Known as the “City in the Park,” White Plains, New York offers proximity to New York City and many of the perks of city life without the insanity inherent in that lifestyle. The county seat of Westchester County, New York, White Plains is home to roughly 60,000 residents. Its historical roots run deep with a number of Revolutionary War battles having taken place on its soil and the formation of New York State happening in its courthouse on July 9, 1776. And that is why White Plains is known as the Birthplace of State of New York.
Shopping and Dining
Shopaholics will very quickly fall in love with White Plains. Imagine all your favorite big-city stores in this charming smaller urban location. This is truly New York City shopping without the New York City crowds! Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Burlington Coat Factory are all here not to mention national favorites such as Target and Barnes & Noble. In addition to many of these, the City Center at White Plains also offers a 59,000 square foot New York Sports Club with tennis, water sports and more. Similar to White Plains bounty of shopping, flavors from all over the world await you in restaurants here.
Parks and Recreation
With more than 15 park and playground facilities, families, outdoor enthusiasts and even their pets will be loving life in White Plains. Delfino Park on Lake Street combines sports and leisure facilities including softball fields and tennis courts as well as picnic tables, grills and green space. These are no run-of-the-mill tennis courts either. Permitted players with a current Recreation ID card can choose platform, lighted and super-fast Har-Tru surfaced courts. Gillie Park is home to the Recreation Administration Offices where White Plains residents can register for activities and obtain Recreation ID cards. Gillie’s amenities also include basketball, softball, baseball and tennis facilities as well as a playground and an indoor recreation room. If, on the other hand, your favorite sport is hiking or jogging, the White Plains Greenway and the Highland Avenue Nature Trail will give you the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs. White Plains canine residents looking to stretch their legs are welcomed visitors at the Bark Park. Located within Delfino Park, Bark Park includes a fun fountain for drinking and splashing as well as separate areas for larger and smaller dogs.
An afternoon or evening out in White Plains can be entirely what you make of it, from playing 18 holes at any of the country clubs to enjoying a Noontime Concert in the Park, your preference is the only limit to how you spend your time here. Take a break from browsing real estate listings and catch a theater performance or concert at the White Plains Performing Arts Center which hosts everything form locally written and produced shows to national traveling acts and musical groups. History buffs, on the other hand, might rather visit the Jacob Purdy House. Marked with a National Register of Historic Places plaque (and currently serving as the headquarters of the White Plains Historical Society), the Jacob Purdy House served as headquarters for General George Washington in 1778 during the Battle of White Plains, part of the American Revolutionary War. More recent White Plains history includes nearly 50 years of the Annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, a delightful June event featuring the work of a number of top professional artists. Hosted by the Parks Department and benefiting local high school seniors seeking higher education in the arts, this festival has become a White Plains summer tradition. People with varied cultural backgrounds will feel comfortable here and many can connect with each other through various community centers and organizations including Centro Hispano and the Westchester Jewish Community Center. Unlike many municipalities, White Plains has not forgotten the value of its senior community either. The White Plains Senior Center provides everything from informational classes to leisure and recreation. Safe transportation, day and overnight trips, shopping outings and “Lunch & Learn” presentations are just a few of the activities sponsored by the Senior Center.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Five elementary, two middle and one high school make up the public school system in White Plains. White Plains High School (WPHS) has plenty to be proud of as its teachers and its literary magazine Roar has been honored regionally and nationally in the last two years. Fordham and Pace universities, as well as Berkeley and Mercy colleges and The College of Westchester, bring higher education to White Plains. Serving local students, families, and retirees, White Plains Hospital Center offers emergency and surgical services in its 292-bed facility on East Post Road. Pro Medical Center and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital are additional healthcare alternatives with varied specialties. The Westchester County Airport makes for a hassle-free way to fly in and out of White Plains without the need to fight big crowds or take a long drive from the airport in heavy traffic to get home. The Metro-North railway and the Bee Line bus system are excellent local transportation options. The total package offered through living in White Plains is a deal that keeps getting better and better