Every once in a while, I come across a silly list or two on social media that make me smile -I can relate to the items on the list. So, I started thinking about a putting together a list about things that people love and associate with growing up in Northern Westchester. I did some research, asked family and friends, and here’s the fun list we put together:
Growing up with New York City is, literally, in my backyard. School field trips, dining, shopping, sporting events and more was and is easily accessible through public transportation or driving into the city.
Besides having NYC as a neighbor, Westchester is really pretty. Springs, summers, and autumns were all spent outside as often as possible. You can play sports in your local town league. Most likely, the parent of a friend or neighbor volunteered as a coach. Your town, most likely has an annual Fireman’s parade and carnivals, and town sponsored day camps, festivals and classes.
In addition to community activities, there are plenty of outdoor options for anyone’s taste. Enjoy the scenery during a walk or hike in local parks like Ward Pound Ridge, Westmoreland Sanctuary, Mianus River Gorge, Cranberry Lake Preserve, Rockefeller State Preserve and Indian Hill Park. There are many county parks and state parks with paths to run, playgrounds, and pretty views.
Even in today’s world of online shopping, a lot still happens at the mall – at any age. Being at the mall with your friends is an important part of one’s social life. Growing up, you had things to shop for anyway—there were always events to attend, new technology to check out and friends to meet at the food court. In inclement weather, many people meet up to walk in the during before the stores open. Below: The Westchester Mall
Your local deli, wherever that may be, is a staple growing up. It’s the place you stop in for a quick coffee and breakfast, or return from college or vacation and drive immediately to, because the BECs and wedges are as homesick-worthy as your family. Below: Frank & Joe’s Deli in Pleasantville, NY.
Westchester has plentiful local places to gather. There’s Tazza, Black Cow, Susan Lawrence, Noka Joe’s, The Bagel Emporium, The Bedford Gourmet and of course, Starbucks, Panera and Dunkin’ Donuts. Plus, you are bound to run into a familiar friend at one of these spots, and it was considered strange if you didn’t run into a familiar face there.
Speaking of food…the selection and variety of restaurants is bar none. From James Beard rated restaurants to the neighborhood dive bar or diners that are open 24 hours, Westchester’s got it all. Pictured below, clockwise: Restaurant North, Le Jardin du Roi, Wood & Fire, Gyro World and Pleasantville Diner.
With so much available, it’s no wonder so many people call it home. Connect with me today to discover Northern Westchester.