Settled in 1660, Rye was the first permanent settlement in Westchester County. In 1942 Rye was incorporated as Westchester County’s smallest city. Rye still holds the distinction of being the smallest city in the state of New York. Its red brick City Hall, situated on the magnificent village green, houses the Rye City Council, a mayor and six councilmen, who serve as Rye’s primary governing body – all unsalaried. City council meetings are open to all residents, as are all meetings of the Board of Education. Careful planning and zoning in the City are intended to preserve the city’s quaint, but modern, small village feeling.
Located just 25 miles from Manhattan, commuters to New York City are a 38 minute express train ride away from Grand Central Terminal. Many Rye residents are within walking distance of the train station. Rye’s 15,000 residents enjoy a unique blend of woodland trails, brooks, nature preserves, immaculately manicured neighborhoods and two miles of carefully maintained and protected Long Island Sound coastline.
Rye offers its residents a choice of many private country clubs – The American Yacht Club on Milton Point, The Manursing Island Club, Shenorock and Coveleigh, all located on the pristine beaches of Long Island Sound with panoramic water views; and The Apawamis Club, located in town and offering superb dining, an excellent golf club, pool, tennis, squash and paddle tennis courts. In addition to these private clubs, Rye Residents can enjoy The Rye Golf Club, purchased for the use of Rye residents, with its 18 hole golf course, putting green, Olympic-sized pool and indoor and outdoor dining facilities. In addition, Rye City offers its residents the Rye Marina which provides docking and mooring for about 350 pleasure boats and the Rye Town Park and Beach for a relaxing time for a picnic or frolicking and sunbathing right on the beach. Rye is also home to the Playland Amusement Park, bordered by the beaches of Long Island Sound and offering an exciting array of brightly lit, multi-colored amusement park rides on Summer evenings and three skating rinks for winter activities.
The Rye City School District’s mission is “to educate students to develop their individual capabilities for a lifetime of learning and for responsible participation in a diverse and changing world.” In keeping with that purpose, Rye’s three elementary schools, The Osborn School, The Milton School and The Midland School, offer a challenging, academically rigorous and supportive environment for all of their students. Rye’s elementary students have their educations enriched daily by class participation with the Rye Nature Center, the Rye Historical Society, the Rye Arts Center, the Marshlands Conservancy, the Edith Reed Sanctuary and the Rye Free Reading Room.
Area private schools include Resurrection Elementary School, The School of the Holy Child, an independent Catholic high school for girls and The Rye Country Day School, a co-ed independent school for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade with a magnificent campus that includes a new performing arts center, an ice skating rink and a newly constructed library.
Houses of Worship:
Rye is accessible to many different denomination’s Houses of Worship within the locality or nearby.