Do a Google search for “Yonkers development,” and you’ll see pages and pages of results featuring phrases like “smart development,” “new construction,” and “transformation.” Articles on Yonkers’ growth are popping up everywhere—and there are plenty of reasons to believe the hype, starting with the recent ribbon cutting at the Library Lofts, a multi-million dollar mixed-use redevelopment project of the Yonkers Library. The mixed-use project includes 23 new luxury loft apartments, complete with modern touches and amenities, and 9,000 square feet of street-level retail space...
But that’s not all. The city is full of business relocation and expansion activity, such as Fast Linen moving the headquarters
of its laundry business from the Bronx to Yonkers; Oz Moving and Storage will consolidate its business
in a move that brings 150 jobs to the city; Kawasaki Rail Car recently committed to Yonkers for another five years, keeping 375 jobs in the city; and on the horizon, plans are underway to transform the former Yonkers City Jail into an art museum, studio, and gallery, plus, Yonkers could see another commercial development at its “Chicken Island” downtown site
, bringing mixed-use development that could include a baseball stadium.
Seeing the city as a backdrop in several film and television shows
also enhances the hip factor. Yonkers serves as a location for television shows like Boardwalk Empire, The Blacklist, and The Following and feature films as Winter’s Tale, Mona Lisa Smile, and Doubt. Last year, the first annual Yonkers Film Festival was held at the Riverfront Library.
“There’s little doubt that something special is happening in Yonkers,” added Brett. “Established businesses are staying, new businesses are arriving, and shopping areas like Ridge Hill are thriving,” she said. “The waterfront area has new life, and we’re thrilled to see one of the WCA’s BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network companies opening its retail microbrewery there. Our mission is to help create communities where people can Work.Live.Play.—and Yonkers is a prime example of that.”