New Rochelle was settled by French Huguenots in the 1680s and was named after the French port city of La Rochelle. Its most famous resident is English born journalist Thomas Paine who wrote “Common Sense” in 1775 urging the British colonies in North America to seek independence. You can visit the Thomas Paine cottage and museum located off North Avenue. New Rochelle’s shoreline, with its many irregularities and off shore islands, measures 9.3 miles. Its current population of around 73,000 may have chosen New Rochelle because of it’s short 30 minute commute to Manhattan.
New Rochelle is known for its many big homes with lush lawns but new development includes many condominiums and rental apartment buildings in the downtown area. There are two hotels in the Main Street area as well as a multiplex cinema with an IMAX theatre. The city is also home to two colleges including Iona College on North Avenue and several private schools including Iona Prep. The Wall Street Journal cited the New Rochelle Public School District as one of the top 20 in the nation. In fact, the high school, modeled after a French chateau, boasts its own planetarium and just recently completed a multi million-dollar extension making room for the expanded performing arts program. There are over 40 houses of worship representing almost every denomination. Located just 16 miles from mid-town Manhattan, New Rochelle offers a stimulating and beautiful place to live with a diverse cross section of cultures. www.newrochelleny.com
City of New Rochelle
Local Highways: I-95, Hutchinson River Parkway
Distance to NYC: 16 miles
Area: 10.7 sq miles
Commuters from New Rochelle are served by the New Haven line of Metro North with a commuting distance to Grand Central of 31 minutes. Visit www.mta.info for schedule and fare information. There is a new parking facility with space for Parking permits and a central bus terminal adjacent to the train station.
Amtrak also stops in New Rochelle with stops at Penn Station.
Bus: Greyhound and the Westchester County Bee-Line Service. See www.beelinebus.com for a schedule.
There are six Elementary Schools-Columbus (914-576-4401), Daniel Webster (914-576-4460), George M. Davis Jr. (914-576-4420), Jefferson (914-576-4430), Trinity (914-576-4440), and William B. Ward (914-576-4450), two Middle Schools-Albert Leonard (914-576-4939), and Isaac E. Young (914-576-4360) and the New Rochelle High School (914-576-4500).
Play tennis at Pinebrook Tennis facilities. Call Parks and Recreation at 914- 654-2087 for more info
Swimming is available at Hudson Park beaches. There is also an outdoor pool and waterpark. Call Parks and Recreation at 914- 654-2087 for more info
Visit the marina at the south end of Pelham Road. This public marina is equipped with 300 boat slips and 150 moorings. Contact office at 914-235-6930 or 235-7339.
NewRoc City is an entertainment center with IMAX theater, 18 screen theatre, bowling alley, arcade center, ice skating rink.
Visit Hudson Park located at the south end of Hudson Park Road. It features a grassy recreation area, playground, music band shell, and beaches.
Five Islands Park is located off LeFevre Lane and covers 15 acres with a children’s play area, outdoor amphitheater, shuffleboard, horse shoe courts and is ideal for nature walks.
Davenport Park is located n Davenport Avenue with 20 acres and overlooks Long Island Sound. Ideal for sunbathing and hiking.
Beechmont Lake on Beechmont Drive and Pinebrook Blvd has beaches and accommodates fishing and occasional ice skating.
Summer camps are available through the Parks and Recreation. Call 914- 654-2087 for more info.
Visit the New Rochelle Library located at Liberty Plaza in downtown New Rochelle. The largest Westchester County facility of its kind, it houses the new Ossie Davis Memorial theatre. It is the cultural center for theatre, lectures, and art exhibits. 914-632-7878.
Play golf at the Wykagyl Country Club on North Aveune. This is a private club.
Visit Thomas Paine Cottage located at 20 Sicad Avenue, former home of Thomas Paine, Father of the Revolution and creator of the human rights movement. Special weekends of Living History Events with hands on activities for children are scheduled through out the year.
The Wildcliff Center for the Arts, in addition to its art gallery, features both community theater and premier theatrical productions.
Grocery Shopping:Super Stop & Shop is located in downtown New Rochelle next to New Roc City,and another branch at Palmer Avenue.
Food Emporium and Stop & Shop are located in local neighborhoods.
Retail shopping is located in nearby Eastchester at the Vernon Hills Shopping Center with Lord and Taylor, Gap, Ann Taylor, Starbucks.
At the North End, the Wykagyl area boasts over 100 stores for all your needs, including: clothing, electronics, exercise studios, banks.
Blockbuster and Staples are located on Boston Post Road.
Kosher restaurants are located on North Avenue. Heislers Bakery, Eden Wok Chinese Restaurant, Wykagyl Kosher Deli, Primetime Café & Pizza. For Japanese cuisine, try Tokyo Bay located at 336 Pelham Road; for seafood, there’s Leno’s Clam Bar at 755 Pelham Road; for Mexican, try Mexico Lindo at 45 Drake Ave; for Indian, try Coromandel Cuisine of India at 30 Division Street and Chez Toto on 705 Main Street.
For Culinary classes and fine dining, try MacMenamin’s Grill & ChefWorks, 115 Cedar Street ( an old loft building adjacent to Exit 16 off Interstate 95)
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