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1. n, an inhabitant of Yonkers, NY
2. v, to live in Yonkers, NY. also YONK, YONKS, YONKED, YONKER, YONKING
3.adj YONKED descriptor of a person living or the act of living in Yonkers, NY, sometimes used in a pejorative sense.
EX: "We bought this old house and are re-habbing it--we are so yonked!"
4. n, YONKED a weblog that chronicles the life, trials, tribulations, and other of two lovebirds and their new child in an old house in Yonkers, NY.



Saturday, November 10, 2007

Yonkers in the Public Radio

Today, as Stephanie was going to the city to hang out with her parents, and I was at home preparing for a clown gig at the Yonkers Public Library (part of the Andrus Yonkers' Children's Day), stephanie calls me, and says "NPR. 820. Listen now." and hung up the phone. I scrambled to turn the computer to 820 am ( and start listening in.

At first I thought I missed it-- they were talking about Hoboken. Come to find out, they were doing a big compare and contrast of Yonkers and Hoboken, and cities that are near the city but still their own thing.

They talked a lot about young couples homesteading and renovating old houses (HELLO, HERE WE ARE!) and also about Peter X. Kelley's X20 restaurant, which we described earlier in the blog at some point.

One of the interesting things is that they said that downtown Yonkers (which is the fourth largest city in New York State, and the largest in Westchester, and a quarter mile or less from our house) doesn't have any commercial chains in the downtown. No Barnes and Noble, No Gap, no Home Depot, no Starbucks, no Staples, no Taco Bell, no nothing. All of Yonkers large chains are on the outside of Yonkers (on Route 100, or at the Cross-County Mall) Downtown is ripe for development. And when there is a place to buy a book in downtown Yonkers, that's when the government guys will know that they have achieved a level of success.

Anyway, you can listen to all 12 minutes of the story courtesy of NPR:

Yonkers on NPR

And the end of the broadcast, they play Ella singing the "I'll take Manhattan" song, and there's a verse about Yonkers! (she was a Yonkerite! A Yonkersian. A Yonk. Let's face it.. Ella was yonked, man!)

"We`ll go to Yonkers,
Where true love conquers
In the wilds
And starve together, dear, in Childs"

Looks like this blog has a new theme song!

Comments on "Yonkers in the Public Radio"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:55 PM) : 

Have either you or Stephanie attended any of the city's public hearings on Downtown Development? You are in the mix now and if you want to see the downtown progress you should get involved.


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