A Large Town with Two Small Villages Nestled Inside
Eastchester is both a town and a cluster of villages. Located in Southern Westchester County with a population of around 32,000, it contains the villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, each taking up about 1 square mile and comprising a population of about 6,500 respectively. Subtract those two villages and you get 3 square miles remaining that hold the other 19,000 residents of Eastchester, along with tons more shopping and dining options. Eastchester also has its own school system apart from Tuckahoe and Bronxville.
Easy Access to Five Railroad Stations Means New York City is Never Far
The town sits between the Hutchinson River Parkway and The Bronx River Parkway and contains the Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Crestwood train stops. With Scarsdale to the North and Fleetwood to the South, you can get a quick (30-35 minutes) train ride to the city no matter where in Eastchester you call home.
A Farming History
The town was first settled in 1664 when ten families from Fairfield, CT migrated South. Thomas Pell, who owned most of the area, granted the families a deed to settle down near the home of Anne Hutchinson, one of the original Puritan settlers. These families kept the town mostly farmland until suburbanization brought along the Village of Bronxville in 1898 and Tuckahoe in 1903.
With so many towns and villages so close together (and inside one another!), it’s easy to get confused when you hear people refer to “Eastchester” or “Bronxville” or “Scarsdale.” Businesses may claim to be located in Scarsdale when they are actually in Eastchester, or your home’s Post Office (P.O.) might be “Scarsdale” when your home is actually in Eastchester. This can turn into a head-scratcher, but once you learn the actual borders, you’ll feel like the perfect insider, and you’ll understand what people mean when they talk about living in “Bronkers.”
White Plains Road, the Heartbeat of Eastchester
Eastchester’s main artery is White Plains Road. The four-lane undivided thoroughfare contains most of the town’s retail and connects the town to Scarsdale above and Mount Vernon below. There’s so much to offer on that street that It’s not rare to re-organize your daily errands to head in one direction along the road. (For example, drop your kid off at The Little Gym, then head to Trader Joe’s, after that pick up a gift at Lord & Taylor and a card at Papyrus. Then head South to Walgreens before you turn around back to The Little Gym for pickup.)
But shopping in Eastchester is more than just errands. There’s plenty to see here. The Vernon Hills Shopping Center was built in the 1950s and contains Lord & Taylor, the Gap, Talbots, Banana Republic, Athleta, Brooks Brothers, The Children’s Place, Ann Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, Starbucks, Papyrus, West Elm, and a New York Sports Club. Across the street is another shopping center with LOFT, The Fresh Market (a spinoff of Whole Foods), and other smaller stores.
Arguably the most exciting store in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center is the brand new “concept” branch of Barnes & Noble. Instead of the typical book warehouse, this store, though also large, has a more curated selection of books catered to the tastes of a local reader.
(Though if they don’t have a more obscure title in stock, they can order it for you to arrive in a few days.) This smaller subset of books means the children’s section goes from chock-a-block stuffed to looking closer to an indie bookstore’s collection of great picks for kids.
The rest of the store has that hand-selected feel as well. Our favorite part is the addition of Barnes & Noble Kitchen, a restaurant serving delicious new American staples. We go just for the avocado toast, but their crispy potatoes deserve a mention too. And they’re a bookstore that serves wine! You could order a glass and walk around with it looking at books. If that doesn’t sell you, how about cozy outdoor seating?
One of only five similar “concept” stores in the US, this Barnes & Noble is the most exciting store opening in Eastchester (and maybe Westchester!) in years.
If cooking at home is your thing, there are also two large supermarkets, a Mrs. Green’s specialty market, and a Japanese grocery store called Fuji Mart.
Value Drugs is your neighborhood drugstore on steroids. Family owned, they’ve got a great toy selection and tons of housewares. It’s our favorite place to go for seasonal items. Value Drugs is the place to get any and every holiday item you’d ever need, and their summer outdoor selection of furniture, pool accessories, toys and games is unbeatable. Did we mention they take Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons?
Abundant Options for Active Kids
Eastchester boasts several spots for kids such as The Little Gym, dance studios (even a school of Irish Dance!) that take kids as young as 3, and martial arts academies.
The Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville libraries host weekly children’s programming, and there is a town-sponsored preschool play group during the school year.
If you prefer to be outside, there are several playgrounds for kids. Leewood playground is located across from the golf course of the same name and has a baseball field, tennis courts, playground equipment, and plenty of parking.
Garth Road park close to the border in Scarsdale has a playground with three play structures for different age groups, swings, a garden, basketball courts, and a ball field. There’s also Main Street and Fisher Avenue playgrounds in Tuckahoe and Sagamore Playground in Bronxville. Most of the area schools have play structures on campus that are open to the public outside of school hours.
And Eastchester knows how to party. Their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, held the weekend before the holiday, draws spectators from around the county. And once a year during Columbus Day weekend, the towns hosts a parade and multi-day carnival featuring games, rides, and food from area restaurants.
A Town Green with Parks
Several parks and large golf courses dot the town. If you look at a map, you’ll see much of the town is colored green to represent the land used by Lake Isle Country Club, Leewod Golf Club, Twin Lakes County Park, and Twin Lakes Farm.
The Twin Lakes campuses are equestrian centers. Learn to ride among the 150 acres of protected parkland.
If you notice town seems quiet during the summer, it’s probably because everyone is at the Lake Isle Country Club Pool.
An affordable membership gets you access to a lap pool, a deep diving pool, two kiddie pools and play structure next to it, and an adult pool for ages 18 and older. Take lessons or join the swimming or diving team. Or just grab an ice pop from the snack bar. There’s plenty of room to stretch out on the grassy hills surround the pools. (Same sun, no messy sand!) You can also join the club year-round to take advantage of their golf and tennis facilities.
Eastchester and The Babe
The Leewood Golf Club is most famous for having Babe Ruth among its members. Legend has it that the Leewood tunnel that passes under the train tracks and connects Eastchester’s Leewood Drive to the Bronx River Parkway was widened to accommodate automobiles (it had previously been used solely as a cattle crossing) so that the Babe’s car could get on the parkway and to New York City more quickly. Thank him the next time you pass through.
Break a Sweat
White Plains Road is the home to an Eastchester franchise of Equinox and New York Sports Club. If you like your health club smaller and more focused, there’s Pilates Unleashed Studio, NorthEast Crossfit, Core Fitness & iLoveKickboxing. Even more options can be found in Bronxville and Tuckahoe (SoulCycle, anyone?)
Best of Westchester Dining Options
Eastchester is a hotbed of dining nirvana. You don’t need to venture out of town for a fantastic meal in almost every category. Hungry for Italian? There’s Toscana, Ciao, and Tuttabella Trattoria, among dozens of others. Want fancy pizza? Head to Polpettina or Burrata.
For award-winning burgers, try Piper’s Kilt. Get great Irish-influenced bar food at Mickey Spillane’s or The Garth Road Inn.
For date-night fun, head to Eastchester Fish Gourmet, the 808 Bistro or 808 Social, Fig & Olive or Barnes & Noble Kitchen. Sushi Castle has an all-you-can-eat menu, or order a la carte. Mason Sandwich Company is the perfect spot for a craveable lunch sandwich. Plus there are the usual in-a-rush favorites like Dunkin Donuts and Carvel. Add in Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and your dining options multiply ten-fold.
Westchester’s gold standard bakery
People come far and wide for Galloway’s Bakery. Known for their stellar pies and doughnuts, mainly the sugar-dusted jelly doughnut, you know there’s a holiday coming up if there’s a line to get in. The staff is humble, authentic, and no-nonsense, but so are the desserts. We love to pick up a small tray of jelly doughnut holes for an easy-to-please help-yourself breakfast when company comes over, or hold out for that Thanksgiving pumpkin pie or hot cross buns for Easter. No matter what time of year, you can’t go wrong. Just make sure to time your cravings (and cheat days!) with the weekends, because Galloway’s is only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Several Stellar Schools
Depending on where you live, there are several schools that service the town of Eastchester. If you’re within Tuckahoe’s borders, you’ll most likely be zoned for William E. Cottle School, then Tuckahoe Middle School and Tuckahoe High School.
If you’re in Bronxville your kids will most likely attend Bronxville Elementary, Middle, and High School located on one campus in the village. For the rest of Eastchester, students will attend Anne Hutchinson School, Waverly Early Childhood Center, or Greenvale School for elementary school, then Eastchester Middle School and Eastchester Senior High School. All are very highly rated according to Greatschools.org.
For more in-depth coverage of Bronxville, check out our Suburban Snapshot.
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