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The History of Wykagl, NY

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The car accident attorneys in Wykagl, NY, sponsor this article to offer you some detailed information about the community.

Wykagl is a suburban community in New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York. Located in ZIP code 1084, the community ranks 333rd on the Forbes list of  500 most expensive ZIP codes in the U.S. The community spans 6 square miles and consists of stunning parks, million-dollar homes, and planned communities built in the early to mid 20th century.

History

The community's fascinating name, Wykagl, is commonly believed to have originated through the combination of two Native American words: wigwos, meaning birch bark, and keag, meaning country. It is presumed that the name was shortened by an Algonquian-speaking band of Lenape who originally inhabited the area.

Around the end of the 19th century, this "Upper Rochelle" area was primarily farmland except for the Wykagyl Country Club, which relocated to its current site in 1905.

In 1912, home development in New Rochelle was quickly extending northward, with North Avenue serving as the central passageway. Many bankers and investors began amassing expansive tracts of forest surrounding the Wykagyl Country Club and incorporated the area in the Wykagyl Reservation name. The reservation was located to take advantage of the new Westchester and Boston Railway commuter line.

The Wykagyl railroad station was named by Alfred Feltheimer, the architect who designed railroad stations. Feltheimer chose to name the station "Wykagyl" because of its adjacent location to the private country club. The new railroad line encouraged new construction, prompting a population jump.

Developers saw the potential in the area and fast-tracked the construction of fine homes in well-landscaped communities. "Wykagyl Gardens," one of the largest apartment complexes in the country at the time, was also built adjacent to the railroad station.

Development in Wykagyl has since expanded. Today the area's Elizabethan and Cotswold Tudors, Mediterranean-style villas, and classic colonials architectural styles are well received by its residents. The community is centered around an 18-hole golf course and country club, and a small business district.

Historic Sites

With such rich history, it should be no surprise that Wykagyl hosts several stunning historical sites. Including,

  • Israel Secord House: received a 2008 New Rochelle Heritage Award.
  • The Brewster Schoolhouse: one of the oldest structural relics in Westchester County, dating back to the 18th century.
  • Norman Rockwell's studio: home and studio where the artist created much of his iconic Saturday Evening Post work.
  • St. John's Wilmot Church: a historic Episcopal parish located in the northern end of the City at the intersection of North Avenue and Wilmot Road, formerly referred to as "Cooper's Corner."

Demographics

The approximate racial demographic of Wykagyl, NY are as follows:

  • 85.2% White
  • 7.9% Black or African American
  • 0.06% Native American
  • 4.1% Asian
  • 2% from two or more races
  • #% Hispanic or Latino of any race

Wykagyl, NY, is considered to be a very well-off community. The median home price in Wykagyl stands at $806,264USD, and The Washington Post ranks Wykagyl among the nation's highest percentile rankings for median household income and the share of adults with college degrees or higher.

In 2010, the median income for a household in Wykagyl was $165,154USD, and the median income for a family was $199,061. Approximately 3,001 households (62%) earned $100,000 or more, with 1,970 (41%) earning in excess of $150,000 annually.

Wykagyl, NY, is considered a high-income area and is a beautiful place to raise a family.

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Date Published: May 18, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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