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What is Yonkers?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TheSportsPredictor, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Was just reading this story about David Simon's new show about housing desegregation in Yonkers in the '80s:

    David Simon Does Not Care What You Think Is Cool About His TV Shows «

    I've heard of Yonkers before. I guess I don't get it. It borders the Bronx but is not a part of NYC? How did this happen? Does NYC care about Yonkers? Wikipedia says in 1894 Yonkers, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island voted on becoming part of NYC. Yonkers voted no.

    Do they wish now they were part of NYC? Does NYC wish Yonkers was part of NYC?
  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Snooty Westchester people pretend it's part of NYC, more like Northern Bronx.
  3. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    Snooty Westchester people would never live in Yonkers; that's for the poor relations. It's sort of like how snooty Bronx residents will all say they're from Riverdale, except when they want to remind everyone they live in New York City.

    </Bronx girl>
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I thought it was a harness track?
  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    It is, but it's named after the location.
  6. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    For Jewish New Yorkers in the first half of the 20th century, as well as other ethnic groups, it was one of those towns where they worked up to from the Bronx or Brooklyn or wherever.

    Basically, one of those iconic places from where you came/had to escape from or it was a stamp of your respectable lower middle-class identiy.
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Yonkers is kind of the Hoboken of New York, but without any of the charm that Hoboken has managed to capture over the last few decades.
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  8. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    As David Letterman used to say, "I don't have a joke here, I just like to say 'Yonkers.' "
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  9. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    Yonkers is the fourth-largest city in New York State by population, smaller than Rochester but larger than Syracuse. Hoboken, despite its population density, is only one square mile. There is one particular section of Yonkers which is trying to redevelop into a nightlife hub, but gentrification has been extremely slow.
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    True that. Hoboken is much, much smaller. Yonkers kind of sprawls, at least that is my impression of it from blowing through as quickly as I can when I head up the thruway.

    I was thinking in terms of the "Near New York, but not New York" places, not so much their relative sizes. In the 80s, Hoboken was a hole. In the 80s, Yonkers was a hole. Today, Hoboken is actually kind of charming. Today, Yonkers is Yonkers.
  11. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    It's a town outside of NYC that is part of the greater NY metropolitan area.

    I have an aunt who lives there.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I'm the same. Love to say Yonkers. Wrote something about a customer from Yonkers. One of those great sounding towns.
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