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Monday, December 05, 2005

Southwest Yonkers

Yonkers bordering the New York City borough of the Bronx and just 2 miles (3 km) north of Manhattan at the closest point of each, is the fourth largest city in the U.S. state of New York (behind Rochester), with a population of 196,086 (according to the 2000 census). A July 1, 2002 estimate showed the city's population to be 197,234; the population dropped down to 197,126 according to the 2004 estimate, perhaps due to sluggish economic growth and high costs of living. It is by far the largest city in Westchester County. Younger residents have termed the city "the sixth borough" as well as "the backyard of The Bronx", referring to Yonkers' location on the New York City border resulting in a somewhat urban character not commonly associated with suburbia.

Southwestern Yonkers: This inner-city part of Yonkers is commonly regarded as dirty, poor, and crime-ridden, southwestern Yonkers is the area predominantly responsible for the Yonkers' somewhat negative reputation. Relatively speaking, this area is not actually as dangerous nor as impoverished as many believe. While main drags like South Broadway are certainly less than upscale, there are residential neighborhoods right off South Broadway which feature residential streets of million-dollar plus, turn of the century mansions, much like in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. However, blighted sections do exist as well, especially around Getty Square (Broadway & Main Street, also called "Ghetto Square" by some residents), which serves the focal point of downtown Yonkers. Just recently many new multi million dollar luxury apartment buildings were being built along the Hudson. A new monument park, the renovation of the only Victorian age pier, a new library, and many new projects to revitalize downtown Yonkers. Unlike the east side of Yonkers, this area is predominantly black and Hispanic demographically.


At 12:11 AM, Anonymous eskay said...

Southwest Yonkers, headquarters of, and Home of the Brave.


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