Sweet & Savory:Barcelona Cafe @ Kaffeine
Barcelona Café at Kaffeine offers a taste of Spain
Tired of the soulless sandwiches, sad-sack salads and cardboard coffee drinks served up by the local fast feeders? How does a savory crepe of mozzarella, tomato, basil and prosciutto sound? Or a sweet crepe of crema Catalana? Perhaps you’d prefer a vegetarian special featuring imported white asparagus?
Since last October, Barcelona Cafe’s chef, marketing guru and manager Luis Duarte and owner Richard Esquiva have served up a taste of Spain each morning, noon and evening to downtown residents looking for original recipes made with quality ingredients, a majority of which are imported from Spain.
Photo Susan Nagib
Upstairs @ The Curtain Shop
Have you ever visited the second floor of The Curtain Shop?
Don’t let its name fool you.
Yes, The Curtain Shop has a huge variety
of window treatments, but the popular downtown store should probablybe called The Bedding Bathroom Accessories Decorative AccentsHousewares Gifts Shop.
Walk inside and find blankets, towels, shower curtains and other necessities for apartment dwellers. But it takes a stroll — up the stairsto the store’s second floor — to discover the Curtain Shop’s other identity.
Game’s On! Monroe College Offers Fan-tastic Basketball
Did you know two nationally ranked college basketball teams play in downtown New Rochelle?
Yep, it’s true.Families and sports fans looking for an affordable, convenient opportunity to see quality basketball players in action should check out the Monroe College Mustangs women’s and men’s teams.
More good news: Admission to each basketball game is only $5 per person, which includes the media guide (a $10 value). But, it gets better, bring in this newsletter and get one admission free during the month of February.
Photo: Victor Chu
Paintings and Pastries: Contemporary Art and Coffeehouse Enliven Huguenot Street
New York City meets New Rochelle in a reinvigorated half blockof Huguenot Street, home to Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art Gallery and, a door away, R. Patisserie Cafe & Tea Boutique.
Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art Gallery drew a crowd with itsopening exhibit two months ago, showcasing the stunning Billboards Hacker Project by Patrick Bancel, works that subliminally relay a climate change message.
“The New Rochelle art scene has an energy — a good vibe,” Reverol said. “The seeds were planted in the artist studios at 81 Centre St.and it is growing. New Rochelle is becoming an art destination.”
Just Funki Handcrafted Wearable Art
Division Street just got Funki! Just Funki is a jewelry store that specializes in “Hand Crafted Wearable Art” for both men and women. When customers come to her store the first thing they say is “Wow, I’ve never seen anything like it." Her signature Wire jewelry is recognized immediately.
Each jewelry piece is a one of a kind or limited edition original designed by Designer and President Rhonda Hamilton an accomplished artist with a Master of Arts degree from the New School.
Sweet Preserves, Ladies Consignment Boutique
Main Street welcomes the latest in a group of boutiques that have recently opened downtown. Sweet Preserves, Inc. a ladies consignment boutique offering stylish and designer outfits and jewelry for any occasion. Amy's boutique is located at 543 Main Street inside the well-known and established Consign It On Main. Expect to find exceptional quality merchandise, a unique selection and expert service from Amy when you visit!
City Life Concepts
Winner of Westchester Magazine’s “2012 Best of Westchester Award for Contemporary Furnishings”. Manhattan style on Lawton St. City Life Concepts is a retail and furniture distribution company offering not just classic modern and cutting edge contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories for both home and office, but also art, custom manufacture and installation services and interior design and color consultations, everything you need to refurbish your home or your downtown apartment.
PAC House Theater
Downtown New Rochelle welcomes the PAC House Theater, an intimate performance space featuring music, comedy, cabaret, children’s productions, plays and other great entertainment events. Located at 311 Huguenot Street just off Division Street, in the historic Parish House adjacent to Trinity St. Paul’s Church, the PAC House theater is convenient to parking and downtown’s many great restaurants; park your car once and enjoy a full evening of great entertainment and dining.
by Michelle Sullivan
Michelle Sullivan, a Larchmont resident is a big fan of Retro Fitness New Rochelle. As a busy mother of three children, ages one through five, she needs a fitness club that can accommodate her very hectic schedule. She has been a Larchmont resident for 18 years, originally hailing from Bronx, N.Y. She is an active member of the PTA, and enjoys raising awareness for a variety of worthy causes such as Autism, ADHD and Breast Cancer.
The Gnarly Vine
by Kathleen Vandeloo
Kathleen Vandeloo lives in Bronxville with her husband Mike and her son Connor. She works in Manhattan and he works in Connecticut. When they are not working, they are busy with their community and their church so during their limited free time, having a great place to relax and catch up, which also has great food and wine, is important to them. Kathleen is a regular at the Gnarly Vine. She loves the ability to spend time with her girlfriends in a comfortable setting with interesting dining fare and drinks. She, her husband Mike, and their son Connor, also enjoy being with each other and friends at the Gnarly Vine.
Liebman's Children's Clothing Store
by Grace Bulfamante
Grace Bulfamante grew up in New Rochelle and remembers Liebman’s Children’s Clothing from her school days at Blessed Sacrament. She happily still lives in New Rochelle with her husband Sebastian and is now a mother of three bright and wonderful children : Annina, who attends The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, and Domenick & Carmelina who attend the Saints John & Paul School in Larchmont.
As Grace Bulfamante shares with us, there are three great reasons for its long history in our community: service, selection and price!
AOC Fine Wines
by Trish LaPorta
Trish LaPorta and her husband Chuck bought their home in the Glenwood Lake area a few years ago. Chuck comes from Western Pennsylvania, via New York City's Murray Hill neighborhood, while Trish is a long term Westchester resident. She has lived in Ardsley, Fleetwood and now lives in New Rochelle where her father was born, raised and where he now has returned to live in the City’s West End. According to Trish, she and Chuck “both love that New Rochelle is convenient to lots of things.
Of course they both enjoy learning about and tasting wines and meeting people who share this interest. This is why they have become regulars at AOC Wines and hope to meet you there soon.
Consign It On Main
by Michelle Sanchez-Boyce
In 2001 Michelle Sanchez-Boyce and her husband, Nelson, an Executive at MTV Networks, moved from New York City to Avalon on the Sound where they fell in love with downtown and New Rochelle. Two years later they decided to buy a home and start their family here. Their son Ferro, now three years old attends Hudson Country Montessori School. Michelle, an Interior Decorator, is Founder and President of Simplicity Designs and has designed spaces for notables including Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, NBA Star Steve Francis and Radio Personality Angie Martinez.
Michelle still loves to come downtown and one of the places she visits frequently is Consign It On Main, to shop for clients, and of course for herself.
Merry-Go-Round Toy Store
by Suzanne Nolan
Merry-Go-Round Toy Store
Suzanne Nolan (pictured on the right) and her husband Christopher, formerly of Pelham, have been residents of New Rochelle for the last twelve years. Suzanne is a Landscape Architect and has been involved with the New Rochelle Heritage Task Force since its formation in 2007. Their two sons, Andrew and Peter, attend Albert Leonard Middle School, and their daughter Frances is a student at William Ward Elementary. The family spends more time than ever downtown now that both one of their favorite restaurants, Rangoli Indian Cuisine, and Frances’s dance school, Ballet Atlantic, have moved to New Rochelle. With three children, Merry-Go-Round Toy Store has long been a New Rochelle family favorite.
McKiernan's Lawton Street Tavern
by Don Geyra
Don Geyra is a third generation New Rochellean whose grandfather, Dr.Dominic Dell'Aquila, delivered 10,000 babies in New Rochelle. No wonder he is passionate about our local history and community. He is an accomplished fine arts painter as well as a successful decorative and scenic arts artist working in stage (Billie Elliot, Phantom), film (Sex and the City, Sherlock Holmes), and television (Sesame Street, White Collar). Given his busy life, he enjoys relaxing over dinner downtown with his wife Theresa McClure, who as a nurse practitioner also has a busy schedule, as well as with friends and family. He has found his special place, McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.
Little Mexican Cafe
by Alexi Brock
Alexi Brock enjoys dining frequently at the Little Mexican Café, from animated get-togethers with friends, to more quiet evenings with her husband Steve, and their 11 year old son Max. Steve and Alexi also host parties at the Café in conjunction with gallery openings around the corner at Steve’s MediaArts Centre which he opened in 2009. The Brock family has been living in New Rochelle since 1998. Alexi is an accomplished artist and has been an art teacher at New Rochelle High School for 20 years. Steve, a New Rochelle resident since birth, is an artist and educator as well.
Alvin and Friends Restaurant
by Lynn Green
Lynn Green and her husband Steve have been among the early diners with rave reviews at downtown’s newest restaurant, Alvin and Friends. Lynn has lived in New Rochelle for 32 years. She and Steve, an Orthopedic Surgeon, specializing in surgery of the hand, have two grown children, both of whom attended New Rochelle schools. Lynn is Vice President for Development at Family Services of Westchester. She is also very supportive of New Rochelle organizations. Among her community activities she helped found the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation and is still an active Board member. She is also a Vice President of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. She and her husband Steve enjoy relaxing from their busy lives by dining at downtown restaurants where they know they will always meet good friends.
Westchester Yoga Arts
by Nancy Dunn-Gallin
Read what the event’s organizer Nancy Dunn-Gallin has to say about this special oasis. You probably know Nancy, a 3rd generation New Rochellean, or her husband Michael Gallin, or their three children Andrew, Ashley and Reilly. Nancy is always busy supporting New Rochelle events such as BID Yoga on the Green, is President of the New Rochelle Travel Soccer League, a director of the Westchester Youth Soccer League and enjoys an active lifestyle of tennis, soccer, platform tennis, spin, rollerblading and of course practicing yoga 5 days a week.
Bella Bella Italian Restaurant
by Diane Hyden
Diane Hyden comes from a large family of New Rochelleans...now four generations! She raised two sons here and is married to Ivar Hyden who owns Backstreet Galley in downtown New Rochelle. Diane is Media Director for national TV broadcast for a large Manhattan agency and commutes daily from downtown’s Intermodal Center to Midtown Manhattan. She has enjoyed playing tennis with a group of woman friends for the past ten years at the New Rochelle Racquet Club and the "tennis ladies" have always celebrated the end of each season with a special dinner out on the town.
Rangoli Indian Cuisine
by Dr. Stephanie Lemelle & Dr. George Thomas
Dr. Stephanie Lemelle was born and raised in New Rochelle. She continues to live here with her husband, Dr. George Thomas, originally from Mt. Vernon, and their children who attend local schools. Although busy with their medical careers and raising their family, they often take advantage of the convenience of relaxing over dinner in downtown New Rochelle, and of course enjoying the excellent food.
On Friday evening a few weeks ago, Drs. Stephanie Lemelle and George Thomas enjoyed dinner at one of their favorite downtown restaurants, Rangoli Indian Cuisine.
Mo's New York Grill
by Chris Selin with Book Group members
Former Councilperson Chris Selin, for years a member of a book group with six other long term New Rochellians, dined recently at Mo’s New York Grill. Group members joining Chris were Geri Kearns, (a Board member of the New Rochelle Historical Society); Barbara Benjamin, (member of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts); Arlene Kamer, (former President of the Board of Education and a Board member of the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES); Pat Bolger, (historically active in the PTA and her neighborhood association); Chris Selin, (Board member of the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation); and Eileen Niedzwiecki, (Director of Placement at The Ursuline School).
by Amy Bach & Candida Canfield
A Westchester native, Amy Bach is Executive Chef at Dinner in Hand, a New Rochelle based full-service caterer. She was Chef at Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions and a Chef/Instructor at MacMenamin’s Grill and Chef Works in New Rochelle. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, Amy also worked as a custom Jewelry designer for almost 15 years developing her eye for aesthetic details which she now brings to her catering masterpieces. Together, with New Rochelle resident Candida Canfield, President of Dinner in Hand, she recently discovered Downtown’s Tapestry Design.
Curtain Shop & General Store
by Jennifer Rock and Jason Buono
Jennifer Rock and Jason Buono both grew up and met each other in New Rochelle. Their families and many of their friends also live in New Rochelle. Jennifer returned to her alma mater as a teacher at the New Rochelle Middle School while Jason became one of New Rochelle’s finest, a detective with the New Rochelle Police Department. When Jennifer needed window treatments for her new condo she of course headed to Main Street and the Curtain Shop. Given her and Jason’s New Rochelle roots and work, when they walk along Main Street they always meet people they know.
by Anne and Arnie Sternheim
Anne and Arnie Sternheim have lived in the Queen City for 23 years, raising two sons and taking advantage of the excellent schools and sports programs. The city’s proximity to New York made New Rochelle ideal for Anne, a freelance copywriter, and Arnie, a financial risk manager. The Sternheim’s recently dined at Posto 22 on Division Street which has been beautifully transformed thanks to the New Rochelle BID’s Facade Program.
The Little Ranch
by Abigail and Amelia Showers
Abigail Showers, her husband Rob and their four children are Larchmont residents with ties to New Rochelle. Abby was born and raised in the Queen City and was a NYC television advertising executive before starting her family. The children spend lots of time at their grandparents home here in New Rochelle, and the whole family participates in cultural events downtown.
Coromandel Cuisine of India
by Jon Rodriguez and Meghan Rock
Baltimore, MD native Jon Rodriguez and New Rochellean Meghan Rock met while living and working in New York City as media executives in the television industry. Now residents of Trump Plaza for a little more than a year, they regularly enjoy walking in the Downtown- especially en route to dinner at one of the BID’s fabulous restaurants. Read what they love about one of their favorites, Coromondel.