Overlooking the shores of Long Island Sound, New Rochelle is a historic city in New York’s Westchester County. It was established by Huguenots in 1688, many of whom fled from the French city of La Rochelle. New Rochelle has been nicknamed “The Queen City of the Sound” after a poem by James J. Montague.
Things to do in New Rochelle
One of New Rochelle’s most impressive architectural landmarks is Leland Castle, which was constructed in the mid-19th century in a Gothic Revival style. It once served as a residence for the New York hotelier Simeon Leland and is now home to the Castle Art Gallery. Changing exhibitions are held here throughout the year, together with programs dedicated to fine craft and applied design.
At the Thomas Paine Historical Site, you can learn about the life and legacy of this Revolutionary War hero and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. It encompasses the 1793-built cottage where he lived from 1802 to 1806 and the Brewster Schoolhouse, one of the oldest surviving structures in Westchester County. In the purpose-built memorial building are the museum exhibits of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association.
On the coast of New Rochelle is Five Islands Park, which is a popular recreational destination for local residents. In addition to a children’s playground, picnic tables and an outdoor amphitheatre, there’s a fishing dock and nature trails to explore. Just across the water is Hudson Park & Beach where you can refresh with a swim in the summer months.
Getting around New Rochelle
New Rochelle is around 30 minutes’ drive from Manhattan and 40 minutes from John F. Kennedy International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Commuter trains connect to the New Rochelle railway station and buses travel throughout the city.