Tarrytown, New York is one of the Hudson River’s charming river towns, located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. Named in 2012 as one of the ten prettiest towns by Forbes magazine, the town has undergone a recent renaissance in popularity, as commuters take advantage of its 38 minute express rail to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Tarrytown’s location, with a train stop on the Metro-North Hudson Railroad Line and close proximityWelcome Sign to The Tappan Zee Bridge and the New York State Thruway (Interstates 87/287) makes eminently commutable to Manhattan to the south, and to Rockland County, Albany and points upstate. This growth is borne out by the many attractive new housing developments on the Hudson and thriving new shops and restaurants in both the downtown and a new retail/restaurant development between the river and the train station.
Tarrytown was significant in Revolutionary War history, and in the Civil War as an Underground Railway stop. In Tarrytown, British Revolutionary War spy Major John Andre was discovered and arrested with plans for the taking of West Point in collusion with Benedict Arnold. The town is also famous as a home for oil barons authors and anarchists. Settled by the Dutch in the 1600’s. The first Dutch residence on record was built in 1645 in the colony of New Netherland. It became an English colony in 1674.
Nineteenth century Tarrytown became a popular residence for wealthy New Yorkers, including banker John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil Company Presiden John D. Archbold and railroad baron Jay Gould.
Industry and Economy Today
The Tarrytown area is home to division offices of several Fortune 500 companies including Kraft Foods, Bayer, Siemens Medical, Hitachi’s Eastern Regional Center and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Regeneron is one of Tarrytown’s largest employers, with 750 workers in their recently-built laboratory complex in the 117 acre Landmark at Eastview development. Tarrytown has worked hard to build its industrial core, focusing on the pharmaceutical market. Besides Regeneron, other biotech firms in Westchester include Profectus Biosciences and Progenics Pharmaceuticals.
Tarrytown offers a diverse selection of cultural activities. The area is steeped in performing and visual arts. The Tarrytown Music Hall is the oldest remaining theaters in Westchester, and one of a very few build prior to 1900 in America. Still offering live shows, it brings a steady stream of Tarrytown Music Hallfamous, once famous and about to be famous performers to town. The Canfin Gallery on Main Street features a regularly changing sampling of contemporary artwork by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists schools offer classes for students of all levels, and showcase their talents twice a year. They perform throughout Westchester with dance. voice and theatrical shows. Many authors and screen writers have used Tarrytown as a backdrop for their dramas. Most famous is Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, set in Tarrytown and neighboring Sleepy Hollow, NY. Other writers include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ellery Queen, Gabrielle Zevin and Jessica Verday.
Points of Interest
Tarrytown’s historic past provides a wealth of interesting places to visit. Lyndhurst Mansion, Jay Gould’s Gothic Revival home is open to the public for tours, as is Sunnyside, the historic home of Washington Irving. Castle on the Hudson is a spectacularly decorated gourmet restaurant, and also offers catering for weddings, corporate events and meetings. The Church of the Transfiguration at 268 South Broadway was founded in 1896 by Carmelite nuns, and continues to serve the Catholic community.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
This nonprofit, 80-acre farm and education center has dedicated itself to increasing public awareness of community-based food production and training farmers in 21st century farming techniques. The Stone Barns is open year-round, offering a calendar year full of programs, lectures, classes and more. Visit www.stonebarnscenter.org to learn more on this unique local initiative.
Dining and Entertainment
Tarrytown’s dining scene has an amazing amount of choices in a variety of cuisines. Among the hundreds of places to eat and drink there are always some which stand out. The newest buzz surrounds a restaurant called, “The Twisted Oak.” Chef Michael Cutney created an Italian influenced, American menu based on the farm-to-table philosophy.
For slightly lighter fare, walk up the street to the Sweet Grass Grill. It’s a casual restaurant serving local and seasonal food right in the heart of Tarrytown. Nurturing relationships with about a dozen local farms, the menu here varies week to week depending on the daily harvests…always fresh & delicious.
Other choices include Tarry Tavern, which offers an elevated gastro pub menu and a large variety of beers & ales, while the Horsemen Restaurant on Highway 9A is a family style eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The aforementioned Stone Barns Center has a gourmet restaurant which serves dishes based on its own-grown meats and produce. It is open year-around, and its menu constantly changes with the foods of the seasons.
Also of note in Tarrytown is Coffee Labs Roasters. Coffee Labs roasts its own Fair Trade and organic coffee beans and serves an amazing selection of specialty coffees, smoothies and espresso drinks. Popular now are Chemex-brewed coffees, where cups are brewed individually to the customer’s particular tastes. Coffee Labs has won numerous coffee industry awards, including Nation’s Best Micro-Roaster by Roast Magazine in 2011, and Best Espresso in 2013.
Tarrytown has access to highways I-87 and I-287, and is the site of the eastern end of the New York State Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge. I-87 continues south to New York City, while I-287 heads east across Westchester to link up with the Saw Mill River Parkway, the Taconic State Parkway, the Sprain Brook Parkway, the Merritt Parkway/Hutchinson River Parkway and I-95.
Tarrytown railway station is served by Metro-North Railroad commuter service. Metro-North trains go to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, and also go as far north as Poughkeepsie. Tarrytown is a major stop on the Hudson Line due to a large number of commuters crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge from Rockland County to catch express service to Manhattan.
Bee-Line Bus service is also provided within Tarrytown:
BL1T: Tarrytown Railroad Station or IRT 242nd Street Station, Bronx
BL1W: White Plains or IRT 242nd Street Station, Bronx (via NY 119)
BL13/BL13B: Ossining Railroad Station or Port Chester (13B trips operate via Benedict Avenue)