The culturally spirited village of Pleasantville, New York, lies within the borders of the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County.
The village became, and has remained, a favorite settling ground for authors. Its quaint atmosphere and close proximity to New York City have drawn the likes of author Dave Barry, Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, and DeWitt and Lila Bell Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest. Although the magazine has long ago moved its headquarters to Chappapqua, it still retains its original address in Pleasantville.
In 2001, the Jacob Burns Film Center was opened. This non-profit cinema delivers independent and documentary films from around the globe. Numerous guest speakers have appeared in the cinema, including Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Oliver Stone, and Woody Allen. The theater’s opening has contributed much to the revitalization of Pleasantville’s downtown area.
The charming bistros, coffee houses, literary influence, untouched arboreal beauty, all no doubt influenced author Chandler Burr of GQ to comment that “If Norman Rockwell’s paintings emitted a scent, this is what it would be.”
The Pleasantville Union Free School District is home to top-rated elementary, middle, and high schools.
Pleasantville certainly lives up to its name, providing its residents with an inspiring and beautiful atmosphere.