DRI Projects Approved

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Conceptual rendering of “The Linc” – before and after

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in town this afternoon to deliver some great news: $10 million in State funding for six New Rochelle projects.

You might be thinking that this announcement was already made, and, in a sense, you’d be right. New Rochelle was declared the winner of the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) last September. But this is the first time that the State has approved dollars for specific projects.

The lion’s share of the award, $6 million, goes to “The Linc,” which will transform much of Memorial Highway into a linear park, creating an exciting new open space asset, and enhancing both safety and mobility between Lincoln Avenue and Library Green.

City, County, and State officials with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Noam Bramson

Other funded projects include safety enhancements on Lincoln Avenue itself, the Black Box Theater and Art Education Center on Main Street, a new park to serve Heritage Homes, zoning to spur entrepreneurial investment and housing opportunities in the Lincoln Avenue area, and construction of a public comfort station within Lincoln Park.

Our application was based on extensive community input and shaped by a Local Planning Committee, consisting of neighborhood, city, and regional leaders.

As a whole, these projects — especially The Linc — will forge stronger physical, economic, and social connections between our burgeoning downtown and the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood, while helping all people in New Rochelle benefit from inclusive, equitable growth and prosperity.

Winning the highly-competitive DRI was one of New Rochelle’s most notable accomplishments of the past decade. I am grateful to the many municipal, community, and county representatives who contributed to our successful application, as well as our State legislative delegation, which has been exceptionally effective in advocating for New Rochelle. With the State’s invaluable financial support, we are poised to accomplish (more) great things.

This press release has all the details.

A Great Day for New Rochelle

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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.

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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!

New Rochelle Fireworks

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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!

Kieran’s Courts Open at Pinebrook Park

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The Grogan Family with the winning team at Kieran’s Courts

Thank you to the Grogan Family, who partnered with New Rochelle’s Department of Parks & Recreation to remake the basketball courts at Pinebrook Park. Named in loving memory of Kieran Grogan, the courts have never looked (or played) better. Over the weekend, hundreds of friends and neighbors gathered for a basketball tournament. Here’s the winning team, with the Grogan’s.

Plans Advance for New Boys & Girls Club

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Rendering of proposed housing, garage, and new Boys & Girls Club, with Lincoln Park in the foreground

I had been trying to find the right words to describe plans for a new Remington Boys and Girls Club. Fortunately, Council Member Jared Rice did such a good job outlining the project and its context that I need only link to his post. Check it out here. This would be a great resource for the youngsters of our community.