Category Archives: Culture & Heritage

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  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.

ArtsFest is Back: October 19-21

With nearly 40 venues and dozens of activities, performances, and displays, ArtsFest is an amazing opportunity to experience New Rochelle’s cultural vitality, while also enjoying local food and drink, including an Oktoberfest gallery hop.  Take a look at the ArtsFest brochure to learn more. The festivities begin this Friday, October 19th and continue through Sunday, … Continue reading ArtsFest is Back: October 19-21

New Rochelle is “Stacked!”

This week, New Rochelle officially celebrated the installation of fifteen NRNY sculptures, designed by talented artists as part of our public art series called “Stacked!” The seven-foot-tall sculptures, each unique, bring visual flair and creative energy to our downtown, and are part of our ongoing effort to marry economic development with cultural vitality. You can … Continue reading New Rochelle is “Stacked!”

Sculptures from World Famous Artists Unveiled in New Ro

Today, world-renowned 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino and his daughter Heather Fazzino unveiled two original sculptures on a plaza in downtown New Rochelle (at Huguenot and North.)   Combining creative vision with the City’s NRNY logo, the 100-lb, seven-foot-tall pop-art pieces are great examples of New Rochelle’s cultural vitality and a boost for our ambitious … Continue reading Sculptures from World Famous Artists Unveiled in New Ro