From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…
When the world’s first elevated highway was completed in 1936 along Manhattan’s west side, the New York Times marveled that “the gleaming new concrete ribbon” would let drivers travel from lower Manhattan “nearly to Poughkeepsie without having to stop for a traffic light or slow up for an intersection.” Legendary city planner and master highway builder, Robert Moses promised the new highway would “eliminate” traffic jams on the city’s west side…
Tags: Ed Koch, event, Gridlock Sam Schwartz, infrastructure, lecture, New York City, NYC, Reconnect Rochester, Robert Moses, Sam Schwartz, Samuel Schwartz, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars, The Little Theatre, traffic, traffic planning, transportation, transportation planning, urban planning, West Side Highway
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A Rochester city neighborhood is asking for our help this year to throw a Christmas Bash for kids in need. EMMA (East Main Mustard and Atlantic) is a sub-section of the Beechwood neighborhood. Like the adjacent NOTA and Culver University East neighborhoods, this neighborhood is mostly an old industrial area, but there are some 367 households with over 200 school age children living here, and an extremely high rate of poverty…
Tags: Beechwood, Culver University East, donate, Dorothy Parham, EMMA neighborhood, EMMA Neighborhood & Business Association, EMMA Neighborhood Christmas Bash, Kim Batten, NotA, Roland Williams, St. Louis Rams
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Over the past year I’ve been itching to move downtown (“Oh, you live really downtown” is the common response upon mentioning my address). This past spring I finally ripped the bandaid and moved out of my mom’s house. In the month between choosing where to live and moving in, I scoped out my new neighborhood nearly every day. It was always obvious that surface parking lots dominated the usable land in the St. Joseph’s Park neighborhood, or as I like to call it, St. Joseph’s Parking Lot. What shocked me was one particular lot that never saw a car. Morning, noon, and night I drove by the lot on the Northwest corner of the intersection at Franklin & Pleasant Streets . Every time there sat only a rusty chain and two cones across the entrance…
Tags: Eat Me Ice Cream, Franklin Street, Inner Loop Country Club, Neighborworks Rochester, North Winton Village, Park(ing) Day, parking, parking lots, parking madness, Pleasant Street, Reconnect Rochester, Rochester, Rochester NY, Ugly Duck Coffee, Young Urban Preservationists (YUP)
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Story via Tin Man Events
This Saturday Ellison Park will host Rolling Thunder – The Food Truck Wonder and what’s being billed as “a food truck rodeo on steriods.” Rolling Thunder will be the first food truck event to take place at a Monroe County Park…
Tags: County Executive Maggie Brooks, Ellison Park, event, food trucks, Joe Alessi, Maggie Brooks, Rolling Thunder, Tin Man Events
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Story via Rochester Fringe Festival
The fourth First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, September 26) announced its complete lineup this week at its annual BIG REVEAL at The Little Theatre. The 2015 Fringe will include more than 500 performances and events (up from 2014’s 380) featuring all genres of art in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, with more than 120 of them offered free of charge. The full schedule is available and all tickets are on sale as of now at RochesterFringe.com …
Tags: Abilene, Absinthe, Bernunzio Uptown Music, Blackfriars Theatre, Brown Bag Disco, Bushwacked, Dance Ministry, Dashboard Dramas, Downton Abbey, Eagles Network International, East Main Street, Eastman School of Music, Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall and Sproull Atrium, Erica Fee, Gallery r, Garth Fagan Dance Studio, George Eastman House’s Dryden Theatre, Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage, Gibbs Street, Gospel Sunday on Sunday, Grounded Aerial, Hot Tub: The Musical, HSBC Plaza, Jamie Lissow, Java’s Café, Jay Pharoah, Kilbourn Hall, Lady Natasha House, Lewis Banks, Luke Kempner, Lyric Theatre, Matt and Heidi Morgan, MuCCC, Nazareth College, Patton Oswalt, Rimini Protokoll, Rochester, Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY, School of the Arts, Silent Disco, Spiegelgarden, Spiegeltent, Spiegelworld, SUNY Geneseo, The Aurora, The College at Brockport, The Little, The Strong, TheatreROCS Stage, Tribute to Man sculpture, University of Rochester, Upside Downton, Writers & Books
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Last year, as part of ROC Transit Day , we planned a city-wide treasure hunt where teams followed a series of clues (for over 19 miles) to be the first to find a $500 cash prize at the end. The only catch: No motor vehicles. All teams were required to use public transit, walk, or bike. (it’s in the rules!)
This year (Thursday, June 18) we’re doing it again. It’s completely free to enter, but you must pre-register here before June 17. Right now we only have 6 teams signed up, so your odds would be pretty good; as long as you have a good working knowledge of Rochester.
Still not sure if you’ve got the right stuff? Take a look at the clues from LAST year and see how well you’d fare…
Tags: event, mass transit, mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY, scavenger hunt, treasure hunt
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ROC Transit Day is next week – Thursday, June 18. Rochester will be going car-free in support of a healthier community and we’ve lined up a fun day to celebrate… bus rides for you and the family, a street dance competition , city-wide treasure hunt , music all afternoon outside Rochester Central Library. Oh, and did someone say flash mob ?
So if you haven’t already, pull together a team of friends or co-workers and hop a bus on June 18. And if you need fare cards, contact us now …
Tags: event, mass transit, mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY
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We all love Rochester but sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day, right? That’s why Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists and Slow Road Travel are bringing you Backroads & Byways: Medina , the first in a series of daytrips to check out the roads less traveled and to explore historic places and exciting projects in small towns throughout the region…
Tags: 810 Meadworks, Bent’s Opera House, Landmark Society of Western New York, Medina, R.H. Newell Shirt Factory, Slow Road, Young Urban Preservationists (YUP)
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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…
Tags: dance, downtown, downtown Rochester, flash mob, Lose Yourself to Dance, Porshia Moné, Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY, RTS Transit Center, Sweet Dancerz
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On Saturday, April 25th, from 11am to 7pm, Arnett Boulevard between Rugby Avenue and Wellington Avenue in southwest Rochester’s 19th Ward Neighborhood will come alive with events, artwork, and temporary small businesses.
This Better Block project, in the historic Arnett Trolley Stop District, is part of a nation-wide movement to demonstrate possibilities for revitalizing urban neighborhoods.
Tags: 19th Ward, 19th Ward neighborhood, 362 Arnett Boulevard, Arnett Boulevard, Arnett Trolley Stop Better Block, Better Block Project, City of Rochester, complete streets, Dr. Dan DeMarle, event, In the City/Off the Grid, Jason Roberts, pop up shop, pop up store, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban development
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On Monday April 27 at 7pm, Rochester Bicycle Film Festival will present its first of three films, Power to the Pedals, and panel discussion with the filmmaker and other cycling advocates at Little Theatre…
Tags: Bob Nesson, cycling, Dan Lill, film, MetroPedalPower, Power to the Pedals, R Community Bikes, Rochester, Rochester Bicycle Film Festival, Rochester NY, Scott Wagner, Wenzday Jane
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As our Northwest area prepares for the upcoming Clean Sweep and other beautification projects, the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association would like to ask for your hand…
Tags: Clean Sweep, Lyell Avenue, Lyell-Otis, Lyell-Otis Neighborhood Association, Pamela Davis, Rochester, Rochester Clean Sweep, Rochester neighborhoods, Rochester NY, urban revitalization
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GREENTOPIA | FILM, a documentary film festival that lives at the intersection of Art and Ideas, is back for a fourth year. In partnership with Monroe Community College, the festival’s documentaries hale from around the globe and illuminate sustainability in its most wide-ranging sense. The films empower audiences to discuss the important topics of today and create sustainable changes in their own lives and communities. Screenings during the five-day festival, March 17th-21st, will be preceded by artistic performances from local buskers and followed by lively panel discussions with filmmakers from across the nation or local experts…
Tags: A Will for the Woods, Beginning With The End, Greentopia, Greentopia Festival, Greentopia Film, Maidentrip, Pandora's Promise, Rochester, Rochester NY, The Immortalists, Tiny, Walking Under Water
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By Steve Vogt
Exciting News! Rochesterians voted and won the Hyped for Halftime / Hype Your Hometown contest sponsored by Pepsi! So many Rochesterians love their hometown that they got out and voted – as they did with the Pepsi Field of Dreams contest in 2012. I guess this means that Rochester really loves Pepsi. We are not Atlanta, Coke need not apply…
Tags: concert, event, NFL, Nico & Vinz, Pepsi Get Hyped for Halftime, Pepsi Hype Your Hometown, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester Super Bowl Halftime Show, Super Bowl XLIX
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The New York Museum of Transportation presents a 40-minute slide talk on the Rochester Subway. The show is at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 11, 2015 and is free with admission of $5 adults and $4 under age 12. Images from the museum’s vast photo archive portray the Rochester Subway from construction, through operation, to its abandonment almost 60 years ago. The presentation of B&W and color slides will be narrated by the museum trustee, Jim Dierks…
Tags: event, Jim Dierks, New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT), Rochester, Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, Rochester NY, Rochester Subway, Rochester Subway photos
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Being called one of the most innovative reggae bands out there today , Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is rocketing into 2015 with momentum. The group’s previous album In These Times earned a spot on iTunes “Best of 2012” list. And their new album, Steady debuted this fall at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, iTunes’ Reggae Chart, and Amazon’s Reggae Chart. Cider Magazine called it, “one of the best reggae albums ever made.”
Without a doubt, Giant Panda has become one of Rochester’s hottest musical exports…
Tags: .45, Amazon, Ben Harper, Billboard, Chris O'Brian, concert, Craig Welsch, Dan Keller, Danny Kalb, Dylan Savage, event, Favorite Song, German House, Giant Pand Guerilla Dub Squad, Home, Hurt Up Your Brother, In These Times, iTunes, Jam ON, James Searl, John Brown's Body, Matt Saccuccimorano, Move, Mr. Cop, music, New Year's Eve, Not the Fool, Reggae, SiriusXM, Solution, Steady, The Green, Tony Gallicchio, Whatever Cost, Wolf At The Door, Zeppa Auditorium
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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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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).
Tags: event, fundraiser, Ox and Stone, party, Reconnect Rochester
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