The car accident attorneys in Valhalla, NY, at Banville Law bring you the following piece on the area's history.
Within Westchester County lies the hamlet, Valhalla. It is located 15.8 miles northeast of Yonkers and less than a one-hour drive north of Manhattan. The Kensico Reservoir creates the eastern border of the neighborhood.
The name of the town, Valhalla, was inspired by an admirer of Richard Wagner. Wagner, a German composer, is known for his music dramas and operas. One piece of his work was titled Entry of the Gods into Valhalla, in reference to Norse mythology. Some other pieces of his work include:
In July of 2006, Valhalla suffered a tornado that caused mass destruction through the town. Although there were no deaths, the damage triggered a substantial relocation of over 2,217 residents from 2006 to 2010.
On September 11, 2006, Valhalla dedicated a memorial called The Rising to the September 11th victims. An architecturally designed structure was erected in the Kensico Dam Plaza. Designed by Frederic Schwartz, it lists the residents' names and former residents who were lost in the attack. In addition, is a quote for each that was provided by their families. Visitors can visit the memorial and view the names.
In 2017, approval was given for the development of a $1.2 billion biotech hub in Valhalla. Under the developer, John Fareri, the area will include three million square feet of lab, retail, and medical space in addition to a 100-room hotel. This mixed-use development will be done in phases.
Some landmarks to visit while in Valhalla include:
As of 2000, Valhalla's population was 5,379, which consisted of 1,847 households and 1,470 families. Of the population, 22.88% of the residents were born outside of America. Spanish and Serbo-Croatian are languages spoken in addition to English. The ethnic breakdown for the area is as follows:
Valhalla has among the highest population of residents with Italian ancestries, a massive 34.2% ranking the neighborhood 28th in America. Other resident's ancestries include:
The average income for a household in Valhalla was $76,003 and for families $91,205. More than 47.14% have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the average American community of 21.84%. Working from home is more prevalent in this town than the average American neighborhood, with 11.26% not commuting to work. The areas occupational breakdown is the following:
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