Moving to the suburbs after growing out of a New York City apartment is not a new phenomenon. But after many New Yorkers spent the early days of the coronavirus pandemic cooped up inside small spaces, trading in city life for country living has become more attractive than ever. Westchester County continues to draw new residents with its affordable and spacious homes, access to nature, proximity to Manhattan, and abundant public transit options. But with six cities, 19 towns, and 20 villages, choosing where to live in Westchester can be daunting. Whether you’re looking for walkable urban areas with a reputable school system, artsy towns with waterfront access, or rural villages with more horses than people, there’s a home for you in this diverse county.
Photo via Jessica Norman for the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy
Spend just over an hour on Metro North’s Hudson line and reach the renowned Untermyer Gardens, a 43-acre historic park in Yonkers that features a Persian Paradise garden, a small amphitheater, a classical pavilion, the “Temple of Love,” and a “Vista” staircase. The park was first developed in the early 20th century by philanthropist, Samuel Untermyer, who purchased the estate in 1899. For 40 years until his death, Untermyer transformed the sprawling greenery into the some of the most acclaimed gardens in the United States, known today as “America’s Greatest Forgotten Garden.”
For nine decades the brick walls at 24-26 Alexander Street in Yonkers were known more for its portfolio of inmates than as a museum-like structure. But soon the classic two-story building will be liberated from its former life as a prison to house a collection of a very different kind.
As part of a concentrated effort by the City of Yonkers to continue the transformation of the area all along the Husdon River, Mayor Mike Spano was more than a little excited when art collector and dealer, Daniel Wolf, and his wife, the renowned artist and architect Maya Lin, expressed interest in the property.