Peekskill, New York

Peekskill is a city in northwestern Westchester County, New York, United States, 50 miles (80 km) from New York City. Established as a village in 1816, it was incorporated as a city in 1940. It lies on a bay along the east side of the Hudson River, across from Jones Point in Rockland County. The population was 23,583 during the 2010 census.

Peekskill, New York
Downtown Peekskill
Location in Westchester County, and the state of New York
Peekskill, New York
location of Peekskill in New York State
Peekskill, New York
Location of Peeskill in the US
Coordinates: 41°17′N 73°55′W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Incorporated (village)1816; 206 years ago (1816)
Incorporated (city)1940; 82 years ago (1940)
  MayorVivian C. McKenzie (D)
  City ManagerAndy Stewart
  Common Council
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  Total5.57 sq mi (14.43 km2)
  Land4.34 sq mi (11.25 km2)
  Water1.23 sq mi (3.18 km2)
128 ft (39 m)
  Density5,592.77/sq mi (2,159.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)914
734, 736, 737, 739, 788
FIPS code36-56979
GNIS feature ID0960097

The area was an early American industrial center, primarily for iron plow and stove products. The Binney & Smith Company, now as Crayola LLC and makers of Crayola products, linked to the Peekskill Chemical Company founded by Joesph Binney at Annsville in 1864 and succeeded by a partnership by his son Edwin and nephew Harold Smith in 1885.

The well-publicized Peekskill Riots of 1949 involved attacks and a lynching-in-effigy occasioned by Paul Robeson's benefit concerts for the Civil Rights Congress, although the main assault following the September concert properly took place in nearby Van Cortlandtville.

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