May 11 - 17, 2018
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis
at 250 S. Clinton Street (map)
Friday, May 11, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stop by 250 South Clinton Street tomorrow morning for a charity bake sale to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Come satisfy your sweet tooth and enter to win great prizes, including gift certificates to Downtown businesses including  Darwin on Clinton, Original Grain, Funk 'n Waffles, Modern Malt or Glazed & Confused! or 315-345-5836
Cost: Price per baked good
Night Market
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street (map)
Saturday, May 12, 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This Saturday, an urban pop-up market featuring local and regional artists, designers and retailers takes over all three floors of SKY Armory. Enjoy funky cocktails, fresh a la carte dining, and live music from local bands. SKY's culinary team will serve up innovative small plates, appetizers and desserts! Patrons will also have the option to enjoy a flight of tequila with chips and salsa for $15. Click here for a rundown of what to expect! or 315-422-9400
Cost: $5
Symphoria Masterworks: Nakamatsu Plays Beethoven
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street (map)
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm

Syracuse-favorite Jon Nakamatsu will take the stage to perform the music of two revolutionary composers, Beethoven and Shoshtakovich. Nakamatsu will take listeners through Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto and Shostakovich's pulsing and militarist Symphony No. 10.

Before the performance, attend the Bond, Schoeneck & King Pre-Concert Talk in the Banner Room on the lower level of the Civic Center, beginning at 6:30 pm. or 315-299-5598
Cost: $20 - $80; $5/student
Mother's Day Brunch at Fabio's
Sunday, May 13, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Buy treats or donate baked good!

Fabio's Antica Cucina ( map) in Icon Tower invites you to Mother's Day Brunch! There will be an outstanding brunch buffet featuring breakfast favorites, as well as homemade pasta, chicken, vegetables, meatballs, salads, meats, seafood and desserts! All moms will receive a complimentary mimosa too!

PS: Did you know Fabio's Antica Cucina now offers a Sunday Brunch Buffet every week? For $15.95 per person, "brunchers" enjoy a huge selection and bottomless mimosas! Sunday Brunch is held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Cost: $36/person
Reserve your spot by calling 315-303-1630
First City Market of the Season!
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Sunday, May 13, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

City Market returns to the Everson Plaza this Sunday! Every second Sunday of the month, from May through October, the Everson Plaza is the place for vendors from all over the region selling ceramics, vintage clothing, furniture, home decor, handmade crafts, antiques and much more!  Plus, City Market patrons may enjoy free admission to the Everson Museum of Art during the Market!

Please note, Street parking throughout the Central Business District is free on Sundays. City Market attendees also have the option to park in the OnCenter Garage (across from the Everson Museum) for $2.50 with validation from the museum. or 315-481-9960
Cost: Free admission
Dirty Dancing
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street (map)
Tuesday, May 15 - Sunday, May 20
Click here for performance times 

Dirty Dancing is sashaying its way into the Landmark Theatre this week with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing! Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds. They come together for what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including "Hungry Eyes," and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) the Time of My Life", Dirty Dancing promises to take you back to the 1980s! or 315-475-7979
Cost: $35 - $70
Open Mic Night Featuring Songs from Fleetwood Mac
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 pm  

Come listen to your favorite Fleetwood Mac songs performed by Jess Novak and Friends, starting at 9:00 pm. Then at 10:00 pm, the stage opens for Open Mic Night. Come celebrate this legendary band with songs like Landslide, Rhiannon, Gold Dust Woman and more! or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free
Jazz at the Cavalier
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 
Cavalier Room
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map)
Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CNY Jazz's Jazz at the Cavalier series continues next Wednesday with Danielle Patrice, providing an intimate cabaret atmosphere in the cozy, club-esque environment of the Cavalier Room at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The weekly series is free and continues through May. The full line-up of artists can be found here
Deal Alert ! CNY Jazz Club card holders may enjoy a 10% discount on craft cocktails and the small plate menu. or 315-479-5299
Cost: Free 
Brutal By Design Presents: The Drummer & The DJ
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Wednesday, May 16, 9:00 pm  

Stop by Maxwells next Wednesday to experience the high-energy performance of DJ GEDA with the explosive sounds of Emanuel Washington on the Drums. or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free
Teen Night (Grades 9-12)
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, May 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grab a friend and head to the Everson Museum for the very first Teen Night next Thursday! Come check out the galleries, enjoy live music from Posted, an open mic session, art making and light refreshments. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free admission
An Evening with Murali Coryell
at CNY Jazz Central
441 E. Washington Street (map)
Thursday, May 17, 7:30 pm

Fresh off a European tour supporting his latest release, "Mr. Senator," American blues guitarist and singer Murali Corywll will make a stop at downtown's Jazz Central Theater for one night only next Thursday, May 17! The son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, Murali grew up around music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Carlos Santana. Now, Murali, a New York State Blues Hall of Famer, is also an accomplished singer, writer and guitarist. or 315-479-7409
Cost: $20
Fun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

Unserviceable American Flags Collection  
May 1 through 24 
Central Library continues to collect worn, tattered, or faded American flags that need to be respectfully retired. Drop off your unserviceable flag during regular library hours until Thursday, May 24, 2018. Collected flags will be properly burned at the Memorial Day Watchfire ceremony sponsored by the Central New York Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. * Please note, Central Library will be closed for Memorial Day weekend, from Saturday May 26 through Monday, May 28.

Mother's Day Cards 
Friday, May 11, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace 
Mother's Day is this weekend. Show some love with a homemade card, which you can create in the Makerspace!  

Polymer Clay Minis 
Tuesday, May 15, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace 
Join the craze and make your own minis out of magic clay!

Stencil Graffiti 
Thursday, May 17, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Create a stencil of your own choosing in a class led by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Finished designs will be spray painted on paper.

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library. or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
Save the Date!
Make Your Graduation Weekend Reservations
Start with Downtown Restaurant Guide

Many families living in and visiting Central New York are preparing for College Graduation Weekend(s). Downtown Syracuse offers a variety of cuisines and quality dining experiences! If you're looking for a place to celebrate the graduate(s) in your family, start with the Downtown Committee's Restaurant Brochure! 

Syracuse Pedal Party
Sunday, May 19, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Adapt CNY to celebrate National Bike Month with a Pedal Party in Downtown Syracuse! Attendees will enjoy music, food, bike repair demonstrations, bicycle infrastructure education and will be able to practice loading their bicycle securely on a Centro bus. There will even be opportunities to rent bikes! 

Additional activities include:
9:00 am - 10:30 am: Cycle in the City
Participate in a 10-mile or 20-mile bike ride beginning at the MOST and ending in Hanover Square

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Group Ride to the Creek Float
Join the one-mile ride from Hanover Square to the Creek Float in Franklin Square.

To provide feedback on the future of Syracuse's Bike Share program, please visit

Cost: Free
One Month Away: Syracuse Kung Fu Grand Opening
Sunday, June 10, 11:00 am

Syracuse Kung Fu will officially open for classes on Sunday, June 10, starting at 11:00 am. Come meet Yee's Hung Ga International Kung Fu Association founder, Frank Yee Chee Wai, from the Peoples Republic of China. Attendees will witness a Lion Dance Ceremony and Kung Fu demonstrations. Come learn more about Syracuse Kung Fu and the variety of classes available! or 315-395-3814
Cost: Free
NEXT Saturday:
Downtown Living Tour
Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The opportunity to tour Downtown's newest and most talked-about luxury apartments, townhouses and historic renovations is now just a little more than one week away

Tickets are on sale and may be purchased online through the Downtown Living Tour Website, in person at the Downtown Committee's offices on West Fayette Street (from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday), or reserved over the phone by calling 315-422-8284.
Act fast! Advance Sale tickets will only be sold until 5:00 pm next Thursday, May 17. 

Deal Alert: Every ticket purchased in advance earns you an entry into a drawing for a beautiful basket donated by the Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival, as well as a pair of passes to enjoy the festival this September. Check the Downtown Committee's Instagram page to see a picture of the basket! 

Downtown Living Tour Preview: 435 South Warren Street
435 South Warren Street (map)

If walls could talk, the former WFBL Building would fill a book with the stories it knows - and now, whoever moves into the 4,000 square foot luxury apartment will hold a starring role in the building's next chapter as "the largest apartment in Downtown Syracuse."

Established in 1914, the building at 431-435 South Warren Street was once the home of the  City Club of Syracuse (until 1918), the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce (until 1926), and several other retail and office spaces. The building was used for retail and office space over the next 15 years. In 1941, it was sold to the Onondaga Broadcasting Company to be used for the radio station, WFBL.  The unique Art Modern terra cotta facade - which makes the building the only one of its kind in Syracuse - was added shortly after, unifying it with the adjacent building at 437-441 South Warren Street. 

When tour-goers visit this space next Saturday, they'll be treated to an extra incentive: Celebrity chef, PBS host and award-winning author, Julie Taboulie, will be cooking a few of her favorite dishes on-site in the apartment's kitchen! Stop by for samples! 
The Empire Celebrates Official Grand Opening
Spots are leasing fast, but you can check it out next Saturday!

Earlier this week, the Empire Building celebrated its Grand Opening. Check out the ribbon cutting video on the Downtown Committee's Facebook page News Channel 9 also got a sneak peek at two of the building's large, two-story units on the first floor (and in the basement). These range between 2,060 - 2,760 square feet. These - along with a model unit on the second floor - will be featured on the Downtown Living Tour next Saturday.

Construction at Iron Pier Apartments Underway Now
Plans call for 112 new units, retail and restaurant space

Leasing is already underway for the Iron Pier Apartments, which are being built right now at the Inner Harbor. The first residents can expect to move in this October. The 180,000 square foot project will feature 112 one-and two-bedroom luxury apartments, with an additional 100 on the way!  Spectrum News visited earlier this week. You can get your first look at the units next Saturday on the Downtown Living Tour.

The Ice Cream Stand is Now Open!
Located at 200 W. Water Street ( map)

The Ice Cream Stand is now open in The Amos Building, near Clinton Square. Come enjoy a cone of soft serve, a scoop of Gifford's famous hard ice cream, a delicious sundae, coffee and more! Eventually, The Ice Cream Stand will also offer homemade hard ice cream! 

The store is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday, May 11). Next week, the shop will expand its hours, and will be open seven days a week during the summer. Follow the Ice Cream Stand on Facebook for hours and other updates!

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OHA Partners With Local Brewery to Re-launch Iconic Syracuse Beer
Try Congress Beer in August at Shaughnessy's Irish Pub

The Onondaga Historical Association is partnering with local brewery Willow Rock to re-launch Congress Beer this summer.  Congress Beer was made by Haberle Congress Brewery on the north side, and was last brewed in 1962. It tasted s imilar to American lagers, such as Schlitz and Rolling Rock. The iconic statue of Gambrinus, the "King of Beer," - once perched outside the brewery - now lives at the Onondaga Historical Association, where other Congress Beer branded materials are sold. 

Beer drinkers can look forward to sampling Congress Beer once again on August 15 when it makes its debut at Shaughnesy's Irish Pub ( map ). As we learn more details, we'll update you by sharing them in this newsletter! 

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Learn About Leadership From the Woman Who Oversaw State Tower's $41 Million Restoration
Spotlight Shines on Melissa Zell

As the president and chief operating officer of Pioneer Development, Melissa Zell was at the helm of State Tower's $41 million rebirth as a mix of retail, residential and offices. She was featured as part of's leadership series earlier this week. Zell has valuable advice for new leaders in our community, stressing the importance of effective communication, patience and appreciating each step that needs to be taken to see a project through.

Allyn Family Foundation Moves Into Temporary Downtown Office
Awaiting completion of its new office space in southern downtown

This week, the Allyn Family Foundation is moving into a new temporary office space at 450 South Salina Street (map). The move comes a week after plans were announced to build a multi-floor building where a vacant parking lot currently sits at 484 South Salina Street (map). The temporary space, designed by QPK Design, is located on the ground floor of the architecture firm's headquarters. The new location puts the Allyn Family Foundation just two doors away from their new property at 484 S. Salina Street. When construction is complete (expected in 2020), they'll move their office there. Plans also call for new residential units and a food hall.

Eric Mower + Associates is Rebranding as Mower
To celebrate its 50th anniversary

The advertising agency Eric Mower + Associates will now be known as Mower. The re-branding was announced as part of the Syracuse branch's 50th anniversary celebration, which continues this week! Mower officially opened its doors in Syracuse in 1968 with just four people in the office. today, its Armory Square location boasts 75 employees! The professional, independent marketing and public relations agency moved from Franklin Square to Jefferson Clinton Commons in Downtown Syracuse in 2009. The firm prioritizes building connections. 

The new Mower logo (pictured above) represents a sharpened strategic focus that the company plans to uphold as it finds creative solutions to help clients grow. 

New Exhibit at the Everson Museum of Art Opens This Weekend
"Visions of America"

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Everson building, Visions of America showcases the depth of the Everson's collection of American art, in 1911, the Everson (then known as the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts) made history as the first museum in the country to declare that it would collect only work made by American artists, a decision which led to the acquisition of many important works that are today beloved by Everson visitors. This exhibition features many of these visitor favorites, including work by Edward Hicks, Eastman Johnson, Frederick Remington, Adelaide Alsop Robineau and Gilbert Stuart. Visions of America is open from this Saturday, May 12 through December 31.

Last Call: Art in the Windows Spring 2018 Proposals Due
Applications due tomorrow, Friday, May 11

Art in the Windows is a Downtown Syracuse retail promotion and public art program designed to activate and showcase available downtown retail opportunities through temporary installations of eye-catching artwork. The Downtown Committee of Syracuse is looking for (1) local artists and art galleries to create site-specific installations; and (2) property owners and managers with available ground-floor space in Downtown Syracuse to host site-specific installations and/or displays in Spring 2018. 

There is one day left to submit your application! Applications are due tomorrowFriday, May 11, 2018.

Each selected artist or gallery will receive up to $750 per installation, provided on a reimbursement basis for eligible materials expenses. The funds may only be used to cover expenses related to the design and implementation of the project. Proper records and receipts will be required for reimbursement.

Participating property owners agree to donate rent-free retail space for the duration of the installation, and will receive a $25/month utility allowance for illuminating the artwork for the duration of the initial exhibition period.

Funding for this round of Art in the Windows is generously provided by the Downtown TNT (Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today). Click here to learn more about TNT.