Located about 50 miles from New York City, Peekskill is situated in Westchester County, N.Y. This vibrant community was incorporated in 1826 and has grown to become a thriving arts community and family-friendly town that has something to offer everyone. Situated along the Hudson River, Peekskill apartments for rent boast plenty of recreation options for outdoorsy individuals, hiking trails, antique shops and a high-class performing arts center. The Paramount Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in 1982 and welcomes more than 50,000 people each year.
According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 23,800 residents call Peekskill home.
During the early 1640s, the first settler came to Peekskill, and by the early 1700s, the first European style settlement slowly developed. The community played a vital role in the American Revolution because it supplied manufacturing necessities from various mills along creeks and streams.
Today, residents in Peekskill rentals still play a major role in the development of the community. After the population dwindled during the 1990s, town leaders took charge and revitalized the downtown area into a burgeoning art community. Peekskill's artist district is dedicated to anyone who practices fine art, graphic design, music, literature, computers, or performing arts.
Art is a huge part of the lives of many residents of Peekskill, and it is apparent in the Art Along the Hudson organization. Throughout the year, this organization puts on 150 art festivals and community events representing more than 1,000 artists in 240 venues.
But residents take pride in the natural resources around them as well. Every February, residents gather at Eaglefest at Riverfront Green to watch majestic bald eagles in their natural setting. This event features demonstrations, local merchants, and storytellers.
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