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Photo Friday: Summer hues hold strong against a colorless, snowy sky

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 24, 2015

Lock Alley mural, created by Echo.

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“Northside Revealed” Recap

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 23, 2015

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“People want to interact with you, they want to know you. And that inspires people to do something here,” Joe Russo explains, siting some different moments he experienced as a child growing up in “Little Italy.” During the CNY Community Foundation‘s ”Northside Revealed” event, a panel made up of Joe (a “Nortsider” who writes about his memories of the neighborhood every month on our blog), Jai Subedi (a refugee from Bhutan and case manager for Interfaith Works), and business partners Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour (owners of Laci’s Tapas Bar and Laci’s Lunchbox), were brought together to discuss why they settled on the Northside and their different experiences in the neighborhood.

The panel discussion was just one part of the CNY Community Foundation’s event. A bus tour led by our director, Dominic Robinson with assistance from Nicole Watts of Hopeprint, began the event with an overview of the neighborhood’s history, the revitalization efforts by stakeholders in our community, and the challenges that the Northside still faces today. After the tour, attendees were invited into St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center where they enjoyed a spread of food from our emerging UP Start entrepreneurs: That’s What’s Up food truck and catering, Bhutan House Restaurant, and Aloha Japanese Bento Express. The evening ended with an introduction from Kathy Ruscitto (President and CEO of the Hospital), a panel discussion, and networking.

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For more information about the event, check out the CNY Community Foundation’s blog post and photo gallery.

Join Us for Clean Up ‘Cuse: Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 22, 2015


On this Earth Day, many people worldwide are doing their part to honor our earth and take actions to protect our environment. In Syracuse, we like to celebrate with an annual beautification initiative, Clean Up ‘Cuse, taking place this Saturday.

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for the Northside clean up, there’s still time! We’ll be partnering with the Northeast Hawley Development Asssociation to focus on the Hawley-Green triangle, removing litter and weeds from parks and green spaces, parking lots, and sidewalks. Contact Mike (nehda@nehda.org or 425-1032) to get involved. Click here for all the details.

On the Calendar: “Northside” Film Screening

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 21, 2015

This Saturday, the Syracuse International Film Festival‘s Spring Fest will bring several films to the Palace Theater (2384 James Street), including a documentary by Sam Avery, entitled Northside, at 4:30 PM. The film explores the comparative experiences of new Americans who have settled in our neighborhood over the last 100 years and questions the politics of space, memory, and belonging. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Interfaith Works. View the trailer below.

For more information about this event, join the Facebook invite here or check out the film’s website. For a complete list of films for the weekend, click here.

Photo Friday: Spring on Green Street

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 17, 2015

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Recap of the CTK Conversation Series: Multiculturalism

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 16, 2015


“Our world is rooted in globalism and when multiculturalism isn’t in a city, it’s not a place many of us what to live.”  - Dominic Robinson

Last week our Director, Dominic, along with Beth Broadway and Jay Subedi (Interfaith Works), Linda Green (Newland Center), and  Chol Awan Majok (Syracuse Mayor’s Office) came together to discuss the opportunity and challenges associated with multiculturalism in Syracuse.

“We’re fortunate,” Jai explains when talking about our city. “I have a neighbor from Yemen, from Iraq.” This feeling of diversity was also voiced by Chol who emphasizes, “We are all of us connected.” It’s important to celebrate multiculturalism — after all, “it’s fun” Dominic reminds us — but it must be embraced “across the spectrum.” Much of the discussion centered on stereotypes in our culture and the need to break those down. Beth calls for the creation of “deliberate places for people to interact” and Dominic made a point to highlight one important opportunity in our city: “where economic vitality is predicated on multiculturalism.”

The evening ended with questions and comments from an engaged audience. To learn more about the Chirst the King Conversation Series, visit their website.

SJHHC’s Donate Life Campaign

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 15, 2015

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Each Spring, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (SJHHC) visits Northside businesses to hang posters and flags for Donate Life month. This awareness campaign encourages the community to register as an organ donor in NY state and aligns the Hospital with the many business owners who help by displaying the message in their storefronts. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, click here.

On the Calendar: Garden Build

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 14, 2015

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In the front window of the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC), rows of seedlings are soaking up the sunlight. It’s not yet warm enough for planting, but SNCC is busy preparing for a new community garden in partnership with Syracuse Grows. Eventually, the narrow strip of land  next to their parking lot on Hawley Avenue will be filled with pumpkins, radishes, corn, onions, and more.

This Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, SNCC is asking volunteers to come out for a Garden Build to help prep the space for planting later this Spring. Volunteers will help lay mulch, wood chips, and compost and should be prepared to lift, build, dig, and pull weeds. If you’re interested in helping, contact Sarah at swalton@snccsyr.org.

Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Dominic!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 10, 2015

Our team of hard-working, uniquely talented individuals is brought together by the power of this man’s vision. If you see Dominic Robinson this weekend, make sure to wish him a very happy birthday!

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Tonight: Helvetica Screening at Echo

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 9, 2015


Echo and AIGA Upstate New York are hosting a screening of Helvetica tonight at 7:00 PM in the Echo studio space (745 N. Salina Street). This film by Gary Hustwit looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see each day, especially in our urban spaces. Check out the trailer below.