From quirky mentions (the city is the title character’s hometown in the 1925 pop song “If You Knew Susie”) to more thoughtful explorations (the 2015 miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” about Yonkers housing desegregation crisis), Yonkers has been a wellspring for some of our most resonant works as well as some of our finest artists, civic leaders, athletes and inventors.
While many municipalities across the United States are running for the solar energy train, Yonkers has been on board long before the train left the station. Back in May 2017, the city was recognized by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as a Designated Clean Energy Community and cited for providing training to employees on energy code enforcement, developing a standard solar permit application, investing in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure for its fleet and converting streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs.
Since Cross County Center opened on April 28, 1954, it has been many things to many different people. And despite the advent of online retail and Covid, it continues to supply shoppers with new experiences and memories, attracting more than 11 million people annually to its 1.165-million-square-foot complex at the intersection of Cross County Parkway and I-87 in Yonkers.