Located in Southern Westchester County with a population of around 32,000, Eastchester contains the villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, each taking up about 1 square mile and comprising a population of about 6,500 respectively. Subtract those two villages and you get 3 square miles remaining that hold the other 19,000 residents of Eastchester, along with tons more shopping and dining options.
Eastchester’s main artery is White Plains Road. There’s so much to offer on that street that It’s not rare to re-organize your daily errands to head in one direction along the road. The community of mostly families has strong roots in the town. It’s not rare to hear of people living in Eastchester where all of their relatives also live in town.
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Eastchester residents are fun! They love festivals steeped in tratdition. Their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, held the weekend before the holiday, draws spectators from around the county. And once a year during Columbus Day weekend, the towns hosts a parade and multi-day carnival featuring games, rides, and food from area restaurants.
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For the Kids
Eastchester boasts several spots for kids such as The Little Gym, dance studios including a school of Irish Dance that take kids as young as 3, and martial arts academies. The Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville libraries host weekly children’s programming, and there is a town-sponsored preschool play group during the school year. Leewood playground is located across from the golf course of the same name and has a baseball field, tennis courts, playground equipment, and plenty of parking. Garth Road Park has a playground with three play structures for different age groups, swings, a garden, basketball courts, and a ball field.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
Several parks and large golf courses dot the town. If you look at a map, you’ll see much of the town is colored green to represent the land used by Lake Isle Country Club, Leewod Golf Club, Twin Lakes County Park, and Twin Lakes Farm. The Twin Lakes campuses are equestrian centers. Learn to ride among the 150 acres of protected parkland. In the summer, everyone heads to the Lake Isle Country Club Pool. An affordable membership gets you access to a lap pool, a deep diving pool, two kiddie pools and play structure next to it, and an adult pool for ages 18 and older. Take lessons or join the swimming or diving team. White Plains Road is the home to an Eastchester franchise of Equinox and New York Sports Club. If you like your health club smaller and more focused, there’s Pilates Unleashed Studio, NorthEast Crossfit, Core Fitness, and iLoveKickboxing.
Food & Drink
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$$ . Mediterranean
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$$ . Japanese
The Vernon Hills Shopping Center was built in the 1950s and contains Lord & Taylor, the Gap, Talbots, Banana Republic, Athleta, Brooks Brothers, The Children’s Place, Ann Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, Starbucks, Papyrus, West Elm, and a New York Sports Club. Across the street is another shopping center with LOFT, The Fresh Market, a spinoff of Whole Foods, and other smaller stores. Value Drugs is your neighborhood drugstore on steroids. Family owned, they’ve got a great toy selection and tons of housewares. Did we mention they take Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons?
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Arguably the most exciting store in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center is the brand new “concept” branch of Barnes & Noble. Instead of the typical book warehouse, this store has a more curated selection. This smaller subset of books means the selection feels more like an indie bookstore. Our favorite part is the addition of Barnes & Noble Kitchen, a restaurant serving delicious new American staples and a full bar. You could order a glass of wine and walk around with it looking at books. If that doesn’t sell you, how about cozy outdoor seating?
The town was first settled in 1664 when ten families from Fairfield, CT migrated south. These families kept the town mostly farmland until from city toization brought along the village of Bronxville in 1898 and Tuckahoe in 1903. The Leewood Golf Club boasted Babe Ruth among its members. Legend has it that the Leewood cattle tunnel that passes under the train tracks and connects Eastchester’s Leewood Drive to the Bronx River Parkway was widened to accommodate automobiles so the Babe’s car could get on the parkway and to New York City more quickly. Thank him the next time you pass through.
People come far and wide for Galloway’s Bakery. Known for their stellar pies and doughnuts, mainly the sugar-dusted jelly doughnut. The staff is humble, authentic, and no-nonsense, and so are the desserts. It’s the perfect place to get Thanksgiving pumpkin pie or hot cross buns for Easter. Just make sure to time your cravings with the weekends, because Galloway’s is only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.