The 411: Settled by Huguenots from La Rochelle, France, in 1688, New Rochelle is the second largest city in Westchester, and the seventh largest in New York State. New Rochelle, nicknamed Queen City of the Sound for its 2.7 miles of Long Island Sound shoreline, is just two miles from the Bronx border and 25 miles from downtown Manhattan. The densely developed former industrial downtown consists of condominiums, high-rises, offices, shopping centers, affordable housing complexes, a medical center, nursing homes, and two college campuses (including the largest Catholic women’s college in the U.S.). The remainder of the city consists of sprawling, residential neighborhoods and country, yacht, and beach clubs. The city operates a 300-slip marina with 150 moorings. Points of interest include the Thomas Paine Historical Site, Execution Rocks Lighthouse, Huckleberry Island, Leland Castle, a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle, the 105-acre Glen Island Park, 60-acre park Sheldrake Lake, the Wykagyl Country Club, and New Roc City, an entertainment complex that features a 19-screen movie theater, an IMAX theater, an ice hockey arena, mini-golf, go-karts, and an arcade. The city has been referenced/showcased repeatedly in myriad media including The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Goodfellas, Michael Clayton, Burn After Reading, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime, and Starting Over.
Size: 13.2 square miles
Median Home Sales Price: $645,000 (Westchester Couny Median: $725,000)
Average Property Taxes: $13,771
Closest Metro-North Stop: New Rochelle (New Haven Line)
Time to Grand Central: 34 minutes Famous Residents (Past and Present): Chock Full O’ Nuts founder William Black; American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault; author James Fenimore Cooper; actors Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Bob Denver, Matt Dillon, W.C. Fields, Laurence Fishburne, James Gregory, Andrea McArdle, Rob Morrow, Vincent Pastore, Carl and Rob Reiner, Peter Scolari, Francis Sternhagen, and Gina Torres; American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi; author E.L. Doctorow; baseball players Frankie Frisch, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, and Heinie Wagner; record producer Irv Gotti; meteorologist Nick Gregory; newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst; producer Don Hewitt; director Elia Kazan; Ethan Allen owner M. Farooq Kathwari; Jay Leno; journalist Andrea Mitchell; singer-songwriter Don McLean; jazz musician Branford Marsalis; composer Alan Menken; industrialist J.P. Morgan; music executive Tommy Mottola; philosopher Thomas Paine; painter/sculptor Frederic Remington; artist Norman Rockwell; business commentator Louis Rukeyser; Howdy Doody creator/host “Buffalo” Bob Smith; former New York Governor Malcolm Wilson
Median Income Household: $64,756 (Westchester County Median: $77,856) Family: $88,004 (Westchester County Median: $105,300)
68.0% Caucasian 19.0% African American 9.0% Other 4.0% Asian 20.0% Hispanic or Latino of any race (i.e. already counted in another category above)
Crime* *Sperling's Best Places Crime Index, based on 1 (best) through 10 (worst):
Violent Crime: 3 (Westchester Average: 2 National Average: 3) Property Crime: 4 (Westchester Average: 3 National Average: 3)
FBI Uniform Crime Index (2006):
Number of violent crimes: 242 Murder: 4 Rape: 4 Robbery: 168 Assault: 66 Burglary: 215 Property Crimes: 1,628
A snowy matinee, submitted by Lisa Vale. This is our current featured photo for New Rochelle. Submit your own pictures, below, and perhaps yours will become the featured image on our New Rochelle page.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art is pleased to open the fall art season with two new exhibitions.
In gallery II, our annual drawing show features five contemporary artists whose practice centers on drawing. The show’s title, Marking Wonderland, is...
Get Your Children Excited About Health!
Join us at the Mount Kisco Library for our three part series teaching 3 and 4 year olds through games, songs, stories and crafts, how to take care of themselves, eachother, and the environment, to create a healthy happy future, to build healthy habits, foster positive relationships, and develop an appreciation for the planet.
As the Expressionists before him, STEVENS distils what is quintessential to his subject, and in turn captures in refracted light and tactile form - the forest, discernable, beautiful, and experiential.
STEVENS undertakes through his works in paint to discern and replicate those spiritual and essential values as founded and revealed in the quietude of the wilderness. In a language both...
Eula Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, and The Balloonists. She teaches nonfiction writing at Northwestern University. The author will respond to craft questions specific to the personal essay tradition
Purchase College-SUNY will be hosting An Evening with Zadie Smith: A Lecture, Reading, and Conversation).
Born in London, Zadie Smith is the acclaimed author of four novels as well as numerous essays and reviews. Presented by the Purchase College School of Humanities, the event is part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings preeminent writers to the Westchester community....
On view: Friday, August 14th – December 6th, 2015
Reception: Saturday, September 12th, 5 – 7 pm
HVCCA is honored to present Hermann Nitsch’s one-person installation, “Leviticus.” The installation features Nitsch’s “Leviticus,” his seminal book (52 3⁄4” x 38 1⁄2”) opened to the segment describing the sacrificial...
Pelham Art Center is pleased to present Revival is a site-specific installation inspired by the neighborhood of Pelham, by New York based artist Cara Lynch. Created with stencils and chalk spray, Lynch places patterns of Tudor-revival style architecture beneath the feet of visitors to the center. This lace-like installation will sweep across the courtyard space, eventually fading from...
Pound Ridge Partnership to Hold 5th Annual Harvest Festival in Town Park
Soul Asylum to Top Music Line Up
Saturday, October 17 from 1PM-6PM, Pound Ridge Town Park
The Pound Ridge Partnership will hold its fifth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17 from 1PM-6PM (rain date Sunday, October 18) in the Pound Ridge Town Park. Continuing what has become a beloved Pound Ridge...
White Plains, NY September 16, 2015 --The Westchester, an upscale fashion center and expansive retail destination for fashion, discovery and community at Westchester Avenue and Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, New York; anchored by Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, recently welcomed 3NY Boutique, a brand catering to New York City’s fashion gurus, to its world-class line-up of stores. The...