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
Elementary Schools: Traphagen, Pennington-Grimes, Thornton/Grimes, Longfellow, Graham, Lincoln, Columbus, Cecil Parker, Edward Williams, Hamilton, and Holmes
Grades/Type of Organization: K-8/K-6 Neigborhood and Theme Magnet Average Class Size: 23 % Special Ed Students: 10 % 4th-graders Who Received 4 (highest score) in English/Math/Science: 9/30/NA
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Mount Vernon, Gramatan Avenue, circa 1948.
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IN THE GARDEN OF SONIC DELIGHTS Exhibition of 2014
June 8th-Nov 2nd, 2014 noon - 6:00 PM
100-150 N. Water Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Caramoor in collaboration with HVCCA presents Aaron Taylor Kuffner's Gamelatron Sanctuary: Suara Sinar (The Sound of Light) which is a part of the IN THE GARDEN OF SONIC DELIGHTS Exhibition of 2014.
Please call HVCCA 914-788-0100 for...
Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress and expert on health care and domestic policy will present Concordia's Jacobson Global Lecure on October 2, 7pm in Sommer Center. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. She will discuss "The Boss Lottery: The...
The exhibition explores vast and extraordinary deep-sea habitats by examining both the highly adapted survival strategies used by creatures of the deep and the technology that enables researchers to record groundbreaking observations.
This event occurs weekly, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“En Plein Air” Opens the Fall Season at Les Beaux Arts
Les Beaux Arts Gallery is celebrating the opening of their fall season with “En Plein Air,” an exhibition of paintings by Jean-Pierre Jacquet, a French artist and resident of Greenwich. The exhibition is a collection of airy and luminous landscapes, many of which are recognizable locations in this area....
ART & PERCEPTION
Featuring Contemporary Italian American Artists in Westchester County
Artists of Italian descent have enriched American aesthetic culture, embracing new styles and techniques. Without limitation, they opened up to a variety of new styles with fresh ideas and imagination. Featured artists include world-renowned pop artist Charles Fazzino, as well as Westchester...
Four week workshop to inspire; to start telling stories of your life, using different formats, voices and approaches. Catherine Wald, poet and writer works with beginners and experienced writers in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Registration required. (914) 864-0137
This event occurs weekly, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
From gooey, sticky science experiments to yoga and fun fitness workouts, and even private piano lessons -- WeeZee – The Science of Play, Westchester County’s only sensory gym, an 18,000 square foot play, fitness and learning facility for children ages 1-12, located in Chappaqua, NY, has launched a varied and exciting range of after school classes in time for back-to-school. With guest...
On September 20th at 1:00pm the New Castle Historical Society is celebrating the re-launch of the first-ever History Hunt Game – Meet Horace: The Original Game, redux at the Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street in Chappaqua.
We are happy (and proud!) to redesign this fantastic puzzle hunt so that players can participate on an on-going basis. Players are led though the...