Quality of Life
Yonkers offers a terrific lifestyle for families, young professionals, seniors or those just passing through. The city boasts dozens of diverse neighborhoods offering quiet, residential, tree-lined streets, vibrant city living and everything in between. From our waterfront esplanade, to our golf courses and pools, to our more than 70 parks and historic sites, to our shopping and entertainment venues, there’s always something to do in Yonkers.
Yonkers is ranked as the fourth safest city of its size in the country. Thanks to the hard work of our Police Department and other emergency service personnel, crime in Yonkers continues to drop.
A Commitment to Education
More than 26,000 students attend the 40 public schools in Yonkers, which also has several private and parochial schools and one charter school. U.S. News and World Report ranks Yonkers Middle High School among the best high schools in the country, Saunders Trades & Technical High School is in the top 10 percent of high schools nationwide, and PEARLS Hawthorne School, a Blue Ribbon School, is one of the top elementary schools in the state.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, one of New York’s most historic tracks, has thousands of slot machines and electronic game tables, gourmet restaurants and pub-style cuisine. With the Cross County Shopping Center, Ridge Hill, and Central Park Avenue corridor all along the I-87 corridor, Yonkers is the ultimate shopping destination in Westchester County and the region. If you’re looking for a night out, the Downtown Waterfront district and McLean Avenue offer dozens of dining and nightlife destinations.
The day lasts as long as you want it to in Yonkers, thanks to the variety of educational and cultural offerings such as the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers Arts Weekend, the award-winning “daylighted” Saw Mill River at Van der Donck Park, Riverfest, Jazz & Blues at Dusk at the waterfront amphitheater, Philipse Manor Hall, historic Untermyer Gardens, Yonkers Philiharmonic and YoHo Artist Studios.
If the outdoors is your thing, there’s always a place for you in Yonkers. With waterfront parks and walkways, kayaking and boating on the Hudson River, historic Untermyer Gardens, two golf courses, the 161-acre Tibbetts Brook Park, and miles of biking and hiking, energy comes to life in Yonkers.