URBAN LIFE ||
The balmy 40 degree temperatures are a welcome break from the long and harsh winter. It's always amazing when you have mild temperature days in February that give us all a little taste of Spring. But those of us who are used to wintertime in Rochester know better - the cold is lurking just around the corner waiting to catch us off guard. So we ask, is there a way to treat ourselves to a summer environment all year round here in this city?
No silly, we don't mean fake-baking! We're talking about the aptly named Wintergarden in the Bausch & Lomb building downtown! Complete with real trees, plants, and a pyramid-shaped glass atrium that allows for the ultimate Vitamin D drenching experience you'll get anywhere indoors in the upstate region. It's heated comfortably in the winter, cool A/C in the summer - and best of all, it's open to the public for a great little getaway amongst the city backdrop.
Enjoyed by some of you that work in the B&L building, Xerox, and neighboring companies, this peaceful oasis sits in the center of some of the tallest skyscrapers in downtown. Unfortunately many people - residents and visitors alike - are completely unaware that this place even exists.
Pull up chair and a table, you'll certainly have plenty of options to sit alone in a quiet corner or out in the open space with a good book, for a meeting of the minds, or even a romantic date.
If you're lucky, you might catch JJ Henry's Cafe open during the lunch time which is located within the Wintergarden. But if all else fails, there is a Tim Hortons Cafe located just around the corner in the Central Library.
Free with your experience you'll find a working fountain gives visitors the sound of a rainforest...
…a piece of history from the historic Berlin Wall (who knew!)...
…and if you look closely enough, you might even spot a bird (or five). No worries, these are not real. They are part of an art installation from local artist Mary Taylor, commissioned in 1995 to produce The Five Sisters for the opening of the Bausch & Lomb building.
Even at night, the Wintergarden is a light amongst the darkness when the city commuters all retreat back to suburbia, providing a green lushness seasons apart from the white stuff blanketing the ground. If you ever get the chance, please check out this urban retreat that is sorely underused and under appreciated.
For more information:
Hours: Wintergarden (New Hours) Mon - Fri: 7:30am-2:30pm
JJ Henry's Cafe (New Hours) Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 1:30pm