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Martha Matilda Harper – Innovator in Beauty and Business

May 26th, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Urban Exploration | 5 Comments »

The building at 1233 East Main St. It's between the old Beechnut Packaging plant and Greenovations. [PHOTO: Joanne Brokaw]
By Joanne Brokaw

Driving down East Main Street recently, I spotted the name “Martha Matilda Harper” engraved on a building near the old Beech Nut packaging plant. My interest was piqued, since the building at 1233 East Main Street external link currently houses Tire Trax sales and service. It turns out that the facility is the former laboratories for Martha Matilda Harper, Inc.

I can’t believe that I’d never heard of Martha Matilda Harper, but we can thank her for just about everything having to do with our modern salon experiences, as well as her groundbreaking business methods that pioneered modern retail franchising…

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pssst… Flash Mob!

May 25th, 2015
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On Thursday, June 18, at exactly 9:07a.m. we're going to start the biggest spontaneous dance party ever to take place in downtown Rochester. For the exact location and to learn the dance moves, watch the video. [IMAGE: ReconnectRochester.org]
By Mike Governale

Have you ever done something so crazy you started to question your own sanity? A few weeks ago a little voice inside my head said, “DUDE, you should totally organize a flash mob!” Most sane people would have chuckled to themselves and ignored the voice. Not me. I listened to it.

So now here I am, asking you to join me for what could be the most insane (yet wildly entertaining) 5 minutes that downtown Rochester has seen in quite a while. If you’re feeling a little bit crazy, the details are after the jump…

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Rochester Pedal Tours

May 17th, 2015
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Rochester Pedal Tours coming July 2015. [PHOTO: BuffaloPedalTours.com]
By Mike Governale

Here’s some exciting news… Trolleys will be returning to Rochester’s streets this summer! Though not the electric kind. Philip Szal will be starting Rochester Pedal Tours, a pedal powered trolley that guests can take around downtown as a way to bounce between their favorite restaurants and bars…

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Ida Jane Anderson, New York’s First Registered Nurse

May 16th, 2015
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The First Location of the Rochester Homeopathic Hospital [PHOTO: NyHeritage.org]
By Joanne Brokaw

This past week was National Nursing Week external link. To mark the occasion, we thought it only fitting to take a look at one of Rochester’s many (many) contributions to the role of nursing: the Registered Nurse…

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City of Rochester Now Seeking Proposals for Main Street Bus Shelters

May 10th, 2015
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The City of Rochester has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to adaptively reuse, redevelop, and operate five former bus shelters on Main Street in downtown Rochester, NY. [PHOTO: Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.]
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The City of Rochester has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) external link to adaptively reuse, redevelop, and operate five former bus shelters on Main Street in downtown Rochester, NY. The deadline to respond is June 26 and successful proposals are expected to be announced by July 31…

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The Glen House – Rochester’s First Water-side Retreat

April 27th, 2015
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In 1870 Ellwanger & Barry (and other wealthy investors) owned a spot along the west bank of the Genesee River gorge known as Maple Grove. At the time, the Lake Avenue streetcar line stretched all the way to this point, and in an effort to stimulate traffic on the trolley line, they had built Rochester's first water-side resort; the Glen House. [PHOTO: 'Rochester's Lakeside Resorts and Amusement Parks' by Donovan Schilling]
By Mike Governale

In 1870 Ellwanger & Barry (and other wealthy investors) owned a spot along the west bank of the Genesee River gorge known as Maple Grove. At the time, the Lake Avenue streetcar line stretched all the way to this point, and in an effort to stimulate traffic on the trolley line, they had built Rochester’s first water-side resort; the Glen House…

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Inside Rochester’s Deep Rock Tunnel Network

April 11th, 2015
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Let's explore Rochester's deep rock sewer tunnels! [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

A few weeks ago we took you on a trip to Van Lare Wastewater Treatment Facility to see where Rochester’s dirty water goes to get cleaned up. It was there that we learned of an extensive deep rock tunnel system that that captures major storm runoff until it can be treated. Known as the Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program, or CSOAP, this system saves over 1 billion gallons of sewage from overflowing into the Genesee River and Irondequoit Bay each year.

More importantly, this means there are 30 miles of giant smelly tunnels beneath our city just waiting to be explored! Come on let’s go…

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RocLinks 4/11/15

April 11th, 2015
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Hyatt Under Construction [PHOTO: Democrat and Chronicle]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week (and WOW, what a week for development here in Rochester)…

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New Rochester-to-Henrietta Multimodal Connection Planned

April 1st, 2015
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Rendering of Proposed Multimodal Corridor connecting Henrietta with downtown Rochester.
By Matthew Denker

[PLEASE NOTE: This was an April Fools posting. Joke’s over.]

RochesterSubway.com has just learned of preliminary plans for what’s being called the Rochester Southern Communities Active Transportation (R-SCAT) project. By building on Monroe County’s original 1947 highway plan, Rochester, Brighton, and Henrietta have agreed to the construction of a new, multimodal connection from downtown Rochester to the New York State Thruway…

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Frank E. Van Lare Wastewater Treatment Facility Tour

March 30th, 2015
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Grab your nose plugs. Today we're going inside Frank E. Van Lare Wastewater Treatment Facility. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Joe Henderson (34) was an earth science teacher at Rush Henrietta Central School District before graduating last year from University of Rochester with a Ph.D. in Education – with a focus on environmental education. Joe has taken many 8th graders on field trips to Frank E. Van Lare Wastewater Treatment Facility external link. And today, he’s arranged to bring all of you, RocSubway friends…

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RocLinks 3/28/15

March 28th, 2015
Posted in Rochester News | 4 Comments »

View from Roc Brewing Co. [PHOTO: Innovationtrail/Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Filling In: Wegmans Plaza

March 22nd, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Urban Development | 27 Comments »

Wegmans under construction from overhead
By Matthew Denker

It has come to my attention that there are some pretty stalwart fans external link of Tops Friendly Markets out there! That means this is the Filling In for you (as opposed to this one).

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RocLinks 3/21/15

March 21st, 2015
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester News | 12 Comments »

Midtown Plaza [PHOTO: Thomas Belknap/flickr]
By Matthew Denker

Sorry for leaving everyone high and dry on the link front last week. Ironically enough, I was in Rochester, which complicated writing a RocLinks so much that I was unable to do so. That said, it was wonderful seeing/meeting so many of you, and my deepest apologies to any readers I missed while in town.

And now, from local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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