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Old 12-16-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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My cousin is actually trying to buy property in yonkers and I was wondering which parts are bad an which parts are good. I think the property is near where Mary j blige and some rapper used to live.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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If a rapper used to live there, that should tell you something about the neighborhood, shouldn't it?

In any case, everybody says that the SW portion of the city is the worst. Everywhere else is basically fine.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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yes, unless you have kids you plan on sending to public schools unless you are in the position to send them to privatre school. then I would pretty much stay away from Yonkers altogether. As it also has an income tax, while other westchester cities, and urban village's do not (WP, MV, Eastchester, Port Chester, ETC.) I can't see the benefit of moving to Yonkers.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:59 PM
 
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Parts of Yonkers struggle with high rates of violent crime, primarily in the SW. Most of Yonkers is fine though, minus a struggling public school district.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:07 AM
 
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There are neighborhoods that would be classified as "good" by many standards, and those that are struggling with crime, in Yonkers. It really depends upon where your cousin is looking as to where it would fall on the spectrum. Getty Square and the vicinity is an area of higher crime, whereas Lawrence Park (area adjacent to Sarah Lawrence College) is often mistaken for neighboring Bronxville, especially since it is within the 10708 zip code.

However, as mentioned the schools have issues, though the city also has two schools that are among the best performing schools in Westchester, Yonkers High and Pearls Hawthorne. Yonkers lost a desegregation lawsuit which effectively made all schools magnet schools with busing, and Yonkers High has admission by competitive examination, and is exclusively an IB curriculum. Many people who do not want to fight the public school system, and deal with its problems, opt for parochial or private schools.

Yonkers taxes income, but it's a 10% surcharge on your state tax liability that is paid to Yonkers, not like NYC's city resident income tax. So, if your state tax liability is $10k, the City of Yonkers would collect the princely sum of $1k, less than $100/month. It's not as big a deal as having a regular income tax, especially in the middle class brackets, because housing in Yonkers is less expensive than neighboring jurisdictions, but property taxes can be all over the map.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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Out of curiosity, there was a large population drop at Yonkers HS from 2003 - 2004 (Yonkers High School, Yonkers NY School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews - SchoolDigger.com). Do you know what caused it? (Another school opening or something)
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:33 AM
 
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I believe that Yonkers High adopted IB in 2001, so the enrollment drop-off in 2004 would be due to non-IB students being assigned to other high schools as incoming freshmen. It took a couple of years for the IB program to gain momentum, which has been reflected in the school's population increasing since that point.
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Old 02-28-2018, 01:21 PM
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Yonkers is a safe city for the most part's
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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Some bad, some good, depends on where. North and East are generally good. Sounds like downtown yonkers. Lot of development going on but its still got ways to go. Could be a good investment.
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