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Old 09-10-2014, 08:32 PM
 
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hi All, I keep reading on this forum how Eastchester is mostly Italian city, and how it is a turnoff for some.
And there are absolutely no explanations further than this! ( I've had almost no exposure to Italians in the US so cant draw from my own experience... also did not watch Sopranos!) Of course every culture has its great and unique qualities that may be liked or disliked by people with different backgrounds.

Can someone explain what is it in Eastchester Italian communities that make some people less comfortable there? I hope I am not offending anyone, just honestly hope to understand Eastchester better
Thank you !
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:30 PM
 
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The two biggest groups in Eastchester are Italians and Irish. There is a nice mix of other groups. There are no Italian "communities." There is the Eastchester Italian Club (or whatever it's called) on White Plains Road. My guess is the average age of the members is 80+.

Italians in Eastchester are smart, dumb, fat, thin, college educated, high-school educated, nice, not nice, loud and quiet. Just like any other ethnic group.

They do not "stick together," in social groups or in the schools. They could care less if their new next door neighbor has an Italian last name. I mean it's fifth generation already. The average Italian in Eastchester knows as much Italian as you do. And many Italians are half something else.

There is, however, a segment of kids in the middle school and high school who you would call "Guido's." But you don't have to be Italian to be a Guido. And many of the kids, including Italian kids, are miles away from anything "Guido," and look down upon them.

To see a real Italian neighborhood, check out Silver Lake in West Harrison. Now that's Italian!
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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According to my wife, who is from the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx (little Italy), there are some folks in Eastchester who are the real Sopranos..She would point them out at the Diner on route 22.

There is a Guido element that you don't see in other towns outside of certain areas of Yonkers and West Harrison/Silver Lake. IMHO. Doesn't make it a bad place - I am 3/4 Italian BTW.

I defer to Ruby Greta about the schools as i believe his/her kids are in the School District.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Italians are no different from anyone else. The issue some people have is that living in a town that is dominated by any one ethnic group can be difficult for those not of that ethnic group. It colors the feel and culture of the town and it can be cliquey. I am very comfortable here and have many good friends of different ethnicities, but it took a long time for me to feel this way.
On the whole, Eastchester is a nice town with great schools (I have kids in Greenvale & Middle) short commute to city and lot of white collar folks.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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According to my wife, who is from the Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx (little Italy), there are some folks in Eastchester who are the real Sopranos..She would point them out at the Diner on route 22.

There is a Guido element that you don't see in other towns outside of certain areas of Yonkers and West Harrison/Silver Lake. IMHO. Doesn't make it a bad place - I am 3/4 Italian BTW.

I defer to Ruby Greta about the schools as i believe his/her kids are in the School District.
^^^This. When somebody from Rye or Larchmont characterizes Eastchester as "Italian" this is what they're almost certainly talking about. If the "guidO" persona is unfamiliar to you THIS will help.

Last edited by kletter1mann; 09-11-2014 at 01:19 PM.. Reason: amplification
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Old 09-11-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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I don't think there's are specific neighborhoods that are Italian but maybe there are. I know that Green Knolls and Leewood are pretty diverse on a relative basis. In both areas there seems to be more religious and ethnic diversity than in the town overall.

Eastchester is a very Catholic town and most of the Catholics are either Irish or Italian or both. I've also observed that many of the families in town are related. That creates some challenges in terms of getting kids together because my kids find that their friends are booked with family events many weekend. Not impossible but it does require a bit more effort.

The guido thing is alive and well in the high school, again you can find lots of kids that aren't but it takes a bit more effort.
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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OMG! This is so interesting! thank you everyone for explaining the guido thing!!
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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I don't think there's are specific neighborhoods that are Italian but maybe there are. I know that Green Knolls and Leewood are pretty diverse on a relative basis. In both areas there seems to be more religious and ethnic diversity than in the town overall.

Eastchester is a very Catholic town and most of the Catholics are either Irish or Italian or both. I've also observed that many of the families in town are related. That creates some challenges in terms of getting kids together because my kids find that their friends are booked with family events many weekend. Not impossible but it does require a bit more effort.

The guido thing is alive and well in the high school, again you can find lots of kids that aren't but it takes a bit more effort.
My son and daughter went through the high school. They laughed at the Guido's (they are easy to spot), who look tough but aren't. They made plenty of non-Guido friends. And not all Guido's are dummies.

Being a Guido must be genetic. You meet the kid's parents, and they are even bigger Guido's.
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