A terrific new Brazilian Barbecue luncheonette at 496 Main Street, at the intersection with Lawton Street, is adding still more international flair to the downtown dining experience in New Rochelle. br Brothers on Main offers authentic Churrasco meats including skirt steaks, beef ribs, pork loin and sirloin steak as well as regional side dishes including plantains, rice and beans and yuca. In a word, the food is "saboroso" or "tasty and delicious".
A lunch buffet, priced by the pound, offers a great way to sample the various meats and side dishes. Don't miss the Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert.
The brothers behind br Brothers on Main are John and Rafael De Freitas. John previously worked as the manager at Posto 22 on Division Street.Read more
Almarc Drugs, a fixture in downtown New Rochelle, NY since 1979 is closing its doors for good on April 19th after 33 years. The company's flagship location is at 507 Main Street in New Rochelle. Almarc has a second location at 2127 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont, NY.
Employees speaking on condition of anonymity told Talk of the Sound they were informed yesterday that the company had been acquired by CVS and will be closed in two weeks. The price tag for the sale of the two stores including the buildings is said to be around $24 million. A manager at the Almarc Drugs store in New Rochelle declined to comment.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
(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) expressed serious concern today regarding County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s continuing actions potentially sabotaging the County’s fair and affordable housing settlement with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- A federal magistrate made three rulings yesterday, two unfavorable and one favorable to Westchester County, that will now give County Executive Robert P. Astorino and his Administration a better understanding of how to move forward with the fair and affordable housing settlement between Westchester County and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Read more
Westchester County’s public boat launch areas, located at George’s Island Park in Montrose, Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson and Glen Island Park in New Rochelle open for the season on Saturday, March 31.Read more
A craft workshop celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be the BID Family Day program for Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the New Rochelle Public Library. Children in Pre-K – Grade 5 are invited to make a variety of crowns, pins, hats and other accessories for the “Wearing of the Green”.
The Bid staff of teachers and teens will provide the expert guidance and great materials for the projects.
BID Family Day programs are made possible through a partnership of the New Rochelle Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District and PTA Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation.Read more
Since last fall the New Rochelle Police Department has quietly begun to put more cops on the street, at least briefly, in certain high crime areas including downtown New Rochelle and the area around Lockwood Avenue and North Avenue.
In a "Park and Walk" patrol, a police officer will leave his vehicle to walk a particular route in a problem area for about 30 minutes. During that time the officer is considered unavailable to respond to calls except in an emergency situation.
The initial response has been positive.
"Any program that provides more visibility in the downtown is a very good idea", said City Council Member Ivar Hyden whose district includes the city center. "I am favor of a police presence in downtown."
Some New Rochelle residents have been calling for a greater police presence in downtown New Rochelle for years including police on foot post and a downtown kiosk.Read more