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Downtown Business Directory
Community Updates
Black History Month
Downtown Events
Property of the Week
Save The Date

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Reminder: Odd/Even Parking in Effect
Seasonal odd/even parking is underway in Downtown Syracuse. On the blocks outlined below, overnight on-street parking will alternate, limited to one side between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. This change officially started at the start of the New Year to provide safer, more efficient access for snowplows to clear the streets. The parking regulations apply to the following streets:
  • 100-200 blocks of E. Jefferson St.
  • 100-200 blocks of Madison St.
  • 100-200 blocks of Erie Blvd E.
  • 100-200 blocks of E. Water St.
  • 100-200 blocks of W. Jefferson St.
  • 100 & 300 blocks of Montgomery St.
  • 100-400 blocks of S. Warren St.

Delicious Downtown Deals
Through February 28

There's still one more week to check out the dozens of servings of Delicious Downtown Deals happening at 42 restaurants! Special offers include packaged meal deals, fun pairings for $20.21, three-course lunch and dinner offerings, and more. Shown above is the Buffalo Stack served at The Brine Well Eatery, where you can buy one stack and get 50% off a second.
Passport Promotion

As you eat your way through the deals at participating restaurants, you can win prizes! When you purchase a restaurant’s specified “Downtown Deal,” you can earn stickers provided by the restaurant. Take a picture of your passport and email it to to be eligible for our drawing.

Click here to read the contest rules!
Meal and a Museum

Available only at participating restaurants, Meal and a Museum cards grants you your choice of a 10% discount at the Onondaga Historical Association's Gift Gallery, a 10% discount at the Erie Canal Museum's Gift Shop, One Free Admission to The MOST, or One Free Admission to the Everson Museum of Art.
February is Black History Month. As we celebrate Black History and culture, this year's theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity," chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Women’s Wellness Speaker Series
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The final event in the YMCA of Central New York's Virtual Wellness Speaker Series features three women who work in wellness. Keturah Cochren-Albright, MSW, MFT, a social worker, marriage and family therapist, health minister, maternal health and mental health expert, certified lactation consultant, and doula, will speak about Faith Community Nursing. Keonna Yearwood, a personal chef, and business owner, will share her experience battling obesity as a teenager and what motivates her to keep fighting for healthier communities. Heather M. Shannon, MS, CNM, WHNP, MPH, a staff nurse practitioner for Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), licensed midwife, women's health nurse practitioner, and OB/GYN nurse practitioner, will talk about premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Cost: Free
Pathway of Resistance: The Erie Canal and the Abolition Movement
Thursday, Feb. 25, Noon

The Erie Canal Museum's first Lunchtime Lecture of the year will highlight the Erie Canal's connection to the Abolitionist Movement. Museum Educator Derrick Pratt will discuss the economic opportunities that the canal presented, and the role that its construction played in the Underground Railroad. The Lunchtime Lecture is free to watch and will be streamed live on The Erie Canal Museum's Facebook Page and uploaded to its Youtube Channel as well.

Cost: Free, Suggested Donation of $5*

*Individuals who donate will receive a personal link to watch the lecture live and participate in a Q&A session afterward.

Walk the Freedom Trail in Downtown Syracuse

The Freedom Trail, a self-guided walking tour that winds throughout Downtown Syracuse, highlights important people, places, and events that occurred during the height of the Abolitionist Movement leading into the Civil War. Signs and markers detail anecdotes from sites including the Jerry Rescue Monument in Clinton Square, Plymouth Curch, the Courier Building, and the former Wesleyan Church. While much of the Underground Railroad remained secret, it operated openly in Syracuse. Newspapers regularly carried notices of fugitives who passed through the city on the “Underground Railroad.”

Tech and Culture Speaker Series
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The next edition of the Virtual Tech and Culture Speaker Series will feature Jim Henderson, an established tech professional who has worked with General Electric (GE), Kodak, and Disney. Henderson has helped numerous regional and national brands launch their online presence. His work focuses on web development, digital marketing, and managing developing teams.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
Business After Hours
Thursday, Feb. 25, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join CenterState CEO and the Syracuse Crunch for a virtual networking event! Vance Lederman, Crunch Chief Financial Officer, will provide an update on the Crunch and their plans for the rest of 2021.

Cost: $10 for Members | $15 for Non-Members
Whiskey & Wisdom
Friday, Feb. 26, 6:00 pm

David Hoyne, the owner of Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant, will provide Top Shelf Whiskey selections to include in parings to be featured in a virtual tasting hosted by the Onondaga Community College Foundation. Local and Industry experts will share knowledge and insight. Tickets must be purchased by 8:00 pm on February 22.

Cost: $20 - $99
Bedtime Stories: Harriet Powell
Friday, Feb. 26

The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA)'s next episode in its Bedtime Stories series features Michele Jones Galvin, the great-great grandniece of Harriet Tubman. She will tell the story of another Harriet - Harriet Powell - a young enslaved woman who escaped to freedom while in Syracuse. The episode will air on the OHA's video platforms, including Youtube, Facebook, and its website.
The Red House Theatre presents The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall
Friday, Feb. 26, 8:00 pm

The Redhouse is hosting virtual readings of famous plays written by Black artists. This week's reading reimagines the events that occurred the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These are free to watch but require registration. Actors from around the world participate in the readings.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
Everson Museum Sunday Funday - Air Dry Clay Pinch Pots
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn how to create clay pinch pots as part of a guided art-making activity through the Everson Museum of Art's Sunday Funday. Kits are available for pick up at the museum each week. These live sessions provide instruction and inspiration for creating a work of art with your kids!

Cost: $12 for members | $15 for non-members; pre-registration required
Baroque Brilliance
Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:00 pm

Symphoria presents Baroque Brilliance, a concert centered around instrumental virtuosity during the baroque period. The concert will feature violins throughout, typical of this time period.

Cost: $20 Individual | $35 Family Ticket
CNY Jazz presents Eric Darius Black History Month Cabaret
Sunday, Feb. 28, 5:00 pm

CNY Jazz Central is hosting #1 Contemporary Jazz Chart winner Eric Darius and his band for a special full-length concert to celebrate Black History Month. At intermission, Dr. Sharon Brangman, the winner of the 2021 Pioneer Public Service award will be honored. As a bonus, CNY Jazz Central is offering special discounts for tasty treats during the concert from participating restaurants.

Cost: $20 Individual | $35 Family Ticket
Skates in the City
10:00 am - 8:30 pm Daily

Take in the beauty of Clinton Square from the ice rink! Lace-up your own skates, or rent them. Ice rink capacity is 24 skaters per session. Pre-registration is required. Sessions run for 75-minutes with a total of seven sessions.

Cost: $5/Adult; $3/Junior (12 and under); $3/Seniors (55+); $5 Skate Rental
Specifications & Information:
For more information about the property, please contact Marty McDermott at JF Real Estate by email, by phone (315-472-2020).

Retail Space: 1,371 SF available
$16/SF/Year (Plus Electricity)
White Memorial Building:
Retail Space Available!
More than 1,300 square feet of retail space is currently available on the ground floor of The White Memorial Building, located at 100 East Washington Street (map). Most recently home to the Roji Tea Lounge, this potential turnkey space is perfect for a coffee or a smoothie shop, or any tenant requiring a small kitchen.

The space includes a three-bay sink and grease trap. Additional fixtures are negotiable, including two refrigerators, display cases, prep equipment, tables and chairs.

2nd Anniversary Brewer's Dinner
Sunday, March 7, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Talking Cursive Brewing Co. is turning two years old next month! You're invited to a Brewer's Dinner on March 7 to help the brewing company celebrate its anniversary!

Cost: $135 for table/bar seating for two; $270 for four; and $400 for six.

Call or text 570-529-4547 for more information.
Emotional Intelligence Breakfast Series
Starts Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching is hosting a four-part Emotional Intelligence Breakfast Series via Zoom. The series explores the four components of emotional intelligence - self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management - and offers techniques to improve upon each. The first session starts March 10.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
A Raisin in the Sun
Friday, March 5, 8:00 pm

The Red House Theatre's virtual readings series continues with A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The story is set on the southside of Chicago in the early 1950s, centered around a multigenerational home.

Cost: Free, Pre-registration required
Escape From the Orange Zone Debut

Anything But Beer and Talking Cursive Brewing Co. has partnered with five other area breweries to create a limited release collaboration brew. "Escape from the Orange Zone" The brew is available at participating breweries until supplies are sold out.

Feeding Volunteers
Epicuse fed lunch to more than 100 volunteers working at the fairgrounds to distrubte vaccines over the last week!
Ash Wednesday
St. Paul's Syracuse, The Downtown Episcopal Church observed Ash Wednesday last week. Parishioners George Anderson, Marcia Anderson, Kira Dirghalli, Elizabeth Handler, Barbara Bell, and David Webb smile from a social distance after receiving ashes.
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