Town/Village of Harrison
There are several stories about the founding of Harrison. All versions agree that John Harrison, in 1696, was the founder and that the boundaries seem to lie within brooks, streams and lakes, the only landlocked town on the Sound side of Westchester County. This 22 square mile area was to be called "Harrison's Purchase." To this day a section of Harrison is called Purchase.
Situated 27 miles from New York City, commuters are only a 36 minute express train ride to Grand Central Station.
Harrison is home to scores of major corporations whose offices are located along Route 287. PepsiCo headquarters, on a 121 acre site, exhibits the works of such artists as Giacometti, Calder, Rodin, Nevelson and Moore in its beautiful sculpture gardens. The Neuberger Museum at SUNY has over 5,000 pieces in its permanent collection, predominantly 20th century artists, and a fine collection of African Art sculpture.
Educational and Cultural Facilities
There are four public "neighborhood" elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. The vast majority of students go on to higher education at four year colleges and universities. The high school offers, in addition to college preparatory, courses in business, as well as an unusually comprehensive program in industrial arts. Harrison has two parochial elementary schools: St. Gregory the Great and St. Anthony's, and the School of the Holy Child, an independent Catholic school for girls. In addition, there is Keio Academy, a high school affiliated with Keio University in Tokyo. Harrison is the home of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Manhattanville College.
"It's Great to Live in Harrison" seems to be the dominant sentiment among its citizens. The Recreation Department has a greatly diversified leisure time program for all age groups. Harrison has eight parks and five recreation centers featuring swimming pools, tennis, paddle tennis, pedal-boating and fishing. It also features many softball fields, jogging and exercise trails. League sports include baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and hockey. Harrison offers summer programs for pre-school and elementary school children in addition to its four-day camps.
Only 27 miles north of New York City, Harrison is a short 36 minute commute via Metro-North express train. Interstate Routes 87 and 287 and the Saw Mill River Parkway provide convenient access to Westchester´s extensive network of major roads.