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Settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, Yonkers takes its name from a word meaning "Djonk Herr's land." The Bronx border is to the south and Manhattan is a short drive away. The farming villages of colonial times grew into an industrial stronghold during the 19th century and home to burgeoning immigrant populations who worked in its factories. Now a modern city of shopping malls and corporate parks, Yonkers is home to almost 200,000 people. The city was made famous by author Thornton Wilder as the home of Dolly Levi, the main character in his play The Matchmaker, which became the hit musical Hello, Dolly!
Today downtown Yonkers is in the midst of an urban renaissance. Many grand 19th-century structures, including a beaux arts train station and a Victorian pier, have been rehabilitated; artists are moving into lofts; and new restaurants and businesses are being fueled by an influx of private and municipal funding. North and east of the downtown are smaller, quainter neighborhoods.
Yonkers at a Glance
Elsewhere in The Hudson Valley
- Annandale-on-Hudson and Tivoli
- Cold Spring
- Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks
- High Falls
- Hyde Park
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