Walking Tour Of Historic District Supports Smart Development In Yonkers

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Philipse Manor Hall and Philipse Manor Historic District will be part of the walking tour in Yonkers on Saturday, June 21, to support the Yonkers Committee for Smart Development.
Philipse Manor Hall and Philipse Manor Historic District will be part of the walking tour in Yonkers on Saturday, June 21, to support the Yonkers Committee for Smart Development. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Yonkers Committee for Smart Development (YCSD) will host a walking tour fund-raiser of the town’s historic district on Saturday, June 21, at 1 p.m.

“Buildings and Berries: A Walking Tour of Historic Yonkers" will begin at 2 Bashford St. Tour guests will be treated to summertime berry desserts afterwards. The tour is scheduled to end at 4. The “friendraiser” is $25, and $20 for seniors. Space is limited, and people can register online.

“We usually do a series of educational seminars,’’ said Terry Joshi, president of the board of directors for the YCSD. “This year we thought we’d combine our educational outreach into our ‘friendraiser.’ It’s a little more engaging and interactive. It gives people a chance to visit these wonderful buildings that we have in Yonkers.”

The tour will be led by local historian Bob Piwinski. Some of the historic buildings on the tour include the locally landmarked Philipse Manor Hall and Philipse Manor Historic District; St John’s Episcopal Church and its stained glass windows and landmarked fountain;  the North Broadway Wheeler Block with its SOHO-style cast iron columns; the Trolley Barn; the recently restored Metro-North Station; Main Street with its landmarked Gazette Building and the USPS Main Post Office Building; and the trompe l-oeil massive murals, Gateway to the Hudson, painted by internationally renowned painter, Richard Haas, a local resident who will talk about this seminal Yonkers work.

Participants will meet at 2 Bashford St., around the corner from Singha’s Pizza on Dock Street in the heart of the downtown. The tour will conclude at the same location. There will also be a raffle.

Piwinski is a recognized local historian and  a member of the Yonkers Historical Society, a member of the board of directors of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall and a former member of the Yonkers Landmarks Preservation Board. He has lived in Yonkers since the 1970s.

The Yonkers Committee for Smart Development was formed in 2007 by Yonkers residents interested in developing a more direct community involvement with the redevelopment plans unfolding for downtown Yonkers. Now an incorporated non-profit, YCSD has taken a leadership role in education, community outreach, historic preservation discussions, and interaction with the city administration about projects planned for the city.

For more information about the Friendraiser, including address and directions, email info-yonkers-csd.org or call 914-969-4142.

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