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Fun Things to do in Scarsdale for the Whole Family

Boulder Brook Equestrian Center.

Boulder Brook Equestrian Center.

Although Scarsdale is just a short 30-minute train ride from New York City, there is no need to venture out town to go on an outing with the whole family. Consider this as your bucket list of fun things to do with your whole family in Scarsdale. The young and the young-at-heart will definitely have a good time.

  1. Enjoy a well-made pizza pie at Buon Amici Deli. This pizza place in the heart of Scarsdale is a well-loved institution among Scarsdale locals. For sure, the whole family will have a treat biting into delicious Italian take-out.
  2. Make Spanish your first (or your second) language. Adapt a foreign language as your own. In this day and age of globalization, you’ll never know when and where your Spanish skills will come in handy. Little Linguists offers an array of fun Spanish classes for children, so sign them and start them early.
  3. Take a dip at the Scarsdale Municipal Pool Complex. Cool off during the summertime and take a relaxing dip with the whole family at the Scarsdale Municipal Pool Complex. The facility is complete with a snack bar in case you get hungry, and a playground where all the children can romp and socialize.
  4. Get competitive and play sports at Crossway Park. Crossway Park’s open fields are the perfect arena for nice game of tennis and more. After a tiring game, head over to the covered picnic area and enjoy a delectable picnic.
  5. Drop by the Scarsdale High School Carnival. Every year, Scarsdale High School organizes a carnival that’s open to everyone. Invite your family and even friends for a fun day out. Both kids and adult will definitely have a blast trying out all the rides, skill games, and other carnival features.
  6. Take horseback riding lessons at Boulder Brook Equestrian Center. It’s never too late for a person to take horseback riding lessons. For little kids, Boulder Brook offers pony rides that are both safe and fun. You’ll never know – the next great equestrian might be somebody you know.

 
Scarsdale is full of wonderful opportunities for the whole family. Check out our community profile for more information.

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The Best Eats in Eastchester

New Yorkers all share an intense love for good food, no matter where you are in the state. Take the locals of Eastchester for example – ask one of them and they’ll direct you to some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood. If you don’t have time to ask people, however, use this quick guide for the best eats in Eastchester.

Polpettina
102 Fisher Ave, Eastchester, NY
Go here for: Signature meatballs and pizza.

Described as a real gem by many Eastchester locals, Polpettina serves Italian fare that remains true to its earthy and ancient roots. Some of the ingredients are locally sourced from the best producers, ensuring great quality that you can taste in the finished product. Aside from the food, Polpettina’s Eastchester joint is known for its exposed-brick walls and décor that makes this Italian bistro not just easy on the taste buds, but on the eyes as well. Check out their Larchmont branch where they serve up a full array of Prohibition-era cocktails.

Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
425 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY
Go here for: Neapolitan pizzas, cocktails, and gourmet Italian food.

Eastchester locals sure love their Italian food. If you’re craving for more Italian fare, drop by Burrata Wood Fired Pizza along White Plains Rd. This stylish restaurant shines their spotlight on their pizzas that are best described as simple, pure, and fresh. Did we mention their pies are cooked in wood fire? Start your course with some of their beloved antipasti and end your meal with the dessert of your choice. Nutella pizza and amaro affogato, anyone?

Piper’s Kilt
433 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY
Go here for: A variety of melt-in-your-mouth burgers and pub fare.

Situated on a dimly lit tavern, Piper’s Kilt is a favorite among locals for serving some of the best burgers and pub grub in town. Aside from their delectable and legendary half-pound burgers, Piper’s Kilt is known for having a beer, wine, and spirit selection that’s larger than life. What better way to enjoy your food than to pair it with a good wine that hits all the right spots. Piper’s Kilt also serves weekday brunches, so bring your friends and family for a nice get-together.

That’s just three of the best-loved dining establishments in Eastchester. Subscribe to our blog so you can keep yourself updated with all the latest Eastchester news. For more information about the community itself, check out our Community Profile.

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Fun and Family-friendly Activities in Larchmont

LarchmontTaking a day off to spend some quality time with family is always a top priority, especially in Larchmont, where there is a wealth of activities all members of the family will enjoy. Bring some sunblock and a picnic basket full of goodies for a day out with your family. Here are our top picks of family-friendly outings in Larchmont.

  1. Enjoy the peace and quiet at Larchmont Manor Park & Beach. This gorgeous park on Park Ave is a family-friendly location for picnics and simple gatherings. Come by during the Fourth of July for unobstructed views of the yearly fireworks show. For more information about the Larchmont Manor Park & Beach, log on to http://larchmontmanorpark.org.
  2. Enjoy music and arts classes with your kids at Groove Performing Arts. A family-friendly music and arts studio, Groove Performing Arts offers an array of educational programs kids and kids-at-heart will surely bond over, including the award-winning Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals. You can head over to http://findgroove.com for more information about their classes and events.
  3. Frolic along the beach with your beloved four-legged friend. When it comes to family, let’s not forget our ever loyal and trustworthy furry friend. Head to Larchmont Dog Beach for a simple picnic and play with your dog to your heart’s content. Bring the kids as well – they’ll surely enjoy playing with Fido.
  4. Glide like an award-winning figure skater at Hommocks Park Ice Rink. Located just behind Hommocks Middle School, Hommocks Park Ice Rink is a great facility where the whole family can learn how to skate and play hockey. Aside from skating lessons and hockey games, Hommocks Park Ice Rink can also be the venue of your next birthday celebration or family get-together. Check out this link for more information.
  5. Sign your kids up for fun and interesting educational programs.The Larchmont Public Library is not only for adults, but for kids as well! The facility offers several programs for children that vary in scope and subject. Have your kids learn about music, create their own experiments, and make friends. Children as young as 3 years old can enroll in some of the programs.

 
Are you interested to know more about Larchmont? Check out our community profile for more information.

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Kid-friendly activities to enjoy in Bronxville

Bronxville can be a very fun place to be for kids, as there’s a multitude of activities, destinations, and surprises for them to enjoy throughout the year.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy with your kids:

Arts and crafts and storytelling at the Bronxville Public Library

201 Pondfield Road

The Bronxville Public Library has a fun program for kids of all ages: there’s story time for babies, crafts sessions for preschoolers, and a book group for young adults. The library also features a children’s room with comfortable couches and tables where kids can draw, solve puzzles, or read a book. Every Friday afternoon, the library also hosts movie screenings for kids and their families.

Outdoor trip at the Bronx River Path

Pondfield Road West, near Bronx River Parkway

Enjoy the beauty of nature with your kids by visiting the Bronx River Path, a picturesque paved path that includes a 0.8-mile loop encircling the serene Bronxville Lake. This path is also great for dog walkers, joggers, and bikers.

Movie and frozen yogurt at Kraft Avenue

Bronxville Cinemas, 84 Kraft Ave. / Swizzles, 102 Kraft Ave.

The Bronxville Cinemas is the perfect place to enjoy a kid-friendly movie, as it is very rarely crowded. After enjoying the movie, you can take your kids to nearby Swizzles, which offers self-served frozen yogurt.

Playtime at Sagamore Park

Sagamore Park is an excellent place for fun activities for kids. The park is equipped with all sorts of kid-friendly amenities. Children can enjoy playing in the huge sandbox, climbing pyramid, jungle gym, kids’ basketball courts, and pathways with Cozy Coupes.

Find out more about the city of Bronxville by visiting this page.

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The best hiking trails in Westchester

Westchester County may be known to most people as a hub of arts and culture as well as great food, but outdoor enthusiasts are taking note of the area’s hiking trails. Although you can’t find any towering mountain in Westchester County, these hiking trails will take you to panoramic vistas that will be etched in your mind forever.

Hiking in Westchester1. Mianus River Gorge Preserve

Located in Bedford, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve is great for children and beginners. It’s not so high – it’s just approximately 40 feet above the river, but the height is sufficient to give you splendid views of the Mianus River. In addition to its friendliness to hiking beginners, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve trail is one of the oldest Nature Conservancy preserves in the country.

2. Westmoreland Sanctuary

Described by expert outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen as a secluded spot where you can enjoy the sights and smells of nature, Westmoreland is indeed a sanctuary. The forest, which can rise up to 730 feet, is home to quartz rock outcroppings, stone walls, gushing streams, as well as ponds. This beautiful forest is also located near Mount Kisco.

3. Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary

Another hiking trail located near Mount Kisco, Butler Sanctuary is actually situated right across the Westmoreland Sanctuary. The climb starts off right of Interstate 684 and can take you up to 753 feet. Bird watchers flock here in the autumn in hopes of a hawk sighting, which is frequent about 750 feet from the trailhead. Butler Sanctuary also hides a gem – a swampland in the lower part of the trail that looks like it came straight out of the pages of Alice in Wonderland.

4. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Recognized as one of the best parks in Westchester County, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation features the five-mile Star Loop, which can go up to 860 feet. Broad and well-maintained by dedicated park ranges, this trail offers scenic vistas of the Cross River Reservoir and numerous wildlife sightings. To top it all off, the trail will also pass by the cave of the Leatherman, a popular 19th-century figure in Westchester lore.

5. Anthony’s Nose

Supposedly named after a pre-Revolutionary War captain that can river Cyrano de Bergerac’s famous sniffer, the Anthony’s Nose trail begins off Route 6 and will take you up to 900 feet, where you can catch your breath and take in the gorgeous views of the Hudson River and the Bear Mountain Bridge. The trail is also part of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Hiking alone or with friends and family is great, but hiking with dogs is also a memorable adventure. Check out this page for information on dog-friendly hiking trails in Westchester County

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Where to enjoy a great breakfast in Westchester County

Some experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To make it count, do drop by these breakfast spots to start the day right and fill you with enough energy to keep you going until lunchtime.

    Breakfast in Westchester1. Goldberg’s Rock’n Bagel Café
    379 Halstead Ave, Harrison

    Serving rockin’ bagels that will fuel you up in the morning (or whenever you choose to eat this delectably pastry), Goldberg’s Rock’n Bagel Café should definitely be on your list. Bagel lovers all line up to get some of their bestsellers, including the French toast bagel, an egg bagel coated with egg wash, brown sugar, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. We suggest you have it served grilled with butter.

    2. Lilly’s
    169 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

    For a morning fare that is anything but ordinary, head to Lilly’s in White Plains and order pizza for breakfast. After all, everybody loves a good pizza pie. Do try out Morning Lilly Pizza, a bestseller from the brunch menu. It’s got corned beef hash, fontina, mozzarella, truffle oil, and fried egg.

    3. Garden Catering
    315A Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
    140 Midland Ave, Port Chester

    If you’re craving some bacon, egg, and cheese all stacked in a nice sandwich, head to the nearest Garden Catering branch and try out their Hotsy. The beloved Hotsy is a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich that represents all the good in the world. Add a dash for chili and some home fries or potato cones and your stomach will thank you.

    4. The Beehive
    30 Old Rte 22, Armonk

    Another highly recommended spot in Westchester County is The Beehive in Armonk – their breakfast menu will satisfy all five senses. Breakfast offerings include Challah French toast, traditional eggs Benedict, house-made granola with Greek yogurt, and crumb cake. It’s one of the best places in Westchester County where you can get New American breakfast food with a Greek twist.

    5. Equus Restaurant
    Castle Hotel & Spa, 400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown

If you’re looking for a breakfast spot with plenty of choices, the best bet would be to go to Equus, which offers one of the two best breakfast buffets in Westchester County (according to Westchester Magazine). Breakfast offerings include house-smoked salmon, Hudson Valley yogurt and seasonal berries, eggs, and ricotta griddle cakes with your favorite add-ons.

Westchester County is a great destination and place to live for food lovers. To check out the county’s dining scene, log on to this page.

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Fun summer events and activities in Westchester

Every summer, Westchester locals and visitors from neighboring communities take part in a wide variety of activities and events that make the season more memorable.

Want to know what fun events are in store for Westchester residents this summer? Here’s a short list of activities and events we’re all excited to experience:

Blue Door Art Center’s Putting It All Together

Drop by the Blue Door Art Center in Yonkers for “Putting It All Together,” an exhibition featuring collages and assemblage work created by over 50 talented artists from the tri-state area. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Putting it All Together will run from June 18 up to July 23, 2016.

Kykuit Tours

Although Kykuit Tours are available throughout the year, many say the best time to enjoy them is during the summer, when the gardens of Rockefeller Estate are more verdant and the view of the Hudson River is simply spectacular. The best type of tour is the “Selected Highlights” tour, which gives visitors more time to explore the estate’s lush gardens. You’ll also be able to see the secret grotto, the Italian garden, and the Rockefeller family’s impressive collection of contemporary sculptures.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Photo courtesy of http://hvshakespeare.org/

Photo courtesy of http://hvshakespeare.org/


This year’s Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival features plays such as The 39 Steps, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Romeo and Juliet. Longtime attendees of the festival will personally tell you that every play during this event is top-notch, with spectacular performances from each member of the company. The festival is also a great opportunity to enjoy a nice, alfresco dinner on the grounds of the gorgeous Boscobel, which boasts unforgettable views of the Hudson River.

Looking for more incredible activities in Westchester County? Take a look at this page.

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Dog-friendly hiking trails in Westchester County

dogfriendlyThe hiking trails in Westchester County are some of the most scenic trails you’ll find in the entire region, offering enjoyable and unforgettable adventures for nature enthusiasts of all ages.

The best part is, many of these trails are also dog-friendly, perfect for hikers who want their canine buddy to tag along.

Here are a few of the best dog-friendly hiking trails to check out in the area:

Granite Knolls Park, Yorktown

3.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Granite Knolls Park’s 3.5-mile circuit loop hike takes about two hours to complete. The area is the site for small-scale quarry operations, so you’ll be able to see plenty of interesting boulders and rock formations throughout the trail. One of the trail’s highlights is an enormous glacier erratic nicknamed the “Giant Boulder.”

Bronx River Parkway Reservation, Bronxville

9.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Completed in 1925, Bronx River Parkway Reservation is one of Westchester County’s oldest parks, as well as one of the country’s first linear parks. The hiking trail runs mostly alongside a river, meandering through picturesque meadows, soaring woods, and a railroad underpass.

Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, Cortlandt

4.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Once a lookout site during the Revolotuionary War, Hudson Highlands Gateway Park is now a popular destination for outdoor lovers looking to enjoy activities such as hiking, fishing, skiing, and snowshoeing. The hiking trail’s starting point can be located along the hillside, where it enters into a vast forested area before proceeding to a steep uphill climb. Hikers will be able to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view once they reach the viewpoint located at a stone fireplace.

Mountain Lakes County Park

5.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

This 5.5-mile circuit loop features majestic surroundings with unique rock outcrops, serene lakes, gently meandering streams, and enchanting hardwood forests. The park is the highest point in Westchester County – breathtaking views stretching beyond the horizon are in store for those planning an outdoor adventure.

For more great activities in Westchester County, visit this page.

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Take your Kids to the Greenburgh Nature Center

Photo courtesy of Greenburgh National Center Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Greenburgh Nature Center Facebook Page.

If you’re searching for a new place to take your kids during the weekend, the Greenburgh Nature Center is a terrific choice.

Located just off Central Avenue in Scarsdale, the 33-acre preserve offers children a fun, interactive, and educational experience with nature. The sprawling nature preserve boasts over 30 acres of woodland, two wetland sites, educational exhibits, and hundreds of fascinating wildlife species.

Here are several attractions available in this scenic hidden paradise:

Hiking trails

The Greenburgh Nature Center’s Blue Trail offers a memorable outdoor adventure for visitors. The trail is about 1/3 mile in length starting from the back of the main building, circling around Woodfrog Pond, and back to the starting point.

Hikers on the Blue Trail will be treated to a scenic adventure on unpaved paths surrounded by wildlife, majestic oaks, dogwoods, viburnum shrubs, wildflowers, and mushrooms.

Native plant meadow

See a fascinating collection of indigenous plants, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife at Greenburgh Nature Center’s native plant meadow.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the meadow’s walking paths or quietly observe the beautiful surroundings in the comfortable seating area.

The native plant meadow also serves as the venue for the center’s annual live butterfly exhibit during the summer.

Indoor exhibits

Greenburgh Nature Center’s live animal museum boasts a massive collection of more than a hundred species and a diverse variety of plants collected from all over the world.

In addition to its plant and animal collection, the museum also hosts nature-related photo and art exhibits featuring the work of talented local and visiting artists.

Nature camps

The Greenburgh Nature Center offers educational camps where children can enjoy a wide range of nature-based activities and games. They’ll be able to interact with animals, create artwork, develop essential survival skills, and learn more about the vast wonders of nature.

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Family-Friendly Activities and Destinations in Rye

Known as a predominantly residential community, the city of Rye boasts plenty of fantastic attractions and fun things to do for residents of all ages.

If you’re planning a weekend trip or looking for new places for you and your family to visit, here are a few of the best activities and destinations to enjoy in Rye:

Playland

Rye Town Park and Playland

Rye Town Park and Playland

Open since the late 1920s, Playland is an amusement park that has entertained thousands of families with its assortment of thrilling rides and attractions.

The 280-acre park is home to the iconic Dragon Coaster, one of the few operational wooden roller coasters in the country. Open since 1929, the classic ride features over 3,400 feet of track, and a maximum height of approximately 85 feet.

Playland is especially popular during the summer, as many visitors take advantage of the nice weather to enjoy the park’s paddle boat rides, swimming pools, and live concert series.

Oakland Beach and Rye Beach

Located along the same stretch of sand, both Oakland Beach and Rye Beach are perfect for families looking to enjoy a relaxing day under the sun.

Enjoy a long walk along the coastline, bring a blanket and umbrella and relax on the sand, or enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean (or the nearby swimming pool, in case it gets too hot on the beach).

Rye Town Park

Rye Town Park is a terrific place to relax, soak in the beautiful scenery, and enjoy outdoor activities with the entire family. Included on the National Register of Historic Places, the 62-acre park has provided unforgettable memories for generations of families for more than a hundred years.

Features include nearly 30 acres of lawns with pathways, picnic areas, gazebos, a naturalized duck pond, and an expansive beachfront with magnificent views. There’s also a restaurant and snack bar where residents can fuel up after a tiring day of outdoor fun.

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