EASTCHESTER, NEW YORK
Eastchester saw its beginnings when ten families migrated from Fairfield, Connecticut in 1664. Thomas Pell, the same person who bought several lands including what is now known as the southern Westchester County of New York, granted the migrants a deed that allowed them to settle down in that place. Before long, 26 more families joined the 10 original families, prompting the establishment of laws to govern the region in 1665. This law, or agreement, came to be known as the “Eastchester Covenant”. Under this document, the 36 families who were now residents of Eastchester were entitled to provisions such as education of children, disposition and upkeep of property, support of a minister, and so much more.
EASTCHESTER NEWEST LISTINGS
The United States Census Bureau reports that Eastchester has a total area of 5.0 square miles, 2% (or 0.1 square miles) of which is water, all the rest (4.9 square miles) is land. Surrounding Eastchester are Scarsdale on the north, New Rochelle on the east, Yonkers on the west, and Mount Vernon on the south. As of the 2010 census, Eastchester lists a total population of 32,363, which is a combined total for Eastchester’s two villages – the village of Bronxville and the village of Tuckahoe – and a census-designate place, which also goes by the name Eastchester. The Village of Bronxville is considered one of the more affluent areas in Eastchester. In fact, it ranks 20th on a list of highest income places in the United States. On the other hand, the Village of Tuckahoe is home to the Tuckahoe Marble Quarry, making the village a major marble producer in the world.
A more detailed breakdown shows Eastchester’s population by race:
- White – 27,806
- African American – 1,055
- Asian – 2,366
- American Indian and Alaska Native – 36
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander – 1
- Other races – 496
- Identified by two or more – 603
Some of the notable personalities who hail from Eastchester are John Adams, the second president of the United States, and Bobby Moynihan of the Saturday Night Live fame.
The Eastchester School District prides itself on its commitment to excellence. Its mission statement is simple – to provide students with an environment that encourages mutual respect, promotes each student’s individuality, and provides different opportunities to further students’ success. Above all, the school district is dedicated to guiding all students intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially. Eastchester’s education system aims to mold students on their way to becoming life-long learners and contributing members of the society.
Five schools comprise the Eastchester School District, and all these schools combined serve more or less 3,200 students. Three of these five schools serve elementary students, and these are Waverly Elementary School (with about 500 students from grades K to 1), Anne Hutchinson (with more or less 470 students from grades 2 to 5), and Greenvale School (with about 550 students from grades 2 to 5). There is one middle school, Eastchester Middle School (serves grades 6 to 8), and one high school, Eastchester Senior High School (with about 880 students from grades 9 to 12).
Several things set the Eastchester School District apart from others and these include the use of video conferencing, the integration of interactive white boards into curriculum at all levels, and innovative special education programs, among others.
Transportation is the least of your concerns once you get to Eastchester, as there are a number of ways you can get to and from the place. You can drive by car using some of the more accessible roadways like Cross County Parkways (where only cars are allowed to pass), Saw Mill, and Sprain Brook. There are main thoroughfares, too, such as the I-87, I-95, the Cross Westchester Expressway, and the New York State Thruway.
Of course, you can also travel to Eastchester by train, using the Metro North commuter train service. There are also four airports, which are less than an hour away from Eastchester, including LaGuardia and JFK Airports.
While going on foot is a good choice if you want to get around Eastchester, you can also do so using the Bee-Line Bus Service, Amtrak, or Greyhound services.
Metro North Commuter Schedules: http://web.mta.info/nyct/service/bus/bnxsch.htm
Eastchester boasts of many landmarks and attractions that are sure to catch your attention, whether you’re a local or someone who’s deciding on a place to settle in.
There’s the Immaculate Conception Church and the Lake Isle Country Club where town residents can go to play golf, tennis, or swim in the pools during the summer and engage in other recreational activities. Those who would like to commune with nature can enjoy the trails and wildlife at the Twin Lakes Park. You’ll also find the Marble Schoolhouse in Eastchester, which is a Greek revival style schoolhouse that was built in 1835. It features exhibits of local history and is open by appointment with the Eastchester Historical Society.
Foodies will have a field day exploring the many restaurants in Eastchester, starting with Bistro Parisien, a restaurant that serves delicious French cuisine and boasts of an ambience reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. If your taste buds are craving for Italian cuisine, then you can head out to Casa Brusco Ristorante, which even features a full bar. Another Italian restaurant to try out is Ciao Restaurant. East Bamboo is the place to go to for authentic Chinese take-out.
Other pizza options include Burrata Wood Fired Pizza and Polpettina Pizza and Pasta. There’s Mickey Spillane’s Bar and Restaurant that serves traditional Irish pub entrees along with seafood, steak, pasta, and more.
The main shopping center in the town of Eastchester is the Vernon Hills Shopping Center, which was constructed in the 1950s. The shopping complex houses many high-end stores that appeal to people of various genders and age groups such as Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, Children’s Place, Lord & Taylor, and Starbucks. Another shopping complex worth visiting is the nearby Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers.
Indeed, Eastchester is a beautiful town where the old and the new come together. If you’re looking for a place to settle in and immerse yourself in history and culture, it’s certainly is a place worth checking out.