The city is serviced by the Metro-North and Amtrak railroads and Westchester County's Bee-Line bus service. Parking information is available on Metro North's website. Click here for a Link to Metro-North's website.
Local highways include I-95, the Hutchinson River Parkway "a.k.a. the Hutch", and I-287 is not far away.
In 1850, John Stevens, a merchant tailor from New York City, set out to improve the condition of the working class in New York. Among his goals was to create a property-holding class out of rent payers. To this end he organized the Industrial Home Association No. 1 of New York. Qualifications for membership were moral character, industrious habits and the desire to promote a common purpose. 1,017 due-paying members joined the Association, which purchased the land that then became the Village of Mount Vernon, part of the Town of Eastchester. It consisted of five farms with a combined area of about 370 acres (1.5 km²), costing a total of $75,342.88, or roughly $205 per acre. The land extended from what is now Union Avenue on the east to Fifteenth Avenue on the west; and from Valentine Street on the north to Sandford Boulevard (6th Street) and a small portion of Kingsbridge on the south.
Mount Vernon at this time consisted mainly of farm lands crossed by two important railroads, the New York and Harlem (that already had a station there) and the New York and New Haven (that had no station until the Industrial Home Association built one for it).
Mount Vernon was officially incorporated as a city in 1892. It had previously been a Village and part of the Town of Eastchester. In 1897, when the City of New York merged with Brooklyn and several towns in Queens County, Mount Vernon was offered the opportunity to join Bronx County as a part of New York City. The residents of Mount Vernon rejected the proposal.
Mount Vernon is typically thought to be divided into three major sections: The North Side, the South Side, and Downtown. Here is a map showing neighborhoods in Mount Vernon and nearby cities and towns:
The North Side of Mount Vernon is that part of the city, roughly speaking, north of Mount Vernon Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Sidney Avenue. It consists of five neighborhoods: Fleetwood, Chester Heights, Huntswood, Estate Manor/Aurbyn Estates, and Oakwood Heights.
The South Side of the city includes Parkside, Mount Vernon Heights (The Heights), Southside, and Mount Vernon West.