June 1, 2011
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ENJOY THE OUTDOORS DOWNTOWN – June is Free

Summer is almost here! After a long winter, we can once again enjoy warm weather and the outdoors. And where better to go than downtown.

You can save while you shop outdoors at the annual BID Spring Sidewalk Sale … June 1st through the 4th. MORE »

Also this is the season to take advantage of the BID’s free outdoor WiFi network at one of downtown’s outdoor cafes or at Library Green. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a great dinner al fresco while you surf the net, write an email, or check your, or downtown’s face book page. MORE »

Remember to take your children to the annual BID Family Day Summer reading Kick-Off Party on June 25 at 1:00pm at Library Green and our great Public Library. The popular children’s performer, Louie! will get things moving and shaking out on Library Green and the Green and Library will be humming with cool crafts and awesome activities for elementary school children. Be sure to sign up for the 2011 Summer Reading Game: “Discover Creatures Great & Small @ Your Library” and start earning points towards prizes! MORE »

Enjoy FREE Outdoor
BID Summer Events

MUSIC (sponsored by Avalon on the Sound), FILM (sponsored by Monroe College) and YOGA (sponsored by Yoga Arts of Westchester) return this summer – Save the Dates.

July 14, Swing!
Music by the 17-piece Fairfield Counts Big Band.

July 21, Samba!
Music by the Nanny Assis Trio

July 28, Salsa
Music by seven-piece Grupa
Latin Vibe

August 4, Film on the Green 2011
Wizard of Oz

Yoga on the Green
8 dates to choose from


New Rochelle BID announces Phase Two of “Downtown Artist Spaces Program”

The New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID) announced the second phase of its a successful “BID Downtown Artist Spaces Program” helping property owners develop vacant upper floor space to rent to artists and arts businesses seeking to lease affordable studios.

Ralph DiBart, Executive Director of the BID stated: “Last year the BID met its goal of working with the owners of 81 Centre Avenue to rehabilitate and lease 10,000 square feet space, vacant for decades, for artists and arts businesses.
I am happy to announce that we are starting on another project, to redevelop and lease up to another 7,000 square feet of vacant upper floor space in the heart of downtown New Rochelle as well as rehabilitate the building’s two storefronts. We are very excited about this project which will create up to fourteen new artist studios, each with great light, some with skylights, and more than eleven foot high ceiling heights, something that artists always seek. We expect that the first spaces will be renovated by the summer. During construction we will be entering into lease agreements with artists who want to reserve the best spaces.”

Joel Gendels, an owner at 81 Center Avenue stated: “The best thing we did at 81 Centre Avenue was to become a part of the BID Artist Spaces Program. We were able to develop 10,000 square feet of deteriorated space, vacant for more than two decades, into art studios. We have maintained full occupancy since completion of the project and have found the artists to be responsible and easy tenants. We just wish that we had another building so we could participate further in this innovative private-public-artist partnership.” The BID also worked with the owners of 81 Centre to create an arts installation in its lobby and through its BID Facade Program, historically restore this truly extraordinary terracotta building.

Junho Lee, an owner of 2 Division Street, stated: “Since we purchased the building three years ago, the BID has consistently pursued our participation in their Artist Spaces Program. Given the demonstrated and continued success that the BID has shown at the 81 Centre Studios, even through the current recession, we are happy they did and look forward to having our vacant upper space renovated and occupied and contributing to New Rochelle’s continuing downtown renaissance.” MORE »

BUSINESS REVIEW
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. She and her children represent the two most recent generations of a long line of families who have made Liebman’s Children’s Clothing Store a downtown New Rochelle landmark for more than eight decades. As Grace Bulfamante shares with us, there are three great reasons for its long history in our community: service, selection and price!

As the busy mother of three active children, I come downtown often to shop with my children at Liebman's Children’s Clothing Store, as I did with my mother Carmelina when I was growing up in New Rochelle, and as have innumerable other parents and their children for generations.

Liebman’s has been located at 510 Main Street, on the corner of Church and Main Streets, in the heart of downtown New Rochelle since 1926. Founded by Herman Liebman and his partner, Herman Pinals, it has been family owned and operated from its inception; this small town store with a big heart and excellent merchandise and prices depicts what is best about Main Street's past and present. For generations New Rochelle children have, and eagerly continue to walk through their doors to buy their seasonal wardrobes. Unlike any other Main Street store, Liebman’s Children Clothing has been in its same location for 85 years.

I enjoy shopping at Liebman’s because I always find something great and affordable for all my children. I started shopping here for my children when they were first born. Liebman’s has a large selection of delicate and adorable newborn garments and accessories and is a great source of gifts for baby showers.

My kids are now older, but I continue to shop at Leibman’s for their unique assortment of casual clothing which changes from season to season, as do my children’s taste. MORE »