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Dobbs Ferry in Books

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand - 2018
Mentions Dobbs Ferry and the main characters go to DFHS.

Forty-Thirty by June J. McInerney - 2014

Set in Dobbs Ferry in the late 1960s.

Mercy College: Yesterday and Today by Eric Martone and Michael Perrota - 2013


Fever: A Novel by Mary Beth Keane - 2013
Dobbs Ferry is the setting for part of the story, which is about Typhoid Mary.

Dobbs Ferry (Then & Now) by Judith Doolin Spikes and Anne Marie Leone - 2012

Today's a Yellow Day by James Roth - 2012
Set in Dobbs Ferry.

George Washington's Westchester Gamble: The Encampment on the Hudson and the Trapping of Cornwallis by Richard Borkow - 2011

Life by Keith Richards - 2010
Brief but historic mention of Dobbs Ferry.

George Washington at "Head Quarters, Dobbs Ferry": July 4 to August 19, 1781 by Mary Sudman Donovan - 2009


Profiles of Dobbs Ferry by Sr. Mary Agnes Parrell, R.S.M. - 1976


Life of a River Village: Dobbs Ferry, a Centennial Publication - William J. Blanck (ed.) - 1974


Backyard Safari
Thunder and Lightening

plus others by John and Cathleen Polgreen - 1963-1971

Numerous books by the Polgreens were set in Dobbs Ferry.

121 Pudding Street by Jean Fritz - 1955

The story of young children growing up in JF's neighborhood. References to some parts of DF and the characters are written about the neighborhood kids.

An American Schoolmistress: The Life of Eliza B. Masters by Marion Brown Shelton - 1927


Doris of Dobbs Ferry by Carolyn Wells - 1917

Read the entire book for free here.

History of Westchester County New York: Vol. II by J. Thomas Scharf - 1886


Dobbs Ferry in TV Shows

Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector - 2020
At the beginning of the Feb 28th episode, the main characters talked about a clue that was located in Dobbs Ferry and mentioned George Washington's connection to Dobb Ferry during the Revolutionary War, with a monument that was located on the edge of town. Unfortunately, when they got there, the landscape and supposed "monument" did not look like anything familiar.

The Blacklist - 2018
Netflix TV series. Filmed down by the river.

Divorce - 2017
HBO show with Sarah Jessica Parker. Filmed walking up Main Street.

The Affair - 2015

Showtime series. Filmed inside a local business on Cedar Street, along Elm Street, Harper's Restaurant on Main Street, along Main Street, at the Upholstery Shop and on Chestnut Street in front of The Cookery.

The Leftovers - 2014

Exteriors were filmed on Cedar Street.

Buddy's Bakery Rescue - 2014

Food Network episode about Lidia's Bakeshop.

Person of Interest - 2014

Episode named "Most Likely to...".

Mad Men - 2014

In one episode, a women says "She has opened an office on Palisades Street in Dobbs Ferry".

Twisted - 2013-2014

A lot of scenes filmed around DFHS.

Castle - 2010

Season 2/Episode 17 "Tick, Tick, Tick...". The murder victim, who is found at Grand Central Station, is identified as being from Dobbs Ferry.

Law & Order - Many years

Various episodes. One was filmed on Belden Avenue at the Gronansader house.

The Electric Grandmother - 1982

Filmed on Clinton Avenue.

Oh, Boy! Babies! - 1982

NBC Special Treat, Season 7, Episode 1. Filmed in the middle school and included DF students.

Shamus - 1973

Burt Reynolds jumped over a stone wall on Clinton Avenue, just south of Braeside Lane.

Candid Camera - Late 1960s

Interviewed students about their fathers, then showed the film to the father and filmed their comments (with their knowledge).

Dobbs Ferry in Movies


The Irishman - 2019
Starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. Filmed at old Ardsley Acres Motel on the Saw Mill River Parkway.

The Dinner - 2017

Starring Richard Gere. Filmed January, 2016 on Cedar Street.

The Girl on the Train - 2016

See the trailer here. Filmed in Dobbs Ferry, Hastings and Irvington. Dobbs Ferry locations included Pilates and More studio, plus Harper's Restaurant & Bar.

Why Stop Now? - 2012

DFHS auditorium, foyer and outdoor scenes are featured prominently in the movie. Many scenes were also filmed in Sleepy Hollow. See the HS auditorium and some outdoor scenes in the trailer.

Predisposed - 2008

Short film that got remade as a feature film called Why Stop Now?. Not sure if this short was filmed in Dobbs Ferry, also.

Lord of War - 2005

Filmed interiors at Masters School.

Unfaithful - 2002

Starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

Company Man - 2000

Starring Douglas McGrath and Sigourney Weaver.

Stepmom - 1998

Starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.

Falling in Love - 1984

Starring Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro. Scenes at the train station.

Tootsie - 1982

Has a scene announcing "Dobbs Ferry next stop" when Dustin Hoffman is on the train going upstate.

you get no bread with a meatball - About 1971

Filmed at Dick's Cabin restaurant.

Splendor in the Grass - 1961

Starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Scenes of DFHS about halfway through the film.

Dobbs Ferry in Commercials

Oreo Big Stuf cookie - 2013

Watch it here.

Hershey's Syrup - Late 1980s

Messy Marvin. Watch it here.

Folger's Coffee Christmas commercial - 1982

Filmed at 79 N. Mountain Drive. Watch it here.

Dr. Pepper or A&W - Early 1980s

Filmed at the high school.

Mop 'N Glo - 1970s

Filmed at the high school.

Campbell Soup, Geritol, Niagara Light & Power and others - Early to mid 1960s

Filmed at 51 Beechdale Road.

Dobbs Ferry in Other Media

NY World's Fair - Socony Mobil Pavilion - 1964-65

Video for simulated driving test. A TV screen on the driving test showed a movie of a road. In one of the movies, the test road ran from Villard Hill near Hastings up to the intersection of Judson, Appleton and Clinton in Dobbs Ferry.

Westchester Airport
Mural of Dobbs Ferry High School

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