Balcony Ballads in New Rochelle
New Rochelle was the first containment zone in our area in early March. A public battle between the Superintendent of Schools and Governor Cuomo took place, the one-mile radius was issued and it prompted the first school district closing, followed by Tuckahoe, who had a school within that radius. Within days, Westchester schools followed closing one by one, with NYC schools closing by the end of the week. New Rochelle was put on the map to people outside of the area, but for those of us who live here, we know it’s a city that has it all; wonderful communities, schools, parks, beaches, shopping, dining, arts & culture, and a downtown area that is thriving.
They also have Rosemarie Castellano. She’s a talented musician who has graced her neighbors with daily violin performances during quarantine for healthcare workers, first responders, essential workers. Her videos can be seen on her Facebook page. (link below)
” I never expected the journey I have been on since stepping out my balcony in New Rochelle on 4/10/20, to play my violin for first responders, essential workers and my neighbors. Every night since then, immediately after the Clap Because We Care, I have played an uplifting song for all to hear from their balconies or on my new Facebook page Balcony Ballads. This has warmed hearts, brought smiles to faces and has energized my community to look forward to each new day. I will continue to play a song until we are out of quarantine. I have been playing the violin since 3rd grade and it is a passion and hobby. I encourage everyone to share their gifts to the world, no matter how big or small. I am so lucky to be able to share my gift nightly and my audience keeps growing. Music heals!”