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    Carousel Mall, PTC No. 18

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    PTC No. 18 Carousel

    Carousel Mall has a merry -go-round aka a Carousel.
    It is a beautifully restored 1909 Carousel that has traveled the US to land in it's current home. Go be a "kid again" and ride the merry-go-round with your kids or grand kids, your "someone special" or just dream a little dream of "who ever" and ride by yourself. BUT RIDE, you will enjoy!
    The ladies in charge have a neat little booklet they will give you, here is part of the intro:
    PTC No. 18
    A Carousel With A Past
    Carousel No. 18 was the eighteenth carousel ever made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC). Originally carved and manufactured in 1909 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, PTC No. 18 had an eighty-one-year journey before finally coming to Carousel Center on October 15, 1990.
    The 42 horses on PTC No. 18 were all hand-carved by Leo Zollar, PTC's master carver. According to company re-cords, it took a year to complete the carving, for which Mr. Zollar was paid $1000.
    The carousel was then shipped to amusement parks in Louisville, Kentucky; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Erie, Pennsylvania.
    In the mid- I920's, after refurbishing, it was brought to Long Branch Park in Syracuse, New York, where it stayed for fifteen years (even after the park closed in 1938). In 1941, it was purchased for Rose-land Park in Canandaigua, New York.
    PTC No. 18 was Roseland's third carousel-and its last. It ran at Roseland for 43 years until the park closed, forever on Labor Day-September 2, 1985.

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    The Erie canal Weigh Lock building

    by Upstate1NY Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    weighlock postcard circa late 1800's

    The Erie canal was one of the first "devices" that opened up westren expansion of the US. The fact that it went right through Syracuse where there was a branch to Lake Onterio via the Oswego canal made Syracuse the hub that it was, long before we ever thought about "networking".
    There is a URL for the Erie Canal Museum but there are MANY site on the WEB about it as well. One of the most informative I have found is listed below.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Canal

    The picture I have included here is a postcard of the weighlock when it was actually in use on the canal. If the steeple in the background looks vaguely familar, it is because that is Park Central Presbyterian Chuch, the same as my opening photo 100 years later!

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    Carsousel Mall

    by Upstate1NY Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    the mall

    OK, so now you are starting to think, How provincial is this fellow, Upstate1NY, anyway??

    Well if the name of the city, Syracuse, sounds familar, it might be because Syracuse University is located here.

    They play football, Lacross and basketball in the Big East, several years ago they went to the NCAA "final four" and WON in basketball! Thet have actually won national titles in Lacross more often that in basketball or football. That is not as strange as it might seem, Onondaga County is named for the Native Americans, The Onondaga Nation, who lived here and played Lacross from before recorded history began for this area!

    So there are MANY other things to do here, I am only talking about things you might not have heard about already!!
    Carousel Mall has stores, of couse, computers, computer parts, cameras, TV's, clothing, music and MUCH more but it also has a food court, the merry-go-round, meeting rooms for lectures, and theaters; so it can be a real "source" for many things in your life (there is no basketball court or football field, BUT P&C stadium for the local AAA basebal team, The Sky Chiefs is nearby!l As well as the regional wholesale produce market, that duing the summer has a "farmers market" open to the public on Saturdays

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    The tallest building in town

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The 75 year old State Tower Building has only 23 floors, but remains the tallest building in Syracuse. When I was growing up it was the ONLY tall building in the city. But it is good to see that it is surviving, while Hotel Syracuse is not:(

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    Syracuse University

    by acemj Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    Before coming to Syracuse, all I really knew about it was that it was the home of Syracuse University and their relatively famous basketball team, the Orangemen. Legendary coach Jim Boeheim has been around for as long as I can remember and it was great to finally visit the home court of the team at the Carrier Dome. The campus itself sits high on the hill in downtown and has a few nice buildings and a small area of bars and restaurants called "The Hill."

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    Visit "The Hill" -- Syracuse University

    by shrimp56 Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    Syracuse University is a major employer in the city. Its place on 'The Hill" dates back to its founding in 1870. This old picture shows some of the buildings that remain today including the Crouse Music College on the right and the old Hall of Languages!

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    Park Central Presbyterian Church

    by Upstate1NY Updated Oct 10, 2005

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    The church, the people, the place

    This church was organized in 1846, the current structure was occupied in 1875. In many ways when you "belong" here, you are part of something much larger than yourself .
    We have MANY "features", not the least of these is the Word in prayer, sermons and music, in Sunday services at 10:30 am (during July and August 9:30 am)
    Yes this is not truly an "unbiased" opinion, I am a member here AND I sing with a WONDERFUL group of people in the choir under the direction of Dr. Julie Pretzat, professor and chair of music at SUNY Oswego. There is a bell choir as well. If Worship = pray, sing, listen and act, together, then join us in Worship if you get to Syracuse on a Sunday. Our organist is SU Prof. Emeritus of Organ, Will Headlee

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    Onondaga Lake Park

    by donclark Written Jan 12, 2004

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    Onondaga Lake Park in suburban Syracuse

    This is a great park to roller bland, skate, bike, jog, walk or just relax looking at the Lake. The Syracuse Skyline can be seen across the Lake. You can catch a ride on one of the Trolleys on the parkway. Over a million people visit it each year and it is free!

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    Downtown

    by acemj Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    From what I can tell, Clinton Square (seen on the second photo) is the historical hub of downtown Syracuse. There's a big monument in the middle of the square and in the winter time, there is an ice rink. Many events and festivals are also held in the square. Syracuse's tallest building, the State Tower Building is seen to the right of the monument in the second picture. The first picture was taken from my friend Gina's apartment and shows Syracuse University and the Hill.

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    Village of Skaneateles

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Skaneateles Lake just west of Syracuse, NY

    The Village of Skaneateles attracts people from all over the country in the summer months. What do they do? They enjoy the upscale atmosphere, the quaint historic streetscapes lined with shops/restaurants, and the beautiful view of Skaneateles Lake. There are also boat tours on the Lake.

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    Sainte Marie among the Iroquois

    by donclark Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sainte Marie among the Iroquois or commonly known as the "French Fort" was once a French Mission located on the shores of Onondaga Lake. Now its a history museum. Its a nice place to spent a couple hours.

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    The Onondaga County Savings Bank Building

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This brooding picture of the OCSB Building belies its current appearance. My father's office was in this building until they built what we referred to as "the egg crate" next door. Needless to say we had our savings accounts here:)))

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    Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is one of the oldest parks in Syracuse, dating from the 1820s. It was renamed to Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park in 1972. It includes a number of monuments, including the Philip Eckel Monument, to a former fire chief, and the Hamilton White Monument.

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    Onondaga Lake Park area

    by davecallahan Updated Jan 28, 2007

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    Nice family park(s) area of northwest Syracuse,NY. Easily accessible from NY Thruway (I-90) via exit 38 to Oswego Street south (NY57). On Oswego Street you will find Onondaga Lake Park and Long Branch Park and the Salt Museum and St. Marie of the Iroquois all within a few miles. There are also several restaurants and small shops on Oswego Street.
    Long Branch has(had) small amusement area, walking trails, picnic area and playground. Onondaga Park has the Salt Mine Museum, a skate park (cement ramps), picnic areas, a tour-shuttle, walking/riding paths and several playgrounds. St. Marie of the Iroquois is a two story building housing a museum and artifact center for Iroquois Indian history. Well kept and informative with a small Indian village behind and up the hill from the main building.

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    Boxing Hall of Fame

    by davecallahan Written May 14, 2007

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    The International Boxing Hall of Fame was established in the 1980s to honor the greatest names in boxing. Over 190 pugilists are remembered with photos and busts and plaques in the new building. Included in the commemorations are some of the famous referees and announcers and sports casters that helped to make international boxing the popular sport it is today.

    Every June, the list of inductees gets longer as a special event is held to enshrine the newest members. The proceedings cover three days and the price for attending any one day is in the hundred dallar range.

    The gift shop is pricey but besides tee-shirts you can buy autographed apparel actually used by famous boxers. We get a commemorative mug as a souvenier of each of the places we visit.

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