NYPA in Downstate New York:
- Southeastern New York is home to the Power Authority's newest facility, its 500-Megawatt Combined-Cycle Power Plant, in Astoria, Queens. The area
also includes the Richard M. Flynn Power Plant in
Holtsville, Long Island, one hydro project—the Kensico Project—in Westchester County, and small, clean power plants in New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. NYPA's Corporate Offices can be found in the
City of White Plains, the seat
of county government in one of New York State's more affluent communities — Westchester County — which is but 25 miles from the Big Apple.
- Queens County, with its population of two-million plus, is the largest in area and second most populous of New York City's five boroughs. Considered the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, Queens is a patchwork quilt of dozens of unique neighborhoods with such familiar-sounding names as Astoria, Rockaway Beach, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, each with its own ethnic flavor and rich cultural experiences.
With an economy based in tourism, industry and trade, Queens has two of the busiest airports in the world, JFK International and La Guardia, is served by 11 subway routes in addition to the Long Island Rail Road, and has a network of roadways — Interstate 495, the Belt Parkway and Grand Central Parkway — which makes travel by auto easy.
It is home to one of New York's two baseball teams, the Mets, and plays host to the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament. Other features include the Queens Museum of Art and the New York Hall of Science, located on the site of the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs in Flushing Meadow Park. St. John's
University, renowned for its men's basketball and soccer teams, is joined by other institutes of higher learning, including John Jay College of Criminal Justice and York College, which houses a regional office of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Long Island is a beach-lovers paradise with its soft, sandy
stretches, quiet coves and pounding surfs. At 1,377 square miles, it is the largest island in the continental United States, and its 7.4 million residents make it the 17th most populous island in the world. While its western section includes Brooklyn and Queens, 'the Island' —as it's commonly called —consists
primarily of Suffolk and Nassau counties. The North Shore towns of Great Neck, Sands Point and Oyster Bay are known as the Island's 'Gold Coast,' while the South Shore is famous for its beachfront communities that stretch from Long Beach and Fire Island to the very exclusive Hamptons with
their grand estates and championship golf courses and beyond to picturesque Montauk Point.
A place of big-city sophistication combined with the serenity of small fishing villages and seaside retreats, it includes a plethora of historic landmarks, vineyards, art galleries, shops, outlets, cafes and nightclubs. The Long Island Rail Road, Long Island Expressway and Northern and Southern State parkways make east-west travel on the island straightforward. There are five branches of New York's state university system and
numerous private institutes of higher learning, including Adelphi and Hofstra universities.
- If relocating to Westchester, you'll have a choice of six cities or 19 towns, with an almost equal number of villages, to call home.
Home prices are lower in the cities and higher in up-county suburbs or the smaller hamlets. An abundance of
single-family homes, co-ops and condominiums dot the county, as do rental units. There are 40 public school districts complemented by over 100 private, parochial and special schools. The county offers
more than 20 institutions of higher learning, with two- or four-year colleges and post-graduate schools, including New York Medical College and Pace University School of Law.
Westchester's history dates back to early Dutch settlements and each town, village and city is peppered with historical sites and related cultural experiences. Strong in ethnic diversity, the county offers culinary delights from every corner of the globe in more than 700 restaurants; shopping ranges from locally-owned specialty stores to over 90 shopping malls that boast such upscale notables as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue to name a few. The historic county-owned Playland Amusement Park, with its art-deco motif, is one of the nation's oldest themed attractions and a great place to spend a family day, as is Kykuit, the noted Rockefeller estate-turned-art venue. If golf is your game, there are some 50 public and private courses to choose from—some considered the best in the nation and chosen as the metropolitan area's only annual PGA and LPGA event sites. When playing a round, it's likely you'll run into a CEO or two from any one of the county's major Fortune 500 firms—Pepsi, Reader's Digest, IBM, Texaco, Fuji Film and others—that headquarter in Westchester.