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Updated on January 17, 2017
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Welcome to Yonkers, NY - Past, Present & Future

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Yonkers New York and Surrounding areas

The City of Yonkers & its surrounding areas like Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains & Hastings (on-Hudson), Sleepy Hollow...have a wide range of things you can do throughout the year. During the summer you could go to Tibbets Brook Park and hang out at the New Water park & relax on the lazy River or slide down the giant slide they have. Go Shopping on Central Avenue which is the longest street here (that I know of), it reaches from White Plains down toward the Bronx. You can also go to the malls, In white Plains or over the Tapan Zee Bridge to the Palisades Mall in Nyak. Visit the recently rennovated Cross County Square Mall, an outdoor mall which also has a small indoor one as well, the new Ridge Hill with upper scale shopping (The palisades Mall is the largest).

Like cute little shops? Hastings on Hudson is a nice little town with quaint shops or Go to Sleepy Hollow & see where the Legend started (Even better do it around Halloween for the haunted Hayride, retellings of the Legend & more checkout the official Village site for a calander of events with info)

I've even found a new little tidbit. Not really about Yonkers, but one of the Marvel villians 'Scorpio aka Venom is noted as being born here!

The following album is for the Public to checkout, its on my Facebook page & there MOST of the pictures are my property unless otherwise Noted.

My Yonkers Facebook Album

I've made an album to go along with this page so I hope it will help as i cannot find any other form of way to post pictures to show.

Current Yonkers Weather

Yonkers Mapped

A marker -
Yonkers, New York
get directions

Adriaen Van Der Donk founded Yonkers in 1646

the name came from his title "Jonkeer" which is dutch for young gentleman

Oh so that's the reason

Passing By Nathan's R.I.P. Pre 2013

Passing By Nathan's R.I.P. Pre 2013
Passing By Nathan's R.I.P. Pre 2013

Yonkers start & end of an era

Yonkers, latitude of 40.9429 and a longitude of -73.8801 borders the New York City borough of the Bronx and 2 miles north of Manhattan (@ the closest point of each). It is the 4th largest city in the U.S State of N.Y. with a population of 196,086 according to the 2000 Census and the 2007 population was 199,244, which makes it by far the largest city in Westchester County.

The City of Yonkers, founded in 1646 by Adrien Van der Donck, whose title "Jonkeer" (the word is Dutch for 'Young Gentleman') became the city's name..(Now I know why everyone sounds like they say Jonk when they mimic our accent..LOL)

Yonkers became a city in 1872 (was earlier incorporated as a village in 1855). It's for the most part a city of industry, the most industrial area is along the Hudson river waterfront. Some of the younger residents have dubbed the city "the sixth borough" as well as "the Back yard of the Bronx" (yeah and it really looks like it is or at least started)

The best known attraction is the Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track, which has added legalized video slot gambling machines. (why can't we turn it into a Nascar track, or an all in one sport arena so everything can be available all year). There's the Hudson River Museum and Phillipsburg Manor Hall to see. In Greenburg (15 or 20 minute ride) is the Greenburgh Nature Center, on Central ave. as well as Nathan's (now sadly without the arcade). Not far away is Rye, Playland, Which has the Dragon Coaster, the oldest (or one of the) wooden coasters & Designated a landmark coaster by the American Coaster Enthusiast in 2009.

NATHAN's

Yes the famous Nathan's Hot dogs, opened their third restaurant in Yonkers, NY in 1965.

I remember as a child the eating area had a very small room for children's games & rides. Along with a room for a decent size arcade. To this day, Nathan's is still there, but not as niceas it once was. The tiny kid's area is gone for yes better a bigger sized play area. The arcade however due to the new video gaming systems is still there but most of the games are the types you get tickets out of and there's sadly only a couple of pinball machines unlike the I thik) 10 they used to haveat any given time. Me I'm not one for video games at home for some reason, but love playing them on the actual machines (go figure) nathan's now with the 'attraction' of the arcade deminished, there's Arthur Treachers (love the Hush Puppies) and has a TCBY as well.

The END of an Era

The Nathan's as you see below, is sadly no more!! They have knocked it down (last day was Nov. 24th 2012) and making it 1/4 to 1/2 of what it is in the photo and NO arcade!!! Leave my PINBALL Machines alone! Its the only place I get to play. (How are they doing this when its like the 2nd Nathan's (Coney Island was first) so this in my point of view is a landmark at least for our city. Sadly not one pinball machine was left!

Last time I made a note here on the new Nathan's was I think 2013, when I passed by the site, they had the 'I' & cross beams up. Thursday June 6th.. The Building structure was up but I think it's going to be a plaza strip like the rest of the shopping areas on Central ave. I think there's plenty more work, they might have to still do stuff in back besides the interior & exterior.

Summer 2015

The construction has been over for quite a few months if not a full year. Not only is Nathan's there, but a Wells Fargo, pediatrics care and I think another one or 2 smaller storefronts and yet another CVS (::Note sarcasm:: oh we so needed another when there's already 3-4 but I think the one that was in a nearby plaza moved into this one so we still have the same amount I guess they needed a bigger space but really why? )

as soon as I can get an updated photo up I will do so.

R.i.p.

The Yonkers Leprachaun

Jess Buzzutto

Oct. 13 1941- Sept. 19 2012

Won the 'Garden Angel' award in 2008 ffrom the City of Yonkers for his Property & Yard.

Yonkers Postcard (sadly I can no longer find them)

Yonkers Post card (sadly I can no longer find them)
Yonkers Post card (sadly I can no longer find them)

Yonkers is the 4th Largest city in the state of New York

Yonkers Anthem - by DMX Styles P, Sheek & King Phaze

Nepera

was the name of the Native tribe from the area

'YO' history

The Palisades

The View of the Palisades from my old room as a teen on William street
The View of the Palisades from my old room as a teen on William street

Past

The name for the city came from the dutch word, "Jonkheer" meaning Young Gentleman and named by Adrian VanDer Donk who founded Yonkers in 1646. Yonkers was incorporated into a village in 1855 then in 1872 as a city.

The City known as Yonkers that rests along the Hudson River faces the Palisades which is in Nyack. In the fall it's a beautiful site with all the different colored leaves. From my bedroom as a teen in high school I can remember how the Palisades looked a blaze with the fire of the leaves. It is a real life work of art.

Yonkers was a leading industrial center along the river.

*Elisha Graves otis & Sons Manufactured Safety Elevators

*Edwin armstrong demonstrated FM Radio Transmission

*Leo Baekland invented Baklelite

*Charles harvey engeineered the first elevated train.

In South Yonkers there is Getty Square, which is commonly referred to as 'The Square', was named after Robert Park Hill Getty. Mr. Getty was a successful businessman who owned the "Getty house"; a hotel situated in the Square. It is the focal point for transportation in Yonkers way back when and as is now. Many, if not all of the bus routes travel through, stopping on main street in front of the old Bank building & across from the Old church.

In 1892 The Electric Trolley replaces the horse drawn coach and on the 12th of November in 1952, Yonkers Ran its last trolley ride.

Yonkers is the 4th Largst city in the state of New York. It is known for its many neighborhoods, and if you are a local for its HILLacious hills! Roberts Ave. being possibly the steepest of them, I think Prescott Street may follow that.

Yonkers is the "Home of Golf" in America, the second oldest marathon in the country and assorted cultural institutions.

Thanks to the Yonkers Historial Society which began in 1882, we still have Philipse Manor Hall which was going to be demolished and Yonkers served as the administrative center for the vast estate until the American Revolution. They also saved the 1740s Sherwood House in the 1950s from destruction as well.

Philipse Manor is the oldest house (more like mansion) in Southern Yonkers and celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1882/ The Monument out side for soldiers & sailors was erected in 1891 & 1892. Yonkers grew & developed around this house which now offers tours, celebrations and a variety of programs.

Yonkers' Victorian homes

In Larkin Plaza between Warburton Ave and River Street, hosts The DMV, Yonkers Train station as well as the main branch of the Public Library which is 'new' but now a few years old. The old library was located in Getty Square. 9 Manor House Square served as the first police headquaters starting from 1857. At one time the chief Steward Valentino Melah of the white house under President Ulysseus S. Grant once owned it.

Warburton Avenue is one of the longest streets in Yonkers, running from Getty Square into the Village of Hastings. McLean Avenue is another leaving a trail from South Broadway (Near Walgreens) and into the Bronx over Bronx River Road. Central Ave as I know from McLean Ave. traveling north, I know at least goes into White Plains, as for traveling south I know it goes into the Bronx. After that I'm not sure how far or if any further it goes. Nepprahan Avenue is another one of our longest streets, I think it goes all the way to the waterfront on one end, as for the other I haven't been down that way in so long but I think it's still Yonkers and goes into a dead end.

Our Pier was erected for 'The Peoples' recreational purposes sometime around 1901. In 2007 the pier was deemed a local landmark. Sometime in the 1900s the pier was rennovated and more recently a roof modification to the upper deck restaurant. For over 100 years when The Hudson was the best commercial route people would ferry between Yonkers and New Jersey,and as of 2007 there is now a ferry to Manhattan.The liners would ferry it's passengers as far up the Hudson River as Bear mountain or down to Rockaway Beach.

Elisha Graves Otis invented the automatic safety device that became the basis for the first safety elevator for passengers in 1853. Otis elevator works was one of the largest factories in East U.S.

On the corner of Palisade Avenue and NEw Main Street currently stand C.H. Martins 'department' store. It was previously one of the first office buildings erected in Yonkers in 1845 and host to the name of one of the city's oldest families.

20 South Broadway upon it's 1931 opening was the tallest office building. The bulilding was designed by a local architect by the name of William P. Katz, for the First National Bank and Trust company. The building still stands with a bank in it, and also houses the unemployment and Social Security officies. Among other services it was once a two story rial road terminal.

Located in Getty Square St. John's Episcopal Church is the oldest house of worship in Yonkers. The church was founded in 1693, while the first church was built in 1752. The church served as a hospital during the Revolutionary War, both British and American soldier are buried beneath its floors. In 1872 a new church was built.

On Nepprahan Avenue going toward South Broadway you will see Yonkers City Hall (it will be on your right hand side) by another local architect Edwin A. & H. Lansing Quick. Ground for the a free interpritation of new baroque form was broken in 1907. George T. Kelly who constructed it finished in 1910 (wow you never see something go up that quick anymore!), you can see 100 feet above ground the clock tower and dome.

Before May 1982 when it was demolished regardless of public outcry the main branch of the Public Library, designed in an elliptical shape, sprawled across the corner of Nepprahan ave. and South Broadway. The demolishing was to make 'improvements' to Nepprahan Ave (which I have yet to see even though it I neer got to see that library.).

Yonkers 1sts

Urban Legends

& Folklore

Well there's Sleepy Hollow & The headless Horseman a few towns away.

I read on this urban legends site (check the shadowlands link in that section) that a certain school down my street (well a long, main street) is haunted. There was something about one of the Streets somewhere up the hill from me as well.

I remember in a book I read, The picture looked exactly like the house one of our mayor's lived in. something about the story said 'Devils Elbow' The driveway to the house in the picture and real life had a left elbow curve to it & somewhat looked alike.(but don't remember the whole story from the book but there might be something up with that I'm not going to take that as coincidence! Esp. because while he was still mayor He was 'killed' I don't know if they ever solved weather it was suicide or murder as his 'Cause of death'

Ok the listings on Shadowlands site is Lee Avenue, School 13 & Oakland Cemetery.

and like all (?) cities having an 'Elm St.' I lived a street from it so that was a bit freaky.

Some local folklore is about Leatherman the eccentric hermit who wore an entire outfit of stiched together leather patches that weighed around 60 pounds. He also wore this in the summer, which I'm sure you could smell him coming from a mile away. The leatherman was known to bathe in streams along his route without taking off the leather suit. So he'd get chaffed as its said he didn't wear undergarments (though I think even if he did he still would)

from circa 1860 to 1889, he had a strick route that was a 365 mile loop that took him through towns of Connecticut, Putnam county and Westchester county. He would finish this circuit in 34 days, unfailingly. His identity is a mystery but it is thought & accepted that his nmae was Jules Bourglay a frenchman who failed at a business venture and lost his sanity and somehow made it to the states.

Leather man was featured on Ripley's Believe it or Not in the 1930s and was the subject of a childrens' nursery rhyme.

Pearl jam's Eddie Vedder wrote a song about him inclduing:

"Leatherman, leatherman, shake his hand, he's leatherman take some bread, he's leatherman shame he's dead I saw his bed its all that's left of Leatherman"

Leprachauns

Apparently they don't stay in ireland! I'm not sure if you could call him a He's definitely NOT a myth, and I'm sure anyone in yonkers has spotted him at one time or another, but he is now at least to me a Legend of the city. Leprachauns DO exist! Yonkers had its own, he'd decorate his house on Nepprahan & Roberts Avenue for Christmas with so much i don't think there was an empty spot. He also had a green thumb as well. beautiful flora & fauna around his house. Sadly our leprachaun is no more.

R.I.P. Sept. 19, 2012 Jess Buzzuto the "Yonkers Leprachaun" The Yonkers Leprachaun

Cross County Shopping Center

Blast from the Past  -Adventure land  When I was very little, so  much so I can't remember this place other than through pictures
Blast from the Past -Adventure land When I was very little, so much so I can't remember this place other than through pictures

Cross County

The outdoor mall has been recently renovated and bringing somewhat higher end stores with some old favorites

Bath & Body Works, A/X, The Body Shop, American Eagle Outfitters, Brick Oven Pizzeria (my Fave & highly recommend) Cinnabon, Auntie Anne's Pretzel's (another spot I love) Claire's Boutique, Express, (also one for men!) Radio Shack, Game top, Macy's Sears, & more are to come.

There's also a Showcase Cinema movie theater (my other home) , a Stop & Shop grocery store & some restaurants Applebee's, Boston Market, Burger King

I somewhat remember what it looked like when I was a kid. There was some sort of restaurant or something that had a mini amusement park there. Oh how things have changed. :-( Now I guess I know how my grandparents & Parents feel when they talk about how parts of the city looked.

Yonkers' Longest Streets

Warburton Ave.

McLean Ave

Central Park Ave.

South/North Broadway

Nepprahan Ave.

Our pieces of the Twin Towers (McLean & Central Ave) ©KimMarie Ostrowski

Our pieces of the Twin Towers (McLean & Central Ave) ©KimMarie Ostrowski
Our pieces of the Twin Towers (McLean & Central Ave) ©KimMarie Ostrowski

Hudson River Museum - Historical yet Modern

Hudson River Museum

The museum on the Hudson river, the longest river flowing pretty much all the way through if Not the whole through the state of NY.

The prime interest of the museum is the river and the environs surrounding. The museum was added as Part of the Yonkers City Hall collection of the 19th century.

The museum included six galleries and a planetarium (by which I got a taste of on orientation day when I started going to the school.) The site says the planetarium is the largest in the Westchester County of New York State. Of course with Galleries, you’d have paintings, as well as sculptures, graphics, artifacts & furniture. The museum holds events & activities held every weekend, sometimes there's even demo's (like The Birds of Prey one I went to awhile back

Yonkers, New York Getty Square 1920 Photos

Tibbetts Brook Park - and currently NEW water park

Tibbets BrookPark

Tibbetts Brook Park is a 161-acre park with a mammoth 412-foot-by-125-foot pool, tennis courts, jogging paths and a mini golf course that skews young but still is fun for adults. The park also hosts recreational activities throughout the year, including ethnic celebrations, fairs and festivals each summer.

The park's former 81-year-old pool has recently went through a few millioion dollar rennovation. ITs been turned into a water park with a little something for everyone. THere's fountains, a Lazy River, Float around on innertubes to keep cool while you tan!, There's In pool basketball, & Volleyball, a Large slide & a HUGE bucket that will dump water on you (I haven't been able to go yet but I take that part, is like going to an actual amusement park)

The bath house in a classic tudor style still stands at the heart of the park. While the Playground isn't the large fun wooden one it was when I was a kid now they have small boring plastic ones. (they couldn't have at least gotten some material to make the playground the same design it was before? Wonder if I can find a picture of the old playground)

Recreation and Sports Activities: Miniature Golf, Running and Jogging and Swimming

Recreation Facilities: Miniature Golf, Park, Swimming Pool, and Tennis Court

Neighborhood: Yonkers area

199 Teresa Avenue

Yonkers, NY 10704

914-231-2865

Other Pools in Westchester

Playland park----------------------------------------- Rye------------------ (914) 813-7010

Saxon Woods Park--------------------------- White Plains--------------(914) 995-4480

Sprain Ridge Park--------------------------------YONKERS----------------(914) 231-3450

Wilson's Waves at Wilson's Woods Park-----Mt. Vernon--------------(914) 813-6990

BEACHES

Croton Point park----------------------Croton- on- Hudson------------------------- (914) 862-5290 (Open weekends and holidays ONLY)

Glen Island Park-----------------------New Rochelle----------------------------------(914)813-6720

Playland park---------------------------Rye-----------------------------------------------(914) 813-7010

Riverfest

"Last year this event brought more than 30,000 people to our downtown - many who were first time visitors," said Steve Sansone, Executive Director of the Downtown BID.

Riverfest is a daylong event, is free and offers something for all ages. International foods, arts and crafts vendors, amusements, educational games, exhibits, a petting zoo, classic cars, and a variety of entertainers. Downtown Yonkers over the years has seemed to become one of Westchester's new 'hot spots' with new restaurants, unique shops, a variety of waterfront entertainment, and an influx of luxury apartments and condominiums."

"Riverfest is the city's marquee event for the whole year and it really has become a symbol of the resurgence of downtown Yonkers," said Yonkers main sponsor Mayor Phil Amicone. "Each year Riverfest has grown as we celebrate Yonkers' Hudson River heritage while welcoming thousands of people who come to see the diverse and thriving city we've become. It's a fantastic event and I encourage everyone to come back for another great time this year."

The Four stages set up throughout the downtown shows a variety of musical performances ranging from nationally known artists to local hometown groups. In addition, various traveling musicians will meander through the downtown, filling the streets with musical sounds.

Some other entertainment includes the puppeteers, jugglers, plate spinners, living statues, the Skyriders trampoline act, a petting zoo, plus carnival amusements for youngsters. For those a little less adventurous, Riverfest will include a wide selection of classic cars, courtesy of Rock N' Rods.

"Yonkers Riverfest is a celebration not only of our greatest resource, the Hudson River, but of our thriving downtown," added Sansone. "This festival will highlight the continuing revitalization of our downtown area for Yonkers residents and visitors alike."

The Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District was created to promote and implement the economic vitality of the District and the City of Yonkers. The Yonkers Downtown BID is also designed to maintain the downtown streets, contribute to public safety, landscape the district, market special events and create promotional opportunities to highlight the area. Additionally, the Yonkers Downtown BID will preserve and encourage the cultural, historic, tourist and civic interest of the District and the City of Yonkers. For more information, visit

http://www.yonkersdowntown.com/riverfest/

www.YonkersDowntown.com.

George Washington in 1776 in October

held his headquarters on top of Valentine Hill where St. Joseph's Seminary now Stands

Dunwoodie Golf Course - FOUR!

Dunwoodie

Dunwoodie lies at the top of "Dunwoodie Heights" in the center of the city of Yonkers. It is characterized by dramatic topography and steep slopes. Its layout is a mix of narrow fairways to rolling wide landscapes. The design of the course takes advantage of the natural topography, resulting in a challenging game. The course's 1st and 15th tees have recently been expanded, and lobby and ticket window areas have recently been renovated.

This course is typically kept in excellent shape. The front nine is hilly, and the narrow fairways are tree lined. The back nine is flat and more open. No water comes into play, but there are several sand bunkers incorporated into the course's design. Tee times are made through Westchester County: 914/995-GOLF. For additional information call the club at (914) 231-3490 or log on to the club's website at www.westchestergov.com/Parks/Golf/dunwoodie.htm.

Dunwoodie also has practice greens, a driving range that is lighted for night play, and a multi-purpose catering facility in the clubhouse.

Design - Golf Course at Dunwoodie Golf Course

Course Statistics

Year Built: 1500

Designer:

Yardage: 5,778

Par: 70

Rating:67.4

Slope:118

Greens Grass Type: Winter Rye

Fairways Grass Type: Bermuda Grass

Water Hazards: No

Sand Bunkers: 11-20

Yardage Markers: 200, 150, 100 Yard Markers

Public, 18 holes

More Information - Golf Course at Dunwoodie Golf Course

Green Fee: $50.00 - $50.00

Driving Range: N/A

Training Facilities: Putting Green, Teaching Pro

Golf Pro: Paul Kellerman

Rental Clubs: Yes

Carts: Yes

Pullcarts: Yes

Caddies: No

Walking: Allowed

Food: Yes

Bar: Yes

Homes on Course: No

Read more: Dunwoodie Golf course on coursefinder

Admission and fees: County park pass is not required for admission

Directions: 1 Wasylenko Lane, Yonkers

Hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round.

Phone: (914) 231-3490

Acres: 126

Locker rooms

Practice green

Driving range

Restaurant: Social at Dunwoodie http://www.socialdunwoodie.com/

Pro shop

The pro shop offers a complete line of golf clothing, accessories and golf equipment. Gift certificates are also available. For more information call the pro shop at (914) 377-9092

Pro Shop Hours

Weekdays - 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekends - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lessons Half hour $45 Series of five half-hour lessons $200


*disclaimer... Prices change so please call before you go I do not know how accurate the site was I got the prices from

South Broadway was Originally called Albany Post Road

It is one of the Oldest trails in America as well as a stagecoach route.

One of the longest streets as well as South broadway runs from the Bronx Boarder to the Hastings Line

Yonkers Racetrack & Empire City Casino - Is it worth your hard earned money?

Yonkers Race track
Yonkers Race track

Raceway addition #1

Raceway addition #1
Raceway addition #1

Raceway addition #2

Raceway addition #2
Raceway addition #2

The Empire 'casino' shell

The Empire 'casino'  shell
The Empire 'casino' shell

Yonkers Race Track and Empire Casino

The Yonkers Race Track & Casino covers nearly 100 acres and is the state's most suggessful Casino & Race Track. They play host to video slots, poker, roulette, craps, baccarat, horse raving, live music & comedy shows.


YONKERS RACE TRACK

has live Harness Racing five nights a week, with additital afternoon sunday races.

First came the track which opened in 1899 by William H. Clark and is now considered a city landmark. After Clark's death, the Track was closed for years & only open for minimal special events. In 1907 a grocery store magnate by the name James Butler reopened it for Thoroughbred horse racing. One of the notable horses that you probably have heard of even if you are not a race fan was Seabiscut who won the Scarsdale Handicap in 1936.

When I was a kid growing up The Racetrack was host to The Westchester county fair (which would also have vendors selling products inside) The fair had Rides, food vendors (I SO miss the funnel cakes) and and indoor fleamarket (or maybe it was just vendors Tho' there were Fleamarkets everyweekend. Unfortunately (tho I don't remember what was the last year) the Couty fair ended as there were problems with kids that would come up from the city. (& frankly I have no idea if its held elsewhere!)

A few other fond memories from the Fair was the pig races.. I don't remember how old I was but I actually won a Ribbon for rooting for one of the pigs,in the pig races. (tho I was too shy to go up to them & ask for an autograph) I saw The Wresting Tag Team of Srike Force (from now WWE) (well they were really tall to me. I'd say either I wasn't quite in school yeat or it was the first few years I was in) I met an Ox Baker which was kinda scary with his mustache I'm not sure if he was a wrestler or boxer but got an autograph of his.

with attendence dwindling, and the building in serious disrepair (I rememeber it inside when I'd go to the Fair) the front buikding of the racetrack went under a $225 million renovation enter the

Yonkers Raceway was the host of Night of Champions September 22nd 2012. This is New York States most prestigious night of racing.

want more history & the odds? check out the links

EMPIRE CITY CASINO

Opening October 11, 2006 with video slot machines, and adding more through the years up to 2007 making a total of 5,300 Machines. (However I'd yell at people when they'd call it a casino.. my definition of a casino means table games as well besides slots)

For those 18 years of age, guess what...you can come and play as the 'casino' falls under state lottery laws. In 2011 the Empire City Casino celebrated it's 5th year anniversary and celebrated by expanding. The 'casino' now has Roulette & craps as far as the advertisements I've seen.

In six years, the Empire Casino has generated more than 1.5 million for schools through its partnership with the state lottery.

2012 Empire City is going under renovations or improvements depending on your P.O.V. It has been recently name the most successful casino and racing venue in the state of New York. The raceway is undergoing a $40 million dollar expansion. The expansion is happening to the front left (when going south toward the Bronx) of the building (which to me is ruining it, not to mention soon you may not see the sign on the building when you pass by on the thruway, well going south) 2 restaurants, an Irish Pub and a steakhouse. There's word that the Irish pub may even include vintage Bowling Lanes, and the Steakhouse an extensive beer selection for every taste. The new part of the casino will be like no other casino with a dramatic curved facade of frameless glass (oh just waiting for storm season on that one lol) The 300 foot arc will provide a window to the interior of the casino as well as a sculptured entrance structure. These improvements are to bring Empire City up to snuff with their gaming competitors; however being I have been to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut whether it be by car or bus I'll be honest it's cheaper to go to Mohegan even if you go by Bus. (The bus to Mohegan Sun picks up at the Burger King across from the Cross County Shopping Center.) When you take the bus it may be $30 to go but you get back incentives of $40-$45 dollars a $15 dollar one you can use in stores, as a bet or in the restaurants as well as 2- $10 & 1- $5 coupon as well for the betting games (well certain ones). The drinks on the floor are free (they are NOT at Empire City) and if you have children with you there's Kid's Quest. Plus if you get bored of betting or your butt just gets tired, you can get up & walk around & check out the shops) So it's like you never paid for the bus, plus you get free drinks (how much are the drinks going to cost you at Empire City?)and you get more class and friendly smiles at the Mohegan than you would at Empire City)

Something else that separates the 2 casinos... Mohegan Pays out more than Empire City does PLUS at Mohegan Sun if you play the slot Machines your money can last longer if you use the 1/4 of a cent , 1/2 a cent or penny machines. (always remember to play all the lines & max bet as much as can! (if you lose a bit of money it's the only way you get it back!) There's a variety of Restaurants at the Mohegan Sun not just a couple.

When it comes to the 2 my bet for fun is on Mohegan Sun (plus they have concerts some free!, also at least basketball games and if you need to stay overnight, the rooms are beautiful.) If you just want to go out for a time & really don't want to eat just hang out take a $20 & play at Empire City. To me its not woth bus/rain fare or filling up gas tank.

Ridge Hill Shopping Plaza

Ridge Hill Shopping Plaza
Ridge Hill Shopping Plaza

Ridge Hill

Located at 1 ridge hill Boulevard, in Yonkers, NY across the Thruway from Stew Leonard's and Home Depot center... Ridge hill is an outdoor shopping mall with one of our 2 new Movie theaters (the other Being Alamo Draft house on Central Ave.) Another entrance you can get into Ridge hill is from Tuckahoe road near Shop-right.

There's a medical Building (in which upon my first appointment there was amazed at. I'd liken it to what the inside of a file cabinet would look like the way it's set up)

Stores like L.L. Bean, Dick's Sporting Goods, The Children's Place, Clarks, Bath and Body Works, e.l.f., Lego-land, Lowe's, Papyrus, UNI QLO, Guitar Center, Container Store,Vera Bradley and More reside here... along with restaurants Cheesecake Factory, Bone-Fish Grill, a Teavana store, (I love going in there and getting a taste of the sample tea, esp. during cold weather)

Ridge hill makes for a nice day out for the family or just a date night. There are other activities besides eating and shopping. There's a spa, A trampoline park, and indoor skydiving.

Official website

Old Westchester County Fair 'program'

Old Westchester County Fair  'program'
Old Westchester County Fair 'program'

Charles E. Gorton High School

'G' -High

When I went to high School my freshman year it was 'Guido Gorton' now well sad to see its more like Ghetto Gorton from the looks of it. Speaking of looks, THe way the picture is where the columns are? Well That is on the right side and faces the football field. I heard years back that the football field was supposed to be situated somewhere else on the grounds (which is only a block)

Disclaimer: image was in my files I think it came from one of the school or Reunion groups

Charle E. Gorton my H.S. Alum's name sake

Charle E. Gorton my H.S. Alum's name sake
Charle E. Gorton my H.S. Alum's name sake

Old NY License Plate

Old NY License Plate
Old NY License Plate

Yonkers Best

The Yonkers Progress paper since 2005 The Chamber of Commerce of Yonkers brings a special edition of the paper featuring Yonkers' Best which is the residents choices for the best Restaurants, Food, Specialtys and services.

Sadly I have not received or found a copy of it so I have some of my own as well as the suggestions from the last 'Bests' paper I received

Hope you will check them out.


  • Most Romantic Restaurant:

    X20 Xaviar's *

    71 Water Grant Way Yonkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 965-1111

    Tues-Fr 12pm-2pm for Lunch * Tues-Sun 5-10pm for Dinner

    Sunday Brunch 12-2 pm

    www.xaviars.com

  • Italian Returant

    Valentino's Restaurant*

    132 Bronx River Road

    Yonkers, NY 10704

    (914) 776-6731

    Closed Tuesdays

  • Lounge/Live music

    Glenrowan Restaurant

    840 Midland Ave.

    Yonkers, NY 10704

    (914) 423-1234

    Open Sun-Thurs 11;30am-10pm

    Friday& Saturday 11:30 am-11pm

    ww.theglenrowan.com

  • Burger

    The Heritage Bar & Restaurant

    960 Mclean Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    (914) 776-7532

    OPen daily 10am-4am

    www.heritagebarandresturant.com

  • Italian Sausage

    MR. Kold Kuts*

    786 Yonkers Ave

    yonkers, Ny 10704

    9914) 968-7133

    Mon-Fri 7am-6;30pm

    Sat 8am-6pm

    Sun 8am-2pm

  • Steakhouse

    Byrne & Hanrahan

    640 Mclean Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10705

    9914) 476-2786

    OPen Daily 11:30am-2am

    www.byrneandhanrahan.com

  • Gourmet Supermarket

    Stew Leonard's

    One Stew Lenonard Dr.

    Yonkers, Ny 10710

    (914) 375-4700

    Open 7 days a week 8am-10pm

    www.stewleonards.com

  • Diner

    Raceway Diner

    833 Yonkers Ave

    Yonkers, ny 10704

    (914) 969-4343

    Open 7 days a week 24 hours a day

    Closed Christmas & New Years Day

  • Deli

    AS Pork store of yonkers*

    1789 Central Park Ave.

    Yonkers, ny 10710

    (914) 337-2550

    Open Tues-fri 8:30am-6:30pm

    Sat 8:30-6pm

    Sun 9am-2:30pm

    Closed mOndays

    wwww.asporkstore.com

  • Comfort Food

    Eileen's Country Kitchen*

    964 McLEan Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    Open 6am-Midnight

    7 days a week

    Closed Christmas Day

  • Bagel Store

    Goldberg's bagels and Deli

    777 Central Park Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    (914) 964-9224

    Mon-sat 5am-5pm

    Sunday 5am-3pm

  • Beer Selection

    Burke's

    645 bronx River Road

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    Store: (914) 237-5137

    Fax: (914) 237-0135

    Open Daily 11:30am- Close

    www.burkesbar.com

  • Chinese Takeout

    New Golden Fountain

    Bottom of Mclean ave on South Broadway love everything

    365 S. broadway

    914 964-8808

    En Lai Kitchen

    85 Tibbets Rd.

    yonkers, NY 10705

    (914)476-0647

    (Love the Ribs)

  • Mozzarella

    Avitabile Brothers*

    1016 mcLean Ave.

    yonkers, Ny 10704

    (914) 237-2389

    Open Monday-sat 8am-6:30 pm

    Sundays 8am-2:30pm

  • Irish Pub

    Rory Dolan's

    890 McLEan Ave

    yhonkers, Ny 10704

    9914) 776-2946

    Open 7 days a week 11am-4am

    kitchen open 11am-11pm

    www.rorydolans.com

  • Family/Kid Friendly resturant

    Applebee's Neighborhood Grill

    2 Executive Plaza yonkers, NY 10701

    (914) 595-0601

    Applebee's

    Cross County Shopping Center

    yonkers, Ny 109704

    (914) 376-6222

    www.Applebees.com

  • 'NEW Restaurant'

    Dolphin

    One Van Der Donck St.

    Ynkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 751-8170

    Mon-thurs 11:30am-10 pm

    Fri & sat 11:30am-11pm

    www.dolphinrbl.com

  • Wine Selection

    Tombolino's*

    350 kimball Ave.

    yonkers, Ny 10704

    (914) 237-1266

    mon-thur 11:30am-10pm

    fri & sat 11:30am-11:30pm

    Sun 11:30am-9pm

  • Health Food Store

    House of Nutrition*

    600 Tuckahoe Rd.

    Yonkers, Ny 10710

    (914) 793-7927

    Mon-fri 9am-8pm

    Sat 9am-6pm

    sun 10am-5pm

    www.houseofnutrition.com

  • Uniquely yonkers/Specialty Food store

    yonkers Miasarnia

    39 Lockwood ave

    yonkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 965-1665

    Open tues-wed & Sat 8am-6pm

    Thurs &fri 8am-8pm

    Closed Sunday & Monday

    l;kbsykng@optonline.net

  • Neighborhood Restaurant*

    Reno's Trattoria *

    33 Lockwood Ave

    yonkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 968-7366

    Open Mon-thurs 11:30am-10pm

    Fri 11:30am-11pm

    Sat 12pm-11pm

    Sun12pm-9pm

  • Gourmet Take out

    Andiano*

    61 main St.

    Yonkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 376-0011

    Fax: (914) 376-4900

    Mon-Fri 8:30 aom-6pm

    www.zupparestaurant.com

  • Liquor Store

    Liquorfellers*

    1761 Central Pk. ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10710

    Mon-thur 8:30 am-9pm

    Fri & sat 8:30am-9:30pm

    Sun 12pm-5pm

    www.liqurfellers.com

  • Happy Hour

    La Bella Havanna

    35 Main St.

    Yonkers, nY 10701

    (914) 969-1006

    tue 12pm-3pm

    WEd & Thurs 12pm-3pm & 5pm- 10:30pm

    Fri 12pm-3pm & 5pm-12am

    Sun 5pm-9:30pm

    CLOSED mondays

    www.labellahavana.com

  • Breakfast

    Mount Olympos Diner

    One fort hill Rd

    Yonkers, NY 10710

    (914) 961-4677

    Mon-sat 7am-1;30am

    Sundays 7am-12;30 am

    www.mountolymposdiner.com

  • Furniture Store

    Roger's Furniture Discont

    15 North Broadway

    Yonkers, Ny 10701

    9914) 969-7504

    Open Mon-fri 9:30am-7pm

    Sat 9:30am-6pm

    Closed Sunday

  • Florist

    Blossom FLower Shop

    980 McLEan Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    (914) 237-2511

    Mon-sat 9am-6pm

    Sunday 9am-3pm

    www.blossomflowershop.com

  • Veterinary Center

    Saw Mill River Road (across from the Bee Line Bus Company ) 914 965-0557

    (you will see a red house, its behind there)

    Yonkers, Ny 10703

  • Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    Life Cleaners

    300 Nepprahan Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 968-1528

    Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri 7am-6pm

    Wed &am-7pm

    Sat 7:30am-6pm

    www.lifecleaners.com

  • Optical Shop

    Raymond Opticians

    652 Tuckahoe Rd

    Yonkers, NY 10710

    Mon-wed & Fri 10am-6pm

    Thursday 10am-7pm

    Sat 10am-4pm

    Clsoed Sundays

    www.raymondopticians.com

  • Hardware

    Grassy Sprain Paint and hardware

    590 Tuchahoe Rd

    Yonkers, Ny 10710

    (914) 779-4480

    Mon-fri 7-7

    sat 8am-6pm

    sun 9am-3pm

    www.grassysprainhardware.com

  • Auto Repair

    Master Mechanix inc.

    23 Central Pk. Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10705

    Mon-fri 7am-6pm

    sat 7:30am-1pm

  • Pharmacy

    Le Mac on Mc Lean ave

    914 965-6100 or 965-6948

    or

    Grassy Sprain Pharmcy*

    610 Tuckahoe Rd

    Yonkers, ny 10710

    (914) 779-5133

    Mon-fri 8-8

    Sat 8am-7pm

    Sun 9am-4pm

    www.grassysprainpharmacy.com

  • Appliance Store

    PC Richard and Sons

    2323 Central Park Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10710

    (914) 779-8880

    Mon-fri 9:30am-9;30pm

    Sat 9-9

    Sun9am-7pm

    wwwPCrichard.com

  • Gym/Fitness Center

    Blink

    Cross COunty Shopping Center (Next to Old navy)

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    (914) 375-3900

    Mon-thur 5am-11pm

    Fri 5am-10pm

    Sat & Sun 7-7

    www.blinkfitness.com

  • Uniquely yonkers/non-food specialty

    Science barge

    99 Dock Street

    Yonkers, Ny 10701

    for info Follow link at

    www.groundworkhv.org

  • Limo Service

    Top Class Limousine*

    24 Ashbourton ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10701

    (914) 423-5466

    Www.Topclasslimo.com

  • barber Shop

    ANY professional Barbers

    773 palisade ave

    Yonkers, ny 10703

    (914) 969-3933

    Open 6 days a week

    closed Sundays

  • Senior Residence

    Municipal Housing Authority for the CIty of Yonkers*

    1511 Central park Ave

    Yinkers, NY 10710

    (914) 793-8400

    Joseph Schuldner Director

  • Car Wash

    Central Park Auto Wash

    975 Midland Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    9914) 965-1714

    mon-sat 7:30am-8pm

    Sunday 8-8

  • Jewelry Store

    Twin Jewlers*

    637 McLEan Ave

    Yonkers, Ny 10704

    Mon-fri 10:30am-7:30pm

    sat 10:30am-6pm

    CLosed Sunday

  • Pet Groomer

    Four Paws Dog Grooming*

    660 Tuchahoe Rd

    Yonkers, nY 10710

    (914) 961-0350

  • Bank

    HSBC

    Nepprahan Ave. Branch 476-4500

    across from McDonald's

    Hudson Valley Bank

    Main Office 35 East Grassy Sprain Rd (914) 771-3275

    Getty Square Branch 61 South Broadway (914) 968-8375

    Lake Avenue 150 Lake Avenue 9914) 968-9191

    Rockledge Branch 512 So Braodway 9914) 965-5621

    Scarsdale Rd. 21 Scarsdale Rd (914) 768-6876

    www.hudsonvalleybank.com

  • Movie Theater

    Showcase Cinema de Lux (& newest)

    29 Fitzgerald St at Ridge Hill

    Yonkers, nY 10710

    1-800-315-4000

    Showtime available Online

  • Place to take the kids

    Hudson River Museum

    511 Warburton Ave

    Yonkers, ny 10701

    (914) 963-4550

    Wed, Thurs Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm

    Friday 12pm-7:30pm

    www.hrm.org

  • Garden Center

    Windy Farm Garden*

    330 McLEan ave

    Yonkers, ny 10705

    (914) 969-6459

    Mon-sat 8am-6pm

    Sunday 9am-5pm

    www.windyfarm.net

  • Local Personality

    Teddy Ladzinski

    Polish Community Center

    94 Waverly St.

    Yonkers, NY 10701

    9914) 965-2559

    Lunch tues-fri 11:30am-2pm

    Super buffet every Thurs 5pm-8;30pm

    www.thepolishcenter.com

  • Pizzaria-----------------------

    Pizza Mania- Cross County Shopping Center (on Old Navy side)

  • Nail Salon ----------------

    V.I.P. Nails

    McLean ave & Tibbets Road across from the 7-11

    965-0316

However there's a couple I have my own Recommendations on

Downtown Yonkers

was once a small Native American Village

Untermyer Park - the 'secret' gardens

Samuel Untermyer & his park

John T. Waring, a hat manufacturer had built Greystone in 1868 for $225,000 and sadly went broke a few years later. Tilden was a former governor of New York who lost the so close 1876 presidential election to Rutherford B. Hayes who purchased Greystone in 1879 and lived there until he died in 1886. Hayes who spent 500,00 to enlarge and improve the estate built greenhouses and stables.

Samuel Untermeyer was a partner with the Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Marshall lawfirm as a trial lawyer who was famous for his cross examinations. He became rich by representing corporae clients and investing in the companies; He’s said to have been the first lawyer in the U.S. to earn a Million dollar fee on a single case. Untermyer was also involved in ‘good government’ (like there’s such a thing!) causes like opposing monopolies, and was instrumental in establishing the Federal Reserve System. As a Jew he was an eloquent opponent of Hitler, and anti-semitism. He was born in 1858 in Virginia and moved to New York City sometime after the Civil War. Samuel Untermyer in 1899 bought the Yonkers estate (at the time) known as Greystone during an auction after a litigation tie-up that lasted for year Among Samuel J. Tilden’s heirs.

Untermyer who was quite fond of Orchids and a pretty passionate horticulturist created a world class garden on the estate. He grew more than 3,000 varieties of orchids among the 60 greenhouses and his favorites were a type called the Odontiodas and always wore a specimen in his button hole every day. Untermyer died in 1940 leaving the 29 room mansion which fell into disrepair and was torn down after World War 2.

Mr. Untermyer tried to leave the estate to any one of the County, State or City but no one wanted it without an endowment to pay for the upkeep. Finally in 1946 The City of Yonkers, accepted part of the property to create Untermyer Park

Untermyer Park located in Yonkers, NY on North Broadway is a 43 acre jewel in the public Park system. There’s marble columns with Sphinx high atop made by Paul Manship that in the afternoon light, turns pearly white and long shadows play against the 18 foot walls of the Greek Garden. The Untemyer gardens were designed by William Welles Bosworth in 1916, after creating the garden for John D. Rockefeller Sr. at Kykuit in Pcantico Hills in the same Beaux Art Style design.

Samuel Untermyer who was a wealthy New York attorney wanted something bigger Untermyer created a much grander gard at three to four times larger than Rockefeller’s at Kykuit. Unlike the others Untermyer welcomed the public to his gardens every Tuesday throughout the 1920s & 30s. Some of the gardens’ features is a mosaic swimming pool (no longer in use) The Sphinxes by Manship, an

Amphitheater, circular temple. Unfortunately the original planting beds outside the walled garden have disappeared, along with the rock gardens, rose & color gardens along the Hudson side. Horticulturist Timothy Tilghman has started to uncover and restore the original carriage trails going down to the river.

The once great gardens fell into stages of decay and ruin after the 1940 death of Samuel Untermyer. Now Untermyer Gardens Conservatory a nonprofit group has started the fight to bring the lush park and gardens back to life. The chairman of the conservatory Stephen Byrns says “It’s my belief – and no one has disputed me on this, that these are the greatest Persian gardens in the Western Hemisphere.” Alhambra in Spain and the Taj Mahal in India are the others. He then goes on to say “I call this America’s greatest forgotten garden” The restoration has a full-time horticulturist by the talents of Timothy Tilghman who had to rip up 70 years worth of weeds of neglected overgrowth before planting. Especially along the western side of the 350 foot long side of the walled garden. He replaced it with a mix of shrubs, perennials ike roses, & Hydrangea along with Yews and smokebush. The gardens along the channels have been replaced with Japanese hollies so it will look good year round. He was the was previously the Gardener at Rocky Hills in Chappaqua and Wave Hill in Riverdale as well a the previous gardening editor at Martha Stewart Living.

Sitting near the entrance on North Broadway is the spacious walled Greek garden (which is really a Persian Garden with a massive gateway intersecting water channels and fountains.

The Untermyer Conservitory is still looking to raise money to keep the restoration on track.

Untermyer Park

945 N. Broadway

Yonkers, NY

In Westchester county

(914) 512-0436 Untermyergardens.org

EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS

The walled Gardens are opened from 7am to dusk Monday-Friday

Weekends Noon-Dusk (April-November)

& most Saturdays from December through March.

The rest of the Park is opened daily Dawn to Dusk

Yonkers got its 1st Organized paid fire department in 1896

Original Carvel stand

Carvel

The End of an Era

October 5 2008 The Passing of an Era ... (source The Journal News)

The Original Carvel Store (see photo album link via facebook in links) located at 95 S. Central Ave in Hartsdale, NY; The BIRTHPLACE of the Carvel brand, & the store that launched Fugie the whale & Flying Saucers all back in 1934 after almost 75 years closed for good. (it is now a Japanese resturant)

Founder Tom Carvel began his Hartsdale connection that year n Memorial day. His Ice cream truck broke down at that location and people came to his (more like the ice creams) rescue by treating themselves to the melting treat. Returning 2 years later Mr. Carvel established the ice cream parlor, alongside his wife Agnes who lived in the back for years before most of the building was torn down to m ake way for the glass version of the 50's. (It was always cool to see soemthing still standing from the 50s when we'd pass by. Its a shame they didn't save it somehow. (shouldn't have been some sort of landmark, Being it was THE FIRST?) In the 70s the icecream cake was popularized and remain so with the brand. Carvel was the Nation's First retail icecream franchise and boasts more than 500 stores. It is sold in more than 8,500 supermarkets nationwide (selling those Icecream cakes & Flying Saucers)

Carvel History

1906 Thomas A. Carvelas is born in Athens, Greece

1910 Carvel's parents move the family to NYC

1929 Carvel begins selling Ice cream from a vending truck

1934 Thomas Carvel's vending truck gets flat tire in Hartsdale on Memorial day weekend selling the melting ice cream from the truck

1936 First store opens at the site the truck brokedown and developes a soft serve ice cream formula

1947 Carvel Begins Franchising the stores

1951 They Flying Saucer the round ice cream sandwich is developed

1955 First Carvel Radio & TV commercials appear with Tom Carvel

1972 Lo-Yo a frozen yogurt and THinny-Thin forzen dietary desserts are introduced

1987 Abdol Faghihi buys Hartsdale franchise on the site of first store

1989 The Company is sold to Investcorp and international investment bank for $80 million

1990 Tom Carvel dies and is buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale

1991 The Company Moves its headquarters from Yonkers, NY to Farmington, Conn

1992 Supermarket sales begin

2001 The Carvel Company is sold to Roark Capital group a private equity firm in Atlanta

2004 Carvel Franchises mark the brands 70th anniversary. TO Celebrate, Carvel sets a Guinness World Record for the largest ice-cream cake, a 12, 906 pound creation dished out in unin Square in Manhattan.

Does the Noise in my Head Bother you, check out pages from Steven Tyler's book

Yonkers artists

Musicians, writers athletes, actors & Movies of Yonkers and the surrounding areas


Musicians/Singers

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith & Permanent American Idol Judge

Anthrax Thrash/Metal band

Ruff Ryders

DMX -Rapper/actor

Mary J. Blige

Ella Fitzgerald- Jazz Singer

W.C. Handy -COmpiser/musician

Jadakiss -rapper

Gene Krupa-Jazz musician

Stagga Lee

Sheek Louch (D-block) Rapper

Will Rahmer- Death Metal bands Mortician, Incantation

Styles P - Rapper

Chip Taylor - songwriter (brother of Jon Voight)


TV/Film

Sid Caesar -Actor

Carlos Alazraqui -Actor

Robert Celestino-Director

Thomas Mikal Ford -Actor

Frances Foster-actor

Richard Masur-actor (Encino Man)

Lawrence Monoson -actor

Cathy Moriarty-Gentile -Actor

Jon Voight - actor (father of actress Angelina Jolie)

Erik Palladino - WHAAAAT!!! seriously THis guy is from yonkers all these years I've been watching & no IDEA!! I remember watching him on the Metal show Hit Parader (like the Magazine) he was also in Can't hardly Wait..

Adam Rodriguez -actor (crap another one I have a clue who they are!! Daaaaaaaaam! and he would have been a year ahead of me in school.. wonder if he went to my school)


Athletes

Billy Burch -Pro Hockey Player

Doug DeWitt -Pro boxer

James Blake-Tennis

Brian Sweeney - professional baseball player

Tommy Dreamer -Pro Wrestler (ECW for one)

George Wright - baseball pioneer

Eddie Kingston-pro wrestler

Steve Ridzik -pro Baseball player

misc.

Ronald Garan-Astronaught (recently back from one of the last space missions) & in 2005 founded MANNAENERGY that uses renewable energy to bring clean water & sanitation to villages in Rwanda

Paul Teutul, Sr. - founder of Orange County Choppers and reality television personality on American Chopper.

David Berkowitz - Son of Sam serial Killer

Joe Lapchick-Basketball coach

Mike Breen-sports broadcaster

Edwin Howard Armstrong-transmitted 1st FM broadcast

Joseph Stilwell - U.S. Army General during World War I and World War II

Charles Proteus Steinmetz German-American mathematician and electrical engineer

Patrick Quinlan -author

Tiziano Thomas Dossena Writer/Editor

Oriental Trading Company's CEO is from Yonkers


Yonkers has also Played host to movie productions (Filmed here)

The Preacher's wife - Filmed on walnut street, in the Church there

Catch me if you Can - some of the movie was filmed on Lake ave.

an episode or so of Law & Order was filmed in or around the Royal Regency Hotel (on Tuckahoe road.

Big- part of it toward the end was filmed in Rye Playland near the beach.

Yonkers is Not Credited, but in the movie 13 aka Russian Roulette the Malecon Restaurant (the only one I know of) located at the bottom of McLean and at 390 South Broadway is seen at the very beginning of the movie.

Dark Shadows 70s tv series was filmed in Lyndhurst Castle (This was mentioned on the news but wasn't able to find the back facts to it)

movies or books even were SET IN Yonkers, NY (not filmed in)

Hello Dolly was set Yonkers, NY in 1859

Recently as of October 2014 an HBO movie called Show me a hero was filmed just a few houses down from mine! I was told it is supposed to air Fall 2015.

Part of Adam Sandler's movie Big Daddy was filmed at the Yonkers courthouse

(until I find more.. I know there's got to be others cause I see movie trucks esp. the lighting ones here & there)

Mentions of Yonkers

"I Was a Male War Bride" -

Cary Grant asks an American soldier where he's from. When he proudly says, "Yonkers," Cary Grant asks "What are Yonkers?" The soldier is not amused (KimGiancaterino -posted this to the comments)

The Adjustment Bureau- Matt Damon's character, a polititian running for senate, mentions Yonkers

Revenge the abc guilty pleasure series in the May 16, 2012 episode (the 2nd from last in the season) a character mentioned she just moved from Yonkers

The book Scouting for the Reaper by Jacob M Appel in the 3rd story in the book Self-Titled it mentions Yonkers and Scarsdale even as well


NYC 45 minutes away

Take a city Sites tour & you can get off & on as you please to see the sites you want.

-National History Museum

-The Met

-Central Park Zoo

-The Bronx Zoo

-Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum

-Jekyll & Hyde Restaurant

on Friday May 10, 2013 The Spire went up on 1 World Trade Center to make the building 1,776 feet high.

Oldest Footage of NYC

Rye, Playland Amusement park - some highlights of the park (seemore on the website)

Rye, Playland

Playland the Art-Deco themed park and its stucco buildings & 7 remaining original rides opened in 1928 and is one of the few Government owned Amusement Parks in the country, whose boardwalk faces the Long Island Sound.

The park is the closest, most affordable Amusement park for families with a wide variety of entertainment for the whole family.

At Playland take a ride on the historic Dragon Coaster that's been around for over 80 years,one of very few wooden coasters left in the nation

The Dragon coaster has over 3,400 feet of track that plunges into a 128-foot drop, and be hurled into the mouth of the now fire-breathing Dragon! The Ride was Designated a landmark coaster in 2009 by the American Coaster Enthusiast.

I am also told if you have never been on a coaster, this is the one you should start on. (there's no loops etc)

The Superflight (or as I call it the Superman coaster due to its colors) is the newest Coaster at the Amusement park. Want to know what its like to fly like superman? This would be the coaster for you. (& for someone that has NEVER been on a coaster, I was very temped to ride!)

The Playland Plunge... Hot day? Then go on this ride & you'll get wet for sure. A Giant Log Flume for those that are not messing around & want to get cool. The Plunge is a 50 foot drop in to a waiting pool below. Its even more fun at night!

Want a little more ride before you cool off? Then The LOG FLUME is for you. Playland's water ride is a 1,150-foot chute filled with 170,000 gallons of water. However on this, I can't garuntee a good cool off.

Like carosels but are they too slow for you? Check out our Derby Racer that goes 25 miles an hour and is one of the ONLY 2 original rides of the type left in the U.S. The horses also mimick the real steads that race.

The Starship 2000 is basically the old roter that has evolved from a fence looking UFO to the old cylyndrical shape with the rug on it to this. However not as much fun as the previous incarnation although the Playland site sayd the floor drops its doesn't there's 'bed' type things that once the speed gets fast enough actually fly up. Which doesn't make it as much fun (or 'daring' feeling) Oh & unlike the rotator of old, they never let ya turn upside down or just ly across a few of 'beds' whene there are not many people.

The Wipeout make sure you don't eat before you go on this!! & no matter where you sit (wide seats that face each other & hold about 2-3 people) you will still get squashed as the ride will go 'forward' for a while then will go 'backward' depeding upon which side you sit. The base to this roatates & starts tilting so you spin & bob up in the air. HOLD ON TIGHT!

Gondala Wheel Playland's ferris wheel (what's there to say about ferris wheels?) this one isn't a fast one it goes fairly slow but room for I'd say 4 but definitely no more than 6 people

House of Mirrors will you get lost? can you tell the difference between a reflection & your friend actually being in front of you? weave yoru way through the mirror maze to get to the hall of mirrors & see yourself in all kinda of silly ways. \

Like haunted houses? we have 2 of them... The Flying witch & Zombie Castle

have kids? & not really a coaster rider? Here's a perfect one for anyone The Family Flyer is a roller coaster for the whole family (see site for height requirements)

Rye playland aslo has a Skate 'casino' where the New York Rangers NHL team used to practice

There's also a beach you can look out & enjoy the view with a 'food court' of sorts right there.

There's plenty of games & other fun you can have around The park also has Concerts & other forms of entertainment

REDEUX

Playland may get a rennovation or an ovehaul, as the Westchester icon in recent years has been losing 3-5 milion dollars a year. For the first time in 2009 an admission fee was instituded and a couple of unfortunate accidents has cut attendance from about a million to half that with operating coasts soaring. (Like everything else)

A couple proposals is Turning it into a European Village with shops, cobblestone streets & Marina to attract the wealthy. Another is a Sports/special event arena and a third is a theme park. I say just hire a new manager & open the place year round. Add some things (rides?) that can be done year round, They have an Ice rink there & NHL Breakout used to be held in part of the parking lot over the summer.

Try getting in some bigger name bands to perform pop & rock artists.

Sleepy Hollow (North Tarry Town, NY) - the Story the Myth The Legend

The Real Sleepy Hollow

I wrote this well before the show Sleepy Hollow was on (maybe before it was a thought). As a fan of the show, (one of whom lives not far from the real village of Sleepy Hollow) I have sadly come to learn the show is in fact not filmed in the the town. Sure in the pilot episode of the first season they show the Tappan Zee bridge and maybe Lyndhurst Castle but they must have just taken some over head shots. I find it insulting they do not film in the real place when Denzel Washington & Whitney Huston filmed the preacher's wife down the hill from the house I grew up (I think they started filming it the fall/winter of 94/95 which was only months after I moved). I am now in the west part (or south west maybe) part of the city and the week of Halloween they were filming part of movie on the street behind my house. (They wouldn't even let me in to Tibbets park (which my neighborhood has use of the back entrance)

If there's ever a time to go to sleepy Hollow, for me it would 100% be in October because if you are going there more likely its to checkout where the headless horseman legend came from, and there's activities throughout the month for Halloween celebrations as well as Readings of the Legend of Sleep Hollow .

The town is 30 miles north of Manhattan, & on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. North Tarrytown village in 1996 the residents voted to chang the name to Sleepy Hollow for the washinton Irving story of the same name.Many of the events in the story took place there, then in 2006 along the highway they erected a 'statue' depicting Ichabod Crane being Chased by The Headless Horseman. This you can find along route 9 in Sleep Hollow. (yu can see it here... http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.101502359... (you should be able to view the albm even if you are not a member on facebook, its set for public)

Since 1996 Historic Hudson Valley (A not-for-profit organization ) Legend Weekend at Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, New York, The event features a rider portraying the Headless Horseman, and a storyteller retelling The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a historic celebration attended by thousands annually before Halloween, & on Halloween they have haunted Hayrides a Parade etc. check the village of Sleephollow official site & then go to october (or whatever month you'll be visiting) click on the date & you'll find the events (tho not everyday has one.. so in october if you plan to come for some pre-halloween fun be sure you check through the month what's going on to find the event you'd like most.

Greenburgh Nature Center

Scarsdale, Ny

Founded in 1975, The Greenburgh Nature Center is a 33-acre woodland preserve with trails, pond, gardens, and outdoor animal exhibits, including a birds of prey aviary. (which you can check out in my facebook album noted at the beginning of this lens.

(sorry but I just cannot find or get a decent picture to depict it. maybe the next time I get there the camera will co-operate)

Lyndhurst Castle - Tarrytown, NY

Lyndhurst Castle
Lyndhurst Castle

Lyndhurst Castle

Designed by renowned American architect Alexander Jackson Davis, in 1838. 1864-65 Davis increased the size of the mansion for the second owner, George Merritt, who renamed the estate Lyndhurst.

In 1880, the estate was purchased by Railroad magnate Jay Gould who used it as a country retreat until he passed away in 1892.Gould's daughters, Helen and Anna inherited the estate. Helen died in 1938 and Anna in 1961. At that time, the estate passed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Considered by many to be the finest Gothic Revival mansion in America. The castle is home to three prominent families, & still has authentic room settings as well as original pieces by Davis, Herter Brothers, Tiffany and paintings by Bouguereau, Gerome, and Daubigny.

The estate is on 67 acres of land with Rose, Rock & Fern Gardens, & a variety of trees. and overlooks the Hudson River. Youc an also go for a hike or bike on the Croton Aqueduct and Hudson RiverWalk Trails.

There's plenty events throughout the year (heck you can have a dinner party or even your wedding here!) some of note are award winning Artrider Craft Show in the Spring and Fall, Lego Days, the fabulous Fairy Tale Holidays

For more information contact;

Lyndhurst Manor

635 South Broadway

Tarrytown, New York 10591

(914) 631-4481

http://lyndhurst.wordpress.com/

Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle is on the Pollepel Island in the Hudson River. Pollepel was discovered during the first navigation of the Hudson by early Dutch settlers in New York at the "Northern Gate' of the Hudson highlands. The castle is visible to Metro-north railroad's Hudson Line as well as Amtrak.

Can be viewed from the Breakneck Ridge Mountain (along Beacon & Cold Spring, NY which is the boundary between Dutchess & Putnam Counties


(I am still trying to find more about this)

I love feedback esp. any Suggestions to make this lens a better source of information

is there information you were looking for that I was missing or a mistake I made?

Please do not hesitate to let me know I want to include all I can.

Have you been to Yonkers - or anywhere in Westchester County?

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      WorldVisionary 5 years ago

      Great start to your new lens!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting. My parents used to live in Yonkers. I didn't know a lot of this

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @LiteraryMind: what part of yonkers? How long ago? I started on William street until end July 1994 then Moved Up in the Goton High School area and now I'm near the McLean ave. 7-11

      I am still trying to find info to add. I have noted i need include hastings-on-Hudson Phillipsburgh Manor & try to find more info on what's already up, as well as pics. i'm also trying to come up with other ideas to add to the page

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      ratso 5 years ago

      great lens and very informative.

      Being born from that area with relatives still there I can say that this brings back some wonderful memories, although I haven't been back there since the late 70's early 80's, I'm sure lots have change.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      It's nice to learn so much about Yonkers. I love in the movie "I Was a Male War Bride" where Cary Grant asks an American soldier where he's from. When he proudly says, "Yonkers," Cary Grant asks "What are Yonkers?" The soldier is not amused.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @KimGiancaterino: LMAO!!! I'll have to note that in the section above...

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      That water park looks like a lot of fun.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @fugeecat lm: I never even got there this year, & I was hoping I'd make it before the place went in the dumps! (The type of people that go to that 'pool' is what I mean) The sad thing is its about a mile away from the house

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love reading about places and this one was done very well, learned so much about Yonkers and sure appreciate the write up.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @anonymous: Thank you Cffutah I appreciate that! I do still have more work, but have to find what I'm looking for. (also want to get a few pictures of the Nature center, as I have not found anything online for information etc I like to elaborate on what I already have so far. )

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Excellent information about Yonkers. Thanks for this.

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @TonyPayne: Thanks poddys I'll be adding to it soon. I'm a bit backed up with some of the projects I'm doing esp. this as for some reason the site wouldn't let me in for awhile. So I have a pile of info to add now

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This is perfect for anyone traveling there. So many resources!

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks for the Comment! I always try to include as muh information as possible. I'd rather read trhough a long lens, then have to spend an entire day searching for the information I want. I just hope others will feel the same way!

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      SpenceG 4 years ago

      Never been to Yonkers, but it seems like a great place to visit.

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @SpenceG: Well now that you know some of the stuff around you can come 'tour' where are you from anyway?

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Fantastic Lens on my neighbors to the North.

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @Deadicated LM: and will be constantly updated like your NY nY one. There's still some places I have to get to to get a proper few pics for the lens. as well as adding a couple others I've been trying to take a pic here & there of the Raceway as they are expanding the building. (shame what thay've done to it. I remember going in there as a kid when they'd have the fair there was an indoor fleamarket )

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Very good lens.

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      Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      @takkhisa: Thank you takkhis. When I can get to it I have more notes, so I'll be adding info soner or later

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