New Rochelle was settled by French Huguenots in the 1680s, and was named after the French port city of La Rochelle. Its most famous resident is English born journalist Thomas Paine who wrote “Common Sense” in 1775 urging the British colonies in North America to seek independence. You can visit the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum located off North Avenue.
The shoreline within the City of New Rochelle measures 2.7 miles, but due to many irregularities and off-shore islands, the actual length of the waterfront is 9.3 miles. The unusual coastal features have over the years earned it the nickname, "the Queen City of the Sound."
New Rochelle is commonly referred to as the Home Town because of the significant amount of single-family, residential development that exists throughout most of the city. While the formerly industrial downtown section is more densely developed with condominiums, high rises, offices, shopping centers, affordable housing complexes, a medical center, nursing homes, two college campuses and an intermodal transportation hub, the rest of the city consists of sprawling, residential neighborhoods.
The High School, modeled after a French chateau, boasts its own planetarium and a multi million-dollar extension for the expanded performing arts program. The student body represents 60 countries from around the world, and is a two-time Blue Ribbon School.
Its current population of just over 77,000 may have chosen New Rochelle because of it’s short 35 minute commute to Manhattan. Located just 16 miles from midtown Manhattan, New Rochelle offers a stimulating and beautiful place to live with a diverse cross section of cultures - your city outside the city.
Local Highways: I-95, Hutchinson River Parkway
Distance to NYC: 16 miles
Area: Land 10.35 sq mi, Water 2.88 sq mi. Total 13.23 sq mi
Population: 77,062 (2010 census)
Commuters from New Rochelle are served by Metro North’s New Haven line, with a 35 minute commuting distance to Grand Central Station. There are also stations just 3.6 miles away in Larchmont and Pelham.
Blue Bird Taxi Servicing Co. (Dark Blue Taxi) 914-632-0909
Express City Taxi (Blue and White Taxi) 914-633-4500
Green Team Cab Co.(White and Neon Green Taxi) 914-576-1200
Union Multiservice Taxi Service Inc (Red and White Taxi) 914-576-1600
United Taxi Co. (Gray Taxi) 914-632-6888
Colony Taxi (White and Purple taxi) 914-632-8000
1st Choice Taxi (Black Taxi) 914-632-8000
Westchester County Airport is only a 20 minute drive.
New Rochelle is serviced by the City School District of New Rochelle, and is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools. 96% of graduates attend college or other higher learning institutions, and students earn accolades in competitive national programs including the National Merit Scholarship and the Intel Science Talent Search.
The high school is designed in the French-Gothic style by the noted architectural firm of Guilbert and Betelle. It includes a working clock tower, indoor swimming facilities, eight tennis courts, two football fields, one combined soccer and baseball field, an outdoor track, a television station and a planetarium that can hold 84 viewers and uses a 'Spitz Scidome', 360 degree full dome video projector with ATM-4 automation and a 5.1 surround sound audio system.
The Museum of Arts and Culture is an on-site museum offering exhibits and programs focused on the fine arts, history, literature and science and technology. The Museum opened in 2006 and is the only Regents-chartered museum in a school in the state of New York.
Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center (preK - grade 2) 914-576-4386
Columbus Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-576-4401
George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-576-4420
Jefferson Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-576-4430
Trinity Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-576-4440
William B. Ward Elementary School (K-grade 5) 914-576-4450
Daniel Webster Magnet School (grades 1-5) 914-576-4460
Albert Leonard Middle School (grades 6-8) 914-576-4939
Isaac E. Young Middle School (grades 6-8) 914-576-4360
New Rochelle High School (grades 9-12) 914-576-4500
Campus Alternative High School (grades 9-12) 914-576-4393
You can also check the website of the New York State Education Department for a full school report on New Rochelle schools.
Rye Country Day School (PreK-grade 12) 914-967-1417
The Horace Mann School (PreK-grade 12) 718-432-4000
Ethical Culture Fieldston Lower School (PreK-grade 5) 718-329-7300
Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School (grades 6-8) 718-329-7300
Ethical Culture Fieldston Upper School (grades 9-12) 718-329-7300
Archbishop Stepinac High School (grades 9-12, boys) 914-946-4800
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (K-grade 12) 914-948-3111
Ursuline School (grades 6-12, girls) 914-636-3950
Iona Preparatory Lower School (PreK-grade 8, boys) 914-632-0714
Iona Preparatory Upper School (grades 9-12, boys) 914-632-0714
Westchester Day School (PreK-grade 8) 914-698-8900
SAR Early Learning Center (age 2 through K) 718-548-1717
SAR Academy Lower School (grades 1-5) 718-548-1717
SAR Academy Middle School (grades 6-8) 718-548-1717
SAR Academy High School (grades 9-12) 718-548-2727
Iona College 914-633-2000
Monroe College 1-800-556-6676
The Culinary Institute of New York @Monroe College 1-800-556-6676
Davenport Park is a 20-acre passive recreation area overlooking Long Island Sound, ideal for sunbathing, walking, sitting or reading a book. Contains a Shakespeare Garden.
Hudson Park & Beach is located at the south end of Hudson Park Rd. It features a grassy recreation area with a playground, a music bandshell, seating area, bathing beaches, public restrooms and parking. The sound of music is heard along the Sound Shore every summer as the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, in partnership with the New Rochelle Dept. of Parks and Recreation, presents its free Summer Sounds Concert Series at the Hudson Park Bandshell.
Five Islands Park is a 5 acre park has a large grassy area, sunbather’s beach, picnic areas, pavilion, large children’s play area with equipment, outdoor amphitheater, shuffleboard, horseshoe courts, also ideal for nature walks. This beautiful park has barbecue pits, picnic tables, benches, an open air pavilion and a dock for fishing on the half-acre Big Harrison Island. A pedestrian bridge links Big and Little Harrison Islands to the main Clifford Island.
Glen Island Park is a 105-acre island property connected to New Rochelle by a drawbridge built in the 1920s. After Playland, Glen Island is the second most widely used park in the County Parks system, offering picnic pavilions, reservable and open picnic areas, boat launching, pathways, as well as the Glen Island Harbour Club. The boat ramp handles 65-70 launchings per weekend. The bridge, bridge house, seawall and castles are all eligible for listing on the Register of Historic Places.
Play tennis at Pinebrook Tennis facilities or Albert Leonard Middle School Tennis Courts; these 4 courts are available for play weekends and holidays during the school year and daily during July and August.
Visit the New Rochelle Public Library, located downtown at Library Plaza. The largest Westchester County facility of its kind, it houses the new Ossie Davis Memorial Theater. It is the cultural center for theater, lectures, and art exhibits.
Visit Thomas Paine Cottage Museum is located at 20 Sicard Ave., the former home of Thomas Paine, Father of the Revolution and creator of the human rights movement. Historical & Seasonal family friendly events to our community throughout the year.
Being on the coastline brings many Yacht Clubs to choose from:
Country Clubs include:
Stop in at AJ's for burgers, shakes & other American comfort foods in a casual, family-friendly setting.
Dubrovnik NY features the best of Croatian cuisine, including succulent roasts and fresh grilled fish.
Lineas de Naska Peruvian Cuisine is committed to be ambassadors of Peruvian gastronomy.
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