Immortalized in Washington Irving’s famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the “real” Sleepy Hollow is now a modern village that is home to a diverse population of nearly 10,000 residents. Located 25 miles north of New York City along the eastern shore of the Hudson River, The Village of Sleepy Hollow offers a unique blend of natural beauty and urban amenities along with world-renowned historic landmarks and modern attributes. This remarkable mix contributes to an enviable quality of life for residents – even as it attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year.
For residents commuting to Manhattan, easy access to two separate Metro-North train stations (Philipse Manor station in Sleepy Hollow and the adjacent Tarrytown Station) is a lure. For those working even closer to home, opportunities from international corporate headquarters to thriving small businesses in Westchester County are close at hand. Sleepy Hollow itself boasts one of the region’s leading community hospitals, Northwell Health’s Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. The award-winning school system is a combined district with nearby Tarrytown, and has earned recent accolades including recognition as a NASSP/MetLife Foundation Breakthrough School and as a College Board Inspiration Award National Finalist Award, among other awards.
The Hudson River plays a central role in village life, and improved access to the waterfront is a cornerstone of ongoing development. At the river’s edge, properties including Ichabod’s Landing and River House are injecting new life along the waterfront. Picnicking and recreational access for kayaking, sailing and other activities are available from Kingsland Point Park and Horan’s Landing. There’s more to come, as Edge-On-Hudson, a new development on the site of the former General Motors Assembly Plant, is set to transform nearly 70 acres along the waterfront in the coming years to a $1 billion mixed-used development with housing, retail, restaurants and Sleepy Hollow’s first waterfront hotel.
Even with major changes along the waterfront, the vibrant mix of cultures that characterize Sleepy Hollow is expected to remain a hallmark of the village. A short stroll down Valley Street offers delicacies from the Chilean Los Andes Bakery, to Ecuadorian food at Los Tigres Restaurant, or Peruvian specialties at Mancora.
Further afield, residents and visitors alike enjoy access from Sleepy Hollow to hundreds of acres of walking and running trails in the nearby Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and to special events and tours at sites such as the 1883 Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow, and Philipsburg Manor historic site, which includes shuttles for tours of the Rockefeller estate, Kykuit.
We know what you really want to know, though. Does the Headless Horseman still make his mysterious rounds throughout Sleepy Hollow? Well, let’s just say “The Legend Lives!” Locals know his haunts, but visitors may wish to visit www.visitsleepyhollow.com to learn more about the horseman and the wide variety of four season activities, sites to visit and special events in the region.
For Village Historian Henry Steiner’s engaging HeadlessHorsemanblog; visit his great blog: