I’m pleased to announce our latest Suburban Snapshot, written by our guest contributor Beth Feldman. Beth, her husband and two children have called New Rochelle home for the better part of two decades. We’re thrilled to bring her perspective to Life in New Rochelle. Prior to planting roots in Westchester Beth was living in Brooklyn NY. Professional Beth is the Co-Founder of Beyond PR a referral based media placement agency that consistently generates high level broadcast and social media coverage on behalf of Fortune 500 Brands, tech start-ups, best selling authors, fashion stylists, food, nutrition and DIY experts. We’d like to thank her publicly for authoring this edition of #SuburbanSnapshots: Life in New Rochelle NY and for spearheading the #IAMNEWRO movement!
Welcome to New Rochelle NY
I’d love to introduce you to one of my favorite cities in Westchester County, New Rochelle! I’ve been living here for nearly 20 years and instantly fell in love with the place that fictional Rob and Laura Petrie called home back in the 1950’s! When people ask why I love New Rochelle so much I tell them it’s because the people who comprise our community are passionate, creative, smart and dedicated to making our city better than ever. There’s something for everyone in NewRo as I like to call it – gorgeous homes dating back to the turn of the 20th century, fantastic restaurants, a movie theater with the most comfortable seating around, country clubs with views of the Long Island Sound and tons of great parks to play, ponds and nature preserves where you can just sit back and enjoy living in a city that at times, feels just like a small hometown.
Located in southern Westchester, New Rochelle offers commuters quick options to zip into the city – you can catch the New Haven line from New Rochelle or the Harlem line from Scarsdale if you’re like me and live in the North End. There are also Beeline buses that can take you directly to the train station.
Around Town & Vibe
When I first moved to New Rochelle, what I loved most about our city was that it still gives off a village feel and is so close to so many neighboring villages like Scarsdale, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Pelham. When we first moved here, I really don’t remember having as many great restaurants but these days, there’s a treasure trove of options – from Italian, to Greek, to Caribbean, Indian, Southern Caribbean, Korean Barbecue, brunch options and of course the New Rochelle Diner, New Rochelle truly is a foodie lover’s dream. A few of my personal faves are Alvin & Friends, Coramandel, North End Tavern, Pop’s Espresso Bar, AJ’s Burgers, La Casona, Deanna’s Pizza, Modern Restaurant, Vento and many many more! Alvin & Friends
If you want to find out more about New Rochelle, it’s pretty simple – get online and join a few Facebook groups! I just launched #IAMNEWRO (link to site) which includes an enthusiastic group of New Rochellians sharing everything they love about our city while highlighting amazing people in our community – from students, to business owners, community leaders and much more.
Another great group is Moms of New Rochelle which is a tremendous resource for parents looking for everything from pediatricians, to dentists, school programs and important discussions among members of the community and newcomers.
If you’re a history buff, New Rochelle is definitely the place for you. Right in the center of the city and across the street from New Rochelle High School is the former home of Thomas Paine which is also a museum and open to the public. Thomas Paine Cottage
I remember when my kids were little, I loved touring the community and marveling at the gorgeous homes – from Victorians with sweeping wrap around porches, classic tudors, center hall colonials and even those 1950’s splits that boasted cathedral ceilings and colorful bathrooms — we renovated our home about a decade ago and transformed it into a split colonial – putting in some old world charm along with the more modern benefits of the split. If you ever watched “The Dick Van Dyke Show” you’ll notice that Rob and Laura’s home is a replica of many of the splits located in the North End of New Rochelle. The creator of the show, Carl Reiner actually lived on Bonnie Meadow Road which was recently renamed “Dick Van Dyke Way.”
There are tons of activities taking place throughout New Rochelle that are spearheaded by our thriving arts and business communities. Don’t miss the Ideally Yours Live Here Work Here Grow Here platform, website and video! I 100% recommend that you watch the Ideally Yours Video – it’s amazing!
From galleries and performances at the New Rochelle Library, sports programs for children and adults and community wide events spearheaded by churches, synagogues, the Y, Boys & Girls Club and more. As a member of Temple Israel in New Rochelle, I love that they offer all kinds of programs for students and adults – from musical performances, to comedy shows, author events, lectures, children’s events, amazing travel and volunteer opportunities for teens and families. My son recently joined the Y where he’s been having a great time playing basketball with some super talented local athletes. My husband is also one of the co-founders of A-Game Sports, a 25,000 square foot sports facility located on Main Street offering baseball, softball, soccer, flag football and clinics, birthday parties and individual coaching for kids of all ages.
Arts & Entertainment
When it comes to the Arts, New Rochelle offers a treasure trove of opportunities for artists and members of the community. The New Rochelle Council of the Arts (NRCA) has been in existence for over forty years and their mission is to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and the public’s interest and participation therein. This is exemplified by the organization’s sponsorship of a vast number of exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. There are also over a dozen art galleries located throughout the city and at New Rochelle High School which boasts an incredible program called PAVE for creative and talented students who are proficient in visual arts, music, voice and theater.
These days, the business community is thriving in New Rochelle. In the South End of the city, there has been a development boom with beautiful high rise buildings that are currently being built to attract young people who may be looking to relocate from Manhattan to another bustling and inviting city. The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce is also actively involved in promoting local businesses – supporting them as they open their doors in New Rochelle and continuing to support them throughout the year by hosting meetings and networking events.
Kids & Family
I have to admit that when we first moved to New Rochelle, I didn’t initially expect to live here for so long but as our kids started getting older and forming strong bonds with their friends, we discovered more and more how much we love our city, our schools and our community. The Huguenot Children’s Library is a wonderful resource for all ages.
New Rochelle has many wonderful parks and playgrounds!
Glen Island Park
Five Islands Park When it comes to schools in New Rochelle, there really is something for everyone. My kids attended the JCC preschool program and then went to the Davis Elementary School, Albert Leonard Middle School and New Rochelle High School.
Every step of the way, my children have had some of the most memorable experiences with teachers, coaches and of course, their friends. While I have heard from a lot of young parents about their fears about the high school, I am hear to tell you that New Rochelle High School is a fantastic place for kids who are excited to learn, grow and achieve. I am not naive to think that it’s the perfect school for everyone, but my kids have both come away with academic skills and talents that would be hard to find anywhere else. There are also private school options in New Rochelle – from Iona Prep to Ursuline – but the truth of the matter is, as your kids get older, you will know what is best for them and the good news is, there’s an option for everyone right here in New Rochelle.
So there you have it – all about New Rochelle from a mom who has celebrated milestones with family and friends for the past 20 years and excited to see the incredible changes that seem to be happening in and around our city. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for New Rochelle and know that no matter what, I’ll be there to share all those great happenings at IAMNEWRO.com!
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