The Winning Artist: Daniel Martinez

Congratulations to Daniel Martinez, who won a year’s free rent at the just-completed 360 Huguenot development. Daniel, a photographer, came out on top in a competition featuring more than 100 artists.

Yesterday, at the ribbon-cutting for 360 Huguenot — the first completed project from our master developers and an important milestone in New Rochelle’s downtown renewal efforts — RXR Chairman Scott Rechler and I presented Daniel with a symbolic check.

Mayor Noam Bramson, Daniel Martinez, and RXR Chairman Scott Rechler

Daniel’s remarks in response were gracious, heartfelt, and full of enthusiasm for New Rochelle. We will all benefit from his talents, and from the creative energy of other artists who choose to make New Rochelle home.

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Musical Gift from France

As New Rochelle prepares to honor our French founders by celebrating Bastille Day tomorrow, I was delighted to welcome to my office three young jazz musicians from our sister city, La Rochelle. Watch them perform briefly with New Rochelle’s own Brian Carter on drums, and catch them also at Hudson Park tonight at 7:30pm and on Library Green tomorrow at 1:00pm. Vive La France!

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Creatively Speaking Film Series at New Ro Library

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On Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th, the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library will host the Creatively Speaking Film Series, with curated films that focus on little-known history lessons, the significance of family and education, identity and culture, and coming of age and migration stories. Creatively Speaking will also feature facilitated discussions, many of which will include the films’ directors. This press release contains more information.

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You Can Choose the Winning Artist

Back in March, New Rochelle and our master developers RXR announced an exciting contest to offer a year’s free rent to one fortunate artist. In response, we received more than 100 outstanding submissions — a tribute to our community’s burgeoning cultural and creativity energy. Since then, an evaluation panel has had the difficult task of choosing three finalists.

Now you have an opportunity to select the winner via an online vote.

Visit this site to read all about the finalists, watch their videos, and cast your vote. And learn more about the contest in this press release.

The voting ends at midnight on July 7th. Good luck to the artists!

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Visit La Rochelle

La Rochelle

This December, New Rochelle will send a delegation of leaders and residents to our French sister city, La Rochelle. If you are interested in learning more or in potentially joining the delegation, please attend a meeting this Thursday, June 13th at 7pm in Room B-1 of the City Hall Annex. Here’s are the details. I am not able to go myself, but am grateful for the work of our Sister City Committee, which does so much to strengthen our trans-Atlantic bonds.

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Remington in New Rochelle

A recreation of Remington’s studio at 301 Webster Avenue

Much of our popular conception of the American West was shaped ironically in the decidedly eastern locale of New Rochelle, NY by the great artist Frederic Remington from his studios at 301 Webster Avenue. This fascinating page from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West contains more, including a recreation of Remington’s studio and an audio recording of a neighbor’s reminiscences.

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