Hawthorne is an independent hamlet located in the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York State. The 2010 census placed the population of the hamlet at less than 5,000. The hamlet of Hawthorne covers an area of just 1.7 square miles. It is bounded by Route 9A to the west, the Taconic State Parkway to the east, and split in the middle by the Sprain Brook Parkway. Hawthorne lies near the geographic center of Westchester County. Hawthorne was once known as Hammond’s Mills as a part of the Philipsburg estate, which was owned by Frederick Philipse. The village was renamed Unionville after the Revolutionary War. A railroad station was built on the site in 1847, and a post office was constructed in 1851. The village was finally named Hawthorne in honor of Rose Hawthorne, the founder of the Rosary Hill Home, where patients suffering from incurable cancer were cared for. The majority of Hawthorne consists of residential homes and small businesses.
Businesses in Hawthorne include the stores on Elwood Avenue, some of which are The Lock House, the Hawthorne Station Deli, Pop’s Deli, and Hawthorne Pizzeria. Corporate parks and nurseries line Hawthorne’s Route 9A corridor. Commerce Street (Route 141) is the main commercial thoroughfare, and is the best bet to find office space to let in the area. It serves both Hawthorne and Thornwood. This road runs north to south, parallel to Metro-North’s Harlem Line tracks.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Bear Mountain State Park offers picnicking, swimming, and cross country skiing opportunities. The Bergen County Zoological Park and Maritime Aquarium is a popular local spot, while the Bronx Zoo is accessible from Hawthorne as well. The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium has the largest collection of live New York State freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians. Dining options are plentiful in Hawthorne, including chains like Applebee’s, and local options such as Hawthorne Pizza for pizza and hoagie sandwiches: their specialty!
Hawthorne is 5 miles north of White Plains and 27 miles north of New York City. It is a 40-minute train ride from the Hawthorne station to Grand Central Terminal in New York City. John F. Kennedy International is the nearest major airport.