The 411: With almost 200,000 people living within its borders, Yonkers is Westchester County's largest city, and the fourth most populous city in the state—trailing only New York City, Rochester, and Buffalo. The city's residents are diverse, coming from a multitude of ethnic and racial backgrounds. The city is also large geographically, comprising a very urbanized downtown, densely suburban neighborhoods, and surprisingly green and wooded, less populous suburbs, especially towards its northern border.
The city is in the throes of a full-scale revitalization campaign that started years ago with the redevelopment of its formerly blighted waterfront. Four-star restaurants, luxury lofts, and a shining public library now stand where abandoned industrial properties once languished. With much of the waterfront redevelopment nearing completion, the city has turned its attention inward. Buoyed by the success of its Empire City “racino,” the city is moving forward with plans for a downtown ballpark and multi-use complex, and ground already has broken on the mammoth Ridge Hill mixed-used development.
Size: 18.1 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $480,000 (Westchester County Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $10,248
Closest Metro-North Stop: Yonkers (Hudson Line)
Time to Grand Central: 32 minutes
Famous Residents (Past and Present): Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, rapper DMX, R&B vocalist Mary J. Blige, jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Allen, Sid Ceasar, James Cagney, Jon Voight
Median Income Household: $44,663 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $53,233 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
57.0% Caucasian 21.5% Other 16.6% African American 4.9% Asian 25.9% 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: 5 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3)
FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 978 Murder: 8 Rape: 31 Robbery: 498 Assault: 441 Burglary: 651 Property Crimes: 3,502
Elementary Schools: Robert C. Dodson, Family School 32, Montessori School 31, Paideia School 24, School 11, Paideia School 15, Enrico Fermi School for the Performing Arts, MLK Jr. High Tech & Computer Magnet School, School 5, Patricia A Dichiaro, School 9, School 13, Rosemarie Ann Siragusa, School 16, School 17, Scholastic Academy for Academic Excellence, Eugenio Maria De Hostos Microsociety, School 21, School 22, School 23, Museum School 25, Casimir Pulaski, Montessori School 27, Kahlil Gibran, School 29
Grades/Type of Organization: Pre K 8/Neighborhood/Theme/Magnet/By Choice Average Class Size: 22 % Special Ed Students: 13 % 4th-graders Who Received 4 (highest score) in English/Math/Science: 5/15/NA
Jazz on the Hudson, submitted by Robin Cambria. This is our current featured photo for Yonkers. Submit your own pictures, below, and perhaps yours will become the featured image on our Yonkers page.
Veterans from all service branches and periods will be posing Wednesday afternoons at the Reilly League of Artists. All sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and genders will be included in the project. Poses will extend over 3 afternoons so that artists can develop complex paintings. Still life objects, interesting lighting, and other considerations will add to the interest. So come stretch yourself...
Veterans of all branches of service and from different periods will be coming to the Reilly League to pose in multiple sessions. Models will be male, female, of all backgrounds. Some will be in uniform, some in their current daily wear. Bring your art materials and challenge yourself to paint or draw along this unusual theme.
Lyndhurst's restored grand Picture Gallery reopens to the public. The grand picture gallery features a fine collection of paintings purchased by railroad baron Jay Gould in the 1880s and is a rare survivor of America's gilded age. The collection has been in situ since Gould purchased the works from noted dealers Goupil and Knoedler. Conservators from the Metropolitan Museum have cleaned the...
In the Garden of Sonic Delights is large-scale sound art exhibition that explores the relationships between sound, nature, history, and architecture through 15 commissioned, site-specific works by 16 sound artists. Playing upon the natural settings of Westchester County, this 5-month long exhibition is designed to transform and change with its environment, responding to time of day and...
For artists on both sides of the Hudson River, the Tappan Zee Bridge has been a familiar sight in the Hudson Valley landscape and an inspiration throughout the years. We ask you to join us in honoring the combined talent and vision of the local artists who submitted to the inaugural Bridge Art Show.With 87 submissions from over 60 artists, there is something for everyone.To celebrate the twin...
The Westchester Italian Cultural Center Presents 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...
Center for the Digital Arts at Westchester Community College
Sep 17, 2014 - Nov 5, 2014
In this class the Spanish language will be reviewed in songs that are used in various Zumba classes, as well as in movies, television, and other forms of mass media. After listening to the songs, the vocabulary and grammatical structures will be studied. Relevant cultural themes will also be discussed. Basic knowledge of Spanish is useful. CE-LANG 2119PE, Wed., Sept. 17-Nov. 5 (make-up class...
Focused on helping teens develop their portfolios for college admission. Projects are devised to build skills in drawing and painting as well as to express individuality and creativity. Mostly a hands-on art class, portfolio presentation methods will be discussed. All levels welcome. Non-Credit.
Irving Harper A Mid-Century Mind At Play opens at The Rye Arts Center on Sunday, September 14 A solo retrospective debuts the private works of design genius Irving Harper at The Rye Arts Center. Known professionally for his iconic contributions to the George Nelson Office, including the 1949 Ball Clock, Herman Miller logo and the 1956 Marshmallow sofa, Harper's personal creations have...