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- Pocantico Hills, NY is a hamlet in the town of Mount Pleasant, New York, northeast of the village of Sleepy Hollow and southwest of the village of Pleasantville. “Pocantico” means “running between two hills,” and the name is a reference to the meandering Pocantico River. Nestled between the Hudson River on the west and the Saw Mill River Parkway on the east, one finds pristine woodlands, brooks, 1,000 acres of hiking trails, and nature walks an hour’s drive from downtown Manhattan.
The area was originally settled by native Americans of the Wecquaesgeek tribes.
The Union Church of Pocantico Hills is also in the hamlet. This quaint stone church was built by the Rockefeller family for their and the communities’ use. It features beautiful stained glass originals including one by Henri Matisse and nine by Marc Chagall. The Matisse window was his final piece prior to his death in 1954 and was commissioned by Nelson A. Rockefeller in memory of his mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, one of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
The Black Cat Cafe is located just a short drive away in Irvington.
Black Cat Cafe’s menu is designed with an emphasis on proprietary cuisine using the freshest ingredients possible. Menu items are all natural and made with as many organic ingredients as available. They serve both breakfast and lunch daily with an extensive beverage menu including specialty coffees and teas along with whole vegetable and fruit juice mixes, smoothies, seasonal favorites including their extensive hot chocolate menu and house-brewed iced teas and mulled ciders.
The cafe brews mainly Kenyan micro-lots as its bean of choice along with an exceptional, traditional Italian blend of espresso and finally a mellow Guatamalan decaf bean. Kenyan beans are complex and are classified as a Medium body but we’ve always felt those beans to be Bold with a bit of funk and because the beans vary slightly from lot to lot, we feel it keeps the coffee palette alive.
The café also offers an eclectic, rotating line of original works of art from our local art community and works from abroad with the help of our art dealers.
Like many of the treasures it houses, Trilogy Consignment is one of a kind. The delightful array of perpetually revolving stock, collected with an eye for style and quality, infuses fashion with a sense of levity. Whether or not she considers herself style-conscious, the colors, patterns, shapes and textures commingling within this shop will inspire a patron’s personal sense of adventure, and nurture each individual’s unique self-image with options she may have never before considered. At Trilogy, we believe that fun can also be functional, pretty can also be practical, and amazing should be accessible. Style is personal power on display: feeling great in an outfit can enhance everyday experiences and increase productivity.
Visitors will delight in the ever growing haven of open space in Westchester County known as Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Approximately 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society, the Preserve is a must visit area for birders. In season, licensed anglers enjoy fishing for bass in the 22 acre Swan Lake and for brown trout in the Pocantico River.
Pocantico Hills Central School District has rich traditions, supported by the Rockefeller family and the close-knit Pocantico Hills community, since its inception in 1932. A uniquely wonderful place to live and learn, Pocantico Hills has an unparalleled physical plan and surroundings adjacent to Rockefeller State Park Preserve with ready access to both the cultural resources of Westchester County and New York City and the beauty and natural resources of the Hudson Valley countryside. The Pocantico Hills Central School District includes parts of the towns of Mount Pleasant and Greenburgh
The District’s mission is built upon seven Guiding Principles that ensures rigorous academic programs with high expectations for all are delivered in a personalized learning environment where every individual student is known and cared for. From pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, students attend central school campus and then make the choice to attend Briarcliff High School, Pleasantville High School, or Sleepy Hollow High School. Opportunities to explore interdisciplinary connections and make learning relevant and meaningful extend from a strong core academic program to include the fine and performing arts, science, technology, home and careers, gardening, physical education, world languages, health and well-being.
COMMUNITY INFORMATIONFor information about government, services, and activities, please visit the Town of Mount Pleasant website.