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17 Great Longreads for a Week of Staying In

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Some of our favorite long-form stories to help you pass the time this week.

Social distancing can get tough after a few days. You’ve cleaned the house top to bottom, you’ve binged everything in your Netflix queue even remotely interesting, and you may have already read the back of the cereal box a few dozen times.

While the news can be scary, Westchester Magazine wants to make sure not everything you read online this week is nerve-racking. To that end, here are 17 of our favorite long-form articles from the last few years to help remind you what a wonderful, supportive, and diverse place Westchester is.

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The Coolest Young Musicians Coming out of Westchester Right Now

As much as we love our food (don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of that on this list too), Westchester County isn’t just about food. Or thriving and vibrant arts scene makes us one of the premier destinations for gallery hopping, museum sightseeing, and even a hotspot for rising stars of the music industry!

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These Are Westchester’s Top 10 Downtowns

Speaking of diverse, in a county where skyscrapers can be just a few highway miles away from working farms, it’s no wonder that Westchester has such an eclectic mix of downtowns. From sprawling cityscapes to quaint squares reminiscent of their colonial origins, these are some of our favorite local centers.

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The 13 Best Spots to Grab Brunch in Westchester

We told you we love food. We’re always happy to drool over the latest offerings from neighborhood favorites — be it in person or on Instagram. Luckily for us, even during this period of difficulty and social isolation, plenty of Westchester restaurants are opening up or expanding their delivering and take-out options, meaning local businesses still thrive and you can still enjoy your yummy weekend brunch!


Read More: These Westchester Restaurants Are Offering Take-out, Delivery, Discounts, and Alcohol To-Go


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8 Bright and Beautiful Sound Shore Wedding Venues

Hey, you might be staying home right now but you’re still getting married. Time to do some window shopping for gorgeous wedding venues that highlight some spectacular local waterfront views that will look (almost) as stunning as you will.

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How to Stay Beautiful at Any Age

More than ever it’s important for Westchester’s older residents to take care of themselves. We recently spoke with five locals — from 66 to 100 — about how they manage to look and feel great.

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What’s It Like to Be a Minority Business Owner in Westchester?

We recently went in-depth with a few local entrepreneurs to spotlight how race and gender impact their bottom lines. Find out more in this illuminating 914INC. feature.

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News 12 Westchester’s Tara Rosenblum Wields the Power of the Microphone

We flip the script and sit the award-winning hyper-local journalist down in the interview seat. Find out how Rosenblum fell in love with (and in) the county we call home.

Vanessa Williams at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Why the Westchester Arts & Culture Industry Is Critical to Our Economy

With most of the county’s cultural centers closed, it’s important to recognize these artistic locus points for how intrinsic they are to Westchester’s economic infrastructure.

Picking the Perfect Color Palettes for Your Home

Is staring at the same four walls getting old fast? Is your bedroom too blah? Sun room not bright enough? Go all-in with our expert guide to help you figure out the best color combinations to make your rooms pop!

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The Hudson Valley Wedding Venues With Amazing Views

Another thing the Hudson Valley is known for: views so picturesque they named a school of art after us. Here are 10 of our favorites for creating the most dynamite wedding albums around.

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These Are Our Favorite Shops By Westchester Town

Local businesses are being hit hard this month. While we wait out disease and wait on stimulus packages, here’s a list of some of our top shops by location. Don’t burn through your credit cards buying from your couch, but definitely consider making purchases from local businesses this week if you can, rather than big box stores or Amazon. Many are even offering free local delivery!

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Life After Indian Point

Looking ahead, the future might seem pretty unsure right now. One thing that we know, though, is that the nuclear facility at Indian Point will be shutting down. Here’s how that’s going to change the local landscape.

Westchester’s Top 10 New Restaurants

The restaurant industry is suffering right now under the weight of the governor’s closure of all dine-in businesses. Luckily, tons of local spots are expanding their takeout and delivery availability — including alcohol!

Whether you’re looking for the closest thing to eating out at your favorite neighborhood place, or just looking to drool over their menus until they reopen, here are some of the best around. Note: This list originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Westchester Magazine.

Newer restaurants might not be represented. Confirm availability with all establishments prior to ordering takeout or delivery.

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This 100-Year-Old Yoga Instructor Shares Her Extraordinary Life Story

This year we lost one of Westchester’s oldest, wisest, and most fascinating residents, Tao Porchon-Lynch. Yogi, fashion model, activist, French resistance member, and competitive octogenarian ballroom dancer are just a few of this incredible person’s titles. Read our last in-depth interview with a truly remarkable individual.

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Westchester’s Homeless: A Story Worth Hearing

In one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, its sometimes easy to forget the disparity between our most financially secure and even our median income residents and our most at-risk.

This January we interviewed seven Westchester locals who were homeless, from accountants to caregivers and medical professionals. It was incredible to see how many of our readers reached out to see how they could help. Now especially, it’s time to see what we can do to help each other.

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The Cutest, Cuddliest, and Coolest Pets in Westchester

Always end on an upbeat note, right? Last “semester” we asked you to send us your most adorable, talented, and tenderest furry family members for a feature we dubbed “Petchester.” The inaugural Class of 2020 did not disappoint, and we can’t think of a better time than now to roll out these unconditional love machines!

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