If you missed the announcement of New Rochelle’s big win in the competition for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, this video captures the excitement. The $10 million grant will help our community forge stronger economic, physical, and social links between the Lincoln Avenue corridor and our growing downtown.
This drab photograph does not do any justice to the absolutely delicious falafel wrap I took out last week from the brand new Nook Eatery at 229 Main Street. Garlicky, crispy/creamy, with just the right amount of lemon-yogurt-tahini sauce. I wolfed down the side salad first, then I wolfed down the wrap. I want more. … Continue reading Food Blog: The Nook Eatery
With Assemblywoman Amy Paulin taking the lead, a bipartisan group of state, county, municipal, and school officials have joined together to defend the tax deductibility of charitable contributions. This is a matter of urgent importance to taxpayers in our region, in light of recent changes in federal tax law that sharply limit state and local … Continue reading Fairness for Taxpayers
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our second “Neighborhood Conversation” last night at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. It was another engaging and lively discussion, with excellent comments. In addition to offering a traditional presentation on City issues, I’ve been experimenting at these meetings with an online interactive program called Slido that allows the … Continue reading Another Informative (and Interactive) Conversation
The latest dreadful report on climate change from the UN makes for deeply depressing reading, so this is an important moment to remind ourselves that positive, effective climate action is still possible, provided we have the will. Here’s a good local example . . . A couple of years ago, New Rochelle joined about 20 … Continue reading New Rochelle vs. Climate Change
The Lincoln Park Basketball Courts have never looked better or more creative. This exciting new design, from artist Scott Albrecht, is the result of a collaboration between the City’s Parks & Rec Department, the New Rochelle Basketball Association, and Project Backboard, along with a generous grant from the National Basketball Players Association Foundation. Thank you … Continue reading Lincoln Basketball Courts Get A New Look
Thank you to everyone who joined the “Neighborhood Conversation” at Salesian High School this past Tuesday evening. I enjoyed sharing information about the City’s activities and — even more importantly — receiving lots of thoughtful questions and comments. Three additional meetings are coming up on October 10th (JCC on Wilmot Road), October 23rd (Columbus School), … Continue reading Great Conversation at Salesian
If you’ve been on North Avenue lately, you can’t have missed the construction underway between Iona and City Hall. An entire block has been cleared to make way for the “Rockwell,” a new luxury apartment building with ground-floor retail. (11 of the 114 apartments will be affordable.) Today, we formally celebrated the ground-breaking. The Rockwell … Continue reading The Rockwell Breaks Ground on North Avenue
Some restaurants need a little help getting noticed. Maybe the chef is a miracle worker in the kitchen, but less adept at marketing. Maybe the location is out-of-the-way. Maybe there’s no particular reason; lots of new restaurants just struggle. And part of my motivation for blogging about local food is to shine a spotlight on … Continue reading Food Blog: Maria
Take a look at this great blogpost from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on New Rochelle’s efforts to utilize virtual and augmented reality to enhance community involvement in planning and development. It’s always gratifying when our local initiatives receive national recognition, and it’s especially exciting to see New Rochelle highlighted as an innovator.