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Yonkers

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Yonkers City Hall and its war memorial, on South Broadway

Yonkers is in Westchester County and the fourth largest city in New York state. It is a suburb of New York City and directly borders the Bronx borough of New York City.

Get in[edit]

Map of Yonkers

The South County Trail Way is a well paved north-south bikeway through the middle of Yonkers, south to The Bronx and north to central Westchester County.

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 to you 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]

Yonkers is served by the Hudson Line of Metro-North, travel time on the express service from New York City's Grand Central Terminal is about 25 minutes. Slower local service is available between other Metro-North commuter stations. Notice that on-board train fares are subject to a stiff surcharge, so buy your tickets at the station ticket office or at vending machines. Additionally, 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.

2 Yonkers station is located on 5 Buena Vista Ave. Taxis should be available at the arrival of all trains.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Hudson River Museum and Glenview Mansion
Philipse Manor Hall
Garden in Untermyer Park
  • The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, +1 914 963-4550. Exhibitions on regional history, Hudson Valley art, planetarium, the only public planetarium in Westchester County. It is the largest museum in Westchester County.
  • 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 through out the summer. Special Concerts throughout the year are announced on their website.
  • Philipse Manor Hall. A Colonial-era manor house which today serves as a museum and archive, offering many glimpses into life before the American Revolution.
  • Saint Joseph's Seminary, 201 Seminary Ave, +1 704-1896. 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 on April 19, 2008. They both led an afternoon prayer service and visited with the seminarians.
  • 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.
  • Tibbetts Brook Park, Midland Ave (south central Yonkers, NY). 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.

Do[edit]

  • [dead link]Sprain Ridge Park, Jackson Ave, +1 914 231-3450. 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.
  • Yonkers Raceway. Founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and a New York state-approved video-lottery terminal (VLT).
  • Empire City. A harness racing track that has renovated its grounds and clubhouse and added legalized video slot machine gambling in 2006.
  • Ej Murray Memorial Skating Ice and Roller Skating Rink, 348 Tuckahoe Rd, +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.
  • Clearview Cinemas, 2630 Central Park Ave., +1 914 793-3406. Pricing: general admission is $11, seniors are $9, children are $8.25, and the matinee special is $9. For 3-D movies at $3.50 per ticket. Also, NOT completely handicap accessible. Call beforehand for more information on handicap accessibility.
  • Homefield Bowl, 938 Saw Mill River Rd., +1 914 969-5592. Located very close to all major highways. Open from 9AM-1AM Monday through Sunday and until 2AM on Saturdays. Offers work and birthday party packages as well as a bowling camp. Offers a snack bar, lounge, and pro-shop. Also, leagues, tournaments, and monthly, weekly, and daily specials.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk (New York State Thruway (I-87) exit 3 northbound, exit 4 southbound; Cross County Parkway, exit 5), +1 914-968-9570. M–Sa 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Su 11 a.m.–7 p.m.. Cross County Shopping Center is an open-air shopping mall, opened in 1954 as the first mall in Westchester County. A recent renovation has modernized and beautified the center. Cross County is anchored by Macy's, Old Navy and Sears, as well as a Super Stop & Shop supermarket, a multiplex cinema, and Blink Fitness. Shops include H&M, Michel Kors, Zara, and more. Among the dining options are Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, and others.
  • 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.
  • 2 Ridge Hill, One Ridge Hill Boulevard (Exit 6A on the New York State Thruway (I-87)), +1 914-207-2900. M–Sa 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Su 11 a.m.–7 p.m.. 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, Whole Foods and many more. Among the dining options are the Cheesecake Factory, Texas de Brazil, Yard House and others.

Eat[edit]

St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church
  • Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, 2290 Central Park Ave.
  • [dead link]Bistro Chartreuse, 35 Main St. 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.
  • [dead link]Totonno's Yonkers, 125 Tuckahoe Rd. Pizzeria and Restaurant branch of the first Pizza Parlor in America - Totonno's of Brooklyn, est. 1924.
  • Stew Leonards. 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".
  • Zuppa. 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. 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.
  • Dom and Vinnie's Restaurant, 351 Saw Mill River Rd, +1 914 476-6666. 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.
  • Carlo's Restaurant, 688 Tuckahoe Rd, +1 914 793-1458. A staple in the area since 1976, the year opened. Serving lunch and dinner. Opens at 11AM on weekdays and noon on the weekends. Closes at 10:30PM Except on Sundays when close is 9PM Serves authentic Italian-American food at a reasonable price in a casual atmosphere. Catering is also offered.
  • 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.
  • Pizza Beat, 2575 Central Park Ave, +1 914 961-4456. 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.
  • Saw Mill Diner (Nothing fancy, just delicious!), 337 Saw Mill River Rd (SMPN to Lockwood then rt on SMRR, SMPS to Palmer then rt on SMRR), +1 914-423-5297, e-mail: . 5AM-9PM. Daily specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, $1.25 coffee, family owned and homemade, delicious eats. Under new ownership and re-opened December 2015. cheap eats.

Drink[edit]

Yonkers train station
  • Rambling House.
  • JC Fogarty's.
  • Burke's Bar. Burke's was established in December of 2001 and has become to be known as Westchester's premier venue for the hottest new bands, great food and traditional Irish atmosphere. With 19 beers on tap, Burke's offers a unique environment for happy hours, family gatherings, alumni reunions or any other celebration. Burkes also hosts a huge private party room that can accommodate up to 75 people.

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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