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Rochester Street Films… Coming 11/19

October 18th, 2015
Posted in Rochester News, Train/Railroad Stuff, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 1 Comment »

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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Filling In: 37 Eagle Street Part 3

October 15th, 2015
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This is to inform you that a public hearing has been scheduled for [37 Eagle Street]
By Matthew Denker

Consider this a lightweight palette cleanser in the middle of the five course, multi-month feast that is the zoning series. Even so, it’s deeply related to zoning, so you’re not getting off that easy. Read on if you dare (Halloween pun intended!).

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Filling In: Zoning Part 3, Commercial

October 7th, 2015
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The Flatiron Building - The highest of the highs in C-1. [IMAGE: Mike (M J M), Flickr.com]
By Matthew Denker

Goodbye houses, hello something more! Having already discussed the city’s 3 residential zones, it’s time to talk about its 3 mixed-use zones. In one of the many progressive moves in the 2003 re-zoning, Rochester moved away from pure commercial use zones by adding mixed use and residential uses to the (formerly) commercial zones. The narrative descriptions changed, but the letter designations did not. Anyway, ditch the bowtie, grab a monocle and let’s go…

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Highlights from the Fringe

September 30th, 2015
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Highlights from Rochester's Fringe festival. [PHOTO: jasonwilder.org / wilderstreet.tumblr.com]
By Joanne Brokaw

Temperatures are falling and the Fringe Fest is a distant memory. Well, technically it’s only a few days in the past, but given the rapid change in temperature it feels like a season ago.

This was the fourth year for the First Niagara Fringe Festival, but it was the first time I’d ever attended. I love Rochester and I love going downtown. But to be honest, I generally avoid events where there are lots of people or the potential for traffic congestion. Since I had a press pass, though, I decided to take full advantage of it, and for 10 days I immersed myself in the fun.

And I do mean fun. Here are a few of the highlights from my week at the Fringe…

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UPDATE: Little House in the City

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

September 28th, 2015
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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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The Final Days of the Fringe

September 25th, 2015
Posted in Art + Culture, Events, Rochester Destinations, Rochester News | Comments Off on The Final Days of the Fringe

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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Filling In: Zoning Part 2, Residential

September 22nd, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Urban Development | 34 Comments »

34 Atkinson Street - An utterly illegal house to build today. [IMAGE: Google]
By Matthew Denker

Hope your heart is still racing from our introduction to Zoning last week, because this week we’re talking about residential zoning in Rochester!

Contrary to common knowledge, residential zoning isn’t exclusively for residences (nor is commercial zoning exclusively for commercial – it’s a good place to build apartments, in fact). That said, Rochester has 3 specific residential zones that we’re discussing here. Grab your bow tie and let’s go…

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Exploring Spiegelgarden, the Heart of the Fringe

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

September 17th, 2015
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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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Filling In: Zoning Part 1, Introduction

September 10th, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Urban Development | 17 Comments »

Current Rochester Zoning Map [IMAGE: City of Rochester]
By Matthew Denker

Well readers, this is it. The series of articles you’ve been waiting for your entire life without even knowing it. That’s right, we’re going to talk about zoning, and more specifically, zoning in Rochester. I’ve been known to refer to zoning as the last bastion for the wicked, and over the next few weeks, I look forward to pleading my case.

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Bus Graveyard

September 8th, 2015
Posted in Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 3 Comments »

RTS bus graveyard. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
The following is a guest post submitted anonymously with additional photos by Mike Governale

I was near the airport when Vice President Biden’s plane came in a few weeks ago. Held up by a road block, I happened to find myself near a junk yard full of old RTS buses. I knew traffic wouldn’t be moving for a while so I pulled over and got out to take a closer look. It was little bus graveyard…

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Filling In: Aldi Revisted

September 1st, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Urban Development | 11 Comments »

Aldi Sign [Image: Matzo Electric Signs]
By Matthew Denker

Welcome back, readers – it’s been a while! But now that summer is drawing to a close, and we’re starting to stock up for the long winter ahead (wouldn’t want to be THIS guy external link), it’s time to start Filling In again. For our first discussion, let’s revisit Aldi. When we last wrote about it, Mike was advocating for getting good design, and I was putting forward a couple ideas about how the store might improve its relationship with the neighborhood . “Fine,” you say, “where is this going?” Well I’m glad you asked.

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Park Avenue Hospital

August 30th, 2015
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images | 5 Comments »

Katherine Fitzgerald Osborn, a nurse at Rochester's Park Avenue Hospital. [PHOTO COURTESY OF: John Zicari]
By Joanne Brokaw

Back in May, we noted National Nurses Week with a piece on Ida Jane Anderson, New York State’s first registered nurse. John Zicari, a reader from York, Maine, wrote to tell me that he’d been doing some genealogical research on his family from Rochester, and shared a family photo of his great aunt, Katherine Fitzgerald Osborn. She was a nurse at what John had been told was Rochester’s Park Avenue Hospital. There’s no date on the photo but, John says, “She died in 1925 so it is pretty early picture of the facility.”

I love genealogy and especially old photos. But I had to confess: I’d never heard a hospital on Park Ave. Cafes? Yes. Art galleries? Yes. A hospital? No.

But as my grandfather used to say, you learn something new every day…

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Help Nurture Rochester’s Fruit Belt

August 26th, 2015
Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester News, Urban Development | No Comments »

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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Remembering the Old Rochester Monroe County Airport and Murals

August 23rd, 2015
Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure | 12 Comments »

Do you remember the mural at the old Rochester Monroe County Airport? A reader asked if we could share photos of it. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
By Mike Governale

I received an email last week from George Conboy, Chairman of Brighton Securities. He asks, “Have you seen anywhere a photo of the transportation mural that was behind the long ticket counter at the old airport? I remember it as a vaguely Art Deco theme of general transportation with an emphasis, of course, on air transport.”

Mr. Conboy explained that he used to fly a lot during the “glory days” of air travel back in the 1960s when he was a kid. “I just liked that old mural. I used to see it all the time and it has always been in my mind.”

This is a great question. I had been told of this mural before but have never seen it myself. Photos of it online are practically non-existent, so this one will require some digging…

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Medical Marijuana Returns to Rochester

August 19th, 2015
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester News | 2 Comments »

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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