MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO PAINT CEREMONIAL LINE FOR 91ST ANNUAL YONKERS COLUMBUS DAY PARADE

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will kick-off festivities for the Yonkers Columbus Day Parade by painting the ceremonial line on Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00AM, at the corner of Midland Avenue and Mile Square Road in the City of Yonkers. 

The Parade’s Grand Marshalls, Columbus Day Parade Committee and local elected officials will be present for the ceremony.

                                                                                     ***Interviews & Photo Opps***

Who:        Mayor Mike Spano

                    Columbus Day Parade Committee

                    Yonkers City Council

What:       Yonkers Columbus Day Parade Line Painting

 

Where:     Corner of Midland Avenue & Mile Square Road
Yonkers, NY

When:      Wednesday, September 26th
11:00 AM

Mayor Spano and Climate Mayors Partner in Launch of Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

Partnership Will Help Rapidly Electrify Municipal Fleets, Reduce Emissions and Save Money

Yonkers, NY – September 13, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and member of Climate Mayors today announced a partnership with 19 other founding US cities in launching the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative —a turnkey, one-stop online portal providing municipalities across the country equal access to competitively bid electric vehicles and accompanying charging infrastructure.

To mark the start of the Collaborative, the 20 founding cities and two counties have publicly committed to the purchase of 391 EVs — a figure that is expected to grow as the program continues to engage cities across the country.

“The City of Yonkers is proud to be part of a coalition of cities across America committed to vehicle electrification and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Spano. “The Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative will help accelerate the conversion of municipal vehicle fleets from gas to electric and demonstrates how cities can work together in taking meaningful action on climate change.”  

Transportation is the largest and fastest-growing source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The new portal is an unprecedented cooperation of cities across the country to leverage their collective buying power and accelerate the conversion of municipal fleets to electric—sending a powerful signal to the global car market and helping America maintain its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

The platform was developed in partnership with the Electrification Coalition (EC), a nonprofit working to accelerate the mass adoption of EVs to reduce U.S. oil dependence. It will centralize expert resources and information — giving cities a roadmap for a more efficient and rapid conversion of city fleets and charging infrastructure. 

In addition to the City of Yonkers, Founding Cities include Aspen, Austin, Berkeley, Burlington, Chula Vista, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Fayetteville, Houston, Jersey City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, Santa Monica and Washington, DC

The EC and Climate Mayors are also working in coordination with the America’s Pledge initiative, an effort to bring the private and public sectors together to ensure the U.S. delivers on the country’s ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Fulfilling America’s Pledge,” the second bottom-up U.S. climate report, is being formally released at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco today.

For more information on the Collaborative, visit www.DriveEVfleets.org.

About Climate Mayors: Climate Mayors, founded in 2014 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, is a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of 409 U.S. Mayors representing 70 million Americans from 47 states committed to adopting, honoring, and upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate Mayors are working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, and to express and build political will for effective federal and global policy. For more information, visit www.ClimateMayors.org.

About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition (EC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that reduce America’s dependence on oil by facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. The members of the Electrification Coalition are leaders of companies representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation system.  For more information, visit www.ElectrificationCoalition.org.

MAYOR MIKE SPANO & CITY OF YONKERS TO COMMEMORATE 9/11 AT TWO REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th

At Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial at 8:30AM;

At Conor Park’s 9/11 Monument at 7:00PM

Mayor Mike Spano will be joined by elected officials and members of the Yonkers community at two events on Tuesday, September 11th to remember and honor the 26 Yonkers residents who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. 

The City’s remembrance ceremonies will take place at the Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial (Water Grant St.) at 8:30AM and at Conor Park at 7PM, where the City dedicated a monument derived from a 38-foot, 4,000 lb. piece of World Trade Center steel.

***Interviews & Photo Opps***

Who:                    Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                               Yonkers City Council

                               Families of the September 11 Victims

                               Yonkers Police Department

                               Yonkers Fire Department

                               Yonkers Community & Residents

What:                  City of Yonkers 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies

Where & When:   9/ 11 Memorial – Water Grant Street – Waterfront     

                                   Tuesday, September 11 at 8:30AM

                                   &

                                   9/11 Monument – Conor Park – McLean Ave & Central Ave

                                   Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00PM

MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO DISTRIBUTE OVER 400 BACKPACKS TO THOMAS CORNELL ACADEMY STUDENTS AT 7th ANNUAL “BACKPACK TO SCHOOL” DRIVE

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, Board of Education Trustees, parents, students and staff of Thomas Cornell Academy in Yonkers for the 7th Annual “Backpack to School Drive” Wednesday, August 29th at 1:00 PM at Thomas Cornell Academy’s St. Mary’s Hall, at 15 St. Mary’s Street, in Yonkers, NY. 

The Mayor will distribute backpacks and school supplies received through the “Backpack to School Drive” to the students and families in attendance.  Backpacks and School Supplies were donated by sponsors Empire City Casino, Heavenly Productions Foundation, Sears, Elite Investigations LTD, Rock & Rod’s Collector Car Club, Castle Royale and Yonkers residents.

***Interviews and Photo Opps** 

Who:           Mayor Mike Spano

                       Yonkers City Council

                       School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada

                       Yonkers Board of Education Trustees

                       Thomas Cornell Academy Principal Dr. Edward Beglane   

                       Thomas Cornell Academy Families & Students

                       Event Sponsors

What:          “Backpack to School” Drive Press Conference & Distribution

Where:       Cornell Academy’s St. Mary’s Hall (adjacent to school entrance) 

                       15 St. Mary’s Street, Yonkers

When:        Wednesday, August 29

                       1:00 PM

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.

MAYOR MIKE SPANO LAUNCHES 7th ANNUAL YONKERS “BACKPACK TO SCHOOL” SUPPLY DONATION DRIVE

Residents & Businesses Encouraged To Donate Backpacks & School Supplies For Students In Need At Drop-Off Locations Across The City

YONKERS, NY – August 2, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the launch of the City’s annual “Backpack to School” school supply donation drive. The 7th annual donation drive provides backpacks and school supplies to Yonkers Public School students most in need. This year’s drive is in partnership with sponsors Heavenly Productions, Empire City Casino and Sears. Items donated will be provided to the students of Thomas Cornell Academy in Yonkers.

“Back to school supplies are very expensive and can be a huge financial burden for working families, especially those who have more than one child in school,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I encourage the entire community to join our Backpack to School Drive and lend a helping hand to those students most in need.”

“Our families do their best to provide new backpacks and school supplies for their children. And for many of our families that can be difficult,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada. “The Mayor’s annual drive energizes an entire school community who are so appreciative for the extra help. The exhilaration on the students’ faces when they receive the backpacks is wonderful.”

Beginning today, backpacks and school supply donations may be made at Backpack to School drop-off locations, including Yonkers City Hall, Robert W. Cacace Justice Center, 87 Nepperhan Government Building, Yonkers Riverfront Library, Grinton I. Will Library, Crestwood Library and each of the City’s four Police Precincts. Suggested supply packages for donation include new backpacks filled with the following school supplies:

· Crayons
· Colored pencils
· Washable markers
· Glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
· Rulers
· Pink erasers
· #2 pencils
· Pencil Sharpeners
· Loose leaf paper
· Composition Books
· Pencil pouches
· Pocket folders
· Hand sanitizer
· Tissue Packets

According to the National Retail Federation, the national average spent on back to school supplies is $29.5 Billion. Parent spend hundreds of dollars on back to school items, including school supplies, clothing, shoes and electronics totaling to more than $600 per child.

The Backpack to School Drive will run through August 22nd. For more information about the program, please contact the City of Yonkers Public Information Office at 914-377-6300 or visit www.yonkersny.gov/backpack.

Yonkers Residents Have Saved Nearly $1 Million Dollars in Repair Costs in One Year with American Water Resources

Voorhees, N.J. (July 18, 2018)– American Water Resources and the City of Yonkers, N.Y., are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their partnership to provide optional water and sewer line protection services for area homeowners. In the past year, American Water Resources programs have saved Yonkers residents nearly 1 million dollars in repair costs. 

“American Water Resources was phenomenal – the representatives had great customer service skills, and I am very happy to have signed up,” said Geisa Cabrera, a Yonkers resident who experienced backup inside her home.

The city of Yonkers selected American Water Resources as a partner in 2017 to provide educational information on residents’ responsibilities for the water and sewer lines on their property. The partnership gives Yonkers homeowners the option to enroll in one of American Water Resources’ affordable protection programs for their water and sewer service lines, providing peace of mind for residents with service line issues that may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance plans or standard home warranties. 

“We are proud to mark the milestone of the one-year anniversary of our partnership with American Water Resources and are excited about the savings our homeowners received. Looking forward to continuing the efforts of further protecting our residents,” said Mayor of Yonkers, Mike Spano.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help protect Yonkers homeowners from the financial burden and anxiety caused by costly, unexpected home repairs,” said Eric Palm, president of American Water Resources.

Program enrollees receive support on their claims from American Water Resources’ established network of local contractors, and 24-hour support via a toll-free hotline and a one-year warranty on all covered repairs with no forms to submit and no deductibles.

About American Water Resources

American Water Resources offers service line protection programs to homeowners in 43 states and Washington, D.C., and currently services more than 1.8 million contracts. The company has been providing protection programs for more than 16 years. More than 9 out of 10 customers are satisfied and the company holds an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau. American Water Resources also provides its Protection Programs to homeowners through municipal partnerships with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Orlando Utilities Commission, Nashville Metro Water Services and others.

American Water Resources is part of American Water Enterprises, a market-based subsidiary of American Water. For more information, visit the American Water Resources website at AWRUSA.com.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com.

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN ANTICIPATION OF WEEKEND HEAT WAVE

YONKERS, NY – June 29, 2018 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today the City of Yonkers will again designate several locations around the city as Cooling Centers during this weekend’s forecasted heat wave as temperatures may reach 90+ degrees combined with high levels of humidity.

“As we enter the first heat wave of the summer, this weekend we will 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 Mayor has released the following list of locations that will be open as Cooling Centers during specified hours for all residents:

 

Nepperhan Community Center

342 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701

Saturda  & Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm

Yonkers YMCA

17 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701

Saturday 5:30am-3:00pm

Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm

Yonkers Riverfront Library

One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY 10701
Friday & Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Grinton I. Will Library

1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710

Friday & Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Crestwood Library

16 Thompson Street, Yonkers, NY 10707

Friday & Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

 

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.

Young professionals in Yonkers: How the city’s redevelopment plan targets millennials

JUNE 28, 2018

BY 

Photo via Dennis Fraevich’s Flickr

Located on the Hudson River adjacent to New York City’s northern border, Yonkers is the third-largest city in the state with nearly 200,000 residents. And with five major highways, two commuter train lines that are just a 28-minute trip to Grand Central, and the highest number of bus lines in Westchester County, it’s no surprise that many are going bonkers for Yonkers.

Phillip Gesue, chief officer of development at Strategic Capital, the developer of the Hudson Park residential project, told 6sqft that Yonkers is in transition. “Unlike Manhattan, which is, perhaps, over-baked, Yonkers is an affordable place to live and play,” Gesue said. “It has people who have been living here a long time and new transplants who largely want to work in New York City. There is a growing population, development momentum and job growth.” Ahead, find out how officials are working to attract millennials, get a breakdown of all Yonkers’ new developments, and learn why there’s a lot more to do here than you might think.

Hudson River Park

Yonkers has 4.5 miles of Hudson River waterfront. It has high- and low-rise housing, parks, marinas, fine restaurants and endless views of the Palisades. Westchester’s largest corporate park is in Yonkers, in addition to numerous retail and office locations. Yonkers also houses two major shopping malls, a central shopping corridor that runs the length of the town and the second largest casino and racetrack in the state.

Daylighting

Yonkers Daylighting

Yonkers Daylighting
Photos courtesy of City of Yonkers 

One of the most recent and exciting developments in the city is the massive “Daylighting” project. Daylighting is the practice of uncovering previously built-over rivers, a once common practice that many cities around the world and many cities are now reversing.

Cities developed around rivers for ease of transportation of people and commerce. As cities grow and need for space increases, rivers and streams get built over. Yonkers had many surface lots built over the Saw Mill River that was buried for nearly a century under downtown Yonkers. Now, thanks to a $19 million public works project nearing completion (it’s finishing phase three of a four-phase project), the Saw Mill River is now flowing through downtown with beautiful promenades alongside it.  Officials estimate the project will create 950 permanent jobs within five to 10 years.

And not only does uncovering this natural resource stimulates the economy, it also stimulates the creation of a natural habitat for migratory fish passage focusing on American eel, white perch, and herring that will then migrate into the open ponds. There is also an abundance of native vegetation that attracts insects and encourages food chains to sustain the aquatic life and, at the same time, maintains the water temperatures conducive to the life in the ponds.

There are a lot of happy residents, visitors and aquatic life in Yonkers.

Residential Development 

Hudson River Park Club
Photos courtesy of City of Yonkers: Hudson River Park Club

After recovering from the 2008 recession, there has been a flurry of building activity as Manhattan real estate heated up and Yonkers benefitted from people, mostly millennials and empty nesters, looking for better values. Many regional and national developers have also headed to Yonkers and are building luxury residences packed with amenities to make the 28-minute commute to Midtown seem inconsequential.

Wilson Kimball, the Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development, says Yonkers recent successes are all thanks to Mayor Mike Spano. In addition to his greenlighting the highly successful Generation Yonkers media campaign, his “concierge service” for development has been very well received.

Kimball says, “We don’t mind meeting with people on the front end to save on the back end. We will schedule for all the city officials to meet with developers, architects and engineers to streamline the process.” Kimball explains that rather than wait for issues to arise in the building process, city officials meet with the development teams, figure out what may be an issue and circumvent the problem by planning ahead.

Yonkers is actively targeting the millennial and empty nester populations from Manhattan and the surrounding area. Their dedicated efforts are paying off.

Hudson Park

Hudson Park Yonkers

Hudson Park Yonkers

Hudson Park Yonkers
Photos courtesy of Hudson Park

Hudson Park is a massive 16-acre development along the waterfront of Downtown Yonkers, which already has three existing buildings currently being updated and renovated by Strategic Capital, as well as a new fourth tower. Located in a resort-like setting, the apartments at Hudson Park boast spectacular views of New Jersey’s Palisades and the Hudson River.

The apartments include energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances, nine to 10-foot ceilings, wood-style flooring and tiled kitchen and bath, ensuite washer/dryer and walk-in closets and naturally lighted baths. Because of the scale of the development, there are a huge amount of amenities which include, multiple fitness centers, yoga and aerobics classrooms, an anaerobic workout room for spin, a conference facility, a co-working space, a resident lounge, a resident dining area, a rooftop lounge, an indoor lap pool with a 22-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Palisades, onsite retail, a concierge service, fully staffed buildings.

Located on the waterfront, there are tons of green spaces, waterfront walkways, fountains and pedestrian bridges right out the front door. According to Gesue, Hudson Park “is going to set a new standard of luxury for Yonkers.”

Larkin Plaza 
Situated one block away from the Metro North, and directly across from the recently daylighted Saw Mill River, the RXR Realty four-building development includes a 25-story building, a 17-story building and two smaller two and three-story buildings. The Larkin Plaza development has a whopping 442 new residential units with 35,000 square feet of new restaurants and shops just a block from the City’s train station and fronting the newly-created Van Der Donck Park. Many of the apartments have views of the park, the Hudson River and the Palisades.

The buildings include a landscaped roof terrace with outdoor seating, an attended lobby and concierge services, a resident lounge with media center and billiards, a resident business center with Wi-Fi, on-site restaurants and retail along the park and on Main Street, and attached and covered attended parking garage with a private resident entrance.

Modera Hudson Riverfront Park

Modera Mill Creek
Photos courtesy of City of Yonkers 

Modera is a 24-story luxury apartment building offering studio to three bedrooms, with an average size of 950 square feet. Set on a 3.7-acre property, the building’s modern design and amenities integrate with the riverfront landscape. Modera Hudson Riverfront strives to balance relaxation and convenience. Building amenities include a clubroom, outdoor courtyard, sky lounge with a golf simulator, an outdoor pool.

66 Main

66 Main boasts spacious studio to two bedrooms with state-of-the-art kitchens and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the spectacular Hudson River, New Jersey Palisades, and Manhattan views. Apartments have features like hardwood floors, washers and dryers, and walk-in closets. The building amenities include a basketball court, a rooftop club room and outdoor terraces, a media room with a 60” plasma TV, 24-hour security and concierge and in-building covered garage parking.

UNO

UNO YonkersUNO

UNO is a conversion of the classic Otis Elevator Building into a combination of 50 Statesman Lofts and 50 Micro Flats. These Soho-esque industrial chic residences have 16-foot ceilings, oversized windows and cutting-edge apartment technology. Amenities include a rooftop deck, an outdoor patio, a community room and a co-working space. There is also free high-speed WiFi in every apartment, space-saving Murphy beds, a community room and bike storage.

Things to do

Yonkers Brewing Company


Photo via Yonkers Brewing

Yonkers Brewing Co. is the creation of two Yonkers’ natives John Rubbo and Nick Califano who really love beer. Located in downtown Yonkers, Rubbo and Califano wanted the brewery environment and culture to reflect how they see their hometown and be a place where the community can come together and enjoy a lively environment.

Xaviar’s X20


Photo via Dennis Fraevich’s Flickr

A stunning, glass-enclosed restaurant on a pier has globally influenced American fare with stunning Hudson river views. The menu at X20 offers a variety of surf and turf, like lobster, scallops and steak. A creation of restaurateur and chef Peter X. Kelly, whose Hudson Valley restaurants reign in suburbia, this restaurant really stands out for its location and architectural beauty as well as being super convenient to the commuter ferry dock.

Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club

Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club
Photos courtesy of the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club

The Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit that rents equipment, leads tours, organizes event and educates. Their mission is to “encourage the growth of, and participation in, rowing and paddling sports.” In doing so, they educate and inform the public about the Hudson River’s present and future.

Hudson River Museum

Hudson River Museum Yonkers
Hudson River Museum exterior courtesy of HRM 

The Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural complex which also has a planetarium. The museum hosts exhibitions, teaching initiatives, research, collecting, preservation and conservation. Their goal is “to enhance people’s understanding of the art, history and science of our region. We support our communities and provide a museum window on the world at large. We serve our visitors well, so that they develop a sense of pride, allegiance and ownership— this is my Museum.” One current exhibit is “riverthatflowsbothways,” which is a four-channel video installation by artist Ellen Kozak and composer Scott D. Miller. Kozak and Miller’s unique collaboration blends three video channels with a single audio channel using non-synchronous loops that present viewers with ever-changing compositional combinations.

Empire City Casino

Empire City Casino slot machines
Photos courtesy of Empire City Casino

Billed as “Manhattan’s closest casino,” the Empire City Casino started as the Yonkers Raceway in 1899, originally called the Empire City Trotting Club. Seabiscuit was one of the many famous thoroughbreds that graced this track. In 1972, the Rooney Family acquired the Yonkers Raceway in 1972 and has maintained live harness racing for over 35 years. The casino boasts over 5,000 of the “hottest machines” available and the half-mile harness race track allows betting in person and online. Empire City Casino employs a significant number of women in executive and leadership roles throughout many departments on their 100-acre facility. And there are a ton of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina.

The Science Barge

Science Barge Yonkers
Donna Davis

Docked in downtown Yonkers just north of the Yonkers Pier, the Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley. Winner of the Omega Institute’s Leadership in Sustainable Education Award in 2014, Groundwork uses its place-based approach to promote science, technology, engineering, and math skills, also known as STEM education. Through experiential classrooms, they make STEM concepts tangible and relevant to thousands of students each year.

The Science Barge is an off-the-grid education center/greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River. It grows fresh produce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.” It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York.

Untermyer Gardens

untermyer garden, yonkers, untermyer park

Yonkers is also home to the Untermyer Gardens, a 43-acre park considered to be one of the finest Persian gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Notable features include an amphitheater, a pavilion, the “Temple of Love,” and a “Vista” staircase. During its season that begins in April and ends at the end of October, the stunning garden offers events, including live dance, theatre and music events.