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Arts Calendar

  • NRCA Gratitude Exhibit
    Jan 12, 2015
    Reception: Tuesday January 20th From 5-7PM
    Location: New Rochelle City Hall Rotunda Gallery
    Cost: FREE
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  • Pelham Art Center Presents: TechNoBody
    Jan 23, 2015
    Opening Reception and FREE all Ages workship January 23, 2015 Panel Discussion Thursday March 18th 6 PM
    Location: Pelham Art Center
    Cost: Free
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  • Sound Shore Chorale ALL SINGERS WELCOME
    Feb 02, 2015
    Location: Arrigoni Center, Iona College, Mayflower Avenue, New Rochelle
    Cost: Free
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  • Torn, Collage Art by Alex Lindquist at Recologie
    Mar 06, 2015
    Reception March 6th 6-8 PM
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  • Open Mic Night
    Mar 07, 2015
    Location: 210 Halstead Avenue, Harrison NY
    Cost: $5.00
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  • Open Mic Night at Recologie
    Mar 07, 2015
    Location: Recologie, 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle, NY
    Cost: $5.00 2 drink min
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  • Happy Birthday to US!
    Mar 08, 2015
    Location: NRPL 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle
    Cost: FREE
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  • ABT: Women Dancing Through History
    Mar 14, 2015
    AjkunBT's Historic Place Face to Face Series
    Location: St. Paul's Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550)
    Cost: Free
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  • Vegan Pressure Cooking 101 at Recologie
    Mar 15, 2015
    Location: Recologie, 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle, NY
    Cost: $20.00 or $35.00 with a signed book
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  • Tutti Bravi Productions, Inc. presents: First Annual Spring Songburst
    Mar 27, 2015
    Location: Recologie, 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle, NY
    Cost: $55.00 advanced $60.00 at the door
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  • Natural Awakinings 1st Book Publishing Party at Recologie
    Apr 09, 2015
    Location: Recologie, 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle, NY
    Cost: $20.00
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  • ABT: Giselle
    Apr 10, 2015
    The quintessential romantic ballet.
    Location: Linda Kelly Theatre @ New Rochelle High School
    Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the box office on the day of the performance
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  • SOW Final Concert for the Season
    May 02, 2015
    Location: Iona College: Murphy Auditorium 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle
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New Rochelle: Arts City

New Rochelle: Arts City

Barbara Davis, City Historian

In 1906, half a century after the first steam engine barreled through town, New Rochelle served as the centerpiece for the hit musical Forty five Minutes from Broadway. Although the lyrics poked fun at the rural folk supposedly living in the town, the newly-incorporated city was rapidly developing into one of the most sought-after suburban communities. New Rochelle's proximity to the Sound had resulted in a booming resort trade by the late 1800s. Wealthy Manhattanites flocked to its shores for recreation. Many liked the place so much they stayed for good. Each tide of immigration transformed New Rochelle's population. Just after the turn of the 19th century the community experienced its greatest growth, including the development of the Wykagyl residential and business section-the result of the short-lived New York Westchester-Boston Railroad.

So, it is not surprising that New Rochelle became the home to a lion's share of prominent individuals from nearly every field. What is notable, however, is how the community attracted and nurtured a great many individuals responsible for shaping the cultural and artistic fabric of America. Beginning soon after the Civil War, artists, musicians, playwrights, cartoonists, and dramatists began staking roots here. By the 1920s headlines called the place "Greenwich Village without the Greenwich." Through the 20th century, friends and colleagues who were comic strip artists, radio broadcasters, television personalities, chose New Rochelle for their homes.

Signs of the Past


The ten signs that mark the boundaries between New Rochelle’s neighbors – Pelham, Larchmont, Eastchester and Scarsdale – were created as a project of the New Rochelle Art Association in the 1920s. Famous artists who lived in New Rochelle were commissioned to design a sign welcoming visitors and retelling part of the Queen City’s history. Norman Rockwell, Remington Schuyler, Cole Phillips, Frederick Dana March, Edward Penfield, Clare Briggs, Robert Robertson, James R. Marsh, Laurence M. Loeb and George T. Tobin all contributed their creativity and ingenuity to this artistic endeavor. The New Rochelle Council on the Arts salutes these great artists and supports the effort to continue their legacy.

For more information about how you can help maintain these historic signs, contact Mickie Fosina of the Historic Sign Renovation Association, P.O. Box 1243, New Rochelle, NY 10802, tel. # 914-235-4565.

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“City Limits” by Frederick Dana Marsh. Silhouette of the ship “La Rochelle.” Sign located on Shore Road at the Pelham Manor line. “Rich in History” by Norman Rockwell. Shows American Troops on their way to the Battle of White Plains. Sign located on Eastchester Road at New Rochelle Road.
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“The Home Town” by Robert Robertson. Shows a landscape and mansion. Sign located at Lincoln Avenue and the Pelham line. “Passing of the British under Lord Howe, Oct. 18, 1776” by Cole Phillips. Depicts British troops leaving New York under the command of General Howe. Sign located at Wilmot Road, near North Avenue near Eastchester Border.
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“City of Homes, Churches and Schools” by Laurence M. Loeb. Sign located at Quaker Ridge Road and Weaver Street. “Founded by the Huguenots – 1688” by Remington Schuyler. Shows the Siwanoy Indians returning from a hunting expedition with a deer slung from a pole. Sign located on the Boston Post Road at the Larchmont line.
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“17 Miles to New York” by Edward Penfield. Depicts a Colonial Coach and Four passing through New Rochelle on its way to Boston, MA. Sign is located on the Boston Post Road at the Pelham Manor line. “Settled in 1688 by the Huguenots of New Rochelle” by James R. Marsh. Depicts a ship with a Huguenot church nearby. Sign located at Wilmot Road in Heathcote at the Scarsdale Village Limits.