Carl Reiner, Rest in Peace

Our nation lost an entertainment giant today, with the passing of Carl Reiner at the age of 98.  New Rochelleans feel a special connection to Reiner and his family, who lived on Bonnie Meadow Road near Davis School.  And, of course, Carl helped make New Rochelle famous worldwide by setting the iconic Dick Van Dyke Show here in our city.

Joining Carl Reiner via video for the honorary renaming of Bonnie Meadow Road back in April of 2018 will always rank among my favorite experiences as mayor.  He could not have been more warm, gracious, and — needless to say — funny.

May Carl Reiner rest in peace, and may his life’s work continue to inspire laughter and joy for many years to come.

Welcome Back, Carl Reiner

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Juneteenth Observance at City Hall

For the first time, New Rochelle officially observed Juneteenth today with a flag raising at City Hall.

For many people, Juneteenth has long been a significant annual celebration marking the end of slavery.  And for many others, the occasion has passed year after year with little or no awareness.

Even in a community like ours — that prides itself on diversity and inclusion and that has a remarkable heritage of black leadership — there are enormous gaps in experience and perspective that make it more difficult to stand in each other’s shoes and fully appreciate the challenges that shape our lives.  But perhaps that is beginning to change.

As our nation focuses intently on issues of racial equality, I hope that this morning’s flag-raising can serve not only to look back on an event of great historical significance, but, even more, as a symbol of our forward-looking commitment to a just and inclusive society.

Happy Juneteenth.

UPDATE:  Here’s video of this morning’s ceremony:

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Uptown Farmers Market Opens Today

New Rochelle’s uptown Farmers Market at Thomas Paine Cottage opens today, but with special rules for physical distancing, as well as a new option for placing pre-orders to pickup.  This flyer contains all the details.

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NRHS Sets the Standard for Arts in Education

Students at the Museum of Arts & Culture

A pair of features highlight the outstanding arts education at New Rochelle High School, exemplified by the Museum of Arts & Culture, the only school-based, Regents-chartered museum in all of New York State.  Read this interview with visiting artist Susan Luss, as well as this related blogpost.  I am proud that our public schools make cultural enrichment so accessible to students.

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Lots of Positive Buzz for Downtown Murals

Our new downtown murals are receiving lots of positive attention, both within and beyond New Rochelle.  Here’s an admiring piece from Brooklyn Street Art, complete with photographs of all the murals.  Creative energy is a key part of any successful downtown, and I am delighted that New Rochelle is attracting world-class talent.  #NRNYMurals

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