White Plains

White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York.

A view of White Plains

Get in

By plane

By train

A platform of the White Plains Train Station

By bus

There is a network of Westchester County buses in the Bee Line system. (See for further information.)

By car

White Plains has several major highways passing though it.

Interstate 287, which connects to the Tappan-Zee bridge to the west, and Interstate 95 in the east, has several exits which can drop you in many different parts of White Plains. It is frequently congested due to ongoing construction.

Without traffic, one can make it to Manhattan in 30 minutes.

Get around

Take the train from or to Manhattan. Buses connect White Plains with Stamford and locations throughout Westchester. Taxi cabs are available at the train station and by appointment elsewhere in the City. For train and bus schedule information see www.mta.info.


Mapleton, at 52 N. Broadway

As for tourist attractions, White Plains has several locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also does well-run Saint Paddy's Day parade and New Year's Celebrations. The Library is top notch. Liberty Park is also worth a visit.


Jacob Purdy House, George Washington's headquarters for a time during the American War of Independence, is now part of the Battle of White Plains Historic Site

There are a number of malls in White Plains, including the upscale Westchester Mall, as well as the Galleria and White Plains Mall. A popular place to go in White Plains is the Metro North station, which can deposit a traveler into the heart of Manhattan via express train within 35 minutes. If you find yourself in White Plains for any prolonged period, you may want to take advantage of this option.

There are many places for entertainment in White Plains. Niche.com gave White Plains an A+ rating in its "Things To Do" category. The city often holds free movies and concerts (small band performances), especially during the summer. During the summer, there is also a farmers market located down the block from city center. City Center is a large complex with shopping and a large movie theater.


Although there are little to no native products to White Plains, most major retailers are located in Town. Departments stores abound and shoppers have a wide array of choices from upscale stores in The Westchester Mall to 99 cent stores located downtown.


White Plains has all of the major chains represented here. So you can choose between Legal Seafood, PF Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory and Applebee's in case you haven't eaten at one of them in another typical Edge City. There is a large number of local Italian restaurants of varying quality along with the standard Greek diners and ubiquitous middling Chinese fare. For high end Italian try Mulinos. The Indian restaurant on East Post Rd. just received an excellent in the NY Times review. For affordable fare stick with one of the several diners. Many of the restaurants have had formal write ups in the times which can be Googled. The Old White Plains Mall has an Asian supermarket with prepared Chinese and Japanese food at a reasonable price and of course Whole Foods has quality prepared foods as well.

In addition, there are a variety or restaurants spanning down Mamaroneck Ave with any food anyone could desire. Including upscale restaurants to quick fast food.


There is a cluster of bars on Mamaroneck Ave between Maple and Main St. which is the center of White Plains nightlife. If the Irish Pubs in this vicinity do not quite suit the bill there is another small cluster of bars down East Post Road as you head to South Broadway.


Go next

According to a 2015 Niche.com article, White Plains ranks as the best town to live in New York and the 13th best place to live in the entire United States. White Plains is the center of the county and is convenient to New York City. An express train takes less than thirty minutes to Midtown Manhattan. The bus can be taken into the Bronx (try the Zoo, Botanical Gardens or Arthur Avenue). Westchester County Airport is ten minutes away.

Routes through White Plains

Parsippany Elmsford  W  E  West Harrison Rye
New Haven Purchase  N  S  Scarsdale New York City
END  N  S  Harrison Mamaroneck
Amenia Pleasantville  N  S  Scarsdale New York City

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