Bastille Day Recap
Last week Library Green transformed into Paris on the Sound, with our third Annual Bastille Day at the Grand Market. Kids (and a few adults) rocked colorful berets and French-themed (temporary) tattoos while enjoying bilingual tunes courtesy of Rockin’ with Armelle and New Rochelle native Charles Hipser. Special thanks to our promotional sponsor Alliance Francaise Westchester, which arranged for a viewing of the wildly-popular cartoon Les Enquetes de Mirette on market day, along with selling a selection of children and adult books en français. Market sponsor Montefiore New Rochelle presented another fun French-themed craft; the New Rochelle Library screened the Red Balloon in Ossie Davis Theater and guided kids through a Monet-themed water lily project, while area bilingual French American school Lyceum Kennedy Ardsley commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Petit Prince with a slew of activities. View pictures from the fun afternoon here, then mark your calendars for next year. We plan on making Bastille Day a regular downtown event! And congrats to the French soccer team for winning the World Cup the day after…our on-site survey at the market indicated that France would win, so maybe the good vibes coming from New Rochelle had something to do with it. 😉
Save the Date: Touch a Truck
Now that Bastille Day has come and gone, we’re already thinking ahead to our next event. Save the date for Touch a Truck on August 11th. Touch a Truck is a day when kids can get up close and personal with the big trucks and vehicles that make our city work. Look for our flyer and more information to come next week. In the meantime, check out pictures from last year’s event!
Some downtown news:
In case you haven’t heard, Monroe College’s top-notch Culinary Institute of New York is competing in New Orleans this week to take home the title of National Champions, after winning the State and Regional championships, while Nick Triscari (owner/chef of the Wooden Spoon) competed on the Food Network’s Chopped on Wednesday. Speaking of food, Peruvian rotisserie chicken has returned to Division Street: Juicy Chicken opened at 6 Division, where Carta Brava used to be, serving succulent pollo a la brasa and other Peruvian specialties such as lomo saltado, ceviche and chaufa.
A new pop-up library designed by internationally acclaimed artist Charles Fazzino, will appear soon at the Metro North station, with more to follow. The pop-up libraries are a project coordinated by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle, and the New Rochelle Public Library, with support from New Rochelle Parks and Recreation. Local artists interested in designing one of the new little libraries should learn more about the process here (application deadline: August 3rd).
Finally, officials have adopted a batch of changes to the city’s code to make downtown parking a little easier as recently reported in LoHud.