8 Places to Learn Something New

It's a new year and like many people do, it's a time for new goals and resolutions. What would you like to accomplish this year, where do you want to improve? If you're looking for change or something new and refreshing, why not learn something new? Our city is full of businesses and organizations dedicated to the arts and education.

Check out these 8 places to learn something new this year in ROC:

1. Flower City Arts Center

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Formerly known as Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Flower City Arts Center is a great place for adults and kids alike to learn about the arts with hands-on classes. From letterpress, paper making and pottery, to photography, digital arts, book binding, there are a lot of options to improve a passion you already have or start a new one.

2. Hoopla, City Library

If you're a resident in a city neighborhood, you're in luck. Check out Hoopla, this service offered FREE through the Rochester Public Library (to city residents ONLY!) gives library card holders access to ebooks, audio books, movies and more, accessible right from your desktop browser, to your mobile phone through the Hoopla app. Check out our recent post on the service for more information: Hoopla for Snow Days & Lazy Days. We can say from experience we have already really enjoyed taking advantage of all of the audio books available.

And even if you don't have access to Hoopla, your local library is full of resources, books, and classes to take advantage of.

3. Amore by Wegmans

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A great place to hone cooking skills is from a place that makes great food. Why not take a cooking class from a restaurant? In 2016, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, located at the East Ave Wegmans, launched a series called Eat, Drink & Learn (check out our post). Keep an eye out for classes throughout the year including Pasta Making, Mozzarella Making, Gnocchi, Risotto and more. Check out the class schedule.

4. 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain is a grassroots non-profit (501(c)(3) community school and event space. They offer classes and programs focused around diversity & inclusion, historic preservation, sustainability and more. With their main location at 540 W. Main Street, they will be opening a second satellite location at The Yards in February focusing on the arts and wellness. Check out the website for a list of all of their classes and events.

5. Rochester Brainery

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Don't have time to sign up for a series of classes? Try taking a class (or ten) at Rochester Brainery in NOTA. If you've got a few hours to spare the Brainery offers classes from business, to arts, gardening, cooking, history, photography, jewelry making, and more.

6. George Eastman Museum

If photography is your passion, why not improve and hone your skills at a place dedicated to the life and dreams of George Eastman and educating the community and world on photography, film and much more, the George Eastman Museum? Did you know that they offer photography workshops throughout the year, ranging from one day to five days in length? If you've ever wanted to learn more about the history of photography and difference methods of developing film, check it out.

7. Creative Workshop @ the MAG

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Located at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Creative Workshop is another great place for adults and children to learn the arts. Ceramics, jewelry making, painting, sketching, weaving, there's even art appreciation classes. See all of the class offerings online.

8. Studio 34 Creative Arts Center & Gallery

Studio 34 is located on Elton Street in NOTA and offers classes at all levels in different areas of glass work, jewelry, photography, clay and more. Private lessons and group lessons are also available.

What places are we missing? Where do you head when you want to learn something new?

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Take a Look Inside Metro CoWork


If you travel down East Ave often, you’ve probably watched this space (350 East Ave) transform and been curious about what it is. Well, Metro CoWork has recently opened and we wanted to give you a look inside.

The property is a project that was acquired in 2017 and is now under the direction of Craig Webster and Webster Properties, with collaborated interior design work by Nicole Gerstner. You’ll want to know that the space is being managed under the expertise of Cat Hood, Head Community Manager, who is a UK implant who has prior award winning experience on the "Ugli” Project.


CoWork spaces are designed to help reduce costs for startups and small businesses, as well as provide flexible working conditions. Metro CoWork was built to offer more than just a desk to work at: it’s a place where mere functionality, affordability, and beautiful design converge.


This beautiful and inspirational space offers multiple membership options, depending on your choice of a “hot desk” or a more permanent one, as well as many amenities and opportunities to promote collaboration among its membership community.

Supporting the immediate neighborhood is always a key goal, with plans to collaborate with local businesses such as POP ROC and the like in the near future.


Do you have conference calls or need to invite clients in? There are different places to gather, hold conferences, and even make private phone calls in one of the phone booths.


The open concept kitchen was strategically placed in the back of the cowork space to encourage the collision of the minds when you’re grabbing lunch or coffee. It’s a way of getting to know your fellow co-worker, thereby increasing the chance that more collaboration and/or success will happen in our city.


Metro CoWork is continuing to grow and build out their space to offer even more opportunities for office and collaborative space.


While these pictures only highlight the East Ave space, Metro CoWork also has locations in High Falls and Brighton and will be opening in the future in Webster and Irondequoit.


There’s a lot more in store for this space, including this open outdoor space in the back of the building that has already been painted by local artists, so stay tuned or check it out.

Want to see the space in-person? Get your (FREE!) tickets for the 2018 Holiday Party and Ribbon Cutting that is being held on Friday, December 21st. More information and tickets on their Facebook Event page.

Metro CoWork:
Cat Hood, Head Community Manager

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Thank YOU: Best Local Twitter Feed!


This past Tuesday, October 23rd, CITY Newspaper had their annual “Best of Rochester” Party for all of the nominees of Rochester’s favorites, best, and popular events, media, places to go, and so on. While we know there are many many AMAZING businesses and passionate Rochesterian’s around town that deserve this award more than we do…


….we can’t help but gush at the support and positive vibes from the community. Thank YOU to all who nominated us and voted for us and the Best Local Twitter Feed at this year’s CITY Newspaper “Best of…” awards and to all who nominated us for Best Local Website! It’s such an honor to receive this, and we can’t thank enough the 6,600+ Twitter followers we have for your support.

For all the winners of this year, check out CITY’s Best Of list: Best of Rochester 2018.

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Leaf Pick Up Schedule


Ready for the leaves to drop? It’s that time of year again. Well, we know it’s going to happen sooner or later, and the City of Rochester has us covered when it comes to its 2018 Fall Leaf Pick Up Schedule.

Looking to see when your neighborhood, or even better yet, your street is on for Pick Up? Check out the City’s website here and you’ll be able to put in your address for an even closer look.


As always, if you have questions about the 2018 Loose Leaf Collection process, feel free to give 311 a call or you can reference the Loose Leaf Collection FAQs page.

Lastly, if you don’t have any of your own leaves to rake up this year and DO want to get involved, the Washington Square Park Community Association, C4, and various other downtown neighborhood organizations will be doing a Mini Clean Sweep on Saturday, November 10th. Please join us as we help clean up Manhattan Square Park, now known as MLK Jr. Memorial Park in downtown. More details coming soon on the Rochesteriat.

For more information or to RSVP, please email: President@ROCWashingtonSquare.org

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Photos of the New Promenade Downtown

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If you’re around downtown and haven’t noticed yet, the new Genesee Riverway Promenade has opened up right next to Dinosaur BBQ. Check it out next time you’re in the area, this is one of the many pieces to the ROC the Riverway puzzle that is being put into place to make our downtown a much better - aka: more accessible, user-friendly, and river-appreciative - place to be.

Here are a few shots:

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Notice that big building with all that scaffolding on it in the background? That will be Morgan’s newest apartment complex to open: The Nathaniel.

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the Rochesteriat

There’s much more to be done, namely connecting all of that newly developed land on the edge of The Nathaniel that will have public access for the Genesee Riverwalk.

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Even though it’s not finished, the Promenade is already offering new incredible views of downtown, the river, and the Court Street Bridge.

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Make sure to check it out next time you’re downtown!

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