New Rochelle’s earliest residents were the Siwanoys, living on the southern end of the city. The Huguenots followed in 1688. Also settling along the water’s edge, they used the water routes into New York City to transport their locally grown produce.
For almost 300 years, New Rochelle’s waterfront has continued to play an important role in the life of the community. In the nineteen century it became a popular place for summer fun. Numerous parks were built for those seeking the peace, tranquility and scenic beauty along this splendid shore and earning the nickname, “The Queen City of the Sound.”
New Rochelle has a land area of 11 square miles cut in a northwesterly direction from the city’s shoreline to the borders of Scarsdale and Eastchester. This diverse city has older suburban homes in the north with large Tudor-style and colonial homes. In the south, there are small storefronts, ethnic restaurants, apartment buildings and newly developed luxury condominiums.
From the New Rochelle Transit Center, Metro North Railroad service to Grand Central Terminal takes about 32 minutes.
The New Rochelle School District has about 11,000 students in seven Elementary Schools, two Middle Schools and a High School. In addition, there are private schools like Ursuline and Iona Preparatory.
For families with young children, there are many parks and playgrounds. Numerous sports programs including tennis, little league, football and soccer are run through the New Rochelle Parks Department. There are many programs for children at the Huguenot Children’s Library on North Avenue, a branch of the New Rochelle Public Library.
Community highlights for New Rochelle include:
- Excellent schools
- Convenient commute to New York City – 32 minute train ride
- Waterfront recreation and fitness clubs
- Vibrant downtown shops and services
- Diverse population and cultures
- Ample opportunity for volunteer involvement in education, politics, social services, churches/temples