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Rochester Goes Red for Heart Health

February 6th, 2016
Posted in Architecture, Rochester News | 1 Comment »

Rochester buildings were illuminated in red yesterday for National Wear Red Day, an event to raise awareness about heart disease & stroke for the American Heart Association. [Image: Kathy Oehling Photography]
By Mike Governale

You may have noticed the City of Rochester went red last night. February is American Heart Month and buildings including Xerox Tower, Kodak Tower, One East Avenue, Rundell Library, and City Hall were lit up to show support for National Wear Red Day and raise awareness about heart health…

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Inside Abandoned Medley Centre (a.k.a Irondequoit Mall)

January 24th, 2016
Posted in Architecture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 25 Comments »

Abandoned Medley Centre / Irondequoit Mall. Rochester, NY. [IMAGE: Random Retail, Flickr.com]
By Snoop Junkie

Last week Medley Centre finally went up for auction. Angelo Ingrassia, former owner of Irondequoit Dodge, won external link the vacant building plus nine adjoining properties for the bargain basement price of $100,000.

The following images were taken last month (December 2015) inside Medley Centre…

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Local Actor Plays First Black Police Officer in ‘Dark Justice’

January 11th, 2016
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Local actor Che Holloway stars in a new series called 'Dark Justice', streaming now on StreamNowTV.com. [Image: StreamNowTV.com]
By Mike Governale

Che Holloway, 25 of Rochester, is starring in a new series called Dark Justice external link, released today on StreamNowTV.com external link.

Holloway, who studied at Rochester’s School of the Arts, plays Amir Snow, the first black police officer in a small American town. The subject matter is highly relevant for these racially charged times, but it’s handled in a pretty hilarious way.

You can watch all of season 1 after the jump…

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Help Throw a Christmas Bash for EMMA’s Kids

December 12th, 2015
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Help throw the 2nd annual EMMA Neighborhood Christmas Bash
By Mike Governale

A Rochester city neighborhood is asking for our help external link this year to throw a Christmas Bash for kids in need. EMMA (East Main Mustard and Atlantic) external link is a sub-section of the Beechwood neighborhood. Like the adjacent NOTA and Culver University East neighborhoods, this neighborhood is mostly an old industrial area, but there are some 367 households with over 200 school age children living here, and an extremely high rate of poverty…

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Murder, In the Barroom, With the Potato Peeler

December 2nd, 2015
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Wulff's Hotel, at the corner of State and Factory Streets in Rochester; the scene of a notorious murder on December 18, 1920. [IMAGE: From the Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY.]
By Mike Governale

While doing research for a recent story on the Rochester Marshmallow Company, we came across another interesting story right around the corner. This one had nothing to do with marshmallows. Wulff’s Hotel (shown above) at the corner of State and Factory Streets, was the scene of a notorious murder case…

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Replica Rochester Landmarks

November 30th, 2015
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Replica of Kodak World Headquarters, Rochester NY. [IMAGE:  ReplicaBuildings.com]
By Mike Governale

Searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season? How about an itty bitty version of Kodak tower? ReplicaBuildings.com manufactures replica scale models of famous buildings from around the globe. And two of them have been plucked right from Rochester’s skyline…

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View of Downtown Rochester from Kodak Tower

November 17th, 2015
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View of downtown Rochester from Kodak tower. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
By Mike Governale

Here is a neat view I came across while rummaging around in the Local History Department at the Rochester Public Library. The image is of State Street with downtown Rochester in the background, taken from one of the top floors of Kodak tower…

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Inside the Abandoned Vacuum Oil Refinery

November 10th, 2015
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Abandoned Vacuum Oil building. Flint Street, Rochester, NY. [IMAGE: Snoop Junkie]
By Snoop Junkie

Welcome to the old Vacuum Oil plant on the west bank of the Genesee River in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood. Abandoned for nearly a century, there has been very little desire to re-develop this 26-acre site due to contamination. Now, the City of Rochester is aiming to use New York State’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas program external link to clean it up and plan for its future redevelopment. But as of today, this property is still highly toxic. And you guessed it—we’re going inside…

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A History of the Charlotte Lighthouse

November 8th, 2015
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The Charlotte lighthouse in summer, 2014. [PHOTO: Joanne Brokaw]
By Joanne Brokaw

If there’s a cemetery tour happening in Rochester, you can be sure I’m there. For anyone interested in local history, there’s no better place to find unusual stories and bits of trivia, and I’m fascinated by the history buried all around us.

A few weeks ago, the City of Rochester hosted the annual Genesee River Romance weekend external link celebrating the Genesee River and its surrounding trail and gorge system. In 2014, I took full advantage of the weekend of events that include tours of the old subway and aqueducts, the Rundel Library, the Falls, and cemeteries. Somehow, I missed the adverts for this year’s event, so I only had time to catch one thing: the tour of Charlotte Cemetery…

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Filling In: Zoning Part 4, All the Other Zones

November 5th, 2015
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Downtown Rochester
By Matthew Denker

Well, it had to come to this – a whirlwind article about everything else in Rochester. We’re going to run the gamut from Industrial, to all the Center City District (CCD) zones to Open Space, and everything inbetween. Buckle Up…

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Bell Tower from Rochester School #7, Rediscovered

November 1st, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Rochester History, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | 2 Comments »

When Bill Schmidt purchased his home on Lake View Park this summer, he became the lucky owner of the bell tower from School #7 in northwest Rochester. [IMAGE: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Every so often we’re contacted by a lucky homeowner who discovers a neat little historical treasure hidden away in their basement or roof rafters – usually an old book or a subway token. Then there’s Bill Schmidt. When Bill purchased his home on Lake View Park external link this summer, he became the lucky owner of an old bell tower from the long-demolished School #7 in northwest Rochester…

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72 Conkey Avenue: Lost

October 25th, 2015
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 7 Comments »

72 Conkey Avenue has been demolished. [IMAGE: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Here’s a quick update on a story we brought attention to exactly five years ago. On this empty lot (shown above) once stood 72 Conkey Avenue. The old 19th century Victorian storefront had been the subject of a demolition-vs-rehabilitation debate—one between the City of Rochester and neighborhood resident, Jim Fraser, who has restored a handful of neglected homes in the area. Jim saw 72 Conkey as a diamond in the rough…

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