Making the national news after Jean Harris murdered her lover Dr. Herman Tarnower, a well-known cardiologist, in the beginning of the ’80s, this town today attracts both second-generation working-class as well as wealthy upper-class families. On the outskirts of Harrison, near the exclusive Westchester Country Club, lies a multitude of gated estates while clapboard houses, basketball courts, and public parks dominate the two separate downtown areas.
Like Rye Brook, Harrison revolves around its schools, its exuberant sports leagues, and its three active community centers. During Columbus Day, people cheer on the parade that proceeds through the town under the name “It’s Great to Live in Harrison,” a celebration that samples authentic ethnic foods from all over the world.
Corporate giants such as MasterCard and PesiCo also refer to Harrison (technically Purchase, a hamlet in the town) as home; the latter’s headquarters sports a large, public outdoor sculpture garden, which is currently closed due to renovations but is estimated to reopen in 2017.