Wykagyl (New Rochelle)

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Wykagyl
Populated Place
Coordinates: 40°56′29″N 73°47′58″W / 40.94139°N 73.79944°W / 40.94139; -73.79944
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyWestchester
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorNoam Bramson
Elevation138 ft (39 m)
 • Density6/sq mi (2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code10804
Area code(s)914
FIPS code83327
GNIS feature ID71774 / 71775
 
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Wykagyl
Populated Place
Coordinates: 40°56′29″N 73°47′58″W / 40.94139°N 73.79944°W / 40.94139; -73.79944
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountyWestchester
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorNoam Bramson
Elevation138 ft (39 m)
 • Density6/sq mi (2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code10804
Area code(s)914
FIPS code83327
GNIS feature ID71774 / 71775
Early development of Wykagyl
Thomas Paine Cottage
Thomas Paine Memorial


Wykagyl is a suburban community in New Rochelle, New York. The community is conterminous with zip code 10804.

Wykagyl consists primarily of sprawling, residential parks and neighborhoods, with large "period" homes. Architectural styles include Elizabethan and Cotswold Tudors, Mediterranean-style villas, and classic colonials.[1] At the center of the community is an 18-hole golf course and country club as well as a small business district of retail stores, condominium developments, and houses of worship.

The area's unusual name (pronounced WIHK'-uh-gihl or WICK-uh-gill)[2] is commonly believed to have originated through the combination of two Native American words: "wigwos," meaning "birch bark," and "keag," meaning "country." The name most likely resulted from the shortening of the name of an Algonquian tribe of Native Americans who originally inhabited the area.[3]

Demographics[edit source | edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,192 people, 4,861 households, and 4,031 families residing in the Wykagyl zip-code area. There were 4,987 housing units, 95% of which were owner occupied. The racial makeup of Wykagyl was 88% White, 7% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 4% Asian, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3% of the population.

There were 4,861 households out of which 2,002 had children under the age of 18 living with them. 3,689 were married couples living together, 224 had a female householder with no husband present, and 828 were non-families. 490 households constituted someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average family size was 3.3 people.

In the Wykagyl zip-code area, the population was spread out with 27% under the age of 18, 11% from 18 to 24, 11% from 18 to 34, 44% from 35 to 64, and 17% who were 65 years of age or older. 4,104 residents of Wykagyl were enrolled in school, with 16% (658) in pre-school or kindergarten, 1,857 (40%) in elementary school, 909 (22%) in high school, and 680 (17%) in college or graduate school.

85% of the population completed "college" or higher, with 42% attaining a "graduate degree" or higher.

About 2% of the population was below the poverty line, including 2% of those under age 18 and 1% of those age 65 or over. The total civilian labor force was 7,001 residents, out of which 6,884 (97.8%) were employed. The median income for a household in Wykagyl is $165,154, and the median income for a family is $199,061. 3,001 households (62%) earned $100,000 or more, with 1,970 (41%) earning in excess of $150,000 annually.

Wykagyl 10804 is one of the most expensive zip codes in the country according to Forbes Magazine.[5]

History[edit source | edit]

Around the end of the 19th century the area was primarily farm land with the exception of the adjoining Wykagyl Country Club which relocated to its current site in 1905. By 1912, New Rochelle's home development was rapidly extending northward, with North Avenue serving as the central thoroughfare. The New York, Westchester and Boston Railway had completed a commuter rail line through the area, opening a stop immediately adjacent to the Wykagyl Country Club. Alfred Feltheimer, the architect who designed and named the railroad's stations, decided on the name "Wykagyl" to compliment the golf players from the nearby club. The new rail line spurred commercial activities, and prompted a population boom.

Education[edit source | edit]

Public[edit source | edit]

The area is served by the City School District of New Rochelle, which operates a public high school, two junior high schools, and ten elementary schools. Located within Wykagyl are:

Private[edit source | edit]

Several private primary and secondary schools are located within the Wykagyl area, including:

Points of interest[edit source | edit]

Historic sites[edit source | edit]

Parks and recreation[edit source | edit]

Wykagyl in film[edit source | edit]

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Robert Merrill (1981). New Rochelle: Portrait of A City. Abbeville Press. pp. 6–11 Portrait of A City. ISBN 0896591867. 
  2. ^ "AP-Sports Pronunciation Guide T-Z". KRGV-TV. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mary McAleer Vizard (January 17, 1993). NY Times "If You're Thinking of Living in: New Rochelle"]. New York Times. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Forbes - America's Most Expensive Zip Codes http://www.forbes.com/lists/2011/7/zip-codes-11_rank.html |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ "Thomas Paine Cottage". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-11. 
  7. ^ Charles W. Snell (April 24, 1972), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Thomas Paine Cottage PDF (311 KB), National Park Service  and Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from 1971. PDF (1.08 MB)
  8. ^ "Museum". Thomas Paine National Historical Association. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  9. ^ Museum
  10. ^ Scharfenberg, David (September 11, 2005). "Founding Father Seeks Common Sense". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ PHOTOS of STATUES of TOM PAINE and some of his writings - tompaine.htm
  12. ^ Ward Acres Plan
  13. ^ Colonial Greenway Trail
  14. ^ Twin Lakes
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ NY Times Article

Coordinates: 40°56′29″N 73°47′56″W / 40.94139°N 73.79889°W / 40.94139; -73.79889