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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    The Commute
    While New Jersey commuters contend with MSG's basement greeting them to Manhattan everyday (or worse), rail commuters from the north roll into America's iconic cathedral of transit everyday, a destination in itself with one-of-a-kind shopping and dining. Plus, three cheers for the Henry Hudson Parkway!  With less tolls, trucks and traffic than interstate bridge-and-tunnel routes, driving into the city for dinner or a show really isn't all that bad, especially once you've cased the right blocks with free street parking after 6pm.

    The One-Of-A-Kind Shopping
    Unlike more commercialized suburbs, several communities in Westchester, Fairfield and the Hudson Valley openly eschew chains, blessing the landscape with truly one-of-a-kind Main Streets each effusing their own unique personality.  Window shoppers and sidewalk sale-lovers rejoice.

    The Culture
    Music, cuisine, history and the arts. From DIA: Beacon to the Jacob Burns Film Center, Stone Barns to the Culinary Institute of America, Tarrytown Music Hall to Bard's Frank Gehry-designed Fischer Center and Kykuit to FDR's Hyde Park-on-Hudson, our area is a rock star in every department.  Where else outside the city can you find restaurants by Jean-Georges and a farm-to-table pioneer hand-picked for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition?

    The Schools
    Four of the 10 Best Public School Districts in the US for 2014 were in Westchester County—not to mention a wide range of private institutions.

    Thanks, Northern Suburbs—we're glad you're home.