Welcome to 47 Harding Drive, New Rochelle

Welcome to 47 Harding Drive!  MLS # 4831990   Look no further than this 3 bedroom, 1 bath 1510 square foot Colonial home with a truly deep backyard perfect for entertaining or growing your luscious, home grown vegetables! The owner’s great style is shown in her first floor design with the living room’s casual elegance, fireplace, dining room and large sun room with its easy access to the patio and yard. The sun room permeates warmth, has a skylight too, and is great in all seasons. The kitchen is spacious and charming also! There are three bedrooms on the second floor, a hall bathroom, and don’t forget the great space in the basement! There is a one car garage, great hardwood floors and a gas furnace which was installed in 2006, along with gutters, Andersen windows and a 40 year Timberline roof installed in 2001. You are so close to shops, art galleries, fine dining and the vibrant down town. Did you know that New Rochelle’ Amtrak trains go to Boston & Washington, D.C. in addition to NYC which is just 35 minutes away?  This delightful home is being offered at $517,000.

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Dubrovnik’s -Dining in New Rochelle

New Rochelle is great in so many ways, and when you visit a nice restaurant, it is always nice to share your dining experience!  I took clients (and friends) to the Dubrovnik Restaurant  to celebrate their sale, and we were there for nearly 3 hours! We had so much fun! Firstly, the restaurant has a wonderful warm atmosphere, and of course it is decorated beautiful and tastefully for the Holidays. The service was impeccable, and when the waiter boned Rickie’s Bronzino,  it was done quickly and expertly. 

Known for its fish dishes, the waiter had brought over the night’s selection, and James chose the skate, Rickie the Bronzino,  and I chose the ‘Mama Tereza” which was an assortment of shellfish (clams, steamed lobster, mussels, shrimp and clams) served over linguine with white wine sauce. We started off with  sharing a beet salad which comprised of both golden and red beets and was delicious, and a grilled octopus.   All good.  James Skate dish was served with an asparagus risotto which was really good, and every dish looked great!

The restaurant is located at 721 Main Street, New Rochelle, and the phone number is 914 637-3777.  New Rochelle is GREAT!



New Rochelle Public and Private Schools!

I love living in New Rochelle with my family because there’s a great school system that has state-of-the-art programs. And I love the great camaraderie among neighbors of many diverse ethnicity.


Living in New Rochelle

The spectacular features of this splendid coast have, over the years, earned New Rochelle the name “The Queen City of the Sound.”

Located on Long Island Sound, the city of New Rochelle is bordered by Eastchester and Scarsdale to the north, Pelham to the south and Larchmont to the east. The city is graced with miles of magnificent waterfront and enhanced by lovely parks, picturesque marinas and an abundance of recreational opportunities.

Celebrated for its hometown personality, New Rochelle offers the small-town feel of a friendly, charming historic city that is over 300 years old with a vibrant mix of cultures and architecture. It is comprised of various neighborhoods, both large and small, each with its own diverse qualities. The tranquil residential areas are a stark contrast to the lively and energetic downtown, a vibrant urban center. The streets here are lined with architecturally significant buildings, small businesses, boutiques and specialty shops that coexist with modern office buildings, exciting entertainment facilities, luxury high-rise residences and urban amenities. Within a short distance of downtown is the magnificent shoreline, with one of the finest municipal marinas on Long Island Sound. Its spectacular views are visible from much of the downtown area.

New Rochelle is a unique Westchester County city that offers suburban living while meeting the demands of 21st-century businesses and lifestyles. This appealing combination is enhanced by its convenient location, exciting mix of cultures and fine educational system, all of which have made New Rochelle one of southern Westchester County’s most desirable residential communities.

New Rochelle – a City but with a Village Atmosphere!

A local Salvadoran restaurant! La Esquina Salvadorana 11..

I first had the privilege of meeting my friend James, years ago when he was selling a beautiful “Painted Lady Victorian home” on Mayflower Avenue. Beautifully renovated,  and through James’ hard work,  the home was one of the first homes in New Rochelle  given a Heritage Award.  That sort of describes James.  He worked so hard to bring the neighborhood together with a neighborhood association – which was basically a yearly gathering of the young professionals in the area getting together for  Holiday parties.

Viva La Rancha Grocery.. so many spices!

When it was time for  James to purchase again,  he of course wanted to return to New Rochelle, and we had so much fun  looking at various coop apartments together. Actually, with his significant other, Ricky! They found their 2 bedroom coop, have renovated it to perfection (but that is just them!), and whenever we get together, the hours pass by so quickly,  with nice conversation and fun!  James is the type of person who will send you that inspirational note that just makes you smile throughout the day.

Ricky and James getting married by Mayor Noam Bransom!




Lupita’s Tattoo Parlor!

Since James is such a goodwill Ambassador, I asked him to take some photos around our fair city,  and to let me know how he feels about New Rochelle. I should also mention that when he told Mayor Noam Bransom he was returning, and getting married, Noam insisted on performing the ceremony!  I guess that also describes our city too. We might BE a city, but we are just a close knit community too…Ricky and James are simply lovely, and are so happy they chose New Rochelle – where it is close to the city where they work, and yet offers so much more …

Here is why James and Ricky chose New Rochelle:

1) Everything is 5 blocks away!

* 3 beautiful parks on Long Island Sound
* the best & biggest? fruit & vegetable market in Westchester
* an awesome bakery
* 30 non-chain restaurants
* two full size supermarkets
* A bookstore
* A modern multiplex theater
* Banks
*  big library with cultural & kid programs
* High end consignment shop with on-site design services
* Two gyms
* Metro North station – 30 minutes to Grand Central
* Amtrak stop with trains to Boston &DC
*  my favorite tattoo shop

Other thoughts on New Rochelle!

2) The Mayor married us!
3)  you can still afford to buy a place!
4) it really is a big diverse city full of interesting characters
5)  it’s a small town where everyone is related to or knows somebody you know
6)  it’s quiet enough to sleep with your Windows open
7)  it’s fun and funny

That also describes Ricky and James! – Fun and funny!

Come and visit New Rochelle – you will love it!

New Rochelle is GREAT!


New Rochelle High School Top 33 Students College Choices

Each year, the Principal usually announces the top 25 students college choices at the award ceremony. This year, since there were 33 students with GPA’s of over 100, Mr. Richardson announced the top 33 students  college choices! While I am just listing the colleges,  please know that each student was so qualified in every respect. 

  1.  Princeton – Studying Math and or Philosophy
  2.  Harvard – Engineering
  3.  Yale University – Political Science
  4.  Dartmouth College – Environmental or Biological Engineering
  5.  John’s Hopkins – Bio-Medical Program & Computer Science   Dual Program
  6.  Georgia Institute of Technology – Aerospace Engineering
  7.  University of Michigan – Psychology or Political Science
  8.  Amherst – Playing Soccer! Studying Neuroscience & Psychology
  9.  Purdue University – Engineering
  10.  University of California at Los Angeles – Political Science
  11.  Washington University in St. Louis – Psychiatrist
  12.   Middlebury College – Political Science
  13.   Yale University – Law School for Foreign Relations
  14.   New York University – Student scored a PERFECT score in the SAT’s in Math
  15.   Villanova University
  16.   Cornell University
  17.   Belmont University – Academic Scholarship majoring in Music
  18.   University of Michigan – Ross School of Biusiness
  19.   Cornell University – Neurologist
  20.   Brown University –  Her goal?  United States Senator!
  21.   SUNY Binghamton  – Business & Math
  22.   University of Michigan – Public Health Field of Medicine –  Pediatrician
  23.   University of Texas at Austin – Mechanical Engineering
  24.   Binghamton University – Computer Science
  25.   Cornell University – Business
  26.   University of Oregon – Clark Honors Program
  27.   Providence College – Biology  Engineering
  28.   University of Maryland – Psychology & Early Childhood Development
  29.   University of Pittsburgh Honors Program – Mechanical Engineer
  30.   Florida State University – High School Teacher & Writer
  31.   Tufts – Medicine & Computer Science
  32.   Cornell University – Business
  33.   New York University –  Finance


New Rochelle is GREAT!



SO many Languages offered in the New Rochelle Schools!

There are so many GREAT reasons to purchase a home in New Rochelle. One such reason would be the languages offered to our students in the different schools. 

Did you know that your student has the opportunity of learning a variety of languages such as Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, French and Latin.

“Our Dual Language Programs’ mission is to prepare multi-literate citizens in an international community. We seek, therefore:
1. To develop literacy and fluency in both English and in a second language (Spanish or Italian)
2. To promote cross-cultural awareness through the integration of English speakers and Spanish/ Italian speakers
3. To create accessibility to advanced world language credits and courses in higher grades
4. To promote high academic achievement through linguistic cognitive development. “

Mandarin is offered at the Davis Elementary School grades 2nd thru 5th, and at Webster Kaleidoscope grades 4th and 5th. No other elementary schools has Mandarin.  At Davis students have classes twice at week and at Webster every other day.

Ward and Trinity offer CILA programs  (Children’s International Language Academy). This is comprised of students speaking Spanish, and those students  who have some knowledge of Spanish.  However, At Ward, there is a  FLES program  (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) in Spanish K thru 5th. At Jefferson there is also a  FLES program K thru 5th. At Webster  there is a Spanish FLES K thru 5th No FLES programs are offered at Columbus or Trinity.

At Barnard, there is a Italian FLES program K thru 2nd Grade.  There is an Italian FLES offered at Jefferson 3rd thru 5th Grades.

Latin is offered at the High School, and it is also offered at both Middle school Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School.

Both middle schools offer Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin and Latin. 

Mr. Juan Mendez , Chairperson of World Languages  & the ELL Department very kindly took the time to answer my questions on existing languages offered, but I also wanted to ask some  additional questions:

  1. What do you see for the future of different languages in our school district?  What are the percentages of students taking the AP courses?   (Answer)  At this juncture, there is not interest in adding another language. I do not have the percentage of AP students but I can tell you that we have two sections of AP Spanish language, one section of AP Spanish Literature, one section of French language, one section of AP Italian language, one section of Mandarin AP language, and one section of Latin AP.

New Rochelle Schools offer wonderful programs, and as I wrote in a recent blog, our students attend superb Colleges and Universities!

Come and visit. You will love it, and want to stay!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

Who Lived or is Living in New Rochelle?

Binky lives here too!
THE Mr. Binky lives here too.

I originally wrote this blog post back in 2011, and I notice that as the years go by, the archives are harder to access, and so I thought I would re-post this great piece of history. There are SO many  famous people living in New Rochelle or have lived in New Rochelle. Every town has those special celebrities be they from the work-force, sports, stage or screen, and New Rochelle is no exception. Here are a few of the famous people who have either lived or are living in my great city:

* Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy – They lived in a beautiful home on Mount Tom Road until the mid 1970s – and I had the pleasure of selling their former home   in 2010 for $1.6M. Stars of both stage and screen, they lived in New Rochelle for over 40 years, and entertained the public for many more .

* Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis – Both were long time philanthropists, actors, and there is currently a theater named after Mr. Davis at our Public Library.

* Jay Leno – Yes the Jay Leno – but only for a few months and then his family moved away!

* Andrea McArdle – Broadway’s original “Annie” – hey – remember New Rochelle is only 45 minutes from Broadway – as the saying goes.. (closer now)

* Willie Mays – Hall of Fame baseball player

* Robert Merrill – operatic baritone – who would sing at each home Yankee game.. his home  sold for $1,375,000

* Andrea Mitchell – Journalist – As you walk along the corridors of our New Rochelle High school, you can see a nice photo of Ms. Mitchell proudly displayed. Ms. Mitchell is the NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and is also the host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Andrea obtained her B.A. from University of Pa. and is currently married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan.

* Gil Schwartz serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for CBS and attended our high school – going onto Brandeis University

* Louis Boccardi – He was the President and CEO of the Associated Press until his retirement in 2003 – while this list is in no real order, I am writing the names as they come to mind. Both Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Boccardi’s names are synonymous (to me) as they very kindly acted as moderators over the course of 7 years at our local “CelebriTeas” which were wonderful, intellectually stimulating events where we had famous authors (such as Charles Grodin, Richard Ben Cramer, Arthur Golden, Jill Ker Conway, Ben Yagoda, Rupert Holmes, Doris Mortman, Walter Isaacson to name a few) to raise money for our wonderful library. As a result of the hard work of the chair people and volunteers, we now have a renovated second floor with computer stations, and as of this year – new carpeting in our entranceway and large foyer which also serves as the perfect showcase for the various art shows.

* Lawrence M. Small – A long list of accomplishments from being the President and CEO of Fannie Mae, the Secretary of the Smithsonian (2000 -2007) and currently serves on the board of Marriott International and Chubb. After attending our local high school, Mr. Small went to Brown University and graduated from there in 1963 with a degree in Spanish literature.

* W.C. Fields – the name says it all!

* Leslie Gelb, former President of the Council of Foreign Relations

* Nick Gregory – is a meteorologist for Fox 5 in New York City. I can recall many years ago (approx. 22 – yikes!) that I, along with another friend, asked that he speak to our students at the local William B. Ward Elementary School. He kindly obliged, and the children greatly enjoyed seeing a celebrity and learning from him and how he reached his goals. Of course, it didn’t hurt when he said a ‘hello’ to them later that day from his TV show!

* Norman Rockwell – many people do not realize that New Rochelle was an artist’s colony per se way back in the 1930s. Norman Rockwell, and many other artists and illustrators lived in this great city. Mr. Rockwell’s former home sold for $1.6M back in 2005, and featured a gallery overlooking one of the large rooms. It was a charming home, full of meandering hallways and charm.

* Writing on art – how can I leave out Frederic Remington – famous painter, sculptor of Native American art

* I also cannot leave out Nell Brinkley -who was a famous illustrator who created the “Brinkley Girl” ( a girl who epitomized the American woman – Mae West claimed to be the first Brinkley girl ), and Ms. Brinkley lived in New Rochelle for over 20 years… I was privileged to have sold her former home in 2008 for just $1.9M!

* J.C. Penney – so many people, so many names – I didn’t want to leave out the founder of this important department store chain.

* Bob Denver – Gilligan’s Island…. New Rochelle is hardly an island, but it is a paradise to many of us – and we can see Long Island from our waterfront!

* William S. Rukeyser, Editor of Fortune Magazine

* Louis Rukeyser – business columnist, TV host and economic commentator

* M. Farooq Kathwari, Chairman of Ethan Allen

* John M. Kluge – German American television industry mogul who at one time was the richest person in America. He recently passed away in 2010.

* Jerome Kohlberg, Jr. – Billionaire co-founder of Private Equity Group KKR

* Michael Kaiser, President J.F. Kenendy Center for the Performing Arts

* Alan Menken, Composer – attended our High School and was a member of Temple Israel of New Rochelle – how can we forget “The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled,” “Sister Act,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas”…. and the list goes on and on.. Graduated from New York University

* Chic Young – a cartoonist and better known for his “Blondie” cartoon

  • Roy S. Johnson – Famous Sports Author and Writer

* Don Hewitt – Producer and Creator of CBS 60 Minutes. Mr. Hewitt’s photo is also at the high school. He passed away in 2009.

* Dick Morris – whose lineage dates back to the first Huguenots who came to New Rochelle to escape persecution in France. Mr. Morris who was the campaign manager for President Bill Clinton amongst others, is a regular on TV and wrote in 2010 “2010 -Take Back America” which  received the first Thomas Paine award in November 2010 at our local V.I.P. Club. I was present at the dinner, and he spoke quite eloquently. (I feld so badly for him amongst so many liberals!).

* Thomas Paine – I cannot leave Mr. Paine out… while not born in this great city, he was awarded a cottage as a ‘thank you’ for the role he played in the American Revolution, and was the author of “Common Sense” and “Rights of Man.”2014-06-08 10.02.25

* Courtney Green – We cannot forget Courtney who also came up through the Youth Tackle League, High chool and Rutgers University, and who is currently playing Safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

* Cristina Teuscher – Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in the Women’s Relay Team – Freestyle. Cristina attend our local high school, went onto Columbia and was All American, 4 time NCAA Champion, won 12 Ivy League titles amongst others, and obtained her MBA at INSEAD – a top business school. The city honored her Olympic accomplishment with a parade!

* A.J. Rosen – Three time Olympian in the sport of luge for Great Britain, coming in 16th each time – in Turin (2006, and Whistler 2010). Hey – I am his mom – I had to get him in!

I could write 5 pages of famous people who have lived or are living in this great city… perhaps it is the air, our diet (I wish) but certainly one fact is very true…

NEW ROCHELLE is a GREAT place in which to live!

I am here for all of your 2015 real estate requirements.

What is Happening in New Rochelle – Downtown Update!

Mayor Noam Bramsom

Mayor Noam Bramson , always informative, invited all of the local Realtors to City Hall for an update on the city to address the hopes and concerns of the current and prospective residents,

Mr. Luiz Aragon

and it was very well received! Why not!

SO, what is happening?  Present were Luiz Aragon (Commissioner of Development) ,  and John Barnes  (the Principal of the Albert Leonard Middle School) in addition to Noam.

Mr. Aragon (who has been so great)  commented on how 3 1/2 – 4 years ago, the City had started to pave a new path for a bright future for investment and development in New Rochelle.  He had centered on approximately 300 acres of land in the downtown, with the New Rochelle Library and train station  being a central point (“the heart beat of the city”) , and his goal – along with the powers that be  in New Rochelle, was to build a gateway toward a dynamic New Rochelle, with new buildings, great walkability, a South Street Seaport like venture  -all to further our great city. New Rochelle is also the only city in Westchester to have Amtrak train service go to Boston and Washington.

They had allowed themselves a 10 year time frame for this undertaking, and already 50% of the projected plans have been approved. Partnered with RXR, these projects are grounded in reality, creating a zoning code that has been easier to follow than the past with RXR underwriting the environmental review thus shortening the usual time span required to file for new buildings. Some of the projects includes  new rental buildings . For example,  where the Smoke House is currently located will be 74 Housing Units with municipal parking.  Young Companies has several buildings planned all the way from the car wash to  Fifth Avenue.

Two Hamilton Avenue by Spiritos Properties is another development where the facade will be restored to its original glory with four additional Timber Construction floors with residential units.  Did you know that New Rochelle will be the first community in the region to have an entire timber constructed building?

ELD Properties are building New Ro Studios at 11 Burling Lane offering a preference to artists, and the ground floor will feature a co-working space for the artist residents!  Across the street from there at 22 Burling Avenue, ELD is constructing a building with a center courtyard with a tropical garden!

64 Centre Avenue will be the site of a 110 unit building – all rentals with some commercial space on the ground floor. Where the Loew’s Theatre  was once located  – 587 Main Street will house a 10,000 square foot Black Box  (inter changeable) Performance Theatre.

391 Huguenot will replace the U-Haul company currently there with a robotic parking.  Adjacent to the former  Church/Division Street parking garage, will be the new site of a  self-serve hotel with 80 rooms.

Where the Church/Division Street parking garage once was, RXR Realty will be building  two 28 story residential towers,  and a public pedestrian plaza offering an environmental friendly pocket park.

500 Main Street – where the Covenant Church stood, will, in partnership with the Baptist Church occupy the ground level.

A new dormitory is being planned for Locust Avenue by the St. Katherine’s Group – a private development in partnership with Monroe College. 

14 LeCount Place will be the site of two towers – 28 stories tall with 500 units total. This is the undertaking of Wilder Balter Partners, Inc.

Macquesten Development, LLC in partnership with the city has planned a 27 story Residential building at 45 Harrison Street..

45 Harrison will house the new City Hall with the fire station being relocated to a new fire station site (to be built).

The Printhouse is being built by East & Hudson and Megalith, located at 165 Huguenot Street will be a 6 story, high end 71 unit building complete with a rooftop terrace, residence lounge, state of the art fitness center, and ground floor retail! This is expected to be completed in 2018!

The Cappelli oganization is building at 251 North Avenue which will feature both retail and apartments.

Twining Properties has a long term project in the works at Pratt Landing where  it will resemble a South Street Seaport with great walkability from downtown. The 100,000 square feet of space will be the site of housing units, town homes, condos and a 200 bed hotel. This is in the marketing phase.

In all, approximately 6370 new housing units have been planned, with approximately 3300 right now approved..  The condos at the old Beckwith Pointe ( Watermark Point) have been a tremendous success with over 30 of the condos currently sold (72  condos in all).

In order to attract all of this development, there has been a PILOT program utilized ( Payment in lieu of Taxes) with the city receiving approximately 120 Million in net benefit over a 20 year period. The question of parking ( always a concern) was brought up, and it was mentioned that developers must offer one parking spot for each unit. However, developers can also pay into a fund which can reduce up to 30% of the parking requirement. The fund will be utilized to build new parking garages.

Mr. John Barnes

Mr. John Barnes , who has been the Principal of the Albert Leonard Middle School for 6 years then spoke about the school system.

He spoke of the wonderful languages the schools offer ( Please see my earlier blog on this subject!),  the 80 sports teams – 56 teams being at the High School, 24 teams at Albert Leonard – and of course he mentioned our undefeated soccer team! There is a recycling club, a writers workshop, more than 32 AP classes offered, and of course, every single Ivy League School will be represented  by at least one New Rochelle student  this fall. See my blog on the Top 33 Student college choices!

Lastly, two representatives from ENERGIZE New Rochelle spoke on how residents can lower their energy costs.  “New Rochelle is partnering with a non-profit program, Energize New Rochelle, to encourage home owners to take advantage of a home energy savings program. ”  The program pairs home owners with licensed contractors to go through their home to find ways they can save money by making their home green.  (914 – 302-7300, ext. 8102)  New Rochelle.EnergizeNY.org

New Rochelle – a city – but we all know one another- it just feels like a village! New Rochelle – Ideally Yours!

Thank you Noam, Luiz . Energize New Rochelle and Mr. Barnes for a great presentation!

New Rochelle is GREAT!