Purchase is a hamlet in the town and village of Harrison, in Westchester County, New York, United States. One myth explains that its name is derived from Harrison's purchase, where John Harrison was to be granted as much land as he could ride in one day.[1] Purchase is home to State University of New York at Purchase and Manhattanville College and is one of the richest communities on the east coast.[2]

Purchase is located in New York
Location of Purchase in New York state
Coordinates: 41°2′26″N 73°42′52″W / 41.04056°N 73.71444°W / 41.04056; -73.71444
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Named forJohn Harrison's purchase
 • Total5,391
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes

History edit

In 1695, John Harrison, a Quaker from Flushing "....purchased of the Indians a tract of land about nine miles in length and nearly three in width . . . The Indians reserved 'such whitewood trees as shall be found suitable to make canoes of..." Large numbers of Friends came to settle there. They called it "Harrison's Purchase," or simply "The Purchase" and it is still known today as Purchase, NY. A Quaker meeting house was erected there in 1727.[3]

In 1967, 200 residents stated support for a plan to incorporate Purchase so corporations could not build in the community.[4] In response, officials from the Town of Harrison put forward plans to try to become a city in an attempt to stop Purchase from seceding from the Town of Harrison.[5]

There are many historic sites located in Purchase. The grave of Revolutionary War General Thomas Thomas is located on the grounds of SUNY Purchase. The grounds that SUNY Purchase now occupies was once Strathglass Farms, a dairy farm. The Quaker Friends Meeting house was founded in the 18th century. The original building fell victim to fire years ago and the present one is an accurate reconstruction. Before the headquarters of Pepsi was built, the Blind Brook Polo Club was located on that site. Amelia Earhart flew her plane from the polo grounds. Many colonial era homes and unspoiled natural woodlands have decreased in the last 30 years due to residential development. The Old Oaks Country Club, originally named 'Hill Crest', is a splendid mansion house built in the late 1880s by millionaire Trenor Luther Park and his wife Julia Catlin Park. Trenor Luther was a Harvard Graduate, who studied law, and a silk merchant. His father, Trenor William Park, funded the Panama Railway, ran for Vice President of the United States in 1864 and was involved with the California Gold Mines. Purchase is also known for being one of the richest areas in the country.

The Reid Hall, Manhattanville College was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[6]

Economy and business edit

PepsiCo headquarters

Mastercard's headquarters, Mastercard International Global Headquarters;[7][8][9] PepsiCo;[10] Atlas Air and its subsidiary Polar Air Cargo;[11][12] Central National-Gottesman and Teladoc Health are headquartered in Purchase. Pernod Ricard has offices in Purchase.[13]

Lenovo had previously maintained its U.S. headquarters in Purchase. In 2006, the company announced it was moving to Morrisville, North Carolina.[14]

The average household income in Purchase is estimated to be approximately $352,000.[15]

According to Bloomberg, the Zip Code 10577 which is located in Purchase is currently ranked as the fifth wealthiest zip code in the United States.[16]

The hamlet "was used to film a sizeable chunk of the second season" of The Sinner in summer 2018; one featured location is the Cobble Stone Restaurant.[17][18]

Education edit

Public schools edit

Purchase School[19] is the local K–5 elementary school, which is part of the Harrison Central School District.[20] Harrison High School is the local high school, which offers the IB Diploma Programme, and which is the only high school operated by the Harrison Central School District. Harrison High School also serves the entire area of the Town of Harrison, including the Village of Harrison, which is economically diverse. In 2010, Superintendent of the Harrison Central School District, Louis N. Wool was named Superintendent of the Year in New York State.[21]

Private schools edit

Keio Academy of New York, a Japanese international boarding school, is in Purchase.

Colleges and universities edit

Purchase is home to the State University of New York at Purchase and Manhattanville College, as well as the Westchester Campus of Fordham University, a private jesuit research university. Keio University also operates a high school named Keio Academy of New York.

Media and culture edit

Purchase is known for the Purchase Community House (PCH), home of the Purchase Day Camp (PDC). It also runs after-school activities during the rest of the year. On the PCH property, there are four pools and numerous playing fields. The Purchase Free Library is also located on the PCH property.[22]

The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the PepsiCo headquarters and the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College are two significant art collections found in the community.

During the 1980s, the city hosted the festival Pepsico Summerfare, known for their opera productions which included Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde (1981–84), David Eaton's The Cry of Clytaemnestra (1982), and Peter Sellars's Little Mahagonny/Cantata 60: Conversations with Fear and Hope After Death (1985), Peter Sellars's productions of Mozart's Così fan tutte (1986), Don Giovanni (1987) and Le nozze di Figaro (1988). Now, SUNY produces two operas each year.[23]

Notable people edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "The Beginning of Harrison Purchase". Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Warren, Katie (April 19, 2019). "I visited one of America's richest zip codes, a neighborhood known for its country clubs and sprawling mansions, where the average income is $857,300. Here's what it looks like". Business Insider.
  3. ^ Chappaqua Friends Meeting, The Early Years "". 2003. Page 3. Retrieved on August 22, 2023.
  4. ^ "200 Residents Back Plan to Incorporate Village of Purchase". The New York Times. April 4, 1967. Retrieved on February 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Folsom, Merrill. "HARRISON MOVING TO BECOME A CITY; Town Acts to Thwart Effort by Purchase to Secede and Form Own Village". The New York Times. May 20, 1967. Page 37. Retrieved on February 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "Contact Us". Mastercard. Retrieved on February 2, 2011. "MasterCard Advisors 2000 Purchase Street Purchase, NY 10577".
  8. ^ "Harrison town, New York[permanent dead link]". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on January 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "10577 5-Digit ZCTA, 105 3-Digit ZCTA[permanent dead link]". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 8, 2010.
  10. ^ "Our 10 Most Beautiful Buildings". Westchester Magazine. November 17, 2010. Retrieved on February 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Investor Information Archived 7 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine". Atlas Air. Retrieved on August 6, 2011. "AAWW Investor Relations 2000 Westchester Avenue Purchase, NY 10577-2543"
  12. ^ "Contact Us Archived April 26, 2016, at the Wayback Machine". Polar Air Cargo. Retrieved on February 13, 2011. "Atlas Air / Polar Air Cargo – Headquarters 2000 Westchester Avenue Purchase, NY 10577 USA"
  13. ^ "Pernod Ricard USA – Locations". Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  14. ^ Hogan, Patrick. "Lenovo shifting U.S. headquarters to Morrisville, but will cut 300–350 Triangle jobs." Triangle Business Journal. Thursday March 16, 2006. Updated Friday March 17, 2006. p.1. Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
  15. ^ "Purchase, New York 10577 Demographics – Household Income Statistics". CLRsearch. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "This is America's Richest Zip Code". Bloomberg.com. April 10, 2018.
  17. ^ "'The Sinner': Filming Locations Guide". Cinemaholic. February 6, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  18. ^ "The Sinner season 2 location: Where is The Sinner filmed? Where's it set?". Express UK. August 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Purchase School - Homepage". Archived from the original on March 18, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  20. ^ "Home". Harrisoncsd.org. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  21. ^ "Wool Wins Superintendent of the Year". December 17, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  22. ^ "Purchase Community House". www.purchasehouse.com.
  23. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John, eds. (2001). "Purchase". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 978-1-56159-239-5.[full citation needed]
  24. ^ "Chicago Sports News, Schedules & Scores - chicagotribune.com". Chicagosports.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  25. ^ "Regina Spektor '01". Purchase College. Purchase College. n.d. Retrieved August 15, 2023.

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