25 Facts About Yonkers


Yonkers is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States.

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Yonkers is known as the "City of Seven Hills", including Park, Nodine, Ridge, Cross, Locust, Glen, and Church Hills.

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Yonkers had many economic ties to English businessmen, which resulted in political ties.

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Village of Yonkers was incorporated in the western part of the Town of Yonkers in 1854, and the village was incorporated as a city in 1872.

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In 1898, Yonkers voted on a referendum to determine if they wanted to become part of New York City.

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Early in the 20th century, Yonkers hosted a brass era automobile maker, Colt Runabout Company.

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Yonkers was the headquarters of the Waring Hat Company, at the time the nation's largest hat manufacturer.

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Yonkers had the longest running pirate radio station, owned by Allan Weiner, which operated during the 1970s through the 1980s.

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Federal judge Leonard B Sand ruled that Yonkers had engaged in institutional segregation in housing and school policies for over 40 years.

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Judge Sand imposed a fine on Yonkers which started at $100 and doubled every day, capped at $1 million per day by an appeals court, until the city capitulated to the federally mandated plan.

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Yonkers succeeded in helping to end the city's contempt of the courts, but was voted out of office as a result.

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Yonkers's story is the subject of a miniseries called Show Me a Hero, which aired on HBO in 2015.

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Yonkers has a sizeable Arab population, mainly from the Levant, especially Jordanian and Palestinian.

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Northeast Yonkers contains the upscale neighborhoods of Crestwood, Colonial Heights, and Cedar Knolls, as well as the wealthy enclaves of Beech Hill and Lawrence Park West.

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Northeast Yonkers is somewhat more expensive than the rest of the city, and due to the proximity of several Metro-North commuter railroad stations, its residents tend to be employed in corporate positions in Manhattan.

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Untermyer Park and Gardens is not only Yonkers hidden gem but is the number one attraction in Westchester County.

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Many of the businesses and type of architecture in southeast Yonkers bear a greater resemblance to certain parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island than to points north.

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Southeastern Yonkers is largely within walking distance of the Woodlawn and Wakefield sections of the Bronx.

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Landmarks of southeastern Yonkers include the Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers Raceway, and St Joseph's Seminary in the Dunwoodie neighborhood, which was visited by Pope John Paul II in October 1995 and later by Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008.

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Yonkers is typically a Democratic stronghold just like the rest of Westchester County and most of New York state on the national level.

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Bus service in Yonkers is provided by Westchester County Bee-Line Bus System, the second-largest bus system in New York State, along with some MTA Bus Company express routes to Manhattan.

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Yonkers began a dockless bikeshare program operated by LimeBike in May 2018, which was finished by 2020.

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Major limited-access roads in Yonkers include Interstate 87, the Saw Mill, Bronx River, Sprain Brook and Cross County parkways.

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Main line of the former New York and Putnam Railroad running through the middle of Yonkers has been converted into a paved walking and bicycling path, called the South County Trailway.

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City of Yonkers is protected by 459 firefighters of the city of Yonkers Fire Department, under the command of a Fire Commissioner and 3 Deputy Chiefs.

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