- Type of Place
- Metro Area
- NYC mainland
- Politics c. 1860?
- Strongly Republican
- Unions, Organized Labor?
- Don’t Know
Sundown Town Status
- Sundown Town in the Past?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Don’t Know
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
New York City Resident:
“Sarah Lawrence is in Yonkers but is delighted to have a Bronxville address because that’s more prestigious, partly because it’s more white. This dates to when Bronxville invited SL and a parcel of its neighbors to join their PO to get a larger volume of mail and thus stay open. Bronxville is said to discriminate against whites from Yonkers, and of course against blacks. Dutch Reformed Church is big; upper-class.”
“Housing: How High the Barriers,” ADL Bulletin 16 #1 (1/1959), 8:
In the mid 1960s, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller founded the Urban Development Corporation to place scattered-site public housing in white communities. This led to a vast uproar in Bronxville, 2-acre zoning in much of Westchester.
“Housing Discriminatino Against Jews,” ADL Reports, 2 #5 (1/1959), 41:
“The Incorporated Village of Bronxville in Westchester County has earned a reputation for admitting to its precincts as home-owners or -renters only those who profess to be Christians. According to informed observers, this mile-square village, with a population of 6500, does not have any known Jewish families residing within its boundaries…. Even in the apartment buildings located in Bronxville there are no known Jewish tenants.”
I taught at Bronxville HS from 1987 to 1993, so these Concordia incidents happened in that time. A group of senior boys came to school on Halloween in blackface as the Jackson Five and expressed surprise that this was racist (until I offered to drive them over to Mt Vernon HS to see how many laughs they got there — they went home and changed “costume.”)
Such is the consciousness of the town.
The anti-semitism isn’t far behind, either. The country club once requested that a family keep their nanny inside the main building and not out by the pool because she wasn’t white.
Email from former resident:
“I grew up in Bronxville, 1970 1992. When I was in high school I remember a neighbor coming to the door collecting signatures from neighbors as a final step in selling his house [to get agreement, a requirement that kept it white].”
A hispanic man said in an email: “In 1982 I and a few white friends went to catch a movie. We exited afterwards and my bicycle tire had a flat. It was dusk and on our way out of the town the police intercepted and stopped us, questioned us, and then followed us out of the city limits.”