Everyone loves a diner.
And these days there is a growing nostalgia for the old Thruway Diner which sat on the opposite side of Weyman Avenue for many years. As word has spread that a company with a long and storied history in New Rochelle is looking to build a diner not far from the site of the old Thruway Diner, it is natural that residents might be excited at the prospect of getting their diner back.
Don't be fooled.
UPDATE: City Council votes 7-0 to approve sale of Lot 50 and Lot 45A to DeRaffele, see complete update and bottom of this article, after the jump.Read more
Yes, it's Your Armory. The citizens of this great city not only own this iconic building, but you deserve to share and celebrate the rich, nearly century-old history of military and community service. The question is, "how do we hold on to this irreplaceable, one of a kind piece of history?". We need to begin the process of restoring it to it's intended and proper place as a community gathering place. A center to showcase all that New Rochelle has to offer. The one place our future generations can shape this City through their understanding our past. There is no option other than to say "We must make this vision a reality".Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County residents age 60 and older who have not yet taken the county survey to learn if their incomes cover their basic needs without public or private subsidies are encouraged to do so at this time.
“We need the data from this survey to have a better picture of where we can put our limited dollars to best impact seniors,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Don’t delay taking part.”
The survey is sponsored by the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) in conjunction with its Livable Communities initiative.
The Elder Economic Security Standard Index – also known as the Elder Economic Security Survey – measures the economic security of older adults by determining whether or not they have sufficient income to pay for their basic needs: food, transportation, health care insurance and housing.Read more
DEAR BLABBY: I live in the Hazlehurst Park neighborhood of New Rochelle near Emerson Avenue off East Main Street. What is the origin of "Hazlehurst Park?"
Hazelhurst Park is early 20th century residential park situated along the New Rochelle-Larchmont border but you already knew that. To really dig into the origin of Hazelhurst Park we are going to need the help of an expert. New Rochelle is fortunate to have just such an expert in New Rochelle's City Historian Barbara Davis, a wonderful and unique community asset who is rarely at a loss when it comes to local history. I asked Barbara to dig into her endless stacks of files and see what she could find about Hazlehurst Park.
She writes back:
The neighbors from hell are packing up and leaving town.
In November, Talk of the Sound reported that the house at 110 Stephenson Boulevard was on the market. A moving truck was spotted today in front of the house. John D sent along several photos.
Patrick Hickey, the primary owner of the house spent years orchestrating a campaign to drive his next door neighbor out of her house. Talk of the Sound's eight-part series Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard exposed to readers Hickey's relentless harassment of Suzanne Ribando. It is with no small satisfaction that we report that it is Hickey who has been driven out of his house, and the City of New Rochelle. Goodbye and good riddance.Read more
A vote that was widely expected to go 5-2 along party lines in favor of extending the Forest City MOU with the City of New Rochelle passed 7-0 in favor after a last minute deal was struck under which changes to the term sheet shortened the length of the MOU extension from 18 months to 9 months while creating a concurrent RFP process for the New Rochelle Armory.
"I am happy everyone has agreed to these terms," said Council Member Al Tarantino before voting in favor of the resolution to extend the MOU until the end of the year. "This will allow Council to put this to bed one way or another".
Council Member Jared Rice was pleased with the Council having achieved consensus on what has been a contentious issue for many years.
"I want to credit Council Member Trangucci and Mayor Bramson", said Rice. "It's a good thing for the City if we can tweak things so everyone can be happy".Read more
If New Rochelle officials ever wondered why New Rochelle residents do not trust the real estate developers who, in exchange for grand but vague promises, are offered generous tax abatements, coddled by the New Rochelle IDA, offered public property giveaways and granted repeated MOU extensions despite a complete lack of progress on developing projects, they need to look no further than the once active apartment building at the corner of North Avenue and Anderson Street.
The building known as "5 Anderson" is a monument to the unreliability of promises from real estate developers and the gullibility of city officials when dealing with them.
In never before seen photos of the interior of 5 Anderson (after the jump), obtained exclusively by Talk of the Sound, the utter devastation of the building is clear. Every single room, in every single apartment has been gutted and otherwise left unusable. Exterior photos show the faded remains of window treatments installed under the terms of a 2010 MOU extension obtained by Cappelli Enterprises under the condition they beautify the outside of the building and address various code violations. Additional photos in the slideshows below.Read more
Listening to the new Councilwoman of New Rochelle speak about the city's DPW yard has shed some light on the urgency (can we use the word "perception" here) to move the city yard. It was a brief interview with Bob Marrone on WVOX where Ms Rackman cordially spoke of things in her district and offered her thoughts on the decision that would saddle the city with millions of dollars of debt at a time when we can hardly afford it. Not that we can't afford it this year alone, we won't be able to afford it for many years to come.Read more