Westchester–A Pictorial History

The New Year traditionally brings with it anticipation and excitement for the future. We’re all wondering, as you no doubt are, what’s in store for 2010. But this time of year also makes us reflect on our past, so we thought it would be appropriate to take a few moments (er, pages) to look back. Whether you’re a third-generation Westchesterite or a recent transplant, knowing Westchester’s history can help place what’s to come in proper context—plus, it’s fun.


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Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon in the 1940s.

Mount Kisco’s Main Street, looking east, in 1950.

An October 1957 aerial view of one of the largest factories ever built along the Hudson River, the GM plant in Sleepy Hollow. Purchased by GM in 1916, it cranked out vehicles for its Chevrolet division until 1996, when the plant closed. It was torn down a few years later. Today the property sits vacant, awaiting possible residential and retail development.

Originally built to bring fresh water to Manhattan, the Old Croton Aqueduct (the Yonkers segment shown here in 1976) evolved over the years to become a popular bike and walking path. The portion running from the Croton River to Manhattan is a National Historic Landmark as well as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

The Yonkers Public Library in Getty Square in 1978, at its original location at the intersection of Nepperhan Avenue and South Broadway. It was demolished to make the road wider, but its contents happily live on in the Riverfront branch at 1 Larkin Center.


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