|Yonkers, New York|
|Nickname: The Terrace City|
Location in the State of New York
|- Mayor||Philip A. Amicone|
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The city is home to several attractions, an example of which is Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track that has renovated its grounds and clubhouse and added legalized video slot machine gambling in 2006. Yonkers Raceway, founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, is a ½-mile Standardbred Harness racing dirt track and New York state-approved video-lottery Harness racing is a form of Horse-racing in which the horses race in a specified gait A slot machine ( American) fruit machine ( British) or poker machine ( Australian) is a Casino gambling machine with three There is also a large shopping area along Central Park Avenue (NY 100), informally called "Central Avenue" by area residents, a name it takes officially a few miles north in White Plains, New York. New York State Route 100 (NY 100 is a major north–south state highway in Westchester County New York. The City of White Plains is the County seat of Westchester County New York.
The city is spread out over hills rising from near sea level at the eastern bank of the Hudson River to 416 feet (126 m) at Sacred Heart Church, whose spire can be seen from Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey. The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami Long Island is an island located in southeastern New York, USA, its western shores directly across from Manhattan, from which the island stretches The City of New York New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. The landscape of the city has been compared to that of San Francisco and Sarajevo. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city TemplateInfobox City for more fields--> Sarajevo is the Capital city and largest urban center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with
Yonkers is located at (40. 941478, -73. 864365).
The city occupies 20. 3 square miles (52. 6 km²), including 46. 8 km² (18. 1 sq mi) of land and 5. 8 km² (2. 2 sq mi) (11. 02%) of water, according to the United States Census Bureau. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census
The Bronx River separates Yonkers from Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Bronxville, and Scarsdale to the east. The Bronx River, approximately 24 miles (38 km long flows through southeast New York in the United States. Mount Vernon is a city in Westchester County New York. It lies on the border of the New York City Borough of the Bronx. Tuckahoe is the name of some places in the US state of New York: Tuckahoe Suffolk County New York Tuckahoe Westchester Eastchester is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. Bronxville is a village within the town of Eastchester, New York. The towns of Greenburgh and Hastings-on-Hudson are to the north, and on the western border is the Hudson River. Greenburgh is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. Hastings-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County New York, United States. The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami
On the south, Yonkers borders the Riverdale, Woodlawn, and Wakefield sections of the Bronx. Riverdale (population approximately 45000 according to the 2000 U Woodlawn (population 7741 is a neighborhood in the borough of The Bronx in New York City. Wakefield is a low-income working-class section of the northern borough of The Bronx in New York City, bounded by the New York city line with Westchester In addition, the southernmost point of Yonkers is only 2 miles (3 km) north of the northernmost point of Manhattan when measured from Broadway & Caryl Avenue in Yonkers to Broadway & West 228th Street in the Marble Hill section of Manhattan. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York marble_hill_manhattan_mappng|right|thumb]] Marble Hill is the northernmost section of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States
As of the census of 2000, there are 196,086 people, 74,351 households, and 49,294 families residing in the city. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density is 10,847. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 5 people per square mile (4,187. 5/km²). There are 77,589 housing units at an average density of 4,292. 2/sq mi (1,656. 9/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 60. 18% White, 16. 61% African American, 0. 44% Native American, 4. 86% Asian, 0. 05% Pacific Islander, 13. 44% from other races, and 4. 42% from two or more races. 25. 93% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19. 9% were of Italian and 11. The' Italian people' are a Southern European Ethnic group located primarily in Italy, Switzerland, France and by virtue of a wide-ranging 6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. The Irish people ( Irish: Muintir na hÉireann, na hÉireannaigh, na Gaeil) are a Western European Ethnic group who originate 61. 3% spoke English, 22. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States 7% Spanish, 3. 9% Italian, 2% Arabic and 1. Italian ( or lingua italiana) is a Romance language spoken by about 63 million people as a First language, primarily in Italy. Arabic (ar الْعَرَبيّة (informally ar عَرَبيْ) in terms of the number of speakers is the largest living member of the Semitic language 3% Portuguese as their first language. Portuguese ( or língua portuguesa) is a Romance language that originated in what is now Galicia (Spain and northern Portugal.
There are 74,351 households out of which 30. 9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44. 2% are married couples living together, 17. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33. 7% are non-families. 29. 2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11. 9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2. 61 and the average family size is 3. 23.
In the city the population is spread out with 24. 3% under the age of 18, 8. 8% from 18 to 24, 30. 6% from 25 to 44, 21. 2% from 45 to 64, and 15. 0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 88. 6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84. 2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $44,663, and the median income for a family is $53,233. Males have a median income of $41,598 versus $34,756 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,793. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country 15. 5% of the population and 13. 0% of families are below the poverty line. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country Out of the total population, 24. 8% of those under the age of 18 and 9. 9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The land on which the city is built was once part of a 24,000 acre (97 km²) land grant that ran from the current Manhattan/Bronx border at Marble Hill northwards for 12 miles (19 km), and from the Hudson River eastwards to the Bronx River. marble_hill_manhattan_mappng|right|thumb]] Marble Hill is the northernmost section of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami The Bronx River, approximately 24 miles (38 km long flows through southeast New York in the United States. This grant was given in July of 1645 by New Netherland Director-General Willem Kieft to Adriaen van der Donck, originally named Colen Donck. New Netherland (Dutch Nieuw-Nederland, Latin Novum Belgium or Nova Belgica) 1614–1674 is the name of the former Dutch territory on the eastern coast For the Dutch footballer named Willem (Wim Kieft see Wim Kieft Willem Kieft (September 1597 Amsterdam - September 1647 was a Adriaen Cornelissen van der Donck (c 1618 – c 1655 was a Lawyer and landowner in New Netherland after whose Honorific Jonkheer Colen Donck was the title of a large Dutch-American owned estate of 24000 acres (97 km² (a Patroonship originally owned by Adriaen van der Donck in New Netherland Van der Donck was known locally as the Jonkheer or Jonker (etymologically, "young gentleman"; in effect, "Esquire"), a word from which the name "Yonkers" is directly derived. Jonkheer (female equivalent Jonkvrouw is a Dutch Honorific of nobility Jonkheer (female equivalent Jonkvrouw is a Dutch Honorific of nobility Esquire (abbreviated Esq) is a term of British origin originally used to denote social status Van der Donck built a saw mill near where the Nepperhan Creek met the Hudson; the Nepperhan is now also known as the Saw Mill River. A sawmill is a facility where logs are cut into boards Sawmill process A sawmill's basic operation is much like those of 100 years ago a log enters The Saw Mill River is a 20 mile (32 km long tributary of the Hudson River in the United States, flowing from Chappaqua to Yonkers New York
Near the site of van der Donck's mill is Philipse Manor Hall, a Colonial-era manor house which today serves as a museum and archive, offering many glimpses into life before the American Revolution. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site is a historic house museum located in Yonkers, New York. The original structure (later enlarged) was built around 1682 by Frederick Philipse, a wealthy Dutchman who, by the time of his death, had amassed an enormous estate which encompassed the entire modern City of Yonkers, as well as several other Hudson River towns. Frederick Philipse (1626 Bolsward &ndash Dec 23 1702) Lord of Philipse Manor, owned the vast stretch of land spanning from Spuyten Duyvil Philipse's great-grandson, Frederick Philipse III, was a prominent Loyalist during the American Revolution, who, because of his political leanings, was forced to flee to England. This article concerns Loyalists in the American Revolution. For information on the role of those Loyalists in Canadian history after their emigration see United Empire In this article the inhabitants of the thirteen colonies that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans" with occasional references to "Patriots"
For its first two hundred years, Yonkers was a small farming town with an active waterfront. Yonkers's later growth rested largely on developing industry. In 1853, the Otis Elevator Company, opened the first elevator factory in the world on the banks of the Hudson. The Otis Elevator Company is the world's largest manufacturer of vertical transportation systems today principally Elevators and Escalators Founded in Yonkers Around the same time, the Alexander Smith and Sons Carpet Company (in the Saw Mill River Valley) expanded to 45 buildings, 800 looms, and over 4,000 workers and was known as one of the premier carpet producing centers in the world. In 1892, Smith carpets were sent to Moscow for the czar's coronation. Bakelite, the first completely synthetic plastic, was invented in Yonkers circa 1906, and manufactured there until the late 1920s. Bakelite (ˈbеɪkɨlaɪt is a material based on the thermosetting Phenol formaldehyde resin polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride developed in 1907–1909 by
Early in the 20th Century, Yonkers also hosted a brass era automobile maker, Colt Runabout Company; despite the car's seemingly glowing performance, the company went under. The automotive Brass Era is the first period of automotive manufacturing named for the prominent Brass Fittings used during this time for such things as lights and The Colt Runabout was an American Brass era Automobile, built in Yonkers New York, in 1907
Yonkers was also the headquarters of the Waring Hat Company, at the time the nation's largest hat manufacturer. World War II saw the city's factories manufacture such items as tents and blankets in the Alexander Smith and Sons Carpet Factory and tanks in the Otis Elevator factory. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
After World War II, however, with increased competition from less expensive imports, Yonkers lost much of its manufacturing activity. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Alexander Smith Carpet mill fell on hard times and ceased operation on June 24, 1954. Events 972 - Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces takes place Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) In 1983, the Otis Elevator Factory finally closed its doors. With the loss of jobs in the city itself, Yonkers followed the trend of many suburban cities after World War II, becoming primarily a commuter city. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Yonkers' excellent transportation infrastructure, including three commuter railroad lines (now two) and five parkways and freeways, as well as its 15-minute drive from Manhattan, made it a desirable city to live in. Yonkers' manufacturing sector, however, has recently shown a resurgence. A Kawasaki railroad cars assembly plant opened in 1986 in the former Otis plant, producing the new R142A and R160B cars for the New York City Subway, and the PA4 and upcoming PA5 series for PATH. is the rolling stock production division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The R142A, along with the R142 is the newest generation of cars for the New York Subway 's IRT division The R160B is a heavy-rail subway car model for New York City Transit Authority ( New York City Subway) built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The New York City Subway is a Rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, a subsidiary agency The Port Authority Trans-Hudson ( PATH) is a Rapid transit railroad linking Manhattan, New York with New Jersey, and providing service
Aside from being a manufacturing center, Yonkers also played a key role in the development of entertainment in the United States. In 1888, Scottish immigrant John Reid founded the first golf course in the United States, St. John Reid may refer to Religious John Reid (priest, fifteenth century Scottish priest and courtier known as Stobo, a lost poet A golf course consists of a series of holes each consisting of a Teeing ground, Fairway, rough and other hazards and a green with a pin and cup all designed for Andrew's Golf Club, in Yonkers. On January 4, 1940, Yonkers resident Edwin Howard Armstrong transmitted the first FM radio broadcast (on station W2XCR) from the Yonkers home of C. Events 46 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina. Year 1940 ( MCMXL) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Edwin Howard Armstrong ( December 18, 1890 &ndash January 31, 1954) was an American Electrical engineer and Inventor W2XCR was founded in 1931 in Long Island City NY by the radio station WGBS (now WINS-AM) R. Runyon, a co-experimenter. Yonkers also had the longest running pirate radio station, owned by Allan Weiner during the 70s through the 80s. The term pirate radio usually refers to illegal or unregulated radio transmissions Allen H Weiner (born June 12 1953, Yonkers New York) is a long-time Pirate radio operator and activist In spite of this historic broadcast, Yonkers has the dubious distinction of being the largest city in the United States to not have a broadcast station licensed to it, but WVIP / WRTN 93. WVIP (935 FM) is a Radio station broadcasting a World Ethnic format 5 FM has been in Yonkers, NY since the 1950s. One of the main reasons for this is its central location in the New York City market, with many nearby stations crowding the airwaves. The City of New York
The Irish-American community plays a prominent role in Yonkers, and the city hosts one of the oldest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country. Saint Patrick's Day (Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig) colloquially St
The city is also home to a large Italian-American community, many of whom moved to the city after originally settling in the Bronx and in Brooklyn. An Italian American is an American of Italian descent and/or dual citizenship The city hosts a large Columbus Day festival with a Miss Italian-American pageant. Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus 's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12,
There also once was a significant Jewish population (the Broadway plays Hello Dolly! and Lost in Yonkers both take place within the Yonkers Jewish community). PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located Hello Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder 's 1938 Lost in Yonkers is a 1991 play by Neil Simon. After eleven previews the Broadway production directed by Gene Saks, opened on February However, its size has dwindled (but not vanished) as the older generation dies off and the younger generation moves to the Sunbelt or to other (usually more affluent) parts of metropolitan New York City, with the trend accelerating after the housing integration court battles (see below). The Sun Belt is a region of the United States generally considered to stretch across the South and Southwest (the geographic southern United States The City of New York However, in recent years, some areas bordering similar neighborhoods in Riverdale are seeing an influx of Orthodox Jews. Riverdale (population approximately 45000 according to the 2000 U Orthodox Judaism is the formulation of Judaism that adheres to a relatively strict interpretation and application of the laws and ethics first canonized
There was a years-long battle over housing integration in the 1980s and 1990s, which ended only after a court ruling nearly bankrupted the city government, by imposing exponentially increasing contempt of court penalties after the then-mayor refused to build public housing outside of the traditionally black and Latino neighborhoods downtown. (See "Image", below. )
Though Yonkers contains many small residential enclaves and communities, it can conveniently be divided into four quarters, demarcated by the Saw Mill River. There are roughly 37 or more distinct neighborhoods, but these names are out of date only being used by Real Estate Agents, along with a few other natives.
This is a heavily Irish-American and Italian-American area. Irish Americans (Gael-Mheiriceánach are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in Ireland. An Italian American is an American of Italian descent and/or dual citizenship Though suburban, it is noticeably less so than the Town of Greenburgh to the north. Greenburgh is a town in Westchester County, New York, United States. House sizes vary widely, from small houses set close together, to some larger houses in areas like Lawrence Park. Tuckahoe Road, which intersects Central Avenue, contains many stores as well. Notable former residents include Steven Tyler of the rock band Aerosmith (born Steven Tallarico), whose childhood home was just off Central Avenue. Stephen Victor Tallarico (born March 26 1948 in Yonkers New York) better known as Steven Tyler (and often nicknamed The Demon of Aerosmith is an American Hard rock band sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston " and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" Northeastern Yonkers contains the Crestwood section of Yonkers, as well as several other enclaves. Crestwood is a neighborhood in Yonkers New York. Located in northeastern Yonkers Crestwood borders the Bronx River where it meets the Village of Tuckahoe Landmarks include St Vladimir's Seminary, the Tanglewood Shopping Center (one-time home of the Tanglewood Boys gang), as well as Sarah Lawrence College. Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary is an Orthodox Christian Seminary located in Crestwood New York in the United States. The Tanglewood Boys are an Italian-American gang from Yonkers New York, USA named after an area known as Tanglewood in Yonkers Sarah Lawrence is a private, independent, liberal arts college in the United States. The Lawrence Park and Cedar Knolls sections are unique in many ways from the rest of Northeast Yonkers. These two neighborhoods include more upscale housing and residents are generally commuters to Manhattan. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York This is mostly due to the promixity of various nearby Metro-North commuter railroad stations. The Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, or MTA Metro-North Railroad, or more commonly Metro-North, is a Suburban commuter rail service Both sections are heavily white but unlike most other Yonkers neighborhoods are not dominated by any particular ethnicity. Because they share the zip code of the neighboring upscale village of Bronxville, many residents feel they are more a part of Bronxville than Yonkers even though they still pay taxes to and get services from the latter. Bronxville is a village within the town of Eastchester, New York. Bronxville is a village within the town of Eastchester, New York. Yonkers is the fourth largest city in the US State of New York (behind Rochester, Buffalo, and New York City) and the largest city in
Northwest Yonkers is a collection of widely varying neighborhoods, spanning from the Hudson River to around the New York State Thruway/I-87 and from Ashburton Avenue north to the Hastings-on-Hudson border. The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami The New York State Thruway (officially the Governor Thomas E Dewey Thruway) is a limited-access toll Highway in the U Hastings-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County New York, United States. With the Hudson River bordering it to the west, this area has many beautiful Victorian-era homes with panoramic views of the Palisades. The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of Architectural styles predominantly employed during the Victorian era. The Palisades, also called the New Jersey Palisades or the Hudson Palisades (some portions are also referred to as Bergen Hill) are a line of steep An interest in historic preservation has taken hold in this neighborhood in recent years, as demonstrated on streets like Shonnard Terrace, Delavan Place and Hudson View Terrace. The population of northwestern Yonkers is probably the most ethnically diverse in the city.
Landmarks include the Hudson River Museum, Untermyer Park and the Lenoir Nature Preserve. The Hudson River Museum, located in Trevor Park in Yonkers New York, is the largest museum in Westchester County. The significant amount of surviving Victorian architecture and 19th century estates in northwest Yonkers has attracted many filmmakers in recent years.
The two block section of Palisade Ave between Chase and Roberts Ave in northwest Yonkers is colloquially known as the "end" of Yonkers. It was and still is the only retail and food shopping area in the neighborhood, and was well known by the local kids for an original soda fountain store "Uricks". It was once the end of the # 2 trolley line. The # 2 bus replaced the trolley line. One part of Yonkers that is sometimes overlooked is Nepera Park. This is a small section at the northern part of Nepperhan Avenue on the Hastings-on-Hudson border.
Southeast Yonkers is mostly Irish-American (a lot of the Irish being native born) and a good amount of Italian-Americans. Much of the architecture and types of stores in the area cause southeastern Yonkers to bear a greater resemblance to certain parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island than to points north. Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Staten Island (ˌstætənˈaɪlənd is a borough of New York City situated primarily on the island of the same name This is not surprising as southeastern Yonkers is largely within walking distance of the Riverdale, Woodlawn, and Wakefield sections of the Bronx. Riverdale (population approximately 45000 according to the 2000 U Woodlawn (population 7741 is a neighborhood in the borough of The Bronx in New York City. Wakefield is a low-income working-class section of the northern borough of The Bronx in New York City, bounded by the New York city line with Westchester Many residents regard eastern McLean Avenue, home to a vibrant Irish community shared with the Woodlawn section of the Bronx, to be the true hub of Yonkers. Similarly, a portion of Midland Avenue in the Dunwoodie section has been called the "Little Italy" of Yonkers. Dunwoodie is a neighborhood in Yonkers New York, noted for being the home of St Landmarks of southeastern Yonkers include the Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers Raceway, and St. Joseph's Seminary in the Dunwoodie neighborhood, which was visited by Pope John Paul II in October of 1995 and later by Pope Benedict XVI in April of 2008. Cross County Center, also known as Cross County Shopping Center is an open-air Shopping mall located in Yonkers New York, United States. St Joseph's Seminary and College, sometimes referred to as Dunwoodie, after the Yonkers New York neighborhood it is located in is the major Seminary Pope Pope Benedict XVI ( Latin: Benedictus PP XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger
This area in Yonkers has suffered from past economic, political, and social challenges that hindered many positive social changes. However, the area presently reveals a decrease in crime rate and a juxtaposition of poverty and revitalization that mirrors newly gentrified neighborhoods of New York City's Harlem and Brooklyn. Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, long known as a major African American cultural and business center Off of South Broadway (a major thoroughfare) one can find residential neighborhoods, such as Nodine Hill, Park Hill, and Hudson Park (off the Hudson River) with residential streets of turn-of-the-century mansions, and upscale luxury rentals and condominiums. Park Hill is a neighborhood in southwestern Yonkers New York. Other upscale neighborhoods are Ludlow Park, Hudson Park & Van Cortlandt Crest, off Riverdale Avenue, right over the Riverdale border - the former alongside the Hudson River. Riverdale (population approximately 45000 according to the 2000 U The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami The area is also home to the historic Phillips Manor, the Hudson River Museum with its Andrus Planetarium and a state of the art Yonkers Public Library with panoramic Hudson River views.
Many southwesterners are of African, Caribbean, Italian, or Hispanic decent while an influx those from other cultural backgrounds has continued to shape a culturally diverse community. The Caribbean (ˌkærəˡbiən kæ'rəbiən Cariben|Caraïben or Caraïben; Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Caribe is a Region consisting Hispanic (hispano hispánico hispânico Hispānus adjective from ''Hispānia'', the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically Some neighborhoods right on the Riverdale border are increasingly becoming home to Orthodox Jews. Riverdale (population approximately 45000 according to the 2000 U Orthodox Judaism is the formulation of Judaism that adheres to a relatively strict interpretation and application of the laws and ethics first canonized The revitalization of the downtown Yonkers/Getty Square area has helped to nurture growth for Southwest Yonkers. In the early 2000s several new luxury apartment buildings were built along the Hudson, as well as a new monument park, renovation of a Victorian-era pier, a new public library housed in the remodeled Otis elevator factory. Many new projects are intended to revitalize downtown Yonkers.
Yonkers has four Hudson-Line Metro-North Railroad stations providing commuter service to New York City: Ludlow, Yonkers, Glenwood and Greystone. The Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company, or MTA Metro-North Railroad, or more commonly Metro-North, is a Suburban commuter rail service The Ludlow Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Ludlow Park neighborhood of Yonkers New York via the Hudson Line. The Yonkers Metro-North Railroad station serves the downtown area of Yonkers New York via the Hudson Line. The Glenwood Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Glenwood neighborhood of Yonkers New York via the Hudson Line. The Greystone Metro-North Railroad station serves residents of the Greystone neighborhood of Yonkers New York via the Hudson Line. The Yonkers station is also served by Amtrak. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 Several Harlem-Line stations are on or very near the city's eastern border. These include Wakefield, Mt. Vernon West, Fleetwood, Bronxville, Tuckahoe and Crestwood. The Wakefield Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Wakefield section of The Bronx via the Harlem Line, and it is the Mount Vernon West Metro-North Railroad is the first station in Westchester County New York on the Harlem Line. The Fleetwood Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon New York via the Harlem Line. The Bronxville Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the village of Bronxville New York via the Harlem Line. The Tuckahoe Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the village of Tuckahoe New York via the Harlem Line. The Crestwood Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the northern part of Tuckahoe New York via the Harlem Line.
The former New York and Putnam Railroad running through the middle of Yonkers has been converted into bicycling and walking paths going north along the Saw Mill River to Elmsford and south to Van Cortlandt Park. Early history a route to Montreal The New York and Boston Railroad was chartered May 21, 1869 to build a line from High Bridge on The Saw Mill River is a 20 mile (32 km long tributary of the Hudson River in the United States, flowing from Chappaqua to Yonkers New York Elmsford is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. Van Cortlandt Park is a 1146 acre (46 km² park located in the Bronx in New York City.
Major limited-access roads in Yonkers include Interstate 87 (the New York State Thruway), the Saw Mill, Bronx River, Sprain Brook and Cross County parkways. A limited-access road or controlled-access road is a Road to which access from adjacent properties is limited in some way Interstate 87 (abbreviated I-87) is a 33349 mile (53670 km intrastate Interstate highway located entirely within the state of New York The New York State Thruway (officially the Governor Thomas E Dewey Thruway) is a limited-access toll Highway in the U The Saw Mill River Parkway is a 289 mile north-south Parkway running diagonally through Westchester County New York. The Bronx River Parkway is a long Parkway in Downstate New York. The Sprain Brook Parkway is a long north-south Parkway in Westchester County New York. The Cross County Parkway is a long Parkway in Westchester County New York. In the United States, Parkways are defined as follows A type of road A broad landscaped thoroughfare especially: one from which trucks and US 9, NY 9A and 100 are important surface streets. At, US Route 9 's New York segment accounts for more than half of the highway 's total length New York State Route 9A is a State highway in New York, United States, providing an alternate to US 9 from New York City north to New York State Route 100 (NY 100 is a major north–south state highway in Westchester County New York.
Bus service is provided by the Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System, and an MTA Bus Company express route to Manhattan. The Bee-Line Bus System, branded on the buses in lowercase as the bee-line system, is a Bus system serving MTA Bus Company is a service of MTA Regional Bus Operations used on routes previously controlled by the New York City Department of Transportation
Recently, New York Water Taxi has started a ferry service from downtown Yonkers to Manhattan's Financial District. See also Transportation in New York City New York Water Taxi is a Water taxi service offering commuter and sightseeing service mainly to points along the See also Merchant ship A ferry is a form of transport usually a Boat or Ship, used to carry (or ferry) passengers and The Financial District of New York City (sometimes called FiDi) is a neighborhood on the southernmost section of the borough of Manhattan which As of January 4, 2008, this service runs four times a day. Events 46 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 
Yonkers fares well in most measures of crime. According to a 2003 report by the city it ranked well ahead of other suburbs around New York City, such as Newark, New Jersey, and Paterson, New Jersey, as well as similarly-sized New York cities like Buffalo and Rochester. The City of New York Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, United States and the County seat of Essex County. Buffalo (ˈbʌfəloʊ is the second largest city in New York State. Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York State, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. 
In the 1980s and 1990s, Yonkers developed a national reputation for racial tension, based on a long-term battle between the City of Yonkers and the NAACP over the building of subsidized low-rent housing. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, usually abbreviated as NAACP, is one of the oldest and most influential Civil rights organizations The City wanted to use federal funds to create or expand high-rise housing projects in southwest Yonkers; other groups, led by the NAACP, felt that concentrating subsidized housing in traditionally poor neighborhoods perpetuated poverty. The climax of the battle came when United States district court Judge Leonard Sand imposed a fine on Yonkers which started at $1 and doubled every day until the City capitulated to the federally mandated plan. The United States district courts are the general Trial courts of the United States federal court system. A history of this battle can be found in Lisa Belkin's 1999 book Show Me a Hero.
Amidst a growing need for increased economic viability in Yonkers, a vast revitalization project proposal, promising to add luxury housing, waterfront development, commercial and retail space, has been designed for the city. Commerce is a division of trade or production which deals with the exchange of goods and services from producer to final consumer With hopes of increasing the city's tourism and economic importance in the state and county, the project is one of the largest revitalization projects ever proposed for any locality within the New York Metropolitan Area, totaling more than $3 billion. Tourism is Travel for Recreational or Leisure purposes The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel A state is a political association with effective Sovereignty over a geographic Area and representing a Population. A county is a Land area of Regional Government within a larger State. The New York metropolitan area, often referred to as the Tri-State Area, is the most populous Metropolitan area in the United States and is also one The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been
The project is headed by Westchester County's Louis R. Cappelli, Struever Bros. Westchester County is a primarily Suburban county located in the U Louis R Cappelli (b 1951 is a real estate developer most active in Westchester County New York. of Baltimore, and New Jersey's Fidelco Realty. New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. The project is expected to include a controversial Minor League Baseball stadium, and an expansive retail and residential project, adding approximately 800 residential units throughout the downtown area and the waterfront. Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North The community's strong opposition to plans for high rise buildings along their waterfront is so far being ignored by both developers and city government.
The project has as its catalyst the "daylighting" of the now buried Saw Mill River, an idea championed by community-based organizations like Groundwork Yonkers  and its Saw Mill River Coalition. The Pataki Administration at Scenic Hudson's urging contributed $34 million in funds for daylighting. George Elmer Pataki (born June 24, 1945) is an American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York serving three consecutive The concept of a river accompanied by a natural greenway path and commercial development has been successful in the revitalization of downtowns in San Antonio, Texas and Providence, Rhode Island. A greenway is a long narrow piece of land often used for recreation and pedestrian and bicycle traffic and sometimes including multiple transportation ( Streetcar, Light
Although many city officials and residents find much need for city revitalization and urban redevelopment efforts, controversy has surfaced over the major project. A number of residents feel the project is an insidious attempt by the city government and project officials to enforce a policy of outright gentrification. Gentrification, or urban gentrification, is the change in an Urban area associated with the movement of more affluent individuals into a lower-class Due to the use of eminent domain and other methods, some residents are fearful that they will ultimately be the victims in the redevelopment battle. Eminent domain ( United States) compulsory purchase ( United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland) resumption/compulsory acquisition
Others, however, are staunch proponents of the multi-billion dollar redevelopment effort, foreseeing the transition of Yonkers from a suburban city in the shadows of New York City, to a tourist attraction of economic importance. The City of New York
Although no official time table has been proposed for the redevelopment project, it will likely take several years before the completion of the project.
Some residents call the city "the sixth borough" referring to Yonkers' location on the New York City border, its urban character, and an unsupported vote to be included in the incorporations of boroughs to form New York City. A subway connection was planned between Getty Square and the New York City subway line, but when Yonkers residents voted against the incorporation, the project was abandoned.
In Max Brooks's second novel, World War Z, Yonkers was the setting for the first major confrontation between the US armed forces and a massive army of zombies that had already overwhelmed New York City and much of the Northern United States and Canada; the Battle of Yonkers. Max Brooks (born Maximillian Michael Brooks on May 22, 1972 in New York City) is an author and screenwriter World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War (abbreviated WWZ) is a Novel by Max Brooks which chronicles a fictional Zombie World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War (abbreviated WWZ) is a Novel by Max Brooks which chronicles a fictional Zombie It was a spectacular defeat and demoralized the entire country for years afterwards.
Steve Meretzky created several Infocom games, such as Sorcerer. One of the spells in that game, "Yonk", is named after Yonkers.
Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper supply company from NBC's The Office has a branch in Yonkers. Dunder Mifflin Paper Company Inc is a fictional Paper company featured in the United States television series ''The Office''. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's
Yonkers is one of the settings in the musical Hello Dolly.
Consumers Union, non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, is headquartered in Yonkers. Consumers Union is an independent nonprofit testing and information organization serving consumers in the United States. Consumer Reports is an American Magazine published monthly by Consumers Union.