The 411: A trading post-turned-industrial city that overlooks the Hudson River, Peekskill has spent most of the past 20 years recovering from an economic downturn that struck the city when much of its manufacturing base eroded. A revitalization has seen new, higher-tech businesses take root in the city and the renovation of the historic districts and Victorian homes that are its trademark. Peekskill offers top-notch public education. Downtown Peekskill has become a haven for artists, with the development of the Peekskill Art Lofts, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and the Peekskill Coffee House, while the Paramount Center for the Arts has become a destination for indie film patrons, in addition to being a venue for live entertainment, art exhibits, and educational programs. For outdoor lovers person, Peekskill boasts 11 parks that offer everything from swimming and tennis to hiking trails and playgrounds.
Size: 4.3 square miles Median Home Sales Price: $358,000 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $7,643
Closest Metro-North Stop: Peekskill (Hudson Line)
Time to Grand Central: 60 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Former New York Governor George Pataki, Mel Gibson, Paul Reubens, Stanley Tucci, NBA star Elton Brand
Household: $47,177 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $52,645 (Westchester County Median: $105,300) Ethnic Composition
57.1% Caucasian 15.0% Other Races 2.4% Asian 25.5% African American 21.9% 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: 5 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 4 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3)
FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 67 Murder: 0 Rape: 2 Robbery: 23 Assault: 42 Burglary: 39 Property Crimes: 193
Cladies Night! TGIF Ladies and Gents! Fridays 7 - 9 September 5 - December 19 (no Cladies NightS on 10/3, 11/28) Special Thanksgiving Cladies Night Saturday, November 29 Fee: $50 (includes clay & firing) Kick off the weekend in this one-time,two-hour class for adults who are interested in trying out the potter's wheel. Plan a great date night or a girls' night out while exploring...
Saturday Drop - In Clay Class *AGES 5 - 99 Fee: Fee: $25 adult $15 children under 12 $5 firing fee (per piece) Saturdays 2 - 4 pm September 6 - December 20 (no drop - in on 10/4) One-time class for adults, children and families interested in experimenting with clay for the first time. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family, or just for you while exploring your inner artist in...
Center for the Digital Arts at Westchester Community College
Sep 6, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
The Center for the Digital Arts at Peekskill is an artist's space and a friendly environment in which to work. The Center hosts five Apple post-production studios including two video labs, an animation studio, and facilities for other digital projects. This package is for the professional or aspiring artist with competent computer skills who wants to continue to develop a portfolio and use the...
If you've ever been moved by a painting, a photograph, or some other work of art, the Greenburgh Arts and Culture committee has created a program to help you put those feelings into words. Learning to See, a series of ekphrastic (poetry and writing that takes its inspiration from visual art) workshops will be held at several Greenburgh venues in fall 2014 and spring 2015. The workshops are...
September 27 - October 17, 2014: Outside-In (a companion show to Stuffscapes) Three artists' fresh perspectives in landscape. Outside-In features the work of Phil Laughlin, Scott Robinson, and Katie Urban. Each artist is invited to fill one window in Pelham Art Center's Storefront Project, representing and considering landscape in ways that demonstrate expansive possibilities and diverse...
Students will be receiving assessment regarding their portfolios. They will have the opportunity to develop their skills while enhancing their portfolio. Activities will include still-lives, figure model sessions and clothed model sessions. NO CLASS - November 26
See landscape in a new way. Break boundaries with unexpected colors and patterns that describe your unique, personal view. If you love landscape, you will love the projects in this class. Everyone can do this. Landscape collage can be based on a place you remember or want to visit. The image can be semi-abstract, and inspired by a photo or reproduction you select. If you like, your landscape...
Each one-hour class uses a hands-on, process-oriented, creative arts approach to artmaking;encouraging students to make artwork and gain confidence in self-expression.The projects harness students' creativity as they paint, sculpt and design with a wide variety of materials. NO CLASS - November 26