November 2018

Left to right:  Colleen Gardephe, Managing Director, My Brother's Keeper; William V. Zimmerman, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation; Aston LeMelle-Thomas; Laura Heiss; Charles Fazzino; Cristina Cerone; Mayor Noam Bramson; Alvin Clayton; Stephanie Lombardo; New Rochelle Council on the Arts President Theresa Kump Leghorn; City Councilman Jared Rice.

Pop-up Libraries Introduced in NRCA Rotunda Gallery

by Stephen E. Lipken


Mayor Noam Bramson convened a relatively short New Rochelle City Council Regular Legislative Meeting (RLM) on Tuesday, October 16th but with a loaded Consent Agenda.


First, City Council authorized the use of $149,700 in Fair Share Mitigation funds to conduct a   Sewer Capacity Study in connection with the Downtown development.  Then a Resolution was drafted to accept the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant award—Round 3 Lincoln Avenue Corridor in the amount of $10 million, authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreements and confirm documentation to the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) when requested.


Finally, D’Wayne Prieto, Principal, Ward Capital Management LLC expressed gratitude for Council’s approval to create and map a new Light Industry Hotel District (LI-H, 115 Cedar Street) for a proposed Wyndham Hotel.


Shortly before the RLM, a reception was held in the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA), Rotunda Gallery, kicking off the installation of “Pop-Up Library” kiosks in conjunction with My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle, NRCA and New Rochelle Public Library, promoting MBK literacy programs.


The kiosks, filled with donated books will be erected at Feeney, Flowers, Hudson, Huguenot, Lincoln Parks and Ward Acres, near the “Paws Place” dog park.  Artists crafting the kiosks included Carol Bowen; Cristina Cerone; Alvin Clayton, Charles Fazzino; Laura Heiss; Aston LeMelle-Thomas and Stephanie Lombardo.


“This wonderful and charming project celebrates the joy of reading, while also bringing creative and artistic expression more fully into our public spaces.  I am grateful to the partnership that made these pop-up libraries possible,” Bramson concluded.



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