MAYOR SPANO TO ADDRESS CITY OF YONKERS IN ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ON MARCH 13th AT YONKERS RIVERFRONT LIBRARY

YONKERS, NY – February 19, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced his annual State of the City address will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:00 pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library in Larkin Plaza. The State of the City will be the eighth address for the Mayor since coming into office in 2012.

“Each year I look forward to addressing the residents of Yonkers on the most recent economic, social, business and educational conditions of our City,” said Mayor Spano. “Yonkers continues to make progress and introduce various initiatives that are aimed at bettering Yonkers as a whole.  Most importantly, I strongly believe our city has a vision and a strong foundation which continuously allows us to grow and improve as a community.”

Residents will be able to view Mayor Spano’s address live on-line at www.YonkersNY.gov and locally on television channel 39 (FiOS) and channel 78 (Cablevision). A live broadcast also will be available on social media platforms Facebook & Twitter atwww.Facebook.com/CityofYonkers &www.Twitter.com/CityofYonkers.

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTERS AS EXTREME HEAT HITS THE CITY

YONKERS, NY – August 28, 2018 Mayor Mike Spano announced today the City of Yonkers will designate several locations throughout the city as Cooling Centers as temperatures will reach 95+ degrees, combined with high levels of humidity.

“As a city it is important that when heat waves hit our area, we make Cooling Centers available to all residents in need of a cool place to rest and stay hydrated,” said Mayor Spano. “I especially encourage our city’s older adults, residents with medical conditions and those working outside to please stay safe and utilize a Cooling Center located nearest to you if needed.”

Mayor Spano said each Cooling Center will be equipped with water, seating and air conditioning. The following locations will be open as Cooling Centers during specified hours for all residents:

Bernice Spreckman Community Center

777 McLean Avenue

12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Scotti Community Center

680 Bronx River Road

11:30 AM to 3:30 PM 

Nodine Hill Community Center

140 Fillmore Street

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Nepperhan Community Center

342 Warburton Avenue

Until 3:00PM

North Yonkers Preservation

219 Ridge Avenue

Until 2:00PM

Yonkers Riverfront Library

One Larkin Center
Until 8:00PM

Grinton I. Will Library

1500 Central Park Avenue

Until 9:00PM

Crestwood Library

16 Thompson Street

Until 9:00PM

Chema Community Center

435 Riverdale Avenue

Until 4:30PM

To ensure safety, the Mayor is also raising awareness of heat safety precautions residents should take during periods of extreme heat:

·         If you have air conditioning already installed, make sure it works properly before the use.

·         Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate them if necessary. Check your home’s air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

·         Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.

·         Install weather stripping on your home’s doors and windowsills to keep cool air in and hot air out.

·         Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers, which can reduce the heat entering a home by up to 80 percent.

·         Keep storm windows in place year-round.

·         If you don’t have air conditioning, open your windows during the coolest part of the day and keep fresh air moving around your home with circulating fans.

·         Drink plenty of cool non-alcoholic liquids, especially water.

·         Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight).

·         Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.

For more information on City Cooling Centers or for any additional assistance, please call the Mayor’s Help Line at 377-HELP.

HRM After Dark

Party like it’s 1899! A new way to celebrate art, science, music and Gilded-Age glamour at the #HRM. Geared to 21– 39-year-olds.

DJ and Dancing
Cosmic Travels in the Planetarium
Maverick Gallery Tours of “The Neo-Victorians: Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour”
Drinks + Light Hors D’oeuvres

$35 members / $40 non-members
#HRMAfterDark

Presented by the HRM Contemporaries Council
Sponsored by Simone Development Companies and Westchester Magazine Additional support from The PowerLab

Admission includes 2 drinks. All guests must be 21+. Valid ID required for entry. #nightlife #HRMContemporaries #HudsonRiverMuseum#youngmembersparty #letsparty

Image: Catherine Latson, Birch Corset, 2016. Birch veneer, tapioca wood, vintage remnants. As featured in “The Neo-Victorians.”

To purchase tickets, visit: hrm.org/afterdark

 

 

Yonkers Leading the Way in Transit Oriented Development

The City of Yonkers is on the cutting edge of one of the hottest trends in real estate – transit oriented development. For the second straight year, the City’s Department of Planning & Development showed off its most impressive transit oriented developments under construction by hosting an exclusive tour for brokers.

More than 30 commercial and residential brokers were on hand for the tour on June 16. The tour, sponsored by Ginsburg Development Companies, Collins Enterprises, National Resources and Simone Development Companies, included stops at the following sites:

  • River Tides at Greystone, a 330-unit, 10-story luxury rental complex overlooking the Hudson River. The project, which is being developed by Ginsburg Development Companies, will have a direct walkway to the Greystone Metro-North train station.
  • Hudson Park Club, the latest addition to the Hudson Park luxury rental complex. The 230,000-square-foot building features 213 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. It’s being developed by Collins Enterprises and is located just blocks from the Yonkers Metro-North station.
  • UNO Micro Unit Apartments, a $15 million development project transforming Building 2 at iPark into 100 micro-unit apartments. Developed by National Resources, the project is a short walk to the Yonkers Metro-North station.

“Transit Oriented Development is a fast-growing trend in urban planning that is creating vibrant, livable and sustainable communities,” said Mayor Mike Spano, who welcomed the brokers after the tour at a cocktail reception at the Boyce Thompson Center, an 85,000-square-foot, mixed-use complex being developed by Simone Development Companies. “We are very pleased to have shared with the brokerage community these important transit oriented developments that are bringing new energy to downtown Yonkers.”

Focus on Yonkers

Yonkers is in the midst of a renaissance, and the transformation has been eye-opening. Commercial and residential development are booming, and millennials and artists are flocking to Yonkers as they did to Brooklyn and Hoboken a decade ago. With cultural, dining and transportation options aplenty, more and more people are seeing the boundless possibilities New York’s fourth largest city has to  offer.

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Yonkers Among ArtsWestchester Honorees

Studios, galleries, festivals and arts-centric development projects have been the driving forces behind the revival of Yonkers as a hub of culture and creativity. And people who know a thing or two about art have taken notice.

The City of Yonkers will be among the honorees at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Award Luncheon, scheduled for April 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. The Arts Awards are presented annually by ArtsWestchester to recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, commitment and leadership have enriched the cultural life of Westchester County. Yonkers is being honored in the Community category.

“The City of Yonkers is rapidly becoming an Arts City, welcoming artists with new zoning initiatives, fostering creative industries and supporting the cultural infrastructure as a vital component of a ‘happening’ place,” ArtsWestchester CEO Janet Langsam said in announcing the award recipients.

In recent years, Yonkers Arts Weekend in the spring, a jazz series in the summer, and organizations such as Blue Door Gallery, Youth Theatre Interactions and newcomers SUNY Purchase and Urban Studio Unbound have added to the city’s artistic appeal. And in another nod to the city’s artistic bent, the work of Yonkers’ own Barbara Segal is being featured in ArtsWestchester’s spring exhibition, SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity.

Development around the arts is continuing in Yonkers. A grant awarded to R.J. Rose Realty, LLC will be used to develop an arts and technology hub at the former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills site, and an urban heritage waterfront sculpture will be created thanks to funding from another grant. The waterfront has been a hot spot for arts-related development: renowned designer Maya Lin and husband Daniel Wolf recently converted an outdated jail into a gallery and studios.

Yonkers projects benefit from $2.4M in grants

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council has made a substantial investment in the future of Yonkers – to the tune of more than $2.4 million in grant money.

The funding, announced last week, will support five projects. It does not include $490,000 in funding awarded last week directly to the City of Yonkers in support of two other grant applications – for the improvement of the downtown waterfront esplanade and the creation of an urban heritage waterfront sculpture.

“Combined with $1 billion of private investment in Yonkers, this funding proves that economic development, job creation and investment are back on track,” Mayor Mike Spano said.

The $2,444,168 doled out by the council will fund these projects:

SoYo Mixed-Use Development ($1,250,000) – SoYo Exalta, LLC will construct a mixed-use transit-oriented development at Larkin Plaza, nearly a full square block in the center of downtown Yonkers adjacent to Van der Donck Park and near the Yonkers Train Station. Plans call for 25-story and 17-story residential unit towers and 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Yonkers Carpet Mills Arts District Revitalization Project ($500,000) – R.J. Rose Realty, LLC will make critical improvements to the former Alexander Smith Carpet Mills site, which will become a working arts and technology hub.

Yonkers Rail Trail Phase One Capital Construction ($394,280) – Groundwork Hudson Valley will build Phase 1 of a 2-mile rail trail, stretching from the Downtown Yonkers Waterfront to the 242nd Street subway station in Riverdale. This segment will feature a new park and play area along the trail.

Greyston Bakery Capital Improvements ($200,000) – The bakery will upgrade equipment used in its Yonkers facility, including its environmental control and electrical systems.

Production Training ($99,888) – Greyston Foundation Inc. of Yonkers will train 75 workers.

“I am extremely pleased that Yonkers projects were so successful in the grants awarded by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council/Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition,” State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer said. “Clearly, the Council recognized the great work happening in Yonkers and awarded a significant public investment in our community.”

Added State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow: “These projects will mean good-paying construction and permanent jobs in Yonkers. I join Mayor Spano and my colleagues in the State Legislature in thanking the Regional Council for their continued support of job creation and economic development in Yonkers.”

Grants totaling $490K earmarked for 2 City of Yonkers projects

Mayor Mike Spano and other Yonkers leaders aren’t the only believers in the revitalization of the city’s waterfront.

So, too, are the members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council.

The Council last week awarded $490,000 in funding to the City of Yonkers in response to a pair of grant applications aimed at sprucing up the waterfront area.

“I’m pleased that key projects I support in Yonkers will be getting the resources they requested in this highly competitive process,” State Senator and Yonkers resident Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

The grants will cover the following:

  • Expansion and enhancement of the downtown waterfront esplanade. Two waterfront walkways, as well as recreational trails, will be developed near the Yonkers train station. ($400,000)
  • Creation of an urban heritage waterfront sculpture, part of the Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden initiative developed by local African-American artist Vinnie Bagwell (pictured; photo courtesy of wcalvinanderson.com). The City of Yonkers, ArtsWestchester and the Yonkers Board of Education will collaborate with Bagwell on the project. ($90,000)

“I’d like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and our State Delegation for these latest awards and their continued support as we work to further grow our city, improve our economy and position Yonkers as the best city in which to live, work and play,” Spano said.

With $1 Billion in Development, GenY Campaign Kicks-Off Round 2

So how much is being invested in Yonkers at the moment?

One billion … Yup, with a B.

There’s more than $1 billion in commercial and residential development going on in Yonkers at the moment. A few hundred million here, a few hundred million there, and viola … you’ve got yourself major movement in the city.

Mayor Mike Spano made the proclamation this week when he and other business leaders announced the second iteration of the very successful Generation Yonkers campaign – one that shows that Yonkers is the next urban frontier, a happening place to live, work and play.
The campaign, created by Thompson & Bender, captures the excitement and energy that’s going on in Yonkers. Granted, I’m a little biased (I’m a Yonkers native and work at T&B), but after living in these parts for decades, I can tell you that Long Island City, Hoboken and Jersey City got nothing on us. And we’re actually closer to some parts of Manhattan than Brooklyn — with or without an express train.

And we’re hip. The hippest town, in fact, in the Lower Hudson Valley, as voted by the readers of LoHud.com.

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what others are saying:

“Yonkers is on the cusp of becoming the next Hoboken or Williamsburg. It’s got everything young people are looking for,” says Joe Cotter, President, iPark, whose company is transforming a building in his iPark complex in Yonkers into 100 micro-unit, loft-style apartments targeted to Millennials.

“People are rushing to Yonkers now. They’re discovering what I’ve known for a lifetime,” says Peter Kelly, renowned chef and owner of X2O Xaviars on the Hudson who was born and raised in Yonkers.

Still not sold? Check out these numbers; they tell the story of a city that has real economic development chops.

$1 Billion of Economic Development in Yonkers

Larkin Plaza | $200 Million

Located just steps away from the Yonkers Metro North station and directly across from the award-winning daylighted Saw Mill River Park, RXR Realty & Rising Development will build 25-story and 17-story residential unit towers and 40,000-square-feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space.

Teutonia Buena Vista | $149 Million

Located at the site of the former Teutonia Hall, an 18th Century German Opera Hall in Downtown Yonkers, Metro Partners, whose other Yonkers projects include the successful 66 Main and Trolley Barn developments, will build a 360-unit, 24-story residential tower on Buena Vista Avenue.

Fed Ex | $121 Million

Fed Ex is relocating from the Bronx to Yonkers. Demolition of existing buildings is currently underway to make way for a 123,000-square-foot regional distribution center on Tuckahoe Road, providing the company with easy access to Yonkers’ network of highways which include I-87, Sprain Brook Parkway, Saw Mill River Parkway and Cross County Parkway.

Palisades Point | $115 Million

Located on Yonkers’ beautiful Hudson River waterfront, the Palisades Point development will add nearly 600,000-square-feet of residential space to the downtown. The 6-story, 324-unit buildings will directly connect residents to Yonkers’ river esplanade, parks and restaurants.

River Tides | $100 Million

One of the largest residential developments currently under construction in Yonkers in recent years, Ginsburg Development Companies’ (GDC) River Tides is a 330-unit luxury rental complex located just a short walk from the Greyston Metro North Station. The 10-story building features a mix of studio through 3-bedroom units.

Hudson River Park Club | $85 Million

The third and final phase of Collins Enterprises’ successful Hudson Park residential complex, Hudson River Park Club is a new 230,000-square-foot, 16-story downtown waterfront residential building with one- and two-story rental units.

The Boyce Thompson Center | $35 Million

Simone Development is transforming the long-abandoned Boyce Thompson Institute on North Broadway across the street from Alder Manor and the Lenoir Preserve into a modern 85,000-square-foot mixed-use complex of offices, medical space and retail. Before even breaking ground, Simone leased 15,000 square feet to St. John’s Riverside Hospital.

Cintas | $25 Million

Uniform-cleaning & maintenance company Cintas will build its regional operations center in South Westchester Executive Park. The 60,000-square-foot facility will be the base of service operations for the company’s metro area customers, relocating 160 jobs to North Yonkers.

UNO Micro Units at i.Park | $15 Million

Located in the former Otis Elevator complex in downtown Yonkers, the UNO project by National Resources Development will transform the existing structure into loft-style rentals and add an additional four stories to the building. Units will feature ceilings ranging from 14 to 20 feet, oversized industrial windows and open floor plans.

Other Projects | $216.25 Million

• 188 Warburton | $29 Million
• Adira Rehab at St. John’s Riverside Hospital | $26 Million
• Courtyard by Marriott at South Westchester Executive Park | $24 Million
• Grant Park II | $22 Million
• Met Lofts Luxury Condominiums on Palmer Road | $21 Million
• Hilton Hampton Inn on Tuckahoe Road | $20 Million
• GDC’s 55-Unit Residential Building on Warburton Avenue | $18 Million
• 470 Nepperhan Ave | $13.50 Million
• i.FLY Indoor Skydiving at Ridge Hill | $10 Million
• OZ Moving | $10.5 Million
• Alder Manor | $8.5 Million
• 179 Saw Mill River Road | $7.25 Million
• Fast Linen | $4 Million
• Leggiadro | $2.5 Million

Join the excitement. #GenerationYonkers. Be Part of it.

Outdoor Summer Film Series in Yonkers

 

Generation Yonkers is thrilled to support an exciting, new summer entertainment option that solidifies Yonkers’ spot as “The Hippest Town in the Lower Hudson Valley” by combining three of our favorite things to savor in summer—film, food and the great outdoors.

 

In August, Yonkers welcomes Rooftop Films Summer Series at Ridge Hill where residents can enjoy the best of the last days of summer with special screenings of top independent films at Ridge Hill’s outdoor theater overlooking Sprain Ridge Park. Rooftop Films, based on Brooklyn, NY, is a film company dedicated to bringing sophisticated, urban and suburban crowds together for unique and memorable events that inspire an appreciation of independent films.

 

Come out at 7pm to enjoy a full evening of festivities, including music, entertainment and special food and brew tastings from top Ridge Hill restaurants and Yonkers Brewing Company. Then settle in and enjoy two acclaimed movies on the big screen.

 

On Wednesday, August 19th, Rooftop Films will present a screening of the 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

 

On Thursday, August 27th, come out to enjoy the critically-acclaimed Whiplash, starring Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in a film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.

 

Food, music and entertainment begin at 7pm. Films begin at sunset.

Location: 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers, NY (parking lot behind Dick’s Sporting Goods)

 

For more information, go to www.RidgeHill.com.