Philipse Manor station serves the Village of Sleepy Hollow, named after the neighborhood the station is located in. The station was completely rebuilt between December 2008 and 2011 in the final stage of rebuilding all stations on the electrified portion of the Hudson Line. The stop consists of two side platforms along the four-track line that can accommodate 8 cars.The station's historic stone station house in the Tudor Revival style was built around 1910. It is on the state's register of historic places. The building is located directly above the middle of the northbound platform with arches that once provided direct station to platform access through the building's basement lining the platform. The arches are now covered by wood that is painted a tasteful brown. At street level, along Riverside Drive is the main station house with a unique octagonal shaped main waiting room with two small restrooms at one end and the small stationmasters office, and baggage room at the other. The building interior with a wood paneled relatively dark interior is no longer in passenger use instead occupied by the Hudson Valley Writers' Center. Outside covered porches wrap all around with additional wide stone columns and arches holding up the canopy. Two covered porches extend out from each of the two doors into the station over the parking lot for covered drop-off areas. A porch directly above the platform provides excellent views of the Hudson (although this porch isn't open to the public with fences, your webmaster attended an event in the depot and was able to go outside).
Next to the northside of the station house is a covered staircase down to the northbound platform and stairs that go up about ten steps to the now fully enclosed with doors at both ends overpass bridge (before renovations the bridge had no walls and was excellent for photos). This modern overpass feels narrower than others, lacks TVMs and elevators and leads to a staircase down to the southbound platform. It does have the six Art's for Transit Mosaics. The only other entrance to the northbound platform is an ADA compliant walkway towards its southern end that leads across a patch of greenery to Riverside Drive that has gone down in elevation in this area and is at the same level as the platform. Passengers on waiting to go northbound have two small green canopy areas that cover about a car length, one just north of the overpass and the other across from the walkway towards the southern end of the platform. The southern one has a black enclosed with a door shelter beneath it.
The New York-bound platform is directly along, with plenty of staircases and an ADA ramp, a narrow village association's operated driveway that dead ends at the northern end of the station platform and connects with the outside world by a narrow car bridge (with a sidewalk) just south of the station over to the end of Palmer Avenue. The bridge also provides the only access to Kingsland Point County Park along the river south of the station. This bridge is how the platforms are connected for ADA purposes meaning elevators for the pedestrian bridge weren't required. Along the driveway are minimal parking spaces, many parallel and all by permit only with village residency required. The entrance to the driveway at the top of the bridge even says Philipse Manor Improvement Association No Trespassing. Their website has a huge statement that all pick-up and drop-offs must be along the station, east side of the tracks. There is also the private Philipse Manor Beach Club that has a small beach with swimming and marina in the Hudson River. There is also a gold painted eagle on display along the river. The station's only TVMs are directly on this platform. A black canopy structure covers the entire southern half of the platform with a small, enclosed shelter.
Photos 1-18: 25 April, 2005; 19-75: 13 March, 2015