First things first: no lives were lost and no one was injured, thank goodness, but in every other respect, the news today from Wildcliff Manor is terrible. This historic structure adjacent to Hudson Park was destroyed by fire, a devastating end for an exceptional building beloved by many generations of New Rochelleans. (Here’s more on … Continue reading A Terrible Loss: Wildcliff Destroyed by Fire
With the annual ArtsFest kicking off this weekend, it’s an appropriate time to acknowledge the impressive contributions of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. This video tells the story of the dedicated volunteers who have fostered creative expression in our community for nearly half a century.
With nearly 40 venues and dozens of activities, performances, and displays, ArtsFest is an amazing opportunity to experience New Rochelle’s cultural vitality, while also enjoying local food and drink, including an Oktoberfest gallery hop. Take a look at the ArtsFest brochure to learn more. The festivities begin this Friday, October 19th and continue through Sunday, … Continue reading ArtsFest is Back: October 19-21
This week, New Rochelle officially celebrated the installation of fifteen NRNY sculptures, designed by talented artists as part of our public art series called “Stacked!” The seven-foot-tall sculptures, each unique, bring visual flair and creative energy to our downtown, and are part of our ongoing effort to marry economic development with cultural vitality. You can … Continue reading New Rochelle is “Stacked!”
If you missed New Rochelle’s Fourth of July fireworks (or even if you were there), watch this video. So great. I love this city.
Today, world-renowned 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino and his daughter Heather Fazzino unveiled two original sculptures on a plaza in downtown New Rochelle (at Huguenot and North.) Combining creative vision with the City’s NRNY logo, the 100-lb, seven-foot-tall pop-art pieces are great examples of New Rochelle’s cultural vitality and a boost for our ambitious … Continue reading Sculptures from World Famous Artists Unveiled in New Ro
We held our annual Bastille Day flag-raising ceremony this morning at City Hall, sponsored by the New Rochelle/La Rochelle Sister City Committee. In prior years, my comments at this event have been brief and light-hearted — in fact, I’ve never before bothered to write anything out, opting instead to speak off the cuff. Today, I … Continue reading Something More to Say
New Rochelle has a special connection to France; our community was founded by French Huguenots seeking religious freedom and, indeed, named after the Huguenot city of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast. So while most of America pretty much ignores Bastille Day, here in New Rochelle, it’s a thing. On Bastille Day itself — … Continue reading Vive La France
Here’s a great profile of New Rochelle’s IDEALab from the Westchester Business Journal. A really exciting initiative that connects to and supports our ambitious downtown development efforts and also forms the basis for our Champion City application to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Please read.
Waves lapping at the shore, a picnic blanket spread on a park lawn, and live music as day slips into night — what better way to enjoy the season. New Rochelle is thrilled, once again, to present the Summer Sounds Concert Series at Hudson Park, beginning on Wednesday, June 27th, and continuing every Wednesday and … Continue reading Summer Sounds on the Shore