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  • Syracuse City Hall
    Syracuse City Hall
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  • Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY
    Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY
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    Surrounded by the Finger Lakes

    by shrimp56 Written Dec 31, 2004

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    Canandaigua Lake in the winter

    Favorite thing: 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!

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    Syracuse Art out and about "around the town"

    by Upstate1NY Updated Sep 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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..

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    Friends and a concert

    by acemj Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    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!

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    26 neighborhoods in Syracuse

    Favorite thing: 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"
    Near Eastside...
    Near Northside...
    Near Westside....
    Northside... middle class residential area
    North Valley... centered along Midland Avenue, South Salina Street and Valley Drive
    Outer Comstock...
    Salt Springs...
    Skunk City...
    South Valley...
    South West...
    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
    Washington Square...
    Westcott... a second location for housing university students

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    Festivals during the summer

    by donclark Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY

    Favorite thing: 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 Ozfest
    June Syracuse Area Music Awards
    June Cicero Fesival
    June Polish Festival
    June Juneteenth
    June Jewish Festival
    June Greek Festival
    June Jazz Festival
    June Parade of Homes

    July Arts and Crafts Festival
    July Antiquefest
    July Syracuse Nationals
    July NYS Rhythm & Blues Festival
    July Middle Eastern Cultural Festival
    July Harborfest
    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
    September Oktoberfest

    October Apple Festival

    December Lights on the Lake
    December Dicken's Christmas
    December First Night

    February Winterfest

    March St. Patrick's Parade

    April Syracuse International Flim & Video Festival

    Jun/Jul/Aug Island Fest
    Jun/Jul/Aug Renaissance Fair

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    Northside Landmark

    by donclark Written May 19, 2004

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    Red house on building in Syracuse

    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.

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    The only Basilica in the Syracuse Area

    by donclark Written May 11, 2004

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    Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Syracuse

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    See the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra!

    by donclark Written May 23, 2004

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    The Civic Center in Syracuse, NY

    Favorite thing: Syracuse has a great Symphony Orchestra! You can see them at the Civic Center.

    Location: H. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery Street, Syracuse 13202


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    • Music

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  • Hated the town. Went there for...

    by toeknee Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 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

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  • I live in Syracuse so I know...

    by JJMac Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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    Visit the Fingerlakes and the...

    by chrissyalex Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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

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    Visit Carousel Center. Huge...

    by chrissyalex Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 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!

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    lake Ostega, Cooperstown, NY...

    by babi017 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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  • Go to the Dinasour BBQ - It's...

    by Luvlylox65 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to the Dinasour BBQ - It's a Blues Bar with the most diverse group of people working and eating there. Then go to Armory Square and walk from bar to bar meeting new and interesting people.

    Fondest memory: People are always friendly. (Okay, exaggerating, but just a bit)

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  • When visiting Syracuse you...

    by seabrez00 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: When visiting Syracuse you absolutely must: Check out the Burnet Park Zoo, MOST Museum (interactive museum
    with plantarium shows.),Onondaga Park, Syracuse Histrorical Society, St. Marie Among the Iroquois (Museum and
    outside portion with live enactment of life in early America), Top of the Hill (Irish section of town with irish resturant and
    store all only place with green light above the red on a street lamp as a show of Syracuse's Irisih heritage) and Carosel

    Fondest memory: At Christmas Lights on the Lake, and in summer Irish, Scottish, and German
    Festivals in Onondaga Park.

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