While the stunning sunsets along the Hudson garner most of the attention, it is the slow sunrises, as daybreak sneaks up behind this sleepy Westchester hamlet that you really won’t want to miss. Encompassing just under 3 square miles, Hastings-on-Hudson embodies a classic American small town vibe, offering the less than 10,000 residents a real escape from the bustle of New York City, just 20 miles and a short train ride to the south. Hastings is a hamlet within the of Greenburgh, which also encompasses Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hartsdale, Irvington, and Tarrytown.
Grab a hot coffee at Antoinette’s on your walk down to the train station for the 30- minute trip to the city, with the NYC skyline in view. The artisan vibe and small-town spirit create a sense of community you might not expect to find just miles away from NYC. The downtown, lined with mom-and-pop shops, feels nostalgic. It’s a charm not lost on Hollywood producers, who have frequently used the setting as a backdrop on television and in movies, including Mr. Robot and The Girl on the Train.
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As it’s name suggests, Hastings-on-Hudson is located right along the Hudson River, just off of the Saw Mill River Parkway. Because the village is so small, it is the kind of place where the pizza joint already knows your order and the line at the bagel shop is filled with friendly and familiar faces. Community is important here. Village-organized events such as outdoor summer concerts along the riverfront or the weekly farmer’s markets provide newcomers with ample opportunities to get to know and become part of the Hastings family. The MOMS Club of Hastings caters to both working and stay-at-home moms, planning events ranging from playgroups to holiday parties for kids, as well as activity groups around shared interests such as cooking, reading or exercise.
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For the Kids
Babies and Grands Music, an intergenerational music program, teaches kids the fundamentals of music while bridging generations with participating nursing home residents. RiverArts offers educational opportunities, music lessons, and camps for kids throughout the River Towns, and the Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library offers a range of children’s programs. The Museum of the Streets gives curious young people the chance to search for large plaques that describe Hastings’ historical milestones.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
Being active and outdoors with your family can be a huge part of life in Hastings-on-Hudson. The village features access to two of Westchester’s best bike trails: the South County Trail, a woodsy, paved path that traces the former route of “Old Put,” part of the retired New York Central Railroad, and the Old Croton Aqueduct, a more challenging trailway that runs through the corridor that used to bring water from upstate reservoirs to New York City. For a lighter, kid-friendly walk, take a stroll down Squirrel Alley and get some good luck rubbing the head of Raffaello Menconi’s bronze squirrel statue. In addition to an abundance of parks with sports fields, playgrounds and picnic areas, Hastings is also home to Hillside Park, which features hiking trails, fishing, an ice skating pond, tennis courts, and the Chemka Pool, a state of the art facility featuring 3 pools, locker-room facilities and a concession stand.
Food & Drink
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There is not a bix box store or chain store in sight! Head to Warburton Avenue to experience most of the town’s indie store shopping. Indigo caters to those seeking casual contemporary fashion and a large selection of accessories and handbags, while Chelsea’s Closet has a selection that ranges from recognizable brands to lesser-known designers. Cozy Galapagos Books offers more than 10,000 titles and all the charm of an independent bookstore, and Clockwork Records is a vinyl-lovers dream. There’s also the adorable Movie House Mews and it’s artisan miniatures and collectibles housed in the old movie theater.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Downtown Hastings features some of the most charming and quaint bars and restaurants in Westchester. Boro6 is Greenwich Village-style wine bar with a carefully curated drink list and delicious small plates. And don’t forget Harvest-on-Hudson, which features local produce, gourmet Italian food, and refreshing cocktails on patios overlooking the Hudson River. It’s all part of a village that clearly cares deeply about its cuisine, from Taiim Falafel Shack to the gluten-free, dairy-free treats at By The Way Bakery. On Tuesday nights in the summer, grab a cone at Penny Lick Ice Cream and check out live music at the River Spirit Concert Series at MacEachron Riverfront Park. You can always attend one of RiverArts’ educational programs built around art music and dance, or visit one of the various art galleries in the heart of downtown.
Long before it became the birthplace of 5 Nobel Laureates, Hastings-on-Hudson was home to the Weckquaesgeek tribe. The village was officially incorporated in 1879. At that time, it was the source of white marble quarries that were used to create many of the structures in Central Park. Today it is home to historical landmarks such as the Hastings Prototype House, which was featured at the 1939 World’s Fair for it’s early version of a gas-fired heating system, and the Henry Draper Observatory, which took some of the earliest scientific photos of the moon.
Hastings-on-Hudson is one of the few places in Westchester that offers an almost year-round farmers market. Through the warmer months, residents gather in the library parking lot to pick up fresh, organic produce, loaves of bread, cheeses, and meat raised by farmers committed to healthy ecosystems and sustainability. Come wintertime, the market moves indoors to the James Harmon Community Center on Main Street, where high quality food remains available on a bi-weekly basis, alternating with the neighboring market in Irvington.