Yonkers Public Library
Dating from 1893, the Yonkers public library offers the professionalism of a major urban library system combined with the responsiveness and "personal touch" of a small community library. It offers the area's most extensive fine arts collection and an ever expanding commitment electronic information services in addition to magazines, audio and video cassettes, records and compact discs, government documents and research tools. Ongoing programming includes lectures and presentations, homework help for children, live theater, literacy courses for adults, taxpayer assistance, exhibits showcasing the work of local artists and photographers plus a host of other activities. The business section subscribes to Standard and Poor's, Dun and Bradstreet's, Moody's and others.
The Yonkers Public library is currently the only public library in Westchester open seven days and five nights a week (except for the summer months). The library's three branches are: Grinton I. Will, 1500 Central Park Avenue Getty Square, 7 Main Street Crestwood, 16 Thompson Street. For additional information visit the Yonkers Public Library site.
Hudson River Museum Hudson River Museum
Founded in 1919, the Hudson River Museum of Westchester is one of the city's treasures, Its facilities at the restored Glenview mansion (built 1876) include spacious galleries for constantly-changing art exhibitions and the technologically-advanced Andrus Planetarium, Westchester's only public planetarium. Focusing on art, history and science, the museum offers a balanced program of lectures, family art workshops, classical music, the SummerJazz Series, children's programs, a museum shop and dining at the cafe with a panoramic view of the river and Palisades. This spectacular setting is also available for weddings, corporate gatherings and other special occasions.
The Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, with abundant, free on-site parking. Admission: Adults $3; children and seniors $1.50, members free. Open: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 PM., Friday 10:00 A.M.-9:00 PM. Sunday Noon - 5:00 P.M. For further information call (914) 963-4550 or visit the Hudson River Museum site.
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Philipse Manor Hall Built in 1682 for Lord Frederick Philipse, this elegant Georgian mansion was the seat of the 18th century Manor of Philipsburg. Philipse Manor Hall's history includes service as Yonkers' first City Hall (1871-l908). Today, it offers holiday and ethnic celebrations, local history exhibitions, special tours and programs, musical performances, school tours, children's programs, special exhibitions, and often plays host to community organizations and public meetings. The building is one of the region's oldest surviving structures and remains a vital element of Yonkers history. Philipse Manor is located at 29 Warburton Avenue, at Dock Street, off Larkin Plaza. Open April through October, Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.. Open November through March for group tours by appointment. Free on-site parking. For information call (914) 965-4027.
Sherwood House was built in 1740 by Thomas Sherwood, a tenant farmer of Lord Philipse, whose Manor Hall is described above. The land on which Sherwood House stands now belongs to Consolidated Edison, which generously donated the building to the Yonkers Historical Society and rents the property to the Society for a nominal fee. The Society restored the house, furnished it with appropriate period antiques, and in 1962, opened it to the public. Hostesses in period costume conduct visitors on tours. Groups by appointment. Sherwood House is located at 340 Tuckahoe Road, just off the Sprain Brook Parkway Tuckahoe Road exit. For further information, call (914) 965-1243, 965-0836 or visit the Yonkers Historical Society site.
Yonkers Police Museum
Rutledge Museum Founded in 1978 by recently retired Deputy Chief George Rutledge, the Yonkers Police Museum take visitors back in time as far as 1866. It features artifacts, photos and a 1964 Police Motorcycle, among other items, and recognizes all those who have served Yonkers in Police Blue. The museum is located in the Cacace Justice Center, 104 South Broadway, For more information, visit the
The Yonkers Hudson Riverfest is an environmental and multi-cultural festival held annually at the Yonkers Recreational Pier and vicinity and attracts thousands. It offers free all-star entertainment for all age levels, exhibits, kids' hands-on workshops, crafts and ethnic foods.
The City of Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation sponsors numerous cultural events, including the Untermyer Performing Arts Festival, an annual performing arts series held on Saturday nights in summer. These free events, in a setting of formal gardens on the banks of the Hudson River, include opera, dance, modern and classical music, chamber music and street theater.
The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, a semi-professional, 65-piece community organization, is sponsored by the Fine Arts Orchestral Society. The orchestra, an integral part of Yonkers life since the early 1960s, performs five times per year: four times at Saunders Trades and Technical High School and once in an open-air setting during Summer at Cross County Shopping Center. The orchestra and Society annually hold a concerto competition, awarding thousands of dollars in prizes.
Other events include the Yonkers Male Glee Club, a group of 45 voices offering free concerts each May and December, the holiday children's theater, and numerous special ethnic and commemorative community celebrations.
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