About New Rochelle
New Rochelle: A Rising Community
"Queen City of the Sound" melds suburban charm with urban sophistication
New Rochelle’s population of approximately 72,000 is housed in a mosaic of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own distinguishing characteristics including elegant, stately older homes, some dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; exquisite architecture; and lovely landscaping. Nestled in the central part of the city is the largest designated Historic District in Westchester. In the downtown, the newly-built condominium residential towers join with live/work lofts and turn-of-the-century apartment buildings as well as multi-and single-family homes. Along the waterfront, one-of-a-kind homes ring the shoreline.
New Rochelle's waterfront is also abundantly blessed with both unsurpassed beauty and public accessibility. In addition to a number of popular beach clubs, three City and one county park claim a good portion of the 9 mile coastline, offering passive and active recreational opportunities. The 20-acre Echo Bay area in the city’s East End is currently in the planning stage for a dynamic new waterfront development featuring residences, shops, restaurants, a boardwalk and open space.
Also notable are the institutional resources New Rochelle has to offer. The Sound Shore Medical Center , located in the City’s center, is the largest private teaching hospital in Westchester County with 465 beds, over 600 physicians and close to 1000 health care professionals. With an award-winning public school system, prominent private schools and three universities- The College of New Rochelle, Iona College, and Monroe College- New Rochelle upholds the value and importance of education in residents' lives. The award-winning City School District of New Rochelle offers a comprehensive educational program for its nearly 11,000 students. New Rochelle High School is home to the Museum of Arts and Culture, the only Regents-chartered museum hosted in a school in New York, providing both an on-site experience for students and a cultural asset for the entire community school district as well, along with two public libraries. The New Rochelle Public Library is one of the best-equipped and busiest libraries in the 38-member Westchester Library System, and as a cultural hub offers a myriad of activities and events for children, adults and seniors. The adjoining Library Green, beautifully landscaped, offers a haven for both work and play. The park regularly hosts family-friendly special events and seasonal festivals and in the summertime, weekly concerts and outdoor movies hosted by a vibrant Business Improvement District. In addition, the Huguenot Children’s Library, the only free-standing children's library in Westchester County, is bordered by the city’s beautiful twin lakes at Huguenot Park and Jack’s Friendship Garden- a playground for children of all ages and abilities.
But behind the doors and walls of a blossoming downtown and attractive neighborhoods is the heart of New Rochelle: its people. One of the city’s most appealing characteristics is its diversity. New Rochelle provides a welcoming home for people of all racial, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. New Rochelle has over forty houses of worship and a strong Interreligious Council, established to promote understanding and acceptance of all religions.
Whether to live, work, visit or play, New Rochelle is a city worth discovering. Come and see what this rising community has to offer!