Discover the rich history of Yonkers as local Joan Jennings walks through the city's neighborhoods, landmarks, and notable characters who called the city home.
A study in contrasts, Yonkers, a sprawling city 20 miles north of midtown Manhattan, traces its roots to early Dutch settlers. Yonkers has a history of retail, boasting one of the first shopping malls in the United States, but prides itself on its backbone of mom-and-pop businesses. Seabiscuit, the legendary racehorse, once stood in the winner's circle at Yonkers Raceway. The city has 38 distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character and identity. Yonkers was home to some of the 19th century's wealthiest industrialists and inventors whose innovations, such as the Otis safety elevator, Armstrong's FM radio, Harvey's elevated railroad, and Smith's carpet looms, shaped the world we know today. Currently, the city with a rough-and-tumble, blue-collar waterfront is undergoing dramatic revitalization.
Author: Joan Jennings, Luis Perelman
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 9.20h x 6.40w x 0.40d
About the Author
Jennings, Joan: - Joan Jennings was born and raised in the Nodine Hill section of Yonkers and is a third-generation resident. Jennings made the history of Yonkers her passion and is currently president of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, a nonprofit group of volunteers that supports programming at the Manor Hall. She is also on the board of the Yonkers Historical Society. A professional photographer, Joan contributed to Arcadia Publishing's Then & Now: Yonkers.