The 411: Valhalla's name was inspired by Richard Wagner's opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the hamlet sometimes lives up to its dramatic namesake. The Kensico Dam Plaza, for example, offers 98 acres of parkland with the jaw-droppingly theatrical backdrop of the 300-foot-tall stone dam. It's no surprise that this park is a favorite among bikers, skaters, picnickers, and hikers, and it's often the site of county festivities including ethnic festivals, concerts, and outdoor movies. Valhalla is also home to other county institutions, such as the 1.3-million-square-foot office park the Summit at Westchester, the Westchester Medical Center, Westchester and Community College. These things tend to remain on their own, spread-out campuses, so Valhalla's downtown remains small. However few, there are venues for socializing, such as The Valhalla Crossing, a pub/restaurant located in the historic train-station building. A (less historic) Metro-North station and its location near the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Bronx River Parkway make Valhalla easy to get in and out of, but the well-kept cul de sacs lined with split levels, raised ranches, and Cape Cods keep the suburban vibe.
Size: 3.5 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $511,567 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $10,922
Closest Metro-North Stop: Valhalla
Time to Grand Central: 39 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Baseball legend Lou Gehrig, actress Billie Burke, bandleader Tommy Dorsey, and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff all have permanent homes in Valhalla—in the famed Kensico Cemetery. Those who lived in Valhalla when they were alive include composer Dalmazio Santini and writer Ayn Rand.
Median Income Household: $76,003 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $91,205 (Westchester County Median: $105,300) Ethnic Composition
95.9% Caucasian 2.1% Asian 0.8% African American 1.2% Other 3.4% 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: 2 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 3 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3)
The Festival Youth Orchestra (FYO) will hold its inaugural season in residence at Purchase College, SUNY. The FYO experience emphasizes intensive musical preparation, with special focus on practice and performance techniques, interpretation, phrasing, and general musicianship. Students will also develop useful communication skills as a result of their musical collaborations, learning the...
Calling All Dancers! Registration now open for SummerDance 2015 at Steffi Nossen.
Whether you want to improve your technique or explore new styles, our dedicated and talented instructors will guide you to new levels and make sure you have fun along the way! Each weekly program is designed to be appropriate for specific ages and abilities. Please call the office with any questions....
Summer Blizzard Alert! Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day on July 30 to Benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
Buy a Blizzard Treat at a participating Dairy Queen location on July 30 and a portion of the proceeds will support Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. 100% of your donations help local kids. How cool is that?!
Stop by your area DQ to...
Diverse artistic approaches by 15 exhibiting artists explore both the beauty and darkness of the natural world and settings around us. Includes traditional Hudson River School-style painting, conceptual photography and video installation.
July 16- August 29
31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm & Sat 12-6pm
I am What I am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn's Moment
Curated by Diana Buckley
June 25 - August 21, 2015
Public Opening Reception, Thursday June 25, 6-8 pm
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday June 25 from 6-8 pm.
Big things are happening in 2015. In Brooklyn, things are changing fast, and artist Meccas are being...
On Thursday, July 30th join us for The Vault Open Mic/Jam Session (10 pm to 1 am) hosted by Shauna-Lee Howe featuring the band SpeakerBoxx and jazz and R&B pianist Donnie Bosco. An opportunity for musicians and singers to hone their skills: Come out and jam to the hits of many of the greats, from Stevie Wonder to Beyoncé, from Led Zeppelin Official...
On Thursday, July 30th join us for The Vault Open Mic/Jam Session (10 pm to 1 am) hosted by Shauna-Lee Howe featuring the band SpeakerBoxx and jazz and R&B pianist Donnie Bosco. An opportunity for musicians and singers to hone their skills: Come out and jam to the hits of many of the greats, from Stevie Wonder to Beyoncé, from Led Zeppelin Official to Herbie...
Join us for a morning of non-stop fun Jodi’s Gym style! Your child will run, jump, tumble, balance, stretch, sing, create, move and groove all under the supervision and care of our well trained and certified staff. Come experience the joys of gymnastics, music and art. It’s a mix that your child is sure to love.
Jodi’s Gym camp is offered all summer long (right up to Labor...
Thursdays during July and August, Parents and children are invited to travel back to the 19th century and view the home of Washington Irving through a child’s eyes. Explore Sunnyside as a family home, and before or after your tour, play games, try on period clothing (photo-op!), and participate in hands-on-activities. Different theme each week! Families are encouraged to bring a picnic...