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    • Unit 03-Growing Up in New Rochelle (continued)

    • Business enterprises; Business districts; Busing (School integration); Military organizations; Military camps; Athletes; Judaism; Race discrimination; Synagogues;
    • Downtown New Rochelle's Retail Stores were relatively new and created a bustling shop atmosphere. George would travel to downtown, New Rochelle from his Quaker Ridge neighborhood.
    • Unit 03-Downtown New Rochelle and New Rochelle Education System

    • Business enterprises; Business districts; Commerce; Family; Education; Motion picture studios; Motion picture industry;
    • Leibman's Department Store and Talner's were staples of downtown shopping, along with Hansen's Restaurant. Lenora's was also a popular women's clothing store that was owned by three sisters. Lauracelli was a popular food mart/supermarket. She...
    • Unit 02-Her Family's Business on Main Street, New Rochelle

    • Business enterprises; Business districts; Commerce; Fur trade; Fur garments; Family; Educational facilities; Recreation; Ice skating;
    • Her father's business on Main Street was very successful. He eventually expanded to selling furs; he would travel to Europe to purchase them and bring them back to U.S. The furs in her father's store were priced between $600 and $700 dollars. ...
    • Unit 08--New Rochelle Business District (continued)

    • Business enterprises; Business districts; Parades & processions; Social aspects; Educational facilities;
    • Regional/National (chain) Shoe stores were also located in the business district of Main Street (primarily between Center Ave. and North Ave.). There were several restaurants/eateries as well: that included Schraft's. Other stores were Boston...
    • Unit 10-Perspective on Future of Downtown New Rochelle

    • Business enterprises; Business districts; Shopping centers; Civil engineering; City planning;
    • He elaborates on the promise of suburban malls in relation to the Paramus NJ investment/purchase. Although he expanded into NJ, he kept the store in New Rochelle until 1975 when he thought that it was no longer lucrative to be in New Rochelle. ...
    • Unit 09-Downtown New Rochelle Business District (continued)

    • Civil engineering; City & town halls; Business enterprises; Business people; Business districts; City planning; Shopping centers;
    • He attributes the gradual downturn of New Rochelle's Downtown Business District to lack of strong leadership of City Government during the 1950's, 60's and 70's. He also notes that New Rochelle lagged in the area of parking in trying to attract...
    • Unit 05-Working and Living in Africa

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    • Visiting West Africa allowed him to recognize racial issues within the United States including racial segregation, and racial issues like those in Little Rock, Arkansas. This helped him to become more aware of the Civil Rights movement of the...
    • Angela LaRocca oral history interview [audio]

    • Cultural relations; Families; English language; Food; Immigrants; Emigration & immigration; Language; Working class; Laborers; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods;
    • Ms Larocca is a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle, located in Southern Westchester County. She describes some of her earliest memories and experiences of growing up in New Rochelle, with emphasis focused on her family's Italian...
    • Unit 01-Growing Up in a Segregated Society

    • Discrimination; Race discrimination; ethnic groups; race relations; Busing (School integration); education; Racism; Civil rights; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil service reform; Social civic facilities;
    • She is a native New Rochellean. She believes that her neighborhood was an ideal neighborhood while growing up, typical of suburban America filled w/ opportunity. It was primarily an all white neighborhood with some racial mix. The schools had...
    • Unit 02-Fighting Segregation and Championing Equal Rights

    • Discrimination; Race discrimination; ethnic groups; race relations; Busing (School integration); education; Racism; Civil rights; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil service reform; Social civic facilities;
    • She notes that the Board decided to desegregate the school on a voluntary basis. During her second term on the Board of Education, the first black principal was voted into the position of Principal of New Rochelle High School. In between her...
    • Pauline Billups Flippin oral history interview [audio]

    • Discrimination; Race discrimination; ethnic groups; race relations; Busing (School integration); education; Racism; Civil rights; Civil rights demonstrations; Social civic facilities; Civil service reform;
    • Ms. Billups Flippin, a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle (located in southern Westchester within New York State), talks about her experiences growing up as a young African American woman during a time period when racial segregation was...
    • Unit 06-Second Marriage

    • Education; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; prejudice
    • He talks about his courting his second wife in relation to his ailing mother, with whom he lived with. He told his second wife that he could not marry her until his elderly mother passed away, since he was responsible for taking care of her. ...
    • Unit 01-George Astrove's Family History

    • Emigration & immigration; English language; World War, 1914-1918--Veterans; Textile industry; Business & finance; Family; Ethnic groups; Judaism;
    • He was born in Manhattan and lived in the Bronx, NY until he was five. His family moved to New Rochelle in 1935. He grew up in the Glenwood Lake area of New Rochelle (the Webster School neighborhood). He describes his neighborhood as "the...
    • Unit 01-Family Origin and Downtown New Rochelle in Early 20th Century

    • Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Business districts; Business enterprises; Recreation; Beaches; Shopping; Commerce;
    • Her father emigrated from Russia and settled in NYC. Her parents moved to New Rochelle in 1907 and opened a custom tailor shop in New Rochelle. Mechanic Street was a bustling marketplace and most stores were open until 11:00 p.m. at night. She...
    • Minnie Leaf oral history interview [audio]

    • Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Family; Education; Business districts; Business enterprises; Recreation; Shopping; Commerce; Suburban life; War; Judaism;
    • Minnie Leaf, a life-long New Rochelle resident, tells of her parents' immigration to the United States from Russia. In addition to detailing her father's success in opening and maintaining a small business on Main Street in downtown New Rochelle,...
    • Murray Mendelsohn oral history interview [audio]

    • Emigration & immigration; Ethnic groups; Immigrants; Religion; Religious education; Judaism; Depressions; Education; Educational facilities; Military organizations, War, War casualties; Business enterprises; Business districts; City planning;...
    • Murray Mendelsohn, a long time resident and local business owner in New Rochelle, talks in great detail about his memories of growing up in the City of New Rochelle, his enlistment into the Armed Forces during WWII, his recollection of military...
    • George Astrove oral history interview [audio]

    • Emigration & immigration; Family; Ethnic groups; Judaism; World War, 1939-1945--United States--Social aspects; Business enterprises; Business districts; Education; Educational facilities; Military camps; Kidnappings; Homicides;
    • George Astrove, the son of Russian immigrant parents and a long time resident of the City of New Rochelle, talks about growing up in what he describes as an ideal suburban community that embraces diversity of religion and race. Although he was...
    • Unit 01-Family Origins and History

    • Emigration & immigration; Immigrants; Ethnic groups; Ethnic neighborhoods; English language; Cultural relations; Families; Shopping; Farm produce
    • Memories of New Rochelle: Most of the stores on Main Street had stoops, or front porches. She references the St. Gabriel's School and its beautiful architecture. She also references stores such as Bloomingdale's and Ferguson's. Main Street had...

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