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
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From the first day, students are fully immersed in the Italian language and culture. Individual students’ requirements are met in a classroom of free expression and differentiated learning. Students are encouraged to audit the first lesson of one or more courses to better determine their proficiency level.
Winter Session: Monday, December 1 – Saturday, March 7; (10...
Immerse your children in Italian song, rhyme, movement, and stories with a themed craft activity culminating each lesson. Our experienced teacher implements her own curriculum and songs,and has been teaching young children since 2008. Children learn in an age-appropriate, nurturing setting utilizing fun props. Vocabulary lists of childhood topics are provided each session for non-Italian...
Students are grouped by age and ability level in this full immersion enrichment class. The program is designed to allow students to acquire an understanding and develop basic communication skills in
the Italian language, while exploring its culture by engaging directly in interactive learning. They will follow a routine that is meant to reinforce what they have previously acquired and...
WINTER JAZZ BRUNCH SERIES — Jazz Forum with Mark Morganelli
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 11:30 am
Mark Morganelli, who has presented shows at most of the metropolitan region's major concert halls, will bring his sound, trumpet and trio to Wainwright for his next stop
Reserve early at www.wainwright.org
1st Sunday Gallery Tour
March 1, 2015
Take a 1st Sunday tour led by Museum Docents and learn about Frohawk Two Feathers portraits, wooden sculpture, maps, and scenes of the colonial Hudson Valley through the eyes of fictional Frenglish soldiers.
Free with Museum admission.
Back by popular demand, Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria hosts its second annual “Dining in the Dark” experience benefiting Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Includes a delicious 5-course tasting menu plus gelato. Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how discriminating their taste buds are with prizes awarded to the diners with the savviest palates. $75 per person. Seating...
This program explains the various parts of Medicare and lays out the costs associated with medical and drug insurance provided by the government and private companies. It is presented by members of Westchester Seniors Out Speaking, a project of the Westchester Library System, whose volunteer members are specifically trained to deliver free services relating to Medicare coverage. ...
In the Chinese calendar, 2015 is Year of the sheep/ram. The Lunar New Year is celebrated for two weeks following February 19th. On Sunday, March 1st, ArtsWestchester partners with the Westchester/Hudson Valley chapter of OCA, a national advocacy group for Asian and Pacific Americans, to present a showcase of local and regional traditional artist across a wide variety of art forms, including...
Open the Door to a Delightful and Meaningful Summer of FUN and Learning for Your Bright, Curious Child! Challenge Camp, an ACA accredited camp in Rye, NY celebrating its 35th summer. Courses range from 3D printing, chess, cooking, magic, Minecraft, robotics, theater and more. Including Sports/Swimming and now Fencing! Bus transportation, early/extended day & Kosher lunch options...
Please join us for a celebration of adoption and diversity with the author of Paloma the Possible, Gaily Told Tales. There will be a reading, a discussion with April Dinwoodie, Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, and collage making. Please bring family photos to add to the ongoing project, "All One Family" community collage. This event is FREE...