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Old 12-01-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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It's unbelievable now, but A.B. Davis (Mt. Vernon HS) used to be one of the top schools in the country. My parents went to high school with Dick Clark, and in those days school districts across the country would visit A.B. Davis to study the school system and how it was so successful. I just came across an article about Dick Clark and how he was actually a SNOB because he went to AB Davis. I know this was a buzzilion years ago (1940s-1950s), but there was a time when Mt V was a nice place to live.

In the 60's some fool decided to destroy all the high schools in the city and build one huge one where everyone would attend. It threw different economic groups together, different races together, in a school of 5,000 kids. The grand exodus began and never stopped.

Yes, John70, if you don't have to use the high school, you're ok in the northern edge. And you can always say you live in Fleetwood.
I believe Art Carney is from Mount Vernon as well...So is Denzel W. but he grew up there after it turned.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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There would be too many famous people to list; most were from the 30s-40s era. Alan Alda's dad, Art Carney, Michael Imperioli (Sopranos,) Puff Daddy, Denzel, Stephanie Mills, Debbie Allen, and lots of others. I think b/c it's so close to NY, many lived in Mt Vernon.

Ed McMahon and oldsters like Derwood Kerby, Jennifer O'Neill and Danny Kaye used to have houses in Mt. V. Again, long time ago. I just remember the phrase..."It used to be so nice..." repeated by adults as I was growing up. But, many towns had their heyday in the past and I'm sure it's a common story.

But we digress...
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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Interesting.

I think Mount Vernon is somewhat unique, as no other town in Westchester appears to have fallen so far with no chance of recovery. Yet, the surrounding areas did not suffer the same fate...some areas of NR are not nice. I suppose you can look south to the Bronx and compare it to- Pelham Parkway, Grand Concourse etc..

My brother in law played HS football with PDiddy at Mount St. Michaels in the Bronx.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Interesting.

I think Mount Vernon is somewhat unique, as no other town in Westchester appears to have fallen so far with no chance of recovery. Yet, the surrounding areas did not suffer the same fate...some areas of NR are not nice. I suppose you can look south to the Bronx and compare it to- Pelham Parkway, Grand Concourse etc..

My brother in law played HS football with PDiddy at Mount St. Michaels in the Bronx.
The areas along Pelham Parkway are still nice.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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The areas along Pelham Parkway are still nice.
Relatively speaking -- yes...I wouldn't want to live there though.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:08 PM
 
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Here's another reason for not moving to Yonkers... I used to work with some people from there and occassionally they would mention involvment with the mafia/mob and/or an interest in doing violent things to people. Sounds like a joke but I got the impression they were more than serious. There's a reason housing in Yonkers is cheaper than other places in Westchester area, - hopefully you won't have the pleasure of meeting these types of people.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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Depends on the area. There are some very wealthy areas of Yonkers with 2-3 million dollar homes..see Lawrence Park West and Cedar Knolls, as well as Colonial Heights/Scarsdale PO area among many many otyers...wonderful, gorgeous neighborhoods!!
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:44 PM
 
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I live in Yonkers near the border with Hastings (right along the river), and it is a nice, quiet area, where rents are not out of this world (sub-$2000).
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:35 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Why don't you re-read the OP's original post and follow up comments??? With his/her budget why the heck would you want to live near Mt. Vernon? Mount Vernon is for folks who can't afford to live anywhere else. Its worse than many areas of the Bronx...Its ghetto, its violent, its drug infested...its well...we all know

But if you if makes you feel better to call Bronxville snobby because its a pipe dream for you then so be it....
My elderly Norwegian mother lives and shops daily in Fleetwood, Mount Vernon without fear.

You who are afraid of Fleetwood crack me up. You would probably sell your house if a black family moved in two towns south of you. Oh, and with my father's income they make over $250k/year (granted in Bronxville that is hillbilly money) so it isn't money that is keeping them from moving either.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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Joe's pizza makes it all worthwhile.
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