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Katonah, New York is one of three unincorporated hamlets within the town of Bedford, Westchester County.

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History

Moving from Old Katonah to New

Katonah is named for Chief Katonah, an American Indian from whom the land of Bedford was purchased by a group of English colonists. Founded with the name Whitlockville, the town changed its name, and later was moved to its present site in 1897, when its former site (Old Katonah) was flooded by the construction of the Cross River Reservoir. More than fifty buildings were moved from the old site to New Katonah, pulled by horses along timber tracks. The move was originally ordered to start in 1894, but litigation delayed the process by almost three years. Katonah was not the only village affected by New York City's growing demand for water. The villages of Kirbyville and New Castle Corners were also condemned by the city but were never moved .[1]

Community

The surrounding countryside includes the John Jay Homestead, the former home of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nearby is The Harvey School, a private day school which offers 5 day boarding founded in the 19th Century, which counts among its alumni "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Martha Stewart also lives in Katonah, just down the road from the John Jay estate.

Katonah has a population of 10,612, according to the 2000 US Census, with a 50.5:49.5 female:male ratio. The area is 93.4% White, 2.8% Black, 3.4% Latin or Hispanic, 1.7% Asian, and 0.1% Native American. (Data based on 10536 ZIP code for the Katonah post office, which includes portions of the towns of Bedford, Lewisboro and Somers.)

Katonah is often styled as a "village" by its residents. For example, its library is called the Katonah Village Library. However, Katonah is not a village according to New York State legal policy, rather, it is a hamlet. Additionally, Katonah generally has a concentration of population and businesses which may include portions of several towns. Katonah does have its own ZIP code, 10536, and a Metro-North station. The area is part of the Katonah-Lewisboro school district.

Andrew Saul, Chairman of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, jazz legend John Scofield, and former Congresswoman Sue Kelly are other notable residents of Katonah. Author David Barr Kirtley and Apollo Sunshine drummer Jeremy Black both grew up in Katonah. Apollo Sunshine's first album was also recorded in and named after the town.

Katonah is home to Stepping Stones, the historic home of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill W. and his wife Lois Wilson. The house at 62 Oak Road is on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

The average house price in Katonah, as of 2006, is US$ 912,000.[2]

Culture

The Katonah Museum of Art is located in Katonah. The Caramoor International Music Festival, which hosts the Orchestra of St. Luke's, is held annually at Caramoor, within the hamlet's limits.[1] John Jay High School holds its annual commencement ceremony at Caramoor as well. The former home of US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay is a national historical site and museum located down the road from Caramoor.

Martha Stewart trademark

In early 2007, groups representing the hamlet came out in opposition to a trademark filed by homemaking mogul Martha Stewart for a new furniture line called the “Katonah Collection”.[3] Stewart purchased a 152-acre (0.62 km2) estate in Katonah in 2000,[4] and it is there that she spent her five months of house arrest following her prison term resulting from charges of "lying to investigators".[5] Representatives stated that Stewart was seeking to “honor the town” and the new furniture line was “...paying homage to this beautiful region.” [6] The pending trademark was contested by the Katonah Village Improvement Society, along with support from the Ramapough Mountain Indians[7] and the local hardware and furniture stores bearing the town's name who foresaw legal conflict should Stewart succeed in trademarking the name for her furniture line.[8] (View current appeals at U.S. Trademark Office) [9][10]

Most Expensive Housing Market in New York

According to the 2008 Coldwell Banker Home Price Comparison Index (HPCI) released September 9, 2008, Greenwich, Conn., ranked as the second most expensive real estate market in the nation, and fell behind La Jolla, Calif. In New York, Katonah ranked as the most expensive; Rye was the second most expensive. Coldwell Banker has ranked Katonah as the most expensive housing market surveyed in New York.The average price for a four-bedroom house was $888,750. In the tri-state area, it is only surpassed by Greenwich, Conn., which had an average price of $1,787,000, and Ridgewood, N.J., with an average price of $955,938.

Schools

Katonah is a part of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. It contains Katonah Elementary School, although some residents go to the neighboring Increase Miller Elementary School. Both schools feed into John Jay Middle School and John Jay High School.

Katonah is also home to a Catholic school, The Montfort Academy, and a private school, The Harvey School.

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References

http://www.themontfortacademy.org/

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Simple English

Katonah is a hamlet in the town of Bedford in Westchester, New York.


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