Ossining is a vital community with a vast range in types of housing, from the very modest to luxurious estates, as well as a diversified population enjoying a healthy racial and religious mix. The Village of Ossining is 3 square miles and approximately 24,010 reside in this historic village on the Hudson River.
Residents of Ossining can conveniently reach New York City via Metro North Railroad's Hudson Line or major highways. Westchester County’s Bee-Line bus system has extensive schedules, which enables commuters to use public transportation to go anywhere in the county.
Ossining, Recreation and Parks Department has extensive programs for all age groups, including a summer day camp for local children. Students and adults enjoy classes, trips, sports and other activities throughout the year. There are programs especially designed for senior citizens such as swimming, art and dance. We are also home to the publicly owned Ossining Boat and Canoe Club where you can pay a small fee for usage of the boat launching ramp, as well as private marinas.
The Ossining Union Free School District serves about 5,000 students from Ossining and Briarcliff Manor in six schools. Ossining sets high standards for students, embraces diversity and believes all children can learn and become informed responsible citizens. The district implemented a full-day pre-kindergarten program in September 2014. It offers Spanish/English dual-language classes from students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Students in Ossining High School’s prestigious Science Research Program routinely receive national and international awards. The district has strong partnerships with community organizations, including First Steps early literacy program for children from birth to 4. In addition to Ossining’s public schools, there are various parochial schools in the area that include kindergarten through eighth grade. There is also a satellite campus of the Westchester Community College and in nearby Briarcliff Manor and Pleasantville there is Pace University.
Ossining is an active and caring community with services to fit most needs. The Ossining Fire Department and the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which includes an Advance Life Support Program, are made up of highly trained volunteers who take their jobs very seriously. There are services for seniors ranging from a nutritional program to club activities and trips, while the Ossining Public Library is an extremely fine one with a busy schedule including children’s programs, adult classes and workshops, art shows, special exhibits, career information services and concerts. The Ossining Open Door Family Medical Center has a sliding fee structure based on patient income. The Interfaith Council for Action (IFCA) is involved in the rehabilitation of housing. The Ossining Historical Society Museum contains a wealth of information about the community and is staffed with knowledgeable and helpful volunteers. In addition, there are many other numerous volunteer organizations that serve the community.
There are numerous houses of worship in the Ossining area including:
- Jewish Conservative
- Latter-Day Saints
- Roman Catholic
- Ethical Society
- Jehovah's Witnesses
- Jewish Reform
The Village boasts unique shopping ranging from individual stores, mini malls, banks, and a variety of restaurants located throughout the Village.