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Yonkers City Hall and its war memorial, on South Broadway

Yonkers is a city of 200,000 people (2019) in Westchester County. The fourth largest city in New York state, it's a suburb of New York City and borders the Bronx borough of New York City. Yonkers is known as the "City of Seven Hills," which includes Park, Nodine, Ridge, Cross, Locust, Glen, and Church hills.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The three major airports in the New York City area offer service to just about anywhere. Westchester-based taxi and livery cars offer regular service to and from the three internationals from most areas of the county. New York City yellow cabs must take you to Westchester, but the fares can be expensive, especially as they double upon crossing the city line. Instead, ask if your hotel offers shuttle service.

By train[edit]

  • 2 Yonkers train station, 5 Buena Vista Ave. Yonkers station, 15.1 mi (24.3 km) N of Grand Central Terminal, is the main station serving the city. It is served by Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line and by several Amtrak services. Taxis should be available at the arrival of all trains.
  • Metro-North Railroad. Schedules. Metro-North serves the city of Yonkers at several stations on two lines. The Hudson line serves four stations on the W side of the city along the Hudson River. From S to N, the stations are Ludlow, Yonkers, Glenwood, and Greystone. The Harlem line runs just outside the city limits on the E side. The stations convenient to Yonkers neighborhoods are (S to N) Wakefield, Mt Vernon West, Fleetwood, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Crestwood, and Scarsdale. Travel time to Yonkers station on the express service from New York City's Grand Central Terminal is about 25 min. Slower local service is available between other Metro-North commuter stations. On-board train fares are subject to a stiff surcharge, so buy your tickets at the station ticket office or at vending machines. Grand Central to Hudson line stations & most Harlem line ones: $11.50 peak, $8.75 off-peak, $5.75 senior/disabled/Medicare, $5.75 child peak, $4.50 child off-peak, details.
  • Amtrak. Amtrak serves Yonkers with some Empire Service trains between NYC and upstate New York as well as the long distance trains Adirondack, Ethan Allen Express and Maple Leaf.

By car[edit]

  • Bronx River Parkway. The Bronx River Parkway lets you get in from White Plains to the N and from The Bronx to the S. Bronx River Parkway (Q2487821) on Wikidata Bronx River Parkway on Wikipedia
  • Cross County Parkway. The Cross County Parkway provides access to Yonkers from Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, as well as with towns along the connecting Hutchinson River Parkway to Merritt Parkway. Cross County Parkway (Q2487828) on Wikidata Cross County Parkway on Wikipedia
  • New York State Thruway (I-87). Yonkers is the southern terminus of the New York State Thruway, which continues south into the New York City borough of The Bronx as the Major Deegan Expressway. The 496 mi (798 km) thruway provides access to Yonkers from most major cities in New York State. New York State Thruway (Q736574) on Wikidata New York State Thruway on Wikipedia
  • Saw Mill River Parkway (Saw Mill Parkway). The Saw Mill River Parkway lets you reach Yonkers from towns in northern Westchester County. On its southern end, it meets up with the Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx, which gives access from Manhattan. Saw Mill River Parkway (Q2488294) on Wikidata Saw Mill River Parkway on Wikipedia
  • Sprain Brook Parkway. The Sprain Brook Parkway can get you into Yonkers from central Westchester County. Sprain Brook Parkway (Q2488299) on Wikidata Sprain Brook Parkway on Wikipedia

By bicycle[edit]

  • South County Trailway. The South County Trailway is a well paved 14.1 mi (22.7 km) north-south bikeway through the middle of Yonkers, south to the Bronx and north to central Westchester County.

Get around[edit]

Map of Yonkers

See[edit]

Hudson River Museum and Glenview Mansion
Philipse Manor Hall
Garden in Untermyer Park
  • 1 The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, +1 914-963-4550. Exhibitions on regional history, Hudson Valley art, and the only public planetarium in Westchester County. It is the largest museum in Westchester County. Hudson River Museum (Q5928856) on Wikidata Hudson River Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Untermyer Park, 945 North Broadway. Greek gardens, canals, reflecting pools and other created "ruins". Untermyer Performing Arts Council produces live performances in the park. The performances are admission free and are done throughout the summer. Special concerts throughout the year are announced on their website. Untermyer Park (Q7897589) on Wikidata Untermyer Park on Wikipedia
  • 3 Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave., +1 914-965-4027. A Colonial-era manor house which today serves as a museum and archive, offering many glimpses into life before the American Revolution. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site (Q7185547) on Wikidata Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site on Wikipedia
  • 4 Saint Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie), 201 Seminary Ave, +1 914-704-1896. The major seminary of the Archdiocese of New York. It educates men destined to serve as priests within the Archdiocese and elsewhere in the United States and abroad. The Seminary has hosted Pope John Paul II in 1995 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. They each led an afternoon prayer service and visited with the seminarians. Saint Joseph's Seminary (Q7401528) on Wikidata Saint Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie) on Wikipedia
  • The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Work began on the Croton Aqueduct in 1837 to tap the waters of the Croton watershed in Westchester County for the residents of New York City. It runs north-south, parallel to the Hudson Line of Metro North, so it is readily accessible from New York City by public transportation. In Yonkers, the hiker passes the lion gates at the lower end of the old Untermyer estate (now Untermyer Park). Passing by Glenwood in Yonkers, one passes by the Hudson River Museum. In Glenwood urban conditions are encountered. The trail ends at Lamartine Avenue in Yonkers.
  • 5 Tibbetts Brook Park, 355 Midland Ave (Cross County Pkwy, exit 3). A multi-use park with some pockets of good habitat. Good birding except during summer when it's overrun with people. Tibbetts Brook Park, 161 acres with its mammoth 412' x 125' pool, is one of the first parks developed by the County. The Park offers many recreational activities throughout the year and hosts ethnic celebrations, fairs and festivals during the summer months. The South County Trail Way provides easy access afoot or by bicycle. Access requires Westchester residency. Parking: $5 Park Pass, $10 without Park Pass; pool admission: $4. Tibbetts Brook Park (Q7800329) on Wikidata Tibbetts Brook Park on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • 1 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 2548 Central Park Ave, +1 914-226-3082. Get food and drink delivered to you seat while you watch a movie. $15/$18.50 3D after 2PM; $12/$15.50 3D before 2PM (except holidays) and all day for children (6-11), seniors (60+), college students with current ID, and guests with disabilities; $6 senior (60+) W all day & before 2PM all weekdays.
  • 2 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, toll-free: +1-866-243-0770. Legoland Discovery Center Westchester (Q20657177) on Wikidata Legoland Discovery Center Westchester on Wikipedia
  • 3 Sprain Ridge Park, 149 Jackson Ave, +1 914-231-3450. 8AM–dusk. Mountain biking- Helmet required, trail map is available online. 278 acres of wooded terrain located in the southern end of the county offers trails for beginners as well as advanced. County park pass is required for admission. Pool admission: $4.
  • 4 Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino, 810 Yonkers Ave, +1 914-968-4200. Daily 10AM-6AM [closes 11PM during pandemic]. Founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, Yonkers Raceway is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track. The casino—featuring video slot machines, video blackjack, and electronic table games—opened in 2006. It is now operated by MGM Resorts. There are several dining venues onsite. Gambling age is 18. Yonkers Raceway (Q8055091) on Wikidata Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino on Wikipedia
  • 5 Murray's Skating Center (E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center), 348 Tuckahoe Rd (Tuckahoe Rd exit of NYS Thruway (I-87) or Sprain Brook Pkwy; Bee-Line Bus route 8), +1 914-377-6469. Offers public skating, figure, ice, and roller skating lessons, ice hockey programs and leagues, speed, figure, and ice hockey clinics and camps. Most of these are offered to groups of all ages or offered in separate sessions for adults and youth. Also can be used for birthday parties. Skates can be rented. Snack bar and pro-shop are available. General admission $11, skate rental $4, senior citizen $3.
  • 6 Homefield Bowl, 938 Saw Mill River Rd, +1 914-969-5592, . Su–Th 9AM–midnight, F Sa 9AM–1AM. Very close to all major highways. Offers party packages and a bowling camp. Offers a snack bar, lounge, and pro-shop. Also, leagues, tournaments, and monthly, weekly, and daily specials.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 C.H. Martin, 2 Palisades Ave, +1 914-968-3922. M–Sa 9AM–6:45PM, Su 10AM–5:45PM. It's not as fancy as the shopping you'll find in the city's east, but C.H. Martin is a good destination for low-cost items, like clothes, toiletries, makeup, jewelry, kitchenware, home goods, food, and toys.
  • 2 Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk (New York State Thruway (I-87) exit 3 northbound, exit 4 southbound; Cross County Parkway, exit 5), +1 914-233-0186. M–Sa 10AM–9:30PM, Su 11AM–7PM. Cross County Shopping Center is an open-air shopping mall, opened in 1954 as the first mall in Westchester County. A renovation completed in 2012 modernized and beautified the center. Cross County is anchored by Macy's, Old Navy, a Super Stop & Shop supermarket, a multiplex cinema, and Blink Fitness. Shops include H&M, Michel Kors, and Zara. Among the dining options are Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse. Cross County Shopping Center (Q5188273) on Wikidata Cross County Shopping Center on Wikipedia
  • Central Park Avenue (NY 100). Central Park Avenue runs for eight and a half miles from the City of Yonkers through Greenburgh to White Plains. A very big shopping avenue with stores including T.J. Maxx, Best Buy, car dealers, and many privately owned stores. New York State Route 100 (Q2486199) on Wikidata New York State Route 100 on Wikipedia
  • 3 Ridge Hill, One Ridge Hill Boulevard (Exit 6A on the New York State Thruway (I-87)), +1 914-207-2900. M–Sa 10AM–9:30PM, Su 11AM–7PM. An outdoor mall featuring high-end shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Stores include the Apple Store, Brooks Brothers, the Container Store, H&M, Legoland Discovery Center, L.L.Bean, Lord & Taylor, Orvis, Papyrus, Sur La Table, Uniqlo, and Whole Foods. Among the dining options are the Cheesecake Factory, Texas de Brazil, Yard House. Westchester's Ridge Hill (Q18705998) on Wikidata Ridge Hill Mall on Wikipedia

Eat[edit]

St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church
  • 1 Nathan's Famous, 2290 Central Park Ave, +1 914-779-0700. 11AM–9PM daily. Opened in 1965, this was the third location of the world-famous Coney Island-based hot dog joint. The site has since been remodeled and downsized.
  • 2 Bistro Chartreuse, 35 Main St. 11:30AM–midnight. Bistro Chartreuse is a wonderful French-American bistro that takes its name from the liquor Chartreuse. Creative menu featuring the green chartreuse liquor in many dishes and drinks. Located within a 2-minute walk of the downtown Yonkers train station, the restaurant has gotten rave reviews from Manhattan chowhounds as well as local diners.
  • 3 Stew Leonard's, 1 Stew Leonard Dr (NYS Turnpike (I-87) exit 6A; Bee-Line bus route 78), +1 914-375-4700. 8AM–9PM daily. A small chain of supermarkets in Connecticut and New York that Ripley's Believe It or Not! has deemed "The World's Largest Dairy" and that Fortune Magazine has deemed one of the top "100 Best Companies to Work For".
  • 4 Zuppa, 59 Main St, +1 914-376-6500, . M–F noon–3:30PM & 4:30–10PM, Sa 4:30–10PM, Su 4–10PM. Opened in March 2003, Zuppa was one of the first projects to spark the redevelopment of Yonkers' Downtown Waterfront District. Zuppa is a white table-clothed Italian restaurant that you will remember forever. The cuisine of Zuppa is Italian, a refined collection of dishes with the emphasis of enjoyment, taste and pairings. Andiamo is a take out and catering portion of Zuppa Restaurant. They offer gourmet foods, panini, wraps, and full service catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 5 Dom and Vinnie's Restaurant, 351 Saw Mill River Rd, +1 914-476-6666, . Su–Th 11AM–9PM, Fr Sa 11AM–9:30PM. Since 1971, this second generation establishment serves award-winning pizza and Italian entrees in a family friendly, family run atmosphere. Dine in, take out and delivery are available as well as a private dining room that seats up to 40 patrons. Daily specials such as momma's napolitano meatballs over rigatoni, chicken scarpriello, homemade cavatelli with broccoli rabe and veal chop Milanese, are posted on their website.
  • 6 La Lanterna Ristorante & Caffe, 23 Gray Oaks Ave, +1 914-476-3060, . Tu W 4–9PM, Th noon–9PM, F noon–10PM, Sa 1–10PM, Su 1-8PM, M closed. Italian restaurant with beer & wine garden.
  • 7 Carlo's Restaurant, 688 Tuckahoe Rd, +1 914-793-1458. 11AM–10PM daily. A staple in the area since 1976, the year opened. Serving lunch and dinner. Serves authentic Italian-American food at a reasonable price in a casual atmosphere. Catering is also offered.
  • 8 Raceway Diner, 833 Yonkers Ave, +1 914-969-4343. Authentic American food served with fast and friendly service in a casual atmosphere. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desert 24-hours a day 7 days a week. Very reasonable prices.
  • 9 Pizza Beat, 2575 Central Park Ave, +1 914-961-4456, . M–Th 11AM–11PM, F Sa 11AM–11PM, Su 11:30AM–10PM. Family owned. Serves a little bit of everything but with a specialty in Italian-American dishes. No matter how crowded service is fast and friendly. Reasonably priced. Casual atmosphere.

Drink[edit]

Yonkers train station

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

New York City is immediately to the south.

The rest of the Hudson Valley is to the north.

Routes through Yonkers
AlbanyCroton-on-Hudson  N Amtrak Adirondack icon.pngAmtrak Empire Service icon.pngAmtrak Maple Leaf icon.png S  New York City
AlbanyDobbs Ferry  N I-87.svgNYS Thruway Sign.svg S  BronxEND
KatonahHastings-on-Hudson  N Saw Mill Parkway S  → becomes Henry Hudson ParkwayBronxManhattan
AlbanyHastings-on-Hudson  N US 9.svg S  BronxManhattan
Croton-on-HudsonHastings-on-Hudson  N Metro-North Hudson icon.png S  BronxManhattan


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