Canstruction 2017 @ Tower280

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In its 10th year now, Canstruction, presented by Buckingham Properties,  is a FREE exhibit of canned food structures (but really, there's more to it than that)!

"Canstruction® is a unique nonprofit organization that holds annual design-build competitions to build giant sculptures made from canned food" (via website).

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This year's theme: Fantasy & Fairy Tales

The competition serves to raise public awareness about hunger and need in our community and the donated cans are all given to local food banks after the competition. In this instance, all food cans are donated to Foodlink.

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To date, Canstruction Rochester has donated 308,178 pounds of food. While previous competitions were held in Legacy Tower's Wintergarden, this year you'll find the exhibition on view in the lobby of Tower280 at Midtown until June 2nd! Don't miss this fun event.

Check out a few photos of Canstruction 2016:

Details:
Canstruction Website
Tower280 at Midtown

Public Hours:
7am-9pm daily

 

A GREAT First Event for MetroPops!

We mentioned very early in the new year that we (the Rochesteriat) are involved with a new start-up here in Rochester. We've been excited to finally announce MetroPops a local deal site that will launch in July. It's been a blast getting things put together, and while there are still many loose ends to tie up, we're on a mission to introduce the concept to our friends around town.

Here's a quick look at our very first kick-off event that took place this past Tuesday, May 16th - at where else - McCann's Local Meats.

Kevin McCann and Team treated the very first MetroPops fans to quite a deal: 3 food tastings and 3 beer tastings all for $25 (normally $35). 

Co-founders, Stefanie Schwingle and Ben McDonald (of Beer Otaku), kick off the event with an introduction to MetroPops and welcoming the 25 attendees to the tasting event. 

Owner Kevin McCann shared with the event attendees what was to come from the tasting and pairing event. It was a beautiful evening: 72 degrees and gorgeous for an evening out on McCann's new patio. 

As we continue to build MetroPops and prepare for our official launch, be on the lookout for more information on our coming IndieGoGo campaign.

Clean Sweep 2017 - Thank YOU!

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Thank you to all who braved the City's Clean Sweep 2017 events this year....while it wasn't the nicest of years that we've seen with the pending rain and cooler weather, we still had an amazing turnout for the cleanup in the Washington Square Park. 

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Special thanks to the Board members of the Washington Square Park Community Association, First Universalist Church members, and the baseball team from Churchville-Chili school district (for the 2nd year in a row!).  

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The $3,000 Apartment: What You'll Get in ROC vs. NYC

the rochesteriat | long island city

the rochesteriat | long island city

Just recently, I (Jason) had the opportunity to stay with a friend in New York City when I was in town for training at Jetblue headquarters. My friend was renting a place at the brand new high-rise apartment complex called Linc LIC, short for Long Island City, a couple of blocks from Jetblue.

The building is a 42-story modern complex situated in the heart of Long Island City, which is a rapidly developing portion of Queens, quickly becoming the "next place to live" amongst all of the hip, hot new neighborhoods throughout New York City. 

the rochesteriat | Long Island city

the rochesteriat | Long Island city

While staying there, I learned that my friend pays a little over $3,000/mth for his pad. With that said, many of us tend to think -"Hey, for what you pay to rent a toilet in New York City, you can get a mansion in Rochester!" Is this really true? Well, the stay at my friend's apartment gave me the perfect opportunity to find out. 

Question: If all else were equal, what apartment complex would you choose? Click on the pics to expand.

Let's try to compare apples to apples:

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NYC

Linc LIC
Location: 43-10 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Stories/Units: 42/709 rentals
Built: 2014
Sq. Ft: 600
Price: $3,125

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ROC

Tower 280 at Midtown
Location: 280 East Broad Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Stories/Units: 17/179 rentals
Built: 2015
Sq. Ft: 1310
Price: $2,791


NYC Living Room

ROC Living Room

© Tom Morasco

Our pick: ROC

Here's where you can clearly see that you get more than twice the square footage in a ROC apartment for a comparable rental unit in NYC. And even more impressive, here in Tower280 almost everything seems more spacious with those massive windows opening the living space up.


NYC Bedroom

ROC Bedrooms (1 & 2)

© Tom Morasco

© Tom Morasco

Our pick: ROC

Yes, $3,000 gets you two (2) bedrooms in a Rochester modern high-rise that let the sunshine pour in instead of just one (1).


NYC Kitchen

ROC Kitchen

© Tom Morasco

Our pick: ROC

Natural lighting, an area for prepping food and entertaining family and friends, and space...there's no comparison here - ROC takes this category.


NYC Entryway

ROC Entryway

© Tom Morasco

Our pick: ROC

Wait, is there even an entryway in the NYC apartment? In ROC, you can drop off your keys and admire your personal mini-museum of artifacts that you've assembled in your entryway/hallway. 


NYC Bathroom

ROC Bathrooms (1 & 2)

© Tom Morasco

©Morgan Communities

Our pick: ROC 

And again, two (2) modern bathrooms for the price of one small one in New York. 


NYC Views

ROC Views

© The rochesteriat

Our pick: BOTH

You're not going to be disappointed in either case. In NYC, it's NYC....a gorgeous skyline that has amazing sunrises and sunsets (my friend lived on the 25th floor) and is constantly changing; in ROC, Tower280 gives a very lucky few a birds-eye view of the rebirth of our city, and those high-rise neighbors are so close - it makes you feel grand amongst giants!


NYC Lobby

ROC Lobby

Our pick: BOTH

Both buildings have beautifully-designed modern interiors and lobby areas that leave you inspired as you come and go.


NYC Amenities

ROC Amenties

Our pick: ROC

I have to give it up for the Linc LIC...there were two (2) full floors or workout space in the building, including a small basketball court, a yoga studio, and a squash court. Better yet, the new building just across the street (same developer) had a full basketball court, a swimming pool, and a 2-story gym for the residents to enjoy in the soon-to-be open 40+story tower. 

Along with the fitness centers, similar amenities that each apartment complex offers to residents are: concierge services, underground parking, pet friendly, and a rooftop patio. 

But it comes down to exactly what you get included in your rent that makes all the difference. At Tower280, your rental payment INCLUDES heat and A/C, Fiber-Optic Internet, and Cable as well.  All of that added up can be several hundreds of dollars each month!

There is no question you get more rental bang for your buck in an Upstate city like Rochester. But of course it's all based on supply and demand. An amazing city like New York has 12million people living in and around it's central core, therefore rents tend to be high and amenities are scarce. It's just the way it works. 

One thing is for certain, we're just glad that developers like Buckingham Properties, Morgan Management, DHD Ventures, Gallina Development, and Dutton Properties are making rental products possible to even compare to New York City. Until a few years ago, this was not even possible.


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ESL Celebrates Small Business

In 1920 George Eastman started Eastman Savings & Loan Association (changing their name in 1996 to ESL Federal Credit Union).

With a Rochester history of almost 100 years, ESL not only provides great customer service, but they also care about the community they are invested in.

They've recently launched a small business video series and we are honored to be a part of it.

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The first video took place at McCann's Local Meats and Swiftwater Brewing, check it out:

The second video has already been filmed (hint, hint, at the below location) and we can't wait to see it.

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To see more videos check out our post last October about being on TV with ESL!

Now, go support local!


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