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Green Landscaping Tips

Even though it’s still winter, this is prime time to plan for a healthier, greener landscape around your home. Courtesy of New Rochelle’s Ecology and Natural Resources Advisory Committee, here are five eco-friendly tips:

•  Learn about and order native plants. Plant wisely for a healthy landscape and yard.

•  Make a plan for spring before it arrives. Make a plan to care for your natural landscape with these tools and tips.

•  Use rainwater not freshwater to save the Earth and your pocketbook.  Every drop counts (literally): learn how to harvest rainwater with rain barrels.

•  Prune your trees in winter. Pruning improves tree structure and resilience to high winds and storms. Learn how to prune your trees and how to keep them healthy and happy.

•  Start composting, it’s good for your landscape and our city. Check out this guide to home composting made easy.

Restaurant Value Week

Throughout the past year, in the face of unprecedented challenges, New Rochelle’s restaurants have continued to provide sustenance and pleasure to our entire community.  As we look ahead to recovery, a thriving restaurant scene will remain vital to New Rochelle’s success, so l thank the BID and participating restauranteurs for organizing “Restaurant Value Week” from March 1 through March 14.  See all the specials here.  Let’s take this opportunity to enjoy outstanding values and support great eateries throughout downtown New Rochelle.

Food Blog: Crotty’s Cheesesteaks

Catie is from Philly, so you can imagine that our family was excited when Crotty’s Cheesesteaks opened at the corner of Eastchester Road and North Avenue.  We didn’t wait long to place our first order, going with tradition — whiz and onions — although I topped mine off with the possibly unorthodox addition of hot italian peppers.  Gooey, warm, meaty, and delicious.  It must be admitted that these sandwiches require the temporary suspension of any diet you may be on, but they are well worth the calories.  Mmmm.

This morning I attended Crotty’s grand opening and met the father-daughter team responsible for the restaurant.  It’s not easy to start a new business in a pandemic, especially a service business that will depend, in part, on student traffic.  Fortunately, they were genuinely excited to be in New Rochelle, optimistic about their prospects for success, and justifiably proud of their great food.

Here’s the menu.  Enjoy!

 

Another Storm on the Way

Another winter storm is on the way, making for a messy end to the week.  I just sent the following message citywide.  Stay safe.

Good afternoon. This is the City of New Rochelle with winter storm information.  Para espanol, oprima numero uno. 

A major winter storm is predicted for our area, with snowfall beginning early tomorrow, becoming heavier Thursday afternoon and continuing into Friday.  Roads will be unsafe, so avoid unnecessary travel. 

Garbage collection is cancelled for both Thursday and Friday. However, comingled recycling will be picked up tomorrow citywide. To repeat: garbage pickup is cancelled for Thursday and Friday, but comingled recycling will be picked up tomorrow citywide, both north end and south end.

As always, if you lose power, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or www.coned.com.  Report downed trees and power lines to the New Rochelle Police at 654-2300.  

Before the storm, if possible, please park cars off-street to make room for plows.  As an option, parking will be free at New Roc City and at the New Rochelle Transit Center, effective immediately through Saturday at midnight.

After the storm, please clear sidewalks and fire hydrants adjacent to your property.  And, when digging out cars, please do not throw snow back into the street. 

DPW will be working continuously, but many secondary roads may not be completely cleared until well after the storm has ended.  Please plan accordingly. 

For additional information, visit newrochelleny.com/stormupdates

This has been Mayor Noam Bramson.  Thank you for listening, and stay safe. 

Find Your Heart in Downtown New Rochelle

Starting today and through the end of the month, you can find a seven foot tall Instagram-worthy heart-shaped flower arch in the heart of downtown New Rochelle at the corner of Division and Huguenot.  It’s a great idea timed for Valentine’s Day, courtesy of the Business Improvement District and Enchanted Flowers.

In addition, the BID has teamed up with New Rochelle High School students to display red oaktag hearts, each with their own unique artistic style, as part of the outdoor “Gallery of HeARTworks.”  Look for these hearts in the windows of participating businesses.

There’s more in this press release, including information about how your selfie can win a $50 gift certificate.

New Rochelle Invites Residents and Organizations to Submit Images Reflecting on a Year of COVID

As we approach the one-year anniversary of New Rochelle’s first exposure to COVID, the City invites residents and organizations to submit images that capture our experience of loss, strength, resilience, and hope, or that simply record the new normal of life in the pandemic.  There’s more information in this press release, and images can be uploaded at www.newrochelleny.com/submitphoto.  The submission deadline is Monday, February 22.

Selected pieces will be compiled into a retrospective that will be posted online by Wednesday, March 3, exactly one year after our first case.

Please consider joining this community-wide effort by submitting a photograph that is meaningful to you.  I hope and believe that the combined images will be a powerful record of New Rochelle’s character and determination during a year of unprecedented challenge.

New Rochelle Rated Among Best Cities for Black Women

It’s best to take these sorts of ratings with a grain of salt, but how can I not shine a light on this report which scores New Rochelle as the second best city in America for Black women, based on factors such as safety, homeownership, educational attainment, income, etc.  To be clear, even if the comparative data show New Rochelle in a positive light relative to other cities, in absolute terms, there are still very significant inequities in New Rochelle, reflecting both the historical and the present-day impacts of structural racism.  We should regard such reports as an impetus to further progress and not as a basis for complacency.

Winter Storm Update

I just sent the following citywide robocall.  Please note especially that, in contrast to yesterday’s message, today’s north end garbage pickup is cancelled.  DPW had originally intended to pick up trash this morning, but reconsidered based on conditions.  We sincerely regret the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.

Good morning. This is the City of New Rochelle with updated information on today’s winter storm. Para espanol, oprima numero uno.

First, DPW has determined that conditions make garbage pickup impractical, and so today’s north end garbage service is cancelled. We advise residents to please bring their trash back from the curb, and sincerely regret any inconvenience from the error in yesterday’s message. In addition, tomorrow’s south end garbage pickup is cancelled. We expect that the normal sanitation schedule will resume on Wednesday with citywide recycling.

Storm conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day and then continue into tomorrow. Many secondary roads may not be completely cleared until well after the storm has ended.  Please plan accordingly and avoid unnecessary travel.

Now, to repeat information from yesterday . . .

If you lose power, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or www.coned.com.  Report downed trees and power lines to the New Rochelle Police at 654-2300. 

For those trying to move cars off-street, free parking is available at New Roc City and at the New Rochelle Transit Center until further notice.

After the storm, please clear sidewalks and fire hydrants adjacent to your property.  And, when digging out cars, please do not throw snow back into the street.

For additional information, visit newrochelleny.com/stormupdates.

This has been Mayor Noam Bramson.  Thank you for listening, and stay safe.

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