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Dobbs Ferry

The quintessential river town, Dobbs Ferry is known for its bustling downtown dotted with some surprisingly satisfying eateries. Head downhill and there’s a sprawling waterfront park with stunning views across the river to the Palisades.

Dobbs Ferry

The Quintessential River Town

Covering barely two square miles, charming Dobbs Ferry is considerably smaller than Irvington to the north and Hastings-On-Hudson to the south. But it’s also denser than its neighbors, giving its downtown a more bustling feel. Start your exploration at the intersection of Main and Cedar streets, where you’ll find a surprisingly array of shops and eateries set in brick buildings that seldom rise past two or three stories. Other nearby streets, mostly named for types of trees, are where you’ll find historic homes ranging in size from modest to massive. Farther from the center of town, more modern houses are set on hillsides with unobstructed views of the sunlight dancing on the Hudson River.

Where to Get Your Bearings

As soon as your train pulls into Dobbs Ferry, head straight to the old station house. Inside what was once the waiting room you’ll find Hudson Social, a favorite meeting spot for locals looking for a relaxing breakfast or brunch. In the afternoon, there’s more of a beer garden vibe at the outdoor tables. Stretch your legs afterward in nearby Waterfront Park.

What Locals Recommend

There’s a surprising number of parks in a community as compact as Dobbs Ferry. Set aside time for a stroll in 76-acre Juhring Nature Preserve, the area’s largest swath of green. Located in northeastern corner of the village, it has several easy trails blazed by local Eagle Scouts.

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Notable Information
22-mile drive north of Midtown Manhattan. 36-minute train ride via Metro-North from Grand Central at peak.
Dobbs Ferry is one of the area’s most walkable towns, with Main Street just a few blocks from the train station.
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What are the top 3 reasons to consider buying in Dobbs Ferry?

1. Walkable downtown. At barely over two square miles, Dobbs Ferry is one of the smallest communities along the Hudson River. That means you can stroll to just about everywhere. 2. Cut down your commute. You won’t get much work done on your train ride into Manhattan. That’s because you’ll be at Grand Central in a little over a half an hour. 3. Hit the trail. Locals love the great outdoors, so don’t be surprised to run you’re your neighbors on one of the hiking trails leading through the popular Juhring Nature Preserve.

What’s the vibe like in Dobbs Ferry?

The residents of Dobbs Ferry are a community-minded bunch. The village was the first in the state to be recognized as a Climate Smart Community and continues to work to reduce its climate footprint. Locals like the fact that the village is so walkable, and many decide to forgo a car entirely.

Where can I get the basics in and around Dobbs Ferry?

One local put it this way: “Why exhaust yourself at those big-box stores? Everything you need is at Readers Hardware.” Contractors hang out here a lot, so you know it stocks all the right stuff. When it comes to groceries, Dobbs Ferry has one chain store that isn’t loved by a lot of locals. Luckily, there are several specialty food stores like Scaperrotta’s Deli, where we heartily recommend the Meatball Parm. We also like Battaglia’s, an Italian meat market where you can take home family-sized trays of traditional dishes. And did we mention the fish at Dobbs Ferry Lobster Guys? Seafood doesn’t get fresher than this unless it’s right of the boat. St. John’s Riverside Hospital has won awards for the care it gives to patients, especially in its neonatal unit.

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