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Welcome to White Plains, Birthplace of the State of New York. Did you know...It was in White Plains on July 9, 1776 that the New York Provincial Congress met at the original County Court House (the current site of the Armory on South Broadway), adopted the Declaration of Independence and declared New York an independent state. On July 11, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was read publicly for the first time in New York State from the same County Court House in White Plains.

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of White Plains as a City. White Plains today is a vibrant and diverse community with a wide variety of amenities for residents of all ages. White Plains provides the ideal combination of urban and suburban flavor. The City has a lively downtown area with numerous shops and restaurants, great public schools, and superior parks and recreational facilities. White Plains prides itself on citizen involvement and its many community-serving organizations.

White Plains is perfect for people of all ages. On this page you will find lots of helpful quick links for new and prospective residents. Thank you for visiting our website. 

To Help Get You Started      

It has been said that "All roads lead to White Plains." We can tell you that this true! White Plains is a transit hub. The City has two Metro-North stations (White Plains and North White Plains) and can boast a 30 minute express ride into Manhattan from the main White Plains station. The Bus TransCenter is a hub for the County Bee Line Bus System, which provides local bus service to all parts of Westchester, and is also utilized by regional commuter service bus providers. The Westchester County Airport is a short 10 minutes from downtown White Plains. The city is easily accessible to all major highways and parkways in the area - I-287, Bronx River Parkway, Hutchinson River Parkway, I-95, I-684, and the Sprain Brook and Saw Mill Parkways. And let's not forget that White Plains offers both Zipcar and electric vehicle charging stations.

WP SchoolsParents of school age children will benefit from the school district’s website, The White Plains School District offers very favorable class sizes;
Many specialized programs which improve and enrich students' lives, accommodate diverse learners, and distinguish the district; Varied opportunities for children with special needs; Five year sequences in French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin Chinese starting in middle school and Accelerated German at the High School; A wide range of performing arts opportunities, including band, orchestra and chorus beginning in fourth grade and theater productions beginning in middle school; A state-of-the-art instructional technology program focused on improving student achievement with computer networked schools that offer a computer ratio of about 3:1; A nationally recognized Controlled Parents' Choice Program - a model for school choice - governing the placement of youngsters in grades K-5; One 6th grade campus at Eastview and one 7th and 8th grade campus at Highlands, both of which prepare students to meet the challenges of high school; and much more. 

Learn More About the White Plains Schools.

rec_and_parks_logo_sm_thumb.png The Recreation and Parks Department provides over 500 different recreational, cultural and sports programs and activities, special events and services to children and adults. 


WP_YB_logo.jpg The Youth Bureau is focused on helping youth grow into successful adults. The Youth Bureau works with over 2,000 youth each day in 50 programs. 

 White Plains Public Library
The White Plains Public Library is a valuable resource for the whole family. Its well-known children’s library, The Trove, provides a wonderful introduction to library services and the joys of reading for younger children.  The library’s new teen center, The Edge, aims to keep kids engaged in a positive way as they get older with books, activities and programs specifically geared toward teens. Plus, The Edge provides opportunities to learn and use new digital media such as 3-D printers, green screen video making and music studio production, as well as homework help.

Welcome to the Neighborhood… 

Moving Family.jpgThe White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations provides useful information regarding your new neighborhood and opportunities to participate.  

White Plains is a diverse and welcoming community in every respect. Access a list of religious institutions located in White Plains.

Keep the City of White Plains Department of Public Works
sanitation schedule close at hand for easy reference to your neighborhood’s garbage and recycling schedule.

Find out about and register for the Basic School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption at STAR program

In White Plains we take recycling seriously! There are many opportunities to recycle those items that you no longer use or need, such as household goods, furniture, textiles and all those cardboard boxes from your move, at the Gedney Recycling Yard. The Gedney Yard is also home to the Take It or Leave It (TILI) Shed, a partnership between the City and Eco Neighbors, a local environmental group. It allows residents to give away usable items to their neighbors, or to take advantage of treasure that someone else can no longer use. 

…Now Get Involved!


Check out this listing of White Plains
community organizations and explore the many opportunities available to share your talents and interests.

And don't forget to register to vote! To register for national and local elections visit:

Explore and Enjoy White Plains

Cafes MamkFrom our big events, such as the Annual Independence Day Fireworks show and New Year's Eve Ball Drop, to our weekly Farmers Market, JazzFest, Earth Day / Sustain White Plains Celebration, Shakespeare in the Park, White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival and Outdoor Mega Yoga event, to neighborhood gatherings, such as the summertime Neighborhood Nights Program in the parks, we can safely say there's a lot going on in White Plains! Access the City of White Plains calendar for information about parades, cultural festivals, city-sponsored events, meetings and programs.

White Plains has 20 beautiful multi-purpose parks and playgrounds, including ball fields, basketball courts, boating, picnic grounds, skating, nature trails, outdoor concerts, historic sites, swimming pools, tennis courts, track and volleyball, as well as innovative programming for all ages and abilities.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center, located at the City Center complex, offers critically acclaimed theater, music, and family programming as well as a resident training program for children and young adults. White Plains is also the home of ArtsWestchester, located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, on the corner of Mamaroneck and Martine Avenues. ArtsWestchester is New York State’s largest private, not-for-profit arts service organization, working to ensure the availability and accessibility of the arts for all of the county’s residents. Their headquarters in downtown White Plains regularly hosts exhibits and live music and performances.

CyclistsThe City of White Plains was the first municipality in Westchester to introduce dedicated bike lanes.  To learn more visit

Find out about our weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs in White Plains.


With Your Best Interest in Mind

WP Alerts
White Plains ALERTS, the City of White Plains Community Notification System, is used to communicate with residents during severe weather events or in an emergency.  Enrolling your mobile phone number(s) and email address will ensure you receive important communications even if the service to your landline is down.

Yellow Dot

White Plains Yellow Dot Program assists senior citizens and others during automobile accidents or other medical emergencies when they might not be able to communicate for themselves.

The NYS Attorney General's Smart Seniors Program provides seniors with the knowledge and tools to make safe, educated decisions about their finances and help seniors avoid becoming the target for financial exploitation and investment fraud

White Plains is the only Westchester municipality that offers its own parking app, ParkWhitePlainsThe ParkWhite Plains app is free and offers a quick registration process. It allows parkers to easily and quickly pay for parking without utilizing a meter, manage their parking, and extend their parking time remotely. The app offers a visual countdown timer to help parkers keep track of the time left in their parking session. 

Overnight, on-street parking between the hours of 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. is not permitted within the City of White Plains.  To find overnight parking in your neighborhood visit
parking locations and map.