The last remnants of Rochester’s third New York Central Railroad Station, designed by noted architect Claude Bragdon, were demolished almost forty years ago. Now a team of researchers at the University of Rochester is seeking assistance from the local community to help restore the station’s memory…
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Tags: A. Joan Saab, Amtrak Station, Bragdon Station, Claude Bragdon, Claude Bragdon Digital Humanities Project, Joan Shelley Rubin, New York Central Railroad, railroad station, Rochester Amtrak Station, University of Rochester, UofR
Posted in Art + Culture, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Rochester News, Train/Railroad Stuff, Transit + Infrastructure | 4 Comments »
It’s March madness, PARKING madness, or just plain MADNESS indeed. We’ve discussed Rochester’s parking problem at length here on RocSubway. Now, all of our hard work— demolishing our city and building parking lots—is paying off. Rochester has worked its way into Streetsblog’s nationwide Parking Madness tournament . Which of these 16 cities has the absolute worst urban parking crater? Readers from around the country will decide.
Last week we annihilated Miami to earn a spot in the “elite eight.” In this latest round Rochester closed a sizable gap against Detroit, and it now looks like we may beat the Motor City. But there are still a few hours left, so vote now . And tell your buddies… We’re #1!
Tags: Detroit, Detroit MI, parking, parking madness, Rochester, Rochester NY, Streetsblog
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 2 Comments »
The other day my three-year-old was shooting video of his stuffed animals with his big sister’s iPad, and a wave of nostalgia crashed over me. I suddenly realized my kids will probably never get to experience joy of film photography. They’ll never understand the thrill of loading a fresh roll into the back of a camera. They’ll never feel those mechanical clicks and vibrations of the film advancing to the next frame. And they’ll never know the excitement of getting a stack of pictures back from the developer.
How would I even explain this antique technology to them? I know, I’ll Google it. Hey what do you know, here’s an old manual for the Kodak Brownie Camera (No. 2)…
Tags: Brownie, Canadian Kodak Co., instruction manual, Kodak, Kodak Brownie Camera No. 2, Rochester history, Rochester NY
Posted in Rochester History | 3 Comments »
A RocSubway reader is looking to sell this old Rochester “Wheeler Dealer” board game ($50). Wheeler Dealer is a game of two parts. First, players travel the world while buying, selling, bargaining and trading products. In part two those products are sold back to the bank or auctioned to the highest bidder. Licensed versions of the game were produced for many cities around the world in the 1980s, including this one for Rochester…
Tags: Brian Bram, I'd Rather Be In Rochester (IRBIR), IRBIR Alien, Laurie Dirkx, Michael Glenn Productions, Rochester board game, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Wheeler Dealer
Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester Gifts, Rochester History | 4 Comments »
Friday, March 18, 1910. 1:55 P.M. – President Taft, on his way to Rochester from Chicago, makes a quick stop in Buffalo. He steps off the train to greet an exclusive few; the leaders of Buffalo, including their recently elected mayor, Mr. Louis P. Fuhrmann (an avid baseball fan), some newspaper reporters, Mr. George Dietrich, the Chamber of Commerce President of Rochester, and last but not least, Rochester Mayor Hiram H. Edgerton. After a few minutes of smiles and handshakes, Taft who was reportedly exhausted from his stay in Chicago, is ready to get back on the train car where he can sit, and (hopefully leisurely) talk to some new faces, Mr. Dietrich and Mayor Edgerton…
Tags: baseball, Charles T. Chapin, first pitch, George Dietrich, history of Rochester, Jimmy Combs, Kid Mueller, Louis P. Fuhrmann, Mayor Hiram Edgerton, opening pitch, President Taft, Rochester, Rochester Hustlers, Rochester NY
Posted in Art + Culture, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History | 2 Comments »
Last week we looked at some photos of the Beebee Station power plant at High Falls. That post drew some comments about another interesting facility nearby which is sometimes confused with Beebee; the City’s old garbage incinerator plant on Falls Street .
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, Andrew Hiltz, Benjamin Colburn, Brandon Davis, Falls Street, garbage, garbage incinerator, Genesee River, Genesee River Gorge, High Falls, Rochester, Rochester NY, Sean Galbraith, smokestacks, Tom Maszerowski, trash, trash incinerator, urban exploration, urban explorers, waste disposal
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 8 Comments »
Check out this great photo of the Powers Building from 1968. Notice the workmen up on the ledge of the Mansard roof. Down at street level a shiny new, streamlined façade as been awkwardly forced on top of this 1869 building…
Tags: Crossroads Building, downtown Rochester, Elwood Building, First National Bank, Four Corners, Main Street, Main Street Four Corners, Monroe County Savings Bank, old photos, old photos of Rochester, old photos of Rochester NY, Powers Building, Powers Hotel, Rochester, Rochester NY, State Street
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 8 Comments »
If you’re a true Rochesterian you’ve probably taken many trips to Donuts Delite. And if you’ve sat in the dining room (and looked down past your doughnut-filled belly) you may have noticed a cute little milkmaid hauling her yoke and buckets full of milk across the floor.
I was curious to know how she got there and what her significance was. Of course I know milk is an ingredient in doughnuts, but it just seemed like an odd symbol to be used to represent doughnuts. There must be a story behind it…
Tags: Donuts Delite, doughnut shop, Jim Malley, Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images | 5 Comments »
Here’s a neat little collection of Rochester memorabilia. Matchbooks! Remember when you could buy cigarettes out of a vending machine like soda pop, and just about every business had it’s own matchbooks? Ah, those were the days * COUGH * COUGH * WEEZE * EHK! EHK! HEM… HEEEM!
These were sent to me by a reader. He says he’s not a smoker, but he’s collected them since he was a kid. And now he’d like to sell them. So if you’re interested in local oddities like this, drop me an email and we’ll hook you up with one… or the entire set.
Some of the matchbooks date from the late 1950s and early 1960s. But we think most of them are 1970s & 80s. Check them out for yourself. If you’ve lived in Rochester for any length of time you’ll probably recognize most of these businesses…
Tags: 2 Vine, Aero Industries, Amsden Mitchell Insurance, Blossom Liquor Store, Burgundy Catering, California Brew Haus, Carusos Restaurant, Cdk Soda Fountain, Central Trust Company, Christopher Williams Agency, Don And Bob, Eddies Chop House, Edwards, Faris Beauty Studio, Filling Station, First Federal Savings And Loan, Flowers By Stephanie, Gallery Cafe, Gerber Rochester Federal Credit Union, Grill At Waterstreet, Hotel Cadillac, Howe And Bassett, Independent Gasoline And Oil, Jays Pastries, Jen And Joes Delicatessen, Jim Runds Seafood, Just For Laughs, Kodacolor Film, Kodak, Lincoln Trust Company, Marine Midland Trust Company, matchbook collection, matchbooks, Midtown Plaza Hotel, Milestones, Monroe County Savings Bank, Monroe Pharmacy, Niagara Restaurant, Oak Hill Country Club, Ontario Golf Club, Passport Restaurant Lounge, Pg Drug Store, Polish Falcons, Rio Bamba, Rochester, Rochester Asphalt Materials, Rochester NY, Rochester Savings Bank, Rocks Barber Shop, Security Trust Company, Shakeys Pizza, Sibley Tower Restaurant, Simplicity, South Pacific Restaurant, Specks Restaurant, St. John Fisher College, Steak Stockade, Strathallan, The Commons, The Dickens, University Club Of Rochester, Vince Armand, vintage, vintage matchbooks, Wegman's, WK, WRVM Radio
Posted in Art + Culture, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History | 2 Comments »
Walter has been a fixture at local sporting events and concerts for decades. Known to most Rochesterians as “The Accordion Man,” Walter plays his squeezebox (and sings) outside most hockey, basketball and lacrosse games… at music events all around the city… and of course, a Redwings game would not be the same without Walter’s rendition of Take Me Out To The Ballgame playing in the background as fans line up at the turnstiles.
In a recent phone conversation with him, Walter told me he’s been playing around Rochester for three decades. He’s missed only one game in the past 15 years. And he’s gone through 83 accordions. His latest one is currently out of commission with broken keys and a worn strap…
Tags: accordion, Amerks, Billy Graham, busker, Kelly Keyes-Darcangelo, musician, Redwings, Rochester, Rochester Americans, Rochester Amerks, Rochester NY, Rochester Red Wings, Walter the accordion man
Posted in Art + Culture, Interviews, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Video | 10 Comments »
Rochester’s landmark Holy Rosary Church and Catholic school complex at Lexington and Dewey Avenues has been rehabilitated for new residential units and a large community space in the former church. The $15 million project by Providence Housing Development and SWBR Architects was made possible with equity provided by Enterprise Community Partners, City home-renovation grants & loans, and a payment in lieu of taxes agreement.
At the time of the groundbreaking in August 2012, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter praised Providence Housing for bringing “affordable, attractive housing to a community that eagerly awaits such good news.” Well, wait no more. The ribbon was cut this past November, and the historic church buildings have emerged as 60 units of much needed affordable housing and community space…
Tags: adaptive reuse, architecture, development plans, Dewey Avenue, Enterprise Community Partners, Holy Rosary Church, Lexington Avenue, Mike Puma, Preservation Studios, Providence Housing Development Corporation, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rochester, Rochester NY, SWBR Architects, urban development
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Rochester News, Urban Development | 8 Comments »
Last month RocSubway Facebook fans brought us rumors of a new grocery store for downtown Rochester (those rumors turned out to be true). Now comes an equally exciting rumor from RocSubway that has also checked out. John Tachin, owner of Mr. Dominic’s restaurant in Charlotte has purchased the former Lakeshore Drive-In site and is considering plans to reopen it as a drive in movie theater…
Tags: Avon NY, Charlotte, Dominic Pane, Greece, Jetset Development Inc., John Tachin, Lakeshore Drive-in Theatre, Ling Road, Mr. Dominic's, Mr. Dominic's at the Lake, old movie theater, Port of Rochester/Charlotte, Rochester, Rochester NY, Vintage Drive In
Posted in Interviews, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 13 Comments »
Like, WOW! I stumbled upon this concept for an elevated transit terminal in a 1967 D&C article. The drawing shows how Rochester Transit Corporation president William Lang envisioned passengers would wait for their bus – suspended above the intersection of Main & Clinton. This view is looking east toward Clinton Avenue with Sibley’s in the background…
Tags: bus station, bus terminal, bus-stop, Civic Development Council, downtown Rochester, Main & Clinton, Main Street, mass transit, mass transportation, Mortimer Street, public transit, public transportation, Regional Transit Service (RTS), Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester Transit Corporation, RTS Transit Terminal, transit, William Lang
Posted in Rochester History, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 6 Comments »
Today’s Fun Foto Friday is this 1920′s view of the Erie Canal aqueduct looking east. You’re looking at the covering over the old canal which would soon become Broad Street and the Rochester Subway beneath. In the background (center) is the Osburn House hotel. Eventually Broad Street would be extended eastward, right through that hotel. The stairwell to the City Hall subway station can be seen at the street corner. And next to the stairs, notice the construction site…
Tags: Broad Street, Exchange Boulevard, Exchange Street, Genesee Valley Trust, history of Rochester, James Field Company, Osburn House, Rochester history, Rochester Subway, Times Square Building
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester Subway, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 2 Comments »
From the 1850′s to the 1930′s stereograms were considered cutting edge home entertainment technology. Two photos taken at the same time from slightly different angles would be view together using a special set of lenses called a stereoscope. The result would be an ever so subtle (yet mind-tingling) simulated 3D view…
Tags: Academy Building, Athenaeum Library, Chapin's monument, CJ Hayden monument, High Falls, Lake Avenue, Lower Falls, Monroe County Court House, Mount Hope Cemetery, old photos, old photos of Rochester, old photos of Rochester NY, Pitkin monument, Pitkin vault, Powers Building, Rochester, Rochester City Hall, Rochester Free Academy, Rochester NY, Sibley Building, Sibley's, Sibley's Department Store, Sibly Lindsay & Curr Co., stereogram, stereoscope, stereoscopic views, vintage views, West Main Street
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images | 4 Comments »
Here’s an update to last Friday’s story about Marilyn Casserino, 79. Marilyn is the girl in the dark dress in the center of the photo above. This picture was taken c.1939 on the roof of the Children’s Building at Iola Tuberculosis Sanitorium where Marilyn was a patient, along with her mother Vivian.
Unfortunately, Marilyn’s mom passed away while at the hospital. Marilyn was just 6 at the time. Looking back at those days, she now wishes she could remember more – about her mom, and about this place where they were treated for well over a year.
For starters, she wanted to try and find out who the other girls in the photo were. Would you believe in less than one week we’ve now identified two of those girls…
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, AJ Costello & Son, Beverly Ferguson, Brighton, City Gate, CityGate, Costco, development, East Henrietta Road, historic preservation, Iola Campus, Iola Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Jean Bissiett, Marilyn Casserino, Monroe Community Hospital, Monroe County, preservation, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY, rochester photos, Vivian Casserino, Westfall Road
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images | 3 Comments »
This former department store (Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Company) is truly massive. Rochester’s Sibley Building weighs in at over 1.1 million square feet (23 acres of floorspace) – easily the largest building in Monroe County.
WinnCompanies out of Boston now owns the property and plans to spend up to $200 Million over the next five years to bring it back to life as mixed-use space. Holy smokes, do these guys have their work cut out for them. You may have noticed new windows and awnings along Main Street? Some 2,000 windows have yet to be replaced.
Last week the UofR Urban Explorers Club went on a tour through the maze of hallways and spaces, from the dark sub-basement all the way up to the two massive water tanks on the tower rooftop…
Tags: abandoned places, downtown Rochester, EZ-net, Main Street, Rochester, Rochester NY, Sibley Building, Sibley's, Sibley's Department Store, Sibly Lindsay & Curr Co., University of Rochester, urban exploration, urban explorers, UrbEx Club, Winn Development, WinnCompanies
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 88 Comments »
A couple months ago we took a look inside the Iola tuberculosis hospital on Westfall Road. The buildings have since been demolished. But for Marilyn Casserino, 79, those photos triggered memories, and questions that will linger on…
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, AJ Costello & Son, Brighton, City Gate, CityGate, Costco, development, East Henrietta Road, historic preservation, Iola Campus, Iola Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Marilyn Casserino, Monroe Community Hospital, Monroe County, preservation, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY, rochester photos, Vivian Casserino, Westfall Road
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images | 34 Comments »
Earlier this year we took a look at some amazing photos of this abandoned swimming pool on the University of Rochester campus. Within days of those photos being posted here, the university had cleaned up the scene. These new photos got lost in my computer which is why you’re just seeing them now. But I thought it was worth revisiting…
Tags: abandoned swimming pool, Merle Spurrier Gymnasium, Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center, Rochester, Rochester NY, rochester photos, U of R, University of Rochester
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Urban Exploration | 5 Comments »