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White Plains (New York)

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White Plains is a city in Westchester County, New York.


Get in[edit]

By Plane[edit]

Also known simply as White Plains Airport, it's located just 3 miles NE in West Harrison, New York. The 12 bus connects the airport with downtown White Plains. There are 5 airlines and 2 scheduled charter airlines at KHPN (America Eagle, Cape Air, Delta, Delta Connection, JetBlue, Reliant Air, Tradewind Aviation, and United Express) serving a total of 16 destinations, mainly Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Washington DC, and destinations across Florida, with seasonal routes to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

However, just under a quarter of all flights are for schedule commercial and charter carriers. Westchester County and nearby Fairfield County, CT are home to many affluent residents, and the airport is located just over 30 miles north of downtown Manhattan. As result, business jets and helicopters account for the majority of operations at Westchester County.

It's often used as an alternative to Teterboro Airport, which is off limits to commercial airlines, but located across the Hudson River in Teterboro, New Jersey. There are 3 FBO providers operating 5 private terminals at White Plains Airport [16](Ross Aviation East & West, Signature Flight Support East & West, Million Air). Air charter brokers including Wolf Aviation and Private Jets Teterboro offer access to private planes at KHPN and airports across the country, with aircraft ranging from single and twin-engine propeller planes to business jets and luxury airliners.

By Train[edit]

  • Metro North commuter train from Grand Central and 125th St. in New York (city) and other points south, or from Brewster, Wassaic, and other points north on the Harlem line. Express trains between White Plains and Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan take approximately 34 minutes. (See [17] for maps, schedules, and fare information.)

By Bus[edit]

There is a network of Westchester County buses in the Bee Line system. (See [18] for further information.). There is also the Stamford I-Bus, Tappan Zee Express, The Leprauchan Connection, and Orange-Westchester Link to Stamford, Rockland County, Dutchess/Putnam County and Orange County respectively.

Greyhound also has service to White Plains.

By Car[edit]

White Plains has several major highways passing though it.

Interstate 287, which connects to the Tappan-Zee bridge to the west, and Interstate 95 in the east, has several exits which can drop you in many different parts of White Plains. It is frequently congested due to ongoing construction.

Without traffic, one can make it to Manhattan in 30 minutes.

Get around[edit]

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 Bee Line bus info, see [19]. For Metro-North info, see [20]. For information regarding the Stamford I-Bus, see [21]. For information regarding the Tappan Zee Express bus see [22]

See[edit][add listing]

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.

Do[edit][add listing]

There are a number of malls in White Plains, including the upscale Westchester Mall, as well as the Galleria 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 many places for entertainment in White Plains. The city often holds free movies and concerts (small band performances), especially during the summer. During the summer, there is also a farmers market located down the block from city center. City Center is a large complex with shopping and a large movie thearter.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

White Plains has all of the major chains represented here. So you can choose between Legal Seafood, PF Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory and Applebee's in case you haven't 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 ubiquitous 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.

In addition, there are a variety or restaurants spanning down Mamaroneck Ave with any food anyone could desire. Including upscale restaurants to quick fast food.

  • Francesco's, 600 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, [1]. Excellent old-school (50+ years old) Italian restaurant with great pizza, and wonderful atmosphere. Large portion sizes. There are a few parking spaces on the right side of the building. Definitely worth a try and a refreshing departure from all the chain restaurants in the area. Closed Sundays.  edit
  • Bao's Chinese Cuisine, White Plains Mall, 200 Hamilton Avenue #4A, White Plains, NY 10601, [2]. Solid Chinese food in a quiet, attractive sit-down restaurant (which you might not expect) inside the White Plains Mall. Great service. A pleasant respite from the chain restaurants and loud techno-music playing establishments on Mamaroneck Avenue.  edit
  • Euro Pizza, 120 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601, [3]. Try the eggplant slices, they're good.  edit
  • Turkish Cuisine, 116 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601, [4]. Delicious Turkish food. Excellent hummus and falafel, lentil soup and Jerusalem salad are great. Baklava is delicious. Table service, take-out, delivery and open late.  edit
  • Star Diner, 66 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601, [5]. The Star Diner is easy to miss but don't! The diner is in an actual trailer wedged in an alleyway on E. Post Road. Excellent atmosphere. It's open 24-hours with reasonable prices and standard diner food.  edit
  • Gaucho Grill, White Plains Plaza, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601, [6]. Argentinean Steakhouse, but has one of White Plains' best brunches too! The brunch is a buffet and suitable for vegetarians. The tres leches cake is to die for.  edit
  • White Plains Bake Shoppe, 466 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, [7]. Great bakery in White Plains. Many newer bakeries have come and gone over the years, this one has stuck around for over a decade. It's great. They also have iced coffee.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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.

  • The Beechmont Tavern White Plains, 213 East Post Road, White Plains, NY 10601, [8]. A non-Mamaroneck Avenue bar that tends to be quieter than the rest. Great for watching sports, excellent friendly staff. A good place to go for if you'd like to be able to have a conversation while you enjoy a cocktail.  edit
  • Hastings Tea, 235 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601, [9]. Nice place for high-quality tea blends, and coffee (try the dark roast coffee). Locally-made pastries are available. Staff is very pleasant and friendly. Free wi-fi and plenty of seats. The iced teas are very refreshing in warm weather. Sometimes they have live music!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Crowne Plaza White Plains Hotel, [23], A full service hotel in downtown White Plains near Westchester Mall. Meeting facilities perfect for business functions, weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs, and more.
  • Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown, 200 Tarrytown Road, 914-592-5680, [10]. Conveniently located on 119 (near routes 87 and 287). Meeting rooms available to accommodate your corporate meetings. Group rates offered.  edit
  • Renaissance Westchester Hotel, 80 West Red Oak Lane, +1 914 694-5400, Toll-free: +1 800 891-2696, Fax: +1 914 694-5616, [24].
  • Residence Inn White Plains Westchester County, 5 Barker Avenue, +1 914 761-7700, Fax: +1 914 761-0136, [25].
  • Ritz-Carlton Westchester, 3 Renaissance Square (right dowtown, tallest building), 419-946-5500, [11]. checkin: 3; checkout: 12. Simply the best hotel in Westchester. Check online for best rates! $200+.  edit
  • Doral Arrowwood, 975 Anderson Hill Road Rye Brook, 914-939-5500, [12]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. Nestled amid 114 wooded acres in Rye Brook village in Westchester County.  edit
  • Hyatt House White Plains, 101 Corporate Park Drive, 1-914-251-9700, [13].  edit
  • Cambria Suites, 250 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601, (914) 681-0500, [14]. Beautiful new all-suites hotel opened in late 2014. Great rooms and very nice lobby/bar restaurant area with outdoor terrace.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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.

Routes through White Plains
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