What This Pleasantville Resident Loves About Westchester

Beth Shapiro, a Pleasantville resident and head of Citymeals on Wheels, tells us what she loves about her home county.

Apple picking at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard in North Salem.

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Biking the hills of Whippoorwill.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. My daughter’s bat mitzvah was one of their first catering events more than 10 years ago, and we have been fans ever since. Their new location and tours are great. 

Dykeman Farm in Pawling. For years we have joined friends for an annual pumpkin-picking outing. 

Elmsford Animal Shelter [now Paws Crossed Animal Rescue] is where we adopted Bernie, our Wheaton Terrier, nine years ago.

Farmers’ Market in Pleasantville for the best local produce, fish, cheese, etc., anywhere. Aba’s Falafel can’t be beat. 

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Beth Shapiro

Generosity of Westchester donors who support Citymeals. 

Highways! Westchester has a great highway system and makes life easy for me to get into the city to visit my daughter or to Boston to see my son. 

Ice Cream at King Kone in Somers. A swirl with a chocolate dip is a summer-Sunday-night treat. True gem.

Jacob Burns Film Center. Great movies, comfortable seats, and it’s only a short walk from home. 

Kayaking on the Hudson River.

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Lucky Buddha in Thornwood. We eat here too many times a week to count!

Manhattan and Metro-North. The easiest way to get to the city for work and fun.

North County Trail for early-morning bike rides. I’ve ridden as far north as Carmel and connected with the South County Trail to get to the Bronx — end to end and back to Pleasantville is a 100-mile ride. 

Opperman’s Pond in Pleasantville is outdoor ice skating at its best! Strap on your skates, clear the snow, and have hot cider or hot chocolate waiting for you when you’re done. 

Pleasantville. Our home for more than 25 years. 

Quaker Hill Tavern. Our neighborhood spot for great nachos and Paul’s amazing Key lime pie. 

Roma’s. My husband grew up in Eastchester, and Roma’s in nearby Tuckahoe is still a favorite for old-time pizza. 

Stone Barns for the best woodsy walks. I have yearly pictures of my kids with the gorgeous fall foliage and cows as a backdrop. 

Tacos at bartaco!

Untermyer Gardens Conservatory in Yonkers.

Very, very happy to have raised my kids, Sydney and Jordan, in Westchester. 

Wheeler Avenue! [Pleasantville] Less than 500 feet long, and you can shop for everything. You have the best eye-glass store in the county on one end, cute clothes on the other, and in-between you can have your nails done, your hair cut and your dog washed. There are places to drink great coffee and eat delicious burgers, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, and more!

X2O Xaviars on the Hudson. Peter Kelly’s Yonkers outpost has delicious food and beautiful sunset views.

Yard. My backyard. I love my yard. It’s a quiet refuge surrounded by peonies, irises, and lilacs, but it comes to life for small parties and large, especially holiday gatherings and s’mores-making around a firepit. For years, we had my son’s birthday during the Super Bowl and painted a mini-football field on the yard (snow and all) for the kids to play at halftime.

Zero Otto Nove. We started eating at the original location on Arthur Avenue when my son was at Fordham Prep. We were thrilled when they opened in Armonk.  

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