About Irvington, NY
The Village of Irvington, incorporated April 16, 1872, has a long and interesting history. The territory of the village was part of the Bissightick track of the Van der Donck grant purchased by Frederick Phillipse in 1682. In 1817, Justice Dearman bought half of William Dutcher’s farm and lived there until 1848 when it was sold to Gustavo F. Sanchi. In the same year, it was sold to John Jay, grandson of Justice John Jay, who arranged for it to be laid out in lots as the Village of Dearman. The lots were sold at public auction in New York City in 1850; the village of “Dearman” was formed. In 1854, “Dearman,” by popular vote, changed its name to “Irvington,” honoring its beloved citizen, Washington Irvington, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.”
Although Irvington is a short distance from much larger urban areas – 45 minutes from NYC, 15 minutes from White Plains, NY and 25 minutes from Stamford, CT – it has maintained the charm of a small town. It has a population of about 6,500 and covers approximately 2 square miles. Starting in the 1850′s, Irvington began to attract wealthy NYC residents to the area. Enticed by the cool summer breezes off the Hudson and the rural setting next to the river, they built large summer residences for their families. Many of these estates remain but housing for today’s residents is quite diverse, covering all possibilities. There is pride in the quality of our schools, recreational facilities, library and churches. Volunteerism thrives in the fire department, ambulance corps, Town Hall Theater and sports leagues. Various government boards and community organizations are the cement of our civic spirit. Magnificent views of the Hudson River, combined with a small-town flavor and easy access to Manhattan, make the Village of Irvington an ideal place to live.
The Irvington School District is focused on higher education, including its nationally recognized Schools for Excellence, which are rich in music and athlectic programs. Many members of the public schools’ staff have advanced degrees. About 98 percent of our students go on to higher education.
The Irvington Public Library offers numerous programs from story time and arts and crafts for all ages to an adult book club. It also offers classes on how to use the library computers for research purposes and how to access the Internet.
Parks and Recreational Facilities
There are three parks open to village residents with a village parks permit – Matthiessen Park, Memorial Park and Halsey Pond. The newest park, Scenic Hudson Park, is open to all and contains a basketball court, soft ball fields, paths for strolling and spectacular views of the Hudson. The Parks and Recreation Department is located in the Isabel K. Benjamin Community Center. Programs are offered throughout the year for all ages and all residents.
To learn more about Irvington, NY, please go to the town’s Web site at: www.irvingtonny.gov