Mount Vernon is a city in Westchester County, New York, United States. It lies on the border of the New York City borough of the Bronx. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report the population was 67,292.
Mount Vernon is the eighth most populous city in the state of New York. It is a predominantly African-American city in a majority White county. Northside Mount Vernon has a suburban presence with tree lined streets and close knit homes side by side while Southside Mount Vernon has a very urban feel, nearly mirroring its border with the New York City Borough, The Bronx.
During the 1960s, Mount Vernon was a divided city on the brink of a "northern style" segregation. Many blacks from the South came to the north and settled in the city of Mount Vernon for better job opportunities and educational advancements. At the same time, many Whites from the Bronx and Manhattan looked to Mount Vernon as a new "bedroom community" due to rising crime in New York City (a "white flight" factor entailed as well). As a result, Mount Vernon became divided by the New Haven Line railroad tracks of the Metro North railroad into two parts north and south. The population of the "South Side" of the tracks became predominantly African American while the "North Side" of the tracks was largely white.
The city has an enormously diverse population for its size. Over 98 different nationalities call the city home. In just four square miles the ethnic backgrounds of the people range from German, Portuguese, Eritrean, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian to Mexican, Gambian, Italian, Jewish, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Jamaican. The city has a large Brazilian community located in the neighborhoods just north and east of the downtown; it also has the largest West Indian and West African populations in the county; these groups mainly occupy the southwest corner of the city nearer to The Bronx borderline.
Mount Vernon's three major employers are the Mount Vernon city school district with (1,021 employees), Michael Anthony Jewelers (712 employees), and Mount Vernon Hospital (700 employees)
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"Our Favorite Things" Exhibition
This is your special invitation to join us as we celebrate the opening of "Our Favorite Things" exhibition by photographers Kwame Brathwiate & Jon Brathwaite, at Mt. Vernon's City Hall hosted by Mayor Ernie Davis.
The show onsists of photos of entertainment greats including Michael Jackson, Max Roach, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, James Brown, Marvin,Gaye, Cannonball Adderley (with Hank Mobley, Curtis Fuller,& Kenny Durham),Stevie Wonder (with Muhammed Ali, Marlon Brando, Richie Havens, Dick Gregory, Buffy St. Marie, David Amram and others), Thelonius Monk, Jimmy Heath, Cecil Bridgewater, Wycliff Gordon, Clifton Alexander, Steve Turre, Eric Reid, and many of today's young jazz Giants.
Here are a few samples from the 20 photos exhibited; Michael, Monk and Marley
Opening Reception, Friday, January 4, 6:00 - 7:30
Mount Vernon City Hall
Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
Hosted by Mayor Ernie Davis (an artist himself: Architect)
Supported by Mt. Vernon Arts Council
By subway: take the IRT #2 Wakefield 241st Express to the last stop, 241st Street.
Take #42 bus (accepts Metro Card) get off at 5th Ave. by Chase Bank, walk one block to City Hall.
By Railroad, take Metro North, New Haven Line to Mt. Vernon East- Short walk to City hall
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Beloved Designs - Category: Black Hair Salon - 44 West First Street, Mount Vernon, New York 10550 (914) 664-0211 - (visit website)
Gina's Beauty Supply Inc - Category: Beauty Supply - 57 S 4th Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 (914) 699-0059 - (reviews)
Lil' Cupid Hair Specialties - Category: Black Beauty Salon - 102 W. 1st Street
Mount Vernon, New York 10550 (914) 826-4076
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Starlight Beauty & Spa - Category: Black Beauty Salon - 48 East Third Street
Mount Vernon, New York NY (914) 667-2670
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Annie's "Dream" Cuisine - Category: Soul Food - 17 W. Prospect Ave., Mount Vernon, NY. (914) 699-2664 - (visit website)
King's Southern Delight - Category: Sandwiches, Southern, Soul Food - 284 E 3rd St. Mount Vernon, NY 10553 (914) 668-7335 - (reviews)
The Bayou Restaurant - Category: Cajun/Creole, Jazz & Blues - 580 Gramatan Ave. Mt Vernon, NY 10552 (914) 668-2634 - (reviews)
Yvonne's House of Soul - Category: Southern/Soul - 65 E Prospect Avenue
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