Category Archives: Culture & Heritage

Artists: Win a Year of Free Rent in New Rochelle

As announced in my recent State of the City Address, New Rochelle is teaming up with our master developer, RXR, to offer one lucky artist a full year of free rent at 360 Huguenot, the new downtown tower that’s just nearing completion. To apply, interested artists must submit a 30-second-or-less video detailing why New Rochelle … Continue reading Artists: Win a Year of Free Rent in New Rochelle

State of the City – 2019

I just finished delivering my 2019 State of the City Address to an overflow audience at City Hall. My remarks highlighted our community’s significant and exciting progress on a range of economic, environmental, and social priorities, while also acknowledging persistent challenges that require our continued attention and focus.  The State of our City is the … Continue reading State of the City – 2019

Watch My LWV Interview

Please watch my half-hour interview with Tamar Tait of the League of Women Voters. We talked about New Rochelle’s history, our downtown plans, infrastructure investments, the public school system, the new State Senate majority, and much more. A good conversation about our community’s past, present, and future. If you find the conversation informative, please also … Continue reading Watch My LWV Interview

I’ll Drink to That

New Rochelle is considering a downtown zoning amendment that would allow “tasting rooms” that serve beer and cider. Tasting rooms would have to be associated with a New York State brewery or cidery that uses locally-grown ingredients, although production could be off-site (that last piece would be the main substantive change in our local regulations.) … Continue reading I’ll Drink to That

Why Can’t My Kids Cook Like This?

Three cheers for the Wayner kids, Arielle and Alfie, who are competing in a special siblings episode of Food Network’s Chopped. There’s more about this impressive New Rochelle family in this article from Westchester Magazine. Full disclosure: their mom Ayanna is our former Deputy Commissioner of Development, so I’ve also got a sorta professional reason … Continue reading Why Can’t My Kids Cook Like This?

Neighborhood Conversation Recap

Back in October, I hosted four “Neighborhood Conversations” around New Rochelle.  If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a link to my presentation.  (This footage is from the final meeting at New Rochelle High School.) At each of these conversations, I used an interactive application called “slido” to survey the audience and invite questions.  Some … Continue reading Neighborhood Conversation Recap

Applications Invited for Wildcliff Advisory Committee

In the aftermath of the fire that ravaged Wildcliff Manor last month, the City is forming an Advisory Committee to examine options for the future of the structure and grounds.  Residents interested in applying to join the Committee can submit an application at newrochelleny.com/wildcliff.  Applications are due by January 7th. Wildcliff is a special property … Continue reading Applications Invited for Wildcliff Advisory Committee

A Terrible Loss: Wildcliff Destroyed by Fire

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

Great Work, NRCA

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.