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Rye's Oakland Beach Boat landing circa 1910
Rye is a community that seems to blend both the traditional and contemporary lifestyles. Its residents can be found hard at work during the week but then enjoy unwinding on the weekend in the quietude and small-town charm that is Rye.
There are many historically significant homes and landmarks throughout Rye. These have been preserved through careful and thoughtful planning. If one were to look at photographs of Rye from 100 years ago, many of the same buildings still remain standing today. Residential homes in Rye range from modest Colonial and Cape Cod- style homes to more substantial homes and estates. Rye's quaint downtown offers a combination of small-town shops, eateries, a smoke shop, bookstore, Ice Cream shops and other places favored by young and old alike. Rye is a relatively small town consisting approximately 15,000 residents.
Rye is Rich in history!
In 1660, John Coe, Thomas Studwell and Peter Disbrow traveled from Greenwich and settled Rye. A year later, John Budd of Long Island joined them. The four men purchased all the land between the Byram and Mamaroneck Rivers and far inland from the Long Island Sound. Rye was an agricultural community and during the Revolutionary War was neutral ground when both the British and Americans entered the city. In the 1800's wealthy New Yorkers began moving into the area and building grand homes. These included Peter Augustus Jay, son of the first Supreme Court Justice John Jay, who built a Greek Revival Mansion in 1838. In 1904, Rye separated itself from the village of Port Chester and the unincorporated Town of Rye. In 1942, it became Westchester County's smallest city.
Rye is conveniently situated at the crossroads of the Boston Post Road (U.S. 1), I-95 and I-287 in the south-central region of Westchester County. Rye is a small city that borders the Long Island Sound. It is about 30 miles north of New York City. Train travelers will find Rye an easy commute to Manhattan on either the local or express trains, typically between 35 and 45 minutes to Grand Central Station. Although not far in proximity from Manhattan, Rye is yet a tranquil community that exudes the typical suburban lifestyle.
Oakland Beach and Rye Playland
One of Rye main attractions is it's beautiful 5.5 mile coastline. Oakland Beach is a favorite spot for beach-goers for over a century. This is truly one of New York's greatest treasures. Adjoining the beach is historic Rye Playland, an art deco style amusement park which was one of the first ever built in America. There is also an Ice Skating Rink and a miniature golf course. The Dragon Coaster is one of the oldest roller coasters in the country and still exists today. During the late fall, winter and spring, Playland closes its rides however, Rye's adjoining 11-acre park remains open and is a favorite spot for Dog owner's to gather, socialize with their pets and let Rover get in a good run. Even non-dog owners can be found taking a brisk walk along the trail, the Playland Pier or having a picnic lunch on the beach.
Boating - Rye is home to several boat marinas. Rye's own municipal marina on Milton Road has moorings and slip space for 350 boats. Whether your into power boating, sailing or fishing, you will find many other Rye residents who share the very same passion. Rye's Harbor is truly one of the most beautiful harbors in the country. It is not unusual to see a flock of Egrets perched on rocks and tree branches as you sail through scenic Milton Harbor.
Golf - There are a number of private country clubs in and around Rye. One of the most well-known is Westchester Country Club which has sponsored the of Westchester Classics. The Rye Municipal Golf Club is a beautiful facility and available exclusively to all Rye residents. The club features an 18-hole golf course, an Olympic-size swimming pool and three wading pools.
Nature Trails and Bird Watching - A 46-acre Nature Center, a bird sanctuary, and the 120-acre Marshland Conservancy on the waterfront are all located in Rye.
Tennis and more - Rye offers a number of tennis courts that, for an annual fee, may be used by any resident of Rye. There are also several ball fields and The Rye Recreation Center. The Rye YMCA, which is located in the downtown district, offers members a wonderful facility complete with state-of-the-art fitness center, hardwood courts, indoor swimming pool, fitness instructors, classes, etc. The Rye YMCA also offers after-school care for children with working parents.
Favorite destinations for either Breakfast or Lunch
Dockside Deli, Milton Road, Rye
Poppy's Cafe, Purchase Street, Rye
On the Way Cafe, Forest Avenue to Ridgeland Terrace (near Playland), Rye
The community of Rye places great emphasis on its school system. There are approximately 2,700 students in Rye's high school, middle school and three elementary schools with an average of 19 students for each teacher. 99% of the graduates go on to higher education. The high school offers Regent and non-Regent courses, elective courses, honor classes and a broad range of courses in the arts and all areas of music.
Rye offers a wide range of cultural opportunities and a large number of community organizations. The Rye Free Reading Room, which is situated on the city green, is a modern library with approximately 70,000 books. It also conducts film shows, story hours, art exhibits and concerts.The Rye Arts Center presents a variety of professional and non-professional stage presentations throughout the year. Other organizations include the Rye Garden Club, Rye Community Concerts, Rye Forum, the Rye Conservation Society and the Rye Historical Society.
A variety of fashionable stores, antique shops and boutiques attract shoppers along Purchase Street in the heart of the village. Diners can enjoy fine international and American cuisine in elegant restaurants or in casual cafes. White Plains, NY and Stamford, CT have branches of chic department stores and nearby Greenwich, CT is known for its many specialty stores.
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