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Last Call! RSVP for Sutherland Park Cleanup Event, October 17-18

Leslie Sutherland Park, a community treasure, is maintained and beautified by neighborhood volunteers. Please join us to help spruce up this amazing community asset. There will be many types of help needed, including:

  • Trash cleanup
  • Mulch spreading
  • Weeding
  • Brush clearing on trails in lower park
  • Planting of new perennials


Please bring gloves and garden tools (rakes, shovels, weeding tools, etc.) if you have them. Some tools and supplies, such as trash bags, will be available at the event. Social distancing will be in effect, so please wear your mask. We will also be collecting contact information for people who may be interested in “adopting” parts of the park. This will be a fun event and a great chance to meet Park Hill neighbors.


This year's cleanup will be residents' first opportunity to "adopt a bed." Families or individuals can pick one of the seven planting beds in Sutherland Park to "parent"--and in return, have their names placed on a lovely garden sign celebrating their connection to the bed. Bed parents can keep an eye on the growing plants, make sure there's plenty of mulch, and help keep the bed weeded during the growing season. More than one person or family can adopt the same bed! This is a new initiative, and one that we hope will lead to more regular maintenance of our beautiful gardens. More information on bed adoption will be available at the cleanup event.


If you plan to attend--or if you can't make it but would like to volunteer for ongoing park maintenance--please RSVP to this link. Thanks, and we hope to see you there! 



Coming Soon: Virtual Candidates Night (Oct. 22) and Meeting with City Officials (Oct. 28)!

 

Please mark your calendar for PHRA's 2020 Candidates Night on Thursday, October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, a chance to hear from people running for local office via Zoom. Candidates for a variety of local, state, and federal offices will give brief presentations to introduce themselves and then respond to questions. To keep things organized, we are asking Park Hill neighbors to submit their questions and concerns before the meeting, where they will be presented to the candidates by PHRA board members. Candidates invited, and the offices they are seeking, include:


  • Jamaal Bowman (US House of Representatives, 16th District)
  • Andrea Stewart-Cousins (State Senate, 35th District)
  • Nader Sayegh (State Assembly, 90th District)
  • Mimi Rocah (Westchester County District Attorney)
  • Nilda Morales Horowitz (Family Court Judge)
  • Dan Romano (City Court Judge)
  • Verris Shako (City Court Judge)
  • Karen Best (City Court Judge)
  • Tom Daly (City Court Judge)

Please register for this event by clicking the button below, where you will also be able to submit your questions for the candidates. We suggest that you ask questions specific to each candidate, since the responsibilities of each office are different. Before the event begins, you will receive a link for the Zoom meeting. We hope you can make it!

Event Signup


Also, on Wednesday, October 28, Park Hill residents are invited to join the PHRA Board via Zoom for a meeting with current City of Yonkers officials. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance for this meeting as well. More information will be coming soon... stay tuned for a signup link and instructions on how to submit your questions.  

We appreciate your interest in these events and your participation in our democracy!


PHRA Annual Tag Sale Scheduled for October 24-25


The Park Hill Residents' Association Annual Tag Sale is now set for the weekend of October 24-25. The sale hours will be from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Masks will be required to ensure the safety of all participants. 

Let’s work together to make this a great day!  Display balloons or signs in front or your house to let everyone know that you are participating. Have hand sanitizer available at the entrance of your sale. The PHRA will place ads in the Journal News and various newspapers and media throughout Westchester to publicize the sale. Paper maps of Park Hill identifying all the participants will be available the days of the sale, and electronic versions of the map will be available on the website on Friday the 23rd. We would like to include your location on the map, so please e-mail Kathryn Buckley (buckleyjim@msn.com) with your address, or print and return the coupon on the tag sale flyer (linked here) via mail no later than Thursday, October 22. Also, we need volunteers to help put up signs, distribute maps and collect them on Sunday evening. Please email Kathryn at the above address if you can help. 

The PHRA sponsors the annual neighborhood tag sale to boost buyer interest and turnout, and to minimize the traffic and clutter that can result from multiple uncoordinated sales. If you are planning on having a tag sale this year, please take advantage of the PHRA-sponsored advertising to ensure the best turnout for your sale and to help keep our neighborhood quiet and clutter-free. Thank you, and we look forward to your participation!



A Big Thanks to Participants in Park Hill Fall Cleanup Events!

In our recent email survey, trash was one of the topics that residents mentioned most often as a concern. To help tackle this tough issue, the PHRA organized a series of cleanup events in September and October. Neighbors and PHRA Board members joined forces to collect trash on Rumsey Road on September 19th (in collaboration with the Yonkers Land Conservancy), on Courter Avenue and the McLean ramps to the Saw Mill River Parkway on September 26th, and on Park Hill Avenue on October 4th. Participants enjoyed the crisp fall air while meeting new neighbors and beautifying the community. One additional cleanup opportunity remains: On Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 9 AM-noon, there will be a maintenance and cleanup event at Leslie Sutherland Park (see article above to RSVP for this event!) Refreshments will be provided for volunteers at this socially distanced event, along with supplies such as vests, garbage bags, and gloves.


The PHRA is currently working on several other measures to combat trash in our neighborhood. After meeting with the PHRA Board and listening to residents' concerns in August, Councilmember Tasha Diaz has put in a work order for the city to post No Dumping signs at several locations. In addition, the Board is working with the Council to explore the addition of garbage cans on busy streets and evaluating a sponsorship of the Mayor's Adopt-A-Mile program (see here for more information). We thank you for your valuable input, and will keep you informed as progress continues!

Rumsey Road cleanup on September 19th, 2020. All photos by Lucy Vigilant-Smith.

Cleanup on Sawmill River Parkway ramp to Putnam Avenue, September 26th, 2020.

Park Hill Avenue cleanup participants on October 4th, 2020.

Stay Informed... Join the PHRA Email List


In addition to updating the website, the PHRA sends emails to members and other interested parties with information on upcoming events or news of interest to Park Hill residents. While we would love for you to become a member, we invite you to simply sign up for the email list to get the latest on what's going on in the neighborhood. Your privacy is important to us, and we do not share our email lists. To join, simply click on "Add Me To Your Mailing List" at the upper left-hand corner of this page. To join PHRA as a member, click the "Member Sign Up" tab. Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at future events! 

Community Input Makes PHRA Board Meeting with City and County Officials a Success!

Many thanks to those of you who sent in questions and comments for the City and County officials who attended the PHRA Board Meeting on August 13th. The excellent input we received was extremely valuable to an open and constructive dialogue with our guests: Jose Alvarado, District 17 Representative to the Westchester County Board of Legislators; Mike Khader, Yonkers City Council President; Tasha Diaz, Yonkers City Council 3rd District; and Tom Meier, Yonkers Department of Public Works Commissioner. (2nd District Councilmember/Majority Leader Corazon Pineda Isaac and 4th District Councilmember John Rubbo were unable to attend, but are receptive to Park Hill's concerns and will participate in future meetings.) Our discussion is summarized in the meeting minutes, and we will be following up with you on specific topics in future emails. Meanwhile, if you would like to contact your elected officials directly, the contact information for city, county and state elected officials for Park Hill can be found on the Yonkers Government tab of the PHRA website. 

To better serve Park Hill residents, the PHRA Board will begin posting our monthly meeting minutes on the website, where you can find them under the Documents tab. We also will be updating the website to provide more content and community resources. Please feel free to contact us with questions, suggestions, and comments at questions@parkhillyonkers.org. Thank you!


City Councilmember Tasha Diaz, County Board of Legislators Member Jose Alvarado, and City Council President Mike Khader speaking with the PHRA Board on August 13. Department of Public Works Commissioner Tom Meier participated by phone. Photos: Claudia Espinoza.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF PARK HILL


In 1888, the American Real Estate Company established the Park Hill section of Yonkers. They created a community amid one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Westchester County. The neighborhood quickly attracted people who worked in Manhattan, but who wanted to live in a more tranquil setting. Among Park Hill's early residents were celebrities from the stage, screen and radio. The English actor Richard Bennett and his daughters Joan and Constance lived here. Dennis O'Brien, the corporate counsel for United Artists, hosted parties at his Park Hill home where guests included Charlie Chaplin, George M. Cohan, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Alfred and Dora McCann broadcast their WOR radio program from their Park Hill house, and drummer Gene Krupa made his home here. A variety of artists still live here in a distinctive community where they are neighbors with plumbers, doctors, secretaries, clerks, teachers and others. A recent profile of our neighborhood in the New York Times delves into a little more of this history.