A part of New York's Westchester County, the city of New Rochelle lies on the Long Island Sound and includes several small islands in the sound itself. Within close proximity to New Rochelle are Pelham, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck and the New York City metropolitan area.
Originally settled by Huguenots from France, New Rochelle now has roughly 73,000 residents, making it the seventh most-populated area in New York.
New Rochelle is famous for its beautiful waterfront and its burgeoning downtown district. The area is also renowned for being one of the country's best places to raise children.
New Rochelle is currently experiencing a housing boom due to its close proximity to New York City. It is considered one of the nicest suburbs of New York. Neighborhoods and districts of New Rochelle accommodate around 26,900 houses, out of which more than 26,000 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, half are owner-occupied and half are occupied by renters.
Downtown New Rochelle has a very historic feel, yet meets the demands of the modern lifestyle. The downtown has recently undergone a major renovation and now features an entertainment complex, New Roc City, which has an indoor ice-hockey arena, mini-golf, go karts, an arcade restaurants and a supermarket.
Many restaurants, movie theaters, drugstores, bookstores and schools are located close to the center of the city, and the downtown area offers residents a small-town, community environment that also features distinctive architecture. Many office buildings and apartment buildings are located here.
Some of the biggest industries for the residents of New Rochelle include education, health and social assistance, and construction. New Rochelle has an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent.
Some of the largest employers include Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, Iona College, German Masonic Home Corporation and Surf Club.
Below are the parks, lakes and nature areas within the city of New Rochelle:
The New Rochelle Council of the Arts: The New Rochelle Council of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that services the community through theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures and a concert series. The organization receives financing from the City of New Rochelle, corporations, foundations and grants.
New Rochelle is located near major highways including Interstate 95, Boston Post Road and the Hutchinson River Parkway.
New Rochelle has access via the Metro North to New York City's Grand Central Station and to Penn Station via Amtrak. It is approximately 30 minutes away from Manhattan.
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