White Plains

The City of White Plains has been the seat of Westchester County since 1778. It is located in the center of Westchester County, about 24 miles from mid-Manhattan. Its central location has played an important role in its development into a pulsating hub of daytime and nighttime activity surrounded by some of the prettiest leafy suburban neighborhoods to be found in any town.

It is a winning combination of old and new. A community rich in history, it claims the site of the Battle of White Plains in 1776 during the Revolutionary War, which became a turning point in the formation of New York State. Today, the downtown is speckled with spectacular new high rises offering a variety of living styles surrounded by fine neighborhoods of older and newer homes.

White Plains at a Glance

White Plains is the commercial hub of Westchester County. With a residential population in excess of 56,000 living in 10 square miles, it swells daily to over 250,000 due to the high number of incoming commuters who take advantage of some of the area’s best shopping or who work in the City’s many shops, malls, restaurants, clubs, pubs, boutiques, office buildings, court houses and medical facilities. The City is a mini-metropolis that many refer to as Manhattan North. Several global corporations, employing thousands of city and county residents, are at home within our borders due to our proximity to New York City, our labor pool and the juxtaposition and convenience of our bucolic suburban neighborhoods and our bustling urban downtown.

Neighborhoods

 

 

 

White Plains provides some of the most diverse housing styles and neighborhoods in Westchester. With its many luxurious high rises and white glove buildings in downtown, some of our residents enjoy the lifestyle of New York City living in a more manageable setting. Other condos and co-ops abound, as well as many planned communities for those who have tired of home ownership, featuring ‘turn-key’ living in spacious townhomes with amenities such as pools and tennis courts. The majority of White Plains is comprised of bucolic neighborhoods with single family homes, including:

  • Westminster Ridge – a tucked away neighborhood anchored by Todd Pond, in walking distance to North White Plains train station
  • Woodcrest Heights – where some of the older homes are perched high enough to enjoy scenic vistas of the downtown.
  • Church Street – just north of downtown White Plains, this area includes one of the five elementary schools
  • Old Oaks – an estate area of very significant homes, often on one acre parcels, located near the White Plains High School
  • Gedney Farms – an area of gracious, older homes on generous parcels
  • Gedney Meadows – a quiet neighborhood with meandering streets, which began development in the 1950’s, but includes homes built as recently as 2011
  • Rosedale – borders Harrison and Scarsdale, conveniently located near the Hutchinson River Parkway
  • Hillair Estates – offers homes built by Toll Brothers in the 1990’s
  • Prospect Park – includes Victorians built in the very early 1900’s on sweeping parcels of land

Public Transportation

White Plains has endless options for public transportation in addition to the county’s numerous highways and parkways. The White Plains Metro-North train provides commuter rail service to Grand Central Station in as little as 35 minutes. Bee-Line, the County bus line, converges in White Plains at the train station and travels throughout Westchester and into New York City.  A transportation hub, several independent taxi and car services are readily available in White Plains. The Westchester County Airport is conveniently located just outside the City of White Plains in Purchase.

White Plains Educational Facilities

The White Plains Public School System with its Controlled Parents’ Choice Program is the bar by which many other districts nationwide set their standard. Over 6,000 students attend eight district schools comprised of five elementay schools, two middle schools nd one high school. In White Plains, the elementary and middle school that a child attends is not dictted by where he or she lives, but rather by the choice of the parent(s). When applications are submitted on time, over 93% of children are assigned to their first choice school. The school district also operates a districtwide PreKindergarten Program for four-year olds, a Newcomer Center for newly arrived students in need of intensive language instruction, and an extensive Adult and Continuing Education Program. The White Plains School District also provides busing to all schools as well as excellent services for children with special needs. In addition to being home to an excellent public school system, White Plains is also home to renowned private schools from preschool through high school and, with its many prominent colleges and universities, there is something for everyone in White Plains.

 

White Plains Recreation

Cultural activities abound in White Plains and the surrounding area. The Neuberger Museum is in nearby Purchase. The White Plains Public Library is in the heart of downtown as are the Westchester Performing Arts Center and City Center Cinemas with 15 screens and a community theatre for live productions. There are numerous concert venues in many outdoor parks. Seasonal recreation activities include ice skating at Eberole Rink, playing miniature golf at Saxon Woods park and enjoying the fountains in Renaissance square that are finely synched to beautiful music.

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Over a dozen parks fall within the borders of White Plains, including Saxon Woods Park and Pool, a county run facility, located on 700 acres which features and artifical turf soccer/lacrosse field, an 18 hole golf course, the county’s largest swimming pool, a children’s aquatic playground, food stands, picnic areas and an extensive trail system. Gillie Park offers tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, a tot playground and basketball courts. Liberty Park is known for its glistening Silver Lake. And residents of all ages enjoy the Ridgeway Nature Trail. Additional country clubs and golf courses include Westchester Hills Golf Club and Maple Moor Golf Course.

Click on the photo to the right to view the 2018-2019 Fall and Winter Recreation Guide.

 

Dining & Shopping

White Plains offers some of the finest shopping in the country. The Westchester, anchored by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom features over 150 upscale stores and restaurants including Williams-Sonoma, The Apple Store, Stuart Weitzman, Crate & Barrel and more. A free-standing Bloomingdales is right down the road, along with Whole Foods, Dicks Sporting Goods and The Cheesecake Factory in The Source at White Plains. The Galleria, anchored by Macy’s and Sears is downtown, just down the road from City Center, featuring Target, Barnes & Noble, Shop Rite and a Cinema Deluxe movie theater.

Countless restaurants can be found along Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue, offering nearly any cuisine imaginable. Fine dining options include BLT Steak, 42 at the Ritz Carlton, Morton’s Steakhouse and Mulino’s. Trendy options include Serafina, Haiku, Pranzi, Sofrito and Westchester Burger Co. Great pubs abound in this area, including The Brazen Fox, Hudson Grille and Emma’s Ale House, as well as newcomer Butterfield 8.