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Neighborhoods & Homes

Yonkers is a city of distinct neighborhoods with varying flavors, architecture, passions, cultures, living styles, and more than a touch of small-town charm.

The following residential communities are found in Yonkers and are easily accessible via public transportation:
Armor Villa Park, Beech Hill, Bronx Halls, Bronxville Heights, Bryn Mawr, Caryl, Cecil Crest, Cedar Knolls, Colonial Heights, Crestwood, Dunwoodie, Edgemont, Empire Park, Fleetwood, Gramatan Hills, Grandview Park, Glenwood, Grassy Sprain Heights, Greystone, Gunther Park Hearthstone, Homecrest, Homefield, Homewood, Kinross Heights, Lawrence Park West, Lincoln Heights, Lincoln Park, Lowerre, Ludlow, McLean Heights, Mohegan Park, Moquette Park, Morsemere, Nepera Park, Nepperhan Heights, Nodine Hill, Park Hill, Runyon Heights, Sherwood Park, Strathmore, Wakefield Park, Westchester Hills, Woodstock Park.

For more complete information contact the City of Yonkers Department of Planning and Development at 914-377-6554 or any residential real estate broker listed in the Member Directory.

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Houses of Worship

There are 67 churches in Yonkers; of these, 20 are Roman Catholic, 43 are Protestant, three are Eastern Orthodox and one is Greek Orthodox. Yonkers is also home to seven synagogues and numerous other houses of worship serving a wide array of religious beliefs.

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Shopping

There are five principal retail shopping areas in Yonkers: Central Park Avenue, Cross County Shopping Center - the country's first shopping mall with over 100 stores, anchored by Macy's and Sears, Cross County Square - an enclosed mall with numerous stores, Getty Square and South Broadway. Additional major shopping areas are located along Ashburton Avenue, McLean Avenue, Tuckahoe Road and Yonkers Avenue. Additionally, there are many convenient neighborhood shopping areas scattered throughout Yonkers, including Roberts Avenue, Palisade Avenue, Lockwood Avenue, Saw Mill River Road, Odell and Nepperhan Avenues.

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Transportation

Vehicular - The New York State Thruway (Route 87, Major Deegan Expressway) runs north-south directly through Yonkers and functions as the primary artery for commercial vehicular traffic. Immediately adjacent to the industrial valley, the NYS Thruway provides easy access to New York City, New Jersey via the George Washington and Tappan Zee Bridges, as well as to upper Westchester County and New York State. Arterials lead from the Thruway to the Yonkers waterfront, a rapidly developing and expanding industrial center of the city. For passenger traffic, Yonkers is at the virtual center of a comprehensive parkway system extending in all directions.

Bus - Yonkers is served by a bus system of approximately 80 route miles - including the city's main retail areas and railroad stations - that carries more than 7,500 passengers per day. Bus service also connects with subway, bus and airport service in New York City. For more information visit the Bee-Line site.

Rail - The rail system in Yonkers consists of two major rights-of-way running the entire length of the City in a north-south direction. On the west side of the city, the rail line is used for freight transportation by river front industries and by Conrail commuter trains to and from NYC; Conrail also provides similar service on the city's east side line. There is a total of eleven railroad stations in Yonkers and the ride to New York's Grand Central Station averages approximately a 28 minutes. For more information visit the Metro North site.

Air - The three major regional airports - Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark - may be reached from Yonkers within a half hour. Westchester County Airport, approximately twenty minutes north of Yonkers, provides scheduled service along the eastern corridor and provides services to private and corporate aircraft.

Water - With miles of Hudson River waterfront, Yonkers can accommodate ocean-going ships at several locations. The Hudson River runs along the entire western border of the city, providing excellent freight transportation access for area industries.

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Climate

According to Weather Bureau figures, the average temperature in January is 30 degrees and 74 degrees in July, with a prevalent northwest wind. The mean annual rainfall is 47 inches, which helps Yonkers to maintain its abundant area trees and parks.

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