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Larchmont, New York
—  Village  —
Larchmont, New York is located in New York
Larchmont, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 40°55′34″N 73°45′11″W / 40.92611°N 73.75306°W / 40.92611; -73.75306
Country United States
State New York
County Westchester
Government
 - Mayor Elizabeth N. Feld (R)
Area
 - Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,485
 Density 6,073.6/sq mi (2,345.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 10538
Area code(s) 914
FIPS code 36-41333
GNIS feature ID 0977360
Village Hall and fire station
Chatsworth Avenue School
Public Library

Larchmont is a village in Westchester County, New York. The population was 6,485 at the 2000 census. As a village, it is located within the town of Mamaroneck. It is located on the shore of the Long Island Sound, about eighteen miles from Midtown Manhattan. Larchmont is served by the New Haven Line of the Metro-North Railroad.

In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Larchmont 11th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.[1]

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History

Originally inhabited by the Siwanoy (an Algonquian tribe), Larchmont was discovered by the Dutch in 1614. By 1720, few Siwanoy remained in the Larchmont area and the land had been largely bought up by British and Dutch settlers.

Larchmont's oldest and most historic home, the "Manor House" on Elm Avenue, was built in 1797 by Peter Jay Munro.[2] Munro was the nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and was later adopted by Jay. At the beginning of the 19th Century, Munro was active in the Abolitionist movement, helping to found the NY State Manumission Society, along with his uncle and Alexander Hamilton. Munro's house faced towards the Boston Post Road (the back is now used as the front), which tended to generate a lot of dust in summer months. To combat this, his gardener imported a Scottish species of larch trees that were known to be fast growing. These were planted along the front of the property, eventually giving the village its name. The Village of Larchmont was incorporated in 1891.[3]

Before the advent of the automobile, Larchmont was a resort community serving wealthy New York City residents. Many of the Victorian "cottages" and a few of the grand hotels (such as the Bevan House and Manor Inn) remain to this day, though these have been converted to other uses such as private residences. The Larchmont Yacht Club hosts an annual Race Week competition (2007 marked the 110th running of this event). It is adjacent to Manor Park, which was designed by Jeremiah Towle, an early summer resident of Larchmont Manor and an engineer. The Larchmont Shore Club (near the Larchmont Yacht Club) hosts an annual 'Swim Across America' challenge, across Long Island Sound.

Larchmont and neighboring Mamaroneck and New Rochelle are noted for their significant French American populations.[4]

Education

The village of Larchmont contains one of the six schools in the Mamaroneck School District, Chatsworth Avenue School, which was established in 1903. One other elementary schools, a middle school and the high school are in the Village of Mamaroneck, Central School, Murray Avenue School, although it has a Larchmont postal address, is located in the unincorporated area of the Town of Mamaroneck.

Parks and recreation

Flint Park - offers a variety of sports facilities, including tennis and paddle tennis, three baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts, a picnic area, and a playground for both toddlers and young children. Flint Park is home to the famed "Mani Bowl" played each year on Christmas Day.

Lorenzen Park - home to village Little League and Soccer League fields.

Manor Park - situated along Long Island Sound, with walking paths and views of the water. The park is open to the public but is privately owned by the Larchmont Manor Park Society (which also maintains a beach within the park).

Pine Brook Park - a play area for young children, along with a ballfield.

Willow/Woodbine Park - an opportunity for observing nature along the Premium River.

Vanderburgh Park - also known as “Turtle Park', a play area for small children and toddlers.

Geography

Larchmont is located at 40°55′34″N 73°45′11″W / 40.92611°N 73.75306°W / 40.92611; -73.75306 (40.926201, -73.753108)[5], about eighteen miles from midtown Manhattan.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 6,485 people, 2,418 households, and 1,709 families residing in the village. The population density was 6,073.6 people per square mile (2,340.1/km²). There were 2,470 housing units at an average density of 2,313.3/sq mi (891.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92% White, 2% African American, 0.09% Native American, 2.82% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.97% of the population.

There were 2,418 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $123,238, and the median income for a family was $163,965. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $49,545 for females. The per capita income for the village was $73,675. About 1.6% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents, past and present

Larchmont movie playhouse

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