Whether to live, work, visit or play, New Rochelle is a city worth discovering.
In the past several years, New Rochelle has seen unprecedented economic growth. The City’s Department of Development, working in concert with the Business Improvement District (BID) and the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency (IDA), has attracted development that has changed the face of the downtown area. An influx of residents in new luxury housing has led to increased business for retailers and a boom in new restaurants with international menus. The New Roc City Entertainment Center features an 18-screen movie theatre and a variety of family-friendly activities.
New Rochelle’s economic resurgence is evident in small businesses as well. The BID’s innovative storefront and awnings program, and a façade improvement program have restored the historic art deco architecture to numerous Main Street buildings. The New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce provides a variety of services to its members working closely with the City of New Rochelle and the BID.
With easy access to highways and the three major New York area airports as well as the growing Westchester County Airport, commuting to and from New Rochelle is easier than ever. The New Rochelle train station houses both the Metro-North railroad line and the regional Amtrak line providing access to Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. The express train to Grand Central cuts commutes to 30 minutes. The adjacent Transit Center accommodates local buses and the beautifully-designed garage holds 900 parking spaces as well as the “Tapestry of New Rochelle”, a large public art project.
New Rochelle’s population of approximately 72,000 is housed in a mosaic of diverse neighborhoods. One of the city’s most appealing characteristics is its diversity, providing a welcoming home for people of all racial, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. In true suburban fashion, these groups come together and create a strong sense of community as evidenced by the host of civic, service, social and neighborhood groups.
New Rochelle is proud of its distinguished parochial and private schools, award-winning public schools and three prestigious colleges. Our dynamic library, one of the best-equipped and busiest in the county, offers a myriad of activities and events for residents of all ages. The beautifully landscaped Library Green provides a haven for both work and play.
Arts and entertainment abound in New Rochelle. The Library's Ossie Davis Theatre and New Rochelle High School’s state-of-the-art Linda E. Kelly Theater and Museum of Arts and Culture offer ongoing music and arts programs, enriching the community. And with 38 recreational facilities including parks, lakes, nature areas, playgrounds, hiking trails and a municipal marina, New Rochelle’s Department of Parks and Recreation provides year-round activities.