Just north of the Bronx and the island of Manhattan is the city of White Plains in Westchester County. A primary community with residents commuting to NYC daily, White Plains is considered an inner suburb of New York City. The county seat and commercial hub of Westchester County, White Plains is a densely populated suburban county that is home to approximately one million people. White Plains has long had a reputation as a shopping and restaurant hub within the County and also offers exceptional educational, medical and cultural facilities.
Elite Airways offers non-stop jet service between White Plains and Portland ME, Sarasota-Bradenton FL and Orlando-Melbourne FL. In the summer, Elite also offers nonstop flights to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard from Westchester White Plains. Please refer to the online schedule for exact days and departure and arrival times. Click here to check availability or make a reservation.
Westchester County Airport in White Plains is one of the most convenient airports in the greater New York Metro area. Only 33 miles north of Midtown Manhattan, Westchester County Airport serves suburban Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The New York-Connecticut state border coincides with the airport's eastern limits. Click here for the airport website.
White Plains is a kinder, gentler way to get to the Big Apple. Only 30 minutes from New York City by Metro North train, Westchester County is located in the southern end of the scenic Hudson River Valley. It is the second-most populous county on the mainland of New York and home to White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mt. Vernon, Tarrytown, legendary Sleepy Hollow and many other towns and villages. Click here to sign up for our email newsletter for this route.
White Plains is a convenient way for NYC residents to fly in and out of the city, with service to popular hubs and world-class vacation destinations like Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. New York City, officially the City of New York, historically New Amsterdam, the Mayor, Alderman, and Commonality of the City of New York, and New Orange, byname the Big Apple, city and port located at the mouth of the Hudson River, southeastern New York state, northeastern U.S. It is the largest and most influential American metropolis, encompassing Manhattan and Staten islands, the western sections of Long Island, and a small portion of the New York state mainland to the north of Manhattan. A little over 8 million people live in New York City, and more than 800 languages are spoken--making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world. 4 in 10 households speak a language other than English.
The history of White Plains is anything but plain. The area was first utilized as farmland in the early 17th century by the Weckqueskeck Indians, and was later established the first colonial settlement. Traders dubbed the area 'White Plains' because of either the white balsam that covered the area or the heavy mist that crept in from the swamps near the Bronx river. In the following years, the city became a hub for major events of the American Revolution including the Battle of White Plains and the legendary first reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 11, 1776 on the steps of the courthouse. The Declaration not only declared the colony's independence but also marked the formation of the State of New York, giving White Plains the nickname, “The Birthplace of New York.” Even first president George Washington led his troops through this hilly region and used the famous Jacob Purdy house as his headquarters, which is now home to the White Plains historical society.
In the early 20th century, White Plains quickly left its bayonets and pilgrim hats behind with the downtown developing into a prestigious retail and shopping district. Stores such as Macy's, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales provided the most iconic and internationally renowned fashions to White Plains. In the 1950s, many large corporations decided to bypass the congestion and high rents of New York City, moving their headquarters to White Plains instead. These included Snapple, Heineken, PepsiCo, General Foods and IBM. In the 1970s, the construction of the Galleria of White Plains Mall sparked an increased interest in downtown retail and residential development. The mall currently occupies 900,000 square feet, has over 140 shops and restaurants, and attracts 13 million visitors a year.