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Welcome to New Rochelle

One of the best kept secrets as far as suburbs go is New Rochelle in lower Westchester. Just North of Orchard Beach in the Bronx and the first stop on the Metro North New Haven Line Express, it’s an easy commute from New York City and the Bronx.

A city with approximately 80,000 people, New Rochelle consists of a very diverse population. Even with this melting pot of cultures the city is ranked not only one of the safest places to live, but also one of the best cities to raise children in the United States.

The residents are buzzing with excitement because along with these impressive statistics, at the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Sponsored State of the City Address New Rochelle’s Mayor Noam Bramson and its city council unveiled a huge development plan for its downtown business district. This update will include more retail space and housing that aims to attract the millennial generation and to add to some of the mom-and-pop stores still thriving after 90 years, like Liebman’s, a uniform and specialty apparel store established as early as 1926.

In addition to the business district, New Rochelle is bordered by three colleges: The College of New Rochelle, Iona College and Monroe College. Each is growing by leaps and bounds and all are involved in gentrifying their surrounding communities –they’re building, and with each brick, growing in the national rankings of colleges as well.

Monroe College even added an award winning School of Hospitality to the New Rochelle campus that touts its own Culinary Institute. So if you’re not in the mood to travel three hours to Hyde Park to get a discounted gourmet meal, you can get one right here, only a short drive away, for less than $30 a person. Call (914) 740-6421 for reservations. On most days you can also walk in its Pastry Kiosk and buy a gourmet boxed lunch for only $6.

No one is completely sure of whether it’s the result of having a Culinary Institute where some of the students are living right here in town, or because of its mosaic of cultures, but New Rochelle is becoming quite the “foodie” town. Restaurants are popping up all over that are easily tantalizing residents to jet set it and eat a different cuisine every night. No matter what your palate desires you can find it here. In fact, the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce sponsored a citywide restaurant week in July 2016. For details or more information, call the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce at (914) 632-5700 or follow the chamber @NewRoChamber.

In addition to an eclectic mix of cuisines, New Rochelle has several parks mostly bordered by the Long Island Sound. At Glen Island Park, you could ride your bike along the glistening marina and the sound. At Five Island Park, you can utilize the kayak program on weekend mornings and at Pine Brook Tennis, you can play tennis surrounded by a beautiful hiking trail. At Hudson Park, you will be able to hear opera at its newly renovated bandshell.

Something truly unique in New Rochelle is its devotion to the arts. Each year, the New Rochelle Opera puts on a major performance at the Ursuline School. Last year’s “Carmen” was spectacular and this year they featured “La Trovatore.” For more information, call (914) 576-1617. In July, New Rochelle presented a free production called “Opera, Operetta and Broadway,” a great introduction to the opera.

Also, in downtown there are many art studios, including the most famous one of Charles Fazzino, where all of his art is made and, if you are fan or simply interested in his pop-up art, you can tour the studio during New Rochelle’s Arts Fest in mid-September.

If you’re interested in a little rest and relaxation, and just want to get away from the New York City hustle and bustle, contact the New Dawn Foundation. Its beautiful estate on the Long Island Sound is perfect for relaxation. It also offers sweat lodges, acupuncture and pain management classes. Visit NewDawnFoundation.com for more information.

Now that the secrets out, visit New Rochelle whether it’s the food, the many parks or the or the arts and entertainment or just to get away for the weekend; you’ll be happy visited and you may even want to move here!

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