is a village in Westchester County
in the state of New York
. It is shared between the towns
of Mount Pleasant
, and lies entirely within the ZIP code
of 10510. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 7,696, over 93% of whom lived in the Town of Ossining.
The village motto is a Village between Two Rivers.
Briarcliff Manor is located at (41.144033, -73.841340).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²), of which, 5.9 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (11.24%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 7,696 people, 2,435 households, and 1,996 families residing in the village. The population density
was 1,298.9 people per square mile (501.1/km²). There were 2,501 housing units at an average density of 422.1/sq mi (162.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 90.74% White
, 1.73% African American
, 0.05% Native American
, 5.44% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 0.95% from other races
, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.13% of the population. The village's houses of worship include Briarcliff Congregational Church, Scarborough Presbyterian, All Saints Episcopal, St. Theresa's, Holy Innocents Anglican, Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, St Mary's Episcopal Church and Congregational Sons of Israel (CSI).
There were 2,435 households out of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 15.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $133,272, and the median income for a family was $157,607. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $61,208 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,646. About 0.8% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.
Briarcliff Manor was originally part of the vast land holdings of Dutchman Frederick Philipse who owned the stretch of land spanning from Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx to the Croton River. The Philipses, who were loyal to the crown, lost their land after the American Revolution.
In 1890, Walter W. Law bought his first when he retired from W. & J. Sloan; he called this land Briarcliff Farm. He later owned and developed the village. It is said that 'manor' was added to the village's name after Law's friend Andrew Carnegie jokingly referred to Law as the "Laird of Briarcliff Manor" and the name stuck. The village is now located north of Manhattan and is accessed by many major highways, including the Taconic State Parkway.
- The Tree Streets are a network of streets named after trees, such as Satinwood, Larch, & Oak. Some of the oldest houses in the town lie on these streets.
- North State Road is a street with apartment buildings, co-ops, single family homes and businesses.
- The Crossroads area consists of several streets named after local World War II veterans including Schrade Road, Hazelton Circle, Matthes Road, and Dunn Lane.
- Downtown, commonly referred to as Town, is the closest thing to a "main street" in Briarcliff Manor. Briarcliff's "main street" is Pleasantville Road. It is home to the Briarcliff Manor Police & Fire Department as well as a number of commercial establishments. Farther along the road are the Briarcliff High School and Briarcliff Middle School, though they are not technically in the village. The elementary school, Todd School, is located on Ingham Road, which intersects with Pleasantville Road. Todd Lane, the older portion of Carleton Ave up to the 9A entrance and Horsechestnut are part of the village.
- Long Hill Road stretches a long distance across Briarcliff.
- Rosecliff is a development of houses in the south-west corner of Briarcliff Manor.
- Meadowbrook Farm is an area that falls under the postal and school systems of Briarcliff but is not governed under the village, rather by the Town of Mount Pleasant. The newer portion of Carleton Avenue (extended in the early 1980s) Pea Pond Lane, Patricia Lane, Pine Hill Court and Fox Run Road are some streets in this area.
- Hirst also known as Hirst Road is the tallest peak in Briarcliff and also has a connecting loop to it.
Other Significant Areas
- Scarborough is a hamlet almost entirely in Briarcliff Manor along the Hudson River that has a post office and train station on the Metro North Hudson Line. This is not incorporated in Briarcliff's School District. During the early 20th century families such as the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Rockefellers entertained guests on their "country" estates with sweeping river views in the Scarborough area. Also in Scarborough is the Scarborough Presbyterian Church erected by Mrs. Elliott F. Shepard (a Vanderbilt) as a memorial to her late husband. Across the street from the large stone church is Sparta Cemetery, which contains the grave of "The Leather Man", subject of a Pearl Jam B-side of the same name.
- Chilmark is a residential community along with a shopping center that is on the northern end of Briarcliff. The shopping center includes a supermarket, Carvel ice cream store, Prescription Plus Pharmacy, Radio Shack, pizzeria, an independent video store, and other select stores. The name of the area comes from the castle-like Chilmark Mansion. Like Scarborough, Chilmark is not incorporated in Briarcliff's School District. Children from this neighborhood fall under the Ossining School District's jurisdiction.
- Both Chilmark and Scarborough enjoy the use of Briarcliff Manor Recreation.
The village is known for its award-winning school district
(ranked 94th nationally as a public school system). It is also home to a campus of Pace University
. It was also the former home of The King's College
. In 2005, the Middle School was named a Blue Ribbon School
See also:Briarcliff High School
Points of Interest
- The late Brooke Astor's home Holly Hill is located in Briarcliff Manor.
- The Edith Macy Conference Center, an internationally important conference and training facility owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is in Briarcliff Manor.
- Much of James Patterson's 2005 novel Honeymoon takes place in Briarcliff Manor (where Patterson owns a house and lives for part of the year ). Nora Sinclair is having one of multiple relationships with Connor Brown, a man who owns an Colonial in the village. The village is described in detail (especially Pleasantville Road). There is also some reference to the nearby village of Pleasantville.
- Portions of the movies "Super Troopers," "Private Parts," "Bed of Roses," and "American Gangster" were filmed in Briarcliff. Partial Citation "American Gangster (film)", ""Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"", Retrieved on 2008-07-15. "Super Troopers (2001) - Filming Locations" ""IMDb"", Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
- Artie Lange, the sidekick of Howard Stern, got his start spinning records at 107.1 in Briarcliff Manor.
- Portions of the movie American Gangster filmed here, notably the large white mansion on Scarborough Road in Briarcliff. The more modest house portrayed in NC was also in town.
- 107.1 WNRW (now WXPK) broadcast from town gave Howard Stern his first paying radio job as an afternoon disc jockey (DJ) for $4/hour and eventually took over several other duties, including both program and production directors. It was at WRNW that Stern realized that he would have to be funnier than normal DJs if he wanted to be a success. His first antics on the air included bizarre commercial spots complete with weird sound effects and off-color calls to the business owners. Stern lasted about two years at WRNW. Partial Citation "Howard Stern", Yahoo:movies''", Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
- Briarcliff is the site of the Trump National Golf Course (formerly Briar Hall Country Club), owned by the real-estate mogul Donald Trump.