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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The 21st Annual Support-A-Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer, presented by Support Connection, Inc., will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 (rain or shine) at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights, NY. It is a 3-mile walkathon held each year to bring attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Proceeds fund Support Connection’s free, year-round support services for...
The first weekend of October see 200 of America’s best independent artists and craftspeople in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley along with great live music, specialty food and family activities.
The third annual Rhinebeck Arts Festival draws passionate, arts conscious visitors from the Hudson Valley as well as tourists from New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut,...
Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 4, 2015, 10am
Cats, dogs, bunnies, birds, frogs—all pets great and small, regardless of denomination and religious background—are welcomed to receive an individual blessing and a treat (and light refreshments for their owners).
“There is no doubt that our pets enrich our lives through the joy and companionship they bring,”...
Enjoy a day of music, crafts and food alongside amateur and professional artists painting Ossining’s Main and Spring Street sidewalks. Sponsored by the Village of Ossining’s Downtown Events Committee. All ages are welcome. Market Square, Intersection of Main and Spring Street, Ossining. For more information, including how to participate as an artist, contact Ingrid M. Richards,...
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...
New to yoga? Interested in getting started? This series is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of the rewarding practice of yoga.
Explore the physical practice and learn the important component parts of a class.
4 Sundays September 13th, 20th, 27th and October 4th
11:30-12:30: Fundamentals of Yoga
1PM - 2PM: Hot Yoga Fundamentals
$20 per class...
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...
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...