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A Brief History of Irvington, NY

The sexual assault attorneys in Irvington, NY, at Banville Law present the following on the neighborhood's history.


Irvington, NY, is located on the eastern riverbank of the Hudson River. This small neighborhood consists of 2,560 acres, but only 1,792 is on land.


Irvington was populated by the Wickquasgeck American Indians, part of the Lenape Nation, before the arrival of the Europeans. The natives were there until 1775. The Dutch arrived in the 1600s, and some of the early settlers include:

  • Stephen Ecker
  • Jan Harmes
  • Captain John Buckhout
  • Barent Dutcher

The initial settlers were farmers, but by the 1700s, the majority were builders. Andrew Jackson Downing disagreed with the original street grid plan that was expected to be used to develop the area. Downing suggested using the natural hills and landscape to navigate the development.

During the Revolutionary War, Wolfert Ecker's house was burned down by the British. The reason being that it was American Patriot stomping ground. After the British captured New York City, Irvington and other areas became neutral.

With the Hudson River Railroad development, which opened to the public in 1849, the population increased and developed. Irvington would get its name in 1854, after Washington Irving, the author. His home on Sunnyside Lane has been turned into a museum that visitors can visit today. The town would be incorporated in 1872 following the naming of the post office to Irvington.


Of the residents that make up the village Irvington, 73.72% have a four-year or more college degree. The average income per household is approximately $96,467. Most of the residents work in white-collar careers. The breakdown of the residents' occupations is the following:

  • 20.35% management
  • 10.58% business or financial
  • 8.87% art, media, or design

Irvington has more people working in an artistic field than 90% of other American communities. The community is home to many art galleries and theaters, such as:

  • Art XO Studio - Main Street
  • Irvington Theater - Main Street
  • Artistic Endeavor - Bridge Street
  • Classic Collections Fine Art - Bridge Street
  • Tap N Toes (Dance Company) - Main Street


According to the Census in 2000, the population in Irvington was 6,631, including 2,518 households and 1,812 families. Crime is among the lowest nationwide, creating a family-friendly atmosphere. The racial makeup of the area was:

  • 88.66% white
  • 1.45% African American
  • 3.79% Hispanic or Latino
  • 6.95% Asian
  • 0.11% Native American
  • 1.67% two or more races
  • 1.16% other races

The resident's ancestries include the following:

  • 18.1% Italian
  • 17.3% Irish
  • 7.3% German
  • 5.9% Russian

Many languages are spoken in the area, but the breakdown of first languages includes:

  • 88% English
  • 4.2% Japanese
  • 3.6% Spanish
  • 1.8% Italian
  • 1.0% German

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 29, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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