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Overview

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 History

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.

Peekskill Transportation

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,977
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+11,997
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married42.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.4%
Median Earnings25+$35,294
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,013
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,002

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,881
% Above Poverty Level87.6%
% Below Poverty Level12.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time35 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.9%
% Using Public Transportation17.2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,324
Median House Value$289,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56.5%
Italian11.5%
Irish10%
German7.3%
West Indian5%
Jamaican3.6%
English3%
Polish1.9%
African1.3%
Arab1%
Jordanian1%
Australian0.8%
French Except Basque0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Russian0.5%
Guyanese0.5%
Brazilian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Kenyan0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Scottish0.3%
British0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Peekskill Almanac

CategoryValue
County Westchester County
Standard Zip Codes10566
Phone Area Codes845,914
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.28
Approximate Longitude-73.92

Peekskill Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationYORKTOWN HEIGHTS 1 W
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationWEST POINT
Distance6.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip50.5 inches
StationSUFFERN
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip51 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Buchanan2,246$115,921
Crompond2,444$148,406
Crugers1,408$106,691
Fort Montgomery1,544$98,125
Lake Mohegan5,797$135,528

Peekskill Public Libraries

The Field Library
4 NELSON AVENUE
Peekskill, New York
(914) 737-1212

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Peekskill Public Schools

Peekskill High School
1072 Elm St
ZIP: 10566
(914) 737-0201
High
Total Enrollment 852
Uriah Hill School
980 Pemart Ave
ZIP: 10566
(914) 739-6992
Primary
Total Enrollment 140
Oakside School
200 Decatur Ave
ZIP: 10566
(914) 737-1591
Primary
Total Enrollment 539
Woodside School
Depew St
ZIP: 10566
(914) 739-0093
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Hillcrest School
4 Horton Dr
ZIP: 10566
(914) 739-2284
Middle
Total Enrollment 488
Peekskill Middle School
212 Ringgold St
ZIP: 10566
(914) 737-4542
Middle
Total Enrollment 745

Peekskill Private Schools

Ohr Hameir Seminary - Tifereth Israel High School
Furnace Wood Rd
ZIP: 10566
Secondary
Total Enrollment 109
Assumption School
920 1st St
ZIP: 10566
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
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Historic Peekskill

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Peekskill Bay and the Narrows (Hudson River) 1890

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Peekskill Bay and the Narrows (Hudson River) 1890

Peekskill Bay and the narrows (Hudson River) ca. 1890

Peekskill Bay and the narrows of the Hudson. between 1880 and 1898

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