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Westchester Magazine recently called it "the best place to live in the county", so life in Rye, NY, must be very good indeed. Rye (and here I'm including both the city and the town, which are different municipalities for tax reasons, but geographically contiguous) is located in southeastern Westchester County. Among the advantages to living in Rye, as opposed to other Westchester villages and towns, is Rye's proximity to the water, and residents take full advantage of the Long Island Sound coastline with its miles of pretty beaches (both public and private), marinas for pleasure boats, and waterfront country clubs. Many people who live in Rye work in Manhattan, and the commute to Grand Central is about 40 minutes by Metro North train. Downtown Rye maintains a mix of independent stores, delis, coffee shops, and services with some national chains, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars from which to choose for a local-night-out. Rye's two public school systems are excellent, consistently rated among the best in the country. And there's quite a bit of history to the place as well, from encounters with founding fathers (John Jay, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington) to Rye Playland, an amusement park that's a National Historic Landmark and home to one of the oldest wooden roller coasters around, the Dragon Coaster. Respect for and appreciation of the past often translates into careful planning for the future, which has allowed Rye to maintain its small-town charm even while it clearly embraces the world as it is today.

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