Come Foraging on August 18th

Here’s a great opportunity to discover the edible goodies growing wild in local forests and often literally in our backyards. On August 18th at 11:45am, you can join a foraging expedition in New Rochelle’s Nature Study Woods to learn about — and taste — summer herbs like lamb’s quarters, asiatic dayflower, and garlic mustard, fruits like blackberries and elderberries, and a wide variety of mushrooms.

To sign up, call (914) 727-2552 at least 24 hours in advance. The suggested donation is $20 per adult and $10 per child. You can learn more about the organizer, “Wildman” Steve Brill, at

I’ve been on foraging tours myself with the kids, and they are a ton of fun, plus a great education.


A Great Day for New Rochelle

Mariano receives the “Key to the City”

New Rochelle turned out in force this past Saturday to celebrate the greatest reliever in baseball history, our own Mariano Rivera. Thank you to all the parade organizers and sponsors, especially Joe and Mickie Fosina. And thank you, most of all, to Mariano and Clara Rivera, who have been such active and generous members of our community. What a great day for New Rochelle!

Clara and Mariano Rivera on their float at Huguenot Street
A great crowd at Hudson Park

Mariano. New Rochelle. Saturday.

Come celebrate one of the greatest baseball players in history — and the first unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame — when New Rochelle salutes Mariano Rivera this Saturday with a Pinstripe Parade. The festivities kick off at New Rochelle City Hall with a ceremony at 9:45am. The parade will then proceed along North Avenue to Pelham Road and end at Hudson Park. More details in this press release.

New Rochelle takes special pride in Mariano, who has been a selfless, generous contributor to our community, and who makes his spiritual home here at Refugio De Esperanza, where his wife Clara serves as Pastor. A big turnout on Saturday will be a wonderful way to demonstrate New Rochelle’s admiration. Please join us!


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.


New Rochelle Fireworks

New Rochelle’s annual Independence Day celebration, featuring Fireworks by Grucci at the waterfront, kicks off at 9:30pm on Thursday, July 4th, rain or shine. There’s great viewing from Hudson and Five Islands Parks. Just before and after the fireworks, nearby streets will be closed to cars so that pedestrians can walk safely, and parking will also be limited, so please plan ahead.

Here’s a great video from last year to get you in a celebratory mood. Enjoy the Fourth!


Farmers Markets Open for Season

Fresh local produce, yummy prepared foods, savory pickles, delicious cheeses, crusty bread, and lots of other tasty treats. That’s right — New Rochelle’s two farmers markets are opening again for the season.

The Saturday downtown market kicks off on June 1st on Library Green. And the Friday uptown market begins on June 7th — at its new location at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum.

Please support the markets, and enjoy!