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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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:
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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.

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With Very Few City Condos Offered, You Just May Rule in this One

NOTE: This post was originally written on August 14th, 2014 when this condo was up for sale. Most of the info and links have been updated, but if we're missing anything, please let us know.

And no, this condo is NOT on the market anymore, sorry! For more information on downtown condos available, check out our City Guide


Naturally, when we heard that one of our most favorite condo units was up for sale and we saw a beautifully written piece in Rochester City Living by Padraic Michael Collins-Bohrer, we thought, "Is there anything else that we can add to the facts and figures list that people would want to know?". Sure it's nice to understand the nuts-n'-bolts of the Lamborghini, but most of us want to know what we can do with it. And that's when it hit me: why don't I sprinkle in some extra this-is-what-my-daily-life-could-look-like-in-the-city to the mix, and allow potential urbanites to imagine it for themselves.

It's not often that we get an inside look like this, as it is well known that owner-occupied condo units are a rare gem in our city. With that said, get ready to let your imaginations race:

1. It's like living on Central Park West and 61st Street in New York City - at a discount

You have beautiful greenery from one of the city's oldest parks, the Washington Square Park, and the downtown skyline coming through your windows. There's no need to fill your walls up with generic wall art from Target or Walmart - the skyline brings the windows to life!

2. Plan how you want to rule the city at this table

Having a view of downtown Rochester, this area serves as your personal "secret meeting spot" to all the things you want to accomplish. It's here you can people watch at the Washington Square Park, keep a keen eye on the progress over the Erie Harbor Park Promenade, or plan out your next multi-million dollar business venture at Woodbury Place…or you can simply call mom and dad and invite them over for dinner.

3. You'll never be alone in this unit - (literally, it's a condominium!)

Whether you are single, married, with/or without kids, or somewhere in between, there's truly something for everyone. The downtown population has risen to over 6,000 residents, a burgeoning Neighborhood Association that needs your input, and a city on the rise that requires passionate, urbanites to give their talents to what the future holds for this metropolis - the city, much like the condo building, is a diverse and changing scene like the squares of a Flor carpet - different in their own respects, yet together they form a beautiful, cohesive structure.

And no, little Cloudy is not included in the price.

4. You like to wine, dine, and entertain 

You would have a fine, open eatery with a ton of natural light to perfect your favorite dishes, and even better yet, you can buy the necessary ingredients from your own downtown grocery store - Hart's Grocers! Opening day was August 15th, 2014, and it's the first grocery store to open in Center City in nearly two decades. Because of this you should have no problem keeping the cupboards stocked and stainless steel refrigerator full, but if you're looking for more specialty goods, just a short walk south to the Wedge presents you with the option of the South Wedge Spirits & Wine, and for dessert - Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

5. Working at this lofty desk lets you operate Executive Style

Try local boutiques such as Abode, Stacy K Floral, Greenovation, and Archimage to decorate your space. West Elm, IKEA, The Container Store, Flor, Crate & Barrel - we'd approve also, but only after you've exhausted the local options. Can you imagine what you would do with this home office if this were yours? You're the boss of you, your household, and everything in it.

6. Everything Zen and Feng Shui, get rid of a cluttered mind

Being so close to everything, you're gonna want to hit the town at great hotspots such as Tapas, Victoire, and the newest of establishments, Apogee Wine Bar on Park Ave. Remember, there is also Eastman Theatre, Geva Theatre, and The Little Theatre all within a quick walk. With this lifestyle, you're gonna need some good shut-eye. This should do.

7. Is this Rochester's finest hotel, or your own modern escape right within your home

Maybe you'll have visiting guests that will stay at some of our swankiest hotels in downtown such as The Strathallan, the East Ave Inn & Suites, or the new Hilton Garden Inn - mere minutes away from the Capron Lofts. Or maybe you'll be generous and offer up that unoccupied, second bedroom to relatives and close friends…either way, YOU can be sure that a modern, warm, luxury hotel-esque experience is waiting for YOU every time you use your own master bath.

8. See the stars...or at least the rooftop lights

Need a quick get-away? Want to unwind with a glass of wine or a cold brew (from our neighbor Roc Brewing of course!) after the hectic day? Take a walk (or the elevator) up to the rooftop and experience the sunset and the skyline like never before. See the spectrum of colors that come out during sunset on the most clear nights, and enjoy the finished roof deck with a friend or two, a few community grills, and an abundance of patio furniture. Can't see any stars at night because the city lights drown out the galaxy? No worries, the celebration lighting keeps it festive at night.

9. Lastly, celebrate in style!


Where else, aside from a local parking garage, can you be this close to the fireworks action on Independence Day and New Year's Eve? Nowhere is the answer to that. At the Capron rooftop, you're close enough that you feel immersed in the flashes of light bursting in the city sky, overlooking the Genesee River and all the city below. You might even get so spoiled that you think the fireworks are put on for you alone - ok, that's when you know you've lost it. So bring a date, your loved ones, your family up to see these special events - it's like no other around.

More Information:
Rochester City Living
Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association

3 Places to Enjoy the Fireworks Downtown this 4th of July

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The 4th of July is our chance to celebrate our independence and celebrate and thank those who have fought for our independence.  It's a chance to be with our friends and family and why not do so while enjoying the fireworks Downtown.

Not sure where to go or the best places to view the fireworks when they go off at 10pm? Here are the best 3 places:

1. On the Main Street Bridge with the RPO

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Each year, the RPO shares their talents with the city for FREE on the 4th of July. This year's concert will again be held on the Main Street Bridge. It starts at 9pm, but you may want to plan on getting there early to find a place to sit (or stand). They play until the fireworks go off at 10!

Other Bridges to Watch From: Court Street & Broad Street

Details: City of Rochester Website

2. From a High-rise Apartment (yours or a friend's)

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If you have friends in high places, or happen to be one of the many who are moving back downtown to enjoy high-rise living at places like Tower280 and The Metropolitan, then this is for you. For those who've chosen to live downtown and have a loft, condo, or apartment (or rooftop space) facing the Susan B. Anthony Bridge, then you are set. Gather your friends and celebrate.

3. A Parking Garage Rooftop

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If you're planning on parking in a parking garage anyway... why not get to the top for a great view? The closest would be the Court Street Garage and the Washington Square Park Garage, or you could even try the Sister Cities Garage or South Ave Garage. Oh and p.s. parking in these four garages is FREE for the 4th.

Bonus: Often you can even see fireworks going off in the surrounding towns at the same time.

BONUS: Corn Hill Landing

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Stand or sit along the river OR if you planned ahead maybe you already made reservations at Tony D's or one of the other restaurants along the water. Either way, you'll be front row for the show come 10 o'clock.

Whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends!

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This is What the Future of Commercial at Tower280 Looks Like

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Everybody's heard the news that Tower280 in downtown is open for business: both on the residential front as well as the commercial side of the equation. The joint venture between Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management has already produced contracted commercial tenants such as Bergmann Associates, and the Italian Eatery, Branca (its second location in Rochester to open soon), and coming along nicely signing on renters to fill the gorgeous upper floor apartments. 

But there's almost 50,000 square feet of commercial space still available on its lower floors - so what should Tower280 executives do to fill the space? 

In an effort NOT to come up with an ill-timed April Fools' joke on the city, we'll state it now: THE FOLLOWING IDEAS ARE JUST OUR OPINION. If you still believe these things are happening after reading this post and disclaimer, then a BIG APRIL FOOLS' ON YOU, YOU DEFINITELY DESERVE IT!

With that said, This is What the Future of Commercial at Tower280 Looks Like:

Trader Joe's 

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Ok, you may be wondering why we're mentioning Trader Joe's when we're such big fans of Hart's Local Grocers? First off, NO ONE can beat the breakfast sandwiches of Hart's, so let's set the record straight. Second, Trader Joe's is THE only GROCER we know of that has the clout, the cult-like following similar to Wegmans, and the national notoriety that would change not only the shopping habits of local urbanites, but would potentially pull suburbanites back into the city for their inexpensive goods. Where else can you buy a bunch of flowers for $3?

Why it's a GREAT idea: ...because everyone KNOWS that good wine only costs $2.49 - granted we'd have to get those pesky wine laws changed here in NYS. 


Cheap, fashion forward European clothing - isn't that what we're all aspiring for? An undisclosed issue doomed the former H&M that shuttered the doors in Greece Ridge and the Eastview Mall locations a few years ago, but apparently it wasn't due to lack of sales. And we're a different city now, right? Any retailer that can sell underwear for a couple of dollars may just pull in a large part of the surrounding metropolitan market for good reason. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: Operating in 61 countries and over 3700 stores, H&M would give downtown an international destination flair that you just can't find in the Malls - um, anymore.


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Yep, I just won't let this one go. While a normal store size for IKEA is over 50,000 square feet, we could be different and make this into the world's smallest IKEA - ever. Also, it's been said that IKEA execs like to base their stores outside of central business districts because the traffic tends to get crazy. But hey, maybe doing just the opposite here would actually create a traffic problem WITHIN our city - something that city officials would love to see at this point. Also, your Swedish furniture will coordinate perfectly with your European wardrobe from another Swedish maker, H&M. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: Who needs those weird instruction manuals anyway? You can learn to put together your $25 Gersby bookcase on YouTube, and this stuff would fill all the modern new loft spaces downtown quite nicely.  

Au Bon Pain

Who even knows how to pronounce this correctly? Well, correct grammar or not, this Boston based retailer would pair nicely with the Boston WinnDevelopment Team over there at the Sibley Building. But we're not talking Sibley Building here - a typical sized store ranges from 2,500 - 3,500 square feet, making a perfect fit as a ground level occupant of Tower280. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: This chain was recently ranked the #1 Healthiest US Chain Restaurant by the restaurant grading website Grellin, and it would provide a central place for the downtown working (and living) crowd to enjoy a good coffee, pastry, sandwich, or nutritious salad during the workday.

So whatd'ya think, did we nail it for downtown's Tower280 spaces? Let us know your thoughts...

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