If you’ve been on North Avenue lately, you can’t have missed the construction underway between Iona and City Hall. An entire block has been cleared to make way for the “Rockwell,” a new luxury apartment building with ground-floor retail. (11 of the 114 apartments will be affordable.) Today, we formally celebrated the ground-breaking. The Rockwell … Continue reading The Rockwell Breaks Ground on North Avenue
Take a look at this great blogpost from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on New Rochelle’s efforts to utilize virtual and augmented reality to enhance community involvement in planning and development. It’s always gratifying when our local initiatives receive national recognition, and it’s especially exciting to see New Rochelle highlighted as an innovator.
Big, exciting news. New Rochelle has won a $10 million State grant through New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI.) This afternoon, State officials visited the Remington Boys and Girls Club to make the announcement. This highly-competitive program chooses only one winner per year from the entire mid-Hudson Valley, a huge multi-county region with dozens of … Continue reading A Big, Big Win for New Rochelle
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!”
A new hotel, with a design reminiscent of cutting-edge buildings along the High Line, has been proposed for Cedar Street, adjacent to I-95 (at the site of the former Don Conqui and Got Soul restaurants.) 225 rooms, together with dining and other amenities, in an ultra-modern tower rising above a rehabbed historic structure at the … Continue reading Hotel Proposed for Cedar Street
New Rochelle’s ambitious and innovative downtown development plan is receiving attention all across the country. The National League of Cities recently invited me to submit a guest post for their online publication CitiesSpeak. You can read it here. A Suburban Model for Successful Downtown Growth
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
Here’s a great profile of New Rochelle’s IDEALab from the Westchester Business Journal. A really exciting initiative that connects to and supports our ambitious downtown development efforts and also forms the basis for our Champion City application to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Please read.
R.E.A.D.I. stands for Respect, Enthusiasm, Articulate, Dependable, and Initiative — qualities that every employer seeks when making hiring decisions and that are vital to every youngster planning a career. It’s also the name of a program that New Rochelle is proud to support, alongside the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board, My Brother’s Keeper, the Westchester Children’s … Continue reading New Rochelle is READI
A single small city rarely has the political weight to influence national policy, but when small cities and towns join together around a common agenda, we have a fighting chance to make a difference. That’s why I was pleased to join the First & Main coalition, which includes more than 100 mayors across the country. … Continue reading Advocating for Small Cities