Modera New Rochelle Opens

Another day, another ribbon-cutting, as the pace of new investment picks up, bringing energy and vitality to our growing downtown.  Yesterday, we celebrated the official opening of Modera New Rochelle, a 334-unit mid-rise apartment building on Centre Avenue that is already attracting rave reviews from residents.  It’s a great new addition to our city and a taste of more to come.  This press release has all the details.

A Presidential Visit from Dominica

I was pleased this afternoon to welcome to New Rochelle the President of Dominica, Charles Savarin.  Iona University and Monroe College have attracted a significant number of students from Dominica, who have, in turn, established a meaningful connection between our community and the island nation.  These ties brought the President to New Rochelle in the context of a trip primarily focused on meetings at the UN and in Washington.

Welcome Joe Coffee

Our Building Commissioner, Paul Vacca, looks happy and well-caffeinated at the ribbon-cutting.

Joe Coffee, the popular NYC cafe, has opened in downtown New Rochelle at the base of the Stella at 10 Lecount Place.  It’s Joe’s first location outside the five boroughs and another illustration of our downtown’s growing energy and vitality. More in this press release.

Poetry Out Loud

Most years, I have the pleasure and honor of emceeing Poetry Out Loud, an evening of student-written and read verse, sponsored by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence.  This past spring, bad weather forced a cancellation of the scheduled in-person event, but I am still very happy to share this video of our city’s impressive young poets.  Enjoy.

Additional Ida Relief Coming to Our Region

Governor Hochul has released a proposed Action Plan that would direct $41.2 million in federal funding to help our region recover more fully from Hurricane Ida and to mitigate the impact of future storms, with a focus on historically underserved communities.  New Rochelle participated in discussions with State officials to help shape the program’s parameters and will also host a public hearing on September 8th.  There’s much more detail here.