Yonkers New York

Yonkers is not one of the New York City boroughs, but it is part of the urban sprawl of that metropolis. It lies along the Hudson River, and is just north of the borough of Manhattan and north and west of the Bronx. It is actually the fourth most populous city in the state after New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester.

Yonkers New York is home to a number of attractions. The Hudson River Museum contains several art galleries and the Andrus Planetarium, the only public planetarium in Westchester County. The museum itself was founded in 1919 and is located in the beautiful Glenview Mansion, built in 1877 overlooking the Hudson River. Another historic house museum is the Philipse Manor Hall, a New York State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark. Built around 1682, it is the oldest building in the county. It was a private home until 1868 when it became the Yonkers City Hall. In 1911 and 1912 it underwent extensive restoration and became a museum.

Yonkers New York Tibbetts Brook Park encompasses 161 acres and offers good birding most of the year (there are too many people in the summer), a massive public swimming pool (412 x 125 feet), and excellent walking and jogging paths. Fairs, concerts, and summer festivals are offered at both Tibbetts Brook Park and Untermyer Park, which contains Greek gardens, reflecting pools, canals, and created ruins. For a little less "cultured" fun, you can head to Empire City, which includes historic Yonkers Raceway founded in 1889 and featuring harness racing. A sleek new casino of video game gambling was added to create today's Empire City. And you can get in your shopping on Central Park Avenue, which stretches for more than eight miles from Yonkers to White Plains.

If the city has got you down, you might remember that Yonkers New York boasts a large and little known "wild" treasure called the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. It is both wild and historic, as the trail along the aqueduct has linked communities along the Hudson since 1837. It is readily accessible by subway and metro, as it runs parallel to the Hudson Line. Along the way, you are surrounded by forest, views of the river uncluttered by urbanization, and pass the old aqueduct keepers house dating to 1857.

You can fly to Yonkers and land at Westchester County Airport in neighboring White Plains, which has flights from a number of US cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Charlotte. This option misses much of the city traffic congestion you would get if using Newark, La Guardia, or Kennedy Airports. The Hudson Line has train service to Grand Central Station. There is a wide selection of hotels, including a number of franchise names like Hampton Inn, Ramada, and Residence Inn as well as some good budget motels.

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