Movies With a Downtown View 2019!

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The time has come for our annual announcement: Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties is back for 2019! We are in the final planning stages for another great year.

Last year we celebrated our 5th year by branching out to more locations which included Washington Square Park, Parcel 5, and the Hyatt’s rooftop Center City Terrace + Lounge.

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We have great things planned for our two movie events this year and hope you’ll join us. Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th in Parcel 5: Napoleon Dynamite

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Last year was our first time holding a movie in Parcel 5 and it was our biggest event yet! We had so much fun, we’re doing it again.To make it even better this year we’ll be sharing the space with Midtown EATS!

Midtown EATS announced changes for this year with lunch on Thursdays and then lunch & dinner on Fridays. Midtown EATS will run from 4:30-9:30pm on the 12th (with a happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm) and we’ll be kicking off MWADV at 7pm with music, free raffles, more vendors and of course a great movie.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:45pm
Facebook Event Page


Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Our 2nd movie night in August will be in MLK Jr. Memorial Park, our “MWADV Home”. We’ll have vendors, music, free raffle giveaways and more. And Neno’s will be joining us! Of course we have more planned, but that is all we will announce for now.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:15pm

As always, these movies are FREE to attend, we’ll have FREE raffles, there will be an ASL interpreter each night and the movies will be captioned - see you this summer!

These events are put on by the Washington Square Park Community Association and wouldn’t be possible without our many sponsors, to find out more visit the official MWADV Website.


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4 Events to get to in Downtown on Saturday

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This weekend is PACKED with events! The Rochester Lilac Fest and the Rochester International Film Festival begin, Black Button Distilling releases their Lilac Gin, TEDx Rochester 2019 at the RMSC, Sunday is Mother’s Day…and, of course, so much more.

But as always, we wanted to highlight 4 big things happening in downtown: Clean Sweep 2019, the Dachshund Parade, Play the Riverway and the Twilight Criterium. Here’s what they are all about:

Clean Sweep: 8am-12pm

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The Rochesteriat

Join the City of Rochester and hundreds of other volunteers on Saturday cleaning up the city. Sign-ups begin at 8am at Frontier Field where they’ll have free Clean Sweep tees, muffins, danishes and coffee. Join a project in a specific neighborhood or get assigned to a group that could use more help.

Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon which starts at 1:05pm. You’ll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts.

Note: while there are many Clean Sweep groups that clean around downtown, this event is city-wide!

More Details: Clean Sweep
Kick-off Location: Frontier Field

Dachshund Parade: 10am-12pm

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the Rochesteriat

Whether you have a dachshund or not, you’re not gonna want to miss the Dachshund Parade in Washington Square. Back for it’s 18th year, the event draws dachshunds (and their human owners) from across our New York state and beyond. There will be music, pet related vendors, food for purchase from Dave’s Sidewalk Cart, a fashion show, the official dachshund song sing-a-long, and of course the parade which concludes the event.

And as always, please don’t bring dogs that aren’t dachshunds - it’s to celebrate DACHSHUNDS!

More Details: Dachshund Parade
Location: Washington Square Park

Play the Riverway: 2-5pm

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On Saturday, during the kick-off of the Twilight Criterium, Court Street will be turned into a play street from the Central Library at South Ave running down to the corner of Court and St. Mary’s Place. Put on by healthi Kids and the Play Walk, there will be an inflatable rock wall, Roc City Skatepark, games, music, accessible activities, demos, mascots, and more.

Looking for more kids activities? Head to the Broad Street Bridge for Little Kids & Big Rigs!

More Details: Play the Riverway
Location: Court, from South to St. Mary’s

Twilight Criterium: 2-10pm

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the Rochesteriat

The MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium is back. This high speed bicycle race is set on a 1-mile loop in downtown and draws racers from all over the world. The race starts and ends on the Broad Street Bridge but can be viewed from anywhere along the course. See our latest post for more information on what to find at the Criterium: Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

More Details: Twilight Criterium
Location: Downtown

Looking for more events in the city? Check out our Events Page!


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Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The Rochester Twilight Criterium is back for 2019! For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?

"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"

Here are 5 things you need to know about the MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium happening on Saturday, May 11th:

1. It's Downtown

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the Rochesteriat

Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy the streets and buildings of DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Blue Cross Arena, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.

2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes

Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds pushing 40 mph. The race begins and ends on the Broad Street Bridge.

3. Admission is FREE

Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! Teams from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong will compete this year. And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.

4. Don’t Miss the Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo

Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details). This section opens at 2pm for all pre-race activities too.

5. Running Racers

Back again this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. Four separate 1-mile races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.

What else did we miss? Loads of people, events for kids and a night full of fun!

Rochester Twilight Criterium:
Website
Twilight Criterium FB Event Page

 

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Don’t Miss: Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show

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Photo Courtesy ABODES

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On April 6th and 7th, head downtown to Sibley Square for the first Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show. Featuring refurbished, renewed and refreshed urban lifestyle designs from classic to mid-century to contemporary style room settings and vignettes. The special weekend sale showcases multiple, eco-aware retailers echoing the reinvention of the venerable Sibley’s Department Store.

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Photo Courtesy ABODES

Sibley Square recently has been reclaimed by WINN Development as 1 million square feet of multi-use residential and commercial space. WINN Development and ABODES Property Services will host the show which is sponsored by Rochester’s (585) magazine.

The event will feature furniture and accessories from Rochester’s leading resale stores, including upstate New York’s largest consignment shop, Sequels Home Furnishings of Victor, along with the area’s top Mid-Century experts from South Avenue Treasures and Abode of Rochester’s southeast neighborhoods. “This is a show highlighting stylish yet sustainable ideas for designing and decorating your home,” said Lewis Stess, founder of ABODES Property Services and show organizer.

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Downtown Rochester is an exciting and growing urban residential experience. Nearly 7,000 residents currently live within walking distance of Sibley Square in renovated and repurposed residential spaces. In keeping with the mission of Sibley Square to revitalize and reuse some of the best of our past, the Downtown Living Furniture & Decor Show brings hundreds of brand name, quality furnishings and accessories that are very gently used, at very attractive prices.

The event is 2 days only: Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Entry is free.

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Photo Courtesy ABODES

The weekend show is both furniture gallery and pop-up retail shop. People can browse and buy authentic, high quality decor that maintains the best characteristics of past designs, updating it for today’s lifestyles. Living, dining, and bedroom settings will be adorned with art, photography, accessories and rugs. The show supports resource-saving, green choices in today’s home interior design.

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Event Details:

Saturday, April 6th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 7th: 12-5pm
Facebook Event Page

Sibley Square:
250 East Main Street

 

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Center City: the Best Places to Check Out Around the Liberty Pole

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Landmark Society | Website

Rochester's Downtown scene is in a period of rebirth. With new developments (Tower280), renovations (Legacy Tower, The Metropolitan, & The Sibley Building), and existing residential areas (The Temple Building Lofts), you can't deny it's changing - and growing - for the better.

With the Liberty Pole being an iconic landmark of our city, and at what some would argue to be our city's true center, we want you to know what is available. Whether you are a visitor at one of our city's best hotels (Radisson, the Hyatt, and the Hilton Garden Inn), you are a long-time church goer at Grace Road Church located in the Temple Building, a student at the Eastman School of Music, or if you are a newly minted resident in one of the cool lofts, here are the best places to check out when you are around the Pole.

Abilene Bar & Lounge

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Reconnect Rochester | Website

Map It: 153 Liberty Pole Way

A quaint little neighborhood bar/live music venue serving up great drinks from a friendly staff. On warmer days enjoy the patio and definitely check it out during Jazz Fest!

Connect with Abilene: website, facebook, twitter

Bar Bantam

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Map It: 1 South Clinton Ave

Located on the first floor of The Metropolitan, Bar Bantam is open for Breakfast and Lunch (Monday-Friday) as well as Dinner and Drinks (Wednesday-Saturday). Menus change seasonally and you’ll find plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

Connect with Bar Bantam: website, facebook, instagram

Branca Midtown

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the Rochesteriat

Map It: 280 E. Broad Street

This new restaurant located at Tower280 not only offers authentic Italian Cuisine, but a full Italian Coffee Bar. Pop in for lunch, dinner, cocktails, or even just an espresso.

Connect with Branca: website, facebook, instagram

Center City Terrace + Lounge

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the Rochesteriat

Map It: 125 E. Main Street

If you're looking for your new favorite summer night spot, check out the Center City Terrace + Lounge on the 4th floor of the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Grab a drink, order off their Pub Plates menu and enjoy a beautiful and unique space in downtown Rochester.

Connect with CCT+L: website, facebook, instagram

Drifters L.B.

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Map It: 155 E. Main Street

Steps inside the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown you'll find Drifters Lounge & Bar. Yes, it might be a restaurant in a hotel, but that doesn't matter. For a peek inside check out our post from September, Drifters LB: not your Average Hotel Kitchen.

Connect with Drifters: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Java's Cafe

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Map It: 16 Gibbs St.

A long time Rochester favorite, this cafe serves up your favorite lattes and drinks but also great sandwiches, baked goods, granola and more. It's always busy, it's always good.

And while you're at it, check out the calendar for the Eastman School of Music - you never know what free concert might be happening just next door. Or in the warmer weather pop over to Yogen Fruz just across the street.

Connect with Java's: website, facebook, instagram

RIT City Art Space

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Map It: 280 E. Main Street

New to the City Center neighborhood is the RIT City Art Space that opened on the ground floor of Sibley Square. The gallery is open Thursday-Sunday from 1-5pm and will feature new exhibitions monthly!

Connect with RIT City Art Space: website, facebook, instagram, twitter

Stromboli's Restaurant

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Stromboli's | Facebook

Map It: 130 East Ave

From their Breakfast Stromboli, to pizza, salad, pasta and more, Stromboli's on East Ave has so many options you won't be able to decide, they even have vegan options.

Connect with Stromboli's: website, facebook

Unter Biergarten

Map It: 120 East Ave

In the former home of Victoire, you'll now find Unter Biergarten. Having just opened in February and serving up their Bavarican Cuisine (that is Bavarian/New American), Unter Biergarten has already become a Rochester favorite. Check them out for lunch or dinner and don't miss their selection of Wurst from Swan Market, the Loaded Bavarian Tots, and well, everything else on the menu.

Connect with Unter Biergarten: website, facebook, instagram


Other Areas to Explore

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Rochester Parks | Website

St. Joseph's Park

Just North West of the Pole you'll stumble upon some Rochester History at St. Joseph's Park. This former Catholic Church almost burnt down entirely in 1974 and thankfully the Landmark Society along with the City of Rochester and some other groups and organizations worked hard to restore and preserve what remains. This is perfect for a picnic or an afternoon of exploring.

Map It: Pleasant St & N. Clinton

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Grove Place Neighborhood

Tucked behind the YMCA on E. Main and Press Coffee you'll find Grove Place. If you're looking to "step out" of the city and wander, this is the perfect place. This neighborhood is said to be "the oldest continually occupied residential neighborhood in Downtown Rochester" and we think you'll love it's charm, art, and architecture.

P.S. all of the places listed are around a quarter mile or less from the Liberty Pole - that is definitely walking distance!

Post was originally written in 2017 and has been updated since!


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