June 1, 2010
New Rochelle
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HISTORICAL NOTE
Looking Up in Downtown

What does 519 Main Street, at the prominent corner of Main Street and Memorial Plaza, have in common with the 81 Centre Artist Studios, Talner’s Jewelry, the Curtain Shop and the “Palace” buildings? Just look up.

They all boast fine architectural terra cotta details. Look up, and you’ll see an abundance of the glazed ceramics—some molded into fanciful shapes of faces, fruits and seashells; others finished with vibrant colors. These architectural details are hallmarks of the late 1800s–1930s, when Art Deco reigned along America’s most fashionable Main Streets. Of any community in Westchester, New Rochelle’s downtown is considered to have the most contiguous group of buildings representing this period. Downtown artist and owner of downtown’s Backstreet Gallery, Ivar Hyden, memorialized these terra cotta treasures in a series of striking photographs. More

The Arts are Blossoming

BID Gallery 597, our newest downtown gallery space, opens this June with two shows. Art in the Middle on June 3rd—A celebration of the talented young artists of the Isaac E. Young and Albert Leonard Middle Schools and Emerged on June 17th—An exhibition of young artists working in New York who have been on the scene for several years. More

There's Free Music on the Menu Downtown. Check out Coromandel's on Wednesdays, Mo's New York Grill on Thursday's, Brickyard Bistro on Fridays and the Gnarly Vine on Saturdays. More

Events on the Green Summer Calendar is out. Our ever popular Free BID Family Day events at the library continue until the end of June and then transition into our exciting Summer Event series that include Music on the Green and the Outdoor Family Movie, scheduled for this July and August. More

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BUSINESS REVIEW
Mo's New York Grill

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, from left to right: 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). Our book club members, all of whom have been active members in the New Rochelle community including the PTA, neighborhood associations, and/or various...

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