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M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

webad-2013-smallThe M&T Bank Clothesline Festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 7 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday September 8, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, 500 University Avenue Rochester NY 14607.

Admission costs $5 at the gate; children 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult; includes Gallery admission. No pets (except service animals), skateboards or roller-blades allowed; bicyclists should enter at Prince Street and check bikes at the RCA Bicycle Valet.

About the Festival
Fifty-seven years after the first Clothesline, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues to evolve. It’s now the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds. list of artists

Each year sees the addition of more festivals, but Clothesline remains a favorite with artists. Because the Gallery charges admission and screens the work of the exhibitors, serious shoppers are more in evidence than at other festivals.

Clothesline remains popular with visitors, too. In recent years, it has earned five “Best of Rochester” awards from City Newspaper readers.

With the completion of the Memorial Art Gallery’s Centennial Sculpture Park, this year’s festival will once again have full use of the MAG campus. 2013 grounds map

Parking/Shuttle Bus
Park and ride the handicapped-accessible shuttle bus from the Gleason Works lot on Anderson Avenue or the East End garage at East Main and Scio Streets. Shuttles run from 9 am to 6:30 pm Saturday and 9 am to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Clothesline is the Gallery’s biggest fund-raiser—all artists’ entry fees and public admission fees go directly to the Gallery’s operating budget. And in 2013, these dollars will go even further thanks to M&T Bank, our Presenting Sponsor for an unprecedented 20th straight year.Thanks also to Supporting Sponsors Nolan’s Rentals, Inc. and University of Rochester Medical Center, to our media sponsor City Newspaper, and to our community partner WXXI.

Go Green
Several area organizations are helping us make Clothesline greener. Thanks to Rochester Greenovation for sponsoring our composting and recycle stations; to Rochester Cycling Alliancefor providing a bicycle valet station (enter at Prince Street); and to Dave Goldman and the Sierra Club of Rochester. Also available (behind the Gallery): a water bottle refill station.

Ride the bus!
Visit Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority’s website for routes, schedules and special discounts for visitors to Clothesline and other area festivals. Learn more


Want to take the Best of Rochester survey? Click here!

Place your bets!

The 2013 Best of Rochester Readers’ Poll is here. Click on this link to take the open-ended Primary Ballot. Fill in YOUR favorites in at least 40 of the 113 categories for your ballot to count. Voting in the Primary Ballot will close promptly at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Then check back on Wednesday, September 11, to see which local people, places, and things made the Best of Rochester Final Ballot.

Did we screw something up? Get rid of a category you love? Neglect to add one you requested? Let us know! E-mail

Make sure to follow City Newspaper on Facebook and Twitter for Best of Rochester updates, and for a chance to win an invitation to our exclusive invite-only Best of Rochester Party.

images (3)The City will conduct a public informational meeting to discuss the Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St. The proposed project will eliminate a 2/3-mile segment of the Inner Loop Expressway between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street and replace it with a, “Complete street,” which is designed to accommodate all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

The project’s goal is to increase traffic safety, reconnect neighborhoods with the Center City and make available parcels of land for mixed-use redevelopment. Reclaiming this land will raise local tax revenues, create jobs and generate private investment.

“This project will benefit the entire city,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “We are building a city that encourages walking, biking and enjoying the outdoor environment. Replacing this section of the Inner Loop will demonstrate the City’s commitment to fostering quality of life here in Rochester.”

The purpose of this meeting is to review the project, discuss preliminary design alternatives and solicit suggestions from the public. The project’s design consultants will give a detailed presentation and citizens can interact with City staff following the presentation.

Preliminary engineering and design is anticipated to be complete by winter 2013/2014. Final design will be complete by summer 2014 and, pending funding availability, construction may begin as soon as fall 2014.

Members of the public may contact City of Rochester Transportation Specialist, Erik Frisch at with comments and concerns prior to Sept. 15, 2013.

Additional project information is available at

2013LF_banner_insideThe day has arrived — the Rochester Lilac Festival kicks off today! Join us at NOON today for the opening ceremony and wear purple as we plan to break the record for the largest crowd wearing purple! Come smell the flowers … and fab food at lunchtime.

Rochester Lilac Festival

Friday, May 10, 2013 – Sunday, May 19, 2013 (10 Days)

10:30am-8:30pm Daily | Admission is Free

Highland Park, Rochester, NY | Directions

Venue Information

Monroe County’s famous Highland Park is a picturesque setting filled with gardens, rolling hills, large open spaces and so much more. More Info

Click Here to Download the Full 10-Day Event Schedule and Lilac Festival Map

Be A Part Of History!  Friday, May 10th at 12:00pm

News crews will be on hand to record the event! We want the whole world to know we have a “Passion For Purple” in Rochester, NY!!

It’s an Opening Day celebration like no other! Wear your purple and join us at Center Stage! Together we’ll set the record for the biggest crowd of people wearing purple ever assembled!  Park FREE at any of the three Public Lots until 3pm.  More Parking Info

 Live Music & Children’s Entertainment All Day, Every day!

View the Full Schedule including Concert Lineup and Children’s Entertainment Stageschedule More Info

Download The Mobile App

Get the Lilac Festival Souvenir Cam and full festival schedule on your phone! Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes and upgrades throughout the Lilac Festival More Info

It’s Easier Than Ever To Visit The Festival!

Now with three designated Public Parking Lots offering close-in access, free parking weekdays through 3:00pm More Info

Special Events at the Festival

  • YNN Lilac Parade Saturday, May 11, 2013 More Info
  • One-Of-A-Kind Shopping Art & Craft Weekends feature over 120 artists and craftsmen selected through a juried process. More Info
  • Medved Lilac 10K and 5K Family Fun Run Sunday, May 19, 2013 More Info
  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting Tuesday, May 14th; Wednesday, May 15th; and Thursday, May 16th More Info
  • Craft Beer Garden Serving All Festival Hours More Info

Seniors Day is Wednesday, May 15th

Save all day with special Seniors discounts on food and beverage at the Big Top Foot Tent and throughout the festival! Enjoy a special afternoon concert performance with the Smugtown Stompers at 1:30pm at Center Stage.

Lilac Festival Ground Rules

This is family and environmentally friendly festival!

Bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and pets are not allowed. With the exception of one sealed bottle of water, visitors may not bring food or beverages into the festival grounds. For the safety of all guests, there is a “no chairs” policy. Umbrellas and blankets are welcome.  Minors should be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult. Cameras with detachable lenses are not allowed without a Springut Group Inc. issued press pass.

Purchasing Lilac Trees and Bushes

Lilac trees and bushes will be available for purchase during the Festival. To take yours home, look for the tent outside the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park.  For more information, you may call the Lamberton Conservatory directly at 585-753-7270

Clean Sweep – 2013

images (3)More than 25,000 volunteers have demonstrated their pride in Rochester by working alongside City crews to clean and beautify just about every street in the city. In addition to removing litter and debris, volunteers do such things as planting flowers, pruning trees and performing other neighborhood beautification projects.

Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep

Register Now!

Tweet Your Sweep!

The City of Rochester wants YOU to share your Clean Sweep experience. Share pictures the projects you and your neighbors are working on to make our city sparkle! Send your pictures to @cityrochesterny with the hashtag #CleanSweep and your project may be featured on the official Twitter feed of the City of Rochester.

See the fun!

Click the quadrant name in the table below to view an image galleries from 2012 Clean Sweep

2013 Clean Sweep Dates and Places:

Date Quadrant Location
Saturday, April 27 Northwest Edgerton Park – 41 Backus St.
Saturday, May 4 Southeast Cobbs Hill Park – Culver Road and Norris Drive
Saturday, May 11 Southwest Genesee Valley Park – 131 Elmwood Ave.
Saturday, May 18 Northeast Norton Neighborhood Service Center Office – 500 Norton St.

What can I expect at a Clean Sweep?

Clean Sweep Saturdays have become community gatherings, offering citizens an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with old friends and make new ones. City crews also remove graffiti, clean City properties, repair sidewalks and fill potholes during the Saturday Sweeps.

Clean Sweep events have also become team-building exercises for neighborhood associations, church groups, school clubs and teams, and civic organizations. Residents can also take advantage of Clean Sweep by raking and their own yards and sidewalks and placing the bulk refuse at the curb, knowing a City crew will soon come by to retrieve it.

Saturday Clean Sweeps begin at 8:30 a.m. where volunteers arrive to free coffee and donuts. They’re given a free t-shirt, assigned to a team and hit the streets by 9 a.m. Tools are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. They return to the staging ground at 1 p.m. for a picnic to build on the community spirit that is the most lasting benefit of Clean Sweep.

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The City of Rochester is releasing new information about the filming of scenes for the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”.  The city says filming will happen April 30th to May 9th.  On a webpage created to answer questions about the filming the city says, “The production team is looking for extras! Send your name, a photo of yourself, the year, make, and model of your car, and your contact information to to be considered. Please note that the City of Rochester is not involved with the extra selection process.”

For a link to the City’s new movie webpage click here.

The City sent out the following release on Thursday:

City of Rochester

News Release

Preparations Underway for Major Movie Shoot Downtown

(Thursday, April 11, 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards met with the producer of The Amazing Spiderman 2 movie this week to discuss the logistics of the production that will take place Downtown. The major motion picture shoot is set to begin on Tuesday, April 30 and is expected to wrap up by Thursday, May 9. Action sequences will be shot on Main Street, between South Plymouth Avenue and East Avenue, requiring some portion of Main Street to be closed each day during the filming from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“This is a fun and exciting time for Rochester and we are looking forward to welcoming the more than 300 crew members to our city,” Mayor Richards said. “At the same time, this is a very large event and our number one priority is making sure that the public is informed of all the necessary road closures and that movie fans are not in any areas that may cause safety concerns.”

Surrounding streets will be closed intermittently during this time and some areas will be closed to pedestrians. These details are subject to change as the production company finalizes its schedule. City officials have been meeting with the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Fire Department, Monroe County Dept. of Transportation and the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office to finalize plans for street detours and closures as well as measures to best keep the public informed. RTS buses using Main Street will be re-routed for the duration of the film shoot. Details will be posted on this page and on as soon as they become available. Discussions with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) and the Rochester City School District are ongoing regarding alternate bus routes for students and the potential impact this may have on them–which is expected to be minimal.

The City will provide information regarding filming activity, with comprehensive information to be posted at The website will feature street maps detailing street and sidewalk closures, and “frequently asked questions” sections for the public, Downtown residents, workers and business owners and the media. Updates will also be posted on the City’s Facebook page at as well as on Twitter, @cityrochesterny, #SpideyROC.  In addition, City customer service representatives will be available by phone at 311, 24 hours-a-day to answer detour related questions. Callers outside of city limits may call (585) 428-5990.


There are a handful of cities that are thought of when we think of high-tech innovation and startups: San Francisco, New York, London, Bangalore, Tel Aviv . . . but today, high-tech development has been democratized. Easy and cheap availability of cloud-based resources, sophisticated telecommunications tools, platforms-as-a-service and lean models that accelerate the development and deployment process, and – sorry, California – a net outmigration from traditional tech centers, has already started to shift high-tech development to the most unlikely places.

It’s a fact: You no longer have to be in Silicon Valley to run a successful Internet company. But where will tomorrow’s dotcom boom come from? This may be the Rust Belt’s year to shine. We asked innovators, entrepreneurs, and city leaders this question: “What are the most unexpected cities that are leading the high-tech revolution”? 

“While Kodak seemingly put Rochester on the map, it’s the talent that remains there that makes it one of the most unexpected cities for high-tech innovation,” said Mark Lucas, Co-founder and VP of Sales for Sudo, a Rochester-based company that has developed an app for consolidating deals, coupons, and savings. “Young fresh minds from the University of Rochester (U of R) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are sticking around post-graduation to finish what they started.”

Roughly half a billion dollars worth of research is conducted annually at RIT and U of R. A portion of the healthy $749,994 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program awarded to U of R in 2012 is allocated to addressing the shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers in the area by providing full-tuition scholarships to undergraduates pursuing these educational careers.

Cerion Energy is a producer of a nanotechnology-based diesel fuel additive that decreases fuel consumption and emissions. created the Walking Charger, a device embedded in footwear that charges mobile devices on the go. created a 3D software app and digital press for complete customization of unique water bottles. is developing laser-controlled gene switches for gene therapy drugs. connects supporters of academic research with on-campus innovators.

With 65,650 techies in the workforce, Rochester rivals San Francisco and San Diego and was recently ranked 5th for patents per capita by Forbes. Rochester is successful in harnessing tech-savvy appeal into a defining characteristic.

rochester-intermodal-stationLocal and federal officials will break ground Aug. 2 on a $26.5 million intermodal train station in Rochester, Rep. Louise Slaughter announced Wednesday.

The project will be at the existing Amtrak Station at North Clinton Avenue and Joseph Avenue, but placed on a different part of the lot. It also will include bus terminals.

It is funded by $18.5 million in federal grants, $7.5 million in state funding and a half million dollars in city funding. The contract for the project will be awarded this summer.

At a news conference Wednesday, the Democrat from Fairport stressed the aesthetics of the building.

“It’s going to be situated in a different spot on the lot to look directly down Clinton Avenue. The landscaping is going to be wonderful, and the most important thing is that we are really paying very close attention to the security of the parking lot in that area,” Slaughter said. “I think it’s going to be an impetus for growth in that part of the city. It’s very attractive. We’re very happy about it.”

The building will be modeled after the old Bragdon Station, which was built in 1914 and demolished in 1965. Slaughter said the project would bring economic development to an area downtown that desperately needs it. In addition to the traffic that area will attract, the project will create 100 construction jobs and, when complete, some concession jobs.

Unlike the existing station, the new facility will be handicapped-accessible. There will be dedicated passenger tracks and a high-level platform that passengers can load from both sides of the train. Baggage handling will be improved, as well.

Slaughter said this will be particularly beneficial to college students, especially those who come from downstate. Amtrak offers student rates and special programs for those in school.

Taylor Deer, student government president for the Rochester Institute of Technology, said this would be a big plus for students who come in from out of town.

Students are hesitant to use the existing station, but the new one will be welcoming and comforting, he said.

“The upgrades they are making will be received very well by the students,” Deer said. “It’s going to make it easier for them to choose train stations over carpooling or the airport.”


More than half of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll oppose putting a casino in downtown Rochester. Of the 55 percent opposed, 37 percent say they strongly oppose.

The Buffalo News last week reported that the Seneca Nation of Indians wants the right to develop a casino in downtown Rochester as part of a settlement with New York in a dispute over $572 million in gambling revenue owed the state and local governments.

The published report came less than a month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a proposal to add up to seven casinos on non-Indian land, with the first three located in Upstate New York.

Meanwhile, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack—one of the state’s racinos—has begun work on a $12 million expansion that will add hundreds of video lottery terminals and is part of a larger plan that envisions full casino gambling eventually.

In August 2011, 63 percent of respondents to an RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll favored legalizing private, non-Indian casino gambling in New York. The state constitution prohibits forms of commercial gambling, other than video lottery terminals. Passing a constitutional amendment requires approval from two consecutive Legislatures, followed by a public referendum.

Roughly 1,000 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Feb. 18 and 19.

Do you favor or oppose putting a casino in downtown Rochester?
Favor strongly: 23%
Favor: 22%
Oppose: 18%
Oppose strongly: 37%

RochesterRochester, N.Y.
We know: How is Rochester even in the same league as London, New Orleans or even Austin?

Kodak (EK_) is crumbling, Xerox (XRX_) is struggling with relevancy. From the outside, by rights, Rochester shouldn’t have much to look forward to in 2012. The problem is, it’s just not true.

Employers such as Bausch & Lomb and Genesee Brewing parent North American Breweries have kept Rochester’s unemployment below 7% and falling. The latter has also managed to boost its beer business nearly 7% in 2010 while overall U.S. beer sales fell 1%. The real estate market, meanwhile, is a wonder: Home prices are actually up 1.4% since 2010 and have been rising steadily since the housing boom.

Sure, there are cold winters, feet of lake-effect snow and a sky that turns gray in October and usually stays that way until April. But the city that’s been shrinking since the 1960s feels downright cozy in the treat-stocked aisles of a Wegmans supermarket, over a cheeseburger-and-mac-salad garbage plate at Nick Tahou’s or with a Genny Cream Ale and a rack of ribs at Dinosaur Barbecue. It’s shockingly stable, and that’s about the best any city can ask for in 2012.

“That’s my hometown, and knowing what’s happened to Kodak and other pillars of the local economy, I was surprised when Rochester scored on the Top 5 list. I applied the same formula to all cities and did not have my thumb on the scale,” Trulia’s Kolko says. “Prices — which fell little during the boom — are stable, and the economy has weathered blow after blow and is expanding.”

Written by Jason Notte in Boston.