Talk of the Sound has been sounding the alarm since we first launched in 2008. Few among the New Rochelle Pep Squad have heeded the call. Now the bill is coming due and no amount of cheerleading is going to hold back the oncoming tidal wave of financial ruin. In just a few short years, the United States has gone from the benchmark, risk-free debt standard to a threatened negative outlook being issued by Moody's. A downgrade of U.S. debt will mean the end of the U.S. Dollar as a reserve currency and more broadly the end of the world as American's have come to know it in the Post-World War II Era. All debt in the United States from State to County to Local will be downgraded. Oil, no longer bought and sold in dollars, will become more expensive rippling through our economy making everything more expensive.Read more
Hunan Ritz, a popular Chinese/Japanese restaurant at 1335 North Avenue in the Wykagyl section of New Rochelle has been shut down after the New Rochelle Building Department closed the building to "imminent danger". According to the notice the structure was deemed unsafe and may not be occupied until work is undertaken to address the reason the building has been determined to be unsafe. The notice does not say why the building is structurally unsafe.
The restaurant has put up its own hand-written note reading "due to construction we will be temporarily closed sorry for the inconvenience".
Calls to the restaurant were not answered.
Steve Rotker, a New Rochelle resident, got his start in the toy business sweeping floors and stocking shelves for his father Marty Rotker who, with a partner, opened the first Big Top store in Eastchester 60 years ago. His recent decision to close the last remaining Big Top owned by the Rotker family was not easy. Three years ago, with his lease up at the Wykagyl Shopping area, Rotker made one last go of it at the new but smaller location at the Quaker Ridge Shopping Mall but the store was never the same.
"The new store was half the size and was never really quite the same store," Rokter told Talk of the Sound whistfully. "At the old store a mother could look through magazines while her kids went up and down the aisles looking at toys, we had racks and racks of greeting cards, at the new store there was just no room for that."Read more
The room was filled with music and excitement during the The Low-Savin/Soundview Apartment's 30th anniversary celebration held recently on the United Hebrew of New Rochelle campus. Soundview Apartments, a senior housing residence and part of the United Hebrew of New Rochelle campus of services, was one of the first HUD sponsored senior apartments in New York State. The tenants were very happy to celebrate this major milestone with music, dancing and a wonderful dinner. The planning committee, included a team of tenants, long time administrator, Margaret Curran and service coordinator, Joanne Russo Lanza.
“We are all so proud to be celebrating this happy occasion with our tenant friends at The Low-Savin Residence,” said Rita Mabli, president/CEO of United Hebrew, “For 30 years it has been a model for seniors living independently and aging in place successfully.”Read more
Jenna Goudreau of Forbes.com has an interesting look at 2010 projections by Moody's Economy.com: Top 10 States People Are Fleeing. The data suggests a good news/bad news scenario with the implication that building more apartment buildings in New Rochelle may be unwise:
At No.1 on our list, New York is expected to wave goodbye to 49,000 more people than it gains this year. The state has seen a steady loss of residents over the past five years, losing an average of 100,000 people per year. Karp explains that, because New York is a large state, it may report greater movement than others, but notes that population size is not the only reason residents are fleeing.
In order to move, you need to be able to sell your home," says Karp. "The housing market [in New York] has not gone through the meltdown that other states have gone through."
Nelstad Materials went up for auction this past Tuesday as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. Among the items put up for auction were cubic yard mixers, a 5000 Gallon Hot Water Heater, a lease on the land running until 2016, even the "Nelstad Material Corporation" brand and the company phone number. The mixers sold, the lease did not. The big cement mixer trucks with the well-known "Nelstad" name on the side were going for about $3,500.
Nelstad has been in financial trouble for the past several years. Striking workers had become a familiar site on Route 1 outside the plant.
Patrons lined up for bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in downtown New Rochelle are being blasted this morning by chants of "give peace a chance" blaring over the stereo system. At the Starlite II Diner in downtown New Rochelle, owner Michael Dietz is playing all John Lennon music all day and all of the time.
The walls of the tiny diner, a local gathering place for years, are usually lined with Lennon and Beatles memorabilia. Today it's Christmas decorations but Lennon's memory pulses through the restaurant.
Deitz wants more Lennon music so if you are planning on stopping in today bring your favorite Lennon tracks on CD and ask him to spin the disc while you eat.
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