We’re back with our latest #SuburbanSnapshots. Each Snapshot will strive to give you the inside scoop on the different communities throughout Westchester County NY. We’re very fortunate to have BabyGotChat blogger Andrea Worthington guiding us through the Village of Ardsley NY.
WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE ARDSLEY NY
Location, Location, Location (and Price!)
The small village of Ardsley is nestled between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Saw Mill River Parkway, in a one-square-mile just below Elmsford, NY. With Scarsdale to its right and Dobbs Ferry to its left, Ardsley is almost (but not quite) a Rivertown. Since the village lines don’t reach the Hudson River, it’s much easier to find available homes in Ardsley that aren’t wrapped up in the bidding wars that the houses in the Rivertowns can command. Plus, the lots in Ardsley can be much larger. Dare we utter the words “forever home”? If you like the Rivertown vibe, but not it’s exclusivity, then look no further than this cute village.
A Small Village with the Benefits of a Large Town
Ardsley and it’s approximately 4500 residents make up part of the town of Greenburgh, which also includes Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Edgemont, and Hartsdale. Because it’s linked to the Greenburgh (population: 90,000), Ardsley’s town services are much stronger than you would expect from such a tiny village. It has its own branch of the Westchester Country Library System with programming for all ages, several town parks, ample programming such as day camps and sports camps, a community center, and fantastic annual events such as the Fireman’s Carnival, Egg Hunt, Ice Cream Social, and Summer Concert Series.
Ardsley’s Main Crossroads
Ashford Avenue is the main street running East-to-West that connects Ardsley to Scarsdale or Dobbs Ferry. Right in the middle of Ashford is Pascone Park, an enormous grassy expanse with playgrounds, ball fields, basketball and tennis courts, a skate park, and picnic areas. Summer concerts are held at the park’s gazebo.
Route 9A runs North-to-South and contains most of the town’s commercial hot spots. It’s a historical road that goes back to the 1920’s and runs from the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in Manhattan North to Peekskill. You’ve probably already been driving on it all the time, but you may know it better in Manhattan as the Westside Highway or Henry Hudson Parkway. Once it gets up to Westchester, it resembles more of a country road than a major thoroughfare.
There is no train stop in the Village of Ardsley, but the Scarsdale station (and its express route to the city) is about 10 minutes away, or head West to board at the neighboring town of Dobbs Ferry.
Plenty of Shopping, Eating, and Things to Do
The economic center of Ardsley is quaint but packed with places to go. Here are a few highlights:
Their most popular business, hands down, is Riviera Bakehouse. This bakery is known for their custom buttercream cakes that are delicious, gorgeous, and not too sweet.
My favorite is their ombre cake and their cheeseburger cake (don’t worry, it only looks like meat!). If you like your dessert a la mode, head next door to Carvel for a soft serve cone or one of their famous ice cream cakes.
Take a break at this cute country Starbucks with outdoor seating.
An Ardsley mainstay is LIFE: The Place To Be.
This event space and play space contains a play structure for the little ones, and laser tag, mini bowling, and arcade games.
Programming such as camps and classes also take place here. On our last visit we saw schoolkids hard at work during their week of Circus Camp!
There are two large shopping centers that contain salons, work out options, a branch of the Post Office, banks, and bars and restaurants.
Need to do more serious shopping? The gourmet market chain DeCicco & Sons is located a short walk away, as well as CVS.
Ardsley packs a lot of eating options into their one square mile. Located in town are Chinese, Sushi, pizza, Italian, Mexican, bars, and even a wings place.
Bar L’Inizio has a great happy hour and delicious food.
Scaramella is another Italian Place that also has outdoor seating.
You can take in some world cup at the Pourhouse Bar & Grill, or head to the Saw Mill Tavern and toss back a cold one.
If you need to work off some of those big dinners, there are several boutique gyms such as REV Cycle Studio, Title Boxing Club, and Club Pilates.
A New York Sports Club with a pool is located a minute away just over the border in Dobbs Ferry (in the same shopping center that contains Chipotle, Chop’t Creative Salad Co., Ulta Beauty, My Gym kid gym and classes, Oasis Day Spa, Brooklyn Market Grocery Store, and the ultra-luxe iPic movie theatre, where you watch movies oversized leather recliners while waiters bring you dinner and martinis.) Suburban life isn’t half bad!
Fun for Kids
Or head to the aforementioned Fascone Park for more playground and field options. Take the kids to swimming lessons through the Ardsley Union Free School District. For indoor fun, head to LIFE: The Place To Be or cross the border to My Gym in Dobbs Ferry or Scribble Art Studio in Hastings-on-Hudson. An outpost of the wildly popular Manhattan practice Tribeca Pediatrics will open soon on Saw Mill River Road.
The Village has nine parks with over 60 acres of parkland. Six of the parks are “pocket parks” and the remaining provide playgrounds, athletic fields and abundant areas for picnics and gatherings.
Ardsley has plenty to do for kids of all ages. Head to the playground at VE Macy Park, which includes playing fields and a covered pavilion you can rent out for parties.
A one-of-a-kind model train boutique, called Tom’s Trains, sells miniature engines, train cars, and all the fixtures you need to create your own rec room MTA.
A Stellar Education
Ardsley has one elementary, one middle, and one high school that service the Ardsley Union Free School District. These public schools are rated 8, 9, and 9 concurrently on Greatschools.org. Ardsley is also the home of the Lyceum Kennedy French American School’s lower school campus, serving Nursery through 5th grade.
The Village of Ardsley NY
If you want to experience village life while staying close to the city, come to Ardsley and see for yourself why this tiny village can give the Rivertowns a run for their money.
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