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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Yonkers can be sketchy at some points, but Bronxville is nice - just expensive. It's very easy to get into the city. Not much really goes on though around town, you have to go into the city. There is mall very close to campus in Yonkers.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Sarah Lawrence is very close to New York City. There are two train stations close to the school, both within walking distance. The school also runs a shuttle to the Bronxville train station starting around 5pm. Many students go into the city often during the weekend. The close proximity to the city is something that brings a lot of students to the school.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: The direct local environment is a small hamlet filled with rich NYC transplants (think investment bankers and their wives). However, the train is 10 minutes from campus and within 30 you are at Grand Central in NYC and everything is there for you. In some ways the local atmosphere is terrible (small towns shut down before 9pm) but the city that never sleeps is a train ride away.

3 College Junior

Local Area: The town/village of Bronxville is apathetic toward the community of students and faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. The town is highly affluent, and is frequently referred to as the students as a place where distasteful people come to retire. That being said, it is a quaint little hamlet.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Bronxville is close enough to the city to make getting there easy, without it being in the center of the city, which is great for me.

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You may find yourself trapped between two unfriendly opposites while at SLC. If you walk in one direction, you’ll hit Bronxville, a ritzy town with showcase windows, high-priced boutiques, and a bustling train station. Walk two miles in the other direction, and you’ll find yourself in Yonkers, a working-class suburb. Collectively, Yonkers and Bronxville may have all the components of a good college town—taverns, banks, pharmacies, movie theaters, supermarkets, a hospital, a library, thrift shops, and places to buy beer, cigarettes, and junk food. But neither town is a good fit for the unconventional personalities of SLC students. Campus often clears out on weekends, as students flee to NYC for entertainment as well as hospitality.

Cultural claustrophobia aside, you can’t go wrong with Lawrence Hospital’s Bargain Box, a thrift shop on Palmer Avenue, and you’ll definitely fulfill all your shopping needs at Cross County Shopping Center's dozens of shops and department stores. Want some peace and quiet? Then stroll along the Bronx River Pathway Trails that wind through Bronxville. And if you don’t feel like trekking to NYC to catch the latest artsy independent film, chances are it’s playing at Clearview’s Bronxville Cinemas.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The 2008 film "Baby Mama" was partly filmed on Legget Road in Bronxville.
  2. The first game of golf was played in Yonkers in 1888.
Notable Natives
  • Frank Abagnale Jr. - subject of the film "Catch Me if You Can"
  • Don DeLillo - writer
  • Francis William Edmonds - painter
  • Michael Gates Gill - author of "How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else"
  • Roger Goodell - commissioner of the NFL
  • John F. Kennedy - 35th president of the United States of America
  • Dennis Ritchie - one of the creators of Unix and the C programming language
Local Slang
  • B-Ville: Bronxville
  • The Hutch: Nearby Hutchinson River Parkway
  • Yonkiz, Yonkuz: Yonkers
Points of Interest
  • Bronxville Farmers' Market
  • Downtown Bronxville
  • Glenview Mansion
  • Lenoir Preserve
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Untermyer Park and Gardens
  • Van Cortland Park
  • Village Library
Shopping Centers
  • Cross County Shopping Center
  • Downtown Bronxville
Movie Theaters
Clearview's Bronxville Cinemas
84 Kraft Ave.
(914) 961-4036
Movie Theaters
Cross County Multiplex Cinemas
2 South Dr.
(800) 315-4000
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
New York City: : 25 minutes
Did You Know?
Bronxville used to have the name "Underhill's Crossing."

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 35% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 62% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 60% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 28% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Totally.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 42% No way.


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