On Track (Literally and Figuratively)

The Regional Plan Association (RPA) has released a new report, highlighting the critical importance of transit-served suburbs in meeting the housing, economic, and affordability needs of the New York metropolitan area.  Take a look.

RPA’s recommendations are fully consistent with New Rochelle’s ambitious downtown development framework.  In fact, if you look at the full report, New Rochelle is profiled as a case study of “Downtown Development Done Right” on page 19.  We’re on the right track, literally and figuratively.

I am proud that New Rochelle is taking the lead and offering a positive example with regional significance.  Success here will benefit our own residents and contribute to the vitality of New York as a whole.


Thanksgiving Parade This Saturday

Don’t miss New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving Parade this Saturday, November 18th.  Almost 2,000 marchers are expected to participate, which may be a record.  Plus the big, crowd-pleasing inflatables will make a return.

The Parade kicks off at 10:00am at Eastchester Road and North Avenue and then wraps up on Main Street at Maple Avenue.  There’s great viewing all along the route.

Before the Parade, fuel up at the Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Fund for Educational Excellence, at the new-wing cafeteria at New Rochelle High School, from 8:00am to 9:30am.  Just $5 for all-you-can-eat breakfast goodies.  Sugar for the kids, caffeine for the grown-ups.

There’s more information in this poster.

Hope to see you on Saturday!


Food Blog: Vento Bistro

Branzino with capers and lemon at Vento Bistro.

Catie and I joined a group of friends over the weekend for a thoroughly enjoyable dinner at Vento Bistro, the new restaurant on Huguenot Street at the base of the Halstead Building (where Sorrel used to be located.)

Putting ourselves in the chef’s hands, we started with plates of olives, then moved on to terrific braised artichoke hearts, followed by a hearty pasta bolognese, and then a main course of branzino with capers and lemon.  For dessert, we shared fresh berries with whipped cream and tartufo.  All delicious.  In fact, I would have happily (and piggishly) added another course or two.

Vento’s space is small, warm, and intimate with an open kitchen adjoining the dining area.  Perfect for a date night.  And the adjoining wine shop ensures that meals are properly lubricated.

Here’s Vento’s Facebook page.  Highly recommended.



Honoring Veterans at Home and Abroad

French citizens in La Rochelle honor America.

As we honor America’s veterans today, it is worth remembering that 2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.  (Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of that conflict.)

The American flag flies over La Rochelle, France.

To observe the occasion, New Rochelle has sent a delegation to La Rochelle, France — our sister city — where the weekend is filled with observances of this important historical event, and also filled with gratitude for the American soldiers whose arrival in 1917 turned the tide of the war.

Thank you to all who serve — past, present, and future.