In a crowded field of notables, Thomas Paine almost certainly ranks as New Rochelle’s most famous and consequential resident, a true giant of American and world history. Paine’s legacy remains a vital part of New Rochelle today, represented physically in The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, the Thomas Paine Monument, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Building — now together reopening as the Thomas Paine New Rochelle Center. This week, from June 16 through 18, come celebrate Paine’s life and accomplishments. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting and wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00am Saturday, followed by a Colonial Fair. There’s more here.
Watch this beautiful performance by New Rochelle musicians of A Ukrainian Prayer by John Rutter, a moving tribute to the people of Ukraine in a dark hour. Thank you to Valerie Samn, Songcatchers, and the Episcopal Churches of New Rochelle for conceiving this collaborative effort.
The new murals throughout downtown New Rochelle are attracting lots of positive attention. Read and watch on CBS, News12, and Patch. I am grateful for the artists and organizers whose work has brought so much creative energy to our city’s core. #NRNYMurals
Twelve murals from renowned international artists are making a big splash throughout downtown New Rochelle, the latest example of our city’s commitment to great public art. Produced by Street Art for Mankind, spearheaded by the leadership of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, and with funding from the New Rochelle IDA and ArtsWestchester, these murals join eight others that were created in 2019. Together, they have a powerful positive impact on our downtown streetscape and mark New Rochelle as a community that celebrates creative talent. Take a look for yourself at the locations below. And thank you to the individuals and organizations that made this fantastic work possible.
Radisson Hotel: “Dancing Queen“ by Vinie Graffiti
13-15 River Street: “Unidad” by AdryDel Rocio
New Roc City Plaza: King Kong by Carlos Alberto (interactive 3-D “selfie”)
Train Station/Bridge over I95: Water Sports by Carlos Alberto (interactive 3-D “selfie”)
Westchester County Family Court/34 Garden Street: Flowers by Carlos Alberto
Library Parking Lot/1 Memorial Highway: “New Ro Strong” by Dragon 76
25 LeRoy/Davenport Lofts: Protecting Our Oceans by Louis Masai
111 Centre Avenue/Modera: People and Places by Cristian Blanxer
347 Huguenot Street: Abstraction based on Rockwell’s “Girl in the Mirror” by Belin
365 Huguenot Street/Storage Post: “Always on the Move” by TelmoMiel
164 Union Avenue: Blue Collar Workers Who Built New Rochelle by Loic Ercolessi
210 Union Avenue: “Mexican Community” by Carlos Alberto
It’s not a good idea just yet for us to gather in a big crowd at City Hall for a traditional State of the City Address, so, instead, I recorded a message to report on the opportunities and challenges confronting New Rochelle, and on the progress we have made together as a community. Please watch a video of the speech or read my remarks.
Even through the worst of the pandemic, New Rochelle kept making big strides on the essential priorities that will shape our future. When it comes to our economy and our budget, our environment and our neighborhoods, and our commitment to the dignity and worth of all people, we are poised to emerge from the crisis with fresh momentum and a renewed sense of possibility and optimism. The State of our City is strong.
ArtsFest returns this weekend, featuring open artists studios, gallery shows, live music, films, dance performances and much more. Highlights include the free ArtsFest Music Festival and ArtsFest Dance Festival, plus activities at dozens of public and private venues across New Rochelle and Pelham. Be prepared to wear a facemask and/or show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, if required at certain sites. Visit newrochellearts.org for more.