Tarrytown

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tarrytown

village, in Greenburgh town (township), Westchester county, southeastern New York, U.S. A northern suburb of New York City, it is just northwest of White Plains, where the Hudson River widens to form the Tappan Zee (there bridged by the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway). With Irvington and Sleepy Hollow (formerly until 1996 North Tarrytown), it comprises the "Sleepy Hollow Country," made famous by the author Washington Irving, whose home "Sunnyside" is preserved as a shrine. The Washington Irving Memorial, of bronze and marble, created by Daniel Chester French, features reliefs of characters from his stories, topped by a bust of the author. The origin of the village's name is unclear: one view holds that it is derived from the Dutch word for wheat (tarwe), which farmers brought to town, while another is that it is named for John Tarry, an early settler from Long Island

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