Not unlike Cos Cob, central Greenwich was once important for it’s proximity to the harbor that could transport produce to New York. Central Greenwich, described as the stretch of land between the Byram and Mianus Rivers and originally known as Horseneck, was a major farming area for Greenwich, until the Miossehaseky Indians traded the property for land elsewhere back in 1686. With the rise of the railroad in the 1860s, Central Greenwich became a shopping magnet and farmland gave way to the development of Greenwich Avenue as a major shopping center for the town.
It’s not inexpensive to be a retailer or restauranteur on Greenwich Avenue, which has given rise to a replacement of some local shops with luxury brand locales such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren and the most recent Paris-based Hermes, replacing the beloved children’s shop, Best & Co.
Central Greenwich is home to the acclaimed Bruce Museum, which in 1998 received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums. The museum has an outstanding collection of Connecticut artists, and in particular the Cos Cob School, which consisted of a number of American artists working here in the early 20th century. For events and shows as well as further information on the museum and its educational offerings see www.brucemuseum.org.
Greenwich’s main library is in the center of Greenwich as is the 206 bed hospital, which is part of Yale New Haven Health System. http://www.greenhosp.org
Community Highlights include:
The Greenwich Library
Located in a light and airy building with 100,000 square feet of space, the Greenwich library initially started out as a small book-lending activity among residents in the 1800s. Since then it has become established as one of our town’s greatest cultural and intellectual assets. The library organizes 1,800 educational and cultural programs and events each year, including well-known author and other guest speaker lectures, a variety of art exhibits, and classes at its technology training center. The library also has one of highest circulations in Connecticut, consisting of about 1.2 million materials and ranging from foreign films to genealogical texts. Wifi is available throughout the library and multiple computers are accessible to the public.
Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Phone: (203) 622-7900
The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science
Originally built as a private home in 1853 by New York Cotton Exchange member, Robert Moffat Bruce, the Bruce Museum has since evolved into a world-class institution. The exhibition space at the museum features work from the arts, sciences, and natural history both regionally and internationally.
Day: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: (203) 869-0376
Greenwich Skate Park
If you’re a friend of the skate then this park is the place to be. Offering a safe and supervised facility for skate boarders and inline skaters the Greenwich Skate Park is open to individuals ages six and above. Come practice and have fun evolving in your sport!
Phone: (203) 496-9876
Bruce Park Playground
Just across from the Bruce Museum lies the Bruce Park Playground, an optimum playtime location for children of various ages. The vast size of the park and multiple playground zones make for a fun time for adventure-seekers to play and for parents to relax.
The YWCA Greenwich, founded in 1919, offers over 125 programs ranging from outdoor and indoor sports to pottery classes for individuals of all ages. It also has a great gymnastics program for ages 16 months to 15 years headed by the varsity head coach of Greenwich High School’s Gymnastics Team. The YWCA’s facilities include an indoor swimming pool, which is also home to the nationally ranked Dolphins swim team, a new fitness center, a steam room and sauna, and an indoor water playground. YWCA Greenwich also offers state-of-the-art spin, yoga, and aerobics classes as well as wonderful educational programs for children throughout the day and evening.
Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 6:00 AM-9:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
Phone: (203) 869-6501
The YMCA Greenwich is home to history as it celebrates its centennial milestone of 100 years and beyond. Its facilities boast an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool where both competitive and recreational swimmers can train. In addition, the center offers year-round educational and recreational programs and events for individuals of all ages. Some class programs just to name a few, include aqua fit, ballet, cardio sculpt, and boxing.
Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 5:00 AM-10:00 PM
Saturday 6:30 AM-7:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: (203) 869-1630