Rochdale Village Turns 50: Finally!


My how time flies! After a much heralded countdown, numerous special events, blog posts, facebooking and a black tie gala to beat the band, Rochdale Village has finally turned 50.

The young designer of Rochdale’s anniversary logo with RV co-op Board President.

Rochdale Village board members, family and friends celebrate the night.

The management team that keep the cooperative moving.

The night’s entertainment was provided by R&B group “Black Ivory”.

NYC Chief of Police, Philip Banks (third left), joined in on this historic celebration


This catered affair was enjoyed by all.

The date is connected with when the “first-move-in’s” took possession of their brand new residence. The November, 1963 newsletter states:

“The long moving-in process at Rochdale Village will begin on December 10, 1963. Moving notices are in the process of being sent to cooperators who will move into Building One, followed by buildings two, three and four. The schedule calls for moving in eighteen families a day, per building. The moving-in process will continue as construction is completed on the other buildings. The office is making every effort to give each family approximately one month’s notice prior to their move-in date.”
How excited the cooperators must have been. After 5,860 families completed the process, a community the first of its kind in 1963 was born.  Here’s wishing continued success and excitement about the capital improvements, expanded amenities and bright future that is ahead for Rochdale Village, The Jewel of Jamaica!

We’ll be 50 for one whole year so stick around – there’s more in store for this historic cooperative.

Susan Van Brackle, Managing Editor – Rochdale Village, Inc.

4 thoughts on “Rochdale Village Turns 50: Finally!

  1. Happy half-century, RV! My family moved into building 3 in 1963 and through my childhood and adolescence, we experienced the vibrancy and exuberance of an evolving and socially active community, making friends and memories that continue to inspire. Here’s to the next fifty…

  2. Happy Birthday Rochdale Village. As an original Rochdaler, I am proud to be part of this community for the past 50 years. I will lift a glass for the occasion.

  3. Congratulations!!! This is an anniversary that all Rochdalians, both current and past, should be very proud of.

    All of the trees that were planted in Rochdale in the 1960s have grown and thrived. I hope that the same will always be the same for Rochfale Village. It has been many years since I lived there, but it will always be home to me.

  4. Congratulations! As an original cooperator, I am proud “on the outside looking in” as the community celebrates its 50th anniversary. Good luck to the community in the future.

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