As a lifelong Westchester resident, I grew up just a short drive from the Hamlet of Armonk. But working on this edition of Inside Armonk–my first as Guest Editor of the magazine, after writing for Inside Chappaqua, the Inside Press flagship publication, in years past–has allowed me to give the Hamlet a closer look.
Armonk features some of the best of what makes Westchester such a unique county. A picturesque suburb set in the beauty of nature, Armonk has historical sites dating from pre-Revolutionary America alongside scenic trails through the woods. Employees at one of the world’s largest corporations can conveniently take their lunch break at any of a number of independent restaurants without leaving the Hamlet.
In my first issue, I’ve tried to find topics that reflect what makes this community so unique. The issue has several features on North Castle living, or relevant to it, from how to choose the best summer camp for your kids to raising pets to the work of the North Castle Beautification committee. And with Spring just around the corner, I’ve pulled together a roundup of some engaging things you can do this season without leaving the Armonk area. It also profiles two teen residents who, though too young to legally buy alcohol, have notched some pretty major achievements in the fields of theater and science.
Also, we went right “to the top” to give you a sense of the personalities strongly influencing the directions of this town, and because we thought both these individuals could share more of what makes Armonk “tick.” Be sure not to miss the interview with Neal Schwartz, president of the Chamber of Commerce, who has worked to bolster businesses throughout the downtown. And our cover story profiles North Castle’s town supervisor Michael Schiliro, who explains what he’s doing to spur the town’s growth.
As a relative newcomer to the Armonk community, it was wonderful to find that I could quickly develop a sense of connection to and instant fondness for this bucolic area so many here are very fortunate to call home. I hope to continue to unearth stories in future editions of Inside Armonk that bring readers feeling ever closer to their town and to their neighbors. If there’s a story you think would fit inside future editions of Inside Armonk, I’d love to hear from you. Write to Andrew@insidearmonk.com.