Narrow, windy streets snake through Congers’ wooded countryside and a handful of shops, offices and neighborhood stores cluster in center of the tiny hamlet, which is part of the town of Clarkstown. It’s like stepping back to a quieter time, which is why people love living there.
Reasons for loving life in Congers abound. Indeed, Clarkstown has a national reputation for safety and quality of life. CNNMoney.com twice said Clarkstown was one of the best small cities in the United States (most recently in 2010), and the town also has been cited for having one of the lowest crime rates in the country. This outstanding reputation, combined with good public schools and a location that is an easy commute to White Plains and New York City, has drawn people of all ages to Clarkstown and Congers.
The town is known for its extensive recreation system, one of the best in the region. In Congers itself are two parks, the 60-acre Kings Park and the 180-acre Congers Lake Memorial Park. Congers Lake has baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts and facilities for bocce and handball. Its pool bustles with activity all summer long. Kings Park has two baseball diamonds, one softball field, two basketball courts and playground equipment.
Other town parks include facilities such as pools, lighted ball fields and even a miniature golf course. The town sponsors a variety of clubs and activities for seniors, including some that meet weekly in the Congers Lake Community Center. Four state and county parks in Clarkstown provide hiking, biking, a beach and other outdoor activities.
Congers has an old-fashioned sense of identity and neighborliness, in part because of the hamlet’s small size (just 8,303 people spread over 3 square miles). Congers’ housing is primarily single-family homes, though there are some townhouse condominium communities off Route 303. Students attend two neighborhood elementary schools, which helps provide a common bond between families that fosters a sense of community as children and parents walk about and discuss the latest schoolhouse and neighborhood news.
Congers has two elementary schools, Congers Elementary and Lakewood Elementary. Students from these schools will attend Felix Festa Middle School and then Clarkstown North High School and Clarkstown South High School. Congers is also the home of Rockland Country Day School, which accepts students in grades PreK-12.