Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 in New Rochelle

What does Macy’s and New Rochelle have in common? A great parade that is what!  So many happy, expectant young faces were present at yesterday’s parade. The weather was perfect, the sky so blue, and everyone loved the parade. Mayor Bramson, Barry Fertel, County Executive George Latimer were amongst those who participated as well as Elvis, Betty Boop, the Turkey of course, clowns, and so many bands, groups representing our great city.

Wish you were there!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Race 2019 New Rochelle

Hello Trotters –

We are TWO WEEKS away from the 4th Annual New Rochelle Turkey Trot and it’s not too late to register you and the whole family:

Please also feel free to forward this email along to anyone who might enjoy participating in this year’s Trot!



This year we are proudly promoting the addition of our Runner’s Village which will include:
– Live Music by Stephen Byfield
– Kid’s Zone featuring: A bouncy-house and obstacle course by Unforgettable Amusements & face painting by Kristen Whalen and NikiAnn Ryan
– New Rochelle Turkey Trot PHOTO BOOTH (gather for a family photo)
– Apple Cider Donuts for all trotters provided by DeCicco and Sons
– HOT coffee & HOT cocoa provided by the Cub Scouts Pack 1 of New Rochelle
– New Rochelle Turkey Trot GEAR & momentos













Want to participate in the fun but not keen on racing a 5K? We are looking for enthusiastic helpers with bib-pickup, registration, Kid’s Zone events, handing out Kid’s Mile & Tot Trot Medals, donut distribution and race day logistics! If interested Please contact us at – did we mention you will get free Turkey Trot gear?

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:
Contemporary Design Home Improvement
Dr. Martin Rube, Dentist
– AJ’s Burgers
DeCicco and Sons
– Pablo Valencia Landscaping
A Game Sports
– Gay Rosen Real Estate
– Wykagyl Cleaners
– Young Life
– Club Pilates
Home Light

We look forward to seeing you on race day!
Michael Conlon
Race Director New Rochelle Turkey Trot
President and Founder Giving You More Miles, Inc


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Public Open House 50 Hamilton Avenue 11/17/2019 1-3 p.m.

Please join me today from 1-3 p.m. at this Rochelle Heights gem! Move right in to this bright 4,391 sq ft, 7 bedroom, 3.5 bath Victorian home on 0.58 acres with its high ceilings, wrap-around porch and low taxes. The architectural details throughout are sure to enchant – including coffered ceilings, dentil molding, and pocket doors! Three fireplaces, custom radiator covers, an eat-in chefs kitchen featuring dark granite counters and white cabinetry, a Formal Dining room, Powder room, Parlor room, mud room and foyer all on the 1st floor. Grand Master Bedroom suite, dressing room, spa-like bathroom, and the wall of custom Elfa closets, 3 additional bedrooms (2 with custom built-ins) and a beautiful bathroom grace the 2nd floor. The third floor offers a modern bathroom and three bedrooms, 2 large storage rooms. Great basement space with a utility area, laundry room, 2nd refrigerator and more! Central air on the first floor and basement, a partially heated driveway, large stone patio and beautiful updates complete this historic home. Just 30 minutes from New York City. This lovely home is being offered at $975,000.


New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Where in the World (Westchester) is Matthew? #2

Matthew and Clare have been extremely busy traveling around the area. Where were they this past week?


Gigi Gaudet and I invaded Sakana. This Japanese restaurant never waivers in their approach to high quality food. I am a regular to this north end of New Rochelle dining establishment where you simply cannot go wrong with anything on their spectacular and all encompassing menu. You will delight in savory dishes like Tuna Dumpling, Miso Soup, Crispy Famous Pancake, Tempura, Lobster Roll, Sushi Deluxe, Beef Teriyaki – my favorite. And more standouts like the incomparable Hibachi Chicken and Vegetable Tempura! Sakana is such a great way to spend an elegant evening celebrating fine Japanese heritage all under one cozy and welcoming roof. If I were rating Sakana I’d gladly give it a 5 out of a five review! It really is THAT good! Visit them at 1287 North Avenue…just across the street from The Starbucks shopping center. If your palate needs and desires impeccable Japanese cuisine  then Sakana is for you! Japanese uber brilliant restaurant tonight!!

If you’re a savvy shopper than you surely know all about the legendary DeCicco And Sons in Larchmont. Founded in 1972 by John, Joe and Frank Decicco in The Bronx, this newest edition to the Decicco Empire is magnificent. Featuring out of this world deli…bakery…cheese…floral…frozen…brick oven pizza…coffee…dairy departments and more that will keep you coming back time and time again! Not to mention the freshest seafood, produce and meat. As Decicco And Sons say, “Whether you’re a worldly chef or simply a curious food afficionado… Decicco And Sons will be your one stop destination!”

Located at 2141 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont. Phone them today. 914 873 4447!

The legend continues!

Run…don’t walk to New Rochelle’s remarkable eatery Maria! Chef/owner Giovanni Cuccolo only promises to delight and wet your palate with his culinary skills! Maria is conveniently located at 11 Huguenot Street and features affordable first class dining in a great ambiance. Class…sophistication and incredible food by maestro Cuccolo and his uber friendly staff. I had the big portion salad on my 4th delightful visit featuring succulent tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and much more! Maria has been open for a little over a year and it is now the rightful rage of diners from all over… Gigi Gaudet, Chef/CEO Giovanni Cuccullo and Matthew.

Fashionista Matt – We all adore fine clothing…one of my favorites here in Rye…Joseph A. Banks!

Our great friends in elegant Larchmont surely know Fjord Fish Market! You are guaranteed to savor the finest and freshest fish on the East Coast. Located near the train station in the heart of Larchmont…Fjord Fish Market is a much sought after store and for good reason. You’ll never be disappointed at your catch of the day or for that matter anything on the Fjord itinerary of fish! This gem of a store is now a favorite with discerning Larchmont residents and beyond. Visit their great website today at They are located at 134 Chatsworth Avenue in downtown Larchmont. 914 341 1437. They even feature catering. Fjord...because its always the freshest!

Here we go again. Leave it to Matt to literally to stumble into a famous mural artist Elle. I had the honor of chatting with her in downtown New Rochelle today!

Wishing you all a great week from Clare (the photographer!) and Matthew.

Crazy week – great cab service in New Rochelle!

Westchester is GREAT!    See you again soon!

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Decluttering when Selling your home!

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SO many times, people first think to declutter when their home is in contract, and they are finally moving. They were too busy they might say, and yet they would be asking their respective agents where were the bids!  If only they would have realized that they would have obtained so much  more for their home had it been decluttered PRIOR to even introducing their home to the market.  Homes show so much better when they are pristine,  organized, and when the potential buyers can actually see the rooms devoid of so much ‘stuff’ .  One of my favorite quotes from George Carlin is ” A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff”.

Thank you Unsplash!

I was recently invited into a home that had been on the market for 6 months. I mentioned that the sellers needed to move boxes from their bedrooms, basement, living room to the garage, and the home owner mentioned that he had received a bid with those same boxes in that room for X amount so why move them now. “Well”, I quipped in a gentle fashion ” if you had moved this and that from your rooms, then perhaps your bid would have been higher and you would have accepted it and the house  sold by now!”  They were speechless. I realized that their current agents had worked hard on their behalf, and suggested they stay with them, and merely declutter. They did that, and I showed the home to clients the other week, and now it is on their “maybe list”.  They had seen it before and now like it as they can appreciate the rooms far better. Go figure!

When I first visit a home of a prospective new client, I will tour the home with them, and gently suggest that they do this or that to maximize their list price.  It could be painting, power washing, removing wallpaper, to packing away or removing photos and knickknacks. If needed, I will bring in my stager (who actually re purposes what is already in the home and is excellent), but my goal is always to obtain he highest price I can for my clients, and so making sure the home looks its best is an important component to achieving that goal.

Thank you Unsplash!

When is the best time to declutter?  Actually the very best time is when you aren’t even contemplating selling your home. Do you look through your closets each season to see what is needed, not desired any longer or can be donated to a worthy charity organization? What about the attic? I am getting older, and I am thinking to the day that I am no longer able to do certain things (of course 20 years hence!),  but I task myself twice a year to venture up into the attic and to remove 4 bags of unwanted ‘stuff’ . It is amazing that how your viewpoint can change from year to year as to what you really want to save. Having three sons, my attic is full of baseball cards, un-opened McDonald toys (yes, they are collectibles now), boxes and boxes of Legos together with the various instructions, their artwork (still invaluable!), and the empty boxes of their Nintendo games (games in a cooler area).  When we first purchased our home, we never even checked the attic, and we discovered the original storm windows,  French doors, all placed up there. I am still hating to throw them away but they could be used by a contractor… and so they are remaining up there... but …….

How many empty propane gas tanks do you need  by the side of the house? How many broken or chipped clay pots in the garage?  Are you going to have more rabbits so do you need that cage?  What about those rusted and old paint cans that no one will want ?  When was the last time you emptied out your garage, and then placed back the items you wanted to keep? You will be surprised at the amount of unwanted items you have and don’t need.  I started donating books to the library a few years ago. I would take two bags of books to the library  each week or month as I realized that I would not be reading certain books a second or third time, and it was time to let someone else enjoy them.  Shame on me though, I had an autographed book by Nelson De Mille that I had inadvertently slipped into a bag, but I still have my autographed copy of “Salad Days” by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. However, if you declutter gradually then it will just make it easier for your children when the time comes and/or yourself should you wish to sell your home. Alas, I still have over 50 cook books…. maybe one day… (do as I say and not as I do..) .

Lists are good! Writing a list and checking off something each day gives you a sense of accomplishment. All positive and good!

One of the questions I ask a home owner, is where are they going, and how large is that property?  If they have a 3000 square foot home, and they are moving to a 1500 square foot apartment then the answer is obvious. They need to throw out items they will not be taking with them, give them to children, friends or store them.  There are so many storage facilities around the area but they can be expensive depending upon on how much you       store, so really decide on whether you need certain things.

Some people find it hard to part with anything. That can be hard. I was referred to a lovely family the other year who were hoarders. One of my sons, who was training for the Olympics was home at the time, and so I asked him to go and help out the home owners. Character building! However, when he would go there, it was with the goal of emptying a room of things alongside the home owners, lifting the heavy items,  but there wasn’t too much accomplished on each visit . After four such visits,  and 30 hours later, I suggested professional companies to assist the owners. Sometimes, professional assistance and guidance from people who specialize in hoarding situations is required.

One former client (and now friend) decluttered her home of stuff, painted where suggested, and her home which was valued at one price, actually brought forth $400,000 more when it was marketed.  It really makes a difference. Nowadays, we, as agents, can assist by having some rooms virtually staged (disclosing same on the internet), and so a home can look far nicer on line to attract more people. We can empty a room, furnish rooms, but when the potential buyers visit, the house still needs to present well. Clean, tidy and not cluttered. I love artwork, and I always find myself drawn to the artwork in a  home.  That can be a distraction to some buyers.  A soft palette also is more desirable in a home as opposed to bright colors on the walls.

Thank you Unsplash for the photo!

What if you have beautiful artwork so that you no longer need and would like it to be sold on your behalf? There are so many companies that can assist  there also.  Companies that assist in estate sales can either advertise your items on line if desired (Max Sold) , have estate sales in your homes (Finders Keepers 914 934-8055  will even clean out your home afterwards! ), or you can access auctions at an auction house (Black Rock Galleries being one) . Arranging sales requires advance planning though so bear that in mind.  Don’t forget the internet!  Facebook has various sites also. Check out “Westchester Garage Sales”, “Westchester Community Tag Sales”, :Lower Westchester NY Tag Sale” , etc. You can also have your very own garage sale too. Many areas require permits so check on that! 

Don’t forget that you can throw out unwanted items by your curbside also. I live in New Rochelle and they allow for two bid pick-ups (meaning  yes- even a sofa!) and that is free of charge. You can easily place  bags of unwanted things by the curbside on your regular pick up days and sale money. Start doing it 3 months in advance, and you will save so much money!

Where can you find help?

I live in Westchester, and so here are a few companies that will cart away your unwanted items:

Ron’s Trucking Company   914 423-1773

Junk Luggers – 1-203-689-0629
Franchise Opportunities

1- 800 Got Junk  1800 917-7892


Hoarding Cleaning Service in Westchester    Evergreen Junk Removal (305)-376-0650

Hoarding Cleaning Service   Pricing..

Storage Companies

US Self

Cube Smart Self Storage

Westchester Self Storage


I am here for all of your real estate needs!

Westchester is great!

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Dumpster Diving or Just “Re-Allocated Treasures!”

As the old saying goes “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure!” and that is certainly true. How many of us have taken out unwanted items on an evening to our curbsides only to find them gone by the morning before the refuse men collect same!

When I walk my dog with a friend and her pooch, it is  the perfect opportunity to discover some discarded treasures. My friend has grand children, and so toys in great condition are always a pleasurable find. We have acquired little cars, push toys and the like! I can recall visting a home in Bedford, and while driving through the winding roads, I came across two bar stools with an American cowboy motif. They were popular a few years back, and I guess the owners upgraded their bar stools. I LOVE cowboy motifs, and promptly acquired them into my car! I recovered the seats and voilà! 

A client’s house is staged and the items within are on loan from a consignment store. The large living room carpet was taken away (alas sold!), and we were missing a carpet. Not to worry! A neighbor was throwing out her rug, and I could see it was in great condition, and I moved the rug to my client’s living room. It is perfect!

I would recommend to nay college student, first time home buyers to drive around various neighborhoods, and seek that end table, coffee table, etc. You never know what you will see, and it is just recycling!

How many times have we thrown out lovely items not because they are broken or damaged but simply because we have no further need of them. I love to pop into estate sales if I happen to come across them as I am driving around too.   It is so sad that the owners bought the various items because they wanted them, loved them, and probably had some sentimental value to them, and now either because they had died, or have since decided they no longer need them, and sell them. at a recent estate sale, I came across World War 11 memorabilia, and I thought it was so sad that it was being sold .  I was the lucky recipient of a crystal decanter, a fruit serving spoon, and a Romertopf terracotta cooking pot. You never know!  I am always joking that my sons will be selling our antique plates which we love at a garage sale for a dollar each!  Perhaps because of that, I have tried to label each plate with a sticker on the back of each plate giving its history…

Westchester is a wonderful area in which to reside, and if you have any real estate related questions, please feel free to contact me!

New Rochelle is GREAT!





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8 Beautiful Murals in New Rochelle

New Rochelle has so much to boast about, one being The New Rochelle Artsy Murals.  Sponsored by The Radisson, Watermark Pointe, NRNY Art Council, Honda of New Rochelle, New Rochelle Toyota, Delta, DiCiccio & Sons, Mazda of New Rochelle, Lordae, Durante Rentals, the murals were ‘artfully’ placed on walls not to obstruct city living but rather to enhance the walls of existing buildings. The street artists are from around the world, and Street Art for Mankind  were behind the project and their endeavors are to help stop child slavery around the world..

The Mission Of Street Art for Mankind
“We are a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization uniting prominent street artists from all around the world to free children from forced labor and slavery.
100% of the funds we raise go to awareness campaigns and actions on the field to save children, especially the raid and rescue programs operated by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi and its KSCF Foundation.”


Aleksei Bordusov aka Aec Interesni Kazki is a Ukrainian artist who lives in Kiev. Exposure: Aec’s signature narrative-like and surrealistic style works can be found on walls throughout Europe, as well as beyond, in Australia, USA, Puerto Rico, India, Brazil, and many more.

Dan Kitchener or DANK is a British artist based in London. Exposure: Dan has had a long and varied creative career, having worked with major stars such as Kylie, Miley Cyrus, Sue Paul Mcartney, Lenny kravitz to name a few. He has worked his way round the world to become one of the leading figures in the street art world. With his instantly recognized style, he has painted huge murals globally including Tokyo, Hong Kong, USA, Russia all over Europe and the UK.

Mr Cenz (aka Julian Phetean) is a London based graffiti artist who has been scribbling on surfaces since 1988.Exposure: His distinctive murals can now be seen all over the world from London to Las Vegas. He has painted at many festivals in unusual places like Tahiti, Azerbajan and Romania and continues to travel and paint on a regular basis. His work can also been seen in galleries worldwide like C.A.V.E in LA and Vertical in Chicago.

Aleksei Bordusov aka Aec Interesni Kazki is a Ukrainian artist who lives in Kiev. Technique: Aec’s bright, intriguing murals—inspired by science, mythology, cosmology, myths and times past—are filled with color, and often accompanied by black and white drawings. Aec’s highly detailed pieces appear like they come from a fairy tale populated by colorful imaginary creatures that often seem to be in motion. The comparison with fairy tale characters is not unintentional as his nickname Interesni Kazki literally means Interesting Fairytales .

Victor Ash is a French artist, originally from Portugal, who lives in Copenhagen. Exposure: Victor Ash has done his first exhibition in 1989, invited by the French fashion designer Agnes b. Since then, his work has been exhibited around the world, including New York, Miami Art Basel, London, Seoul, and Tokyo. He is particularly well known for his gigantic ‘Cosmonaut’ In Berlin.

Loic Ercolessi is a French street artist who lives in Miami, United States. Exposure: His inspiring portraits can be seen in galleries and art fairs all around the United States. He has been featured several time during Art Basel in Miami.

JDL aka Judith de Leeuw is a Dutch artist from Amsterdam. Exposure: JDL started aerosol cans at the age of 15 as a rebel on the street and quickly became a well-known artist receiving in 2017 the Dutch Street Art Award. She travels worldwide to realize large scale murals in Europe, Asia and now the United States. In a short period of time, JDL has become an established woman street artist on the international scene.

All of this wonderful art is available for purchase (on a smaller scale of course !) with the proceeds going towards their very worthwhile organization.

Street Art for Mankind .

New Rochelle is GREAT!




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Where in the World (and) New Rochelle is Matthew!

If you live in New Rochelle, you might have met Matthew Thayer O’Shaughnessy who loves the city, grew up in the Bonnie Crest area and whose favorite pastime is traveling throughout New Rochelle and Westchester, being a good will Ambassador on our behalf! Matthew always has nice things to say about the restaurants and places he visits, and so I thought it a great idea to post his photos and notes so we can all enjoy .  Matt travels with his good friend, Clare Lawrence, and where will Matt be next?

Cosi in New Rochelle…always wonderful fresh food served by a very welcoming staff who delight in what they do! My favorites are the sumptuous tomato soup and buffalo bleu chicken sandwich with ranch dressing. Cosi is super affordable and very agreeable to all ages and you never know who you might meet as this photo indicates! Me with two elegant ladies from Peru.

Spadaro Ristorante is one of the eastern seaboards quintessential eateries! Beyond gracious hospitality and uber world class fare second to none! I am a very satisfied regular customer of Spadaro’s unique Italian fare such as homemade Ravioli and great out of this world pastas and much more. You cannot go wrong with anything on their deep and delicious menu.. Here I am with Gigi Gaudet, Mrs. Rina Spadaro and Clare!





Matt with Chef Antonio Spadaro !






Leave it to the Queen City On The Sound to keep up with modern times! The new cutting edge and revolutionizing 25 mile per hour electric shuttle buses have landed in downtown New Rochelle and they are free. All you have to do is download the app! Great for going to the grocery story or just about anywhere downtown. I have personally been riding them and you should too. A wonderful and free new means of getting around in downtown. Bravo bravo city officials!

The Spadaro Ristorante (Roman Kitchen) is located at 211 Main Street – Tuesday – Sunday Lunch and Dinner 914 235-4595

The Cosi Restaurant is located at 77 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10804 serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Look for Matt and Clare to see where they are next!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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New Rochelle’s Turkey Trot 2019

As a first time sponsor of the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Turkey Trot race, I am excited! I ordered 500 pens for the ‘swag bag’ which I am sure will be a small drop in the bucket to the attendees but all good! I am usually cooking up a storm, but I think this will just make the day that more enjoyable with starting the day in such a joyous fashion!  (Plus I can always cook the night before!).

It is not too late to register!

 New Rochelle is GREAT!

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A.J.’s Burgers of New Rochelle and SO much More!

There are so many great people in New Rochelle. We see and hear about them every day. Everyday people who make lives of others that little bit special just by caring. It is nice to also meet them.

I first met A.J. (Alan Cohen)  of A.J.’s Burgers in 2015. I was setting up for a nearby open house, and it was super windy!  A.J. came out of his restaurant to assist me with my balloons and signs! Wow! I visited his restaurant, truly enjoyed the hamburger and fries, took my family there, and then had to write a blog post.

Fast forward to 2019, and while I frequent his restaurant, I am constantly seeing A.J’s restaurant on Facebook advertising not just hamburgers ( by the way, his restaurant won the best Hudson Regional Winner for the best burger featuring our Club Burger and Habanero Burger juicy, rich, and deliciousness on homemade garlic artisan bread—two years in a row—2012 & 2013), but also his acclaimed and award winning “Shrimp Bisque”. A.J. also created a special dish for Mariano Rivera which he named ” Mariano Rivera’s Favorite Lobster & Shrimp Positano” which is lobster and shrimp in a garlic-butter sauce with arugula and fresh tomatoes over linguine. A.J. seems to be everywhere!  A.J. recently participated in a “Feeding Westchester” event (“An Evening in Good Taste”), and then there Alan was hosting a cooking session with members from the New Rochelle’s Boys and Girls Club (fantastic!), and yet on another evening, there he was cooking in Pelham with more young people.  He has been featured on television (“Chopped”) and on News Channel 12.     

If you would like A.J. to cater a party of any kind, he is available!  I saw him the other year at the Humane Society of Westchester when they had their annual dog washing fund raising event. The hamburgers were just as delicious there as they would be in his restaurant. Juicy, fresh and yummy!

SO, since it has been 4 years since I last posted a blog post about the restaurant, and in seeing all of those wonderful photos and videos on Facebook, I felt compelled to pop over today to taste a few items on the menu.

I ordered the Shrimp Bisque which is described as including a kick of pepper, and including farm raised shrimp and cream. It was delicious, and the portion so large, I am ashamed to admit I did not have much room for my main course of the Shrimp Fra Diavolo! A very generous portion, and delicious too. I took it home for my older son (smile!) who greatly enjoyed it.

I was also very pleasantly surprised to receive a portion of orange and vanilla ice cream ‘ for my palate’ while I was waiting for the check!  I tasted for the purpose of this blog but it was very flavorful also.

If you haven’t visited yet, I would recommend you pop in for lunch or dinner.. You will love it!

542 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 235 3009

New Rochelle is GREAT!



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