White Plains, New York
White Plains is the birthplace of New York State and the County seat of Westchester since 1778. This city of 48,400 residents includes Fortune 500 firms and upscale retail stores. A new upscale mall, The Westchester, features 198 shops and eateries. Anchor stores are Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom Department stores. Government offices, including a new Federal Court House, are part of the downtown area. White Plains is also a designated TREE CITY USA community.
White Plains is 22 miles north of New York City, midway between Long Island Sound on the east and the Tappan Zee Bridge on the west. It is easily accessible by train, bus or an excellent network of major highways. Metro-North Railroad provides an easy 40-minute express commute into midtown Manhattan.
White Plains has several private golf clubs, a public golf course, many clay tennis courts, five platform tennis courts, several baseball and softball diamonds and an outstanding recreation program serving youth through senior citizens. In addition, it boasts one of the finest YMCA and YWCA programs in the country.
Famous People from White Plains
- James Arthur "Art" Monk (born December 5, 1957) (football player)
- Jonathan Larson (born February 4, 1960) (plawright - Rent)
- Jason Cascone (FDNY firefighter - featured in Faces of September 11th)
- Matisyahu (Matthew Miller) Hasidic reggae singer
- George Ortega (born September 12, 1957) (Producer of "The Happiness Show")