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Entry from April 10, 2022
Waccabuc: New York’s Secret Suburb (nickname)

Waccabuc is a hamlet and lake in the town of Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York, just north of New York City and with a population of about 500. Waccabuc has been called “New York’s Secret Suburb” because of its relative seclusion and its few famous and wealthy residents.

“Escape to New York City’s Secret Suburb” was posted on Medium on November 9, 2016.

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, has been called “Brooklyn’s Secret Suburb.”

Wikipedia: Waccabuc, New York
Waccabuc is a hamlet and lake in the town of Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York, United States. Waccabuc is considered “New York’s Secret Suburb” and is home to a “collection of privacy-loving C.E.O.s and bright stars in other firmaments,” according to an Upstart Business Journal article about the tremendous number of notable residents in a hamlet of just a few hundred people. Waccabuc is known by many outside of the town for its Castle Rock.

Liz Wallace
Nov 9, 2016
Escape to New York City’s Secret Suburb
Within a single historic estate, discover both an exclusive lakeside retreat and the Empire State’s most hospitable watering hole.

Words: Liz Wallace
Images: Scott Wintrow for Gamut Photos
Known as “New York City’s secret suburb,” the estate-dotted enclave of Waccabuc is home to a population that peaks at 500. Hence, the community is inherently insular, and within its borders, this property represents a new apex in exclusivity.

Houlihan Lawrence
Welcome to Waccabuc: New York’s “Secret Suburb” http://ow.ly/wBf430aOcNE
3:30 PM · Apr 12, 2017·Hootsuite

Elizabeth Betsy Ronel
Welcome to #Waccabuc: New York’s “secret suburb” http://ow.ly/fTOR30jTSF6
9:00 AM · May 9, 2018·Hootsuite

From the macanada Nation
New York’s Secret Suburb: Waccabuc ❄️🍂
7:18 PM · Dec 5, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Urban Dictionary
10 years since the waccabuc definition has been updated and the elitism hasn’t changed. Dubbed New York’s “secret suburb”, Waccabuc’s only operating business is the country club. This is literally the town that goop queen Gwyneth Paltrow has her weekend house in and current NYC chef Jean-Georges retreats to. The best way to spend a day in Waccabuc is to go cliff jumping at castle rock with the hopes that the residents don’t bitch you out for being an outsider.
by revesdemoi December 7, 2019

North of NYC (April 6, 2021)
Welcome to Waccabuc: New York’s “Secret Suburb”
Who’s moving here? “Many buyers who are moving to Waccabuc full-time are relocating from more densely populated areas of Westchester County or the city,” says Houlihan Lawrence agent Susan Stillman, who has lived in the hamlet since 1981.  “They come looking for a more rural lifestyle with a community feel or for more space--both for living and recreation. Weekenders, on the other hand, come in search of a tranquil getaway that is within a reasonable commute to New York and offers a leisurely summer lifestyle.”

Hudson Valley Post (NY)
Likely Rabid Fox Bites Person, Dog in ‘New York’s Secret Suburb’
Bobby Welber
Published: April 6, 2021
Waccabuc is a hamlet and lake in the town of Lewisboro. Waccabuc is called “New York’s Secret Suburb” due it small population, around 850, mixed with notable residents. Sean Combs, Gwyneth Paltrow, Roger Stone, Jeffery Tambor, Stanely Tucci and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Vice President Henry Wallace have all called the small hamlet home. 

December 14, 2021
Waccabuc – Westchester’s “secret suburb”.
Situated just 50 miles north of central Manhattan Waccabuc could not be more different to the frenzy of the Big Apple. Often considered “New York’s Secret Suburb” Upstart Business Journal was quoted as describing this hamlet of under one-thousand population as a “collection of privacy-loving C.E.O.s and bright stars in other firmaments.” Such famous names include the actress Blythe Danner (mother of Gwyneth Paltrow), Stanley O’Neal, former CEO and President of Merrill Lynch and the rapper Sean Combs as well as countless political figures and stars of the arts. In 1956 Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller married at the private home of Miller’s literary agent Kay Brown.

17 February 2022, Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), pg. M2B, col. 2 ad:
WACCABUC $5,950,000
County estate on 44 acres located in historic
Waccabuc, “New York’s Secret Suburb”
(Houlihan Lawrence real estate.—ed.)

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