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Rochester Goes Red for Heart Health

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

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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Saturday, February 6th, 2016
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Inside Abandoned Medley Centre (a.k.a Irondequoit Mall)

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

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

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

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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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Monday, January 11th, 2016
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Help Throw a Christmas Bash for EMMA’s Kids

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

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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Saturday, December 12th, 2015
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Bell Tower from Rochester School #7, Rediscovered

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

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

72 Conkey Avenue: Lost

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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

Rochester Street Films… Coming 11/19

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Join us for the very first Rochester Street Films event at The Little Theatre. Thursday, November 19, 2015.
By Mike Governale

I am SUPER excited to be working with the volunteers at Reconnect Rochester external link to organize Rochester’s first ever Street Films event at The Little Theatre on November 19. If you follow this blog, you clearly have a passion for Rochester and the infrastructure that makes our city run. And I think you’ll enjoy the thought-provoking film clips and live discussion that will take place at this event. Don’t wait to reserve your seat. Here are the details…

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Sunday, October 18th, 2015
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UPDATE: Little House in the City

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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

Quick update on this story I posted in January about the sole remaining house in the Capron neighborhood downtown. Patrick Dutton has been working extremely hard to save and repurpose the structure. I know because he told me directly and I also have had conversations with contractors I know personally who have said the same. Unfortunately the house at 35 St. Mary’s Place has partially collapsed during the work, and now may be unsalvageable. Here’s an update directly from Dutton…

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
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Meet Rochester Artist and Craftsman, Scott Grove

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

On my almost daily walk along State and Main streets I’ve often noticed this boom lift blocking the sidewalks around the Powers Building external link. I’ve never given it much thought. I just figured Daniel Powers liked his windows really clean.

Then, last week while at the Fringe, my RocSubway teammate Joanne Brokaw got introduced to Scott Grove. As it turns out, Scott is that guy hanging high up over Rochester’s sidewalks—and he’s not cleaning windows…

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Monday, September 28th, 2015
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The Final Days of the Fringe

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Don't miss the cast of Cabinet of Wonders at the First Niagara Fringe Festival. [PHOTO: Provided]
By Joanne Brokaw

The First Niagara Fringe Festival is winding down, with just tonight and tomorrow left to check out some of the fun. I’ve been blogging daily on my personal blog external link about the festival, so hop over there to see everything I’ve been up to this week. But if you’re hitting the festival for the first time this weekend, here are a few things that you can still catch…

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Friday, September 25th, 2015
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Exploring Spiegelgarden, the Heart of the Fringe

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Acrobats Nelson and Goulia Pivaral dida breathtaking and romantic acrobatic performance for the Cabinet of Wonders. [PHOTO: Joanne Brokaw]
By Joanne Brokaw

The First Niagara Fringe Festival opened this week, with over 500 shows happening at more than two dozen venues over ten days. But the heart of the Fringe is the Spiegelgarden, located at the corner of Main and Gibbs Streets, across from the Eastman Theater. There are shows, artwork, food and more, including the centerpiece Spiegeltent, which is home to the Cabinet of Wonders, Princess Wendy’s Late Night Tease Room, comedian Jamie Lissow, Silent Disco and Brown Bag Disco.

I confess I’ve never been to the Fringe, now in its fourth year, but after I did the Remote Rochester tour this week I just had to go downtown for opening night festivities at the Spiegelgarden. What amazing wonders await you! Here are a few of the things happening at One Fringe Place…

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Sunday, September 20th, 2015
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Exploring Reality with “Remote Rochester” at The Fringe

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The Spiegelgarden readies for opening day. It's here, at the corner of Main and Gibbs, that you'll meet to begin your tour. [PHOTO: Joanne Brokaw]
By Joanne Brokaw

I’ve got a bit of a dilemma reviewing the Remote Rochester external link event at this year’s First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. If I tell you too much, I might give away some of the surprises and ruin the experience. If I don’t tell you enough, you may not understand what it’s all about and miss what might be the most fascinating journey you’ll take through the streets of Rochester.

So I need to find a balance. I’ll begin with this question:
Do you trust me?

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015
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Help Nurture Rochester’s Fruit Belt

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The Fruit Belt Project
By Mike Governale

Orange Street, Lime Street, Grape Street, Orchard Street…

This external link is Rochester’s fruit belt, and the inspiration behind a new collaboration between Greentopia and Shawn Dunwoody. The Fruit Belt Mural Project external link aims to transform one of Rochester’s most challenged neighborhoods (JOSANA, in the northwest quadrant) through art…

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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Medical Marijuana Returns to Rochester

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

A medical marijuana facility, Columbia Care, will open at Eastman Business Park this January.
By Joanne Brokaw

The opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in Kodak’s old Theater on the Ridge at Eastman Business Park has recently been in the news external link. Columbia Care will turn the leaves, stems and stalks of the cannabis plant into medicine for people with cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions. The facility is expected external linkto be up and running this January…

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
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