Westchester is an often forgotten county in New York—it’s not Long Island or “the city” or often considered part of that elusive upstate area. It’s an upscale NYC suburb with a rich history and often where young adults go to settle down after living in Manhattan. And with good reason: According to one real estate blog, 10 out of the top 11 best places to live in New York State are in Westchester County. Read on to see what makes Westchester such a great place to live.
- #First. Westchester County residents have a long history of being pioneers and innovators. The first reading of the Declaration of Independence in New York State was at the Westchester County Courthouse. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of Supreme Court, was from Katonah. And both the first elevator company, Otis, and the first FM radio broadcast, by Edward H. Armstrong, came out of Yonkers.
- Why drive when you can commute by boat? Whether you work in Manhattan or are just heading to NYC for fun, you can make the commute in style—aquatic style. The New York Water Taxi boards in Yonkers and stops at West 39th Street, the World Financial Center and Wall Street, all for $10.
- Hollywood is a fan. Many well-known movies have been shot partially or entirely in Westchester County, including Baby Mama, American Gangster, I Am Legend, The Departed and Sex and the City 2.
- True locavorian eating. Locally sourced food is a popular trend that’s much healthier for you and for the environment. Many local meals from foodie-faves Rainbeau Ridge, Stone Barns Center or Cabbage Hill Farm are prepared with Westchester-raised foods. Or, since you probably have the space, plow your own yard and raise chickens!
- They keep it green there. With 17,800 acres of farmland, Westchester County works hard to stay green. Aided by organizations like Riverkeeper, the Federated Conservationists of Westchester and the Hudson River Audubon Society, the county government corrects past environmental abuse. With green construction, including solar panels and geothermal heating, and the use of hybrid cars by municipalities, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint with ease compared to other NYC suburbs.
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