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    Nothing beats a cold Genesee...

    by nuker Updated Aug 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Nothing beats a cold Genesee Light beer on a hot day!
    The only Genny brewery is in Rochester, leading to it's slogan 'One Brewery, One Great Taste'. The brewery was founded in 1878.

    Fondest memory: This was the first beer for a lot of people. The beer is inexpensive (JW Dundee is more expensive) compared to other brands so when the budget is tight Genny is a good choice.

    Good beer to have if you are drinking all day at a concert or sporting event.

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    norms

    by davecallahan Written Jan 21, 2008

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    winters in Rochester can be brutal

    Favorite thing: The winter months in Rochester are generally cold (near freezing) with winds off the lake that push the wind chill index into the teens.
    (High-Low-Average for Dec 39°F 23°F 30°F, Jan 33°F 17°F 25°F, Feb 36°F 18°F 27°F , Mar 45°F 26°F 35°F)

    Spring is very pleasant with warming temperatures and a lot of gray skies and a fair amount of rain and local flooding in some of the suburbs which have streams and creeks.
    (High-Low-Average for Mar 45°F 26°F 35°F, Apr 59°F 37°F 46°F, May 70°F 47°F 57°F)

    Summer begins with some nice weather and cool nights and ends with muggy days and hot, clammy sleeping weather. Water rationing (no excessive watering of lawns and gardens) and chlorine warnings are common in summers when the temperature can be in the 90s for days in a row.
    (High-Low-Average for Jun 79°F 56°F 67°F, Jul 83°F 60°F 71°F, Aug 81°F 59°F 69°F)

    Fall in the Rochester area is my favorite season because the heat abates and the evenings are cool; the leaves all turn beautiful colors and the air has a fresh feel to it. It is also the best time to do birding in western New York State.
    (High-Low-Average for Sep 73°F 52°F 61°F, Oct 62°F 41°F 50°, Nov 50°F 33°F 40°F)

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    overlooking the city

    by davecallahan Written Nov 21, 2007

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    camera looking south west
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    Favorite thing: this camera is situated on top of the Hyatt Hotel right in the center of Rochester. You can get a nice view west down the Genesee River or east up Main Street.

    http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&camera_group=1&animate=1&enlarge=1&camera_id=RCHHR&lid=CENANT

    the camera operates 24 hours a day and is randomly pointed in various compass directions depending on wind, weather and sun.

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    what is today like

    by davecallahan Written Nov 21, 2007

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    typical gray day in Rochester
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    Favorite thing: here is a camera on the north side of Rochester near Irondequoit (Bishop Kearney High School). you can get a good idea of what the weather is like today.

    http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&lid=CTHDR

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    Sector 6

    by davecallahan Updated May 8, 2007

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    map of Sector 6

    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 6 has these boundaries: I-490, I-390 and Westfall Road, Genesee River, Clinton Avenue. Within this area you will find the nieghborhoods of South Wedge, Ellwanger, Swillburg, Highland and Strong.
    Highland is around Highland Park where the Lilac Festival is held and Strong is around University of Rochester and Strong Hospital.
    North of Highland Park and between the river and Clinton Avenue is the South Wedge. One of the facilities in this neighborhood is the South Wedge Landing where boat trips on the river are scheduled. The area is mostly residential and safe enough during the day but there have been several murders there in the wee hours of the morning.
    West of Highland Park is Ellwanger where the nurseries were for the original lilacs in Highland Park and is now residential area of slow decline.
    In the little wedge between South Clinton and I-490 is Swillburg which is now an ethnic residential area with a reputation for being a rather rough area after dark.

    South Wedge website is: http://www.swpc.org/

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    Sector 10

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    I have saved the worst until last. Sector 10 is what is called the "Inner City" and has some of the highest crime rates. Along with Sector 9, it is not advisable for tourists to roam here after dark.

    A bright spot in this area is the Rochester Public Market where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables and flowers and antiques and arts and crafts and odds and ends. We visit here for the great sales you find that saves money on the weekly grocery bill.

    The boundaries on this sector are the Genesee River, Goodman Street, Inner Loop/Main Street, Clifford Avenue.

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    Sector 9

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    map of sector 9

    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    The Zipcode 14621 is essentially Sector 9 in Rochester. Sectors 9 and 10 are the areas where many of the cities murders occur and where the largest city decay is seen. The sector is what is commonly refered to as a "diverse" neighborhood, with strong Hispanic and African American influence. Light industry sits in among vast stretches of rental properties and abandoned houses. Specialty shops (ethnic foods and clothing) and tatoo parlors are frequently seen along the main arteries.
    During the day the landscape is bleak but at night it is definitely dangerous. This is not an area where tourists should roam without a local guide.

    The boundaries of Sector 9 are: Genesee River, Goodman Street, route 104, Clifford Avenue.

    During my youth, this sector was a strong Italian and German area which has gradually been changing to the present situation. It has always been a rough area of the city.

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    Sector 8

    by davecallahan Written Apr 30, 2007

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    map of sector 8

    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 8 includes these neighborhoods: Northland; Culver-Winton; Federal area; Homestead Heights; Laurelton; Browncroft; Blossom; Beechwood. Many years ago we used to live in the souther part of the Browncroft neighborhood, when it was still a vibrant part of the city. Much of this sector is starting to see a slow creeping-in of the city decay that exists in sectors that are just west of Sector 8.
    This sector is bounded east-west by I-590 and Goodman Street and north-south by route 104 Seaway Trail expressway and University-Blossom streets.

    Browncroft still has some of the large homes and wide streets with dogwood and magnolia trees on the front lawns. Beechwood is another area of nice older homes where the population is growing old and beginning to sell out to rental property owners. That is usually the first step in the decline of areas in Rochester.
    Culver-Winton is still an active area with businesses, homes and religious centers owned and operated by the Jewish community with an injection of eastern European emigrants.
    The Federal area and Laurelton area have begun their downward turn economically but at a very slow rate; the mainstay of Italian and Polish families in the area are trying to keep the decay at bay.
    The area from Clifford/Empire north to the 104 Expressway has had a more rapid decline rate and can be a rough neighborhood to travel late at night.

    The city has several plans on the table to try to revitalize this sector but nothing definite has been proposed yet other than the establishment of Neighborhood Watch groups (citizens banded together with law enforcement help to deter the increase of crime in the area).

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    Sector 7

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 7 is the arts and culture part of the city. It extends from the rail tracks on the north to Monroe/Highland Avenues on the south and from the Inner Loop of I-490 on the west to a wedge of Highland Avenue/rail tracks on the east.

    Inside this sector you will find University area, East Ave area, Park Ave area, Cobbs Hill, Pinnacle Hill and Upper Monroe. The first three of those areas are where you find the Art Gallery, the Science Museum and the historic houses from early Rochester times. This is where the "Neighborhood of the Arts" is and Village Gate Square (art gallery and upscale mall).
    Upper Monroe neighborhood is where a resurgence of upscale yuppies are moving in with eclectic off-beat shops and boutiques. Cobbs Hill is where the city reservoir is located and is a popular hiking/jogging area. Pinnacle Hill is the highest point in the city andallows of view of Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, all the local bodies of water, but only on a very clear day which are few and far between for Rochester.

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    Sector 5

    by davecallahan Written Apr 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector five is primarily the land surrounded by I-490, called the Inner Loop. In this area you will find many of the popular retail businesses and the new upscale city dwellers in historic Corn Hill District. East End is a popular cultural district with a lot of night life as well as the famed Eastman Theatre. Rochester Downtown Development Corporation has injected about 250 million dollars into the upgrade to this area in the last five years.
    The old War Memorial ampitheater where many sports events have taken place has had a name change and a complete face-lift (BCBS Arena). It still is the most popular entertainment center in the city.

    The whole area is a juxtapositioned island of new wealth amidst a surrounding sea of declining areas. Only the future will tell how long and strong this sector will last.

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    Sector 4

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 4 probably has some of the widest variety of economic, socialogic and ethnic populations. There are some very nice neighborhoods along the upgraded Brooks Avenue corridor or along the Genesee Street Parkway. Then two blocks away are some very dangerous streets where a murder a week is the norm and drug sales go on without much restriction. The city has been pouring money recently into this area for general improvements, for more visible police activity, for resident involvement in upgrading the area. This region is sometimes called the Southwest Wedge or 19th Ward and many projects are under way with those names in their titles.

    Sector 4 goes from I-390 on the west to the Genesee RIver on the east and from route 33 on the north to Genesee Street/I-390/ Plymouth Avenue on the south.
    Sub-sections within this sector are Mayor's Heights, BEST, South West Neighborhood Watch, Plymouth neighborhood and Genesee neighborhood. Black Americans are prevelant in this sector and provide a vocal impetus for improvements.

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    Sector 3

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 3 includes some of the older neighborhoods in Rochester. Edgerton, Lyell-Otis, Dutchtown, Brown Square, Charles House, Anthony Square Park and UNIT are among the more prominent ones. The boundaries are the Genesee River to I-390 and from Lexington Avenue to route 33.

    Most of the area has already declined from the days when people felt safe walking the streets at night. Dutchtown used to be a special ethnic (German mostly) community but the restaurants and brewhauses have all closed or been replaced with lower scale diners and bars. Lyell-Otis is noted for being a red-light district where late night customers will find what they want.

    Susan B. Anthony house (Anthony Square), Brown's Race and Edgerton Park (Edgerton) are small havens in this wildness area. Anthony was a suffragite and her home is of special historic significance to Rochester.

    There are some good parts to this area that are alright in the day or early evening. Frontier Field (Basball), PAETEC Park (Soccer) and High Falls (Drinking/dining) are three places that still draw the crowds.

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    Sector 2

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 29, 2007

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    map of Sector 2

    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 2 is the area of the city bounded east-west by the Genesee River and I-390; north-south by Stone Road/Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and Lexington Avenue. All of the Maplewood neighborhood and the Flower City neighborhood are included.

    Over the last 10 years, this area has gone into serious economic decline. Crime and rental housing and disrepair are creeping from the southern industrial sections into the northern residential section. Maplewood Park is still a beautiful place to visit during the day, with its rose gardens and overlooks into the Genesee River gorge. And the large, historic mansions in the Flower City Neighborhood are still there, although many have been turned into apartments.
    But at night, the area south of Ridgeway is becoming increasingly dangerous to travel alone. Even the major industries (Kodak and GM) are removing their presence and abandoning and demolishing old buildings without giving any vitality back to the neighborhood.

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    Sector 1

    by davecallahan Written Apr 28, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The city of Rochester is delineated into 10 individual political/social units called sectors.

    Sector 1 is centered around Lake Avenue from the Kodak Park area to the Lake Ontario beach.
    It includes most of Charlotte. It was annexed to the city from the town of Greece in the mid-19th century.

    The area was in decline before the Ferry project came to Rochester. Then 157 million dollars was injected into the sector to cleanup and build new bridges (O'Rorke Bridge) and install new buildings at the dilapitated Port of Ontario. The highways were rennovated and new sewer and lighting were installed.
    The the Ferry project collapsed and the future of the area is in limbo again. Without a new center for commercial development, Sector 1 will probably go back into its decline cycle as lower income residents from other sectors move into the area.

    The main things to visit here are the beach, the river port, Abbotts Ice Cream and the many restaurants at the north end of Lake Avenue. The area is pleasant during the day and early evening but can get rough late at nite (when the several bars in the area are at peak business).

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    Hiking on Crescent trails. ...

    by nuker Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Hiking on Crescent trails. Fun trails to roam around on. I think the whole trail system is about 20+ miles. Very quiet and easy to find your way. The trails are found in Perinton and Fairport. My favorite trail is the one that takes you to where Woodcliff is. At this point, you get a beautiful view of the Genesee Valley and the farmland that surrounds it.

    Many parts of the trails have nice views in certain areas. None of the trails have really high summits, but it is nice to be outside where you can't hear any traffic.

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