Often referred to as “The Gateway to New England,” the beautiful town of Greenwich, Connecticut embodies all there is to love in a classic town setting. Spanning a total of 50.6 square miles, the rolling hills and woods of back-country Greenwich meld with 32 miles of beaches and coves that lie on the shore of the Long Island Sound. Geographic diversity complements the diversity of Greenwich’s population, where actors and writers live among sports figures and business executives. Greenwich is well-populated at 66,000 residents, yet maintains a strong sense of community through numerous civic centers, cultural activities, clubs, and town-wide events. However, it is certainly safe to say that Greenwich’s residents are truly the town’s best asset.
EDUCATION: Greenwich has always made public education a top priority, which is why the public school system is rated among the best in the state. Boasting a well-renowned high school, three middle schools, and 11 elementary schools, as well as 12 private schools, Greenwich consistently meets and surpasses high expectations for standardized test scores and college acceptances to elite universities. At the same time, a number of modern athletic facilities at both private and public schools foster a well-balanced environment for students; these facilities are often open to the public after school and during the summer.
CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS: Known to be the busiest town library in Connecticut, Greenwich Library boasts 300,000 books, 14,000 audio and video cassettes, and an extensive periodical section—not to mention an auditorium and an exhibition gallery. There are also two branch libraries and an independent library located in other areas of Greenwich. The recently renovated Bruce Museum displays art exhibits and wildlife panoramas that attract people of all ages from all over the tri-state area. Greenwich also supports art, music, and theater through various organizations and events, such as the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Society, and the Pops Concerts. There are numerous clubs that support localized interests (such as sailing, gardening, and skiing) and a variety of volunteer organizations. There are also many private clubs in Greenwich, which offer golf, tennis, swimming, yachting, polo, skating, shooting, paddle tennis, archery, and more.
SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS: Greenwich boasts a total of over 600 retail and service firms, and the bustling Greenwich Avenue is home to a majority of them. “The Ave” offers a wide variety of quality boutiques as well as major regional chain stores, ever-expanding and catering to a broad range of needs and interests. For hungry shoppers, there are conveniently located coffee shops and delis located all over Greenwich. And for dinner, fine restaurants of every type of international cuisine and a range of atmospheres will please any palate.
TRANSPORTATION: Although twice as many people commute into Greenwich for work rather than out of Greenwich, transportation from Greenwich to nearby cities is comfortable and efficient. The Metro North Railroad provides service from four stations: Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside, and Old Greenwich; express trains arrive in Manhattan in under 45 minutes. There are also morning and evening shuttle buses that travel from Greenwich Station to major offices in central Greenwich, and buses that connect Greenwich to Stamford and Port Chester. All three major New York area airports can be reached in about an hour, and the newly modernized Westchester Airport is just 15 minutes from central Greenwich.
HEALTH SERVICES: Greenwich Hospital is a prominent source of pride for citizens of Greenwich. Having served the town for over 90 years, it offers the most modern facilities and services available including outpatient programs, emergency room services, and over 30 clinics. The hospital has recently undergone a huge renovation, and contains 174 beds and 18 bassinets. It has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution, and is rated at the top of community hospitals in the area. Other health establishments include the Nathaniel Witherell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and various other assisted living facilities.
TOWN GOVERNMENT: Greenwich has a Representative Town Meeting government that consists of 229 non-partisan members from 12 districts. The First Selectman is nominally the CEO, but shares authority with the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET), which is responsible for Greenwich’s fiscal affairs. As the BET has followed a healthy pay-as-you-go policy, the town has incurred no operating debt. The Board of Education and the Board of Tax Review are both run by bi-partisan members.