White Plains (New York)
Take the train from or to Manhattan. Buses connect White Plains with Stamford and locations throughout Westchester. Taxi cabs are available at the train station and by appointment elsewhere in the City. For train and bus schedule information see www.mta.com.
Not too much as far as tourist attractions, but White Plains does a nice job for Saint Patty's day parade and New Year's Celebration. The Ice Rink is a nice resource. The Library is top notch. Saxon Woods Park is worth a visit with a good walking loop in the woods of about 3 miles.
There are a number of malls in White Plains, including the upscale Westchester Mall, as well as the Galeria and White Plains Mall. That said, however, the most popular attraction in White Plains is the Metro North station, which can deposit a traveler into the heart of Manhattan via express train within 35 minutes. If you find yourself in White Plains for any prolonged period, you may want to take advantage of this option.
There are little to no native products to White Plains, but most major retailers are located in Town. Departments stores abound but for avid bargain hunters, the best retail therapy can be had approximately thirty minutes away at Woodbury Commons Outlet Mall.
White Plains has all of the major chains represented here. So you can choose between Legal Seafood, PF Chang's Cheesecake Factory and Applebee's in case you hadnt eaten at one of them in another typical Edge City. There is a large number of local Italian restaurants of varying quality along with the standard Greek diners and ubiquitious middling Chinese fare. For high end Italian try Merlinos. The Indian restaurant on East Post Rd. just received an excellent in the NY Times review. For affordable fare stick with one of the several diners. Many of the restaurants have had formal write ups in the times which can be googled. The Old White Plains Mall has an asian supermarket with prepared chinese and japanese food at a reasonable price and of course Whole Foods has quality prepared foods as well.
There is a cluster of bars on Mamaroneck Ave between Maple and Main St. which is the center of White Plains nightlife. If the Irish Pubs in this vicinity do not quite suit the bill there is another small cluster of bars down East Post Road as you head to South Broadway.
White Plains is the center of the County and is convenient to NYC. An express train takes less than thirty minutes to Midtown Manhattan. The bus can be taken into the Bronx (try the Zoo, Botanical Gardens or Arthur Avenue). Westchester County Airport is ten minutes away.