Briarcliff Manor, New York
|Briarcliff Manor, New York|
|• Mayor||William Vescio|
|• Total||6.7 sq mi (17.3 km2)|
|• Land||5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)|
|Elevation||249 ft (76 m)|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi (450/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0969912|
Briarcliff Manor is a village in Westchester County in the state of New York. It is shared between the towns of Mount Pleasant and Ossining, and lies entirely within the ZIP code of 10510. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 7,867, over 93% of whom lived in the Town of Ossining.
Briarcliff Manor was originally part of the vast land holdings of Dutchman Frederick Philipse, who owned the stretch of land extending from Spuyten Duyvil that separates Manhattan from what is now the Bronx north along the Hudson River to the Croton River. The Philipses, who were loyal to the crown, lost their land after the American Revolution.
In 1890, Walter W. Law bought his first 232 acres (0.939 km2) when he retired from W. & J. Sloan, a furnishings retailer on Fifth Avenue; he called this land Briarcliff Farm. He later owned 5,000 acres (20 km2) and developed the village. It is said that "Manor" was added to the village's name after Law's friend Andrew Carnegie jokingly referred to Law as the "Laird of Briarcliff Manor" and the name stuck.
Briarcliff Manor is located at  30 miles (48 km) north of Manhattan. It is accessed by one major highway, the Taconic State Parkway. It can also be accessed through Route 9, Route 9A, Route 100, and the Saw Mill River Parkway.(41.144033, -73.841340),
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17 km2), of which 5.9 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), or 11.24%, is water.
- The Tree Streets is a network of streets named after trees, such as Satinwood, Larch, and Oak. Some of the oldest houses in the town lie on these streets.
- North State Road is a street with apartment buildings, co-ops, single family homes and businesses.
- Sleepy Hollow Road is the road associated with the legend of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod Farms, a house named for the legend's fictional protagonist, Ichabod Crane, can be found on this road.
- The Crossroads area consists of several streets named after local World War II veterans, including Schrade Road, Hazelton Circle, Matthes Road, and Dunn Lane.
- Downtown, commonly referred to as Town, is the closest thing to a "main street" in Briarcliff Manor. Briarcliff's "main street" is Pleasantville Road. It is home to the Briarcliff Manor Police & Fire Department as well as a number of commercial establishments. Farther along the road are the Briarcliff High School and Briarcliff Middle School, though they are not technically in the village. The elementary school, Todd School, is located on Ingham Road, which intersects with Pleasantville Road. Todd Lane, the older portion of Carleton Avenue up to the 9A entrance and Horsechestnut are part of the village.
- Long Hill Road stretches a long distance across Briarcliff and consists of Long Hill Road East and Long Hill Road West. This road connects to a variety of roads such as Scarborough Road, Tuttle Road, Elm Road
- Meadowbrook Farm is an area that falls under the postal and school systems of Briarcliff Manor but is not governed under the village, rather by the Town of Mount Pleasant. The area starts on the newer portion of Carleton Avenue from the Route 9A entrance (extended in the mid-1980s), and ends where Carleton Avenue touches Old Chappaqua Road. The name of the streets in this area are Pea Pond Lane, Pine Hill Court, Briars Corners, Woodsfords Bend, Fox Run Road, Doxbury Circle, Stonington Drive, Stonington Heights, Patricia Lane, and Iron Ridge Oval.
- Hirst, also known as Hirst Road, is the highest point in Briarcliff and also has a connecting loop to it.
- Holly Place is one of the lowest points in Briarcliff Manor, connecting to Sleepy Holly Country Club. The roads connects into Long Hill Road.
- Scarborough: a hamlet split between the villages of Briarcliff Manor and Ossining along the Hudson River. It has a post office and train station on the Metro-North Hudson Line. Scarborough is not part of Briarcliff's School District. During the early 20th century families such as the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Rockefellers entertained guests on their country estates with sweeping river views in the Scarborough area. Also in Scarborough is the Scarborough Presbyterian Church erected by Mrs. Elliott F. Shepard (a Vanderbilt) as a memorial to her late husband. Across the street from the large stone church is Sparta Cemetery, which contains the grave of "The Leatherman".
- Chilmark: a residential community and shopping center in northern Briarcliff. The shopping center includes a supermarket, Carvel ice cream store, pharmacy, Radio Shack, pizzeria, and other stores. The name of the area comes from the castle-like Chilmark Mansion. Chilmark is not part of Briarcliff's School District, but falls under the Ossining School District's jurisdiction.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,696 people, 2,435 households, and 1,996 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,298.9 people per square mile (501.1/km²). There were 2,501 housing units at an average density of 422.1 per square mile (162.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 90.74% White, 1.73% African American, 0.05% Native American, 5.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.13% of the population. The village's houses of worship include Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI), Briarcliff Congregational Church, Scarborough Presbyterian, All Saints Episcopal, St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Holy Innocents Anglican, Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, and St Mary's Episcopal Church.
There were 2,435 households out of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $133,272, and the median income for a family was $157,607. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $61,208 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,646. About 0.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
- Voted number 19 on CNN Money's "25 Top Earning Towns in the U.S."
- The late Brooke Astor's home Holly Hill is located in Briarcliff Manor.
- The Edith Macy Conference Center, an internationally important conference and training facility owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), is in Briarcliff Manor.
- Much of James Patterson's 2005 novel Honeymoon takes place in Briarcliff Manor (where Patterson owns a house and lives for part of the year ). The village is described in detail (especially Pleasantville Road). There is also some reference to the nearby village of Pleasantville.
- Portions of the movies Super Troopers, Private Parts, and Bed of Roses were filmed in Briarcliff.
- Part of the memorable and lengthy car chase scene in the movie "The Seven-Ups" was filmed in this area on the Taconic State Parkway, notably the ending.
- Portions of the movie American Gangster were filmed here, notably the large white mansion on Scarborough Road in Briarcliff. The more modest house portrayed in NC was also in town.
- Artie Lange, the sidekick of Howard Stern, got his start spinning records at 107.1 in Briarcliff Manor.
- 107.1 WRNW (now WXPK) broadcast from town gave Howard Stern his first paying radio job as an afternoon disc jockey (DJ) for $4/hour and eventually took over several other duties, including both program and production directors. It was at WRNW that Stern realized that he would have to be funnier than normal DJs if he wanted to be a success. His first antics on the air included bizarre commercial spots complete with weird sound effects and off-color calls to the business owners. Stern lasted about two years at WRNW. Partial Citation "Howard Stern", ''Yahoo:movies", Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
- Briarcliff is the site of Sleepy Hollow Country Club and Trump National Golf Course (formerly Briar Hall Country Club), owned by the real-estate mogul Donald Trump.
- Quotes from Vogue: "Tora Coursey, a philanthropist from Benes, France, once called Briarcliff Manor, the hometown of heroes for this generation."
- Village of Briarcliff Manor official website
- Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District
- Ossining Union Free School District
- Briarcliff Manor Fire Department - Scarborough Engine Company
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