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

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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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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Are You Ready for Your Next Big Project in the City?


Are you ready for your next BIG project in the city? More directly, let me ask, do you have the pockets deep enough to take this one on?

609 Mt. Hope Avenue is a historic home that sits just outside the north edge of Mt. Hope Cemetery in the South Wedge, one of the city’s most popular - and exciting neighborhoods. Although it’s not listed on Landmark Society’s recently announced 2018 Five to Revive, it certainly should be. With historical ties to the famed Barry Family (as in Ellwanger and Barry Nursery), and in fact sitting adjacent to the Ellwanger Estate that now operates as a Bed & Breakfast, your purchase of this home comes with legal deeded access to the Ellwanger Gardens in perpetuity.


Now listed at $420,000, it’s begging for the next Landmark Historian enthusiast to take it on. With over 5,000 sqaure feet of space sitting on nearly an acre of precious city land, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath gem was built at the turn of the 20th century and has the signs of aging to prove it.

And sure, most people will be turned off by how much work is needed in this property. But for those who do not let the facade of wear and tear detract them, make no mistake, this property has the potential to, once again, command its rightful place back onto Rochester’s best properties listings.

A few weeks ago, we got a quick peek inside and around the property from listing agent Leah Ferreri, and here’s what we saw:


….the remnants of beautiful landscaping that you can tell is top-notch once well groomed and maintained…


…some additions to the original house that have actually made it bigger over the years, a slate roof, original brick facade, and a gorgeous back-corner porch for relaxing.


Looking for that deeded access to the gardens? There are steps (albeit overgrown with weeds now) that lead to the Ellwanger property right from the backyard…


…and remnants of better times for the property.


Inside the home is a mix of the old with the new…


…but we really liked the wallpaper that still sticks although we’re not sure what relation to the history (if any) it really has.


There are multiple fireplaces in the home (5 or 6, depending on what online listing information you read)…


…hardwoods, beautiful windows, an organ (although the one that used to be there has more of an interesting story that Leah can tell)…


There’s plenty of natural light…


…and even a fully redone attic with separate kitchen, bath, and bedroom facilities for those looking to do some renting or even have a friend or family member live with you.


So what do you say, do you have what it takes to take this beautiful, historic home on?

See the listing here: 609 Mt. Hope

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MWADV 2018 is DONE... or is it?

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It’s hard to believe, but the 5th year of Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties has come and gone! To celebrate our 5th we decided to show 5 movies instead of the typical 2. After a somewhat rainy summer, we were happy to be able to end our season with 4 successful movie nights.

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These events are not possible without all of our incredible sponsors and community partners. This year we even had custom MWADV and ROC buttons thanks to our title sponsor Buckingham Properties. Their support over the last 5 years has really made these movie events possible.

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This year was also the 1st year we ventured outside of MLK Jr. Memorial Park. In addition to a movie in MLK Park, we were in Washington Square Park, Parcel 5 and even at the Hyatt’s Center City Terrace + Lounge space.

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Each year we partner with The Little Theatre to try to show at least one movie that our audience might not be familiar with, but we think they’ll love. This year we had two: Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Sing Street and they were GREAT. The other two were Office Space and The Greatest Showman.

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And despite the gravel, we ended the year in Parcel 5 and it was a huge hit. Hundreds of people brought out their camping chairs and creative seating to join us for The Greatest Showman in the heart of downtown.

A huge thank you to Alex G Weiser for taking some incredible photos and sharing them with us. Check out the gallery below for a peek at our last movie:

Guess what? We’re not really done!

Just when we thought we were done, our 5 Year Celebration Sponsor, the Hyatt, reached out to partner with us on ONE MORE MOVIE for 2018 - a Halloween Night at their Center City Terrace + Lounge. Since 1 of our original 5 nights had to be cancelled, we couldn’t be more excited at add this as our last official movie for the year (we mean it this time!).

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, October 19th @ Center City Terrace + Lounge

Pull our your best Halloween costume and join us for the 1993 hit, Hocus Pocus!

The event will start at 6pm with Halloween tunes by DJ Bizmuth, there will be food and drinks available for purchase, Halloween inspired specialty cocktails and we just may have some candy and small snacks for FREE. We will also have a prize for the best Halloween costume, so start your planning now!

This event is FREE, the Hyatt asks that you simply register here for admission: RSVP.

Keep an eye on the Facebook Event page for additional details.

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The Last MWADV of the Season - Here's What YOU Need to Know

 Photo Credit:  IMDB

Photo Credit: IMDB

Tonight, Friday September 7th is going to be a magical evening. With great weather in the forecast, clear skies, and the popular The Greatest Showman movie playing, get ready for an exciting evening with hundreds of your fellow neighbors in downtown Rochester. Because this is our first-ever showing in Parcel 5 downtown, we thought we'd give some quick pointers so you can be prepared to enjoy the evening.

1. Find Parcel 5!

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If you know where Tower280 is, the Democrat & Chronicle, Fuego Coffee, the Liberty Pole, or Sibley's, you'll find Parcel 5. This is what you're looking for! Need a map? Use this one: Parcel 5 (285 E. Main Street)

2. Bring your own seating

Parcel 5, to say the least, is mostly a square of gravel, rocks, and dirt. But that won't stop us from enjoying this area right in the heart of downtown tonight. You'll want to be prepared and bring your own seating with possibly a blanket to put the seating on. Get creative - just because the moon is a bunch of dust and rocks, doesn't mean it's any less important or useful to us. 

Got a yoga mat, couch cushion, pool floatie or something else that will work? Bring it!

3. Bring a blanket and/or some warm clothing

The good thing is that the storms came through already and cleared the skies. That means the warm weather is behind us now, and we'll be enjoying a cool evening under the stars with 65-ish degree weather. Bring a blanket, hoodie, or whatever else is going to keep you cozy during the movie as it'll be playing from 8p-10pm (estimate). 

4. Parking is abundant all around Parcel 5


There is metered parking that is FREE (after 6pm) on ALL sides of Parcel 5. Plus, our Title Sponsor Buckingham Properties is opening the Midtown Garage (underground parking!) for FREE tonight from 6-11pm. That's over a thousand spaces of FREE parking....need we say more? OK, we'll also have bike racks available...YES, we did say more! 

5. FREE Jetblue Terra Blues Chips, Water, Popcorn and Giveaways

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Make sure to stop by the Washington Square Park Community Association, Buckingham Properties, and 88 on Elm tables tonight for some FREE giveaways and sign up for the FREE raffles. Yes, FREE. The Official Airline of the MWADV, Jetblue, will be giving away its signature Terra Blues potato chips (those same ones that you can enjoy on any Jetblue flight!), 88 on Elm will be popping and handing out free popcorn and Buckingham Properties will have complimentary water for attendees. 

Make sure to sign up for our FREE raffles tonight at the WSPCA table, because, as always, we'll have local giveaways to great spots like The Little Theatre, Rochester Brainery, ROC Brewing, Upstate Social Sessions and more. And get this - tonight we'll be picking our Grand-Prize winner for 2-Round-Trip tickets on Jetblue anywhere Jetblue flies. Pretty cool, right!? 

6. Dine With Us!


In addition to some free snacks, joining us tonight is Eat Me Ice Cream, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Ludwig's Center Stage Cafe and Taste the Roc. You'll definitely have plenty of options for dinner and dessert! See you tonight?

Event Details:

Event Start: 6:30pm
Movie Start: 8pm
Facebook Event Page: Movies With a Downtown View: The Greatest Showman
Location: Parcel 5 (285 E. Main Street)

Note! The movie will be captioned and we will have ASL interpreters with us for all announcement and raffle drawings.


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