Exploring The Suburban Town Of Pelham
The town of Pelham is a rich suburban area in the southern side of Westchester county with around 20,000 of the population which is contrasting to the extremely small population of North Salem. Historically, “The Pelham” was the name of a town consisting of five villages. Today it has two independently integrated villages, the Pelham Manor and the villages of Pelham. Pelham is just 30 minutes’ drive from New York City. Being the smallest and the oldest and nearest to the Midtown New York City, Pelham is the most-sought after town to live in.
The Evolution of Pelham – Since 1920’s, the town of Pelham has seen a drastic yet good change in it. During this period, it saw a major shift in its infrastructure. The Fifth Avenue Shopping Mall and the Wolf’s street was built along with the luxurious residences in both villages and since the 1980's, Pelham is an ideal suburb to live in New York while avoiding the hassle of the city. Many New Yorkers desire to live in this oldest village of Westchester county for its culture, traditions and desirable weather. The town has everything that a city has and apart from that, it has the natural beauty and historic character with a strong community and neighborliness and quaint environment which the cities and city lives lack.
Talking about the two sections of Pelham, the Pelham village is more of a civic centre with all the eateries, shops, pharmacies and the central train station. The Pelham Manor borders the Long Island Sound and is covered up more with residential area. And there is no arguing which area is better than the other as the one has the attribute of the train station and the other has the water. The residences in Pelham shifted from old-fashioned dwelling to relishing Victorian style abodes. With the stylish interiors, the woodwork, and the cutting-edge ceilings, the construction contractors and the designers did wonders and took a major shift in their work. Similarly, the kitchen remodeling in Pelham and nearby Pleasantville was revalued and people styled their kitchen with marble counters, wooden cabinets and necessary kitchen electronics.
Schooling in Pelham – The town of Pelham houses four elementary schools, two in Pelham village and the other two in Pelham Manor. Plus, one high school and a middle school. For elementary level students, parents need to choose among Prospect Hills, Colonial, Hutchinson and Siwanoy. The middle and high schools have students from all over the town. All these schools come under the banner of Pelham Union Free District Schools. Other than that, there are several semi-private and religious schools to serve the people of the town.
The lives of Pelham inhabitants and the Arts and culture of the town are intertwined. Nowhere in history the name of Pelham is cited without citing the prestigious Picture House Film Centre, previously named as The Pelham Picture House. It was the oldest running theatre in the county until 2001 when an NGO dedicated itself to the restoration of the theater. Today it serves as an educational and cultural Centre of Pelham.
At times, the town of Pelham gives vibes of being an extension of the city. With an area of just two and a half miles, Pelham was established in the pre-automobile era. That encouraged the village to be designed on the basis of walkability. Kids can walk to the schools, parents and workers can walk to the train station. With no schools’ buses and less public transport, Pelham is one of the most environmentally friendly towns to live in Westchester county.