Mount Kisco, New York
Mount Kisco is both a village and a town located in Westchester County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 9,983. The Village of Mount Kisco was incorporated in 1875 and was partly in the towns of Bedford and New Castle. In 1978, the village chose to become a town in its own right and joins several villages in the state that have made a like choice. The Town of Mount Kisco is coterminous with the village.
Situated in the center of northern Westchester County, Mount Kisco is often referred to as "the commercial hub" of northern Westchester. Often, people from surrounding towns and counties come to shop at the village's array of stores. It has been said that the population of the village doubles on key shopping days. The shopping corridors are on South Moger Avenue, Main Street/Route 117, and the site of the former Manufacturer's Outlet Center, which today houses a Target, an A&P grocery store and several small businesses that were temporarily displaced by the construction of Target and A&P. Unfortunately one side effect of the village's commercial viability has been its steady increase in car traffic since the mid-1990's. This is in addition to an increase in development in the surrounding towns. Congestion is often a complaint among village residents.
Recently there has been controversy over the eviction of several popular stores and eateries in the South Moger Avenue district. Raised rents have caused the vacancies The Italian deli, Villarina's was evicted due to raised rent and had to move to Chappaqua, where store space is actually cheaper. Mount Kisco Deli, a kosher deli, had to move to White Plains. Sam Goody, the Woodworker's Toy Store and Round the Corner Cafe each closed their doors with no relocation possible. A Bank of America replaced Sam Goody's former space, and acquired the square footage formerly occupied by Villarina's . At the center of the controversy is New York City-based Friedland Properties, which claims that it is following normal market values, while critics have alleged that it is throwing out decent stores in search for more upscale stores.
Publisher and TV personality Bennett Cerf spent much of time in Mount Kisco, where he had an estate.
Rapper DMX lives in Mount Kisco.