Yonkers New York…obviously! There is no other municipality in the United States named Yonkers. The name itself became a misnomer, since the tiny hamlet was originally named Colen Donck after Adriaen van der Donck who received the land grant from the New Netherland director general in 1645. Apparently he was known as a Jonkheer, or a young gentleman around town and as you may have guessed, the city’s name derived from a watered down “Jonkheer” to simply “Yonkers”
This has happened many many times in the New York Area. Jonas Bronck owned a large plantation and in time, his land became simply known as “The Bronx”.
Seriously however, this blog is not going to be a historical narrative of the city, as there are many people who have documented this throughly but there will be HISTORY.
This blog will not be an essay on current politics, trends and everyday situations and how the city has evolved, but there will be OPINIONS.
It is my OPINION that the HISTORY of our city is one that can be very interesting and is also one that dictates the direction the city will go in for future generations. This blog is about HISTORY…it is also about my OPINION of the city in which I grew up in.
Too many times I have heard people speak of Yonkers and talk about all that is wrong with the city. How happy they are to not live there anymore and question how anyone can live there still. How “great” things were 30,40,50,60 years ago and how “down hill” things have gone.
Yonkers is a city and like any city, it is faced with complex problems and immense disparities of race, social injustice and tolerance. Despite the problems, I hope to highlight all of the GOOD things that make up the city of Yonkers as well as oddities and little known facts along the way. In doing this, my goal is to get people to see the good in Yonkers, to get people talking about Yonkers from a positive perspective and to lend a platform for those who’s lives have either passed through or are currently living in Yonkers.