Syracuse has 26 neighborhoods
Brighton... residential area with several small commercial strips
Downtown... Armory Square is the main retail and dining area of Downtown Syracuse
Eastwood(the village within the city)... retail stores along James Street
Far Westside... includes the Irish-heritage area called Tipperary Hill
Hanover Square... another commercial area with many restaurants
Lincoln Hill... James Street to I-690 and Sedgwick/Elm Streets to Teall Avenue
Little Italy... area with Italian heritage; bakeries, restaurants, pizzerias, specialty shops
Meadowbrook... Salt Springs and Springfield Roads to city line and Westmoreland Avenue and Cumberland Avenue to the city line; wealthy "suburb in the city"
Northside... middle class residential area
North Valley... centered along Midland Avenue, South Salina Street and Valley Drive
Strathmore... upper middle class living in the old homes of the 20th century upper class; includes the Onondaga Park area
University Hill (The Hill)... Marshall Street to South Crouse Avenue, retail aimed at the university student
Westcott... a second location for housing university students
Favorite thing: My last trip to Syracuse was one big party of a weekend. Friday night, my flight arrived at 9 and we were out in Armory Square bars till the wee hours. Then on Saturday it was fine dining and the Billy Joel concert followed by more partying on the Syracuse campus and then back in downtown. It was my first Billy Joel concert, which was great, but I think I'm getting too old for all the serious partying!
Central New Yorker's are distinguished from their "second cousins", as in New York City type folks, by being as pleasant and tranquil while being cultured as those residents of the southern most New York city are the opposites (and perhaps, thereby, not quite as "cultured" as they would like to believe!!)
In various locations around the city you will see art works on display, created by local artists to suit their mood at the moment or the sense of group cultural mood of Central New York.
Fondest memory: There is a "standing" display of fiberglass figures on the old train platform that is along side Interstate 690 as it passes through the center of the city. The road way is in fact the old railroad right of way. It passes the old station platforms that I recall departing from and arriving at in the very early 50's when my mother took my brother and I to visit our grand parents in Michigan. The "display" is somewhat flexible depending again on :"the mood" at the moment. Normally they are stark white figures standing either alone or as a small group on the old platform and informally at least titled "Waiting for the Night Train". Occasionally in the "cold depths of winter" one or two of the figures may "sport" a colorful scarf in stark contrast to the white of the season.
Currently I do not have photos of "Waiting for the night train" to post but there is also an artist locally who creates very emotionally "electrifying" art metal figures sometimes arranged in scenes.
I do have some examples of his work..
Syracuse has many festivals during the summer months. Almost every weekend has at least one! Most take place in Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.
here is a rough list:
June Taste of Syracuse
June Balloon Festival
June Syracuse Area Music Awards
June Cicero Fesival
June Polish Festival
June Jewish Festival
June Greek Festival
June Jazz Festival
June Parade of Homes
July Arts and Crafts Festival
July Syracuse Nationals
July NYS Rhythm & Blues Festival
July Middle Eastern Cultural Festival
July Jazz in the Square Festival
July Antique & Classic Boat Show
August CNY Scottish Games
August Euro Fest
August Syracuse Latino Festival
August JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge
August/Sept New York State Fair
September Irish Festival
September Festa Italiana
September Celebrate Baldwinsville
October Apple Festival
December Lights on the Lake
December Dicken's Christmas
December First Night
March St. Patrick's Parade
April Syracuse International Flim & Video Festival
Jun/Jul/Aug Island Fest
Jun/Jul/Aug Renaissance Fair
Growing up in Syracuse means growing up on the fringe of the wonderful "Finger Lake" region. There are 14e of these glacially created lakes although 5 or 6 of them are the largest and most visited.
I gew up near Skaneateles -- which was an easy drive from Fayetteville. Several friends has summer houses on the lake. We would drive through the rolling farm;and, pick up some just-picked corn on the cob and preceed to spend the day in and around the lake and the grill!!!
These pictures are of one of the larger lakes, Canandaigua, in the winter. A good website for information about the region is:
Fondest memory: Now that I am an adult I enjoy the Finger Lakes for the views, the sailing and the WINERIES!
Bully Hill doesn't make the best wine in the region, but their labels are gorgeous and their restaurant overlooking the lake is worth the stop!
Favorite thing: The Syracuse Inner Harbor is located near Carousel Center and the Lakefront area. Right now it's not used for much, but by next year that should change. Developers are planning apartments, condo's, restaurants and shops here.
Not a favorite thing -- but buying stamps doesn't fit under any other VT category, so here it is:
1. Carousel Center Station, 315-466-4009, 9711 Carousel Ctr, Syracuse, NY 13290
2. Colvin Elmwood Station, 315-478-0027, 2200 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13205
3. Dewitt Branch, 315-445-1645, 6581 Kinne Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214
4. Downtown Station, 315-472-0817, 444 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13201
5. East Syracuse Main Office, 315-437-2113, 404 W Manlius St, East Syracuse, NY 13057
6. Eastwood P.O., 315-463-8822, 2509 James St, Syracuse, NY 13206
7. Elmwood Station, 315-478-1161, 1225 South Ave, Syracuse, NY 13207
8. Franklin Square Station, 315-478-8849, 401 W Division St, Syracuse, NY 13218
9. Mattydale Branch, 315-455-1298, 1900 Brewerton Rd, Syracuse, NY 13211
10. Nedrow Main Office, 315-492-6902, 6709 S Salina St, Nedrow, NY 13120
11. Onondaga Branch, 315-492-1107, 4912 W Seneca Tpke, Syracuse, NY 13215
12. Syracuse Carrier Station, 315-452-3416, 5640 E Taft Rd, Syracuse, NY 13220
13. Syracuse P.O., 315-452-3416, 5640 E Taft Rd, Syracuse, NY 13220
14. Teall Station, 315-472-2002, 226 Teall Ave, Syracuse, NY 13217
15. University Station, 315-472-0278, 720 University Ave, Syracuse, NY 13235
Syracuse has a great Symphony Orchestra! You can see them at the Civic Center.
Location: H. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse 13202
Favorite thing: Since I was a kid, I always liked seeing the small red house on top of an old industrial building located on the city's northside. No one lives in the house. I forget why it was built in the first place, but it's now a City landmark.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart Church is the only Basilica in the Syracuse area. A Basilica is where the Pope would visit if he came to the region.
It's located on the West side off West Genesse street.
Hated the town. Went there for a bowling tournament. People don't care and have an attitude. Our hotel sucked. Had brown water the first day we were there. Would never 'go out of my way' to stop in Syracuse. Would avoid this town.
Fondest memory: Irish bar downtown
Favorite thing: I live in Syracuse so I know the dos and dont's. When visiting you must check out the theater. There are many shows that constantly are running and Syracuse ALWAYS does a great job with them, especially at Syracuse Stage. Also explore Armory Square, it is the Greenwich village of Syracuse.
Visit Carousel Center. Huge shopping mall with great stores.
Fondest memory: Syracuse is one of the snowiest cities in the USA( the movie 'Snow Day' takes place in Syracuse) Even though I don't really like driving in the snow now.. I can fondly remember waking up in the morning as a child to discover school had been cancelled due to a blizzard and then going sledding with friends .We usually had a few snow days each year and it was great!
Favorite thing: Visit the Fingerlakes and the wineries on Cayuga and Seneca lakes. Lovely scenery and great wine. New York State is the second largest producer of wine in the USA For more information on the Fingerlakes wineries and wine tours, please visit www.cayugawine.com
lake Ostega, Cooperstown, NY
You can see the Baseball Hall of Fame. Take a walk along the beach of Glimmerglass Lake, or have a brunch at Ostega Resort Hotel
Fondest memory: All of Upstate NY holds very special memories, because this is where I grew up. To pick just one, would be very difficult. The best way to see this beautiful region of NY, Just get in a car and drive.