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.
Keep an eye out for our next exhibition coming up in the Fall - "The Issues" curated by David Fox
This exhibition will be up from September 7 - October 31
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, September 7, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
What are the issues currently defining our world? How are artists addressing the current political climate? Whether it is global warming, corporate greed, the threat...
PRESENTING THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER'S 2016 SPECIAL RESCUES CALENDAR!
Featuring the beautful photographs of Geoff Tischman of Tischman Pets Photography, this calendar combines amazing images of our former shelter pets with their heartwarming rescue stories.
Purchase one for yourself, for your friends and loved ones -- please know that all of the proceeds directly benefit the...
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America will be hosting its 5th annual fashion luncheon on Thursday November 3, 2016 at Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Join us for a fun day of shopping from great vendors and dining benefiting a great cause tickets are $150 and can be purchased via www.kidneyurology.org or tel:212.629.9770 X 211 ...
You Will Remember Me - the American premier of the Canadian hit play
Westchester's Premier Professional Theatre
Edouard's world is slowly changing. The highly respected professor, political figure and ladies' man can recite famous historical dates but can't remember what he ate for breakfast. When a suppressed memory springs to life in the form of a cell phone...
Music City Home Inspection gives you a specified time to hire your own home inspector to check the property out, and protects you from buying a home with serious, previously unknown problems. Your offer should be contingent on the results so that if there are major issues you can walk away from the transaction. If the home inspector only finds minor problems, you also have the option to require...
Coloring Book Club for Adults: Every Friday from 10:30 - Noon
Begins February 5th. It’s not just for kids, and it’s the latest craze! Join our adult coloring book club. Relax, color, and socialize...all for free at Somers Library. Materials are provided, or you may bring your own color pencils and coloring books. Registration is not required....
Pace University to host former NSA Inspector General Joel F. Brenner on October 28
America is engaged in a struggle without borders, playing offense and defense against unseen enemies who arm themselves with digital data. President Stephen J. Friedman and former Inspector General and Senior Counsel for the National Security Agency Joel F. Brenner will explore the emerging issues that...
If you have been dreaming of a bathroom that’s not only practical and attractive, but also serves as a place for peace and calm serenity, 4 Seasons Construction & Design can help you. We believe that your bathroom should not just serve its functional purpose, but also be a beautiful and relaxing place of retreat. We guarantee to fit within your budget, schedule, and expectations when...
This event occurs weekly, on Sunday, Friday and Saturday.
Westchester's first-ever Escape The Room comes to The Center@862 in Scarsdale, NY! Escape the Room is a fun, interactive game taking place at The Center@862 in Scarsdale, New York. While it looks like any other ordinary room, it’s actually a mystery puzzle. Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and “Escape the...