There is not much we can do in NY. It is the rest of the country that voted for the people who are making our government dysfunctional. If more people voted, then maybe this country's governments would be much different. The voters have an opportunity this Nov but I doubt any more will come out and be heard. So far the Affordable Health Care Act has not put our country under so until it does, lets see what happens. Unfortunately, we do not have new immigration laws and large corporations go one making millions without paying taxes. Wal-Mart has not been paying health care for a long time by hiring workers part time but the Waltons have gotten richer and richer. View Comment
But, at White Plains there are numerous ways in and the platform is long to keep out people you deem undesirable. I never give people money and they are everywhere in White Plains and elsewhere. I tell them to collect bottles. In Grand Central, these people can't sleep or lie down but the food area is full of those who sit there all day long. They collect items to put around them as if they actually paid for something and I have seen them sleeping. I have trouble sitting there and often go elsewhere. There is a waiting room upstairs for ticket holders only but a person can have a ticket who is not getting on a train. We have people sleeping in our parks and even have blankets. The police do not do anything about this. I have called and even cars patrolling just pass by. We are fortunate cause others places are worse. You can't kick them out of the library or public places like the Galleria. Begging is allowed in White Plains as far as I know. But I often carry a small camera (separate from phone) and take pictures of someone who steps out of line. Knives are not allowed or threats and you should report it even though nothing is done. If more people complained, maybe something will be done. Metro North is not owned by Conrail and is run by MTA. Carry an umbrella or a cane (they have folding ones) to use as protection if you really get bothered. If I am followed,I go to the nearest place or video tape everything. I once told a woman that dogs are not allowed in the park and she followed me. I swing a bag when I cross the street so I can do so without being run over and often use it on the sidewalk cause of bikers driving so close. You have to go outside the box, to protect yourself. I used to be a teacher in White Plains and many of my students had histories of violence and many had criminal records. I did have a student who got arrested for loitering in front of his own building at Winbrook. He had served time for drug selling. So keep complaining on forums like these cause you never know who is reading them. I have complained on the city's website and maybe if more did it, something will happen. It is an election year, and I might vote Republican.
There are multiple access areas to the train platform and there is no rule about the area being for paying commuters. I have seen people get on and off trains without showing a ticket so I am sure there are even people on the train that don't pay. This is especially for people going locally within Westchester. One has to go up to the platform just to buy a ticket. I don't know how to act except not to go up to edge till the train is at the platform. A homeless man stabbed a women in the Galleria Parking lot a number of years ago and she was killed. The homeless are let out on the streets of White Plains everyday on Church St and White Plains is a very walkable city. You can't keep people out of places and this is why I can't believe parents do not watch their children. You should see what goes on at the Library. Some parents leave their children unattended even when there is a rule for this. Many of the homeless hang out at the Library. Be safe and vigilant. View Comment
How horrible! Most people move up to the train when it is coming so I hope this is an isolated incident. I wish the woman a speedy recovery and at least there was an arrest. I hope they got the right person. View Comment
I think this will be a good start but expected money returns might not be. I like the water sport area and bringing in things for the whole year would be great! I don't do rides but I love walking around and I would like more seating spread out and a nicer walking area that has less concrete and a more ecofriendly surface. I would like to see a bathroom for all year round use some where on the boardwalk near the beach so people using the beach in colder months and walking can have a place to go. It can be put in near the museum or outside from ice rink. The plunge was popular but a picnic area would be better cause of future storms. I would love to have boating beyond the summer. View Comment
I was surprised at the name change. The Battle of White Plains involved a very large area including parts of Hartsdale/Scarsdale, West Harrison & North White Plains. In 1776 the hill was known as Chatterton Hill and a battle did take place on the hill. Many of the other exchanges between the British and the Americans were skirmishes. The Chatterton family resided on the hill but this land was part of Philipse Manor. After the Revolution, the lands were confiscated by the US because of the Philipse family's British loyalties. The hill then became part of Greenburgh. A developer in 1905 called the southern section of the hill Battle Hill Park. It wasn't till 1916, that the entire hill became part of White Plains. 1914 Bromley atlas shows park is located on John Lester's 1800's estate. The city also has a Battle Hill Park on the northern side of Battle Ave. I recently published a book about White Plains and would welcome other information about the hill. View Comment
Terrible! How one's actions can affect so many. The men's Y has always had a core of long stay residences serving those without a better alternative. This is just a horrible incident that shakes the core of society's effort to help our most vulnerable. What concerns me is Stepinac's plans to house Chinese students at this Y. Often foreign exchange students are housed in homes in the communities where host families can be found. I hope that these students can find a safe place to stay. White Plains houses many of Westchester's and even NYC's children that have no other alternative. May you all remain save in your homes! View Comment
Another way to raise money, that NYC did was ask for donations to be added to one's bill at a restaurant to go to the food bank. I can't give 200 or go to this event but the food bank might do a food raiser like this in coordination with the big event. View Comment
It is getting very expensive to go back to school these days. Maybe a better way to go is to donate to teachers who can distribute the supplies as needed and things like crayons can be shared. We have so much waste and getting things new every year is wasteful and expensive. As a teacher, I used to spend a fortune to give my students supplies. I lost so many pens and pencils that I ended up giving out golf pencils that no one liked. Now a days there are so many organizations and businesses that give away pens that I would not need to buy so many. Everyone seems to have a TD pen. The TILI shed in White Plains has some supplies and people can leave supplies they don't need. View Comment
I hate the signs;they are not going to change a thing. There are people going around the city vandalizing properties this summer including city property. Homeless men are put out on Court St. everyday(including those who refuse services). Someone took out a row of plantings and broke the sprinkler at the end of my building's property next to sidewalk. There was a man who sat in Tibbits & then came across to Franklin to put paper into storm drain. As I took my walk, there were papers laid out on other building's property & other plantings pulled out at 1 N. Broadway. I did call police & man was still in park. I hope they were able to interview him cause he might have been the one doing the other vandalism. There are people without anything to do & they resent what others have so they vandalize properties. The signs against the Greenway extension are also not going to work. The city owns this land and has a right to extend the Greenway. Join the rest of us in city who have sidewalks going around our homes. The homeowners who are against the FASNY should have bought the property (instead of the signs) and divided it up for housing. The reason the golf course is such an odd shape is probably because of the development of houses that came mostly in the 1900's. This whole area is part of the Mamaroneck Watershed that is about 17 sq. miles covering much of the southern parts of the city. The ponds were created most likely from this watershed and in some cases by the damming of the streams that run in this area and on the west side of Mamaroneck Ave. Look at old maps. The Mamaroneck River has two branches and many streams go into it at different places. Most likely all this development was done on "sensitive" land and after doing all the research on the city for my book, I can see that. The city can not buy this property and run a park. A woman wrote to the mayor and posted on another online newspaper that FASNY is so powerful that they are going to change roads. I don't know where this person has been but roads have been changed and continue to change in the city with developments new and old. The 60's and 70's development wiped out streets and shortened others. A stream (Davis Brook) runs under ground and there was a pond where WP hospital is today. Davis by Post Rd was recently changed to a one way. The City Center took part of E.J Conroy and The Westchester took another street. Even if houses were put on this Ridgeway property, new roads and driveways would have to be built. You should live near Main St where they have been building a structure that started 3 summers ago and is now taking away our sidewalk, hurting businesses and was not necessary. There are plans for redevelopment of The Pavilion and even the former Ford Dealer ship on Westchester Ave. Wait till the construction starts on Bloomingdale in the parking lot across from Bloomingdale's. That was approved. At least the rehab clinic was turned down by the City and now the courts (when they sued). Buy the property and find a better place for the French School! View Comment
I just hope those banned gas leaf blowers stop their blowing cause when it is humid and hot the stuff they blow into the air is not healthy. They were using those blowers over the weekend on Bloomingdale Road and across from the train stain by a parking lot. Why? They blow garbage and dirt into the traffic and pedestrians that are going by. The county regulated the fumes but I doubt these contractors or businesses using them care. Also people should cut their engines because of the fumes that a standing car sends off.
School is now closing campus but still with an White Plains address. According to map the school is really in West Harrison since it is on east side of 287 near Citibank with a drive up ATM. View Comment
There was news just like last week of a girl being rejected from a team out west and I commented how there have been girls on some all boys teams before in NY. Of course, there are boys who want to play field hockey and volleyball and these are not usually offered to boys. I really think schools should not have sport teams but give this over to the rec departments of the communities. It is very expensive and some teams you have to try out for. It ends up costing the state more in retirement costs since teachers add coaching to their salaries. I think rec departments not only could do it for less but take in all the children of a community (private and public) and be less competitive. It is getting harder and harder to educate children and the public monies given should go for education and not these extras. Most people when it comes to budget votes don't realize, it is really these extras that one is approving and not teaching salaries. Very few people vote in school elections and White Plains is no exception. I also think the practice time could be used instead of PE to also cut down on costs.
Unless they have plus sizes, or wide foot sizes, they will not be getting my business. I spend a lot of money and time at The Westchester since I live right across the street. Shops come and go at this mall as well as others cause the high cost of renting a store is so high.The costs are sent down to the consumers. At least I do not have to pay for parking. I am surprised that often an item is shown in the store but not available for purchase. I had to order rugs from Pottery Barn online. Restoration Hardware never had what I wanted either and now it is gone. The Westchester is a wonderful construction inside but it should work to save its stores instead of the constant change overs. It was a real shame when City Limits left and the space is just a big boxed in area. People have told me that the parking fees are the reason they avoid this mall. Now that an Apple store has opened in Yonkers, I wonder if even they will have a problem. I had to go to NYC when the SONY store closed to buy the computers I like. And, I took the train. View Comment
Amazing, justice was served?. Many of for profit schools and even private schools often give false information. No school can guarantee the success of their students and the percentages given are usually based on data they interpret their way. Mark Twain said it best, "there are 3 kinds of lies: lies, more lies and statistics." I hope the students get something but lawyers usually get much of it to cover their fees. Problem is the headline that says a White Plains School. I thought it was that White Plains Public School. This is a corporation with many different schools and in many areas. If you look up their school in White Plains, it is Sanford School at 333 Westchester Ave. Is this White Plains or Harrison? The lawsuit was probably in White Plains. Very misleading! Postal addresses can be very misleading. I worked for White Plains schools for over 30 years and they do their best. No one can guarantee that a student will be successful. It is not where you go to school that matters but what the individual does with the education they receive. Motivation is the key to success! View Comment
The TILI Shed at White Plains' Gedney Way Recycling Yard (for residents) now has office supplies like binders/folders. Free and usable. Nice for children to get new things every year but better for environment and more economical to reuse some things that are still good from previous years. Most of what you buy is made outside the US and you won't be giving big stores like Wal-Mart who do not have good labor practices more reasons to keep doing business the way they have always done it. I used the same back pack for years. We need to rethink how we spend money we do not have.