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What Is This Strange Water Feature?

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I have seen these concrete triangles in the river before. But I had never noticed the spring water bubbling up. What is this strange water feature? [PHOTO: Michael Krauklis]
Last week a reader, Michael Krauklis, sent me this picture and asked two perplexing questions. Michael said, “I’ve worked downtown just next to the Broad Street bridge for 11 years now, and the entire time there has been a strange feature in the river just south of the bridge external link. Upon first glance it appears to be a spring, in the middle of the river, but with further inspection one can see the carcass of an old abandoned structure surrounding it… What was the original purpose of this and where is the water is coming from?”

I have seen these strange concrete triangles in the river myself, and I know there are more than one of them. But I had never noticed the spring water bubbling up! In either case, I had no good answer for Michael. So, I started digging. Here’s what I found out…

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Friday, September 27th, 2013
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Posted in Rochester History, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration, Video | 20 Comments »

High Falls: A Waterfall, Within a Canyon, in the Heart of Our City

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Benjamin Woelk reminds us that we have a 96 foot tall waterfall... inside a canyon... in the middle of our city. This is a simply a world-class site.
By now you’ve probably heard of the GardenAerial external link project. But you may not be clear on the details. What is it? And why is it important? Benjamin Woelk is Associate Director of Administration & Community Engagement at GardenAerial. He recently gave a presentation at TEDxFlourCity where he explained how the GardenAerial project will reinvent our community by giving Rochester a “sustainable identity.”

Benjamin reminds us that we have a 96 foot tall waterfall… inside a canyon… in the middle of our city. High Falls has been here for millions of years. Yes it’s evolving; but it’s also been here longer than Kodak, Lilacs or Garbage Plates. Rochester began here. And as he correctly points out, this is a world-class site. Repeat it: A World. Class. Site.

Now watch the video and see how High Falls could be transformed into New York State’s first EcoDistrict, and a boon to our economy once again…

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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River Clean Up Makes Some Progress

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Local photographer Clarke Conde has been snapping photos of the Genesee River all year. This patch of trash had been growing slowly like a giant, smelly tumor. [PHOTO: Clarke Conde]
A couple of weeks ago photographer Clarke Conde external link shared some dirty photos of Rochester’s riverfront on Facebook. Those photos made me sad. Dead trees, algae and trash had been collecting in this section of the river for over well over year. Smelly algae and logs are one thing. But add piles of plastic bottles, clothing, styrofoam, truck tires, other undesirables, and let stew for a year or more? To me, that’s more than a cosmetic problem. If I’m from out of town, I’d probably think Rochesterians just don’t give a hoot.

Thankfully, we all know that isn’t true. We pulled together. And we made a difference…

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Eew! Photos Document a Growing River of Trash

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Local photographer Clarke Conde has been snapping photos of the Genesee River all year. This patch of trash has been growing slowly like a giant, smelly tumor. [PHOTO: Clarke Conde]
The City of Rochester recently put the finishing touches on some beautiful hardscaping and pathways connecting Mount Hope Avenue to the Genesee River Trail. Doesn’t a stroll along the river on a warm summer evening sound divine?

Umm, nah… I’ll take a rain check maybe. Have you seen our river lately?! LOOK at this…

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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
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Original Spaceman Artwork Now Available

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Spaceman artwork now available for you to own. [IMAGE: SPACEMAN]
A few months ago we interviewed the local artist known only as Spaceman. You’ve seen the iconic images on the streets of Rochester. Now you can own them (and contribute to two great causes). Proceeds gathered from the sale of these stickers, prints and t-shirts will go towards Spaceman’s efforts to clean up waterways in the Genesee Valley; including the Genesee River and surrounding tributaries. Spaceman also requests that a portion of the proceeds go to RocSubway for the upkeep of the site. Thanks Spaceman!

But don’t wait. Quantities are EXTREMELY limited so grab this stuff while it’s here.

Original artwork by Spaceman, available here…

Monday, April 1st, 2013
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Loving Life at Erie Harbor Apartments

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Jim Mayer and his wife Irene invite us into their home at Erie Harbor Apartments. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
“The units at Erie Harbor are very poorly designed and overpriced… The ground floor units don’t even have a view of the river – it is blocked by a berm… Shoddy construction… The stairs creak… Tacky… Ugliest building in Rochester…” These are all comments you may have heard about the Erie Harbor Apartments external link which were officially opened last fall external link.

When comments like these were left under a recent post on RochesterSubway.com, Jim Mayer didn’t take it sitting down. He contacted me and invited me to visit his home. He and his wife Irene sold their home in Brighton and now live at Erie Harbor. I admit, after nearly a three hour visit, I left feeling a bit jealous at just how much this couple is loving life in their new digs…

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Monday, March 11th, 2013
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The Rochester Landmarks Poster, by Richard Margolis

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Rochester Landmarks Poster [IMAGE: Richard Margolis]
When I first moved to Rochester’s Swillburg neighborhood thirteen years ago, my favorite place to eat was Highland Park Diner. I remember this Rochester Landmarks poster, by Richard Margolis, hung over one of the booths there. I used to stare and study those landmarks all the while shoveling Aunt Bee’s Homestyle Meatloaf into my face. Ah, my first taste of Rochester. Today I own that poster, and I’ve now been to all but one of the 38 landmarks on it. It’s a great feeling!

Now you can get your hands on a copy of this Landmark poster from the RochesterSubway.com Gift Shop, and start checking them off your list too. Can you name all 38 landmarks? No peeking! The answers are after the jump…

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Monday, March 4th, 2013
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Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images | 2 Comments »

New Aerial Photo of Hojack Swing Bridge

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Old site of the Hojack Swing Bridge near the Port of Rochester. [AERIAL PHOTO: Bob Biakowski]
Today’s Fun Foto Friday may not be very fun for rail fans and admirers of the old Hojack Swing Bridge near the Port of Rochester. This is an aerial photo of where the bridge used to be. The shot was taken just a few days ago, on January 14, by Bob Biakowski. Here’s what it looked like before it was dismantled…

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Friday, January 18th, 2013
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The Rail Bridge over Letchworth Park: Should it stay or go… or both?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The Portageville Bridge over Letchworth State Park looking south from the Middle/Upper Falls Picnic Area. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
The Portageville Bridge which carries the Norfolk Southern railroad over the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park was built in 1875 after a fire destroyed the former wooden bridge. The steel frame bridge, which towers over the river gorge and its waterfalls, has become a beloved feature of the park and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. But a 2008 inspection external link by Modjeski and Masters external link revealed structural deficiencies, and it was determined that the current bridge should either be rehabilitated or replaced. The question is what to do with the old bridge once a new one is built. State officials are now soliciting comments from the public on three different options…

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
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The Life and (Explosive) Death of Rochester’s Driving Park Bridge

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Driving Park Bridge and Lower Falls, c.1904
Last week we explored some of the caves in Rochester’s Genesee River gorge. While digging around for information about Lower Falls, I came across some great stuff on the nearby Driving Park Bridge. The bridge that you know today was built in 1989. But the previous bridge (shown above) had been there for nearly 100 years. That’s pretty remarkable when you consider its length of 717 feet, the icy Rochester weather, and the relentless spray from the Lower Falls below. Be sure to click on the image above for a much larger view. And check out the link at the end of this article to watch the explosive demolition of the old steel bridge in the 1980′s…

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Monday, November 19th, 2012
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Exploring the Caves of Rochester, NY

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Rico Cave in the Genesee River gorge near Lower Falls. [Flickr PHOTO: bobbybeans]
Just when I think I’ve done everything there is to do in Rochester, I discover another little hole in the wall. Literally. Check out these photos of what is unofficially known as “Rico Cave” near Lower Falls…

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
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Vintage Views of Rochester; 178 and counting…

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Greetings from Rochester! Now you can flip thru my entire collection of vintage Rochester postcard images on Flickr. New views will be added regularly.
Greetings from Rochester! Lately you may have noticed lots of old images stuck to the sides of the buildings downtown. The images are actually larger reproductions of old postcards—some a century old—and they pay homage to the gorgeous buildings that once lined Rochester’s streets. For the past two years I’ve been collecting a lot of these same vintage postcards. I like to say “vintage” instead of “old” because most of them are new to me – plus I can’t imagine these incredible images ever getting old in the other sense of the word.

Well, I finally did it. It was a monumental task but now you can flip thru my entire collection of vintage Rochester postcard images right from your computer. All 178 views – scanned, uploaded, and labeled for your viewing pleasure…

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Sunday, March 13th, 2011
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Summer Subway FREEBIES! Free Rochester Wallpapers

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Dress up your PC with free Rochester wallpapers.
I’ve never shared this with anyone before… but I have a disorder. I’m an excessive wallpaper changer. I’m in therapy (and doing a little self-medicating) but still, I have a hard time keeping one background graphic on my computer desktop for more than a day or two (at most). Maybe I have ADHD? Or maybe I just need a life. I CAN’T HELP IT! I just get bored staring at the same image for too long. I tear through so many wallpapers I’ve had to start making my own…

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Saturday, July 31st, 2010
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1906 Panorama and More Old Photos of Rochester, NY

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Here's a vintage postcard we recently acquired depicting the south entrance to the Rochester Subway (circa 1928).
Recently we acquired this postcard (shown above) of the Rochester subway entrance at Court Street. And while I was reading up on the history of Rochester and the Erie Canal, I came across some pretty neat photos of downtown, the old canal, and later the construction of the Rochester Subway. These images say a thousand words so I’ll just start the slide show with this incredible panorama of Rochester from 1906…

Here's a vintage postcard we recently acquired depicting the south entrance to the Rochester Subway (circa 1928).
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Sunday, November 29th, 2009
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