people and roughly 5700 households. With an easy 29 minute commute by express train to Manhattan, it is an ideal destination for those who want to live close to New York City. Scarsdale NY homes are dominated by single family homes though the new Christie Place, an upscale condominium complex for the 55+ crowd is a symbol of an increased popularity in the condo/cooperative life-style.
Life in Scarsdale Village:
The village is highly walkable and many of the single family homes immediately surrounding the village can boast of being highly walkable. At rush hour it is apparent that many choose to walk to and from the train. For those close to the village, it is very easy to leave the car behind and simply walk to everything. Some popular places to go are Zachys for the world famous selection of wine, Sakura for their great service and sushi and Moscato for Italian cuisine are among the more famous Scarsdale restaurants. The famous Larchmont American Bar and Grill Chat 19, has also opened a new restaurant in Scarsdale NY – appropriately named Chat.
For those who like to walk and bike the Bronx River Walk that runs parallel to the Bronx River Parkway is easily accessible. This is one of the longest linear park in the nation running from the border of the Bronx to the Kensico Dam in Valhalla.
And for those who want a very vibrant night life, the city of White Plains with all it has to offer is just two exits north along the Bronx River Parkway.
Scarsdale New York has five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Most have a score of 9 or 10 out of 10 scores on GreatSchools.org. Click here for more information about Scarsdale Public Schools.
Famous Scarsdale Residents:
Dean Rusk – Secretary of State under John F. Kennedy
Nina Totenberg – NPR legal correspondent
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