Introduction to Peekskill, New York
Peekskill, New York, in Westchester county, is 19 miles NW of White Plains, New York and 38 miles N of New York, New York. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the New York metropolitan area with. Peekskill has a population of approximately 22,441.
Europeans settled down in this area during the early 1700s. Peekskill was one of the first towns to develop into an American industrial center, manufacturing stove products and iron plow. The Binney and Smith Company, which currently makes Crayola products, began as the Peekskill Chemical Company in 1864. Peekskill's manufacturing industry operated well into the later years of the 20th century. The infamous Peekskill Riots took place in the summer of 1949 and involved entertainer Paul Robeson and World War II veterans of the area took place in nearby Van Cortlandtville.
Peekskill and nearby Attractions
- Blue Mountain Reservation
- Bear Mountain State Park
- Peekskill Museum
- Haverstraw Brick Museum
- Mohansic Golf Course
- Wallace Pond
Things To Do In Peekskill
Peekskill, with its vibrant downtown area, has drawn several artists and art appreciators in the recent years. The city is quite hospitable to artist studios and galleries. Some of the interesting local venues include the Paramount Center for the Arts, which regularly screens independent films, the Peekskill Coffee House, where local acts are showcased, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The Peekskill Celebration is a significant local festival held every August.
Stewart International Airport is 20 miles away.
Peekskill Higher Education
Pace University, Rockland Community College and SUNY Westchester Community College are some of the nearby institutions of higher education.