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Hampton Oaks Apartments
Rising in the Westchester County city of Peekskill, N.Y. is Hampton Oaks, a quiet collection of 197 garden style apartments.
Local Information for Westchester County, New York
Westchester County, NY, just north of New York City, is widely recognized as the first real suburban area of its kind in the world when it began developing communities of upper-middle income residents in the late 19th century. However, it was already the richest and most populous county in the colony of New York by 1775.Today, Westchester County is the second wealthiest county in the state of New York and the seventh wealthiest in the entire nation.
Known as New York’s “Golden Apple,” Westchester County’s estimated population as of 2011 was 955,899, with a median household income of $76,619 as of the 2010 Census. The county is home to 45 municipalities covering approximately 450 square miles.
First visited by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 and later by Henry Hudson in 1609 when looking for a trade route to Asia, Westchester County saw the arrival of English settlers in the 1640s. The English took over the area and named it for the English city of Chester.
Known for its outstanding schools, Westchester County students are well served by 48 public school districts, as well as 118 private, college preparatory and parochial schools. The county’s 14 colleges and universities include Fordham University, Iona College, Mercy College and Pace University.
Westchester County’s close proximity to New York City has led to a very extensive and busy network of roadways. Major roads include Interstates, 87, 95, 287 and 684, as well as the Bronx River Parkway, the Cross County Parkway, the Hutchinson River Parkway, the Saw Mill River Parkway, the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Taconic State Parkway.
Metro-North Railroad offers commuter train service throughout the county, and bus service is provided by the Bee-Line Bus System, which is operated by the Westchester County Department of Transportation. Westchester County Airport is five miles west of White Plains, the county seat, and 30 miles north of New York City. Westchester County parks include more than two dozen hiking, cycling, mountain bike riding and horseback riding trails. Westchester operates six county golf courses, and Westchester County Center has been hosting indoor concerts, sporting events and trade shows since 1924. The Business Council of Westchester is the county’s largest business organization.
To learn more about Westchester County, NY, visit the county’s official website.
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