Armonk, New York
|Armonk, New York|
|• Supervisor||Howard Arden|
|• Total||6.1 sq mi (15.7 km2)|
|• Land||6.0 sq mi (15.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||387 ft (118 m)|
|• Density||724/sq mi (279.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0942567|
Armonk is home to the global headquarters of information technology company IBM and bond insurer MBIA, and the American headquarters of reinsurer Swiss Re. The Indian Information Technology giant, Wipro also hosts its headquarters here.
The Smith Tavern, a historical site and landmark of the Revolutionary War, is located in Armonk and is the home of the North Castle Historical Society. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the Bedford Road Historic District. The Witthoefft House was added in 2011.
The North Castle Public Library, a member of the Westchester Library System, is also located in Armonk. Whippoorwill Country Club, whose golf course is one of Westchester's best, is located in Armonk.
Armonk is located at (41.128631, −73.707886).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.7 km2), of which 6.0 square miles (15.5 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.54%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 3,461 people, 1,172 households, and 995 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 568.9 per square mile (219.8/km²). There are 1,204 housing units at an average density of 197.9/sq mi (76.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 93.38% White, 0.61% African American, 0.06% Native American, 4.16% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, 0.14% Fuzz, 1.24% from two or more races. 3.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,172 households out of which 44.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.7% are married couples living together, 7.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 15.1% are non-families. 13.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.95 and the average family size is 3.23.
In the CDP the population is spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.2 males.
As of the census of 2000, the median income for a household in the CDP is $94,508, and the median income for a family is $112,066. Males have a median income of $87,659 versus $51,178 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $64,157. 1.3% of the population and 0.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 0.0% of those under the age of 18 and 3.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The Byram Hills Central School District serves North Castle, New Castle, Mount Pleasant, and Bedford . All of the schools in the district are located in Armonk. The district has one secondary school, Byram Hills High School (9–12), one middle school, H. C. Crittenden Middle School (6–8), and two primary schools, Wampus Elementary School (3–5) and Coman Hill Elementary School (K-2). Before 2002, grade 5 was in Crittenden, grades 3 and 4 were in Coman Hill, and grades K through 2 were in Wampus. The "Authentic Science Research Program" in the High School has led to many Intel Science Competition Finalists and Semi-Finalists.
At the 2006 National Academic Championship, Byram Hills placed first.
H.C. Crittenden is the winner of the National Blue Ribbon Award which is the No Child Left Behind award, given to only .002% of schools nationwide.
Athletics at the high school have seen the greatest success in the soccer and track teams. In 2006, the soccer team finished second in the NYS tournament for Class A. The team is coached by Matthew Allen, led by all American captain Hayden Morris (2007), captain Josh Lewis (2007) and captain Matthew Poulton (2007). In 2007, the team grabbed the first team state championship in school history. They were led by All-American, Gatorade Player of the Year for New York State, captain William Ogden (2008), and captain William Shaheen (2009). The Byram Hills Track Team, coached by former NCAA All-American Greg Govan, and led by All-American's Max Kasak (2007), John Granata (2007), Nicholas Fasano (2008), and Philip Cawkwell (2007), has also achieved great success. In the fall of 2006, the team finished second among class B teams at the cross country state meet. In the 2006–2007 indoor season, they finished 5th at the nike indoor national meet in the 4x800 relay. In the spring 2007 season, they set section one records in the 4x1600 relay and the distance medley relay. They placed third at the Nike Outdoor National meet, while Philip Cawkwell finished second individually in the 2000m steeplechase. With 18 All New York State honors and 13 All America honors in the past two years alone, the Byram Hills Track Team has established itself as one of the top teams in the Northeast.
Fordham University's Louis Calder Center is a biological field station established in 1967 for ecological research and environmental education. The Calder Center consists of 113 acres (0.457 km2) of forest, with opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on skills in field biology and environmental studies. The Calder Center is one of the few field stations in North America with relatively undisturbed natural communities near a large urban center.
IBM has its world headquarters in Armonk. In addition M. E. Sharpe also has its headquarters in Armonk. The second biggest reinsurance company in the world, Swiss Re, has its America headquarters in Armonk, since 1999. It was extended in 2004 and houses more than 1,200 employees. The 127-acre site overlooks Westchester County’s Kensico Reservoir.
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Armonk plays host to several events that take place annually. Most notably is the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, a fine art and fine crafts juried show sponsored by Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc., where nearly two hundred artists working in various media gather in IBM Park to show and sell their work to patrons. The event draws a big crowd every year and involves many members of the local community as volunteers. The proceeds from this show and "Jamie's Race for the Library" 5K Run/Walk benefit the North Castle Public Library and its Whippoorwill Hall performance auditorium. The Friends also sponsors the Armonk Players, a community theater group that stages two full productions and several readings each year at Whippoorwill Hall to benefit the library.
In addition, the Armonk chapter of the Lions Club sponsors a Fol-De-Rol, held during either the first or second weekend in June. The three-day event takes place in Wampus Brook Park and by Wampus Elementary School. It is very similar to a country fair in that it draws local businesses and artisans to come set up tents and sell their merchandise. In addition, local restaurants set up tents to sell food and there are rides and midway games for children. Also, local student and professional music groups play in the gazebo to entertain the crowds.
Furthermore, Armonk also holds a community-wide Relay For Life during the first weekend in May. This event is sponsored locally by the Byram Hills chapter of Youth Against Cancer (commonly referred to as YAC).
The latest Armonk tradition is Frosty Day. A parade goes down Main Street, onto Bedford Avenue, past the “Village Square” mentioned in the song, "Frosty the Snowman", to Wampus Brook Park for a gala holiday lighting ceremony. After the holiday lighting, the activities continue with the Winter Walk through town.
The lyricist of the winter holiday classic, Steve Nelson, was a frequent visitor to Armonk after World War II from his home in nearby White Plains, NY. In 1950, he wrote the song’s lyrics which he put to Jack Rollins’ music; it was the same year that he was looking for land in Armonk on which to build his new home. Gene Autry recorded the song that year, making it an instant classic, following his earlier one of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Housing boom and construction
Armonk experienced a surge in new housing construction and development beginning in the late 1990s. New condominiums, town houses, and larger single-family homes were constructed primarily north of the Armonk Business District and just to the west. Some of the largest and most expensive homes in Westchester are located in Armonk's Thomas Wright Estates or Sands Mill Estates. These two developments were both constructed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Armonk real estate prices have increased substantially since the late 1990s, having peaked in the mid-2000s, and never returning to their pre-2000s rates despite the subprime mortgage crisis. The new construction projects and increased housing costs have solidified Armonk's newly established reputation as an affluent town, with the residents' profile moving away from the middle-working class and towards a much wealthier upper class image. In the most recent construction project, Antares Real Estate of Greenwich, Connecticut purchased the long-standing Schultz's Cider Mill just south of Main Street, only to have it razed and in its place construct a premium gated community of 27 townhouses and homes (named "Cider Mill"). As a result, the population of Armonk increased significantly, but caused the public schools to become overcrowded and push forth a series of expensive school expansion projects that significantly raised property taxes.
Much of the new construction was pinned on the connections that former Town Supervisor John Lombardi had with the areas' construction and development companies. In 2005, after over 40 years in office, Lombardi was ousted in the election by political newcomer Reese Berman. A former librarian at the town's middle school, Berman's campaign promise was to put a moratorium on new residential construction to be enacted during her term in office. As of Berman's election, no new purely residential projects have broken ground in Armonk. A new community; Cider Mill was added in 2007–2008.
Armonk Square is a 3.5 acre lot in downtown Armonk with plans to build a new supermarket and a pedestrian mall off Main Street. In addition to adding new commercial property downtown, Armonk Square says the property will contain 10 second story apartments.
Although Armonk is a small town, it is home to numerous shops, restaurants and salons. Some of these locations include, Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, Armonk wines & Spirits, Armonk Vision, Tazza Cafe, Moderne Barn Restaurant, Restaurant North, Gavi, Mariachi Mexico, La Mer Seafood, The Beehive, Cherry Blossom Farms, North Castle Spa Nails, Salon Bellezza, Rave Revues Hair Salon, Cherylyn North Salon, Salon Elle, Changes Salon, Amore Pizzeria, Fernando's Pizzeria, Made in Asia, Kira Sushi, Nick's Corner Market, Beascakes Bakery, Pools of Perfection, Ruthie'Z clothing boutique and True Grace, The Electronics Store, LaGravinese Jewelers, Susan Blake Jewelers, Jolie B. Ray Jewelers, Mariani's Garden Center and Cafe.
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Notable current and former residents of Armonk include:
- Ernie Anastos, Emmy Award-winning New York City television news anchor currently with WNYW-TV ("Fox 5")
- Dave Barry, humorist, grew up in Armonk
- David Boies, attorney, represented Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore election case, currently lives in Armonk
- Laura Branigan (1957–2004), Grammy-nominated musician, grew up in Armonk and was a Byram Hills HS graduate (1970)
- Johnny Depp, actor and musician, has a summer house in Armonk
- Peter Gallagher, actor, raised in Armonk
- Tom Kitt, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal, was raised in Armonk
- Ted Nierenberg (1923–2009), founder of Dansk International Designs, created in the garage of his Great Neck home
- Renata Scotto, opera soprano
- Bernie Williams, New York Yankees baseball player
- Reed Kessler, 2012 USA Olympian in the Equestrian Jumping Event was born here.
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- Byram Hills Central School District
- North Castle Public Library
- Friends of the North Castle Public Library
- Armonk Outdoor Art Show
- The Armonk Players
- Jamie's Race for the Library 5K Run/Walk
- Armonk Homepage, neighborhood website
- AllAboutArmonk.com, online news source