June 1 - 7, 2018
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Taste of Syracuse
at Clinton Square ( map)
Friday, June 1, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 2, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
 
Cereal explosion milkshakes, deep-fried gnocci, cake-sicles decorated with emojis, loaded tater tots, "Soul Bites," several varieties of Mac 'N Cheese, and so much more! These are a few of the new dishes that promise to delight thousands at this weekend's Taste of Syracuse Festival, in addition to the famed $1 samples. The festival kicks off  Friday (tomorrow) at lunchtime, runs through the evening, and picks back up Saturday, June 2, continuing all day before culminating with a performance from rockers, Smash Mouth. Downtown Syracuse vendors include AppeThaizing, Byblos Café, Clinton St. Pub, Creole Soul Café, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Glazed and Confused, Mission Restaurant, Peppino's, and the newly-opened PressRoom Pub.

Scroll down for a list of street closures related to the festival and Paige's Butterfly Run.

TasteOfSyracuse.com or 315-471-9597
Cost: Free admission
First Fridays
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Friday, June 1, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This Friday, it's all about Folk Country and Blues at the Everson Museum of Art. Get that old-time folk feeling with Country and Blues tunes ranging from Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson to B.B. King. The celebration is part of the museum's First Friday series, which delivers evenings full of art, music and culture beginning at 5:00 pm.  Experience the galleries, bring in your own LPs and enjoy a cash bar! 

Everson.org or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free for members; $8/non-member
Magician Chris Wheel & Mindreader Dustin Dean Present Vice Versa
at the Oncenter Bevard Studio
590 S. State Street (map)
Friday, June 1, 7:00 pm

Vice Versa, the first show of its kind in this area, blends Chris Wheel's exquisite sleight of hand magic and illusions, with Dustin Dean's amazing ability to read thoughts from the audience. Witness two-shows-in-one, as both performers are set to perform one act each. The show takes place in an intimate venue and ties both individuals together to create one unique, never-before-seen conclusion that you will have to see to believe!

Oncenter.org or 315-435-2121
Cost: $20
Taste of Syracuse After Party
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Friday, June 1, 10:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am

After you get your fill at the Taste of Syracuse, Maxwells invites you back for more live music and fun!

On Friday, Maxwells is bringing together the high-energy performance of DJ GEDA on the 1s and 2s, with the explosive sounds of Emanuel Washington on the drums. On Saturday, keep the party going with Ben Wayne and Jess Novak.

Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission
Paige's Butterfly Run
Starting at the Federal Building (map)
Saturday, June 2, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday morning, more than 2,000 people will lace up their sneakers to run (or walk!) to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and raise money to support pediatric oncology research and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Paige's Butterfly Run features three events:  A 5K race through Downtown Syracuse;  A 3k fun fitness run/walk and a  40-foot caterpillar crawl, designed for children ages 5-years-old and younger. 

The first race begins at the Federal Building (map) at 8:00 am. Paige's Butterfly Run started in memory of Paige Arnold, who died as a result of complications from a bone marrow transplant to help cure leukemia in 1994. 

PBRun.org or 315-303-2578
Street Closures for Taste of Syracuse & Paige's Butterfly Run
Starting Wednesday, May 30

The following streets will be closed for set-up, and the duration of the Taste of Syracuse and Paige's Butterfly Run through mid-afternoon on Sunday (unless otherwise noted): 

Since Wednesday, May 30:
- 100 Block of West Water Street (between S. Salina & Clinton Streets)
   In addition, no overnight parking will be allowed here through Sunday, June 3.
- Erie Boulevard West (between Clinton & Franklin Streets)
- Clinton Street (from Genesee Street to Washington Street)
- 200 block of West Water Street (from Clinton to Franklin Streets)
   In addition, no overnight parking will be allowed here through Sunday, June 3.

Starting at 6:00 pm Thursday, May 31
300 block of West Water Street (from Franklin to West Street Arterial) 

Starting at 6:00 am Friday, June 1:
Franklin Street (from Erie Boulevard West to Washington Street)
*Southbound traffic along Franklin Street will be closed from Genesee Street to Erie Boulevard

Starting at 6:00 pm, Friday June 1:
Erie Boulevard West (from Franklin Street to West Street Arterial)
* The stretch of Erie Boulevard West from the West Street Arterial to Plum Street will close from 9:00 am to 11:30 am Saturday, June 2.

Suggested Parking Locations
For convenience of those attending the Taste of Syracuse and/or Paige's Butterfly Run, parking will be available for $5.00 in the parking lot across from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que ( map). Parking will also be available for $10.00 at the Washington Street Garage, located at 340 W. Washington Street ( map).  The garage will implement extended hours, being open until 3:00 am Saturday morning, and re-opening at 8:00 am Saturday morning to remain open through Sunday at 3:00 am. 
Watercolor Painting: Skies and Fields
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Saturday, June 2, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Paint your favorite sky-scrapes and fields using watercolor and gouache with artist Lucie Wellner. The focus is on simplicity and bold brushwork. All skill levels are welcome, and all materials will be provided. 

Everson.org or 315-474-6064
Cost: $68/member; $85/non-member
Build Your Own Board Game Workshop
at Syracuse CoWorks
201 E. Jefferson Street (map)
Saturday, June 2, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Join local game developers to learn how to create your own board game! The workshop will introduce concepts and tips about how to develop your own game from concept to playable prototype! Each team (consisting of 1-5 people) will receive planning worksheets and enjoy a brief presentation about common game mechanisms. Then, each team will get a board game building kit to create their own masterpiece.  

Facebook.com or 315-256-0825
Cost: $5 per team
Syracuse High School Theatre Awards
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street (map)
Sunday, June 3, 6:00 pm

Musical and theater students from all over Central New York will be recognized at the Landmark Theatre this Sunday during the Syracuse High School Theatre Awards. The event is a red-carpet, Tony Awards-inspired show that showcases the exceptional accomplishments of our community's high school performers, including hundred of cast, crew and orchestra members. 

The event was established to recognize the achievements of high school students in the arts. Similar to the Tony Awards, several short performances will accompany the 14 awards that will be presented. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind theatrical affair!

LandmarkTheatre.org or 315-475-7979
Cost: $6
Wednesdays at the Weighlock
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. (map)
Wednesday, June 6, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesdays at the Weighlock are back! Stop by the Erie Canal Museum every Wednesday evening, now through August 29 for live music, family-friendly activities, raffles, a cash bar and food from Sassy Taco Food Truck! Next Wednesday, enjoy live music from Harmonic Dirt.

ErieCanalMuseum.org or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free admission
Jazz at the Cavalier (Rescheduled Date)
at Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 
Cavalier Room
100 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Wednesday, June 6, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

There's one more chance to attend  Jazz at the Cavalier! Due to a previous cancellation due to snowy weather, Danielle Patrice will perform this Wednesday for one final show at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Enjoy an intimate cabaret atmosphere in the cozy, club-esque environment of the Cavalier Room. 
 
Deal Alert ! CNY Jazz Club card holders may still enjoy a 10% discount on craft cocktails and the small plate menu.

CNYJazz.org or 315-479-5299
Cost: Free
Courtesy of Urban CNY
Public Information Meeting: Police Body Cam Expansion
at Central Library, Community Room
447 S. Salina Street ( map)
Thursday, June 7, 12:00 pm

This summer, the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) expects to add an additional 100 cameras to its body-worn camera (BWC) program, which began in February 2017. The small video cameras, typically worn on the chest of an officer, record live police calls and other interactions between officers and the public.

The City of Syracuse will hold a public information meeting on the upcoming expanded implementation, featuring a  presentation about the strengths and limitations of the technology. There will also be a demonstration to see how it works. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their questions and concerns.

UrbanCNY.com or 315-448-8005
Cost: Free 
Jewelry Making: Basic Stringing
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, June 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

If you've always wanted to make your own jewelry, but never knew where to begin, this may be the workshop for you! Learn about the basic components, tools and techniques required to make your very own beautiful beaded necklace at the Everson Museum of Art next Thursday after work. 

Everson.org or 315-474-6064
Cost: $24/member; $30/non-member
Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street (map)
Thursday, June 7, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As gene editing techniques become more refined, the possibility of editing the human genome is moving from science fiction to reality. The Editing Our Evolution: Rewriting the Human Genome Forum presents a unique opportunity to be part of the conversation. Participants will hear from scientists and scholars in the biology field. Then, attendees and scientists will talk about synthetic biology and its societal implications. Join the conversation around how we should handle this power! Refreshments will be available starting at 5:30 pm.

MOST.org or 315-425-9068
Cost: Free, but registration is required by June 5
Fun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

Make Your Summer @ Central Library
Friday, June 1, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor Teen Space
Get details about Central Library's summer badge program. E arn five badges during the summer for a chance to win a gift card! The program is available for students ages 12-18. Participation is entirely online, so you can join the group even if you don't visit the library this summer. 

MakerSpace Presents: Open Mic Nite!
Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 1st floor Community Room
Enjoy an hour of performances and share your creativity with the MakerSpace community. Participants are invited to share their music, videos, poetry, dance, etc.  A laptop, speakers and a projector will be provided.  Come to either watch or perform. 

Understanding Credit 
Thursday, June 7, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 3rd floor Community Room
Want to better understand your credit report and score and learn how to budget and clean up your credit? Money Federal Credit Union representatives will be on hand for a free and confidential one-on-one session to assist individuals with these issues. To take best advantage of this opportunity, bring your credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com. Reservations are recommended by calling 315-435-1876.

Math Topics: Financial Management
Thursday, June 7, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Join MakerSpace volunteer Bill and brush up on your math skills. This week's topic is Financial Management, which includes calculating interest, profit, budgeting and saving.

TCG Player at Central Library
Thursday, June 7, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor Community Room
Whether you love trading card games or are just learning to play, this program is for you! Join TCG Player for an afternoon of games and prizes.

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library.

OnLib.org or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
Save the Date!
Last Call for Award of Excellence Nominations
Nominations due Monday, June 4
Winners will be recognized at the Downtown Committee Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is set for Thursday, June 21 at 12:00pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Tickets are on sale now! Attendees will learn more about the incredible investment activity happening in the city's center, and will have the first chance to congratulate Downtown's Award of Excellence winners.

If you know someone - or an organization - that has left a positive footprint in Downtown Syracuse, the Downtown Committee is still accepting nominations for its Awards of Excellence - but only for a few more days! The awards honor Downtown champions who are actively involved in making good things happen in Downtown Syracuse. Submit a nomination for the Urban Innovation Award, Perfect Partner Award or the Heart of Downtown Award. Nominations are due by Monday, June 4.

Wednesday Walk 2018 Schedule & Themes Announced
The first walk steps off on June 13

The Wednesday Walk series presents fun opportunities to take advantage of free guided tours throughout Downtown Syracuse. All walks start at Clinton Square unless otherwise noted. Plus, the more walks that you attend, the greater your chances are to win a great prize, such as a free pair of sneakers from Fleet Feet Sports!

June 13: Tree ID Walk, 12:00 pm
Test your tree identification skills while learning about why our urban forest is both similar and different from the natural environment. This walk will be led by educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

July 11: Street Games, 5:30 pm
*Starts at Hanover Square
Walk from station to station playing games like KanJam, cornhole, ladder golf, board games and more! Stop at multiple stations for your chance to win prizes, including gift cards to Hanover Square businesses!

August 8: Urban Art, 5:30 pm
Along this walk, participants will get to see the artwork of several different artists, including urban sketchers and chalk artists. Participants can show off their art skills at the end of the walk by creating sidewalk chalk drawings. This is a great walk for kids to attend!

September 12: Church Architecture, 12:00 pm
Downtown Syracuse has so many churches with beautiful and historic architecture. Marvel at the details up close, as you walk inside (and out) of these elaborate churches.

Click here to see the complete schedule.

DowntownSyracuse.com or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free
Wellness Wednesday Returns to Clinton Square with Free Fitness Classes
Every Wednesday from June 13 - July 25

In less than two weeks, Wellness Wednesdays returns with more momentum than ever! This year's series will feature a new class and prizes. Starting Wednesday, June 13, participants can take advantage of three fitness classes - for free! The following classes will be offered in Clinton Square:

Sunrise Yoga: 6:30 am - 7:30 am
*Yoga Flow: 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Urban Bootcamp: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
(*New class)

New this year, the first 250 participants to attend a Wellness Wednesday class will receive a free t-shirt! Stay tuned for more information about Opening Day.

Call Metro Fitness at 315-426-8917 for more information
American Heart Association Silent Disco
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Did you know heart disease is the number one killer, but is 80% preventable with healthy lifestyle habits like exercising and dancing? Help fight heart disease, known as the silent killer, with a silent disco party in Hanover Square! Participants will receive a free headset to rent and choose the kind of music they like to dance to. DJ Bella J and SE2 will provide the music - you provide the dance moves! 

Facebook.com or 315-728-7565
Cost: Free
Unique New Networking Experience
Seven Strangers at Dinner by Michael Sgro, LLC

Michael Sgro, LLC at il salotto, located at 359 South Warren Street (map) is introducing a new networking experience called Seven Strangers at Dinner. The goal is for seven attendees to mix and mingle, stretch their networking muscles and build new relationships with the other guests. The current dinner receptions are slated for June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18, all starting at 6:00 pm. The invites for each dinner reception are hand-picked to reduce the likelihood that you have met the other guests previously. Friends and colleagues are encouraged to sign-up, but they will be invited to separate events. 

The program is free, but attendees are asked to commit to the date they sign up for and must participate fully. If you are interested in participating, email success@michaelsgro.com with your preferred date and at least one alternate day that you can attend. 

Facebook.com or 315-399-5302
Cost: Free
Landmark Theatre Gala
Saturday, June 23, 7:00 pm
Tickets on sale now

The Landmark Theatre's 2018 Gala is your opportunity to enjoy a spectacular evening of live music, fine dining and entertainment at the historic Landmark Theatre as it celebrates its 90th Anniversary! Come celebrate 90 years on Saturday, June 23, starting at 7:00 pm with cocktails. Dinner will be served at 8:00 pm, and then guests are encouraged to enjoy an After Party from 10:00 pm to midnight, featuring music from Joe Grosvent. 

Guests will enjoy passed appetizers, an open bar, dinner on the Landmark stage, music from Melissa Gardiner and Andrew Carroll, and a silent auction featuring local artwork and priceless theatre memorabilia. The After Party includes open bar, desserts and late evening snacks. Guests may also choose to purchase tickets for the After Party only.   

Tickets may be purchased online, or reserved by calling 315-432-4420. Tickets are $250 for a single ticket, or $75 for the Gala After Party. 
Downtown in Bloom!
330 new hanging flower baskets

Beauty is blooming in purple petunias throughout Downtown Syracuse for the eighth consecutive season. On Tuesday, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. began the installation of 330 hanging flower baskets throughout the central business district. 
 
The program is part of the Downtown Committee's overall beautification efforts and is supported by more than 50 downtown friends, businesses and property owners. Thank you for donating!

Courtesy of Syracuse.com
Downtown Committee Receives $5,000 Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant to Help Keep Downtown Beautiful
Rolls out new campaign to curb cigarette waste

As part of its contrived beautification efforts, the Downtown Committee also rolled out a new campaign to "Keep Downtown Beautiful" by curbing cigarette waste. In March, the Downtown Committee received a $5,000 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant from Keep America Beautiful, allowing for the implementation of a new litter prevention campaign that includes the purchase of 20 new powder-coated steel cigarette butt receptacles to be placed in various locations throughout Downtown Syracuse over the next week. The first receptacle was placed on South Warren Street across from Voltage Video Games. 

Apizza Regionale in the Running for Best Pizza in the State
Voting open until June 26

Apizza Regionale is currently ranked #1 in USA Today's search to find the best pizza in New York State. 20 pizza restaurants are vying for the title, and more than half of them are located in New York City. Interestingly, Paul Messina, Apizza's owner/operator is from Staten Island. He has fond memories eating pizza from at least three pizza shops listed in the Top 10. 

Voting is open until noon on June 26. Click here to vote!
Company Selected to Design the New Facade of the Post Standard Building
VIP Architectural Associates selects award-winning firm, Snow Kreilich Architects

VIP Architectural Associates has selected a Minneapolis firm to collaborate on the new design of the Post Standard Building façade.

Snow Kreilich Architects is a nationally recognized and award-winning architectural firm that recently received the highest honor bestowed by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), the 2018 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The firm is led by design principals Julie V. Snow, FAIA and Matthew Kreilich, FAIA. Julie and Matt have a connection to the area as they were visiting professors at Syracuse University's School of Architecture in 2011.

VIP's plans at the Post Standard Building include moving their new corporate headquarters to the first floor facing Clinton Square. The second floor, roughly 50,000 square feet, will be leased as additional office space. VIP is also planning a three-story addition consisting of 25,000 square feet of commercial leased space on the third floor, and residential units overlooking Clinton Square on floors four through five.

Real Estate News
Pathfinder Bank Expands Downtown Branch
Pike Block location nearly doubles in size

Four years after opening its first Downtown Syracuse location in the Pike Block building (map), Pathfinder Bank plans to expand, nearly doubling its Downtown presence! Pathfinder's new expansion in Pike Block will increase its footprint from 2,500 square feet to 4,375 square feet! Construction will start this summer to transform part of the Wilson Building (fronting Salina Street) to office space for employees. Pathfinder Bank will still use its storefront space on Fayette Street.  

Congratulations Pathfinder Bank!

*PS: Pathfinder Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Downtown Committee's Annual Meeting on June 21. You can purchase tickets here