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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.
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
Westchester County Map
Oh so that's the reason
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.
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.
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.
yonkers Library Cenrtral Ave. branch
Besides the previously mentioned Nathan's which is there, just not in its former glory. It's now much smaller maybe a quarter of the size it was.Which makes me wonder why instead of knocking the whole building down, why they couldn't have just made it like a mini-mall. They would have just had to remove part of the counter on one side, and then had made the one room 2 or 3! And what was the arcade area could have been another 1 or 2 stores. But no, they had to do it so there would be yet another CVS and 2, boutique-like stores and a doctor's office plus the scaled-down Nathan's.
Central Avenue Runs from (as far as I know) the Bronx into White Plains. It has my favorite library in the city, (we do have a newer one but I don't go in that area). The last time we went past the library, however, has made me nervous. Those slats on the outside (which is I think the reason I like the building) seemed to have been missing. SoI am greatly hoping that maybe they were taken off to just clean the windows or clean those. Maybe some fresh paint. if I don't see them put back It will be like losing a good friend. Well one that may still be there but whose look and personality has changed if you know what I mean.
This street is a shopping hub and always quite busy. Too many CVS stores, 3 Starbucks (one is a drive through!) 2 IHOPs (but only go to the one way down. Cause the one near Barnes and Noble isn't that good. For the Crafty there's a Joann's and a Michael's and way too many stores I have never been in but then there are some areas where the stores come and go as if there is a revolving door.
you would think there would be more of a choice of restaurants along the street but sadly, there's not enough of a variety, at least to my family.
Yonkers Postcard (sadly I can no longer find them)
Yonkers Anthem - by DMX Styles P, Sheek & King Phaze
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.
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.).
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"
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
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.
Our pieces of the Twin Towers (McLean & Central Ave) Â©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
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
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
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
"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
Dunwoodie Golf Course - FOUR!
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
Year Built: 1500
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
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
Restaurant: Social at Dunwoodie http://www.socialdunwoodie.com/
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
Yonkers Racetrack & Empire City Casino - Is it worth your hard earned money?
Raceway addition #1
Raceway addition #2
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 successful Casino & Race Track. They play host to video slots, poker, roulette, craps, baccarat, horse racing, live music & comedy shows.
YONKERS RACE TRACK
has live Harness Racing five nights a week, with additional 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 Seabiscuit 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 an indoor flea market (or maybe it was just vendors) Oh and there were Fleamarkets every weekend. 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 and start trouble. (& frankly, I have no idea if it's 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. I saw The Wrestling Tag Team of Strike Force (from now WWE) I was one part shy to go up to them and another part my little legs couldn't catch up to them to ask for an autograph. I met an Ox Baker which was kinda scary (check the picture and tell me your inner say 5-year-old isn't terrified) with his mustache I'm not sure if he was a wrestler or boxer but I got an autograph of his. If you look his name up on IMDB you will see some movies he was in. (Which was a surprise for me now as within the last 5 years one of my parents or I was watching something and I saw him really quick and was like was that Ox Baker I saw.)
With attendence dwindling, and the building in serious disrepair (I rememeber it inside when I'd go to the Fair) the front building 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.
Old Westchester County Fair 'program'
Ridge Hill Shopping Plaza
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.
Charles E. Gorton High School
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
Old 80s style lisence plate (tag)
Since 2005 The Chamber of Commerce of Yonkers brings a special edition of the Yonkers Progress paper featuring Yonkers' Best which is the residents' choices for the best Restaurants, Food, Specialties, and services.
EATS & TREATS
Rory Dolan's 890 McLEan Ave
yonkers, Ny 10704
Open 7 days a week 11am-4am
kitchen open 11am-11pm
925 McLean Ave Yonkers 10704
Open 7 Days Mon-Sat 6am-10pm and Sunday 7am-10pm
En Lai Kitchen
85 Tibbets Rd.
yonkers, NY 10705
(Love the Ribs)
I like each of these places for a different reason...
I forget the name of this one but I only just started frequenting the place when I go to the laundry. They are quick though you get your pizza hot out of the oven. They have a variety of drinks including beers if you'd want while there. it's not just pizza it's a restaurant too so you can order Italian restaurant style entrees.
Yonkers Ave. (Near McDonald's & Clean City Laundry)
Love the Pizza no matter if I'm eating it in in house or when they deliver it.
Capri pizza on Lockwood Ave.
I just like the flavor of pizza or maybe the sauce and I don't like sauce (the only time I have sauce is on pizza) so for me to like the flavor of it that's pretty damn impressive.
Sal's on Mclean Ave. (across from the OLD school 13 that is now apartments)
These guys deliver they are about 15 minutes away from me even though Dominos is on the main road I am prejudiced.. I like 'Real' pizza, and you can only get that from a Pizzaria!
Palisade Pizza (Off North Broadway and Roberts Ave.) I've been going here forever! it's near my aunt's and wasn't far from school either. My favorite item is getting what I call a 'pepperoni pinwheel' even though they call it a cupcake! If you see Frank the own (kind got the Elvis look going) tell him Kim (his birthday twin) sent ya.
833 Yonkers, Ave
or easily found acfross fro Empire City Casino/Raceway.
And I HIGHLY recommend it if you don't want to waste money on over priced food.
McDonald's the best ones by my experience (and taste)
South Broadway (near St. Joseph's Hospital)
Central Ave. near Model's
Central Pk. Ave.
warning it gets crowded fast even the drive through.
There is also one in Elmsford
Central Park Ave
One Stew Leonard Dr.
Yonkers, Ny 10710
Open 7 days a week 8am-10pm
I love Stew's buffet..well the 'Italian Wingettes and the Corn Popppers nothing else matters to me!
Le Mac Pharmacy on Mc Lean ave
914 965-6100 or 965-6948
Grassy Sprain Pharmcy*
610 Tuckahoe Rd
Yonkers, ny 10710
PETS & VET
Saw Mill River Road (across from the Bee Line Bus Company )
914 965-0557 (you will see a red house, it's behind there)
Yonkers, Ny 10703
MR. Kold Kuts*
786 Yonkers Ave
yonkers, Ny 10704
New Golden Fountain
Bottom of Mclean ave on South Broadway love everything
365 S. broadway
1761 Central Pk. ave
Yonkers, Ny 10710
Mon-thur 8:30 am-9pm
Fri & sat 8:30am-9:30pm
Mount Olympos Diner
One fort hill Rd
Yonkers, NY 10710
Sundays 7am-12;30 am
Grassy Sprain Paint and hardware
590 Tuchahoe Rd
Yonkers, Ny 10710
PC Richard and Sons
2323 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, Ny 10710
Cross COunty Shopping Center (Next to Old navy)
Yonkers, Ny 10704
Sat & Sun 7-7
Uniquely yonkers/non-food specialty
99 Dock Street
Yonkers, Ny 10701
for info Follow link at
Top Class Limousine*
24 Ashbourton ave
Yonkers, Ny 10701
Municipal Housing Authority for the CIty of Yonkers*
1511 Central park Ave
Yonkers, NY 10710
Joseph Schuldner Director
Central Park Auto Wash
975 Midland Ave
Yonkers, Ny 10704
637 McLEan Ave
Yonkers, Ny 10704
Nepprahan Ave. Branch 476-4500
across from McDonald's
Place to take the kids
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Ave
Yonkers, ny 10701
Wed, Thurs Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm
Windy Farm Garden*
330 McLEan ave
Yonkers, ny 10705
McLean ave & Tibbets Road across from the 7-11
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.
945 N. Broadway
In Westchester county
(914) 512-0436 Untermyergardens.org
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
North Brother Island – New York
This 13-acre island is located only three miles from Manhattan, but no one is allowed to enter. The island has a dark past and is currently abandoned. More than 1,000 people died when a boat caught fire near the island in 1904. The island then housed Riverside Hospital and Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, the first person in the U.S. known to carry the disease. North Brother Island was abandoned until the 1950s when it became the site of a center to treat drug addicts. Today, the island is a bird sanctuary full of crumbling buildings that is off-limits to the public.
(Now we have St. Johns Riverside Hospital on North Broadway)
Original Carvel stand
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)
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
Musicians, writers athletes, actors & Movies of Yonkers and the surrounding areas
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith & Permanent American Idol Judge
Anthrax Thrash/Metal band
Mary J. Blige
Ella Fitzgerald- Jazz Singer
W.C. Handy -COmpiser/musician
Gene Krupa-Jazz musician
Sheek Louch (D-block) Rapper
Will Rahmer- Death Metal bands Mortician, Incantation
Styles P - Rapper
Chip Taylor - songwriter (brother of Jon Voight)
Sid Caesar -Actor
Carlos Alazraqui -Actor
Cathy DeBuono -actress producer
Thomas Mikal Ford -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 had no clue, Daaaaaaaaam! and he would have been a year ahead of me in school.. wonder if he went to my school)
Michael Fox (not to be confused with Michael J. Fox)
Scott Robinson -producer (I wonder if this is the guy that was in a band with an X of mine)
Vanessa Rodriguez Spencer -casting director
Gregori J. Martin
Lou Wills Jr.
Scott Christian Sava -producer
Joseph Della Sorte
Billy Burch -Pro Hockey Player
Doug DeWitt -Pro boxer
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
Austin Wright - writer
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
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-National History Museum
-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.
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- Hudson River Museum
official site Information on the Hudson river museum programs, exhibitions, education & more.
- Rye Playland amusement park
Home of the Dragon Coaster
- E.J. Murray's skating rink
information for the local skating rink and outdoor rink tho with a roof
- Greenburgh Nature Center
In nearby Scarsdale take a walk through a nice nature preserve, check out the birds of prey outside the manor house & if you have kids Take them in the manor house to see & pet some of the animals.
- Sleepy Hollow