I spent about an hour yesterday clearing invasive thorns bushes from Ward Acres alongside an enthusiastic group of volunteers. The young man on the left in this photo is Cole Feuer, who spearheaded the effort – a great example of community spirit. More work is planned for later this year, all aimed at improving the … Continue reading Clearing Thorns at Ward Acres
If you missed my State of the City Address last month, and if reading a transcript isn’t your thing, here’s a video of the speech. The microphone shadow is a little distracting, but otherwise not too bad.
About 15 years ago, a New Rochelle resident named Eric Turkewitz approached me with a great idea. Eric pointed out that, with just a few modest connections, we could link together several of the region’s parks and open spaces to form a much larger trail network. Eric’s idea led to the formation of an inter-municipal … Continue reading Paine to Pain Gets Star Treatment in Trail Runner
I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house at the Davenport Club. My remarks follow below. You can also download the speech as a pdf. I focused this year on New Rochelle’s unprecedented opportunity to develop and invigorate our downtown – a challenge linked to every other civic priority. I hope … Continue reading State of the City – Unprecedented Opportunity for Downtown Progress
Many of our region’s parks are overrun with invasive vines. While the vines can have a certain jungle-like charm, they are truly awful for the long-term health and ecology of native species. Unfortunately, getting rid of them is a bear (figuratively, of course) that takes lots of labor. That’s where you come in. Volunteers are … Continue reading Fight the Invasion!
This month’s cold snap has produced at least one positive outcome: effective today, Paine Lake, Carpenter’s Pond, and the southern lake in front of New Rochelle High School (by Eastchester Road) are open for ice skating! Beechmont Lake still does not have the consistent 4 inch minimum ice depth necessary for safety, and Glenwood Lake … Continue reading Lace Up Your Skates!
This week, our Parks & Rec team unveiled new master plans for Feeney Park and Lincoln Park. Developed over several months with lots of public input, the master plans include a wide range of improvements — from new lighting, to repaired walkways, to expanded community garden plots, to additional trees. Good plans are very valuable, … Continue reading Lincoln & Feeney Park Master Plans Unveiled
Each year, the Paine-to-Pain half-marathon attracts hundreds of runners to our city. And with good reason – it’s a terrific race, covering the outer loop of the Colonial Greenway, with trails winding through parks, woods, and historic neighborhoods. The starting gun for the seventh annual Paine-to-Pain is this Sunday, September 21st at 9:00am, by Thomas … Continue reading Paine to Pain Half-Marathon & Youth Mile This Sunday
Attention sports fans! Don’t miss the annual WFAN All-Stars Celebrity Softball Game this coming Wednesday, August 13th — warmup at 5:30pm, first pitch at 6:00pm — at Flowers Park on Fifth Avenue here in New Rochelle. For the third year in a row, Craig Carton, the top-rated WFAN morning host, will bring his all-stars to … Continue reading WFAN All-Stars Coming to New Ro on Wednesday
The City and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) are teaming up again to present the Summer Sounds concert series at Hudson Park – Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm. Here’s the full schedule. Every performance is free, so bring a blanket, chair, or picnic basket and enjoy a terrific evening. For more information … Continue reading Summer Concerts (Plus a Food Truck) in New Rochelle