Yonkers is the fourth most populous city in the state of New York (behind New York City, Buffalo, and Rochester), and the most populous city in Westchester County, with a population of 195,976 (according to the 2010 Census). Yonkers borders the New York City borough of the Bronx and is located two miles (3 km) north of Manhattan at the municipalities’ closest points.
The downtown of Yonkers, known as Getty Square, is where the City government is located. Getty Square also houses significant Yonkers businesses and non-profits, and is a bustling retail center.
The city is home to several attractions, including: the Saw Mill River Daylighting, wherein a parking lot was removed to uncover a river; Hudson River Museum; Sherwood House; Science Barge; and Yonkers Raceway, a harness racing track that has renovated its grounds and clubhouse and added legalized video slot machine gambling in 2006 in a “racino” called Empire City. There are also many large shopping areas in Getty Square, on South Broadway, and at the Cross County and Ridge Hill Village shopping malls along Central Park Avenue, informally called “Central Ave” by area residents, a name it takes officially a few miles north in White Plains.
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