4/26/07 In Town Magazine- Mount Kisco ranked # 1 for top ten family friendly towns in Westchester County NY. read full article
The HUB of Northern Westchester
Rich in history, the Town of Mount Kisco was settled in 1719 on land bought from the Indians forty years earlier. It was earlier called New Castle Corners, now Leonards Park. The Kisco River (the name comes from the Indian "seesque" or "muddy place", attesting to early marshes that caused drainage problems) flows through the village. The village, in the Towns of Bedford and New Castle, was incorporated in 1875, it became a village/town governed primarily as a village.
With the railroads in 1847 came wealthy summer people who wanted entertainment. A roller rink on Maple Street was converted to an opera house and an armory was expanded for the roller skating, social balls and plays. From the mid-20's to the 60's the Lawrence Playhouse present summer stock in a large barn. The performers included Mildred Natwick and Burl Ives and the stage manager was Henry Fonda. was formerly part of the Town of Bedford until 1978 when it became an has been an independent village.
It's small-town feel with neo-colonial buildings, Mount Kisco could still be called quaint. Today. T hough one of the smallest villages in Westchester County, Mount Kisco has a bustling business community with an active Chamber of Commerce , a very active Senior Community at the Fox Senior Center with two Senior Housing complexes, a major medical center with Northern Westchester Hospital Center and the Mount Kisco Medical Group and a large number of restaurants of varying ethnic cuisine. Mount Kisco is known for its shopping and draws residents from all over Westchester to Target, GAP, Anne Klein, Banana Republic, Starbucks, Churchhills, Chicos, CVS, Annie Sez, Party City and many more and has three large supermarkets. Mount Kisco also has major recreational facilities located at the Northern Westchester Boys and Girls Club, Leonard Park including outdoor ballfields for softball, footbals and soccer, tennis courts, basketball courts, Memorial Pool and the new town gymnasium for year round indooractivities, not to mention the Saw Mill Club , Mt. Kisco County Club , Clearview Cinemas, Grand Prix Racing and new bowling alley Spin Bowl and many locations for dance, karate and music lessons. We also have several day care centers and a new 21,000 square foot, state of the art Library is in the planning stages. For nature walks in addition to Leonard Park, the town also boasts The Butler Sanctuary and Meyer Preserve with a total of over 630 acres of nature at its finest, with many species of birds, trees and flowers. Additionally, The Westmoreland Sanctuary offers trails, museum tours and lectures and is a favorite class trip of the elementary school children.
Government: Mount Kisco has an elected governement consisting of a Mayor and four trustees but the day to day operations are overseen by the Village Manager.
Schools: Mount Kisco is part of the Bedford Central School District . There is Mount Kisco Elementary within the village, yet there are areas where residents attend West Patent Elementary School in Bedford Hillsbased on geographical boundaries. The Fox Lane Middle School and Fox Lane High School are located on a large campus with Bedford Village and services the entire district. Private schools include the Rippowam Cisqua School, an independent country day school and Mount Kisco also offers Jewish and secular education at Bais Miriam Leah School and Talmud Beth Yechtel.
Mount Kisco Early History or Local Urban Legend?
As any resident of Mount Kisco (we locals just say Kisco) both young and old, can tell you about the earliest residents of our quaint town and the person the town was allegedly named after, among the residents there is the great debate... is it fact or is it fiction? Click here to read the story
Stroll The Streets of Mount Kisco.
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Where is Mount Kisco New York?
Mount Kisco is a bucolic town in the center of northern Westchester. It is bordered on the east by Bedford Village, on the north by Bedford Hills, on the west by Millwood and on the south by Chappaqua. Because of its location and proximity to routes Interstate 684 and the Saw Mill River Parkway, its public Westchester County bus lines and its Metro North train station, it is easy to commute to and from Mount Kisco for work and shopping. It is for this reason that Mount Kisco has become the "HUB" of northern Westchester.
Mount Kisco Neighborhood Profile
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