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A History of Cedar Knolls, NY

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The personal injury lawyers in Cedar Knolls, NY, present this article to offer readers a detailed excerpt about the area.

Cedar Knolls is a prosperous district in the City of Yonkers in Westchester, New York. The neighborhood spans 104 acres and shares the ZIP code 10708 with the neighboring village Bronxville.

Early History

The original inhabitants of what is considered today as Cedar Knolls were the tribe of Wiechquaeskeck tribe Lenape nation. The Lenape used the land as hunting, fishing, and farming grounds.

In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America between Florida and New Brunswick, ventured up the inner harbor of New York and wrote about "the river of the steep hills" 75 years before Henry Hudson.

Later on, Adrian Van der Donck was issued a royal grant to territory along the banks of the Hudson River encompassing present-day Yonkers. The name "Yonkers" is derived from a variant of Van der Donck's honorific, Donck-Heer.

Soon after 1664, Frederick Philipse was issued a royal grant to the Van der Donck land where he built his estate encompassing a large manse, which has been restored as Philipse Manor Hall, that attracted settlers to develop the town along the Hudson River.

In 1760, Eleaser Hart, a pioneer settler, bought 154 acres of farmland consisting of a small farmhouse and named it the Cedar Knolls Farm.

Soon enough, Hart erected a larger farmhouse that still stands on Bronxville Road. In present-day terms, the Cedar Knolls Farm extended from the Bronx River west to modern-day Birch Brook Road.

In 1852, the New York and Harlem Railroad ran from northward New York City, passing through the Harlem Valley and skirting the eastern boundary of Yonkers. Train stations were established every mile or so and villages began to develop around them.

In 1876, Nathaniel Valentine bought the Cedar Knolls Farm and subdivided it. By the early 1880s, the land between present-day Cedar Knolls and Bronxville was subdivided and named Armour Villa.

The Armour Villa was the first of three artist colonies to be established around the Bronxville train station.

Throughout the late 1880s and early 1890s, Cedar Knolls was considered a frontier outpost consisting a merely a farm and a train stop.

However, between 1902 and 1910 the area was subdivided as The Cedar Knolls at Bronxville in the City of Yonkers. Soon enough by the 1920s and 30s, Cedar Knolls had to start accommodating for its immense growth.

Automobile traffic and speeds were addressed for the first time with traffic signs and speed limits, the original gas-lit street lamps were replaced by the first electric streetlights, and the newly established homeowners association, Cedar Knolls Colony, successfully petitioned the city to build Fire Station 11 at the corner of Bronxville Road and Bayberry Street in 1921

By 1935, the association managed to install the first fire hydrants in the neighborhood.

In the early 1950s, several homes were built and soon enough the area was filled with families and landowners. Many of the first homeowners in the artist colony of Cedar Knolls were artists, actors, film studio executives, artists, musicians, lyricists, playwrights, writers, publicists, architects, horticulturists, landscape designers, and dress designers.

Cedar Knolls has also been host to many sports figures and people associated with sports, especially during the 1940s and 1950s.

Modern History

In 2005, Cedar Knolls was awarded a state grant for neighborhood beautification. The community used the funds to design and purchase street signs.

Two bronze plaques were installed on the stone columns on Birch Brook Road. Street signs and posts were also installed on each corner borrowing their design from the one remaining gas light stanchion that still stood in Cedar Knolls.

Today, the once desolate area is now home to many growing families with great restaurants, parks, and the stunning Grinton I. Will Public Library.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: June 4, 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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