It was nearly five years ago when I and a small group of RocSubway readers came together with a single goal; to strengthen our community by working to grow sustainable transportation options across our region. Together we formed Reconnect Rochester, Inc…
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By Clarke Condé
Next in the Wear to Where series, we look to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge. For years this span of 180 feet has been less of a unifier than a divider in this community, but Senator Chuck Schumer has an idea (or rather wants someone to come up with an idea) that could change that permanently…
Tags: Clarke Conde, Emerson & Oliver, fashion, Irondequoit Bay, Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge, Melania Velasquez, Paislee Boutique, photo, photography, Rochester, Rochester fashion, Rochester NY, Rust Belt chic, Sen. Charles Schumer, Senator Schumer, Stephanie Polowe-Aldersley, Wear to Where
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Google Maps updated their view of Rochester this week. Notice anything different? Let’s zoom in on that visual a bit…
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On May 19, 1911, a 150 foot long break occurred in the wall of the New York State Barge Canal at Bushnell’s Basin. Construction on this section of canal had just been completed eight days earlier.
According to an article in the Monroe County Mail, it was a canal worker, John McCarthy, who at 4pm discovered water pouring through a narrow crack in the canal bank…
Tags: Brook Hollow Road, Bushnell's Basin, Erie Canal, history of Rochester, infrastructure, John McCarthy, Marsh Road bridge, New York State Barge Canal, old photos, old photos of Rochester, old photos of Rochester NY, Perinton, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY
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By Steve Vogt
There’s tons of development happening all over the city of Rochester. In addition to the bigger ones, I thought I’d keep you updated on some of the smaller projects that are less spoken about.
179 Atlantic Avenue has been completely overhauled inside and out. The building is nearing completion and will be ready for occupants sometime around the new year…
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On Sunday [November 22] my mom took my little brother and me to Rochester Mini Maker Faire . There were a lot of cool robots, fun activities, and art to make, and buy. I want to tell you about some of my favorite things that I saw there…
Tags: Big Ben, Bird Brain Technologies, Burj Khalifa, Earrings by Cayla, Empire State Building, Maker Faire, painted record Christmas wreaths, R2D2, reclaimed jewelry, robot, robots, Rochester, Rochester Maker Faire, Rochester Mini Maker Faire, Rochester NY, Squishy Circuits, Stan Munro, Toothpick World, Yankee Stadium
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As you know, the City of Rochester is requesting development proposals for the empty lots along Charlotte Street. I am sending you a plan that I worked on with a couple of designers. Unfortunately, we have not been able to connect with any interested developers, and proposals were due December 5th.
The following design is by Pebble-stream; we wanted to share it with our friends who believe in the future of this community…
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It’s usually all business down here in the subway. But when we party, we party with purpose. I’d like to invite you to join me at Ox and Stone on Tuesday, December 16 for a FUNraiser to benefit Reconnect Rochester .
There’ll be great food & drink, music, raffle prizes, and some awesome Rochesterians to rub elbows with.
Minimum donation $50 / suggested $75.
Click here to reserve your spot
before midnight, Tuesday (12/9).
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Because we’re always thinking ahead to the weekend, here are a couple of fun things you might want to check out. We’ve got a Christmas celebration going on in the South Wedge, and one heck of a shopping alternative to the big box stores…
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Rochester has a nice skyline, although it’s not notably more impressive than some comparable cities like Des Moines, IA where the tallest tower is 801 Grand at 630 ft. or Birmingham, AL where the tallest tower is the Wells Fargo Tower at 454 ft. tall.
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By Clarke Condé
Welcome to the first in a new series blending geography and fashion with a focus on this place we call Rochester. We are fortunate to have host of boutiques and makers that bring a homegrown sense of Rust Belt chic to the varied spaces here. This series is an exploration of those spaces, many of which would otherwise not even get a second glance…
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Have you ever noticed someone standing on the side a busy road or sitting on the curb while waiting for a bus? The lack of seating at bus stops in our area is a real problem, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. This week however, Reconnect Rochester unveiled a clever solution which they believe could change this picture…
Tags: bus, bus stop cube, bus stop seat, bus-stop, cube seat, guerilla bus stop seat, mass transit, mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, Regional Transit Service (RTS), Rochester, tactical urbanism, urban furniture
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Preface: I am a total geek and I have stopped caring who knows it. With that out of the way, one of my favorite things in the world to do is study old maps. And my favorite part of old maps are the titles! I told you, total… geek.
I’ve always been amazed at how much attention used to go into the details of these hand-drawn works of art. These days all we do is send a satellite up into space, or someone out to drive around and snap pictures of our streets – and don’t get me wrong, that’s pretty neat for other reasons. But Google streetview ain’t got nuthin on this. Go ahead, geek out…
(UPDATE: The image shown above is now available to order.)
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Welcome to the first part of Filling In: 37 Eagle Street. I’d love to tell you how many parts to expect, but I don’t really know. What I can tell you is that this is the first Filling In about a real live project: my wife and I are building ourselves a house at 37 Eagle Street in Corn Hill.
So what gives? Why a house, you say? Well, I’ve always dreamed of building myself a house, and if you haven’t noticed from previous columns, I’m very much interested in developing Rochester. If that’s not a fortuitous intersection of desires, I don’t know what is…
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It’s kind of amazing we haven’t looked at Charlotte Street already, but better late than never. Also, the RFP from the city is out, so there’s that. You can read the details here . Let’s just say the city is much more open minded about this proposal than the one for Midtown Parcel 5.
This proposal, in case you’re curious, is due December 5th. It’s going to be a busy few weeks for you if you’re trying to submit for this and Site 5…
Tags: 2 Vine, 40 Mercer, Charlotte Square, Charlotte Street, Christa Development, development, Filling In, Haags Alley, Hart's Local Grocers, Inner Loop, Jean Nouvel, Little Bakery, Pitkin Street, Rochester, Rochester NY
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Ok, here we go, from the real estate listing site Movoto.com comes the top 50 things you PROBABLY didn’t know about Rochester… or did you?
Tags: Brown Brothers nursery, Browncroft, Buffalo Bill, Buffalo Bills, calculating machine, Colonial Nathaniel Rochester, David Kendall, Dexter, eBaum's World, Eric Bauman, first gold tooth, Flour City, Flower City, Francis Bellamy, French's Mustard, Genesee Brewery, Genesee Brewing Company, George Baldwin Selden, George Taylor, graham crackers, Great Lakes, Guinness World Records, Gym Class Heroes, James Caleb Jackson, James Cutler, John Lithgow, Labatt, lake effect snow, Lake Ontario, Lilac Festival, longest string of edible tacos, Lord Farquaad, marshmallows, Mount Hope Cemetery, movoto.com, Mustard Street, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), New York Giants, Ontario Beach Park carousel, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Places Rated Almanac, RIT Tigers, Rochester, Rochester Fire Department, Rochester history, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester NY, Rochester Red Wings, Ross Barnes, Shrek, Spirit the RIT Tiger, The Haloid Photographic Company, The Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Coughlin, Toner Tower, Trinity Killer, trivia, University of Rochester, white hot, world’s largest human flower, Xerox, Xerox Tower
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You may recall waaay back in 2010 a group of RocSubway readers got together with the intent of drumming up support for transportation alternatives in Rochester. In a town where the car is king, that was to be no easy task. But we’ve been making measurable progress. Find out how you can help, AND get some original Thievin’ Stephen artwork as a thank-you…
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Okay urban explorers and subway fans, lay down some newspaper and get ready to have your minds blown. A local photographer, Mark Goho, has made it his mission to capture 360º panoramas of Rochester parks to share with the world on Google Views. Mark’s latest project took him deep underground and, with a few clicks of a camera and mouse, he has given the general public unfettered access into the abandoned Rochester subway…
Tags: abandoned places, abandoned subway, Broad Street, Google, Graffiti, Mark Goho, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester panorama, rochester photos, Rochester Subway, Rochester Subway photos, Rochester Subway tunnel, street art, subway tunnel, urban exploration