New City, an affluent hamlet in the city of Clarkstown, New York, has a distinguished history, ample green space and parks, and plenty of local charm. It is ideal for community for commuters, thanks to its proximity to New York City, just 45 minutes’ drive. Palisades Interstate Parkway runs through the southwest corner of the town, and route 9W wraps around the east, separating it from the Hudson River and Hook Mountain State Park. New City is renowned for its outstanding public school system. Excellent across all grades, K-18, its high schools rank highly on college readiness and participation in Advanced Placement courses.
New City was established in 1798. In 1918, Paramount Pictures founder and president Adolph Zukor purchased the 300-acre Mountain View Farm, which by 1920, encompassed 800 acres of land, including an 18-hole course designed by legendary golf course architect A. W. Tillinghast. The estate hosted a who’s who of entertainers and actors, including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Clark Gable, and Charlie Chaplin. What originally attracted Zukor to New City were the rolling hills, beautiful views, and relaxing lifestyle, only 30 miles from Manhattan. By the early 1920s, New City was on the map, becoming a draw for artists, writers, and artists. The painter and muralist Henry Varnum Poor; the playwright Maxwell Anderson; and the composer Kurt Weill and his wife, the actress Lotte Lenya, lived on South Mountain Road in New City. The town would remain largely rural until the 1950s, when construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Palisades Interstate Parkway, opened the region for suburban development.
Today, Mountain View Farm and Adolph Zukor’s original 18-hole golf course is the Paramount Country Club. Formerly known as the Dellwood Country Club, the club was purchased in 2009 by Mandelbaum family, who have since made substantial improvements, including the restoration of the historic course and the clubhouse, which is a popular venue for social events.
Northern New City offers many outdoor activities, which range from a round of golf to a scenic hike up High Tor, the area’s highest peak, which overlooks the Hudson River. For something less challenging, but just as rewarding, residents can stroll through the historic Dutch Gardens. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the site of the historic Rockland County Courthouse. Other area attractions include Hook Mountain and Bear Mountain state parks, the childhood home of artist Edward Hopper in nearby Nyack, and the oldest tavern in New York, The Old ‘76 House, in Tappan.
A variety of real estate options are available to the luxury home buyer. A range of architectural styles include grand Victorian houses to mid-century and contemporary estate homes on large tracts of land.
New City’s residents are mainly families, who are attracted to the highly ranked public schools; scenic recreation areas and world-class leisure facilities; and friendly, small-town atmosphere.
The Tappan Zee Express affords easy access into New York City by car. The area is served by four airports: Westchester County Airport distance), LaGuardia Airport (distance), New York Stewart International Airport(distance), and Newark Liberty and JFK International airports, both an hour away.