July 2010

BID Downtown Parking Update

July 11, 2010 - 17:16

The BID held their annual meeting on Monday June 28 at the top of the Avalon East building. The focus of the meeting was a presentation and follow up discussion on the results of the recently implemented 24 hour metered parking in the 8 downtown parking lots.

BID Downtown Parking Report

BID Downtown Parking Q&A

BID Chairman Marc Jerome reviewed the following update with the BID board:

Thomas Paine Event Today

July 11, 2010 - 14:45

Thomas Paine Cottage.jpgThere will be a free event at the Thomas Paine cottage today from 2-4. We have attended these events in the past and really enjoyed them. If you have a chance, stop by. Barbara Davis will be speaking and her knowledge of New Rochelle history is really amazing.

Press release here:

New Rochelle, NY - Celebrate the Thomas Paine Cottage at the 100th Anniversary Of Operation as an Historic House Museum on Sunday, July 11, 2010 from 2 to 4 PM.

The public is welcome to this program. City and state representatives and historical speakers will give a perspective on Thomas Paine - and the Thomas Paine Cottage. There will be light refreshments.

Our first speaker will be R.B. Bernstein, a distinguished adjunct professor of law at New York Law School. He is the author of The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (Oxford Books, 2009) and of Thomas Jefferson (2003). He is a board member of H-LAW and a Director of Online Operations of Heights Books, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY.

Best of Westchester Winners: 2010

July 10, 2010 - 17:01

Best of Westchester 2010.jpgWestchester Magazine has published their annual "Best of Westchester" edition for 2010. New Rochelle put in a strong showing in the "Food & Drink" and "Nightlife" categories but was otherwise shut out by the magazine's editors.

Don Coqui and Little Mexican Café were Editor's Picks in the Restaurant category (Don Coqui was also a "Reader's Choice"). Don Coqui was noted for its dancing and brining "A little bit of South Beach flavor" to Westchester. The magazine suggests giving the taco al pastor, a taco with chili-spiked pork roasted under a pineapple, a try at the Little Mexican Café which has previously been honored for Best Authentic Mexican Food (2004) and Best Margarita (2007).

Spectators Sports Bar was selected in the Nightlife category as "Best Out-of-Frat-House Experience" where "the co-eds are just as cute and the beer just as cheap" as you remember from your college days.

Send us your photos of "Summer in New Rochelle"

July 09, 2010 - 03:12

What does summer in New Rochelle mean to you? Is it Hudson Beach, Lincoln Pool, summer school, city hall or the library green? Is it the 30 bus or the HSBC bank? The golf course or the fresh market? Whether it is bicycle riding on Pinebrook or frying an egg on a sidewalk, we're looking for photos, taken this week or next, that illustrate the theme of summer in New Rochelle in 2010. We're looking for the places and the faces, the sights and the scenery, the local happenings.

We will take the best of the results and make a city slide show for posting here on Talk of the Sound. Photos accepted until July 30th. Email photos to Photo Editor and include where and when the photos were taken, how you want the photo credited and a short statement about the photo.

By sending your image(s) to Talk of the Sound you agree that we may use your image(s) in all manner and media of Talk of the Sound and, that you have all necessary rights to make the image available to us for all such uses.

Why Talk of the Sound is an Important Platform for Anyone with a Message in New Rochelle; Tips on Getting Your Story into Google

July 08, 2010 - 22:34

google-news-logo.jpgI am not sure Talk of the Sound contributors fully appreciate the benefit available to them by posting their articles to the site. A search for "New Rochelle" in Google News might give folks a fuller understanding. As you can see, articles from Talk of the Sound are among the most popular in Google News for "New Rochelle" and many other keywords of relevance to this area.

As we noted when we announced our selection into Google News:

While Google does not disclose details, there are an estimated 4,500 English-Language news sites included in Google News -- out of many millions. Really, all we can say is..."Wow! Wow!

Can LeBron James Save the Knicks, The Armory and New Rochelle Development - Tonight on the Bruce Nerin Radio Program

July 08, 2010 - 20:16

New Rochelle News and Views w/ Bruce Negrin tonight at 8:05 on WVOX 1460 am and

This is 2 way talk radio! The direct studio number is 914 636-0110.

Email: [email protected]

Tonight's Lineup:

You want change, well you gotta work for it. I tell you how.

Working Families Party - what is the point of carrying this line?

My GreeNR Plan? Synchronize the Traffic Lights!!!!

Former New Rochelle Planner Ed Lynch Resurfaces in Newburgh, a City Becoming the "New Rochelle of the North"

July 08, 2010 - 19:41

Ed Lynch.jpgThe Newburgh Advocate is reporting that former New Rochelle Planning Director Ed Lynch has been appointed to the position of Director of Planning & Development for the City of Newburgh. Bernis Shapiro was hired by the City of Newburgh, under the name Bernis E. Nelson, as Corporation Counsel, the position she held in New Rochelle Talk of the Sound readers will be sure to find this quote from the article of interest:

Developing a New Rochelle WiFi Coverage Map; Optimum WiFi Leads the Way

July 08, 2010 - 16:56

NewRoWiFi-small.jpgWith the proliferation of smart phones such as the Apple iPhones, Google's Android phones, HTC and many other such mobile computing devices that double as telephones, getting a strong, high-speed internet connection on the go has become more important than ever. There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck on a laggy AT&T 3G network when you need to pull up information quickly.

Where possible, WiFi is almost always the better, faster, more reliable service. But where and how to find out can be a mystery for some users. Talk of the Sound would like to help solve some of the mystery by building a WiFi map for New Rochelle but we are going to need some help from readers to develop the City's WiFi map.

Talk of the Sound hopes to use this article to introduce a crowd-sourcing effort to map WiFi hotspots in New Rochelle -- public and quasi-public (not unsecured private hotspots). We are putting up an initial map which makers Optimum WiFi hotspots and the BID's downtown WiFi network and hope readers will post comments or send emails with additional information.

New Rochelle Police Department Crushes North End Burglary Spree

July 08, 2010 - 15:17

NRPD Crime Data June 2010.jpgThe New Rochelle Police Department has all but ended the burglary problems that plagued the North End of New Rochelle earlier this year, recent crime data shows. After a six month period which saw more than two dozen attempted and completed burglaries, from late 2009 until March 2010, the police responded with stepped up patrols, deploying officers in unmarked markers, conducting license plate sweeps and other measures officials did not wish to disclosed. The result: june one successful burglary in New Rochelle's tony North End neighborhoods.

Talk of the Sound first broke the story of the burglary spree in April: Team of Burglars Plague North End of New Rochelle; 21 Burglaries, 4 Attempted in Past Six Months