Area: 10.67 square miles
Government: Mayor and six City Council member representing districts. A professional City Manager is the chief administrator
Medical Center: Sound Shore Medical Center
Median household income: $55,513
Post offices: Main post office at 255 North Avenue, NR 10801 Wykagyl post office at 7 Quaker Ridge Rd., NR 10804
Major parkways: Interstate 95, Hutchinson River Parkway, U.S. Route 1
Major streets: Main Street, Huguenot Street, North Avenue, Division Street, Pelham Road, Webster Avenue and Quaker Ridge Road
Major shopping centers: Main Street and vicinity, North Avenue, Pelham Road, Quaker Ridge Road
Sales tax: 8 3/8% (8.375%)
Information taken from the website of the City of New Rochelle.www.newrochelleny.com
New Rochelle, the proud possessor of 9.3 miles of waterfront on the shores of beautiful Long Island Sound, is easily accessible by Interstate 95, the Hutchinson River Parkway, U.S. Route 1 or a thirty-five minute train ride from Manhattan's Grand Central Station. It is a city comprised of many neighborhoods that have their own individual characteristics. The New York Post (9/13/03) said, "New Rochelle has its share of tree-lined streets, rolling lawns and spacious homes. But the southern Westchester community also has something many suburbs lack: a trace of urban energy."
City news and activities are covered by local communications media: radio station WVOX; the daily Journal News; the weekly New Rochelle Sound Report, the monthly New Rochelle Review, the online newsletter New Rochelle City Soundings, Cablevision (with three channels for government, educational, and community access) and county-oriented TV station News Channel 12. .
The City of New Rochelle is governed by a Mayor and six City Council Members, elected by districts. A professional City Manager, appointed by the Council, administers the day-to-day operations of the city, assisted by a highly qualified staff of commissioners and department heads. Bimonthly and Special Council meetings are open to the public and televised on Cable TV, channel 75.
City government, housed in an attractive classically-styled edifice on North Avenue, delivers services through its various departments, which include Development, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Civil Service, Assessment, Purchasing, and Marinas, Docks and Harbors. The City Clerk’s office handles records, vital statistics, licenses and elections. The City also has a Youth Bureau that advocates for and provides positive youth development programs.
New Rochelle has experienced phenomenal growth in the last decade due to the City’s bold vision, led by the Mayor and the City Council. The City’s development efforts are directed by the City’s Department of Development and the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, resulting in $1 billion in private investment in recent years, and City projects over $1 billion in the next several years. Local and regional media have chronicled this renaissance. Downtown in the Media
New Rochelle Government Officials:
Noam Bramson, Mayor
Members of City Council:
Louis Trangucci, District 1
Albert Tarantino, District 2
James C. Stowe, District 3
Richard St.Paul, District 4
Barry R. Fertel, District 5
Marianne L. Sussman, District 6
Charles Strome III, City Manager
The Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle is a voluntary, multifaceted organization composed of business firms, professional men and women and public-spirited citizens. The Chamber’s primary concerns are publicizing and developing commercial and industrial opportunities, seeing to the needs of its membership and promoting the City of New Rochelle.
New Rochelle's award-winning Police and Fire Departments are highly respected for their professionalism and quick response time. In addition to their local responsibilities, they are part of a regional plan to bolster homeland security.
New Rochelle's nationally-recognized public schools have garnered numerous national awards and have been a model for innovative educational programs. Enhancing the academic program are multiple co- and extra-curricular activities and interscholastic sports programs. New Rochelle High School has one of the finest theater, music and arts programs in Westchester County. The city is also home to eight private/parochial schools and three colleges "Monroe College , Iona College and The College of New Rochelle ."
New Rochelle Public Library — One Library Plaza at Lawton Street, 914-632-77878 The New Rochelle Public Library , a favorite downtown destination, is a mecca of education, art and culture. It is one of the best equipped and busiest libraries in the 38-member Westchester Library System. It maintains a comprehensive book collection in excess of 260,000 volumes, as well as other educational materials and technology, varied information resources and a well-rounded program of community services. It hosts art shows, concerts, theatre, children's entertainment, films and a myriad of special events, funded by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.
Huguenot Children's Library — 794 North Avenue, 914-632-8954 Under the jurisdiction of the Public Library is the Huguenot Children's Library , the only free-standing children's library in Westchester. This charming 1869 brick structure now houses books, computers and activities for kids, as the result of the efforts of parents who raised money to completely renovate an abandoned branch library. The bricks in the approach walk bear the names of the people who contributed their dollars.
Through its Department of Parks and Recreation the City of New Rochelle manages 38 public facilities for recreation throughout the city, including 19 parks, 5 lakes, 3 nature areas, 6 tennis facilities, playgrounds, hiking trails and a senior center. In addition New Rochelle owns and operates a full-service municipal marina with approximately 350 boat slips and 150 mooring spaces that are rented on a seasonal basis. A much-anticipated skate park opened in the spring of 2006.
A number of New Rochelle private agencies offer recreation to the public. These include the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Rochelle, the YMCA and the Mid-Westchester YM-YWHA. Other groups provide organized programs for baseball, ice hockey, soccer and football. On beautiful Davenport Neck there are a number of beach clubs open to the public by membership. The Wykagyl Country Club has a magnificent and challenging golf course for its members. The New Rochelle Council on the Arts sponsors numerous activities including its summertime Outdoor Concert Series in Hudson Park.
Here's a sampling of some of the community's activities.:
- New Rochelle Opera Company, renowned for their outstanding productions
- Hugh Doyle Senior Center, a variety of programs for seniors
- Huguenot and Thomas Paine Historical Society, wonderful "living history" events and hands-on programs for families at the historic Thomas Paine Cottage
- Theatrical performances, given by theater groups sponsored by organizations, schools and churches
- Concerts, presented regularly, New Rochelle High School has a number of outstanding ensembles
Serving the southern Westchester region, is New Rochelle's Sound Shore Medical Center. Sound Shore is a partner in the Pinnacle Healthcare Network, the largest hospital affiliation outside New York City. It is currently the largest private teaching hospital in Westchester County with 465 beds, over 600 physicians and close to 1000 health care professionals.
The Emergency Department, a designated Trauma Center, is one of the largest and busiest in the county, treating over 28,000 people each year. The Medical Center is recognized for excellence in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Pediatrics, Laparoscopic Surgery, Geriatrics and services for people with cancer.
In New Rochelle there are over 40 houses of worship serving the religious and social needs of the city's diverse population. An Interreligious Council was established in 1975 to promote understanding and acceptance of all religions.
The earliest residents of New Rochelle were the Siwanoy Indians. Around 1685, after the French government revoked the Edict of Nantes that had assured religious freedom, Huguenots began emigrating from France to avoid religious persecution. In 1688 large numbers of Huguenots sailed from France to the shores of Davenport Neck, which they compared to the Huguenot stronghold La Rochelle, and named their newfound homeland New Rochelle. 1688 is considered the date New Rochelle was founded. In 1899 New Rochelle was incorporated as a city.
New Rochelle's rich history has exerted a strong influence on social change. A few memorable historic events are:
- In 1833 Lucretia Mott, a Quaker, formed an anti-slavery society and later championed the women's suffrage movement. The Mott family home in New Rochelle is believed to have been used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
- In 1849 the New York and New Haven Railroad established a stop in New Rochelle and the population mushroomed. The town became immortalized in the George M. Cohan play "45 Minutes from Broadway."
- In the early part of the 20th century the Casino at Glenn Island became a mecca for the great swing bands of that time. The homes and studios of influential artists J.C. Lyendecker, Norman Rockwell and Frederick Remington were in New Rochelle.
- In 1909 the Women's Suffrage Club was active in New Rochelle. The city was home to Carrie Chapman Catt and Susan B. Anthony, important leaders of the Women's Suffrage movement.
You can enjoy the BID's self-guided Historic Walking Tour of the Downtown and vicariously experience some of the city's glorious history and outstanding architecture. For more information.
Historical information taken from research done by Acting New Rochelle Historian Barbara Davis.