The 411: With one of the fastest growing economies in the area, Mount Vernon is one of the largest cities in the state—the third largest in Westchester—and is home to about 70,000 people in neighborhoods that range from the quaintly suburban to the densely urban. In fact, to observers, Mount Vernon can be seen as two cities: one a quiet, suburban shell surrounding a more active, populous downtown that shares a border with the Bronx. One of the county’s most diverse communities, with many of its homes dating back to the Roaring ’20s, Mount Vernon has a majority African American population and ethnicities from every corner of the globe. The city holds annual events like the Arts on Third Street Festival, Ben Gordon Day, the Summer Breeze Concert Series, and go-cart races through downtown. The city is also known for the largest library system and only athletic stadium in the county.
Size: 4.4 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $450,000 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $9,608
Closest Metro-North Stops: Mount Vernon West (Harlem Line) and Mount Vernon East (New Haven Line) Time to Grand Central: 32 and 29 minutes, respectively Famous Residents (Past and Present): Dick Clark, director David Chase, Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, actor Denzel Washington, hip hop stars Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Pete Rock, and Earl "DMX" Simmons
Household: $47,128 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $55,573 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
59.6% African American 28.6% Caucasian 2.1% Asian 9.7% Other 10.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race (i.e., already counted in another category above)
Crime* *Sperling's Best Places Crime Index, based on 1 (best) through 10 (worst)
Violent Crime: 7 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 5 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3) FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 719 Murder: 2 Rape: 14 Robbery: 398 Assault: 305 Burglary: 383 Property Crimes: 1,717
Mount Vernon, Gramatan Avenue, circa 1948.
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Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA through May of 2015. Ruppert transforms prison-grade chain link fabric into large vessel-like forms. Chain link typically connotes danger and boundaries; it is a commercial product intended to confine, protect, and keep out....
Open to all students who wish to explore their creativity. Instruction included in the following: oil, acrylic or water color painting, collage and basic drawing. Individual instruction given. Work at your own pace. Students bring supplies to class.
Join in the fun. The Color Camera Club in celebration of Artsestchester ARTSEE Festival provides a learning and fun experience for those interestd in photogrphy who want to better their skills. NOW is a great time to express yourself through the use of your camera, learn new teqniques, open up your artisic abilities and enjoy the hobby of photography. Document your family events, create...
Take a tour of Glenview, led by a Glenview Explainer. See elegant 19th century restored period rooms, and highlights from our collection including items once owned by the Trevors, the family that built Glenview. Tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. Free with Museum admission.
On the South Lawn John Ruppert transforms prison-grade metal chain link into vessel-like forms that define volume yet remain ethereal and porous. At the KMA, the intense yellow industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the landscape, as is the mesmeric effect of the material's shifting patterns. Ruppert's 14-foot tall sculpture simultaneously contrasts and compliments its verdant...
Spend time relaxing with friends and enjoying a formal tea service in the grand setting of the Summer Dining Room of the historic Rosen House, overlooking the romantic Spanish Courtyard. Tea service includes a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, delicious desserts and a variety of fragrant teas all served in the most exquisite vintage china. The Tea is...
Designed for students 15 and over, this class is an intensive studio experience in drawing and painting. A variety of media will be explored, such as acrylics, charcoal, oil pastel, and ink. Projects are devised to build skills in drawing and painting as well as express individuality and creativity. This is an excellent course for the serious art student or the student who needs to prepare a...
This exhibition makes clear the difference between mass produced perfection and an item which is pursuing something distinctive. Master potter Rachel Allen strives to create work which is a balance between function and form. To Allen, pieces, such as cups, must be both functional and visually stimulating. Recently, this has meant moving away from round. She has manipulated forms to give them a...