The 411: Since its beginnings as an industrial boat-building community (it was formerly known as “Saw Pit”), Port Chester has evolved into a food Mecca with a buzzing downtown restaurant scene, including Tarry Lodge, F.I.S.H., Sonora, Alba’s, and The Willett House. A large Latino immigrant population further enhances the village’s dining-destination cred, with numerous authentic ethnic eateries representing Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. Port Chester is also known for the Waterfront, a retail/entertainment center that features a 14-screen movie theater, Costco, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Super Stop & Shop, Marshall's, and numerous restaurants.
Points of interest include the 1920s Capitol Theater, where Janis Joplin appeared in August, 1970 (it’s now an event site); the Landmark Condominium (the former Lifesavers candy factory); and a 75-plus-slip marina along the Byram River.
Port Chester has six parks for general recreation, including picnicking and sports. At Columbus Park, a water-spray playground was installed for relief during hot summer days.
Population: 28,195 Size: 2.5 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $470,000 (Westchester County Median: $725,000) Average Property Taxes: $10,035 Closest Metro-North Stop: Port Chester (New Haven Line)
Time to Grand Central: 45 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Ed Sullivan, NHL player Andre Roy, screenwriter and filmmaker George Gallo, reporter Jon Alpert, Fox 5 News reporter Arnold Diaz, NFL player Paul Costa, baseball player Carl Schmehl, author and illustrator E.L. Konigsburg, LPGA player Meaghan Francella
Household: $45,381 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $51,025 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
60.7% Caucasian 30.2% Other 7.0% African American 2.1% Asian 46.2% 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: 3 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 4 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3)
FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 85 Muder: 0 Rape: 2 Robbery: 61 Assault: 22 Burglary: 107 Property Crimes: 777
Grades/Type of Organization: K-5/Neighborhood Average Class Size: 24 % Special Ed Students: 6 % of 4th-Graders Who Received 4 in English/Math/Science: 7/29/NA
Port Chester Photography
Storefront Reflections, submitted by Ellen Kruger. This is our current featured photo for Port Chester. Submit your own pictures, below, and perhaps yours will become the featured image on our Port Chester page.
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