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Start Planning for the Holidays...downtown can help!

‘Tis the season to be jolly...and to get some holiday shopping done. One gift you can give to your community is the gift of shopping local. So this season, would you consider buying some of the items on your list from downtown businesses? It’s such an easy way to make a positive impact on your local economy. Here are just a few ideas:


You’ll find plenty of great teacher gifts at LITTLE Beehive at the New Rochelle train station. Honey lavender loofah scrubs, cute pouches in eclectic fabrics, adorable clutches, fun socks and glass cheese plates are just a few of the gems that owners Dawn Manwaring and Melanie Reichler offer. LITTLE Beehive, in partnership with the City of New Rochelle, is also hosting a fun and festive new outdoor market featuring many local artisans and vendors Thursdays, December 7th, 14, and 21 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. right next to the store. And don’t miss LITTLE Beehive’s Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting this Thursday (Nov. 30th) from 5-6 p.m. with Mayor Bramson and the Chamber.



Toys abound at Toy Land (188 North Avenue) where we found a cute kid’s weaving loom, a mini drum set and the popular Melissa and Doug, Lego and Playmobile lines. For educational stocking stuffers, consider popping into Educational Tools ‘N Toys at 572 Main Street for a selection of stickers, art supplies and bilingual educational games.

Game Stop has games and consoles of course, but also fun pop culture gifts (like Dr. Who socks!). If you’re shopping for a gourmand, the Monroe College Barnes and Noble has a nice selection of cookbooks, which makes sense, considering that the Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College is ranked in the top twenty culinary schools nationwide.

Creative individuals might appreciate arts supplies from Art & Blueprint (242 North Avenue) or custom framing of the nice piece they created at the same store. Backstreet Gallery also provides custom framing services. We’ll provide a list of area restaurants and retailers offering gift cards in a future newsletter.


BID Family Days Holiday Craft: On Saturday, December 2nd from 10:30 - 12:30 pm Children ages 5 years and older are invited to make three wonderful gifts to give to family, friends or teachers this holiday season. Materials and help, as well as wrapping and gift tags will be provided. The event will take place in the downtown Library’s meeting room. BID Family Days are made possible by a partnership with our BID, in conjunction with the Library, City School District and Parks and Recreation.


Don’t Miss the Tree! The annual Chamber of Commerce holiday tree lighting returns, Wednesday, December 6th! Program starts at 5:30pm with songs, and the tree lighting at 6:00. This is a kid-friendly way to kick off the season.

Other news...

Thanksgiving Parade Photos are Up! Check out the fun HERE

Regional Plan Association Features Downtown New Rochelle as “Development Done Right”: Read the full article here (page 19)

Calling Local Business Owners: Did you know that New Rochelle has launched a free new “Featured Business Program” that provides great new promotional benefits? Learn more about the program here.

Download the New Rochelle Downtown BID Family Days Holiday Schedule HERE!





IDEA New Rochelle Featured Again!

Westchester Magazine recently featured our work with the Interactive Digital Environments Alliance (IDEA) to develop a vibrant new Arts and Technology District. For more information on IDEA, please visit:
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Call for Artist Submissions

As part of New Rochelle's ongoing commitment to public art, the The Municipal Arts Commission and the City’s Department of Development  recently announced an open call for artists to submit designs that can be applied to three dimensional sculptures of the "Ideally Yours" logo. Winning designs will be displayed throughout New Rochelle's downtown area. More information, including the submission form, is available HERE






R.M. Fischer Sculpture Moves to Downtown New Rochelle From L.A.

Solar Energy to Power Artwork Thanks to Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and New Rochelle BID


A 7.5-ton sculpture by internationally known artist R. M. Fischer was dedicated Saturday in its new home atop the hill in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green. The sculpture previously enriched the Los Angeles headquarters of Sony Studios. Read More


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A Self-Guided Mobile Tour through 325 Years of Americana


Evidence of nearly every stage of New Rochelle’s remarkable 325+ year heritage and American history can be experienced in the city’s downtown business district. The area that seems to physically radiate from the train station was actually settled nearly two centuries before the first train roared into town in 1848, making this downtown one of the country’s earliest. CLICK HERE to read more!

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