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- The Village of Briarcliff Manor, New York is located in affluent Westchester County, nestled along the historic and scenic Hudson River. Briarcliff offers a rustic residential environment within easy commuting distance to Manhattan and all that New York City has to offer.
One of the proudest accomplishments of the Village of Briarcliff Manor has been its ability to carefully and creatively balance development with the preservation of open space and the Village’s historic character. In fact, the Village itself owns and maintains over 172 acres of active and passive parkland.
The history of Briarcliff Manor can be traced back to the founding of a settlement between the Hudson and Pocantico Rivers in the 19th century. The area now known as Briarcliff Manor had human occupation since at least the Archaic period, but significant growth in the settlements that are now incorporated into the village did not occur until the Industrial Revolution.
Briarcliff Manor’s original settlement was known as Whitson’s Corners for brothers John, Richard, and Reuben Whitson, who owned adjoining farms in the area totaling 400 acres. The community became incorporated as Briarcliff Manor in 1906.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
The Moonbean Cafe is known as Briarcliff’s best coffee. With accommodating indoor and outdoor seating, this little coffee shop is the place to be while visiting. They serve coffee, sandwiches and desserts all day!
Afterwards, check out Wondrous things for gifts and more. Stop by for an eclectic selection of artisan jewelry, beauty care products, stationery, and beautiful baby items. You’ll find Brighton charms and sunglasses, Vera Bradley handbags, gourmet teas, Zoobies—plush animals that morph into cuddly blankies—and lots more.
The Village of Briarcliff Manor maintains an impressive inventory of passive and active recreational facilities and parks. Village residents are invited to enjoy the amenities each site has to offer including fields, parks, trails and the village pool. The Westchester County bike trail also makes it’s way through Briarcliff and is accessible behind the Briarcliff Manor Library, off Pleasantville Road. The trail extends north along Route 100 into Millwood, and south along Route 9A to Route 117.
Briarcliff’s School system is in a community committed to traditional values in education. Students are housed in three schools, an elementary school containing grades from kindergarten through fifth, middle school housing grades sixth through eighth and a high school, grades nine through twelve. The schools operate under the jurisdiction of a five member Board of Education whose goal is to provide each student with a strong foundation of the basic fundamentals of learning in order to prepare them for college as well as to be useful and productive citizens.
Additional information for the town of Bedford, including public safety, government, and resources, can be found on their website.