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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    Home to nearly 70,000 residents, Mount Vernon is a bustling urban center surrounded by suburban, residential neighborhoods in southern Westchester that borders Bronxville. A 29 to 33 minute train ride will have you right in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

    1. Known as the City of Happy Homes, Mount Vernon is divided into four major sections: North Side, the South Side, Mount Vernon Heights and Downtown. A series of neighborhoods reside within each section, giving Mount Vernon with both great character and diversity.
    2. Mount Vernon offers a wide range of restaurants that suit every palate - Ristorante Buona Sera (Italian), Spring Asian (Asian), Galitos Restaurant (Portuguese), Ripe (Jamaican), and the infamous Lincoln Lounge, a long time favorite. 
    3. Mount Vernon’s lineage of the famous and successful –icon Dick Clark, writers E. B. White and Linda Fairstein; the actors Art Carney, Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier; the musicians Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Heavy D; and the athletes Ralph Branca, Ben Gordon and Floyd Patterson -- speaks to the city motto "A City That Believes” in its people and their great potential.
    4. A tennis loving city, Mount Vernon’s annual tennis tournaments held by its department of recreation dates back over 50 years.
    5. Mount Vernon features a number of city parks large and small. Wilson Woods Park, a 23-acre site that's one of the oldest in the county park system, offers residents a wave pool, water slides, a spray deck and water playground, an English Tudor style bathhouse and designated areas for picnicking and fishing. Hunt's Woods is a county preserve with hiking and nature trails.