Paying homage the name of noted "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle" author Washington Irving, the Village of Irvington sits on the eastern banks of the Hudson River just over 20 miles north of New York City. It's impressive natural setting offers a rich history dating back to before the American Revolution and ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation with parks, estates, etc. To find out what the locals are saying about Irvington, visit the village's Community Conversations page on our Houlihan Lawrence website.
1. The former house of Washington Irving, Sunnyside is registered as a National Historic Landmark offering tours and events from May until November. Historic Hudson Valley now operates Sunnyside as a museum, providing a blast-from-the-past experience detailing the life and dealings of an American icon.
2. Irvington's rich history only adds to the village's budding arts scene with Irvington Town Hall Theater serving as its cultural centerpiece. A multipurpose 432-seat theater, the Town Hall Theater hosts various musicals, plays, movies, classes and art/photography exhibits and even rents out its space for meetings and conferences.
3. The village has received notable kudos from Westchester Magazine, one in 2010 as the publication's #1 "Best Places to Live" quoted as "charming, quiet, green, with a darling Main Street, stunning river views," and "a burgeoning dining scene." Westchester Magazine also praised Irvington for its strong restaurants like Red Hat, Day Boat Cafe, Chutney Masla and Mima.
4. Being just about 20 miles north of New York City, Irvington serves as a quiet respite for commuters making day trips in and out of New York City. It's located just east of Metro-North's Hudson line, with a train station providing an easy 22.7-mile trip into Grand Central Terminal.
5. Residents have access to numerous recreational opportunities, with the Hudson River serving as a beautiful backdrop to Irvington's many parks, hiking trails and biking and walking paths. Most notable are Scenic Hudson Park (ballfields, boat lunch, walking path) and Memorial Park (fitness course, illuminated tennis courts and picnic tables).