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RocLinks 2/28/15

February 27th, 2015
Posted in Rochester News | 1 Comment »

Icicles in the Subway [PHOTO: Ian Wescott - Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/iandavid/]
By Matthew Denker

You might have stepped out of your house any day this month and thought to yourself, ‘Self, it’s kinda cold out. Maybe even colder than normal.’ If you did, you’re correct external link, it was the coldest month on record. If you did not, then please consult your doctor.

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Filling In: Tops Plaza

February 27th, 2015
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 18 Comments »

Tops Plaza on Winton Rd south of Blossom [PHOTO: Google Streetview]
By Matthew Denker

Some of you may know that there is a shiny, new-ish, giant Wegmans in Rochester. It’s over at East and Winton. Savvier readers may know about another grocery store nary a block away (but clearly on the wrong side of the tracks!). That’s right, there’s also a Tops. In addition, it has come to my attention that there are plans for an Aldi across the street on the site containing the old Roly-door building and Jim’s. For a city with few urban grocery stores, there’s food for everyone over here…

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RocLinks 2/21/15

February 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rochester News, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

High Falls in the Snow. [PHOTO: Rich Engelbrecht, Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

Did you hear, last week Rochester earned a spot on a top ten list of most creative cities? It’s true. From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Meet Me for Happy Hour

February 20th, 2015
Posted in Art + Culture, Opinion, Rochester Destinations | 4 Comments »

Victoire, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: www.BenjaminFerro.com]
By Steve Vogt

As someone who can’t sit still and loves hanging out with his friends, I’ve found I’m a bit of an anomaly in Rochester, NY. I eat out every night for dinner and I believe in mixing up the locale often. I try not to eat at the same place within 6 months. I will travel anywhere from Spencerport to Henrietta to Victor to Webster and everywhere in between for a great meal. I will eat at the greasiest spoons to the finest in dining that Rochester has to offer, as long as the food is decent. I give every restaurant 3 chances, if they can make it that long. And I try to keep my dollars local, keeping my money in the hands of local entrepreneurs. But sometimes I can’t resist stopping into Chipotle…

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Filling In: Banks

February 16th, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Opinion, Rochester Homes for Sale, Rochester Images, Urban Development | 10 Comments »

Rochester Savings Bank [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library]
By Matthew Denker

Today I’d like to take a slight departure from our normal Filling In fare. No, I don’t propose to fill in all the banks in Rochester, although that’s not such a bad idea, now that I think about it. What I’d like to talk about is banks and buying stuff. Well, not just any stuff, specifically real estate…

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Lost Time Capsule Beneath Rochester’s Lost Front Street

February 13th, 2015
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Nick Brayer preparing to lay a time capsule under Front Street, Rochester. 1893. [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Mike Governale

This week’s Fun Foto Friday is a snapshot from 1893. That’s Nick Brayer, an engineering contractor working on a new sewer beneath Front Street in downtown Rochester. In his hands is a tin box. It’s not a sewer pipe. It’s actually a time capsule and he’s preparing to lay it at the project site to be buried. Looks like quite the event; a crowd of neighborhood kids have formed behind him to get in on the photo op.

Fast forward to 2015 and the burning question for readers of this blog will undoubtedly be: Where is this capsule now? And what’s inside…

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RocLinks 2/7/15

February 7th, 2015
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Photo of David Bowie arrest in Rochester NY for sale on eBay.
By Matthew Denker

This week’s photo takes us back to March 21, 1976. That’s glam rock legend David Bowie (center) being arrested on drug charges by undercover cops at the Americana Rochester Hotel on State Street after a concert at the War Memorial. This rare “behind the scenes photo” was passed among the RPD for decades and this week a copy of it found it’s way onto eBay external link for an asking price of $25,000 $20,000. Get your bids in now – the auction ends tomorrow morning. [Read more about the Bowie arrest here external link]

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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What is this Birdhouse-looking thing in Genesee Valley Park?

February 6th, 2015
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What is this building in Genesee Valley Park?
By Mike Governale

A recent email from a RocSubway reader asks: “There is a building on Moore Road external link in Genesee Valley Park that looks like some kind of bird house, maybe a pigeon coop. It’s so close to the edge of the [University of Rochester] property that I wondered if it was theirs, rather than part of the park. Someone is taking care of it as the paint doesn’t appear to be that old. Thought its origin might be interesting. Any ideas?”

I’ve noticed this building before too, and because of those tiny holes in the upper level, I’ve always assumed it was a birdhouse. But I admit, I really am not sure. So I asked JoAnn Beck, Senior Landscape Architect with the City of Rochester…

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RocLinks 1/31/15

January 31st, 2015
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Eric Mamajek, an astronomer at the University of Rochester discovered an object with a ring system 200 times the length of Saturn's.
By Matthew Denker

This week Eric Mamajek, an astronomer at the University of Rochester discovered an object—either a planet or a failed star—with a ring system 200 times the length of Saturn’s. Mamjek’s discovery external link is blowing the minds of astronomy geeks worldwide.

From outer space, to local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Little House in the City

January 25th, 2015
Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 25 Comments »

Tucked away in a remote corner of downtown Rochester, facing the back side of the Geva Theatre and surrounded on all sides by parking lots, stands this unassuming brick house. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Tucked away in a remote corner external link of downtown, facing the back side of the Geva Theatre and surrounded on all sides by parking lots, stands this unassuming brick house. In downtown Rochester there are several lonely buildings like this one, still hanging on long after its neighbors have all been read their last rites.

I admire old little structures like this. Maybe it doesn’t have a glamourous story to tell. But it’s stuck it out for the last 150+ years – from Rochester’s boom, all the way through the toughest times this rusty city could throw at it. Whenever I’ve visited Geva Theatre I’ve taken notice of this one and wondered if it would find new life…

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RocLinks 1/24/15

January 24th, 2015
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Motorcycles in an abandoned warehouse in Lockport, NY. [PHOTO: Chris Seward, Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

Today’s RocLink photo was taken by Chris Seward external link on April 3, 2010 in an abandoned building in Lockport. Chris says the three-story building was brimming with antique motorcycles and parts. According to this article external link the bikes made their way here from Kohl’s Cycle Salvage shop on the north side of the Erie Canal. The Mr. Kohl died in 2002, and the motorcycles were left here until the building crumbled around them.

And now, from local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Three Heads Brewery & Tasting Room Planned for Neighborhood Of The Arts

January 20th, 2015
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FSI Development of Rochester plans to build a brewery and tasting room on the empty lot at 186 Atlantic Ave. for lease to Three Heads Brewing.
By Mike Governale

You may have heard FSI Development of Rochester has purchased the empty lot at 186 Atlantic Ave external link (a.k.a. The Gleason Lot). Here at RocSubway we’ve fantasized about filling in this empty lot for quite some time. And although it’s not our original vision, the actual plan may be even better than how we dreamed it – primarily because it involves a local brew.

FSI is planning to build a brewery and tasting room on the southeast corner of the site to lease to Three Heads Brewery external link of Honeoye Falls. Damn, why didn’t we think of this…

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RocLinks 1/17/15

January 17th, 2015
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Tristan O'Tierney creates a fiery version of spin art in the Rochester Subway. [PHOTO: Tristan O'Tierney, Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

The image above was created by Tristan O’Tierney external link last October in the Rochester Subway. Tristan attached a common kitchen whisk to some string, put some fine grade steel wool inside the whisk, lit the wool on fire, and then swung the whisk around for a 30 second exposure. The result is perhaps the most beautiful version of spin art we’ve ever seen.

From local development, to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Wear to Where #4 …. Stone Tolan Orchard

January 15th, 2015
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We brave the cold in this edition of Wear to Where to visit the oldest place in Monroe County – the Landmark Society’s Stone-Tolan House and their heirloom apple orchard. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

We brave the cold in this edition of Wear to Where to visit the oldest place in Monroe County – the Landmark Society’s Stone-Tolan House and their heirloom apple orchard…

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The Mystery of the Stone (Benvenuto) Lions

January 11th, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 23 Comments »

Here's hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Last summer Rochester developer and restauranteur, John Tachin called up RocSubway with a history mystery for us to solve. After four months of digging, we came up empty. But here’s hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions.

Cue the Pink Panther Theme Song external link, this one’s a doozy…

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RocLinks 1/10/15

January 10th, 2015
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From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week... [PHOTO: Martin Frost]
By Matthew Denker

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