Take a Walking Tour through Downtown

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When traveling through the city, you're probably focused on the time and where you need to be. Most of us do it. But what you're missing is big, you're driving right by all the gems of Rochester's past (and future). Maybe it's time to get out of the car and give our city a second look, it is Spring after all.... right?

Did you know that the Landmark Society of Western NY has walking tours you can access online and on your phone? So, you can either print the maps ahead of time or just pull them up on your phone as you go! Why do we love this? Here are 4 reasons:

1. Six quick tours

These walks are broken down into manageable distances, averaging at 0.7 miles with the longest at 1.2 miles. You could even walk around the city for a few hours and enjoy each of these tours in one day.

2. It's good for you

We spend our time in cars, sitting down, eating, working at a desk and looking at our the screens on our phones. Going for a walk is good for you! When you travel to bigger cities like the Big Apple, you may not think twice about walking around for an hour or two (or five!) - why not do that here?

3. Our city is fascinating

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With quite a few years of Wall\Therapy under our belt we are constantly discovering a new mural, maybe you'll discover a few as well. Our city also has beautiful architecture, sculptures and unique things that are easily missed when not taken in slowly.

4. It's ok to leave the path

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You might be on a tour to look at specific buildings, but who's to say you can go off the path just a little. Our suggestion? Head to the top of a nearby parking garage for a different view of some of the places you just looked at from the ground. You'll have a whole new perspective on the city.

Each of these 6 walks give you different views and different things to learn about our in city, its buildings, and its history. Take a break, grab a friend, and go for a walk.

Landmark Society: Walking Tour Details

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Goals for 2018 @ the Rochesteriat

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At the end of each year and the beginning of the new one, we (Jason & Stefanie) always take some time to reflect and look ahead.

When we launched the Rochesteriat (coming up on 5 years!) we had a goal to write about all of the positive and great things happening within the city limits of Rochester - that goal has never changed. We're proud to be a positive light for what's happening in the city.

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When we started this site, it was our only "passion project", but since then it's expanded to Movies With a Downtown View, the Washington Square Park Community Association, our coming soon business - MetroPops, and so much more! We wrote about some of these things in our 2017 is Done! Let's Look Back post if you haven't seen it yet. As we dig into this new year, we wanted to share some behind the scenes info...

Our Professional Goals for 2018


the Rochesteriat is here to stay. Even as our time is spread among other things our goal is to continue to produce fresh content, keep our Events Page up-to-date and continue to produce our Weekly Email. Our new posts may not be weekly, but we're not going anyway and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!


Our biggest goal for 2018 is to launch MetroPops! The idea for MetroPops came from a desire to help local businesses in Rochester and see more people support local. MetroPops is a deal site focusing on the best LOCAL places to eat and drink, experience and enjoy.  We accomplished a lot in 2017, but there's still so much to do - (again, check out our 2017 is Done! Let's Look Back post for more info).

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Movies With a Downtown View is celebrating 5 years this summer and we could not be more thrilled. We have some exciting things in the mix for this year that may or may not include more than 2 movie nights. Stay tuned for the dates and all the deets!


Lastly, and on a broader perspective with the WSPCA, we're beginning a focused look at Washington Square Park and how we can make some much needed changes to it. There are a lot positive things happening in Center City, and we want to make sure we do our part by making our neighborhood and park the best  it can be. Work will begin shortly as we partner up with Community Design Center Rochester through a series of discussions, meetings, and events that include a public charrette, hiring a professional landscape designer, and developing plans for the near future and beyond. 

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We're looking forward to a great year and hope you continue to follow along with the Rochesteriat, stay tuned for MetroPops and join us at our movie nights this summer!

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2017 is Done! Let's Look Back...

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The year is just about over, but it has been an exciting one. While we're always working to produce new posts for the site we also have a lot of things happening behind the scenes.

Here are some of our highlights for 2017:

Washington Square Park Community Association

Informally for the last 4-5 year we've been working to create a neighborhood association for the Washington Square Park Community. At the end of 2016 we gathered some stakeholders in the area and officially formed a non-profit (501c3) at the beginning of 2017. Our 11 member, all volunteer board has been hard at work this year working to solidify the inaugural year of the Washington Square Park Community Association

Things we've accomplished this year: formed 501(c)(3), incorporated, put up neighborhood banners, 2017 Clean Sweep, awarded a $15,000 RACF grant, the Austrian cannon was refurbished and returned, and the Soldiers and Sailors monument was cleaned. 

We're in our last few days of the 2017 fundraising initiative, check out this link for more information. 

Related Posts:
6 Things You'll Want to Take Note of in the WSP Neighborhood
The Austrian Cannon Has Returned

Movies With a Downtown View - Year 4!

One of our favorite things every year happens once in July and once in August - Movies With a Downtown View. This FREE movie night happens in MLK Jr. Memorial Park and includes food trucks, a beer garden, tons of local giveaways and a great movie. This event would not be possible without all of our incredible sponsors.

In 2018 we will be celebrating 5 years! We are looking forward to making it an even better event and celebration. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our dates for the year: MWADV.

Related Post: Movies With a Downtown View 2017 - That's A Wrap!

Reached over 10,000 on Instagram

We love sharing our adventures across the city and all of the great places we have here. Social media has been a fun and quick way to do this. The picture above shows our top 9 Instagram pictures for the year, thank you to everyone who follows us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Upstate Social Sessions - Panel

 Photo: Jessica Gasbarre

Photo: Jessica Gasbarre

This year Upstate Social Sessions celebrated 3 years. This has been a great event for our city (and the only Social Media conference in the area). It's a day to inspire and educate the community on the value of social media in our personal and professional lives. This year we were honored to sit on the "Matching a (User)name To a Face" panel along with Sarah Knight of Roc Girl Gang, Kevin Heffernan of Rise Collaborative, and Scott Pukos of The Little Theatre. We're already looking forward to year 4.

MetroPops - Coming Soon

You may have seen us post about MetroPops this year on the site and social media. MetroPops is a deal site focusing on the best LOCAL places to eat and drink, experience and enjoy. While we haven't launched our new biz yet, it has been an exciting year of accomplishments:

  • We created MetroPops and hired A3 Design to help us create our brand visually
  • MetroPops launched on Social Media to begin sharing our journey and business venture (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • We held events at McCann's, The Playhouse/Swillburger, and The Vesper
  • Our Indiegogo campaign raised over $1,000
  • We've met with quite a few businesses to have our first deals ready to go
  • We held a Bartending Fundraiser at Black Button Distilling for the Washington Square Park Community Association
  • We've received a lot of positive and helpful feedback from friends, family, supporters and businesses in Rochester!

Each of these steps and many more little ones have brought us to the end of the year. Our website is built and we're going through the final process of preparing for launch. We're really looking forward to 2018 - stay tuned for our launch date.

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Cheers to 2017, now bring on the New Year!

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Thrillist Features Garbage Plates!

For the unfamiliar, Thrillist is a massive city-guide covering all the major cities – NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago - read by millions of followers. So when they come to tiny ol' Rochester to highlight a local fave, people take notice and you know it's a big deal.

This past summer, Thrillist made the trek up to The Young Lion of the West  for Garbage Plates and to see what all of the fuss was about. They met up with some passionate locals (and friends of ours!), Chris Clemens of Exploring Upstate, Linh Phillips of Sir Rocha Says, and Pete Wayner of Boomtown Table to learn the history of the Garbage Plate and all of the variations across the city.

Check out the great video they put together while they were here:

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Halloween 2017: The Things To Do



Halloween is just around the corner and it is being celebrated across the city in different ways and on different days! Check out our list of Halloweenie things to do over the next two weeks.

Friday & Saturday, 10/20-21:

Landmark Society: Ghost Walk 2017

Now in it's 24th year, the Landmark Society's Ghost Walk has returned with tours on Friday and Saturday. This is guided walk following lantern-bearing guides down the dark streets of a historic neighborhood. Tours start at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word. Details!

Saturday, 10/21:

Saturday Night Rewind: Hellraiser

Head to The Little Theatre for the 1987 horror classic, Hellraiser."An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld." Details!


Halloweenprov: The Campfire-ing

Sit back and tense up as the cast of Geva Comedy Improv re-enacts classic tales of terror by the glow of a crackling campfire as they vie for entry into the prestigious "Midnight Society". Your spooky suggestions will determine the glory of their admission or their banishment to the "Circle of Shame".  Details!

Wednesday, 10/25:

Halloween at Lindy Jam

Get dressed up and join Groove Juice Swing for their monthly "Linday Jam". If you're new to swing they have a beginner crash course at 9pm. Don't miss the costume contest either. Details!

Thursday, 10/26:

Night of the Living Wedge Halloween Pub Crawl

"Dress up, bounce around the South Wedge, meet fun people, and win cool stuff. There will be a $100 cash prize for the best costume and raffles for gift certificates and stuff from various South Wedge businesses." Details!

Friday, 10/27:

 Small World Books

Small World Books

Small World Books Halloween Party

"For ONE NIGHT ONLY Small World Books turns into a HAUNTED HOUSE. Prizes for Best Costume, Best Duo or Group Costume, Worst Costume & Most Literary Costume. Haunted art installations and LIVE MUSIC." Details!

Donut Monster Mash at Bxcr!

Boxcar is throwing a “Monster Bash” with exclusive Halloween Donuts, dinner specials and cocktail specials to kick off their brand new alcohol programs. “Costumes not necessary, but cheerfully welcome.” Details!

MAG Museum of the Dead III

Museum of the Dead is back for year 3 at the Memorial Art Gallery. "Come see what’s spooking at MAG as you wander your way through a wondrous night of petrifying fun at Museum of the Dead III". Details!

Saturday, 10/28:

Hart's Halloween Celebration

Enjoy samples, goodies & giveaways as you trick-or-treat around the store (all ages welcome!) from 11am-2pm. They'll have face painting, a Halloween story book reading, and more. Details!

 Makers | Facebook

Makers | Facebook

Unadulterated Overkill: the Halloween Party

Head to Makers Gallery and Studio from "7-till whenever" for this Halloween Party and to enjoy the Unadulterated Overkill art exhibit. Details!

Sunday, 10/29:

3rd Annual Halloween Town

Enjoy College Town from 11am-2pm with trick-or-treating, cider, donuts, games, face painting, a photo booth and more. Details!

Halloween Eve at the Market

Visit the City of Rochester Public Market between 4-7:30pm for some good old fashioned Halloween fun and tradition (including trick-or-treating)—and also to connect community members with our outstanding community organizations. Details!

Monday, 10/30:

Mezcal & Monsters: Halloween at Bitter Honey

If you haven’t been to Bitter Honey yet, here’s the perfect chance to check it out and enjoy jams by DJ Alykhan. Party starts at 9pm. Details!

Tuesday, 10/31:

Spooky Cobblestone Halloween

The Historic Cobblestone house at 1090 Culver Road is having a family-friendly Halloween event. This event will feature candy, games, contests, and fun -- all in the spirit of this "Zombie" property. Drop by before, after, or during trick-or-treating. Details!

 Blackfriars Theatre

Blackfriars Theatre

PUSH Physical Theater's Dracula

PUSH is taking over Blackfriars Theatre through November 12th with a new adaptation of a classic horror story. In his hunt for immortality, Renfield stumbles upon the Amulet of the Vampir, a lost jewel buried in the legend of Dracula, The Master. Caged in a cell and under the watchful eye of The Doctor, Renfield uncovers the secrets of eternal life as a mysterious Maiden arrives at the asylum. As the ties that bind the living and the dead begin to unravel, the lines between heroes and the devil begin to blur.”  Details!

Mullers Halloween Party

Head to Mullers Cider House in your “spookiest getup” and enjoy an evening of drink specials and maybe even some tricks & treats. Party starts at 7:30pm. Details!

Did we miss something? What would you add to the list?! Keep this list growing and add it to the comments below. Happy Halloween!

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