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Mount Vernon, New York

Seal
Motto: The city of homes
Coordinates: 40°54′51″N 73°49′50″W / 40.91417, -73.83056
Counties Westchester County
Government
 - Mayor Ernest D. Davis (Dem)
Area
 - City 11.3 km²  (4.4 sq mi)
 - Land 11.3 km² (4.4 sq mi)
 - Water 4.3 km² (1.7 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 - City 68,321
 - Density 5,792.7/km² (15,003/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)

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With a population of 68,321 residents as of the 2000 Census, it is the eighth largest city in New York State. The city's eastern and western borders are the Hutchinson River and the Bronx River, respectively, and it lies between the New York City borough of the Bronx to the south, and the Town of Eastchester (of which it was once a part) to the north. By population, it is the third largest of three principal cities in Westchester County after Yonkers and New Rochelle. State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... The Hutchinson River is a small freshwater stream in New York. ... Bronx River in Westchester County, NY The Bronx River is a river, approximately 24 mi (38 km) long, in southeast New York in the United States. ... For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... This article contains census data on the entire town of Eastchester, including its two villages. ... Yonkers, just north of New York City in Westchester County, is the fourth largest city in the U.S. state of New York, with a population of 196,086 (according to the 2000 census). ... New Rochelle is a city located in Westchester County in the US state of New York. ...

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Precursors

Postcard view of Mount Vernon Avenue in the late 19th century
Postcard view of Mount Vernon Avenue in the late 19th century

In 1850, John Stevens, a merchant tailor from New York City, set out to improve the condition of the working class in New York. Among his goals was to create a property-holding class out of rent payers. To this end he organized the Industrial Home Association No. 1 of New York. Qualifications for membership were moral character, industrious habits and the desire to promote a common purpose. 1,017 due-paying members joined the Association, which purchased the land that then became the Village of Mount Vernon, part of the Town of Eastchester. It consisted of five farms with a combined area of about 370 acres (1.5 km²), costing a total of $75,342.88, or roughly $205 per acre. The land extended from what is now Union Avenue on the east to Fifteenth Avenue on the west; and from Valentine Street on the north to Sandford Boulevard (6th Street) and a small portion of Kingsbridge on the south. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article contains census data on the entire town of Eastchester, including its two villages. ...


Mount Vernon at this time consisted mainly of farm lands crossed by two important railroads, the New York and Harlem (that already had a station there) and the New York and New Haven (that had no station until the Industrial Home Association built one for it). The New York and Harlem Railroad (now the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line) was one of the first railroads in the United States, and possibly the first street railway, running north from Lower Manhattan to and beyond Harlem. ... The New York and New Haven Railroad was a railroad connecting New York City to New Haven, Connecticut along the shore of the Long Island Sound. ...


Central Mount Vernon remained mostly undeveloped until Charles Crary bought land on Chester Hill in 1869. He laid out orderly building lots and placed restrictions on the use of the lots and who could purchase them. Chester Hill became a privileged community.

Map of the city of Mount Vernon

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History

Mount Vernon was officially incorporated as a city in 1892. It had previously been a Village and part of the Town of Eastchester. In 1897, when the City of New York merged with Brooklyn and several towns in Queens County, Mount Vernon was offered the opportunity to join Bronx County as a part of New York City. The residents of Mount Vernon rejected the proposal. This article contains census data on the entire town of Eastchester, including its two villages. ... -1... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... Queens is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is coterminous with Queens County in the State of New York and is located on western Long Island. ...


Law and government

Mount Vernon is governed by a mayor and a city council. The city council consists of five representatives who are all Democrats. There are no councilmanic districts. Each councilperson is elected at large and therefore represents all of the citizens of the city. Presently serving in his third four year term, is the Hon. Ernest D. Davis, mayor of the city, who is also a Democrat. Effective January 2007 the City Council president will be the Honorable Steven Horton. The other members of the city council are Hon. Yuhanna Edwards, Hon. Loretta J. Hottinger, Hon. William R. Randolph, and the immediate past City Council President Hon. Lydon D. Williams.


The Mount Vernon city court is part of the Unified Court System of the State of New York. It has three elected full-time judges who serve for ten years and one part-time associate judge who is appointed by the mayor for a period of eight years. The Chief Judge of the Court is the Hon. Brenda Dowery. The Hon. William Edwards and the Hon. Mark Gross also serve as full time judges, and the Hon. Adam Seiden serves as an Associate Judge of the court. The Court handles a wide variety of cases including initial processing of all felony criminal cases; handling of all misdemeanor cases from inception through trial; civil proceedings with a limited monetary jurisdiction of up to $25,000.00; all landlord tenant cases originating in the city; small claims cases; and all vehicle and traffic law matters. The court is housed in a state of the art facility in the public safety complex which is adjacent to city hall.


Possibly owing to the city's African American majority, each mayor elected since the 1980s has been black. The uninterrupted string of black mayors in excess of twenty years is a first for any in the New York metropolitan area and the Northeast.


Geography

Mount Vernon is located at 40°54′51″N, 73°49′50″W (40.914060, -73.830507)GR1. It is the third largest and the most densely populated city in the county of Westchester. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 km² (4.4 mi²). 11.3 km² (4.4 mi²) of it is land and 4.3 km² (1.7 mi²) of it (0.76%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


"Mount" Vernon's elevation at City Hall is about 235 feet, reflecting its location between the Bronx River to the west and the Hutchinson River to the east. From many parts of the City Throgs Neck Bridge can be seen from 10 miles (20 km) away on a clear day and at night the bridge lights can be seen. The seal of the City, created in 1892, depicted what were then considered the highest points in Mount Vernon: Trinity Place near Fourth Street, Vista Place at Barnes Avenue, and North 10th Street between Washington and Jefferson places. Since then, it was discovered that the city's highest elevation is on New York Route 22, North Columbus Avenue, at the Bronxville line. Bronx River in Westchester County, NY The Bronx River is a river, approximately 24 mi (38 km) long, in southeast New York in the United States. ... The Hutchinson River is a small freshwater stream in New York. ... The Throgs Neck Bridge is a suspension bridge opened on January 11, 1961 carrying Interstate 295 over the East River where it meets the Long Island Sound. ... New York State Route 22 is a north-south state highway in New York running along the eastern edge of the state, from the outskirts of New York City to the Canadian border. ... Bronxville is a village located in Westchester County, New York. ...


Neighborhoods

Mount Vernon is typically thought to be divided into three major sections: The North Side, the South Side, and Downtown. Here is a map showing neighborhoods in Mount Vernon and nearby cities and towns:


North Side

The North Side of Mount Vernon is that part of the city, roughly speaking, north of Mount Vernon Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Sidney Avenue. It consists of five neighborhoods: Fleetwood, Chester Heights, Huntswood, Estate Manor/Aurbyn Estates, and Oakwood Heights.


South Side

The South Side of the city includes Parkside, Mount Vernon Heights (The Heights), Southside, and Mount Vernon West.


Revitalization

View of the downtown along East 1st Street, looking west towards Gramatan and North Third Avenues
View of the downtown along East 1st Street, looking west towards Gramatan and North Third Avenues

The Mount Vernon Downtown Revitalization Plan retail projects. Some named projects are under way which all can be viewed on the city's websites. It has resulted in the creation of over 1000 new jobs and sales tax revenues in excess of 5 million dollars per year. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Image File history File links Downtown_Mount_Vernon. ... Image File history File links Downtown_Mount_Vernon. ...

  • The expansion of A&P Coat, Apron & Linen Supply dba Unitex, Inc., which plans to invest $13.2 million, while creating 200 new jobs and retaining 132
  • The expansion of Secs Inc. and Promptus Electronic Hardware, Inc., which plans to invest $600,000, while creating 16 new jobs and retaining 93.

Besides these projects, city beautification projects are underway throughout the city, such as Hartley Park renovations, and a newly-established Petrillo Plaza which will feature a transit inter-modal center, wider sidewalks, extended curves, esplanade flower beds, information kiosks, and lighting.


Recreation

Within the city are a number of city parks large and small. The city is also home to Wilson Woods Park, a 23-acre county-owned park which features swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and biking. Straddling both the eastern border of Fleetwood and the western border of Chester Heights is Hunt's Woods, a county preserve taken over by the city in 1967 [2]. It is a small stretch of open woods with hiking and nature trails that is relatively unknown even to most residents of the city [3]. This article concentrates on human swimming. ... In contemporary usage, picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally, taking place in a beautiful landscape. ... Two hikers in the Mount Hood National Forest Eagle Creek hiking Hiking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ... ...


Numerous events take place periodically during the year, both indoors and outdoors. The Ice Hutch is a domed sports complex where ice hockey is played during the winter, located on the grounds of Hutchinson Field, on the southbound side of the Hutchinson River Parkway. Indoor golf and tennis are also available at the Ice Hutch throughout the year. Outdoors at Hutchinson Field, there are many minor-league fields and a batting cage. Hooperstown, a sports facility located on Sandford Blvd., contracts basketball-court time to teams and leagues and use of the facility for baseball clinics. It also rents the facility to other businesses that may offer one-on-one training or fitness camps. It is not yet open to the public. Adjacent to Hutchinson Field is the stadium-like Memorial Field, which contains a track for running, a soccer/football field, and a tennis court. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Hutchinson River Parkway, colloquially called The Hutch by many Westchester and Bronx residents, is a parkway that runs through Westchester County, New York and the Bronx in New York City. ... This article is about the sport. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The city hosts many annual events, such as the Arts on Third Street Festival that is held in September, Parade of Flags in October, the MVCSD's Band Day Parade parade which is held in June, the Veterans Day parade which is held in November, Ben Gordon Day in August and the go-cart Grand Prix which is held in June or July in the downtown. For other uses, see Festival (disambiguation). ... President Eisenhower signs HR7786, officially changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. ... Benjamin (Ben) Gordon (born April 4, 1983 in London, England, UK)[1] is an American National Basketball Association player for the Chicago Bulls. ... Indoor Kart racing Kart racers race each other on an outdoor track Kart racing (as the word is so spelled by enthusiasts) or karting is a variant of open-wheeler motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. ... Grand Prix motor racing has its roots in organised automobile racing that began in France as far back as 1894. ...


Economy

Mount Vernon has a large amount of commercial industry which boosts the city's economy, with industries such as manufacturing, electronics, engineering, and high tech mainly located in the Southside section of the city. The city is home to the headquarters of Zelco Industries Inc., Unitex, and Clickable Enterprises Inc., as well as Capri Album Inc. and Spl Integrated Solutions' northeast branch. Mount Vernon is also home to Columbus Construction Co., who helped at Ground Zero during the World Trade Center cleanup in lower Manhattan. Mount Vernon also has an established Empire Zone for commercial and industrial use located in the southern portion of the city which has attracted manufacturing companies and nationally recognized businesses for major retailers and companies such as: This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ... This article is about the engineering discipline. ... Engineering is the applied science of acquiring and applying knowledge to design, analysis, and/or construction of works for practical purposes. ... High tech refers to high technology, technology that is at the cutting-edge and the most advanced currently available. ... Ground zero is the exact location on the ground where any explosion occurs. ... For other uses, see World Trade Center (disambiguation). ... Woolworth Building, looking south along Broadway Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge, 2005 Rigid airship the USS Akron over Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. ... An Empire Zone is an area of up to two non-contiguous miles, in which tax incentives are offered by New York State, under the Empire Zones Program. ...

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  • Esm/Bekins Movers
  • HalCraft USA
  • Granite Tops USA
  • WDF Greene
  • OWN Instruments
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Formasano
  • Century 21 Awnings
  • Travers & Company
  • Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company
  • Quality Ford

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The Davis administration and economic development

Elected to a third consecutive four year term in 2003, Mayor Ernest D. Davis is the 19th Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon. An architect by profession, he is a graduate of North Carolina A & T, and has also pursued his studies at New York University and the City College of New York Masters in Urban Design Program. Mayor Davis has guided the city through the most remarkable period of economic growth in its history. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ...


One example of the success of Mount Vernon's economic development during his administration is the growth of the Sanford Boulevard corridor. What was mostly a desolate and underdeveloped industrial area has, through the Mayor's direct efforts, become a major shopping district generating approximately 5 million dollars in sales tax per year for the city. Despite significant opposition from a neighboring community, Mayor Davis' resolve to develop this area has seen the opening of many major retail establishments including Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Pet Co, Best Buy, Staples, a Stop and Shop Superstore, and a CVS anchored shopping center. As a result of this development, a new 19 story luxury condominium, 'The Alexander', will soon be built nearby. Proposals are also being considered for the construction of a multi-use entertainment and sports arena in the area.


Prior to being Mayor, Ernest D. Davis, served six consecutive two-year terms as a Westchester County Legislator, and held the positions of Commissioner of Assessment, Commissioner of Buildings, Chairman of the Planning Board and Chairman of the Real Estate Board in the City of Mount Vernon. In the private sector he headed the firm of E. Daniel Davis Architects, where he designed residential housing, government projects, day care center, and churches throughout the New York metropolitan area.


Mayor Davis' plans for revitalization of other areas of the city have expanded and are in progress. The Third Street corridor has been a critical part of the Mount Vernon for close to a century. Third Street is the home to the Arts on Third Festival which attracts over 10,000 people each year for a full day's exposition of art, music, entertainment, and foods from all nations. Ground will soon be broken on a 60 million dollar apartment complex on Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.


Close to Third Street work is currently underway to refurbish the facades and interiors of properties on Fourth Avenue which is one of the busiest shopping districts in Westchester County. Mayor Davis has also selected Fourth Avenue to become the home of Mount Vernon's Hip Hop Cultural Gallery, a museum, multi media, cultural and educational center which will be the first of its kind in the Northeast.


The Mayor's process for developing a master plan for the redevelopment of the downtown business district is in place. Plans include the construction of a 300 room hotel, 100,000 square feet (10,000 m²) of office space, and 200,000 square feet (20,000 m²) of space for retail and parking, and condominium development.


Once known as the 'City of Homes', during the Mayor's tenure property values have increased dramatically throughout the city during the Davis administration, while at the same time real property tax increases have been relatively low. Mount Vernon has strong stable neighborhoods and all forms of housing; estate like homes; single family homes; luxury condominiums; cooperative apartments; and rental apartments. Further, during his administration Mayor Davis has exhibited a continued commitment to providing substantial affordable housing for senior citizens and those with moderate incomes.


Most recently, the Mayor designed and directed the construction of a European-style roundabout. Anchored by a monument to veterans of the Spanish American War and constructed from steel from the USS Maine that was sunk in Havana Harbor, the statue is surrounded by a large pool with computer controlled fountains, lights, and music. It is the Mayor's vision that this significant architectural creation would symbolize the city's renaissance. Plans are underway to develop a luxury condominium adjacent to the Roundabout and ground has been broken and plans are underway for other such condominium developments in the city.


Demographics

Westchester Tower at 100 E.First Street and First Avenue in the Downtown which operates many county offices and the Westchester County Dept. of transportation
Westchester Tower at 100 E.First Street and First Avenue in the Downtown which operates many county offices and the Westchester County Dept. of transportation

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 68,381 people, 27,048 households, and 18,432 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,792.7/km² (14,290.3/mi²). There were 28,558 housing units at an average density of 3,509.3/km² (7,205.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.63% White, 59.58% African American, 0.32% Native American, 2.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.85% from other races, and 4.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.48% of the population. A significant portion of the White and/or Latino population (depending on if they classified themselves as Hispanic in the census) are of Brazilian or Portuguese origin. Similarly, a significant part of the Black and/or Latino population is of West Indian origin. Image File history File links Mv55. ... Image File history File links Mv55. ... Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 27,048 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 28.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.27. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 82.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $47,128, and the median income for a family was $55,573. Males had a median income of $41,493 versus $37,871 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,827. 13.9% of the population and 11.8% of families were below the poverty line. 12.7% of the population is 65 or older. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


The city of Mount Vernon's three major employers are the Mount Vernon city school district with 1,021 employees, Michael Anthony Jewelers (712 employees), and Mount Vernon Hospital (700 employees).


Brazilian community

One in 10 people in Mount Vernon is from Brazil, and according to estimates by the city and the Brazilian Consulate in New York, two-thirds of those Brazilians are from Poços de Caldas, a blue-collar city of 140,000 in the mountains of southeastern Brazil. Poços de Caldas is a city and municipality in south-western Minas Gerais state, Brazil, in the microregion of the same name. ...


The Brazilian community is heavily concentrated in an area along and near West Lincoln Ave., from its beginning at the corner of Mt. Vernon Ave. going about half a mile down to Gramatan Ave., and has begun to spread into East Lincoln Avenue. Brazilian stores line commercial areas in these parts of Mount Vernon (especially within Gramatan Ave. from the railroad tracks to Lincoln Ave. and adjacent blocks), and neighborhood public schools have brought in teachers and counselors who speak Portuguese. The language can be heard on the streets throughout this area.


The Brazilians living in Mount Vernon have also transformed their Brazilian hometown, pumping millions of dollars into its economy and helping to pay for new homes and businesses there. So important are these remittances that Brazilian jouranlist Walther Alvarenga has made Mount Vernon the focus of a series of documentaries for Brazilian public television called New York, O Sonho Brasileiro ("New York, the Brazilian Dream"). Income, generally defined, is the money that is received as a result of the normal business activities of an individual or a business. ...


In November 2005 Mayor Ernest D. Davis traveled to Poços de Caldas to sign a sister-city agreement to strengthen the bond between the two cities.[1]


Health and education

The city has two high schools, Mount Vernon High School and the Nelson Mandela Alternative High School. A third high school, Thornton, will be opening in the fall of 2007. There are two middle schools (Longfellow and A.B. Davis) and eleven elementary schools (Traphagen, Pennington, Grimes, Longfellow, Graham, Lincoln, Columbus, Parker, Edward Williams, Hamilton, and Holmes). There are plans to make Pennington a combined elementary-middle K-8 school by the 2007-08 school year. For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... Mount Vernon High School is a high school in Mount Vernon, New York. ... Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (IPA: ) (born 18 July 1918) is the former President of South Africa, and the first to be elected in fully representative democratic elections. ... Middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) covers a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education, serving as a bridge between the two. ... A primary school in Český Těšín, Poland Primary education is the first stage of compulsory education. ...


The city has the largest public library system in Westchester County and the sixth largest in New York State. Librarians and patrons in a typical larger urban public library. ... Westchester County is a primarily suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... This article is about the state. ...


Mount Vernon Hospital has 228-beds. It provides in-patient, critical care, and ambulatory services to residents of Mount Vernon and neighboring communities. The hospital is most known for its premier Chronic Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Center, which is one of the most advanced in the Northeast. It also offers a variety of services including the Assertive Community Treatment Center (ACT), the Family Health and Wellness Center, the Hopfer School of Nursing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Intensive Case Management.


Mount Vernon Hospital is one of three hospitals in the county (Sound Shore Medical Center and Westchester Medical Center are the others), which provides programs in medicine, nursing, surgery and podiatry. The hospital has “some of the finest medical doctor educators on staff. There is a 92 percent pass rate on boards for medical residents.”


Mount Vernon hospital's emergency room is going to be expanded at a cost of 2.5 million dollars. The 115-year-old hospital is doubling the size of its emergency room from 9,000 square feet (800 m²) to 18,500. The expansion plans include 15 private treatment rooms and upgrades to the waiting area, triage room and other areas in the emergency department.


The hospital treats 25,000 patients a year in the emergency room and is part of the Sound Shore Health System.


The area around the hospital has many medical office buildings and facilities for treatment which provide healthcare to residents living in Mount Vernon, the southeast section of Yonkers, and the north Bronx which is near the city's border. Yonkers, just north of New York City in Westchester County, is the fourth largest city in the U.S. state of New York, with a population of 196,086 (according to the 2000 census). ... For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). ...


Westchester Community College also has an extension site education facility located in the downtown. Westchester Community College is a public, two-year college sponsored by Westchester County, New York and SUNY. The 364-acre main campus is built on the former estate of John A. Hartford in Valhalla, New York, but the college also provides instruction at twelve other locations. ...


Culture and ancestry

The city has an enormously diverse population for its size. Over 98 different nationalities call the city home. In just four square miles the ethnic background of the people range from German, Portuguese, Eritrean, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian to Mexican, Italian, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Jamaican. The city has a large Brazilian community located in the neighborhoods just north and east of the downtown, and it also has the largest West Indian and West African population in the county, although these groups mainly occupy the southwest corner of the city nearer to New York City, bordering a similar neighborhood in the Bronx. The Korean-American association of Mount Vernon calls the city home. Throughout the year, the city hosts events that honor these groups for their contributions to the city of Mount Vernon and for calling Mount Vernon home. A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ...  Western Africa (UN subregion)  Maghreb[1] West Africa or Western Africa is the westernmost region of the African continent. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Major ancestry groups reported by Mount Vernon residents include:

Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... // The term Latino is a linguistic identity that refers to an individual that has significant ancestry from a nation-state where a Latin derived language is spoken or is the offical language of the government. ... Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa south of the Sahara Desert, is the term used to describe those countries of Africa that are not part of North Africa. ... The Republic of India is a large country in South Asia, and one of only two countries in the world with a population of over one billion. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Barbados (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... Languages Basque - few monoglots Spanish - 1,525,000 monoglots French - 150,000 monoglots Basque-Spanish - 600,000 speakers Basque-French - 76,000 speakers [4] other native languages Religions Traditionally Roman Catholic The Basques (Basque: ) are an indigenous people[5] who inhabit parts of northeastern Spain and southwestern France. ...

Famous residents

Denzel Washington, Art Carney, Ralph Branca, John Branca, Eddie F, Ken Singleton, Damion Easley, Dick Clark, Arthur Murray, Heavy D, Al B. Sure!, Asia Nitollano, Axella Johannesson, Betty Shabazz, Ben Gordon, Gus Williams, Ray Williams, Scooter McCray, Rodney McCray, Michael Imperioli, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Lachanze, Roz Kelly, P. Diddy, Andy Karl, Wayne Allyn Root, Damion Easley, Eddie Williams, David Chase, and E.B. White were born (or grew up) in Mount Vernon. Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. ... Arthur William Matthew Carney (November 4, 1918 – November 9, 2003) was an Academy Award-winning American actor in film, stage, television, and radio. ... Ralph Branca at age 78. ... John Branca (1950- ) is an entertainment lawyer who specializes in representing rock and roll acts, as well as independent investors and labels in the music industry. ... Edward Eddie F Ferrell is the co-founder, partner, and DJ of the Uptown Records rap group Heavy D & the Boyz. ... Kenneth Wayne Singleton (born June 10, 1947, in New York City) was an outfielder/designated hitter with a 15-year career from 1970 to 1984. ... Jacinto Damion Easley, born on November 11, 1969 in New York City, New York, is a Major League Baseball player. ... Dick Clark redirects here. ... Arthur Murray (April 4, 1895 – March 3, 1991), was a dance instructor and businessman, whose name is most often associated with the dance studio chain that bears his name. ... Heavy D. & the Boyz was an American hip hop group led by 250-lb Heavy D., who is known for his wild boastings about his sexual prowess. ... Al B. Sure!, as pictured on his Very Best Of album. ... Asia Nitollano (born in Mt. ... One of the first music cyber stars, due to the ability to distribute her music primarily via the Internet, Australian Singer/songwriter Axella Johannesson was born January 11, 1958 in Mount Vernon, New York, United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Benjamin (Ben) Gordon (born April 4, 1983 in London, England, UK)[1] is an American National Basketball Association player for the Chicago Bulls. ... Gus Williams (born October 10, 1953 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a former NBA basketball player most noted for his play with the Seattle SuperSonics, although he also played for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks. ... Ray Williams can refer to: Thomas Ray Williams, a former NBA basketball player Ray Williams, founder of HIH Insurance Ray Williams (producer), music and film producer This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Carlton Lamont Scooter McCray (born February 8, 1960, in Mount Vernon, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Rodney Earl McCray (born August 29, 1961 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a retired American basketball player. ... James Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966 in Mount Vernon, New York) is an Italian-American actor who is best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos. ... Pete Rock & CL Smooth is a rap group from the 1990s. ... LaChanze (whose name means one who is charmed) is an African-American actress, singer, and dancer. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... P. Diddy Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an African-American record producer, entrepreneur, and rapper. ... An American actor, Andy Karl was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Wayne Root (more commonly known as Wayne Allyn Root) is a business mogul, television celebrity, TV producer, best-selling author, professional sports handicapper, and aspiring politician based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Jacinto Damion Easley, born on November 11, 1969 in New York City, New York, is a Major League Baseball player. ... Edward Laquan Williams (born November 1, 1964, in Shreveport, Louisiana) was a Major League Baseball first baseman and third baseman. ... David Chase (born David DeCesare—although some sources list his birth name as David Del Cesare—August 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer best known as the creator and head writer of the highly acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos. ... Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899–October 1, 1985) was an American essayist, author, and noted prose stylist. ...


Prominent Mayors: William Hart Hussey, Joseph Vaccarella, August Petrillo, Ron Blackman


Films using Mount Vernon for set locations

For all movies except Dead Presidents, as reported in Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com)

Da Ali G Show was the name of two related satirical TV series starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and featuring the character Ali G. The original (single season) series was made by Channel 4 in the UK, and the second (two season) series by Channel 4 in the UK... Empty Places is the 19th episode of season 7 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 movie based on the book of the same name, about a woman who overcame difficulties including being a teen mother to earn a masters degree. ... This article is about the American action movie. ...

Transportation

Mount Vernon East Station
Mount Vernon East Station

Metro North has three train stations in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon East is in the heart of downtown, on the New Haven Line. Mount Vernon West and Fleetwood on the Harlem Line are both on the western edge of the City. Image File history File links Mv1500. ... Image File history File links Mv1500. ... Metro-North (officially MTA Metro-North Railroad) is a suburban commuter railroad running service from New York City to the northern suburbs in New York State and Connecticut. ... The Mount Vernon East Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of Mount Vernon, New York via the New Haven Line (not to be confused with Mount Vernon West on the Harlem Line). ... Metro North Railroads New Haven Line runs from New Haven, Connecticut to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on trackage of the former New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad owned by the State of Connecticut and the State of New York. ... The Mount Vernon West Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of Mount Vernon, New York via the Harlem Line. ... The Fleetwood Metro-North Railroad station serves the residents of the Fleetwood section of Mount Vernon, New York via the Harlem Line. ... Metro-Norths Harlem Line, originally the New York Central Railroads New York and Harlem Railroad, is an 82-mile (132 km) commuter rail line running north from New York City into eastern Dutchess County. ...

Petrillo Plaza along Prospect Avenue in the downtown
Petrillo Plaza along Prospect Avenue in the downtown

Petrillo Plaza, adjacent to the Mount Vernon East station in downtown Mount Vernon, is the hub for Westchester's Bee-Line Bus System service in Mount Vernon. Bee-Line routes serving Mount Vernon are 7, 40, 41, 42, 52, 53, 54, 55, as well as the 91 which operates during the summer. Mount Vernon's taxi services operate from Petrillo Plaza as well. In late 2005 the RBA Group conducted a study and found that over 5,000 commuters traverse the area on a daily basis: about 3,600 commuters use the Bee-Line Bus System, and 1,500 use the Metro North railroad. Image File history File links Beelinetrstop. ... Image File history File links Beelinetrstop. ... The Bee-Line Bus System is a system of buses serving Westchester County, New York. ... The Bee-Line Bus System is a system of buses serving Westchester County, New York. ...


Both the 2 train and the 5 train of the New York City subway system have terminals just south of the border of Mount Vernon, served by the Bee-Line. The 2 train terminates at 241st Street & White Plains Road in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, and the 5 train terminates at 233rd Street & Dyre Avenue in the Eastchester section. Both locations are within 5 minutes walking distance of the South Side of Mount Vernon. Times Square–42nd Street station entrance The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority , an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and also known as MTA New York City Transit. ...


Mount Vernon is served by three of the county's busiest parkways which link to New York City, the Cross County Parkway, the Bronx River Parkway, and the Hutchinson River Parkway. I-95 and I-87 are both less than a mile from Mount Vernon's borders, offering both passenger car and truck access to the area. Cross County Parkway shield The Cross County Parkway is a parkway which runs east-west across the southern portion of Westchester County, New York. ... The Bronx River Parkway was one of the earliest limited access automobile highways. ... The Hutchinson River Parkway, colloquially called The Hutch by many Westchester and Bronx residents, is a parkway that runs through Westchester County, New York and the Bronx in New York City. ... Interstate 95 or (I-95) is an interstate highway that runs 1907 miles (3070 kilometers) north and south along the eastern United States coast. ... Interstate 87 is a 346 mile (558 km) intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of New York. ...


References

  1. ^ "A Brazilian Outpost in Westchester County." The New York Times 26 June 2006.[1]

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