Purchase, NY is a hamlet of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County.
Purchase is home to Purchase College, which is part of the State University of NY system, Manhattanville College, a private liberal arts college, and the headquarters of PepsiCo, Inc as well as MasterCard Worldwide and Atlas Air Inc. Keio University also operates a high school in Purchase called Keio Academy of New York.
Purchase is known for the Purchase Community House, home of the Purchase Day Camp. It also runs after school activities during the rest of the year. On the PCH property, there are 4 pools and numerous playing fields.
The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at the PepsiCo headquarters and the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY-Purchase are two significant art collections found in the community.
The Westchester County Airport is located in Purchase.
As is the case with much of Westchester, Purchase is home to a lot of very valuable real estate. This as well as its quiet setting, has attracted many new residents in recent years. Many of Purchase’s older streets have golf themes (i.e. Brae Burn, Old Oaks, Century Country Club, and others)
Local zip code 10577 was identified by American Demographics magazine as the fifth most affluent zip in the US (April 2005)
There are many historic sites located in Purchase. The grave of Revolutionary War General Thomas Thomas I 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. Back before her fateful flight, Amelia Earhart would fly her plant from the polo grounds. Many colonial era homes and unspoiled natural woodlands fell victim to “progress” and “development” in the last 30 years. Still, the development seems to have been done in good taste and in keeping with the rural beauty of the area.
Purchase School was an independent school district until 1969 when it centralized with the Harrison Central School District. Purchase maintained a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade program until 1974. Currently containing Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, Purchase School is one of four elementary schools in the Harrison School District. The Louis M. Klein Middle School serves grades Six through Eight, and is followed by the Harrison High School.
*Compiled from Wikipedia & American Towns websites