About the Town of Eastchester
An MTA train ride from Grand Central Station in Manhattan to the Bronxville or Tuckahoe stations in Westchester County, average 27 minutes to 37 minutes depending on the time of day.
Neighborhoods of Eastchester
Read about the different neighborhoods in Eastchester and learn about each neighborhood, its characteristics, and unique features at Eastchester Town website - Neighborhood Analysis
"North Eastchester neighborhood extends from Scarsdale Avenue (the Metro North Harlem Line) in the west, across to White Plains Road in the east. From Scarsdale in the north, to Harney Road in the south. The neighborhood is 116.7 acres in size, and accounts for approximately 5.3 percent of the town.
"The northern portion of North Eastchester has been predominantly developed into 5,000 square foot building lots supporting single family homes."
Eastchester School District
"The Eastchester School District has a long standing tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to children. We take great pride in our outstanding instructional program, talented educators, and dedication to the community. In the Eastchester School District, children come first. Helping all children achieve academic, athletic, social, and emotional success is our primary focus." Find address, contact, and detail information about each of the Schools in the Eastchester School District.
The Town of Eastchester Today
The Town of Eastchester offers many things to do, and is strategically located within a short distance of the best shopping in Westchester County. A short drive north of Eastchester takes you into White Plains, home of upscale fashion and some of the best department stores in New York. A short drive south of Eastchester brings you to Yonkers, the home of Westchester's Ridge Hill; a fabulous outdoor shopping center of leading fashion stores and restaurants.
For outdoor activities year-round, visit one of Eastchester's parks. The Town of Eastchester is home to Twin Lakes Park adjacent to Nature Study Woods in New Rochelle. Combined, these parks offer 220 acres of woods, marsh, lakes, ponds, and fields where you can go birding, study nature, go hiking, or have a family picnic at the park.
Eastchester offers many town parks, including Lake Isle Country Club, a self supporting recreational facility offering swimming, golf, and tennis. The Town of Eastchester also utilizes a number of school fields and facilities for recreation. Town parks in Eastchester include:
Eastchester offers many things to do year-round. Find things to do in cold weather, or enjoy warm weather activities and attractions. Visit Twin Lakes Park for
Fishing at Twin Lakes Park
Nature trails and birding at Nature Study Woods
Are you a golfer? Westchester County is reknowned for it's plethera of great golf courses. Play golf at Lake Isle County Club.
Spend the day shopping in Bronxville or shop for Women's fashions in Scarsdale, just north of Eastchester. For the best shopping, offering high fashion and fabulous stores, drive a short distance north and go shopping in White Plains. Or drive south to Westchester's Ridge Hill, an outdoor shopping center in Yonkers.
After a day in the stores, select a place to eat from one of many excellent restaurants in Eastchester, restaurants in Bronxville, or a restaurant in Tuckahoe.
Historic Zenger Trial
Name: John Peter Zenger
Born: 1697 in Palatinate, Germany
Died: July 28, 1746 in New York
Among the famous people associated with the Town of Eastchester, is John Peter Zenger. Learn about the Zenger Trial and its impact on the American Revolution, and the Bill of Rights, First Amendment relating to Freedom of the Press .
"John Peter Zenger, the printer whose prosecution helped establish the principles of press freedom and jury nullification, came to America in his early teens. His father died during the family's voyage to America, and the younger Zenger worked for several years as an indentured servant for printer William Bradford before opening his own print shop in 1726. Seven years later he started the New York Weekly Journal, the second newspaper in the colony of New York, competing with the Gazette published by his former master. Stridently partisan in its approach, the Journal was relentless in its criticism and lampooning of Royal Governor William Cosby (1690-1736) and his administration, and on 17 November 1734 Cosby had Zenger arrested and imprisoned for seditious libel. Though Zenger had neither written nor edited the pieces that outraged the Governor, as publisher he could be held liable under law.
"He engaged two lawyers to represent him, and both were promptly disbarred. He then called upon an out-of-state barrister, Andrew Hamilton (c. 1676-1741), who had less to fear from New York's oppressive Governor Cosby. At trial Hamilton admitted that the Journal had printed the items in question, but he made the novel claim that because the criticism was truthful, Zenger should not be punished. When the prosecution pointed out that truth was no defense to charges of sedition, Hamilton's next argument, perhaps even more radical, was to tell the jury to not merely judge whether the law was broken but to determine whether the law was just.
"Zenger was held behind bars for 35 weeks but his trial took only two days, and in the next edition of the paper he reported that "The jury returned in ten minutes, and found me not guilty". During his time in jail, Zenger's wife and colleagues had continued publishing the Journal, and continued its criticisms of the Governor. His prosecution and trial, and his letters written from jail and published in the Journal, helped galvanize American resentment of the colonies' British overlords. More than forty years after his death, Zenger's name was frequently mentioned in the debate that culminated with the American Bill of Rights in 1789." Sourced from Trial of John Peter Zenger.
Learn more about the events leading up to the Trial of John Peter Zenger
History And Antiquities
The following covers "History and Antiquities", a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, and anecdotes about Westchester County and its towns. When reading the following, remember to keep in mind that this information has been written about two hundred years ago. Population statistics and events have not been revised to reflect current events and perspective. We think this adds to the historical flavor and interest of the writings, giving a different perspective on much of this information and written in an "older world" writing style. "Historical Collections of the State of New York" , Published by S. Tuttle, 194 Chatham-Square, 1841
"The village of East Chester is situated at the head of a bay on Long Island sound, 16 miles NE. from New York, on the old turnpike and stage road to Boston, and contains an Episcopal church and about 25 dwellings. Bronx is the name of a small settlement and post-office in the northern part of the town, in the vicinity of which are valuable marble quarries. Pop. 1,502."