Port Chester, New York
Port Chester is a village located in Westchester County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 27,867, but a July 1, 2002 Census estimate put the village's population at 27,949. As a village, it is located in the Town of Rye.
It is of note that the Village of Port Chester has a Metro North railroad station still in use today.
At the other end of the village, near the Greenwich, Connecticut, border, The Waterfront brings a combination of big-box stores and national retailers to a downtown business district once dominated by small, family-owned shops and restaurants, many of them ethnic.
The village has a large immigrant population, with more than half its residents coming from Hispanic countries, and large concentrations of Italians and blacks.
Those residents have brought parts of their cultures to Port Chester, opening Peruvian, Colombian, Brazilian, Italian, Indian and Japanese restaurants downtown.
Bakeries also are abundant and include the landmark J.J. Cassone Bakery, which was founded in 1910 and ships Italian breads and pastries and hundreds of varieties of baked goods across the country.
Beyond the busy downtown are quiet neighborhoods that bleed into neighboring Rye Brook, a mostly white-collar village that is almost entirely residential. The Rye Ridge Shopping Center is the commercial hub of the 3.5-square-mile village.
Rye Brook has plenty of green space, with four village parks and Crawford Park, which is in the village and owned by the town of Rye.
- Port Chester is home to world record holder Peter J. Vita. Peter holds the world record for the longest working career as a barber.
- Port Chester is on Long Island Sound.
- The community was named is an abbreviated form of "Port of Westchester".
- It was the site of heavy fighting during the Revolution, as both sides sought control of the port.
- It was once an important steamboat stop.
Well-known residents have included: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, U.S. Supreme Court justice
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks