New Rochelle is a mostly residential community located on Long Island Sound about 16 miles (26 km) northeast of New York City.
It was settled in 1688 by French Huguenots fleeing persecution after revocation of the Edict of Nantes. They named their settlement after La Rochelle, France, from which many had come. Local records were kept in French until 1828.
The downtown skyline is about to leap upward with the Trump Plaza and Avalon-on-the-Sound East and several more big projects in the pipeline. Downtown features a mix of residential, office, and hotel buildings as well as New Roc City, an entertainment and shopping complex created from the once vacant New Rochelle Mall. Numerous mid-rise buildings are located along Memorial Highway and North Avenue northwest of downtown, along Pelham Road near Long Island Sound, and scattered through neighborhoods southeast of downtown.
New Rochelle offers direct access to New York and New England via highway and commuter rail, an attractive location on Long Island Sound, as well as the diversity and interest of a small city. Its amenities offer many possibilities for future development.