The City of New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Business Improvement District will announce next week that the New Rochelle BID has been awarded $500,000 under the New York Main Street Program, a statewide grant program administered by the State's Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).
New York Main Street provides financial resources and technical assistance to communities to strengthen the economic vitality of the State's traditional Main Streets and neighborhoods. The NY Main Street grant program provides funds from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) to units of local government, business improvement districts, and other not-for-profit organizations that are committed to revitalizing historic downtowns, mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts, and village centers.
The New Rochelle Walk of Fame, 25 distinctive interpretive stations, commemorating nationally notable individuals* with distinct ties to New Rochelle and their contributions to America has been installed Downtown. This is part of the New Rochelle BID’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote our history and Downtown where New Rochelle’s past, present and future come together.
The Walk of Fame signs, strategically located in the gardens lining the Library Green pathway were created and funded by former resident and historian Roderick Kennedy Jr., working in partnership with the BID, the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation and City Historian Barbara Davis.Read more
With little fanfare, the downtown CVS has opened for business this past weekend. I happened to ride past on my bike and the automatic doors opened. Those doors will welcome a tremendous number of downtown residents who have been clamoring for a place to get drug store items. Many would prefer a Target or similar retail business, but a CVS could be the beginning of more retail stores located downtown.
Initially, I wondered why CVS would open a third store within a one-mile radius. There is another CVS about three blocks away on Main Street which is open 24-hours and a third on North Avenue near Iona College. The new CVS will have hours from 7AM to 10PM. But after a conversation with Ralph DiBart, Executive Director of the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRDBID), I got the whole picture.Read more
The Second Annual New Rochelle Jazz Festival kicked off this weekend and will finish up this afternoon starting at 1 p.m. and going until 9:30 p.m. Groups are also playing at downtown locations including Backstreet Gallery, Alvin & Friends, McKiernan's, Brickyard Bistro and Beanberry's.
New Rochelle's Brian Carter, Bob Baldwin and many others performed on Saturday.
Sunday features Grammy nominated guitarist Gil Paris, Avalanche, and Second Wind.
The event was put together by Brian Carter and host of others including the Sister City Committee, the New Rochelle BID, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, and the City of New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Department.
Event Sponsors include Westchester Rocks Music School Camp, RSounds, Backstreet Gallery and Framing, Aquarian Drumheads, Bose, and GMS Drum Company.Read more
After a year long campaign to institute 24/7 parking in the downtown area in New Rochelle, three parking pay stations in the New Rochelle Public Library parking lot were vandalized and rendered inoperable. Average weekly revenue for the library lot is $1,200, according to City Spokesperson Kathy Gilwit.
"We are awaiting replacement parts to repair three meters vandalized during the week of Feb. 14 and subsequently inoperable", said Gilwit.
The City appears to have gone into damage control mode over the broken parking pay stations.Read more
Under normal circumstances it would not be news that a government committee in New Rochelle would hold a public meeting...unless that committee was the Municipal Civil Service Commission in New Rochelle which has routinely ignored both the New York State Open Meeting Law but the State's Freedom of Information Law.
After a surprise visit from Talk of the Sound which highlighted numerous violations of the New York State Open Meeting law, Talk of the Sound asked readers and listeners to show up and sit in on the meeting yesterday. Six people attended the meeting in addition to three commissioners and the Civil Service Administrator so there were 10 people in the room. In the past, the CSC has been holding its meetings in a private office behind locked doors without posting official notice, listing the meeting on the City's web calendar or even putting up a note on the door as to what was going on inside.Read more
The store opened its doors this week and is in soft launch for now. There will be an official grand opening in a month or so but if you want to stop by and beta tests some delicious frozen yogurt and speciality coffee drinks while they get things up and running you are welcome.
Beanberry is owned by the same folks who brought you the nearby Gallery Cafe (with a kiosk located in City Hall).Read more
Rico Johnson, alleged accomplice in the Kevin Williams murder, was released from custody today after he was bonded out. Johnson was one of two people arrested and charged for hindering prosecution in the first degree and tampering with physical evidence for helping Laurell Smith, the alleged murderer, hide the murder weapon. Also arrested on similar charges to Johnson was Krista Leggieri.
The Westchester County District Attorney charged Rico Johnson as follows:
Rico Johnson (DOB 03/11/91) of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York with:
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony,
one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony.
Kevin Williams was stabbed to death near 270 North Avenue on September 18th, 2010.Read more