Calling all artists! New Rochelle is offering local and regional artists the chance to make a lasting mark on the culture and look of our city with a call for entries in two art competitions. Learn more here. Public art is a vital and often inspiring part of New Rochelle’s larger commitment to creative expression, and I hope that these installations — murals on the Potter Avenue Bridge and NRNY sculptures downtown — will celebrate and enliven our community.
Another wonderful donation of public art to our community from world-renowned pop artist Charles Fazzino, whose studios are located in New Rochelle. Hard not to smile when you see this mini-library and bench on the platform of the New Rochelle train station. Thank you also to My Brother’s Keeper and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts for spearheading this project. Read all about it in Patch.
With dramatic redevelopment of our downtown underway, it’s important for New Rochelle to preserve older buildings with special historical and architectural significance. So I am pleased that two new local landmark designations are on the way for distinctive structures at the corner of Main and Lecount (the former Masonic Lodge) and the corner of Main and Lawton (the former National City Bank.)
Formal action by the City Council is anticipated for both designations following a public hearing next month. Several other downtown properties are currently under review by the City Historian, with additional landmark designations likely later this year.
Safe, healthy fall family fun is in the works for later this month, as the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation presents a Drive-in Movie Night on Friday, October 23 at Hudson Park featuring Pixar’s Coco. The movie starts at 7:00pm. The cost is $10/car and advance ticketing is required. Tickets are available at NewRoDriveIn.EventBrite.com. And here’s a full list of safety precautions and other FAQs.
New Rochelle is partnering with business accelerator Accel7 and with the arts not-for-profit VAEA to open two new cohort spaces for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs, one on the second floor of our historic Train Station building and the other at New Roc City.
This exciting initiative illustrates New Rochelle’s strong commitment to innovation and creativity, as well as our determination to emerge from the COVID crisis with a dynamic, growing economy.
Learn much more about the program and about how to apply for residency in this press release.