Croton-on-Hudson, New York

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Croton-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. The population was 7,606 at the 2000 census. As a village, it is located in the Town of Cortlandt, in New York City's Northern suburbs. The village was incorporated in 1898.

Croton-on-Hudson is the original home of the Hudson Institute, a key Cold War think tank where the justification for nuclear war was developed.

From the 1910s to the 1960s, Croton was a popular location for the summer homes of American communists, socialists and other radicals and many important artists and writers.[1]

The village is home to one of at least four operating "dummy-lights" in the United States, located downtown at the intersection of Old Post Road South and Grand Street. It is a traffic signal on a pedestal which sits in the middle of an intersection, dating back to the 1920s. Two others are also located in New York State, in Beacon and Canajoharie, and another can be found in Albion (Manville, Lincoln), Rhode Island.


Local parks

Notable parks and sites of interest in the community include,

  • Croton Dam (although known as the Croton Dam because it dams the Croton River, it is outside the village limits and is actually in the Town of Cortlandt)
  • Croton Point, site of a former county and regional landfill for well over seven decades, was closed and capped thanks to grassroots activists, Riverkeeper, state, county and local officials
  • Van Cortlandt Manor, a National Historic Landmark
  • Teatown Lake Reservation
  • Senasqua with extending walkways to Croton Point
  • Black Rock is located on the Croton River, near Route 129, within a mile or so of the New Croton Dam. It is used mostly for fly fishing and picnics. It also is within 100 yards of a historic bridge which dates from the 1800s on Quaker Hill Road
  • Silver Lake has trails to Carrie E. Tompkins elementary school (CET) and beyond
  • Jane E. Lytle Memorial Arboretum
  • Brinton Brook Sanctuary
  • Croton landing is a park along the Hudson River
  • Mayo's Landing is a park along the Croton River
  • Paradise Island Park

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