Westchester County is located immediately north of New York City. Located in the southeastern portion of New York State, Westchester County has been called the "Golden Apple".
Several major corporations have headquarters in Westchester County, including IBM, MasterCard, Pepsico, and Reader's Digest. Many residents live in Westchester County and commute to New York City by the Metro-North Railroad. Commuters might also use Amtrak, which visits Croton-Harmon, New Rochelle and Yonkers.
Within Westchester County, you'll find 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages. Much of southern Westchester County consists of former 'bedroom communities' and suburbs such as Bronxville, Eastchester, Larchmont, Rye, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Pelham, Purchase and Scarsdale. The city of New Rochelle is noted for suburban residences, wooded preserves, private estates, shore clubs and waterfront homes, exclusive gated communities, and an urban downtown. Westchester County Airport is located near White Plains and serves the area.
Many famous residents can be found in Westchester County, including Martha Stewart, Ruby Dee, and David Letterman. Former president Bill Clinton and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton also call Westchester County home.
Westchester County offers 118 private, college-prep and parochial schools, 14 colleges and universities, and 48 public school districts. The Westchester Library System includes 38 public libraries and has served the area since 1958.
White Plains is well known in Westchester County for a vibrant bar scene. East Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue offer several busy bars, including the Black Bear Saloon, Lazy Boy Tavern, and the Thirsty Turtle. However, the most popular reason for living in White Plains is the Metro North station, which can bring you to the heart of Manhattan by train in 35 minutes.
Yonkers is the largest city in Westchester County. Home to several attractions, visitors and residents can enjoy the harness racing track, Yonkers Raceway, which has a recently renovated clubhouse and video slot machine gambling. Yonkers is divided up into four quarters, each with distinct differences.
Northeast Yonkers is a heavily Irish-American and Italian-American suburban area. Rental homes range from small houses clustered together to larger homes on extensive grounds. Lawrence Park and Cedar Knolls neighborhoods contain more upscale homes. Residents of these neighborhoods often commute to Manhattan.
Northwest Yonkers offers beautiful Victorian-era homes. Historic preservation of older homes is prevalent here. Filmmakers have been attracted to the surviving Victorian estates in recent years.
Southeast Yonkers resembles more of the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Queens, with a strong Irish community. Midland Avenue has been called the "Little Italy" of Yonkers.
Southwest Yonkers offers turn-of-the-century mansions and upscale luxury rentals and condos. Several new luxury apartment buildings were built in the early 2000s near the Hudson River. Downtown Yonkers is undergoing a revitalization that is bringing new business and luxury housing.
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