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Hastings on the Hudson

Hastings-on-Hudson is, as its name suggests, a “river village.” It lies just south of Dobb’s Ferry and is approximately a 41 minute Metro North ride into Grand Central Station.  The town has become a popular relocation destination for folks who have outgrown their Park Slope apartments and want to take advantage of the farm to table, sushi, specialty pizza, and many other restaurants within the walkable commercial town center of Hastings.  Folks accustomed to specialty butchers and bakeries will not need to look any further than main street.  Neither will the pet owner who is looking for a natural pet food shop.  Boutiques, indie book shops, and “green cleaners” all are available.  And if you’re looking for a super market they are available nearby (3.6 miles/12 minutes to Whole Foods).

The village hosts a farmers’ market on Saturdays and other cultural events throughout the year.  The Hastings Historical Society created  the “Museum in the Streets” walking tour in 2005.  The tour is  “Handsomely designed and topped by a village seal depicting the Palisades, each sign features at least one historical photo of the site from by-gone days plus a paragraph-long explanation of its history written in English and in Spanish. In all, the signs feature more than 80 photos of Hastings’ past from the Society’s collection. The route of the walking tour is displayed on a four-color 48-by-59-inch sign posted at the starting location. The route is also described in a brochure available locally at Center Restaurant (540 Warburton Ave.), Suburban Renewal (1 Main St.), the Hastings Library and Village Hall.  The brochure is also available on [the Historical Socliety’s] website.”

Hastings-on-Hudson is located in the hills on the Hudson River facing the Palisades cliffs, just north of Yonkers.  The village has a total area of 2.9 miles.  The village’s Metro North Railroad station lies on the Hudson Line and transfers to Amtrak’s Empire Corridor are available three stops south at Yonkers railway station.

Hastings-on Hudson has three schools: Hillside Elementary, Farragut Middle School, and Hastings High School.   For more information on it’s highly rated school system visit the following site.

The village offers many recreation areas including the Chemka Pool (outdoor public), hiking and biking trails at Hillside Woods, Sugar Pond (open to ice skating in the winter), state and county parks (Old Croton Aqueduct & South County Trailway), and  a public library.  For more information on the village visit the official Town of Hastings website.

If you’re interested in getting some more from someone who relocated to Hastings from Brooklyn, check out this article written by a writer who migrated with his family from Brooklyn to Hastings.

Visiting the village?  Consider some of these spots: