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Village of Bronxville Initiatives: Food Scrapping Program, Safe Streets, and Electric Car Charging Stations

By Staff

Nov. 17, 2021: The Bronxville Village Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting on November 8.

Mayor Marvin reported that all the news was “really positive” this month.  She spoke about the wonderful Bronxville Halloween parade and the success of Take Back Day, which included 221 cars going to the shredder alone. With the holiday season approaching, Mayor Marvin encouraged villagers to “shop local” this holiday season.

Trustee Helen Knapp spoke about the amazing efforts of the Green Committee. There is a large effort around food scrapping. There is now a collection area on Palumbo Place and the village has ordered 600 starter kits.  There will be a roll-out of the scrap program in the next couple of months.  The Green Committee is also working on getting Bronxville certified as a bronze-status climate-smart community.

On other fronts, the village has commenced weekly Covid testing of the police force, will be installing two additional car charging stations in the Garden Avenue lot, and is continuing work on the “safe streets'  initiative, which is aimed at promoting walkability in the village. There has been particular concern about more safe crossings across Route 22.  Finally, the village has retained a firm to look at recommendations for the west side circle, where there is a lot of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Village Administrator, Jim Palmer, commented that, given the recent excessive rainfall events, the village needs to comprehensively look at stormwater improvements that the village can make.

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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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