The town of Yorktown is very large at 40 sq miles, which is bigger than Manhattan. It offers a diverse set of neighborhoods, with suburban residential areas, lots of parks and open spaces, and rural farmland. It is made up of five business hamlets: Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Jefferson Valley, Crompond, and Yorktown Heights. Yorktown Heights, at the Southeast corner of town, is the largest hamlet: 2/3 of the population in Yorktown live in Yorktown Heights.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in Yorktown is its nature surroundings. You can bike on the North County Trailways, which passes by the Village of Yorktown and its shops and restaurants. The Turkey Mountain is 831 feet above sea level. On top of the mountain, you get a breathtaking panoramic view of Croton Reservoir, the Hudson River, and a glimpse of the New York City skyline.
There is also the FDR State Park that includes a lake, a pond, fishing, picnic areas and sports fields, a golf course, and a mammoth swimming pool that is twice the size of an Olympic regulation sized pool.
The Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown, although is quite small, has a Macy's, Sears, and 90 other stores. The nearby Cortlandt Town Center with several big box stores and a movie theater, may be a more popular place for shopping.
IBM is a major employer in town with its Watson Research Center located there. There are smaller industrial businesses in industrial parks located in different parts of Yorktown.
There is no Metro North station in the town. To commute to New York City, they may choose to take the train to Grand Central station from either Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line, or Mount Kisco on the Harlem line.
Which station you depart from generally depends on which part of town you live in, the time of day, and parking availability. Usually it is a 10-20 minute drive to the station for commuters, and the train ride will range from 41-75 minutes depending on whether you catch an express or local train.
It is convenient to get right on the Taconic State Parkway which travels North to Putnam County, and South to the rest of Westchester and NYC. Driving to New York City from Yorktown takes approximately one hour.
The town of Yorktown website: http://www.yorktownny.org/
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