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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The Life Savers candy factory operated in Port Chester from 1920 until 1984, originally producing such unforgettable flavors as Wint-O-Green, Cl-O-ve, Lic-O-Riche, Cinn-O-Mon, Vi-O-let and Choc-O-Late (briefly). Today, the factory building is a cond-O.

And you thought traffic jams were a modern “innovation?” Look at 4th Avenue in Mount Vernon in 1947.

Brown Street and the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill, 1947.

Lord & Taylor in Eastchester—shown here in 1948.

The former Con Ed building, located at the corner of First Avenue and First Street in Mount Vernon, currently houses several County offices for the aging and senior programs and services.

Renovations underway for a planned Christmas Day reopening of the Rome Theater at 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville. Built in 1925, the original theater was renovated and expanded in 2001 to create the Jacob Burns Film Center.