Westchester County

Westchester County is a county of New York (state) in the New York metro area. It lies to the immediate north of the New York City borough of the Bronx. A number of its villages and towns serve as bedroom communities for commuters to New York City, but Westchester itself is also open for business. Pepsico, IBM, MasterCard, Reader's Digest and other prominent corporations have their headquarters here. But it's not all work and no play. There's plenty to see and do in the county. Westchester County Office of Tourism is the official provider of visitor information.

Municipalities

Cities

Villages and Towns

Westchester has 19 towns and 23 villages, including the following:

Understand

Westchester County ranks number two (after NYC) for wealthiest counties in New York State and the seventh wealthiest county nationally. Westchester has long been associated with "old money" and some of the country's wealthiest families for generations have lived "upstate" to escape the crowds of New York City but close enough to the Big Apple for business or pleasure. The county maintains its rural appeal with thousands of acres of parks and through a political system of townships containing villages containing hamlets that discourages large cities and preserves small municipalities. Although Westchester is home to nearly one million residents, a village like Briarcliff Manor has a population just under 8,000. Small businesses abound in the towns and villages and you'll need to visit the larger cities and towns like Yonkers, White Plains and Mt Kisco, to find national chain stores and malls.

European settlement of the area began with emorous tracts of farmland held by Dutch manor lords and some of their place names continue to this day, Tappan Zee (the Tappan sea), Peekskill (Peek's creek), and Verplank (from van der Planken, near the bridge). Other names honor the Native America's who lived here like Ossining (from the Sint Sinck tribe), Mount Kisco (allegedly named for Chief Cisqua), and the Kitchiwan neighborhood of Ossining (Kitchiwank tribe).

Get in

By air

By train

Get around

It's possible to plan around public transportation (county bus system, commuter rail), but to make the most of your visit a car is necessary.

See

Do

Mountain biking

Hybrid or road bike

Oakland beach – Westchester’s own small beach on the long island sound, with restaurant Seaside Johnny’s right on the property.

Rye Play Land Open since 1928 provides fun rides, food vendors, an ice skating rink, mini golf and fireworks on selected Fridays in the summer.

Ride the trolley around Tuckahoe. It picks up and drops off at various locations around the community. Schedules are available.

Yonkers Raceway Casino and racetrack.

Winter fest, celebrated in village square in Tuckahoe in front of The Generoso Pope Foundation building. Winter fest consists of live music, local food vendors and a small ice-skating rink made special for the occasion right in Village Square. The firework show on the fourth is also amazing.

Street Fair – Bronxville’s annual sidewalk fair includes tables set up outside each shop or restaurant for unbelievable sales on clothing, jewelry, home goods, food tasting and even animal adoption.

Manor Park – located in Larchmont, a park overlooking the long island sound. Beautiful in the summer to walk, picnic or sit and watch the sailboats race.

Immaculate Conception Annual Carnival Held in May each year at the ICS Elementary School in Eastchester. Rides, Attractions and Food.

Bicycle Sundays Every Sunday in the summers, the Bronx River Parkway is closed during the morning to provide bikers with a several mile stretch from Bronxville to White Plains.

Buy

The Westchester Mall Located in White Plains, upscale shopping mall.

The Galleria Located in White Plains.

Cross County Shopping Center Newly renovated outdoor mall located in Yonkers.

Jefferson Valley Mall Located in Yorktown Heights in northern Westchester.

Eat

Westchester has plenty of dining options for many types of cuisine. It has traditionally been known for its Italian-American food at numerous restaurants and pizzerias. For the affluent, Westchester features many fine restaurants with chef graduates from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY or the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. More budget friendly are old-fashioned diners where everything is on the menu; be sure to ask for the daily specials. You'll find a diner in nearly every village and hamlet. Also widely available are bagels and other foods associated with New York City delis. The ethnic diversity of Westchester gives rise to Portuguese food in Ossining and Tarrytown, Korean in Scarsdale, Greek in Tarrytown (and at many diners throughout the county), and Chinese everywhere. Several towns feature cooking from Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and other countries in South and Latin America.

Westchester Magazine publishes a list of best food and drink in the county every year. Zagat also recognizes Weschester as a culinary region with reviews of most restaurants.

For two weeks in March and November, some of the finest restaurants in Westchester participate in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week with a fixed price three-course lunch ($20.14) and dinner ($30.14) that are bargains at top-rated establishments.

For the do-it-yourself crowd, there is also a large number of farmers markets and farm stands in addition to organic markets and ethnic markets for specialty food items.

Drink

The city of White Plains contains a number of popular bars and dance clubs located on Mamaroneck Ave.

Stay safe

County wide 911 system for summoning emergency assistance.

Connect

Telephone area code 914.

Go next

If you are based in Westchester County, the obvious place to go next is New York City, to the south.

Another option is to drive or take a train further north along the Hudson River, to explore the beauty of the Hudson Valley.

Going east will take you to Connecticut.

Going west will take you to New Jersey or into Rockland County and the Catskills on the other side of the Hudson River.

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