This bucolic Westchester County community is home to the popular amusement park Playland and its famous wooden roller coaster, the Dragon Coaster (remember when Glenn Close and Ellen Latzen took a ride on this roller coaster in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction?). You’ll also find Rye Town Park; a stunning refuge nestled on a sixty-two acre preserve on Long Island Sound that features gently rolling hills, an expansive beachfront with a 34-acre swimming area, a naturalized duck pond and park paths illuminated by old fashion street lights.
Even though Rye is home to Jarden, a Fortune 500 home equipment and furnishings’ company, Rye is primarily a place to live rather than make a living. One-third of Rye’s working residents commute to New York City, a mere 25 miles away.
With its world class schools, family friendly atmosphere and miniscule crime rate Coldwell Banker reported in 2010 that Rye was the third most expensive city in the country to buy a home.
According to the city’s history page, Rye, the oldest permanent settlement in Westchester County, began in 1660 when Peter Disbrow, John Coe and Thomas Studwell migrated from Greenwich with a small group of settlers. The following year they were joined by John Budd, a puritan from Rye, England who played a major role in the naming of the community.
The settlers’ first treaty with the Mohegan Indians gave them the land between Milton Point and the Byram River (Peningoe Neck) then the mile-long Manussing Island. Within several years the combined purchases of the settlers comprised all of what is now the City of Rye, Town of Rye, Harrison, White Plains, North Castle, Mamaroneck and parts of Greenwich.