May 17-23, 2019
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DLTDowntown Living Tour
Starts at City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington Street ( map)
Saturday, May 18, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Get  an exclusive look at some of the newest, most-talked about r esidential projects in Downtown, plus, one of Downtown's coolest workplaces!   

Each week, we've been offering sneak peeks of the stops you'll see in this newsletter.  This week, we shine a spotlight on The Wood Building.  I nformation about all of our stops is provided on our  Downtown Living Tour website

The Downtown Living Tour is a self-guided walking tour. For the convenience of tour-goers, there's also a special shuttle (running every ten minutes or so) designed exclusively for the tour. Just look for the "Shuttle Stops" along the way, and refer to our official Downtown Living Tour map for a suggested route to follow. 

We hope you'll make a day out of being Downtown! Scroll down to read about a dozen Downtown Deals, available exclusively for tour-goers. 

Tickets: You still have a few hours to get tickets at the Advance-Sale price of $12. Advance-Sale tickets are available online at, or at our offices located at 115 W. Fayette Street ( map) until 5:00 pm. After today, the next opportunity to get tickets is the day of the tour when you can purchase tickets at City Hall Commons for $15 between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. 315-422-8284
Cost: $15
Available at City Hall Commons Atrium on Saturday, May 18 
205 East Jefferson Street (map)

The Wood Building's name honors an entrepreneurial woman who achieved many firsts in Syracuse. Julia E. Wood was the first woman in Syracuse to file a patent, buy land, build a building and own her own business, The J.E. Wood & Company. 

Julia  grew up in a family of corset makers and filed a patent for The Madame Wood Corset in 1888. The Wood Building, which housed her business, was established in 1900. J.E. Wood & Company operated in the building through 1925. In the mid 1920s, it harbored one of the most ornate speakeasies in Syracuse. A list of the private club's members - rumored to have featured the names of prominent citizens - was confiscated in a 1931 police raid.

Tour-goers will be impressed with the ways the building's historic significance is preserved in details. The current owner of the building, Menachem Friedfertig, has meticulously restored the building to preserve its historic character. Working with Luke Esposito of R.F. Esposito Construction Management Company, six unique apartments are nearing completion. 

Please note, this building is accessible only by stairs. 

StPaulSacred Sites Open House
at St. Paul's Syracuse
310 Montgomery Street ( map)
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Paul's Syracuse The Downtown Episcopal Church is providing mini-tours of its historic building this weekend as part of the Sacred Sites Open House Tour. Learn more about the history of the building and take a closer look at its ornate details.

Tour Tip: St. Paul's Syracuse is close to the suggested route to follow for the Downtown Living Tour. Stop in for a quick tour of the church as you visit the Tour Stops!  

Cost: Free
NightlabSensory Friendly Time
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street ( map)
Saturday, May 18, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
During Sensory Friendly Time, the Museum turns down the noise, turns off flashing lights, shuts off air compressors, and turns on the house lights so people living with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the MOST and sensory friendly activities. 315-425-9068
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members
SymphoriaSymphoria: Beethoven's Ninth
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street ( map)
Saturday, May 18, 7:30 pm

The 2018-2019 Symphoria Masterworks season will close with a spectacular concert, featuring Beethoven's monumental Ninth Symphony. The Ninth will be preceded by Shostakovich's Festive Overture, performed as a side-by-side with the Symphoria Young Artists, and Kareem Roustom's rhythmically ingenious Ramal.

The Bond, Shoeneck & King Pre-Concert Talk will be held in the Banner Room on the lower level of the Civic Center, beginning at 6:30 pm. or 315-299-5598
Cost: $20-$88, $5 for students, 18 and under free
PuppyPuppy Meet & Greet
at The Ice Cream Stand
200 W. Water Street ( map)
Sunday, May 19, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Ice Cream Stand is teaming up with WeiserWays Training Services to bring you and your dog a sweet treat this month! WeiserWays is hosting free dog training sessions at The Ice Cream Stand every Sunday in May. Bring your pup for a training session or two, and then, enjoy a special doggie treat from The Ice Cream Stand.

Space is limited, so register now! or 315-458-4848
Cost: Free
Defi1st Anniversary Long Table Dinner
at Defi Cuisine Corp.
208 W. Water Street ( map )
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Celebrate Defi Cuisine Corp's first anniversary with a night of great food, music and cocktails! Defi is hosting a long table dinner under a tent along the 200 block of West Water Street to serve a special five-course dinner. Enjoy cocktails before and after dinner, wine pairings with each course, and a delectable, locally-inspired menu.

Deal Alert! Use discount code "Defioneyear" at checkout for 10% off. or 315-907-0202
Cost: $85
CNYJazzJoe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga
at CNY Jazz Central
441 E. Washington Street ( map )
Sunday, May 19, 5:00 pm
World-renowned trumpeter and native Syracusan, Joe Magnarelli, visits Syracuse this weekend to perform at CNY Jazz Central. Magnarelli is joined by his new bride, Akiko Tsuruga, Japanese-born Hammond B-3 organist. or 315-479-5299
Cost: $15, $5 for students with valid ID
ErieCanalHeritage Area Walking Tour
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. ( map )
Monday, May 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join the Erie Canal Museum for a guided walking tour along the historic Erie Canal path. The mile-long tour begins at the Erie Canal Museum, winding through Clinton and Hanover Squares before ending back at the Museum. Discover how the neighborhood has changed since the days of the Erie Canal. or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members, ages 17 and under free
TechGardenEthics and Lobbying Compliance in 
New York
at the Tech Garden
235 Harrison Street ( map )
Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Join Harris Beach's Lobbying Compliance Team to learn about the issues and obstacles associated with lobbying in New York State. Compliance with ethics and lobbying laws is at a premium, and organized awareness is the key to identifying and mitigating risk. This seminar addresses issues commonly faced by companies and nonprofits, and may be helpful to boards of directors, executive leadership roles and government affairs personnel. or 315-470-1800
Cost: $15 for CenterState members; $25 for non-members
FoodTruckFood Truck Rally
at Clinton Square  ( map )
Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Stop by Clinton Square at lunchtime every Wednesday for a rotating selection of food trucks, including Downtown businesses like Byblos Mediterranean Cafe! or 315-422-8284
Cost: Menu price
GrillnChillGrill 'n Chill
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map )
Wednesday, May 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Grill 'n Chill weekly outdoor concert series returns to the patio at Eleven Waters starting this Wednesday! Enjoy a season of backyard barbecue vibes in the heart of Downtown with live local music, grilled favorites and an outdoor bar under a canopy of outdoor lights. or 315-474-2424
Cost: Free admission; $5 drink features; $10 grill features
popupPop-Up Dining
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street ( map)
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Each month, SKY Armory hosts a Pop-Up Dining experience featuring a fresh, local menu paired with beverages from around the world. This month's featured beverage is beer from Jack's Abby Brewing. Click here to see the menu. or 315-473-0826
Cost: $45
EversonEvents & Exhibits at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)

Travel Journal Magic
Saturday, May 18, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Learn to create a handmade book to treasure for years. Use different construction elements like pockets, hidden compartments, foldouts, cutouts and much more! All materials are provided, but please feel free to bring special papers, tickets, photos, buttons or whatever you would like to include in your journal.
Cost: $48 for members, $60 for non-members

Ceramics Workshop
Thursday, May 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Create a vessel in the Trompe L'oeil style (a French term meaning "to fool the eye"). This hands-on class will guide students through clay construction, finishing and glazing/painting. All materials are provided, and all experience levels are welcome. 
Cost: $108 for members, $135 for non-members
EFun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

Boondoggle Designs 
Wednesday, May 22, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 1st floor MakerrSpace
Learn how to create designs and objects out of boondoggle in this fun class.

Dungeons & Dragons Campaign 
Wednesday, May 22, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace 
Join TCGplayer for a monthly Dungeons & Dragons program and build a lengthy campaign with the help of volunteers from TCGplayer. 

Unserviceable American Flags Collection 
Now through May 22 
The Onondaga County Public Libraries continue to collect worn, tattered, or faded American Flags that need to be respectfully retired. Bring your unserviceable flag to Central Library to be properly burned at the Memorial Day Watchfire Ceremony sponsored by the Central New York Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library. or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
LiveMusicLive Music Events

Bad Mama's Band
Friday, May 17, 9:30 pm
at Maxwells (map) or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

Salsa Latin Dance Night
Every Monday, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
at Maxwells  ( map )
No experience or dance partner required.
Cost: $5 cover

Open Mic with Jess Novak and Tyler Dattmore
Tuesday, May 21, 9:00 pm
at Maxwells (map) or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

Stand Up at The Stand: Live Comedy
Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
at The Ice Cream Stand (map) or 315-458-4848
Cost: Free admission
TriviaTrivia Nights & Leagues
Throughout Downtown Syracuse

90s Theme Trivia
at Wolff's Biergarten ( map)
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm or 315-299-7789
Cost: $15

Mondays at Wolff's Biergarten (map)
7:00 pm or 315-299-7789
Free to play; $30 gift card for the winning team, $20 gift card for the 2nd place team

Tuesdays at the PressRoom Pub (map)
7:00 pm
Free to play. The PressRoom Pub offers half-price pizza and half-price wings to trivia teams playing as part of Dan Tortora Broadcast Media's Trivia Night. 

Tuesdays at Clinton Street Pub (map)
7:00 pm
Free to play; win free drinks and gift cards.

Tuesdays at The Evergreen (map)
8:00 pm or 315-870-3500
Free to play; the winning team will receive a $50 gift card.

Tuesdays at The Hops Spot (map)
8:00 pm
Free to play; winning team receives a $25 gift card; five bonus round prizes available for food and drinks

Wednesdays at Empire Brewing Co. (map)
8:00 pm
Facebook or 315-475-2337
Free to play; winning team receives a $50 gift card, 2nd place receives a free round of drinks

Thursdays at Maxwells (map)
7:00 pm or 315-299-6633
Free to play; winning team will win prizes

Salt City Market Audition Popup
at The Rail Line ( map)
Saturday, May 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $10

Purple Reign: A Tribute to Prince
at the Oncenter Civic Center ( map)
Sunday, May 26 7:30 pm
Cost: $37 to $57 

Hanging Flower Basket Day
Throughout Downtown Syracuse
Tuesday, May 28
Starting around 9:00 am

Finding Neverland
at the Oncenter Civic Center ( map)
May 28-30
Cost: Tickets  starting at $35 

History Happy Hours
at the Erie Canal Museum ( map)
Wednesdays, May 29 - November 6, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

All Night Strut
at the Redhouse Arts Center ( map)
May 30 - June 9
Cost: $32 or 315-362-2785

Rock The Block Summer Concert Series
500 block of S. Warren Street, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown ( map)
Tuesdays, June 11 - August 6, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free admission or 315-474-2424

Everson Annual Summer Picnic
at the Everson Museum of Art ( map)
Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm
Cost: $200
PavingLooking Ahead: Downtown Paving Project Scheduled in 2021; Share Your Thoughts
at City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington Street ( map )
Tuesday, May 21, 5:00 pm
As the City of Syracuse looks ahead to plans to pave four of Downtown's busiest streets, it wants to hear from you. 

On Tuesday, at 5:00 pm, Downtown residents, employees and the community are invited to a meeting to learn more about the paving, which will impact sections of South Warren, Clinton, Montgomery and Jefferson Streets in 2021. The meeting is set to take place at City Hall Commons Atrium, located at 201 East Washington Street (map), and is expected to last about an hour. Share your input before you step off to the Corporate Challenge, or, if you'd prefer, you can also email any suggestions/input to

The project involves tearing up the top layer of asphalt on the following sections of road (provided below), and replacing it with 1.15 inches of new pavement. Sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and pedestrian signals will also be improved. 

  • South Warren Street, between Salina Street and Erie Boulevard
  • Clinton Street, between West Genesee and Jefferson streets
  • Montgomery Street, between Erie Boulevard and East Adams Street
  • Jefferson Street, between South Clinton and Montgomery streets
The city encourages anyone who is unable to attend the meeting - but would like to provide their thoughts - to send them via email by Tuesday, June 4. 
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AlenAngusAle 'n' Angus Wins Best Burger in New York State...Again!
State Beef Council blind taste test crowns winner!
Congratulations Ale 'n' Angus Pub for winning the New York Beef Council's burger competition for the second year in a row. The award-winning burger is the restaurant's Beef  on Weck Burger, which is a burger topped with sliced roast beef, cheddar cheese and horseradish sauce on a caraway seed kummelwick roll.  In 2018, Ale 'n' Angus earned the title of "Best Burger in New York State" thanks to the Power Play Burger. That half-pound patty is topped with shaved prime rib, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on a kaiser roll. 

The winning burger was determined by a blind taste test by a panel of five judges. Stop in for lunch or dinner to try either variety of the "Best Burger in New York State."

DinoPermanent Dinosaur Exhibit Coming to the MOST!
Life-size exhibit arrives this summer
The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) is opening a new life-size dinosaur exhibit this summer, and it won't be going extinct any time soon! The new 3,000 square foot exhibit will permanently reside in the former cafe space by mid-July. Guests will feel like they are walking through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods with nine dinosaurs and authentic sights and sounds. The exhibit will also feature touchable dinosaur skin and teeth, a dino dig-pit for fossils, a fossil rubbing station and an interactive remote-control dinosaur movement model.

Thank you to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for sponsoring the dinosaur pictured right!

TalkingCursiveTalking Cursive Brewing Company Now Open For Lunch
11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday
Talking Cursive Brewing Company is now serving lunch Tuesday through Friday! Stop in between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm for soup, sandwiches, mac 'n' cheese, hot dogs, bratwurst, or one of the daily lunch specials. Follow Talking Cursive on Instagram to see its daily lunch special. 

Deal Alert! Enjoy $2 off any beer flight with the purchase of any lunch item. 

HealthCommunity Health Assessment Survey
What health issues are important to you?
What are your thoughts about the health of our community? The Onondaga County Health Department is looking for residents who are 18 years old and older to participate in its Community Health Assessment survey. Share your opinion about important health issues that must be addressed in our community. The Onondaga County Health Department will use the information to work on ways to improve the health of people who live here. As a courtesy for your time, survey participants can enter a drawing to win one of five $50 gift cards to Wegmans or Best Buy!

The survey takes five to ten minutes to complete, and is open until May 31.