The 411: Situated in the south-central part of the county, White Plains is a suburban city considered the unofficial capital of Westchester. The near 60,000-resident bustling city is the county seat (with federal, state, and county offices) plus home to a 300,000-book public library, major retailers (Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Whole Foods Market) and corporations (Heineken USA, Dannon, Starwood Hotels).
With two Metro-North stops, a Bee Line Bus Center, and the Westchester County Airport located a short drive away in nearby Harrison, White Plains also is a transportation hub. The weekday work and shopping population can swell to upwards of 250,000.
The downtown, especially Mamaroneck Avenue, is known as a nightlife destination alternative to Manhattan with approximately 70 restaurants and bars/lounges, a performing arts theater, arts exchange building, and a 15-screen movie theater.
An international open-air market takes place next to City Hall every Wednesday May through November and downtown is the site of numerous holiday parades.
In the residential neighborhoods surrounding the city core, there are three country clubs, a public golf course, an ice skating rink, three outdoor swimming pools, and Liberty Park for fishing and rowing/paddle boating.
Size: 10.8 square miles Median Home Sales Price: $651,750 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $13,975
Closest Metro-North Stop: White Plains (Harlem Line)
Time to Grand Central: 39 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Alan Alda, author Joseph Campbell, composer Percy Grainger, NBA players Eddy Curry, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, and Channing Frye, NFL lineman Bob Hyland, 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. John Jay, writer of Rent Jonathan Larson, Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu, NFL wide receiver Art Monk, concert pianist Garrick Ohlsson, department store magnate J.C. Penney, journalist David Sanger, rapper Tupac Shakur, actors Ralph Waite and James Whitmore.
Household: $58,545 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $71,891 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
64.9% Caucasian 15.9% African American 14.7% Other 4.5% Asian 23.5% 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: 2 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 5 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3)
FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 157 Murder: 1 Rape: 6 Robbery: 48 Assault: 102 Burglary: 69 Property Crimes: 1,181
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Emelin Theatre's Fall 2014 season brings the best in live performing arts to Westchester County and offers a broad mix of entertainment appealing to all ages and tastes. This Fall Emelin Theatre will present award-winning musicians, family programs, outstanding comedy and theatr, dance, and more. Individual tickets purchased prior to September 27, 2014 are $5 off. BLUEGRASS SERIES The...
Charles Dickens will hold court once again inside the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown from Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 28, 2014. Mr. Dickensù will deliver the famous author's historic American readings. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children (16 and under) and available along with show times at Lundhurst.org. Group rates available. A Christmas Carol, was written by...
Everyone will enjoy this Christmas favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Never before has George Bailey's plight seemed so painful. And never before has the work of his guardian angel Clarence-who shows George the good he has done in the world-been so sweet. It's as touching and warm now as it was on the day it was released. Frank Capra. 1946. 130 m. NR. USA . Paramount...
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An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade
November 14, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Free opening reception and all-age hands-on craft workshop:
Friday, November 14, 6:30-8:00PM
15% Member Discount Sale:
December 2 – December 6, 2014
Set aside some time this holiday season to enjoy the vibrant world of handmade...
Nativity scenes are very popular in Italy and are generally found in every household during the holiday season. The nativity originated in Italy in the 13th century when St Francis of Assisi asked Giovanni Vellita of the Village of Greccio to create a manger scene. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the nativity was turned into an art form in Naples and included representation of daily life in...
On display next to Presepio Napoletano is an international collection of images of the Virgin Mary depicted in various art forms: paintings, frescoes, etchings, and sculptures. A documentary on view will take viewers on an artistic journey spanning almost two-thousand years through virtual visits of museums, chapels, and cathedrals in eight countries to view rare and sacred masterpieces by such...
From the first day, students are fully immersed in the Italian language and culture. Individual students’ requirements are met in a classroom of free expression and differentiated learning. Students are encouraged to audit the first lesson of one or more courses to better determine their proficiency level.
Winter Session: Monday, December 1 – Saturday, March 7; (10...
The Paper Bag Players: Hot Feet!
Saturday & Sunday, December 27 & 28 @ 11AM & 1:30PM
The Paper Bag Players return to the Emelin Theatre for another zany romp. "Hot Feet" is best suited for children ages 3 through 8.
The show is an hour of funny stories, zany characters, lively music, eye-popping sets and props made out of paper bags and boxes--with lots of...
A selection of Créches from over 30 countries, donated from one of the largest, and reputedly finest, private collections in the country, exhibited in the College’s beautiful Castle Gallery and Parlor decorated for Christmas. The collection includes Créches created in familiar and unconventional folk art methods using materials ranging from wood, clay, and straw to fabric...