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People, Diversity, and Location Make Pelham Great

PELHAM, N.Y. – Pelham was first settled in 1788 and over the decades, many residents have enjoyed living in the town for different reasons. The current Pelham citizens certainly love their small community, but they have contrasting opinions on what makes Pelham so special.

“What I personally like about Pelham and why I chose to live here 13 years ago and why I continue to live here is the people,” said local real estate agent, Holly Mellstrom.

While the people of Pelham are great, Mellstrom also believes it is a wonderful place to live because of the proximity to New York City.

“You’re close to the city,” she said while waiting for her meal at M.A.D café. “When people move away from Pelham, they always miss it. I hear it firsthand and we always welcome them back.”

Sue Saas, a waitress at M.A.D café, is grateful she moved from the city to Pelham years ago because of how beautiful the suburb is.

“What I like about Pelham is its location – close to the city,” said Saas. “I love that it’s got some charm to it with its Main Street. I love the houses here and the trees.”

Even though New York City is a different environment than Pelham, she quickly got used to living here.

“It’s a different world, but it’s still your beautiful small town,” said Saas. “Quick connection to the city and yet, it’s just a charming little cute place to live.”

Jose Perez, a worker at Marcello’s Pizza, credits the Pelham and Pelham Manor police departments for protecting the many citizens in the area.

“More police than people,” said Perez. “It’s a very, very secure town.”

Dan Propper, a former Pelham resident, wishes that society was similar to when he was growing up, but realizes that time has disappeared. The current New Rochelle resident was shopping at DeCicco’s Food Market and reminiscing about the freedom of his childhood.

“The thing I liked most about Pelham is now long gone,” said Propper. “The ability as a kid to go wherever you wanted, to do whatever you want, play in the parks, and stuff like that is long gone. That’s true of every place else too.”

As the assistant manager at DeCicco’s, Alex Hyacinthe meets a lot of different people from Pelham. He loves the diversity of Pelham residents.

“You have people from both ends of the financial spectrum, all kinds of racial backgrounds, and a good spread of religions,” said Hyacinthe. “So, it’s pretty cool. You have all kinds of experiences and meet all different types of people.”

Hyacinthe thinks the mix of people makes Pelham a great place to live.

“We get people from one end of town making six-figure incomes and people from another end of town that are on social programs to get by. But, as long as you get that good mesh of personalities, it makes for a good experience,” he concluded.

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