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LIFESTYLE

Yonkers offers easy access to the city. It sits on the Harlem and Hudson lines, offering easy access to both at the Greystone, Glenwood, and Ludlow stations in the west and bordering the Wakefield, Mount Vernon West, Fleetwood and Crestwood to the east. The 1, 2, and 4 subway lines terminate in close proximity to Yonkers, so it’s a great place to get 24-hour access to the city. With such a large city, there are several shopping malls, parks, museums, and city programs to take advantage of.

Location

Southern Westchester County NY

Community

Most of the citizens of Yonkers live in the several residential neighborhoods to the east. The hottest neighborhood in the northest, according to Zillow, is Crestwood. See our special section for more info. The other neighborhoods are just as homey, featuring their own commercial districts, churches and parks. The schools in Yonkers are not assigned by neighborhood, so students from all across the city attend schools together.

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Commute

Yonkers NY Commute Times

Schools

Yonkers Schools

For the Kids

There are plenty of great spots for kids to learn and play. There are three branches of the Westchester Library System: Crestwood, Riverfront, and Will. All three have daily programming for children of all ages and children’s sections loaded with books, toys, puzzles, and games. Ridge Hill is the home to Rockin’ Jump trampoline park; LEGOland Discovery Center, an all-things-LEGO attraction with rides, a play structure, and lots of LEGOs to build with. There’s also iFly, an indoor skydiving arena where daredevils off all ages can float on a stream of air.  Also Westchester County’s Science Barge!

AMENITIES & RECREATION

The Yonkers marathon is the second oldest marathon in the United States, after the Boston Marathon. Lace up your shoes and take part in this annual tradition. There are plenty of parks in Yonkers, most with programming like fitness classes and youth ball leagues. Check the city website for descriptions. Several playgrounds dot the city as well.

Food & Drink

Yonkers NY & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

Shopping

There’s plenty of shopping to be done in Yonkers. The Cross County Mall is a huge outdoor mall on the east side of town that has all the typical stores like Old Navy and H&M, as well as Sears and the county’s first Shake Shack. Ridge Hill is an upscale outdoor shopping center with brands like Apple, the Container Store, L.L. Bean, Lord & Taylor, and REI. Big box stores live on Central Park Avenue, the big shopping stretch that runs from Yonkers to White Plains. There you can find Kohl’s, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Burlington, Party City, and DSW.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Head to the Hudson River Museum for art and programming for all ages. They have the only planetarium in Westchester with daily shows. You can also tour the historic Glenview home, built in 1876. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Central Park Avenue offers new release and retro movies in a special theatre setting where waiters come during the show to bring you food and beverages. Knock back a beer and see the latest blockbuster. The Yonkers Comedy Club is located in Ridge Hill with acts almost daily.

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History

The name Yonkers comes from the Old Dutch word for “young gentleman”, a nickname for Adrian van der Donck, the first lawyer in North America who purchased the 24,000 acres that includes Yonkers in 1645. He was killed by the members of the Susquehannock Nation in retaliation for Dutch land conquests. The first safety elevator was invented in Yonkers by Elisha Otis, and the Otis Elevator Company was established there soon after. In 1898 a referendum was held to possibly annex Yonkers as the sixth borough of New York City, but local opposition kept it from being adopted.

SURPRISE FEATURES

Westchester’s only casino, Empire City Casino, offers video poker, electronic blackjack, and slots machines. It also has a lively food and drink scene with five restaurants on site. Head to the raceway (and back into time) for wagers on horses. The raceway was founded in 1899 and is a standard harness racing dirt track. The Casino also hosts live music and events like the annual Wingfest and the Food Truck Festival.