Rob and Laura Petrie of The Dick Van Dyke Show had it right when they chose New Rochelle as their hometown in the 1960s. The people who choose this city are passionate, creative, smart and dedicated to making our city better than ever. There’s something for everyone in New Ro: gorgeous homes dating back to the turn of the 20th century, fantastic restaurants, country clubs with views of the Long Island Sound, and tons of great parks to play in. The city has become modernized since the Petries lived here, but despite it’s upgrades, it still feels like a small hometown.
Located in southern Westchester, New Rochelle offers commuters quick options to zip into the city: it has its own station on the New Haven line, or catch the Harlem line from Scarsdale just a few minutes away from the city border. There are Beeline buses that can take you directly to the train station. New Rochelle has a bustling downtown, but most of the residents live in neighborhoods that give off a village feel.
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With more than 70,000 residents, it’s not hard to find like-minded people in your neighborhood. There are also several Facebook groups such as Moms of New Rochelle which is a tremendous resource for parents looking for everything from pediatricians, to dentists, school programs and important discussions among members of the community and newcomers. Or there’s the group IAMNEWRO, 500 enthusiastic New Rochellians sharing everything they love about our city while highlighting amazing people in our community from students, to business owners, community leaders and much more.
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For the Kids
The Huguenot Children’s Library is a wonderful resource for all ages. Located right next door is Jack’s Friendship Garden, a fully accessible playground with equipment for kids of all ages. It frequently makes lists of the best playgrounds in Westchester. Looking for indoor fun? Head to New Roc City, the entertainment, shopping, and living complex in downtown New Rochelle. Inside you’ll find an IMAX Regal Cinema and FunFuzion which contains arcade games, mini golf, lazer tag, bowling, and much more. Skyzone Trampoline Park can also be found in the complex.
AMENITIES & RECREATION
A city that borders the Long Island Sound is sure to guarantee beaches for its residents. Five Island Park and Hudson Park Beach are two great parks that include stretches of sand to swim in. During the other seasons there are tons of other parks, including Davenport Park, City Park, and Pinebrook Park. The New Rochelle YMCA has tons of programming for kids and adults. A-Game Sports is a 25,000-square-foot sports facility loffering baseball, softball, soccer, flag football and clinics, birthday parties and individual coaching for kids of all ages.
Food & Drink
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The New Rochelle Council of the Arts has been serving the city for over forty years working to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts. They sponsor a vast number of exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. If you’re looking for fresher talent, the PAVE program at the New Rochelle High School aids students proficient in visual arts, music, voice and theater. There are also over a dozen art galleries located throughout the city.
Established by 33 families in 1688, La Nouvelle-Rochelle became an important Huguenot settlement. The area attracted French refugees through the late 1700s. It was not uncommon to hear as much French as English on the streets. George Washington stopped by New Rochelle on his way up to Massachusetts to assume command. And when the war was over, Patriot Thomas Paine was given a farm in New Rochelle for his service. Today you can visit his cottage, burial site, monument, and a museum. Also on the site is the Brewster Schoolhouse, one of the oldest structural relics in Westchester County. And of course there’s the most famous modern New Rochelle (fictional) resident: Rob Petrie. Rob and Laura’s home is a replica of many of the splits located in the North End of New Rochelle. The creator of the show, Carl Reiner actually lived on Bonnie Meadow Road which was recently renamed “Dick Van Dyke Way.”
New Rochelle has an international sister city, La Rochelle in France. The link between the two towns goes back to the late 1600s when French artisans and craftsmen settled the area that would eventually become New Rochelle, and influenced its name. Today, the partnership is celebrated every Bastille Day. The most recent celebration included free berets and red balloons as well as singing and dancing in the plaza.