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Peekskill is a little city (about 5.5 square miles in total) in Westchester County, New York, about 40 miles north of New York City. The city has recently become a popular haven for aspiring artists seeking a close commutable distance to the city, but also to avoid the high cost of living in Manhattan and the surround boroughs. The area's history dates all the way back to 1609 when Henry Hudson anchored his Halve Maen along the Hudson. About 80 years later, New Amsterdam resident Jan Peeck began negotiations with the Lenape people of present-day Peekskill. The city's name was derived from a mixture of Peeck's surname and the Dutch word kil, meaning stream. During the 18th century, the community became an important manufacturing center thanks to its mills and factories that utilized waters from local streams and the Hudson River. The founders of Crayola products, The Binnery & Smith Company, started their business as the Peekskill Chemical Company. In fact, the Continental Army even established its headquarters there during the Revolutionary War to benefit from the abundance of supplies being produced and the easy access to various waterways. In more recent history, the city was the landing point of the Peekskill Meteorite on October 9, 1992. The meteorite became only the fourth in history for which its exact orbit was known in its entirety. Today, fragments of the meteorite can be found in Chicago's Field Museum, the American National History Museum and the Smithsonian Museum. Peekskill has a large rental population, compared to its other Westchester County counterparts. In recent years, thanks to the local government's revitalization strategy that involved creating spaces for artists to both work and live, the 1990s saw an increase of activity in the downtown area. The movement culminated in the renovation of the Paramount Center for the Arts, a restored 1930s movie theatre that today acts a cultural hub with music concerts, comedy shows, plays and films. The Peekskill City School District caters to all children and adolescents in the area with four elementary schools that all feed into one middle school and one high school.

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  • Oakside School
  • Park Street School
  • Peekskill Hs
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  • Uriah Hill School
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  • Woodside School

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