In Italian, the term "La Passeggiata" references the art and perhaps lost entity in 21st Century American life, of taking a walk, particularly in the evening, as a social ritual to be participated in and not rushed.
And while some families can be found strolling up and down Pondfield Rd., along Kraft Ave, and many of the other business thoroughfares of the Village, I feel there should still be more leisurely walks and less idle sitting taking place around town.
After all, the commercial district is one of the quaintest in Westchester, a compact district of stores, restaurants, a movie theater, a supermarket and everything else in between.
I've been strolling up and down the streets of Bronxville since I was 13 years-old, leaving behind my neighborhood near for the convenience of having all of the essential elements of a great Friday night: people, food and drink, at my fingertips.
Never worrying about parking meters, errands to run or time constraints, I still find myself as an adult leisurely walking the streets in the evening, taking full advantage of the same qualities of the Village that attracted me there as an adolescent.
I take it personally when people speak negatively of the Village, snickering that only the most affluent are allowed to navigate their way through the streets and that Bronxville is not an inviting place.
Wholeheartedly in disagreement, I say that Bronxville has achieved what many municipalities in Westchester have failed at; the ability to combine the older urban elements of what makes a city center so great with modern amenities that keep attracting families and businesses to the area.
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You may say, "but many businesses have closed their doors this year in Bronxville," and my response is that while some businesses close, others open, you just have to look further down the road.
While sometimes a sleepier section of the Village, the addition of restaurants such as on the west side of the train tracks has only added to what was already an amalgamated landscape of thriving businesses and services.
Not to mention the high quantity of highly talented and award winning chefs, doctors, writers, servicemen and so on who have proactively chosen Bronxville as the location of choice for their work.
So before the summer draws to a close and we all get back to the busy and habitual schedule of school and work, take time for your La Passeggiata, Italian or not.
Take your time passing through the village; enjoying on your journey, the alfresco diners, the children at play, the passing trains, the window dressings, the sounds and the stars.