Yonkers, NY is uniquely positioned to allow residents easy access to one of the most important cities in the United States without the over the top rents and constant hustle that comes from living in New York City proper. However, Yonkers is far from just a bedroom community of New York City. As the fourth largest city in New York, it has plenty to offer homeowners, even those who rarely venture in to the big city proper. Bordered by the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean, Yonkers has plenty of waterfront properties and even more homes with views of the water.
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The center of Yonkers is home to Getty Square, a large Colonial-era plaza that today functions as a governmental hub. City services such as the Yonkers Public Library can be found there, as can the larger local businesses and non-profits. The area surrounding Getty Square is the major retail hub of the city, and even lures residents of the Bronx, located just south of the Yonkers city limits. One of the more unique attractions in Yonkers is the Yonkers Raceway and Empire City, a harness racing track with legal video poker machines. Together, these allow for a small measure of legal gambling within city limits. Yonkers is also home to several museums that document the city's colonial past, including the Hudson River Museum.
The city can be conveniently divided into four major districts. The northeast quarter of Yonkers is primarily home to Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans and in many ways resembles the nearby Bronx. This area offers a good selection of small and large homes, as well as condos and apartments. Northwest Yonkers is an older quarter where a number of Victorian homes are located. Nepera Park, at the extreme north end of this district, is one of the major shopping centers in the city. Though southwest Yonkers is home to the largest Irish-American population in the city, it is also the location of Little Italy. The Yonkers Raceway is located in this district, along with a number of small homes for sale and rent. Southwest Yonkers is the primary business district of the city. It is well served by public transit, including bus and trolley lines, and close to most of the major employers in the town. This district is mostly home to apartments and condos, though there are a number of small family homes and duplex units mixed in.