Top 10 Westchester Town Names

J Philip Faranda February 21, 2010

It wasn't until I lived outside the Metropolitan area that I truly appreciated the cool names of  many of the towns in Westchester County. You have to imagine being on a commuter train and having the MTA guy shout out the stop in the local tongue. 


  1. Yonkers- YAHNK-ahs! Or, as my mom used to ask, "what are Yonkers?"
  2. Mamaroneck- Rolls off the tongue.
  3. Ardsley- I love that hard A in the ARD.
  4. Armonk- Ditto
  5. Tuckahoe-No comment needed. 
  6. Ossining- Would be Top Dog if it were still known as Sing Sing.
  7. Sleepy Hollow- Formerly North Tarrytown. Thank God they changed the name. Legendary.
  8. Rye- Succinct.
  9. Dobbs Ferry- On the Hudson, but I never actually saw a ferry here. 
  10. Port Chester- It actually has a port, too. 
Neighboring Rockland County has some great names too: Nyack (love that), Ramapo, Haverstraw, and Tappan (or is it TapPAN?). 

Some other honorable mentions from around the region:
  • Lake Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, Long Island
  • Ho-ho-kus and Mahwah, NJ. I like Whippany too. 
  • Pouqhquag, Dutchess County. Good luck pronouncing it. 
  • Mahopac, Putnam County. In the town of Carmel, if you have a sweet tooth. 
  • Tuxedo, Orange County. No penguins, but seems like there should be. 
  • Cos Cob, Fairfield County, CT. Classic. 
  • Massapequa, Nassau County, Long Island. Like Lake Ronkonkoma, a great indigenous name. 
  • Flushing, Queens. Watch it, Bub. Jamaica and Ozone Park are pretty good too. 
I don't live there anymore but outside Rochester, NY they have the town of Irondequoit. Say that 5 times fast.  
Good stuff, and anything but boring. 


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