Just 14 miles north of Manhattan, Yonkers is an affordable New York City suburb with numerous fascinating features that underline the city’s commitment to arts, history, culture and the environment. For most Yonkers residents, the commute to work or play in Manhattan requires only a 34-minute ride on the Metro-North commuter railroad.
This city of Seven Hills offers amazing views of the waterfront from the eastern bank of the historic Hudson River. In fact, there are many different views available from the distinctly different neighborhoods that overlook this, one of New York’s most populous cities. The geographic environment here is often compared to that of San Fransisco.
Scarsdale, Bronxville, Hastings, Edgemont, and some very affluent communities border Yonkers. Many border communities offer magnificent homes and real estate. However, some border towns offer very reasonably-priced housing options too. Here you will find all types of housing including coops, condominiums, historic Victorian-style homes, newer large manors, rental units, investment property and more.
In Yonkers—the fourth most populated city in New York—you will find:
- Hudson River Museum
- Sherwood House (Do not think you explained what this is?)
- Beczak Environmental Education Center
- Science Barge
- Cross County Shopping Center (Do not think you explained what this is?)
- Yonkers Raceway (May now be called Empire Casino? Have installed slot machines)
- Edward J. Murray Skating Center
Yonkers is a shopper’s paradise with large shopping centers and retail shops stringing along Central Park Avenue (Central Ave). A beautiful waterfront development with new additions and an expansion plan is attracting young professionals to Yonkers—professionals looking for a community that “has it all.”
In a March 9, 2008 report New York Times journalist Elsa Brenner said, “These days, sleek midrise residences are going up where factories once spewed fumes. Grand old buildings have been put to new use, including a three-story trolley barn, built in 1900 in the Renaissance Revival style, which now contains loft units and a fitness studio that offers belly-dancing classes.”
X2O Xaviars on the Hudson is among one of the most popular restaurants in the newly refreshed waterfront district and it sets the tone there for an amazing collection of nightlife hotspots.
Diversity in ethnic and cultural backgrounds makes Yonkers a wonderful example of America’s melting pot rich with the spice of many lives coming together to teach and learn from one another.
Although Yonkers is decidedly urbanized, the environment is green and wooded in many areas. The amazing historic Hudson River is glorious in every season and Yonkers is undergoing a major revitalization of its waterfront. The building of Ridge Hill, an enormous mixed-use development is underway and the city will soon feature a downtown ballpark and multi-use complex.