Previously a major trading center and a small farm town of sawmills, blacksmith shops, taverns, and general stores, Yonkers has always been at the forefront of innovation. The inspiring views of the Palisades and the impressive Hudson River have been home to inventors like Elisha Otis who invented the safety elevator in Yonkers in 1854. Presently, Yonkers has continued its long tradition of innovation by approving the Yonkers Green City Initiative, a city-wide energy plan that prioritizes sustainable practices.
There’s always something to do in Yonkers from walking along the waterfront, to golf courses and pools, to many parks, to shopping and entertainment venues. A key highlight of the entertainment scene is the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. The downtown area features many upscale restaurants, a beautifully renovated library, and new condominiums. There is the relatively new and upscale shopping mall called Ridge Hill Shopping Plaza with many restaurants, boutiques and large anchor stores. In addition to the downtown area, Yonkers boasts many quiet residential communities such as Lawrence Park, Cedar Knolls, Park Hill, Beech Hill, Dunwoodie, Colonial Hights, Ludlow Park and Van Cortlandt Crest near Riverdale all characterized by different styles of home. In addition, Sarah Lawrence College is a thriving academic institution located within minutes of Bronxville.