Harrison, NY

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Nestled on the Long Island Sound shoreline, Harrison delights residents with its scenic natural setting, thriving downtown, and small-town vibe just miles from New York City. This Westchester County town has much to offer.


According to the latest census, Harrison has a population of approximately 28,000 residents. The population has risen over the past decade as more people discover Harrison’s high quality of life. The town maintains a close-knit feel.


Harrison’s history reaches back to the 17th century when it was founded as a farming community. Many historic buildings stand preserved today, recalling its past.

In the early 1900s it evolved into a vacation retreat from New York City. Harrison continues to progress while celebrating its heritage. Historic sites like the Newark Mill evoke its roots.

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Quality of Life

Between the Long Island Sound beaches, ample parks and recreation, excellent schools, and thriving downtown, Harrison residents enjoy an enviable quality of life. The tight-knit community really cares about its neighbors.

The recreational opportunities, low crime and overall charm make Harrison a wonderful place to put down roots and raise a family.


Harrison sits conveniently near premier healthcare options. White Plains Hospital, New York Presbyterian, and Greenwich Hospital provide specialty care just minutes away.

Within Harrison, private practices offer primary care, therapy and more. Public health initiatives further support community well-being. Overall, care access is comprehensive.


Harrison prides itself on safe neighborhoods fostered by attentive policing, community vigilance, and youth programs. Violent crime is extremely rare. Property crime rates remain well below state and national averages.

Citizens play an active role in safety by reporting suspicious activity and volunteering. Harrison provides a secure environment to live, work and play.


Harrison enjoys quick convenient access to New York City and surrounding areas. It is located right off I-287, steps from the Metro-North commuter railroad, and served by Bee-Line buses.

Within the compact downtown area, walking and biking provides enjoyable mobility. The small town layout makes getting around a breeze by any mode.

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Shopping and Dining

The lively downtown area features boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Favorites include Purdys for gourmet fare, Paper Moon for gifts, and Harbor Square for waterfront dining.

Just outside town, large malls like Westchester Mall provide additional shopping variety. The famed Harbor Island Park draws crowds in summer.


Harrison Schools offer stellar education from pre-K through 12th grade, with a curriculum that nurtures creativity and critical thinking. Graduates consistently gain acceptance to top universities.

Many students attend parochial schools like St. Gregory the Great Catholic School. Education remains a strong priority in Harrison.

Points of Interest

  • Playland – Iconic art deco amusement park with rides, games, beach and boardwalk
  • Harbor Island Park – Picturesque park with a sandy beach, nature preserve, walking trails and kayak rentals
  • Harrison Public Library – Vibrant community library dating back to 1929, featuring programs and events
  • Westchester Collaborative Theater – Acclaimed non-profit theater company staging productions year-round
  • Manhattanville College – Private liberal arts college founded in 1841, spanning 100 green acres
  • Renaissance Faire – Annual Renaissance festival held at Stuarts Fruit Farm showcasing medieval arts and crafts