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Old 06-29-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I agree that Peekskill can be a friendly place, but if you have to entertain for your husband's position, it's not as posh as Armonk or Bronxville. Generally speaking,the river towns, of which Peekskill is one, are friendlier than other environments in Westchester. If entertainment at a certain level is required, you might consider looking in Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, or Philipse Manor which are on par with Armonk in terms of demographics, but are a little more open and welcoming.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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This has nothing to do with friendliness, but bmwguydc's comments on relative affluence of towns got me curious. Here are median incomes in some towns, per citi-data (and from 2005):

Chappaqua: $184,300
Bedford: $135,900
Armonk: $122,500
Irvington: $108,900
Yorktown Heights: $100,100
Pleasantville: $97,800
Croton-on-Hudson: $95,700
Hastings-on-Hudson: $93,900
Tarrytown: $77,600
Mamaroneck: $70,600
Sleepy Hollow: $61,200
Ossining: $58,900
Peekskill: $53,300

Nothing shocking, but I thought it was interesting....
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:17 AM
 
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Don't pay to much attention to HHI that only gives you averages, go for what you really want. As an expat personally I will recommend (in lower westchester) Mamaroneck or Larchmont. I prefer Mamaroneck since it is not completely wealthy you have some of the wealthiest folk in Westchester heck NY living there but also a lot of middle class folk. I know a lot of expats in Mamaroneck and Larchmont. A better view of the world is to go to a real estate website and search for homes that will give you a clear picture of who really lives in an area is it 100% middle class where the homes are all under $4m and yet HHI is $100,000 or is it in a place like Mamaroneck where homes go up to $10m to $20m and yet the HHI is only $70.6k
The only towns on that with any real wealth on that list by the way are Chappaqua, Bedford, Irvington, Hastings and Mamaroneck and perhaps Croton. The others are really towns with average wealth where HHI in general hover around the median or mean HHI.

In any case, I am not sure what point the poster was trying to make by posting HHI. I don't think the friendliest places are the places with the highest HHI or the places with the lowest either. I don't know the friendliest place in Westchester or CT either.

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Old 07-02-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Westchester, New York
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Wow! thought this was just me!!! The sad part about it is that I have kids - One already in 3rd grade in Byram Hills. If you are not part of the PTA and volunteering for everything (I am a working mom) you are not "in".
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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get out of armonk fast. it used to be a friendly place, about 30 years ago when my husband grew up there. but then the nouveau rich discovered it & the old-timers have been cashing out as fast as they can & moving away b/c it has become so snobby.
while i agree with the other posters who say it is easier to make friends if you have kids, it's not impossible. sounds like you just need a better "pool" of potential friends to pick from.
peekskill's a good option, as are yonkers and white plains since they are attracting a younger crowd with upscale new developments.
Good luck
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Old 07-19-2008, 04:04 PM
 
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You should also check out Forest Hills in Queens. The 'Gardens' area was built as an old English village, has express subway and RR service to midtown and the people are very down to earth.
I live in Forest Hills and I think it's the best nabe in the city. I grew up in Manhattan and moved to Queens in college. I'm 26 and if I could avoid going into Manhattan I would be very happy in Forest Hills. The only problem for me is the cost and the fact that I work in Manhattan. Forest Hills would be great as it's own little town.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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Scarsdale's friendly. Friendly neighbors (never a fued), black party, beautiful town, great schools, well-educated, only about 10 miles from New York City. Scarsdale rules this.
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Ossining is friendly, diverse, non-snobbish. Lots of community organizations. That's the VILLAGE of Ossining. The Town Outside is rural and upscale. Briarcliff is whitebread and pricey.
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Scarsdale, NY
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Scarsdale's friendly. Friendly neighbors (never a fued), black party, beautiful town, great schools, well-educated, only about 10 miles from New York City. Scarsdale rules this.
I meant to say block party. Sorry.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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Even if we do eventually have kids, from what I've read, I think that the Peekskill schools would be adequate.
Has Peekskill City School District changed much in the last 15 years? Growing up, I don't recall the schools being good....

To add to the original post, I think Pleasantville is quite nice - much more down to earth that some other Westchester towns.
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