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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.