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Toast Our Region on the Niagara Wine Train

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A new way to enjoy Rochester's wine trails, Niagara Wine Trail Train Excursions will begin on September 27. [PHOTO: Mike Dorofy]
The Niagara Wine Trail—right in our backyard—features 20 wineries and stretches from Lewiston to Rochester, along the Niagara Escarpment and the Lake Ontario shore. This region has been quickly gaining national attention for the variety and quality of its wines, including late-harvest, ice, and traditional vinifera. Now you can experience the Niagara Wine Trail in true style; via train…

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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On Monday, September 29, Reconnect Rochester will host a discussion with author and transit advocate Benjamin Ross. Mr. Ross will be at the Public Library on Monroe Ave. at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.

Ross was the head of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit external link during much of its long fight to build a light rail line outside Washington, D.C. After a 25-year battle, the Purple Line will begin construction next year…

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Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Rochester Subway Tunnel To Be Sealed Off By Luxury Apartments

Monday, September 8th, 2014

This proposed luxury apartment complex by Morgan Management could permanently close off one of the last remaining entry points to Rochester's old subway tunnel. [IMAGE: Morgan Management]
Several years ago the west end of Rochester’s abandoned subway tunnel was filled as part of the Broad Street Improvement Project. Now a planned downtown development could permanently close off one of the last remaining entry points to Rochester’s old subway tunnel. Morgan Management is waiting for approvals to build a five-story luxury apartment complex at Court Street and South Avenue, right smack on top of the subway’s east entrance and the former site of the Court Street subway platform…

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Monday, September 8th, 2014
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Reimagining Rochester’s Underground

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Kenneth Martin chose to focus on Rochester's abandoned subway tunnel for his Master of Architecture Thesis. This is his concept for breathing new life into the space. [IMAGE: Kenneth Martin]
The abandoned subway tunnel beneath Rochester’s Broad Street has become one of the most popular sites for students of architecture and design to test their creative chops. You may remember the ROC Low Line; an underground park designed by a team of RIT students. Soon after that we reviewed a more serious plan to install an underground shopping mall and entertainment venue called Broad Street Underground.

Yet another thought-provoking concept and set of renderings have been shared with us. This one elaborates on the idea of using the interior space as a nightclub, with various (wet and wild) public spaces…

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014
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New at Parkleigh, a Bright Piece of Rochester Retail History?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

This chandelier at Parkleigh once hung inside B. Forman Co. in downtown Rochester, NY. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Here’s a fun little history mystery that I could use your help with. Jeannine Klee, owner of Parkleigh on Park Avenue recently acquired this Venetian glass chandelier from a friend who claims it once hung inside the original B. Forman Co. department store in downtown Rochester. The fixture, now on display above the candy counter at Parkleigh, is quite beautiful. But, could it really be from B. Forman Co.?

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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City of Rochester Seeks Food Truck Feedback

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Pizza Stop. State State, Rochester. [PHOTO: non-euclidean photography, Flickr]
Last week I grabbed lunch at Pizza Stop – one of my absolute, hands down, favorite food joints in Rochester. After placing my order and (stepping promptly to the right) I noticed a petition* taped to the countertop. It was asking the City of Rochester to provide compensation to downtown merchants who lost business during a lunchtime food truck/cart event external link the week before. The petition argued that the City’s promotion of the food trucks caused nearby brick & mortar shops to lose money…

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Closure of Route 52 “Really Gets My Goat”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

RGRTA announced that it would pull the plug on cross-town route 52.
Many transit loving Rochesterians, put off by the RTS “hub and spoke” system, have long clamored for the convenience of crosstown routes. The new Route 52 answered those calls by connecting the Park Ave neighborhood with the University of Rochester Medical Center (via Goodman and Elmwood) without having to stop and transfer downtown. The new route had many of us excited external link.

But after less than a year of service, RGRTA said Route 52 drew too few customers external link to keep it going. And a little over a week ago, RGRTA announced that it would pull the plug…

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Renovation Underway for South Wedge Landmark

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Calvary St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at the corner of Averill and Ashland St, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: Provided]
The corner of Averill Avenue and Ashland Street external link is buzzing as a major renovation takes place at Calvary St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Parish external link. The winter of 2014, which brought ice dams and water damage to the historic structure, also brought an insurance settlement and a generous benefactor to restore the building to its original luster…

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Double Jeopardy for Historic Rochester Church

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Zoning Board will decide AGAIN whether or not to allow the former Westminster Presbyterian Church at 660 West Main Street to be demolished. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
“Double Jeopardy” wasn’t invented by Alex Trebek. It’s actually a procedural defense in our system of justice that forbids a defendant from being tried more than once for the same (or similar) charges. Unfortunately this rule doesn’t seem to apply with historic preservation in Rochester. Because the very same owner of this historic church at 660 West Main Street external link will, for a second time, ask the Zoning Board for permission to demolish the structure to make way for a discount store.

Dawn Noto is president of the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association. She was concerned about the demolition plans in March of 2013 when the Zoning Board blocked them the first time. This time Dawn says the conditions are no different and the City should be working with the owner on a plan to rehab the church building instead of entertaining his plan for a second time…

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Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Rochester Contemporary’s 6×6 Art Show: 2014 Picks from Curator Bleu Cease

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Don't miss this year's 6x6 Art Show at Rochester Contemporary Art Center!
The 7th “6×6″ art exhibition is going on right now at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) external link. This exhibit began as a one-time fundraiser in 2008 but has returned every year since then due to its incredible success. 6×6 is RoCo’s only major fundraiser. All artworks are offered for sale—anonymously—to the public for $20, with all proceeds going to support the Art Center. The artist’s names are revealed to the buyer upon purchase.

In 2014 the show has grown to include over 6,700 artworks external link from all 50 states and 65 countries.

Here are a few of the top picks from this year’s show sent to us by Bleu Cease, Executive Director and curator of the gallery…

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Monday, July 7th, 2014
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High Falls Repaints Old “Ghost Signs”

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The High Falls Business Association has been repainting some of the old 'ghost' advertising signs on buildings along Mill Street. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
You know those faded advertisements on the sides of old brick buildings? You may have heard them referred to as ghost signs because they’re usually just barely there, hanging on like spirits of a bygone era. Yeah, I love those things. Probably because they combine my two favorite hobbies: graphic design and local history.

The building I work in (in the High Falls neighborhood) has one of these signs on it. So naturally I took notice when someone began painting over it…

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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Campaign to Restore Rochester Subway Car 60 Kicks Off Sunday

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

The last remaining Rochester subway car #60. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
You may recall last year when Otto Vondrak told us the story of how the sole survivor of the Rochester subway fleet, Car 60, found its way home to Rochester. Since 1998 the car has been at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum awaiting restoration. To be perfectly honest, most of the volunteers who were involved in its return to Rochester passed on, putting restoration efforts on the back burner. But now, finally, this Sunday the museum will kick off a fundraising (and awareness building) campaign to restore Rochester Subway Car 60 for the public to enjoy once again…

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014
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Juan & Maria Host a Garage Sale; Benefit for Daughter’s Cancer Fight

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Juan & Maria's Empanada Stop at Rochester's Public Market.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Juan & Maria Contreras. Their family has been serving up the tastiest (and friendliest) Spanish-American food at the Public Market for almost as long as I myself have been a Rochesterian. Their homemade empanadas external link have earned their place alongside the Garbage Plate and the Zwiegle’s white hot. Over 1,000 empanadas have been known to fly out of this little food stand on any given day at the market, but no matter how busy they are, Juan always has time to greet each customer with a warm, “How are YOU my friend?”

Now our friends need our help. Their daughter, Carolina (33) has been locked in a battle against a rare and deadly form of cancer known as Clear Cell Sarcoma. This Sunday at the Rochester Public Market the Contreras family will host a garage sale to help raise money for Carolina’s fight for life…

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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Edgewater Developer Walks Us Through Rochester’s Port Project

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Greg Weykamp, owner of Edgewater Resources walks us through the Port of Rochester development plan.
You’ve read about it. You’ve heard plenty of commentary about it. And if you’re like me, you still have plenty of questions about the Port of Rochester development. This past weekend Greg Weykamp, owner of Edgewater Resources, LLC spent an hour with me on site to answer my questions on everything from the design of the marina & proposed development, accessibility, marketability, and parking/traffic concerns.

In this six-part video series, Weykamp addresses many of the concerns expressed by Charlotte neighbors over the past few months. No doubt there will still be more questions as the project enters the design phase. But his willingness to spend time with me (and my two kids who are dancing around in the background) showed me that this may not be the monster some people have made him out to be external link. But you can watch for yourself, and please let me know what you think…

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Guess What This Thursday is… ROC Transit Day!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ROC Transit Day is this Thursday. Make plans now to leave your car parked.
Reconnect Rochester is a non-profit organization I founded a few years ago to advocate for transportation alternatives in Rochester. We work for pedestrian-friendly streets, and we push for improved public transportation. These things are important to me because I’ve seen firsthand what happens to places that focus too much attention on providing spaces for automobiles, and not enough on spaces for people.

If you don’t quite get what I’m talking about, you can listen to me blabber on external link. But if you’re already with me, please make plans to leave your car at home this Thursday; a day we’re calling “ROC Transit Day”…

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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$500 Treasure Hunt

Monday, June 9th, 2014

ROC Transit Day

A $500 CASH prize is up for grabs in The Great ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt!

On June 19, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS (U.S.) will be hiding somewhere in Rochester. The first person (or team of people) to find it will take all. There’s just one catch… no cars allowed. To claim this jackpot you’ll need to use the bus system, walk or bike. Get your first clue now at www.ROCtransitday.com external link.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014
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