One of six cities in our county (the others are Mount Vernon, Rye, Peekskill, New Rochelle, and White Plains), Yonkers, despite some of its gritty aspects, ranked 12th on our list for a variety of reasons—its proximity to New York City (in 25 minutes, Yonkers residents can zip to Times Square) and to water (it hugs the Hudson); the diversity of its population (there is a 74-percent chance of two random
people from Yonkers to be of a different race versus, say, in Pound Ridge, where the chance of that happening is only 16 percent); and the many restaurants (from elegant X2O on the pier to Frank Pepe pizzeria on Central Avenue) and fun spots that have sprung up along its coastline (on most summer evenings, the pier is packed with hundreds of revelers enjoying live music and stunning river views) and its surrounding streets in recent years. In the past decade, formerly downtrodden sections of the city have been reinvented. Odds are good that, with some more time and a more favorable economic climate, the west side of the city near the river will blossom even more.
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