A woman waiting at the bus stop on Main Street across from Memorial Plaza, in front of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store was seriously injured by flying glass after a violent collision involved a sports car driving at high speed through the busy shopping area. The operator of the vehicle, described as "a young man, possibly white or hispanic" by a witness, drove a Red Ford Mustang Hardtop with Sports Package into the back of a Red Chevy SUV causing a collision which also involved a Silver Toyota Avalon sedan. The vehicles came within a few feet of striking pedestrians on the sidewalk including several people at the bus stop.
"It's a miracle no one was killed," said downtown fixture Jim Killorin, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Westchester which operates the "Re-Store" shop where the collision occurred.Read more
Ballet Atlantic and their Family Favorite, the “Nutcracker” performed in Downtown New Rochelle
For the first time, Ballet Atlantic’s annual family favorite, the “Nutcracker Ballet” will be performed downtown this holiday season on Friday, December 10th at 8:30 PM and Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 AM at 306 Huguenot Street, thanks to the generosity of downtown property owners Gary Garafola and Susan Friedman. This is Ballet Atlantic’s 36th year producing the Nutcracker based on the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman with music by Tchaikovsky.
An accomplished ballet troupe and popular dance academy, Ballet Atlantic has taken up full-time residence in downtown New Rochelle at the BID’s Artist Studios (Rental information: 914-960-1460) at 81 Center Avenue, in 10,000 square feet of newly renovated space for artists and art businesses directly opposite Talner Jewelry Store.Read more
Celebrate the Holidays Downtown with Lights, the Nutcracker, Crafts, Music and Family Events
Start this special month with Father Francis Maurice, Rabbi Amiel Wohl and Reverend Allen Weaver welcoming Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza with benedictions and song at the always popular Holiday Lighting at Memorial Plaza. Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance and then move to New Roc City on weekends where Santa will hear children’s holiday wishes and for family photos.
Don’t let your children miss the Downtown performances of Ballet Atlantic’s 36th Annual Nutcracker Ballet. Older holiday revelers can join New Rochelle’s renown jazz musician Brian Carter and his Trio at an open Holiday Jazz Jam at McKiernan’s Lawton Street Tavern.Read more
Downtown residents and merchants have been complaining to Talk of the Sound about this guy for months. He circles around the downtown area non-stop, throughout the day, hitting up everyone in downtown for money. He loiters outside stores, watches people get out of their cars, linger near ATM machines and otherwise makes a nuisance of himself. He is beyond persistent to the point of harassing people walking in downtown New Rochelle. He will ask people for money when they walk into a store and if they ignore him and then come back out with a purchase in hand he will accuse them of lying and demand money. This guy covers a lot of ground and appears to be an auto-pilot as he bounced from one person to the next. Obviously people are giving him money or he would have done away; I've seen it myself.
With the Christmas shopping season approaching this guy -- and this friends -- is only going to become more of a problem. Whatever "free speech" rights might exist for this guy pestering everyone for money, the merchants and residents in downtown ought to have the right not be harassed by this guy anymore. If necessary, throw him in a cage and release him upstate somewhere. Just get rid of him.
New Rochelle officials should look closely at this photo as they consider what sort of downtown they have created when the storefront churches are allow to block dozens of parking spaces on Main Street all day Sunday, when panhandlers rove the streets like a pack of rabid dogs, homeless people are eating out of overflowing trash cans throughout the downtown, transvestites are robbing wig stores, roving bands of kids are loitering on Anderson Street under the "no loitering signs" and store windows are plastered with "No Quarters without a Purchase" signs. For those brave enough (or foolish enough) to run this gauntlet of despair they can look forward to a fleet of squad cars descending on their vehicle as police offers fight with Community Service Officers for the privilege of meeting their quota by socking you with a $25.00 parking ticket the second your meter clicks over to "expired". Given this, why would anyone want to shop or dine in downtown?
NRPD has got to take back control of our streets and the City and BID need to reverse policies that punish people for shopping or dining in downtown while rewarding beggars, thieves and scavengers.Read more
Over the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of sidewalk construction work in New Rochelle. Cut granite curbs are being installed by construction crews next to nice smooth new sidewalks.
The new curbs might be illegal.
I recall reading the voluminous construction code a couple of years ago and ran across a clause that said curbs must have a smooth rounded surface. The cut granite curbs are sharp and can ruin a car’s tires if the sidewall touches it – I know, it happened to me.
If the curbs being installed are in fact illegal, several questions need to be answered:
What should be done about this?
Who authorized their installation?
Why isn’t the NR code not being adhered to?
Only our local government can answer these questions.
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There is a Farmer's Market on Fridays at the New Rochelle Library Green through November 15th. The hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
Today there were gorgeous vegetables, happy crowds, and a busy marketplace. Besides the Indian corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cabbage, zucchini and other vegetables, there were freshly made pickles, homemade breads, nuts and coffees.
Here are three quick shots before my battery gave way --
The corn (6 ears for $2) was yellow and white, sweet and delicious, and it alone was worth a trip to the center of town for some quick and healthy shopping.
The North Avenue US Citizenship and Immigration - Application Support Center was seen to be moving this morning.
They are moving to Port Chester. There is a "Retail Space for Lease" sign up.
Here is what they did:
Entertainment Properties Trust just released the following statement (below) which, as it bears on New Rochelle, says that Capelli and EPT did a swap where Capelli gets City Center in White Plains and EPT gets New Roc City and every one agrees to make nice with everyone else.
Missing is the retraction Capelli had demanded last week but all in all this is good news and good news for New Rochelle as it clears the area both over a key parcel in the City and frees up Capelli to focus on other things like finding retail tenants for Trump Tower.
ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES TRUST AND LOUIS R. CAPPELLI ANNOUNCE RESTRUCTURING OF INVESTMENTS AND SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS
Kansas City, MO. June 18, 2010 — Entertainment Properties Trust (NYSE:EPR) and Louis R. Cappelli today announced that they have closed a series of transactions that significantly restructure EPR's investments with Mr. Cappelli and settles all outstanding claims between the parties.
In general, the material terms of the restructuring include: