Yonkers is a city in Westchester County, New York. It is the fourth most populous city in New York. Currently, it has a very diverse population, with many ethnic groups calling Yonkers home. Due to the large number of Irish-Americans, the city hosts one of the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parades.
Italian-Americans also have a prominent community in Yonkers. The city's Columbus Day celebrations holds a Miss Italian-American pageant. Slavic people also constitute a large part of the city's population. Immigrants from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and Czechoslovakia are residents of Yonkers. Many Russian Orthodox and Ukrainian churches can be found throughout the city. Broadway musicals "Hello Dolly!" and "Lost in Yonkers" take place in Yonkers' Jewish community. Through the years, Yonkers produced a number of famous residents: Billy Burch first American NHL player was from here. Mary J. Blige and rap trio the LOX were also born in Yonkers. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and John Voigt are from here as well.
One of the city's most popular attractions is the Yonkers Raceway. Recently, the racetrack was renovated, and slot machine gambling was added. Central Park Avenue is a major shopping district. Another visitor favorite is the Science Barge. This museum is located on a barge docked at North River Pier 84, and was the subject of Dan Rather Reports. The museum grows crops in a hydroponic greenhouse powered by solar power, wind turbines, and biofuels.
During the beginning of the 20th century, Yonkers saw a large economic growth. Otis Elevator Company was founded here. The Colt Runabout Company built brass-era automobiles, and Waring Hat Company was the nation's largest hat manufacturer. Scottish immigrant John Reid founded the first gold course in the United States: St. Andrew's Golf Club. Although most companies have since closed, the buildings remain open as museums.
Today, Yonkers is growing economically due to a number of renovations. Luxury housing complexes line the streets along the Hudson River. Peter Kelley's fine dining restaurant X20 is located at the renovated pier. More projects are lined up to further enhance visitation and tourism in Yonkers. A three billion dollar revitalization project is in the works, one of the largest in the New York Metropolitan Area.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan