Scarsdale, New York

Scarsdale, New York

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Scarsdale is a community in Westchester County, New York, United States, in the northern suburbs of New York City, which is both a town and a village. The Town of Scarsdale is coextensive with the Village of Scarsdale, but the community has opted to operate solely with a village government, one of several villages in the state that have a similar governmental situation. [See: description of town in N.Y. State)]

As of the 2000 census, Scarsdale's population was 17,886. [] Its ZIP code is 10583.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.2 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.2 km²) of it is land and 0.15% is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 17,823 people, 5,662 households, and 4,993 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,685.7 people per square mile (1,036.4/km²). There were 5,795 housing units at an average density of 873.2/sq mi (337.0/km²).

According to the 2000 Census, the race distribution of Scarsdale was: White (non Hispanic) 84.1%, Asian 12.6%, African-American 1.5%, Hispanic or Latino 2.6%.

There were 5,662 households out of which 51.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.8% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.8% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the village the population was spread out with 32.8% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $182,792, and the median income for a family was $200,001. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $62,319 for females. The per capita income for the village was $89,907. About 1.7% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 2.3% of those age 65 or over.


The neighborhoods within the village of Scarsdale (and the names of its elementary schools) comprise:
*Fox Meadow
*Quaker Ridge

chool System

The Scarsdale Union Free School District consists of one elementary school for each of the neighborhoods mentioned above, as well as the Scarsdale Middle School, the Scarsdale High School.

carsdale Post Office and postal zone

The Scarsdale Post Office on Chase Road is [ #88002428] on the National Register of Historic Places.

The population of the 10583 zip-code is more than twice that of Scarsdale proper. Sections of neighboring communities are covered by the Scarsdale zip-code (10583), including:
*Beech Hill (City of Yonkers)
*Edgemont (Town of Greenburgh)
*Garth Road (Town of Eastchester)
*Green Knolls (Town of Eastchester)
*Greenvale (Town of Eastchester)
*Murdock Woods (Town of Mamaroneck)
*North End of Eastchester
*North End of New Rochelle
*Wilmot (City of New Rochelle)
*Wilmot Woods (City of New Rochelle)

Notable people

People associated with Scarsdale include:

Television, film, music and radio personalities

*Bruce Beck, television sportscaster for WNBC-TV. []
*Beyonce and Jay-Z Scarsdale village clerk Donna Conkling told the Associated Press that a marriage license for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z, dated April 4 and signed by the person who officiated at the wedding, is being filed with the state. [cite web|url=|title=Scarsdale official: Beyonce, Jay-Z filed marriage license|author=Associated Press||date=2008-04-22|accessdate=2008-05-26]
*Aaron Brown, former host of "NewsNight with Aaron Brown" on the television network CNN []
*Dorothy Dalton, silent-film actress. []
*Lisa Donovan, (LisaNova) YouTube celebrity and current featured cast member of MadTV, graduated from SHS in 1998. []
*L B Fisher, born in Scarsdale and acted on popular shows such as Felecity, ER, Boston Public.
*Will Hawkins, singer-songwriter and playwright attended SHS from 1981 until 1985. []
*Rupert Holmes,composer and writer, resides in Scarsdale. []
*Joseph Kaiser, opera, theater, and film actor, grew up in Scarsdale.
*David Lascher, sitcom actor from such shows as Hey Dude, Blossom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Beverly Hills, 90210, was born and raised in Scarsdale.
*Susan Lucci, born in Scarsdale and the star of soap TV series "All My Children" as well as many other notable films and television shows.
*Linda McCartney (Linda Eastman), actress, writer, cinematographer, producer, photographer, and wife of Beatles star Paul McCartney, went to Scarsdale High School []
*Liza Minnelli, singer and actress, lived in Scarsdale with her mother, Judy Garland and attended Scarsdale High School. She also toured Europe and Israel in an SHS production of "The Diary of Anne Frank". []
*Yoko Ono, singer. Her family moved to Scarsdale in the early 1950s; she later joined them from Japan. []
*Bill Pankow, film editor of "The Black Dahlia", "Assault on Precinct 13", "Paid In Full" and others.
*Nina Totenberg, NPR legal correspondent. (SHS graduate) []


*Jacob M. Appel, short-story writer ("Creve Coeur"), playwright ("Arborophilia"), bioethicist. (SHS graduate)
*James Fenimore Cooper, writer (September 15 1789September 14 1851). Author of many classic books, including The Spy (set in an extant Scarsdale historical home--The Locusts [] ) and Last of the Mohicans.
*Eve Ensler, dramatist. [ Raised] in Scarsdale, attended SHS.
*Gish Jen'(pseudonym of Lillian Jen), novelist. Born in Scarsdale, 1956. A thinly disguised version of Scarsdale is a subject of some of her works. []
*Richard Kostelanetz, writer and artist, graduated from SHS in 1958.
*Harold Krents,(1944-1987), lawyer, whose life story inspired the drama "Butterflies Are Free". Author of "To Race the Wind." (SHS graduate) []
*Nicholas Kristof, journalist and columnist for the "New York Times", and twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Most recent Pulitzer Prize was in 2006 for his columns regarding the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. [] []
*G. Adrienne Lopez, attorney, author and film producer resided with her family in Scarsdale for two decades. Author of "To Love, Honor and Betray: The Secret Life of Suburban Housewives". Executive Producer of award-winning film "Dirty Laundry" (fy|2005). [] [] []
*Dan O'Brien, playwright, "Dear Boy", "The Voyage of the Carcass"
*Bryan Reynolds, critical theorist, playwright, graduated SHS in 1983.
*Carl Schorske, Historian and author of "" [cite book|title=Fin-De-Siecle Vienna : Politics and Culture|First= Carl. E.|Last=Schorske|year=1980|Publisher=Vintage|ID=ISBN 0-394-74478-0] with his sister, Florence Wald, former Dean of Yale Nursing school and Founder of American Hospice
*Aaron Sorkin, writer and creator of the TV series "Sports Night" and "The West Wing". [ Raised] in Scarsdale.
*Sheryl WuDunn, Journalist and Columnist for the "New York Times". She is married to Nicholas Kristof, also of Scarsdale.


*Gerald B. Appel, celebrity physicianFact|date=October 2008
*Herman Tarnower, author of "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet" [ [] ]

ports personalities

*James Cogswell and Fessenden Blanchard invented platform tennis in Scarsdale. []
*Joe Garagiola (1926- ) is a former major league catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. He later became a popular broadcaster. He and his wife raised their children in Scarsdale. []
*Paul Heyman, professional wrestling manager and former promoter, best known for his role in Extreme Championship Wrestling. []
*Bill Mazer (1920- ) is a New York sports talk and talkshow personality. He has resided in Quaker Ridge since the mid 1960's.
*David Stern, current Commissioner of the National Basketball Association. []
*Hugh White Captain of nation champion 1901 University of Michigan football team, winners of first Rose Bowl (1902), combined score for season (550-0). Engineer and businessman. Scarsdale village president.


*William Glendon, argued the Pentagon Papers case before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of The Washington Post. []

Political figures

*Daniel Tompkins, 6th Vice President of the United States. Vice President Tompkins was born in Scarsdale. []
*Noreen Fisher, Mayor of Scarsdale 2007-2009. []

Gangsters and spies

*Gregory DePalma, Gambino crime family Capo. []
*Robert Hanssen, Soviet spy, lived at 150 Webster Road in Scarsdale from 1978 until 1981; his children attended IHM . His wife told the FBI that he had had dealings with Moscow during that time [Adrian Havill, 2002, "The Spy Who Stayed Out in the Cold: The Secret Life of FBI Double Agent Robert Hanssen," p. 56. St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-98629-7.]
*Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel, gangster and Las Vegas resort builder. He owned a house in Scarsdale from 1929 on; he was increasingly absent in later years but his family continued to live there. []

cience, space and technology

*Joseph Capecci, Scientist, Architect, Dean-CCNY, holder of several US patents critical in the evolution of nuclear weapons, NASA consultant during the space race has resided in Scarsdale since 1970.Fact|date=February 2007
*Jeffrey A. Hoffman Ph.D., astronaut. Born in Brooklyn but "considers Scarsdale to be his hometown", see [ bio] at NASA website. (SHS graduate)
*Brewster Kahle, Internet Pioneer. Founded Wide Area Information Servers, Alexa Internet, Internet Archive.Fact|date=April 2008
*Ivan Sutherland, computer graphics pioneer. (SHS graduate)Fact|date=February 2007

carsdale in popular culture


*"Bugsy" - Barry Levinson's 1991 Oscar-winning film features Warren Beatty as gangster Benjiman Siegel, who lived in Scarsdale during the 1940s. The film opens at Siegel's house in Scarsdale (actually filmed in Hancock Park, Los Angeles), and Scarsdale is mentioned numerous times throughout the film. The movie's Co-Producer Charles Newirth grew up in ScarsdaleFact|date=April 2008.
*"Charlie Wilson's War" - Mike Nichols's 2007 film, starring Tom Hanks contains a line regarding the placement of a crèche on city property. A constituent from Nacogdoches, Texas who has traveled to DC to press Wilson to take action says: “It’s East Texas. Who are we offending? This isn’t Scarsdale, for goodness sakes.”Fact|date=April 2008 The line is a reference to an early 1980s Supreme Court case regarding a nativity scene in the village centerFact|date=April 2008. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale.
*"Hell High" - The 1989 B-grade horror film was partially shot on location at Scarsdale High School, in hallways, classrooms, a parking lot, and at the Brewster Road entrance.
*"Johnny Cool" - The 1963 film features Elizabeth Montgomery as a young woman in New York City who grew up in Scarsdale, and considers going back for a brief, restful break from her chaotic situationFact|date=April 2008.
*"Seconds" - John Frankenheimer's 1966 film, starring Rock Hudson, opens with the central character taking a Metro North train to Scarsdale, where he lives with his wife.
*"Wait Until Dark" - In Terence Young's 1967 adaptation of Frederick Knott's play, the character Harry Roat (played by Alan Arkin) hails from Scarsdale.


*"Entourage" - Billy Walsh grew up in Scarsdale.
*"Gossip Girl" - Aaron's hometown.Fact|date=April 2008
*"Late Night With Conan O'Brien" - On the thirteenth anniversary of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", the show is "Bar Mitzvahed" and Scarsdale is cited as the home of Temple Emanuel, the fictional temple of the fictional Rabbi Grossman, who performs the Bar Mitzvah ceremony.Fact|date=April 2008
*"Mr. Show" - One sketch involves a black-influenced, white singing duo named Three Times One Minus One being introduced as "coming straight outta Scarsdale!" a la "straight outta Compton". The joke here being that Scarsdale, unlike Compton, is an all-white neighborhood.Fact|date=April 2008
*"Seinfeld" - Kramer is accidentally rewarded with a Tony Award for the fictional musical "Scarsdale Surprise", supposedly based on the Scarsdale Diet doctor murder. []
*"Taxi" - Tony Danza's character, Tony Banta, attempts to adopt a young boy from a wealthy foster family in Scarsdale in several episodes.
*"Ugly Betty" - Amanda and Marc visit Amanda's parents in Scarsdale in the second season of the show.Fact|date=April 2008


*"Guys and Dolls" - A Broadway man chides a woman's marital aspirations by saying "You have wished yourself a Scarsdale Galahad, a breakfast-eating, Brooks Brothers, type." Fact|date=April 2008
*"Rent" - The main character, Mark, makes two references to Scarsdale as his hometown. Scarsdale is mentioned within the song "Tango: Maureen" Fact|date=April 2008


*"Against the Day" - Thomas Pynchon named a major character in the novel "Scarsdale Vibe".
*"Inca Gold" - Clive Cussler briefly mentions Scarsdale.
*' - by Anne Ehrlich
*"Next" - Michael Crichton uses Scarsdale in parts of his novel as the residence of an overspending eldery couple
*"See How They Run" - James Paterson uses Scarsdale as the setting in his novel.
*"Sleepless In Scarsdale" - John Updike uses Scarsdale as the setting for his poem.
*"The Spy" - James Fennimore Cooper sets his novel in a house in Scarsdale, "The Locusts". []


*"Hey Nineteen" - Steely Dan mentions Scarsdale in this songFact|date=April 2008


Scarsdale Town Pool was the swimming venue for the 2007 Empire State Games [] .

Scarsdale is home to the Scarsdale Concours, an annual auto show for charity.

The 2002 "homecoming bacchanal"

What the New York Times termed a "homecoming bacchanal" made regional news in 2002 and sent five students to the hospital with acute alcohol poisoning. Reportedly scores of students arrived drunk at the dance. Twenty-eight of them received suspensions. "The Times" said the incident evoked "soul-searching" in "this iconic suburb, which prides itself on giving children every advantage." A student was quoted as saying "We are supposed to be Scarsdale, the rich people, the good people, the studious." Principal John Klemme told student government leaders that "the world is taking a perverse pleasure in Scarsdale's humiliation" and challenged them to "reclaim your school." [cite news
title=Scarsdale School Suspends 28 Students for Drunkenness
date=September 27 2002
publisher=The New York Times
] [cite news | first=Jane | last=Gross | pages=1 | title=Teenagers' Binge Leads Scarsdale to Painful Self-Reflection | publisher=The New York Times | date=October 8 2002|url=]

See also

* Scarsdale High School
* Scarsdale Diet
* Greenville, Westchester County, New York


External links

* [ Scarsdale official website]
* [ Scarsdale schools official website]
* [ SHS Maroon official website]
* [ SHS Broadcasting Company's official website]
* [ Scarsdale Magazine]
* [ The Journal News, the local newspaper]
* [ SHS Technology Club official website]
* [ Scarsdale train station]

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