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If you haven’t been Downtown lately, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. An influx of buyers from new up-scale housing is creating an expanding market for businesses. Along spruced-up streets, the beauty of early 20th century buildings—many meticulously renovated—blend with the newly-built structures that pay homage to the classical lines of their vintage neighbors.

Unique stores and eateries and exciting entertainment abound. And best of all, these businesses offer courteous individual service that can’t be found in the big box stores. Downtown New Rochelle has managed to maintain its hometown personality, even as it’s become a vibrant urban center.

It's a pleasure to walk the streets of Downtown, with their classic Romanesque, Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical Revival and Art Deco architecture. Walking a few blocks from Downtown will take you to the magnificent shores of Long Island Sound, also visible from many Downtown buildings. Downtown is also close to houses of worship, excellent schools and the distinguished Sound Shore Medical Center.

Transportation
The New Rochelle Transit Center links the city with the rail lines of Metro-North (to New York City and New England) and Amtrak (to Washington, D.C., Boston and points in between). An Intra-country and inter-city bus depot is also housed at the Center, along with airport limousine and taxi service. (more)

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Housing
Increasing numbers of young professionals, families and empty-nesters are calling Downtown home. Urban professionals are finding up-scale New York City style apartments and condos in historic Downtown a great value. Many offer views of Long Island Sound and/or the Manhattan skyline. Both rental and condominium units are available. Many residential choices are now being offered, and close to 2,000 more units are under construction. For listings of Apartments & Condos (more)

A new housing choice is being offered Downtown as building owners are availing themselves of the BID’s Technical Assistance and Development Loan Programs to convert upper floors to live-work lofts. The architectural appeal of these historical buildings and the attraction of generous space at reasonable rates has started a new trend in creative urban living.

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Office and Retail Space
With more than one million square feet of Downtown office space—much of it with spectacular views of Long Island Sound—a growing number of companies are making New Rochelle their metro New York headquarters. And there’s easy access to New York City, airports and Westchester and Fairfield Counties. (more)

Ground floor retail space houses an abundance of financial institutions, restaurants and shops serving businesses and residents. Downtown shopping restaurants professional services office/retail space

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Hotels
Downtown lodging is convenient and enjoyable. The Marriott Residence Inn offers suites with full kitchens for short- and long-term stays for business or pleasure. The Radisson Hotel, offering comfortable lodging plus banquet facilities, can accommodate larger business and social events. Both hotels are accessible by major parkways and public transportation. Stores, restaurants and entertainment are nearb. (more)

Shopping
Notable for its family-owned-and-operated businesses offering excellent personal service, Downtown New Rochelle is an enjoyable and comfortable place to shop. Its stores offer a diverse choice of merchandise, including jewelry, tableware, toys, music, sports gear, clothing for kids and adults, home furnishings, office supplies and ethnic specialties. (more)

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Restaurants, Cafes, Delis
Whether it’s a quick pizza (there’s even Mexican pizza), taco or sandwich while shopping or elegant leisurely dining you want, it’s available Downtown. One can find a tempting medley of cafes and restaurants offering American, Mexican, Peruvian, Asian, Indian, Latin American, Mediterranean, Italian and Greek cuisine. There are delis, pubs and cafés as well. Some establishments even offer entertainment on weekends. (more) To download the Restaurant Guide as a printable brochure, click here.

Food Service
Full-service supermarkets offer one-stop food shopping. Complementing the Super-sized markets are small specialty food shops, wine stores and green grocers that add color and variety to Downtown shopping. And, from June through November, the City-sponsored Farmers Market comes to you with farm-fresh produce, dairy products, baked goods, preserves, condiments, wine and other delicacies.

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Professional Services
An extensive and varied array of services can be found Downtown. Lawyers, accountants, financial and computer consultants are just a few. Office supplies and support are readily available. The city’s main post office is in the heart of Downtown. (more)

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Fitness, Sports
Two full-service health clubs, Axon Fitness Center and Bally Total Fitness, offer challenging aerobic workouts. Modells Sporting Goods at New Roc carries a wide variety of sports equipment. Downtown also has karate or jujitsu and dance studios to teach the latest dance craze. One can keep fit by walking to one of the city’s Long Island Sound beaches (Five Islands Park and Hudson Park are especially appealing) or rent a kayak in season (tours and lessons are available).

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Entertainment
New Roc City Entertainment Center is where there’s always something happening. It’s got an 18-screen Regal Cinema plus IMAX. There are numerous choices for family recreation—ice-skating, miniature golf, bowling, interactive video games, laser tag and go-karts and the thrilling space shot. Some restaurants and clubs offer live entertainment. And there are year-round events Downtown. (more)

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The Public Library
LibrywFlwrs.jpgThe New Rochelle Public Library, a favorite downtown destination, is a mecca of education, art and culture. The library offers one of the best book, video and music collections in Westchester County and hosts art shows, concerts, theatre, children’s entertainment, films and a myriad of special events.

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Special Events
Downtown is a popular location for holiday events and special activities. Throughout the year people of all ages head Downtown to enjoy traditions such as the BID Jazz and Movies under the Stars, the Family Fall Festival or the famous Thanksgiving Parade, the largest of its kind in Westchester. Click here for Calendar.

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Parks and Plazas
A favorite spot for warm weather activities is Ossie Davis Park at Library Green, adjoining the Library. It was designed by landscape architect Thomas Balsley and built by the County of Westchester and the City of New Rochelle and as a community gathering place and tranquil respite for Downtown’s growing population.

Another favorite is Memorial Plaza, which is the site for the festive December Holiday Lighting ceremony. Anderson Street Plaza and Soldiers’ Monument also grace Downtown.

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Monroe College
Monroe College, established 1933, opened its New Rochelle branch in 1983. It’s one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the city and has become an important presence on Main Street. The college offers Associate (AAS), Bachelor’s (BBA) and Master’s (MBA) degrees ranging from Medical Administration and Criminal Justice to the Culinary Arts and Business Administration. Its industrious interns and graduates are favored by businesses throughout Metropolitan New York.

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Downtown History
Downtown has been attracting people and businesses since the French Huguenots landed on New Rochelle’s Long Island shore in the 17th century. As a result, downtown is a conglomeration of architectural styles spanning centuries. When the New York and New Haven Railroad established a stop in New Rochelle in 1849, the population mushroomed and downtown businesses thrived. Norman Rockwell often painted downtown New Rochelle. The “BID Guide to Historic Downtown New Rochelle,” offering a self-guided walking tour, will help make history will come alive. Click here for walking tour guide.

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