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Get to know Yonkers

Hudson River, Palisades, drives—some say it’s the most beautiful town in the world. Thornton Wilder had just the words to describe Yonkers, New York State’s fourth-largest city and, as Cornelius told Mrs. Molloy, a place you ought to know. Located just up the Hudson from city limits, this storied Bronx-adjacent community enjoys a breathtaking San Francisco-like topography, and it's filled with the expected variety of distinct no-two-alike neighborhoods. The urbanized downtown, called Getty Square, boasts a revitalized waterfront, where sleek residential towers coexist with time-tested time-tested landmarks, a barge-based science museum, and a glassy pier house restaurant. It's also where you’ll find the Beaux-Arts train station, an architectural cousin of Grand Central serving Amtrak and Metro-North with its soaring Gustavino-tiled waiting room. Inland, you’ll find the Carpet Mills Arts District, a sprawling live-work complex of ancient red brick factory buildings. From the stately homes of Park Hill to the shopping of Ridge Hill, you'll want to stay awhile.

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Living in Westchester

Don’t call it upstate. This cosmopolitan county north of New York City is a collective of towns, hamlets and mid-sized cities that put virtually every lifestyle imaginable within an hour’s commute of Manhattan. It’s due north of the Bronx, next door to Connecticut, and the gateway to the Hudson Valley. Metro-North’s Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines make for speedy service into Grand Central — an express ride from many down-county communities runs comparable to the F train from South Brooklyn, with a much sunnier view. Lower Westchester’s villages prioritize convenience, while the verdant horse country to the north is a favored destination for those looking to fade away in privacy. The Hudson and Long Island Sound form its two coasts, conspiring with an inland chain of lakes and reservoirs for unbeatable boating, fishing and other recreational endeavors. Chain stores are noticeably absent from many Main Streets, which run chockablock with character-filled indie shops.