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Old 05-14-2008, 08:09 PM
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Irvington and Cold Spring are two favorites as possible relocation destinations from current residence in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I like how the Main Street runs into the Hudson, the compact village centers, and that you can walk to the train. Any other places that have similar layouts in Westchester? Also any places that have large Park Slope "refugee" communities would be of interest. Thank you.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:31 PM
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Croton has a huge Park Slope refugee community. But it does not have the "compact village center" that you are after. There are two separate main streets and things are more spread out--it is walkable, but not nearly as compact. Maybe Hastings?
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Old 05-26-2008, 10:11 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Appreciate any other input re compact villages that are walkable to train, preferably by the water. But would also include area along the LI sound and upper Westchester. Thanks
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:26 PM
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Default Cold Spring

Don't know if you've found what you're looking for by now, but Cold Spring is great. It's a perfect, compact small town - right by the water, as you know - that is very active, especially on weekends and in the summer. There's lots to do and see, and if you appreciate a quieter (but not boring) pace of life, then Cold Spring is for you.

In terms of other towns in the area that have both easy access to the train and river views, I'd suggest Hastings-on-Hudson and Croton. I've heard great things about Croton, and while I've never been to Hastings, I've heard similar things about it as well.

I'm not overly familiar with Long Island itself, but I can suggest Long Beach and Oceanside, both in Nassau. There are LIRR stations in both those towns and the commute to the city is reasonable. Plus, they are right on the ocean, and also have easy access to Jones beach and all it has to offer.

If you wanted to look in Rockland, Nyack is right on the water and is charming. However, the commute to the city would be a little convoluted and would involve driving to a nearby Jersey transit station or driving to the nearest MetroNorth station, which is across the TappanZee bridge in Tarrytown. It all depends on what you want though.
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