Art in New Rochelle Via Graffiti in the Bronx and in the Art
NOTE NEW DATE, NEW START TIME AND NEW START LOCATION (Top of the Park) - Check back closer to ride date for final details!
New Rochelle has some amazing history and some wonderful Art - too vast to cover in one ride.
I have stumbled upon a treasure trove of history and will share it with you on this and future rides I plan to lead that explore this great town (where I happen to live these days) - one of the original "suburbs". So original, in fact, that while Carl Reiner lived here writing and performing on Sid Caesar's show of shows in the 50's, it became the prototype for The Dick Van Dyke show, which Carl wrote, and where Rob and Laura Petrie lived. We may even ride on the street they lived on. And pass a few other famous people's homes along the way.
We had a wonderful and fun ride to explore the beaches of New Rochelle in 2018 - and if you missed that one, we will hit those and more on our way back from New Rochelle. Did you know that New Rochelle once had the largest falls in the state behind Niagara Falls? Where did they go? Hear this story and more and ride where they once came crashing down.
The city has launched a new campaign promoting NRNY (New Rochelle, New York) including new art scultpures all over the city called Stacked! We will meander once we arrive in New Rochelle and see as many of these as possible before heading back.
Two ideas left for lunch - bring your own; or - please register if you want to order from a local eatery which will deliver to our destination.
A club member connected me to an artist who resides in New Rochelle. They showed me some of their art - inspired by graffiti and buildings we will pass on the way to New Rochelle. Some of which is no longer there (buildings redeveloped for example) but capctured in her art. So the artist coop she lives in will be hosting us and we will have options sent to those who register to order from a local Italian eatery which will deliver to us as we arrive. Eat and then here a talk about graffiti in the areas of Bronx and Westchester from an artist who uses it as the inspiration in her works on display!
How do I keep listing Happy Face / Moderate Rides? Well, my idea is that we have patient sweeps who don't mind riding slow and I can certainly ride fast at the front - so we will go as close to Moderate pace on the flat as we can and wait for everyone at selected compression / bathroom stops along the way. But the ride to New Rochelle itself is only 17 miles so by the time we tour and hit the train, you have your first bail out option on the Metro North at 20-25 miles. On the way back, we will pass various Bronx Subway option cut-offs, so that's your 30-40 option and the new Soundview Ferry from the Bronx (Which was the subject of it's very own ride in the late Summer) will be an option at mile 45 on the way back. Then its only about 5-10 miles further to get back to the city.
As for the timing - NOTE SLIGHTLY LATER START - we want to get an early start so that we have more time to spend up in New Rochelle and environs and enjoy a relaxing lunch on what looks to be a beautiful pre-spring day in late-winter! Let's take those while as can get them. And have you back into the city before too late in the day so you can still enjoy a relaxing evening before returning to the regular grind of your week the next morning. We want to be on the road latest 9:30am but register and if you are delayed we will be able to keep you posted on where to meet up with us (eg. top of park versus bottom if you are on a subway and delayed).
Hope to see you on the ride and celebrate out Italian / French heritage with a visit from Columbus Circle (Italian) to New Rochelle (French).