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.
Cladies Night! TGIF Ladies and Gents! Fridays 7 - 9 September 5 - December 19 (no Cladies NightS on 10/3, 11/28) Special Thanksgiving Cladies Night Saturday, November 29 Fee: $50 (includes clay & firing) Kick off the weekend in this one-time,two-hour class for adults who are interested in trying out the potter's wheel. Plan a great date night or a girls' night out while exploring...
Saturday Drop - In Clay Class *AGES 5 - 99 Fee: Fee: $25 adult $15 children under 12 $5 firing fee (per piece) Saturdays 2 - 4 pm September 6 - December 20 (no drop - in on 10/4) One-time class for adults, children and families interested in experimenting with clay for the first time. Plan a great afternoon with friends, family, or just for you while exploring your inner artist in...
Center for the Digital Arts at Westchester Community College
Sep 6, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
The Center for the Digital Arts at Peekskill is an artist's space and a friendly environment in which to work. The Center hosts five Apple post-production studios including two video labs, an animation studio, and facilities for other digital projects. This package is for the professional or aspiring artist with competent computer skills who wants to continue to develop a portfolio and use the...
If you've ever been moved by a painting, a photograph, or some other work of art, the Greenburgh Arts and Culture committee has created a program to help you put those feelings into words. Learning to See, a series of ekphrastic (poetry and writing that takes its inspiration from visual art) workshops will be held at several Greenburgh venues in fall 2014 and spring 2015. The workshops are...
September 27 - October 17, 2014: Outside-In (a companion show to Stuffscapes) Three artists' fresh perspectives in landscape. Outside-In features the work of Phil Laughlin, Scott Robinson, and Katie Urban. Each artist is invited to fill one window in Pelham Art Center's Storefront Project, representing and considering landscape in ways that demonstrate expansive possibilities and diverse...
Train your eye and expand your skills as you learn the fundamentals relating to your digital SLR: F stops, shutter speeds, lens, exposure control and light metering, ASA/ISO and basic Photoshop tools. Engage in fun and imaginative assignments and discuss them in class. Work towards a personal aesthetic and build your portfolio! Digital SLR camera required.
Train your eye and expand your skills as you learn the fundamentals relating to your digital SLR: F stops, shutter speeds, lens, exposure control and light metering, ASA/ISO and basic Photoshop tools. Engage in fun and imaginative assignments and discuss them in class. Work towards a personal aesthetic and build your portfolio! Digital SLR camera required. NO CLASS - November 27
Need a fun break in your day? Come make art with your little one! Play with paints, clay and lots more without worrying about making a mess! You don't need to be a mommy to join this class, dads, grandparents and caregivers are welcome! NO CLASS - November 27
Students will learn the basic elements of art; shape, line, color, texture, etc. while creating fun and exciting projects in a variety of techniques and materials including printmaking, watercolor, pastels and collage. NO CLASS - November 27
Maybe you've heard of Looney Toons, Beavis and Butthead or Courage the Cowardly Dog? Learn from the man who helped create the memorable and adored characters of a generation. Experience cartooning with an emphasis on exploring the imagination and creation of art. The development of basic drawing skills will be stressed as an important element of the artist's toolkit. NO CLASS - November 27