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

    Close proximity to New York City is one of the defining features of Westchester County. With such easy access, we often overlook that New York is an international city, and in the same category as Paris, Rome and Tokyo.

    Westchester County is in the backyard of New York City and its southern most suburbs, such as Bronxville, New Rochelle and Larchmont, are less than 30 minutes to New York by train or car. It's an easy commute for those who live in the suburbs and work in the city - once seated on the train, they have just enough time to read their e-mail and take a quick glance at the day’s cover story before the train is pulling into Grand Central Terminal, the largest train station in the world by number of platforms.

    The beauty and calm of Westchester suburbs offer a welcome respite from the fast pace of the city. The transition from city mode – high energy and high density - to suburb mode – friendly faces and open space - synthesizes the comfort and convenience of straddling these two worlds on a daily basis.

    Sophistication in dining, shopping and recreation is never compromised in New York City’s Backyard. Award-winning chefs and five-star restaurants are plentiful.  Madison Avenue may be unrivaled, but Westchester County has it share of fine retailers and specialty stores that are local favorites. Amenities, such as parks, golf courses, hiking and biking trails, plus the Long Island Sound and  Hudson River make Westchester both unique and desirable.

    Here is look at a day in the life of a Westchester resident who commutes to New York City everyday:

    NYC's Backyard produced by Houlihan Lawrence on WellcomeMat