Over the weekend, the Journal News ran this article about a potentially big shift in New Rochelle’s downtown traffic patterns — changing Main and Huguenot Streets from one-way to two-way. There are good arguments to be made both for and against this idea. On the pro side, a two-way pattern could provide easier access to … Continue reading New Rochelle Traffic Pattern: Back to the Future?
This especially nice tweet from @chrislhayes is an example of the feedback I have received since posting a statement about a group home for four young men with autism in New Rochelle. My comments have now been viewed more than 10,000 times on my website and many more times on other sites. Having expected a … Continue reading Widespread Reaction to Group Home Statement
This analysis from the Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) provides a useful statistical snapshot of the social and economic conditions facing families in our community. WCA is compiling similar profiles for all the cities in Westchester. The degree of social distress in the urban centers of the region is a stark reminder that Westchester’s idyllic image … Continue reading Snapshot from the Westchester Children’s Association
Here’s a good example of why our family feels very fortunate to live in this region. Jeremy and I had a day to ourselves last weekend, and we made the most of it (with a focus on food, naturally.) We started in Dobbs Ferry at the Dawg House, where Jeremy had the Miami Vice and … Continue reading A Great Day – Tasty, Too
For almost a century, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has been at the forefront of efforts to address economic, environmental, transportation, and infrastructure challenges in the New York metropolitan area. RPA’s work is important and often visionary, so I was delighted to be invited to help draft RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan – a document that … Continue reading Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan
The City and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) are teaming up again to present the Summer Sounds concert series at Hudson Park – Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm. Here’s the full schedule. Every performance is free, so bring a blanket, chair, or picnic basket and enjoy a terrific evening. For more information … Continue reading Summer Concerts (Plus a Food Truck) in New Rochelle
Since posting my thoughts last week about a group home controversy in New Rochelle, I’ve been astonished by the response — a huge number of comments from here in our own community and from around the country, many quite personal and moving. My comments were also picked up by Political Wire, which featured this podcast … Continue reading Group Home Comments Stir Discussion
When the pastry chef pulls out a blowtorch to give the finishing touch to a small s’more-inspired cake, you know good things are coming. Trilogy Bake Shop is filled with such little moments of surprise and happy anticipation. Just opened at 679 Main Street (near the end of Webster Avenue) in New Rochelle, Trilogy has … Continue reading Food Blog: Trilogy Bake Shop
The Great Recession took a serious toll on New Rochelle’s finances – just as it impacted communities all around America. Lean budgets, tough choices, and good financial management helped get us through the worst of the economic downtown with core services intact, but the financial strain shaped almost every major decision. Now, as the national … Continue reading Upbeat Financial Report for New Rochelle
I dropped by New Rochelle’s Friday Farmer’s Market in front of the High School earlier today. My shopping list: white currants, smoked mozzarella, cucumbers, and an herb baguette. But the highlight was the homemade salsa and chips served up by this happy group from Beth El Day Camp. Thanks, kids!