Hastings-on-Hudson is a charming village located in an area of hills on the Hudson River opposite the Palisades cliffs, north of the city of Yonkers. The village lies along the banks of the Hudson River, and its several hills afford beautiful views of the river, the Palisades and Manhattan to the south. Sized at nearly three square miles, the village incorporated in the town of Greenburgh is home to close to 8,000 residents.
Hastings-on-Hudson is a convenient thirty minute train ride by Metro-North Railroad to New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
A village rich in centuries of history, the area that is now Hastings-on-Hudson was once the home of the Weckquaesgeek Native Americans, one of the Algonquin tribes. Around 1650 a Dutch carpenter named Frederick Philipse arrived in New Amsterdam. In 1682 Philipse traded with the Indians for the area that is now Dobbs Fery and Hastings. In 1693 the English crown granted Philipse title to the Manor of Philipsburg, which included what is now Hastings-on-Hudson. After dividing the area into four nearly equal-sized farms, the Philipses leased them to Dutch, English and French Huguenot settlers.
During the American Revolution, what is now Hastings lay between the lines of the warring forces and was declared neutral territory. Following the conclusion of the war, Westchester County, which had been established as one of the 10 original counties in New York, was divided into towns, and the area that is now Hastings became part of the town of Greenburgh. The village was incorporated in 1879 and its name changed from Hastings-Upon-Hudson to Hastings-on-Hudson.
Among the sites in Hastings-on-Hudson listed on the National Register of Historic Places are The Jasper H. Cropsey House and Studio and Hastings Prototype House. The John William Draper House is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
All 3 of Hastings’ schools, Hillside Elementary, Farragut Middle School, and Hastings High School, have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence.
Its proximity to Manhattan, great schools, and comfortable suburban feeling, all attribute to making Hastings-on-Hudson one of the finest places to live in Westchester.