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been a hot spot for arts-related development: renowned designer Maya Lin and husband Daniel Wolf recently converted an outdated jail into a gallery and studios.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.

Mayor Mike Spano Unveils Launch of the Second Generation of the City’s Generation Yonkers Marketing Campaign

Mayor Spano Announces Major Milestone for Yonkers: Over $1 Billion in Development Under Way in the City!

YONKERS, NY (October 5, 2015) – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today unveiled the second generation of the Generation Yonkers marketing campaign, a groundbreaking economic development initiative designed to position Yonkers as the next great urban frontier to live, work and play.

The new campaign, which was developed by the Westchester-based advertising agency Thompson & Bender, features testimonials from prominent business leaders whose companies have recently moved to Yonkers, opened new start-ups or expanded their operations in the City. The campaign kicked off today with ads running for 10 weeks on Cablevision’s News 12 to be followed by a print and digital advertising campaign.

As confirmation of the success of the original Generation Yonkers campaign launched last year, Mayor Spano announced that Yonkers currently has more than $1 billion in commercial and residential projects under development.

“The development activity currently under way in Yonkers is unprecedented. The fact that the private sector is investing over a billion dollars in Yonkers undoubtedly demonstrates that our city is one of the most dynamic and exciting urban centers in the tri-state region. Clearly, the Generation Yonkers campaign is resonating with the business and real estate community. The second generation of the campaign launched today will further build on the tremendous success we’ve enjoyed over the past year,” said Mayor Spano at a news conference held today at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson restaurant. He was joined by many of the business leaders featured in the new campaign.

 

Here is what some of the business leaders featured in the new campaign are saying about Yonkers:

 

“The pro-business climate in Yonkers is remarkable. We’re thrilled to be part of the economic renaissance underway in Yonkers,” said Patricia Simone, President, Simone Management Group. Simone is building the Boyce Thompson Center, a $35 million mixed-use complex of office, medical and retail space on the site of the former Boyce Thompson Institute property in Yonkers. Even before breaking ground for the project in June, 15,000 square feet of space was already leased.

 

“Yonkers is on the cusp of becoming the next Hoboken or Williamsburg. It’s got everything young people are looking for,” said Joe Cotter, President, iPark. Cotter’s 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,” said Peter Kelly, renowned chef and owner of X2O Xaviars on the Hudson. Born and raised in Yonkers, Kelly has always envisioned Yonkers as a Gateway to the Hudson Valley. That vision has taken shape with his X2O waterfront restaurant where guests enjoy world-class cuisine and spectacular sunsets over the Palisades.

 

“There is a transformation going on in Yonkers that mirrors how we transform lives through education,” said Judith Huntington, President, The College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources. CNR recently opened its new School of New Resources campus on Ashburton Avenue. It is the first undergraduate degree program to be offered in downtown Yonkers.

 

“Yonkers has a warm community, big city feel with good restaurants and a great waterfront,” said Jairo Paredes. Operations Manager, Mindspark Interactive. In what was once an old factory building, Mindspark is now designing today’s latest digital applications for online audiences.  

 

“We’re happy to be in Yonkers and a big part of the city’s economy for the last 100 years,” said Kelly DeAngelo, Refinery Manager, American Sugar Refining. American Sugar Refining has more than 250 employees at its headquarters in downtown Yonkers. One third of their workforce comes directly from Yonkers, which offers a large and diverse labor pool and easy access to mass transit.

 

Other business leaders featured in the new campaign include: Valentina Stanislavskaia, Data Engineer, Mindspark Interactive; Sandia Trent, Business Intelligence Analyst, Mindspark Interactive; and Leo De La Cruz, Owner, Le One Fashions.

The first phase of the Generation Yonkers campaign, which was launched in April 2014, included print and digital advertising in local and regional media as well as extensive use of social media, search engine marketing and a new website, generationyonkers.com. The second phase of the campaign included television spots that ran on targeted channels. A dedicated CBS radio sponsorship was created specifically for the campaign, targeting business professionals and ran during the CBS opening bell report, gaining extensive exposure for Yonkers throughout the tri-state area.

 

Since the initial launch 18 months ago, the Generation Yonkers campaign has generated nearly 5 million print impressions; 2.5 million online impressions; 35.8 million radio impressions; 2.3 millions TV impressions and more than 40,000 visits to the website.

 

 

Media Contacts:

Christina Gilmartin
Communications Director, Office of the Mayor
City Hall: 914-377-6208
Cell: 914-512-4017
Christina.gilmartin@yonkersny.gov

 

Dean Bender
Thompson & Bender
(914) 762-1900
Dean@thompson-bender.com

 

 

 

 

$1 Billion of Economic Development in Yonkers

 

 

$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
  • 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

 

 

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.

Yonkers is Open for Business

DSC_0323More than two dozen commercial brokers from some of the region’s leading real estate firms on Wednesday joined Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano for a tour of some of the city’s most unique and interesting office spaces.

The trolley tour showcased renovated industrial space, lofts and modern buildings that are affordably priced and appealing to entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies targeting a growing workforce of Millennials. The tour included stops at iPark Lofts, Alexander Smith Carpet Mills, 66 and 86 Main Street, among several others.

It concluded with a reception at Peter Kelly’s Xaviars X2O on the Hudson where Mayor Spano highlighted Yonkers’ great assets, notably restaurants, new rental housing, spectacular views of the Hudson and quick and easy access to Manhattan.

“Whether it’s high-tech, biotech, the arts, healthcare or start-ups, we have incredible space available right here in Yonkers – at a fraction of the cost of New York City and elsewhere in the region,” said Mayor Spano. “Yonkers truly is the best-kept secret in the Metropolitan area and our office space is ideal for smart tenants looking for great space.”

The tour showcased office properties with high ceilings, original hardwood floors, spectacular Hudson River views and lots of potential. Many of these properties offer businesses a creative and appealing office environment that is affordable, accessible and modern, the mayor noted. As part of the tour, landlords, developers and representatives from Mindspark and ContraFect shared their reasons for choosing Yonkers and the city’s cooperative approach to working with businesses.

View a photo gallery of available spaces and check out pictures from the tour.

The trolley tour complements other exciting efforts recently launched by the Generation Yonkers campaign, notably a series of videos that take viewers on virtual tour of some of the unique buildings and loft spaces available throughout Yonkers. Called Space Invaders, the segments showcase many of the buildings highlighted on the tour.

 

Both the in-person tour and videos draw on Yonkers’ assets: It is just 25 minutes by train to Grand Central Terminal and is accessible to major highways, roadways and bridges, four major airports and public transportation. With its fabulous restaurants, entertainment, shopping and parks, the city is targeting a new generation of business leaders who are looking for quality space at an affordable price and appreciate the great quality of life that Yonkers has to offer. Also notable is that Yonkers was recently named the “Hippest Town” in the Hudson Valley by popular vote on The Journal News’ website LoHud.com.

The Generation Yonkers campaign, which was developed last year, builds on the momentum of many new businesses and exciting development happening throughout the and speaks to Millennials or Generation Y, loosely defined as those born between 1983 and the early 2000’s that represent the next big wave of the nation’s workforce.

Be part of Generation Yonkers. To learn more, call 1-844-GenY-Now, or visit GenerationYonkers.com.DSC_0314

Who needs SoHo when there’s SoYo?

Brooklyn, Chelsea, Hoboken and other happening hoods are on fire right now (and have been for years), however, Yonkers is giving them a run for their money. New York’s fourth largest city has come a long way in recent years and now it’s offering companies great ways to do business — at a quarter of the price that these hot metropolitan areas cost.

Where else can you get 10,000, 20,000 or potentially 1 million square feet of office space with water front views at a fraction of New York’s soaring real estate price tags?

Yonkers. New York’s other borough.

The buildings available in Westchester County’s hippest town give you more than just space; they come with history, flavor and grand architecture — high ceilings, vast windows and original hard wood floors. Some locations, notably 86 Main Street, have wide open space and waterfront views that include the majestic backdrop of the Palisades. A bonus is that it’s just a short walk to the newly opened Yonkers Brewery and all of its crafty splendors.

Catch a glimpse of this incredible layout in this GenerationYonkers program, Space Invaders, which provides a virtual first-hand look into the building:

Space Invaders | Episode 01: iPark Lofts

A few blocks away are the old Alexander Smith Carpet Mills (500 Nepperhan Ave.), buildings that are practically calling out to artists. It has up to 1 million sq. feet that are ready to be occupied by artists and the creative class. This loft space is ideal for gallery space as it comes with incredibly high 15 foot ceilings and windows that are hard to find this side of the 21st Century.

If you’re thinking of moving your company, look no further than Yonkers, the City of Gracious Living. It’s just 30 minutes from New York City at a pittance of what you’re going to pay in other hoods. How can any cost-conscious business owner pass up on such great offers that Yonkers has?

Brooklyn, Chelsea and Hoboken were much like Yonkers 20 and even 30 years ago. C’mon, be ahead of the curve. Be part of it.