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Harrison, New York is a town in Westchester County located approximately twenty-two miles northeast of Manhattan. The town shares borders with North Castle, White Plains, Rye Town, Rye City, Mamaroneck, and Scarsdale. Covering 17.4 square miles, Harrison is home to roughly 27,000 people in approximately 9,000 homes. The town combines expansive residential acreage as well as the more fast-paced atmosphere of downtown neighborhoods. Roughly shaped in a figure-8, Harrison is divided into two main sections. The northern half of Harrison is the hamlet of Purchase, while the southern half is divided into four areas: The Brentwood, Sunnyridge, Sterling Ridge, and South Downtown. West Harrison is a neighborhood south of Purchase. A number of large corporations have headquarters within Harrison including MasterCard, Pepsico, and Morgan Stanley. Harrison was ranked sixth in real estate brokerage Movato's list of the top ten places to live in New York State. West Harrison is rather isolated from the rest of Harrison due to the bordering Silver Lake and surrounding hills and cliffs. The area contains a number of historic sites and parks including Passidomo Veterans Memorial Park and the site of Battle of White Plains from the Revolutionary War. To the North, Purchase is secluded with deep wooded areas and winding roads between the large plots of residential homes. Interstate 95 and the Hutchinson River Parkway divide the downtown area of Harrison into four quadrants. Louis M. Klein Middle School and Harrison High Schools are located in the downtown area. There are four public elementary schools in the Harrison Central School District: Purchase School of Purchase, Preston School of West Harrison, and the Parsons and Harrison Avenue Schools of Downtown. Fordham University has its Westchester campus located in West Harrison and the State University of New York at Purchase is located in Purchase along with Manhattanville College. Harrison Parks & Recreation provide the community with expansive parkland and recreational facilities including West Harrison Park and Silver Lake. Harrison features two pools, Ron Belmont and Brentwood, which are exclusive to the community. The Sollazzo and Leo Mintzer Centers provide facilities for community sports, educational programs, and fitness centers. The recreation department also sponsors two senior citizen clubs, The West Harrison Group and The Downtown Group. The groups plan and participate in luncheons, a variety of day trips, and exercise classes. Harrison features two libraries serving the West Harrison and Downtown communities.

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  • Harrison Ave Es
  • Harrison Hs
  • Louis M. Klein Ms
  • Parsons Memorial School
  • Purchase School
  • Samuel J. Preston School

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