I am a New Rochelle resident and I feel very strongly that the Armory should be preserved. Instead of viewing the Armory as problem that needs to be dealt with, we should view the Armory as an opportunity and a central focal point of our city. Forest City and New Rochelle have it backwards: rather than building newer and newer commercial facilities hoping to spur prosperity, we need to encourage unique, historical, and civic facilities that will make people want to visit and ultimately invest in New Rochelle. The proposal for a Monroe College facility is a step in the right direction. Other avenues should be considered as well, such as a performing arts center. Implicit in any facility should be the history of the Armory and the needs of our servicemen and women.Read more
“How’m I doin’ ?” - Ed Koch was famous for asking that question. Putting aside the publicity aspect of the question, I’m sure it helped him to gauge just how well he was doing as mayor, based on the feedback. Believe me, when a public official asks a New Yorker that question, he’ll get plenty of “feedback” if you know what I mean.Read more
Yes indeed, the city, by its own admission, acknowledges their responsibility for maintaining the Armory.
The Armory was deeded to the city with the specific intention and requirement that" said premises shall be improved and maintained...". As you can see from thiscurrent screen shot of the official City of New Rochelle web site, the Property and Grounds Bureau, under the direction of the city engineer, is directly responsible for the maintenance of the Armory, among other buildings. Having said that, the obvious and purposeful neglect by current and previous administrations would be considered a breach of contract as defined by the legal and binding deed accepted between the City and State. Very little effort towards maintenance and control of the building and property would have, no doubt, prevented the current damages from developing.Read more
While researching for this project, I read that the school board connected with the New Rochelle church leaders to promote understanding and kindness as the Lincoln children started in their new schools.
In a report by John Kaplan called "Civil Rights USA - Public Schools Cities in the North and West 1962, New Rochelle" he writes "The superintendent of schools also wrote the head of each relighous organization in New Rochelle asking that cooperation with the school board be urged to provide for the proper acceptance and adjustment of the transferrring pupils; he also held meeting with each of the elementary school principals and with the custodial staffs to assure a smooth reception to the transferees."
As I drove up and down the streets in or adjacent to the Lincoln school district I noticed so many churches. Some were handsome and large, others small and intimate, tucked among houses. I tried to photograph as many as I could. If I missed your church, please post a photo of it in a comment.
Shiloh Baptist Church, Lincoln Avenue
Gospel Tabernacle Church on Lincoln Avenue
St. Catherine African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church on Lincoln Avenue
As the city council wrestles with the decision on whether or not to grant extensions to developers, prime property sits, vacant, nearly blighted.Read more
There is a south end house known for ghoulish Halloween decorations that has disconcerted some Trinity protective PTA moms for years. The house at 185 Pelham Road has had hanging corpses and bloody bodies in cages. Now it is undergoing a major renovation by New Rochelle Habitat for Humanity. This weekend West Point Cadets joined local volunteers in completely gutting the once charming but more recently derelict, slate-roofed cottage style house on the corner of Pelham Road and Mt. Etna. Click here for pictures from Saturday - http://www.habitatwc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=640&I...
Over the last month, neighbors rejoiced to see major dead tree limbs and healthy poison ivy vines removed and other visible changes to the yard. This is a welcome sight to the neighborhood; especially after a summer fire destroyed the house's detached garage and badly damaged the siding of the next door house. Major renovations are going on inside the house as well.Read more
Imagine the surprise in hearing WVOX report the Chamber of Commerce's decision to cancel the Thanksgiving Day Parade . According to the report, The decision was made Tuesday night to forgo the traditional parade , a staple of community gathering for the past 47 years, due to lack of support. This is a shock and, might I say, an embarrassment as a New Rochelle resident . The president of WVOX, commented on the news with a sad tone to his editorial as he spoke about the lack of "mom and pop" businesses along the route who typically enjoyed the bounty of people congregating along the way. You don't usually hear a sad tone when Bill O'Shaughnessy speaks.
You can't help but wonder how a decision like this takes shape and what it actually says about the condition of this fine city. There are, in fact, about 50 kids in the Webster School Twirler Squad who have been working after school for weeks in hopes of marching, wide eyed and smiling ear to ear, thankful for the opportunity to show off a little, as they stake their claim as part of our community. It was sad to watch their eyes well up when they found out they wouldn't get their 15 minutes of fame after working so hard. How do you explain to them it's because nobody cared enough ? What's the lesson to be learned here?Read more
There will be a meeting of the Sound End Civic League, Monday September 14 at the YMCA on Weyman Avenue, 7:30 p.m.Read more