Yale Law School, New Haven, CT – Racial segregation plagues communities across the United States, including those in Rochester, New York and in surrounding Monroe County. On July 29, 2020, Rochester’s City Roots Community Land Trust, in partnership with the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic, released a guide — Confronting Racial Covenants: How They Segregated Monroe County and What to Do About Them — for those looking to understand and address such segregation.(more…)
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By Sammi Cohen
February is Black History Month, and this year’s celebration is a special one for Rochester residents in particular. That’s because February 2019 is also the bicentennial anniversary of famed abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass, who later made his home in the Flower City. Not only is Douglass immortalized throughout Rochester in the form of statues for all to see throughout the year, but the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will partner with the school’s Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation library facility to showcase Douglass’s work and life.
Tags: black history month, blog, business, events, history
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Many of you have noticed our extended hiatus and have begun asking if this is the end for RocSubway. I didn’t think it would be necessary to say anything about it. But for those of you who had followed this blog like religion for so long, you deserve some closure.
A little while ago I lost my job and decided to start my own web design business instead of going back to work for someone else. That was the best decision I ever made for myself. But it also means I now work pretty much nonstop with little time for anything else. What extra time I do have, I put into growing Reconnect Rochester . Reconnect is a nonprofit organization doing amazing work to change the way transportation is viewed in Monroe County. It’s something I’m very proud of. And it began with a seed planted right here.
So I’m not going away, really. I just won’t be posting much here for the foreseeable future. In the meantime you’re welcome to join me over at Reconnect . Or perhaps I’ll run into you somewhere else, helping to make our community better in your own way.
Before I sign off, I want to say thank you.
I’ve gained much more from every RocSubway reader I’ve met (virtually and in person) than what I’ve given on these pages. Always remember there are important lessons for the future buried deep within our past. Everywhere you look in this city—behind every wall and within every person—you will find a beautiful story. We’ve only scraped the surface.
On a recent trip to New York City (my previous home) I came across a poem in the subway by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. I cannot think of better words to close with…
As you fly swiftly underground
with a song in your ears
or lost in the maze of a book,
remember the ones who descended here
into the mire of bedrock
to bore a hole through this granite,
to clear a passage for you
where there was only darkness and stone.
Remember as you come up into the light.
Tags: blog, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester Subway, rochestersubway.com
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Gilbert Hunt was a trolley and bus operator for Rochester Transit Corporation (the predecessor organization of RTS) from 1907 to 1948. When Gilbert retired in 1948 the Democrat & Chronicle published a story about him and his impressive collection of Rochester transit passes which he amassed over his long career. That collection is now up for grabs…
Tags: Gilbert Hunt, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester Transit Corporation, Trolley and Bus Passes
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While poking around the Rochester Image Database that the Monroe Public Library so lovingly maintains, I bumped into a series of 24 aerial photographs taken in 1982. That in and of itself wouldn’t be the most interesting thing ever, except the images portray Rochester in the middle of an incredible transition to be much closer to the city we know now than the one anyone might have recognized from before.
Tags: BCBS, Can of Worms, Charlotte, Convention Center, Corn Hill, Corn Hill Commons, County Offices, High Falls, Hotel Rochester, implosion, Inner Loop, Lower Falls, Matt Denker, Matthew Denker, North Chestnut Street, Rochester Aerial Photography, South Wedge, Strong
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The following is a guest post submitted by an anonymous source. Submit your story today.
RG&E’s Beebee power plant was one of the most formidable structures in Rochester. For half a century, this cluster of buildings covered an 8 acre site along the floor of the High Falls gorge – climbing up the west rock wall and looming hundreds of feet in the air over Platt Street and the neighborhood below…
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, abandoned power plant, demolition, High Falls, infrastructure, power plant, RG&E Beebee Station, Rochester, Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E), rochester images, Rochester NY, rochester photos, urban exploration
Posted in Architecture, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 26 Comments »
Every once in a while we like to share fun stuff from the Rochester Subway mailbag. Here’s an email from a Rochester expatriate now living in New England. John Zicari is keeping tabs on his old home town by following sites like ours, while longing for some of the finer things in life. John writes…
Tags: Grandma Brown's Baked Beans, Rochester, Rochester NY, Zweigle's
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The Rochester Subway stopped passenger service on June 30, 1956. To mark the 60th anniversary of the subway’s closing the New York Museum of Transportation will host a two-day weekend event filled with talks, trolley rides, demonstrations of the Subway’s fully restored “Casey Jones” speeder, food, and vendors…
Tags: Bill Carpenter, Casey Jones, New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT), NYMT, Regional Transit Service (RTS), Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, Rochester NY, Rochester Subway, Rochester subway car 60, vintage bus
Posted in Events, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester News, Rochester Subway, Rochester Subway Stories, Train/Railroad Stuff, Transit + Infrastructure | 6 Comments »
The following story was submitted by ThisApparatusMustBeUnearthed.com
Since I’ve lived downtown I’ve had my eyes on this building. Not for much good reason except that it was there, and waiting. But despite being so close, it always stayed locked up and out of reach. In fact, over the years it seemed to defy everyone’s best efforts to occupy it – including those of its many owners…
Tags: 65-67 Chestnut Street, Cadillac Hotel, Chestnut Street, downtown Rochester, Elm Street, Ford Hotel, Hotel Cadillac, Hotel Ford, Hotel Richford, R.T. Ford & Company, Richard T. Ford, Richford Hotel, Rochester, Rochester NY
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This fully restored vintage Greyhound bus appeared in the movie Race , the recent film about Jesse Owens’ fight to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games where he won four gold medals. The bus will be open for visitors and tales from the restoration and filming of the bus will be told next Sunday at The New York Museum of Transportation…
Tags: 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, African-American history, Greyhound, Jesse Owens, Jim Dierks, New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT), NYMT, Race, vintage bus
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Here’s a neat bit of Rochester sports history, even if we are forever on the losing end. 35 years ago this evening, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings would begin the longest professional baseball game ever played to date; 33 innings spanning three calendar days…
Tags: baseball, Boston, Cal Ripkin Jr., Dave Koza, Dennis Cregg, longest baseball game, Marty Barrett, McCoy Stadium, Mike Tamburro, minor league baseball, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket RI, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester Red Wings, sports, sports records, Triple-A International League, Wade Boggs
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There’s no real reason for this post. I was going through old family photos this weekend and stumbled upon these ones from a boat tour around Manhattan island my wife and I took in 2004. By complete coincidence we sailed directly in front of the infamous Spirit of Ontario I (a.k.a. Fast Ferry) on her maiden voyage to Rochester…
Tags: architecture, Fast Ferry, Manhattan, New York City, NYC, Rochester, transportation
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Letchworth Bridge in southern Letchworth State Park celebrates its 141st birthday this year (built 1875) and will be replaced by a new steel arch bridge about 75 feet to the south. The new bridge will take approximately 3 years to complete. During that time efforts will be made to turn the original bridge into a pedestrian walkway similar to the hugely successful Poughkeepsie NY bridge crossing the Hudson River and gorge—now a New York State Park…
Tags: demolition, Genesee River, Letchworth State Park, National Register of Historic Places, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), New York State Historic Preservation Office, Norfolk Southern Railroad, Portageville Rail Bridge, rail, rail bridge, Richard H. Jordan III, Walkway Over the Hudson
Posted in Architecture, Opinion, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester Subway Stories, Train/Railroad Stuff, Transit + Infrastructure | 7 Comments »
By Snoop Junkie
Last week Medley Centre finally went up for auction. Angelo Ingrassia, former owner of Irondequoit Dodge, won the vacant building plus nine adjoining properties for the bargain basement price of $100,000.
The following images were taken last month (December 2015) inside Medley Centre…
Tags: abandoned, abandoned mall, Irondequoit Mall, Lonely Medley Centre, Medley Center, Medley Centre, Rochester, Rochester NY, Skyview, Skyview on the Ridge, Snoop Junkie
Posted in Architecture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 32 Comments »
The fate of the largest herd of white white-tailed deer in the world is at stake. But you can do something to help.
Although these deer are not albino, they are extremely rare. Their very presence is a small miracle. The Seneca white deer have thrived for decades within a 10,000-acre fenced former military munitions supply base called the Seneca Army Depot, about an hour-long drive from Rochester, which provided munitions for all U.S. wars between World War II and the first Gulf War…
Tags: Joel Helfrich, petition, Seneca Army Depot, white deer
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Gallina Development , with the help of the Rochester Model Railroad Club , has restored a favorite old model railroad display for the holiday season. The model trains, which have sat in storage for a decade, will be in the lobby of The Metropolitan (formerly Chase Tower) at One Chase Square in Downtown Rochester through the holidays…
Tags: Chase Tower, downtown, downtown Rochester, Gallina Development, holidays, Iron Horse Club of Rochester, miniature, model railroad, model trains, One Chase Square, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester Model Railroad Club, Rochester NY, The Metropolitan, trains, urban development
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Train/Railroad Stuff, Urban Development | 13 Comments »
While doing research for a recent story on the Rochester Marshmallow Company, we came across another interesting story right around the corner. This one had nothing to do with marshmallows. Wulff’s Hotel (shown above) at the corner of State and Factory Streets, was the scene of a notorious murder case…
Tags: Factory Street, Harold Ducky Holmes, High Falls, history of Rochester, murder, Otto L. Wulff, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY, State Street, The Mills at High Falls, Thomas Cleary, Wulff's Hotel
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Last week Justin Schmidt sent us this incredible old illustration of Rochester Savings Bank. Justin writes, “I thought you would enjoy this; in my collection of Rochester ephemera, I came across this page in The American Architect (Sept. 20, 1928 issue) that shows the ‘complete’ design for the old Rochester Savings and Loan building. I never knew it was incomplete!”
Uh, neither did we. But it turns out, it’s true…
Tags: architecture, downtown Rochester, Ezra Winter, George Eastman, Harley J. McKee, J. Foster Warner, John B. Pike & Sons, Justin Schmidt, Kato stone, McKim, Mead & White, RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE), Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester NY, Rochester Savings and Loan, Rochester Savings Bank, The American Architect
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Here is a neat view I came across while rummaging around in the Local History Department at the Rochester Public Library. The image is of State Street with downtown Rochester in the background, taken from one of the top floors of Kodak tower…
Tags: downtown Rochester, Granite Building, history of Rochester, Hotel Seneca, Kodak Tower, Lincoln Alliance Building, old photos, old photos of Rochester, old photos of Rochester NY, Rochester, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester NY, Sibley Building, Sibley's, Sibley's Department Store, State Street
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By Snoop Junkie
Welcome to the old Vacuum Oil plant on the west bank of the Genesee River in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood. Abandoned for nearly a century, there has been very little desire to re-develop this 26-acre site due to contamination. Now, the City of Rochester is aiming to use New York State’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas program to clean it up and plan for its future redevelopment. But as of today, this property is still highly toxic. And you guessed it—we’re going inside…
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, ExxonMobil, Flint Street, Hiram Bond Everest, history of Rochester, Matthew Ewing, Mobil Oil Company, Plymouth Avenue, Plymouth-Exchange, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY, Snoop Junkie, Snoop Junkie Rochester Urban Exploration Squad, Socony Mobil Oil Company, Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Standard Oil, Standard-Vacuum Oil Company, urban exploration, Vacuum Oil, Vacuum Oil Company, Vacuum Oil Works
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