Runyon Heights Fence

End of Moultrie Avenue, Yonkers At the northern end of Moultrie Avenue in the Runyon Heights neighborhood is a seemingly innocuous sight: a thin strip of land between two neighborhoods which effectively cuts them off from one another. For some years after Runyon Heights was first established, there was a fence at the end of… Continue reading Runyon Heights Fence

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (A Story of Sylvia Rivera)

127 South Broadway, Yonkers In May 1995, both The New York Times and The Village Voice reported on a patient in the psychiatric ward of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center: Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia had sought refuge in the medical facility after an attempted suicide in the Hudson River. Her presence there manifested the important care that… Continue reading St. Joseph’s Medical Center (A Story of Sylvia Rivera)

Theresa Serber Malkiel Home

153 McLean Avenue, Yonkers In early 1909, a Yonkers resident by the name of Theresa Serber Malkiel proposed what she called National Women’s Day. On February 23rd of that year, women across New York  commemorated the day, demanding women’s suffrage and other rights. Two years later the event had spread globally, with women in Europe… Continue reading Theresa Serber Malkiel Home

Larkin Plaza

Dock Street and Nepperhan Street between Warburton Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers On December 6, 2011, over 300 people gathered at Larkin Plaza for a ceremony marking the opening of the newly uncovered Saw Mill River. For more than 90 years, the City of Yonkers had covered the river with asphalt. The “daylighting” of… Continue reading Larkin Plaza

Warburton Building and Yonkers City Music Hall

45 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers Opened on April 14, 1884, what was officially known as the Yonkers City Music Hall was “a first-class concert hall,” in the words of one writer of the time. The venue was lavishly decorated, with a parquet floor, a balcony, and open boxes; it hosted Vaudeville shows, concerts, and community events.… Continue reading Warburton Building and Yonkers City Music Hall

Joseph F. Loehr Court

10 Western Avenue, Yonkers When Hurricane Ida struck in early September 2021, it dumped around 8 inches of rain on Yonkers in a 24-hour period. Among the hardest-hit areas of the city was Loehr Court, a public housing complex. Water unleashed by the climate-change-fueled storm flooded Loehr Courts’ basements, causing $2 million dollars’ worth of… Continue reading Joseph F. Loehr Court

Alexander Smith & Sons Carpet Company

Nepperhan Avenue, between Axminster Street & Lake Avenue, Yonkers In June 1954, the Alexander Smith and Sons Carpet Company, once Yonkers’ largest employer, announced it was ending operations in the city and moving to Greenville, Mississippi. At its peak just after World War II, the company operated on over 56 acres of floor space across… Continue reading Alexander Smith & Sons Carpet Company

Waverly Street Armory

92 Waverly Street, Yonkers Constructed in 1886, the Waverly Street Armory was the first armory in Yonkers. With pointed turrets on each corner and iron gates, the massive building is reminiscent of a castle, and appears designed to intimidate. This fortress-like structure housed the Fourth Separate Company, a militia composed of local citizens and led… Continue reading Waverly Street Armory

The Playroom

590 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers In the 1970s and early 1980s, the Playroom was Westchester County’s most prominent gay bar. In 1973, Marty Chinitz, a gay man in his early 30s, borrowed money from his mother to open the establishment; at the time, it was the fifth bar in Westchester County to cater towards a mostly… Continue reading The Playroom

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers Philipse Manor Hall embodies more than 300 years of Hudson Valley history. The site was a place of land dispossession, enslavement, and revolution. It encapsulates the complicated ties and divisions between European gentry, white laborers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans. The oldest building in a New York urban center, it now… Continue reading Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site