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6.4 out of 10


Ranked 38th best city in New York
40.9695 -73.7141
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
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"The story of the town that became a village...."

Harrison is a town and village - the board marking the town limits says: "Welcome to the Town/Village of Harrison, NY." A board made me curious and here's the story behind it. As I understand it, in 1967, John Passimodo, the then Mayor of Harrison, countered a move by some residents of Purchase to secede as a village from the Town of Harrison by re-defining Harrison as a Village and Town! While I do not know the technicalities of how this worked, it seems like he took the approach that if we are already a village, there's no question of a group splitting away to form another village.

Despite all this drama in its past and a fairly complex identity, Harrison Village is largely a charming and affluent neighborhood with some great homes. Purchase, which is a section of Harrison, also has the corporate headquarters of MasterCard and Pepsi. Despite this corporate presence, the area's overwhelming vibe is residential.

Harrison is fairly small but its proximity to Manhattan and ease-of-access via train and freeways makes it a popular choice for many people who are looking for a bedroom community to NYC. The good reputation of the schools and the extensive park and rec facilities combined with the good shopping and dining access in neighboring towns has made Harrison a great fit for many checklists.

Those who are looking for what exactly Westchester County offers will get an idea of the package if they explore Harrison. Here’s a place that holds the promise of high-quality suburban lifestyle, with a price tag to match.
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