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Old Posted Sep 21, 2012, 2:14 AM
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go bonkers for yonkers!

with all the great weather i felt like walking around, so i spent a morning in yonkers
fyi this city is just above the bronx on the hudson river -- enjoy the big thread!



yonkers, ny (1646; 20 sq.mi.; pop=200k)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yonkers,_New_York







first up, some excellent views from the metro-north train platform
this is new waterfront transit oriented development or tod



the new van der donck park at larkin plaza in front of the yonkers train station





looking south



top of the old station


looking northeast
kawasaki subway plant fka otis elevator factory





directly east in your face is the monster new public library
was the site of the original otis elevator factory



on the ground now
the old yonkers train station
designed by warren & wetmore (1911) who also designed grand central
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yonkers...-North_station)



more new construction -- main street tod



redeveloped tod near the river
nicely wrapped around an old tavern





waterfront view



the victorian pier pavilion (1901)













looking north along the hudson river




the palisades directly west across the hudson



what i believe is a sugar plant just south of downtown





annnnd looking at a stunning view (!) of the gwb, nyc and jc to the south



one of the nicest railway underpasses i have ever seen
separates downtown from the waterfront



the new park makes for quite a beautiful welcome for rail commuters











“overcoats $12.50 to $18 - none higher”










approaching the philipse manor (1682)
& a westchester county bee line bus



southside view



back yard grounds





brick and stone mix over the years



philipse administrative out bldg (1901)








st. john’s church (1752)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joh...kers,_New_York)







fka proctors theater in front of the city hall hill & city hall across s. broadway
in front is washington park, which i believe is the real getty square





pretty st. joseph’s church by city hall



from up the hill and on a pedestrian bridge to city hall
bridge views of proctors theater (1916-73)









views from city hall parking garage





armory?











getty square (informally fka ghetto square)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getty_Square









fka grant’s dept store on getty square











around getty square



an alley + everybody knows jackies, i heard it mentioned many times - mommies!





* time out for yonkers transit trivia --
the nyc subway was always planned to go up to getty square,
but when northern yonkers declined to join the bronx it did not happen --
still, they have a lot of bus service and 4 metro-north stations + amtrak *









vacant lot art













heading up warburton ave to ashburton ave & yep i’m following that guy above



formerly an armory until 1988 (1918)



at ashburton ave





along ashburton ave

















the east end of ashburton ave is fka mulford gardens, the oldest public housing project,
it was torn down for this new bldg & new defensible space theory low-rise public housing





near ashburton ave & nepperhan ave





neighborhood ghost steps leading down to the hill to alexander & sons factory



approaching the massive alexander & sons furniture factory complex (1880)
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/yas...ch/smith1.html



a historic view



coal shutes? or more likely a widened road sunk these















YoHo arts community in this section of the old factory
http://www.yohoartists.com/





rounding the northend corner of the factory





scenes from the back of the factory

















across the street & up the hill from the front of the factory are
the rather famous moquette row n & moquette row s
these were alexander factory worker’s housing
the end units were demolished inthe 1970s when nepperhan ave was widened
today all the apts are still well kept & cared for, except for one unit





the only abandoned apt in these historic rows



a ghost road between moquette row n & s







lastly -- a peek at the back yards of moquette row n








the old croton aqueduct trail park
http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/old-croto...rytown-yonkers











an oca stone trail sign



glen park apts





st casimir church near glen park (1899)













another angle of st. john’s





main st and warburton ave



yonkers trompe l’oeil (1997)
http://www.westchestermagazine.com/c...%2F&mode=print










very bee-sy fixing up the whole block all at once
in front of van der donck park larkin plaza



oddfellows and more fixr uppin







must have been the church rectory?





road near main heading to buena vista rd














buena vista ave redevelopment



former old german club ‘yonkers teutonia’ -- waiting for some love
it was purchased in 2009 for $450K, but nothing happening yet
* note to brave urban spelunkers --the door was wide open



umm....err...!



more details









buena vista ave homes



























* meeowwnnnkers! *






































more community gardens -- this city has quite a lot of them







finally, a bite to eat by the waterfront...
http://dolphinrbl.com/



...and it’s time to go -- that’s all folks!



*** i hope you enjoyed the beautiful late summer morning walk around yonkers, ny ***
ps --- tour itinerary thx to rob yasinsac & hudsonvalleyruins --- more to see & read here:
http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2012, 4:37 AM
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Yonkers.....I spent a month there one night.
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2012, 3:26 PM
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Keep it civil guys.


Nice photos, I remember many of the newer developments being planned.
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Yonkers is like two cities. There's the gritty waterfront Yonkers around the old downtown, and the semi-suburban, more typical Westchester County feel of the rest of the city.

This thread is certainly the most comprehensive tour I've ever seen of the gritty, waterfront part. It's an odd but interesting place.
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Interesting. Been through there a million times on Metro-North, but never gotten off to look around.

The train station is gorgeous from the street. Who knew!
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Looks interesting!
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Awesome! What a funky, grimy old town. I've driven through on Rt.9, but didn't get out to look around. Such great housing stock and hilly streets.

It's simply astonishing the depth and breadth of exploration-worthy inner city in the greater NY area. It's kind of exhausting to think about.
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Thank you for sharing. Nice pictures. I've been curious about Yonkers.
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Probably the best Yonkers thread I've ever seen. You covered more than I possibly imagined!! Thanks!!
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Gateway to the Hudson River Valley? Lovely tour.
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Yonkers: The San Francisco of the east coast. I did a similar thread of Yonkers a few years back. It is a unique city to visit.

My Yonkers thread from 2008:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=157041
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So that's where The LOX is from.

You covered a ton of ground for one morning. Great tour, I feel as though I got a real sense of what Yonkers is like despite never having been there.
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the birthplace of yours truly... love it! Thanks for the beautiful photos!
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Some people might think i'm drawing a long bow here but that looks like one of the most English US cities i've ever seen.

Bradford-upon-Hudson
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Well, I can say i've been to yonkers now.

Two things: I had a professor in college who would go on long winded raves about Otis Elevator. Now, for some reason, Otis holds a special place in my heart.

As for the old coal chutes, an alternative hypothesis: The building could predate the city's sewer system. E.g. chicago put in a sewer system in the late 19th century, and to be lazy, they just plopped it on the existing road, and many old original buildings are now about 4ft below street level. Obviously, I don't know Yonkers' history, but just tossing it out there. A good clue would be many other buildings in the area with similarly sunk windows.

Or its just a coal chute and I'm trying to sound smart.
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So that's where The LOX is from.
First thing I that came to mind was DMX!

Enjoyed the tour!
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^ ha - pretty sure dmx is not yonkers, but he is nearby...and that is my hint to keep an eye out for the next thread


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Well, I can say i've been to yonkers now.

Two things: I had a professor in college who would go on long winded raves about Otis Elevator. Now, for some reason, Otis holds a special place in my heart.

As for the old coal chutes, an alternative hypothesis: The building could predate the city's sewer system. E.g. chicago put in a sewer system in the late 19th century, and to be lazy, they just plopped it on the existing road, and many old original buildings are now about 4ft below street level. Obviously, I don't know Yonkers' history, but just tossing it out there. A good clue would be many other buildings in the area with similarly sunk windows.

Or its just a coal chute and I'm trying to sound smart.

pope -- yeah i can see the raving about otis because skyscrapers and otis elevators go hand in hand, there would not be one without the other.

as for the supposed coal shutes, actually that was my second thought. i think you are right on. i think they are just buried windows or whatev. i know for a fact the road was redone+widened and that the moquette rowhouses lost their streetfront entrances when that happened. so yep its probably when that strip got buried.

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bonus -- i was in another part of yonkers yesterday, which is a whole other thing -- it's the irish yonkers on and around mclean ave -- located right on the border with the bronx. along with being a regular neighborhood, it has a bunch of irish taverns and stores and stuff. sometimes they refer to the area as little dublin, but of course it looks nothing like that, outside of having a lot of very recent irish immigrants. also note a few pics are from the woodlawn hts neighborhood next door in the bronx, which is more of the same along katonah ave:


































some union!

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