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Photo Friday: Developments in Sparky Town

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 22, 2015

The former Sparky Town building will soon house the Red Olive, a Mediterranean restaurant. Work inside is already underway with an anticipated opening in June.

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The New Times’ “Market Values” Explores Syracuse’s Bhutanese-Nepali Community and the All Asian Store

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 20, 2015

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Last week, Leanna Garfield of the Syracuse New Times published an in-depth profile on the Bhutanese-Nepali community in Syracuse and the All Asian Store on Pond Street where “customers come for groceries, but they also come to chat.”

“‘There’s a huge demand in our community for this food,’ says Jai Subedi, the owner of the All Asian Store. Subedi also works as a caseworker for InterFaith Works Center for New Americans and serves as the president of the Bhutanese Community of Syracuse (BCS). When he first arrived, he would walk five miles to a Nepali grocery store in DeWitt, because he didn’t own a car and felt desperate for Nepali food.

The Bhutanese are one of the largest refugee groups in the United States. Almost 7,000 Bhutanese-Nepali refugees have resettled in New York state over the past six years, according to the 2014 Worldwide Refugee Arrival Processing System report. About 4,000 of them live in Syracuse.”

Read “Market Values” in its entirety here.

On the Calendar: Taiwanese Aboriginal Dance Performance

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 19, 2015

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This Thursday at 6:30 PM, an aboriginal dance troupe from the College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University (on the Eastern coast of Taiwan) will visit Syracuse for a performance at Inspiration Hall (709 James Street). The troupe will retell the traditions of the Taiwanese indigenous tribes through music and dance.  Click here for the event poster and check out the video below for a compilation of the troupe’s performances.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for student (with an ID), and children under 15 are free. Contact the Central New York Chinese Culture Center at  info@cnyccc.org or (315) 634-9494 to reserve your tickets.

Photo Friday: The shedding of early blooms

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 15, 2015


On the Calendar: SNCC’s Open House, a Film Screening, and Wine

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 14, 2015


Some of our friends and partners are helping us ease into the weekend with 3 must-do events.

This evening from 5:00 – 7:00 PM the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (716 Hawley Avenue) is holding an Open House Celebration. Enjoy light refreshments as you meet SNCC’s director, Michael Collins, learn about their mission, and tour the building.

Afterwards, stop by Cooperative Federal (800 North Salina Street) for a film screening from 7:00 – 8:30 PM: Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time. This short documentary explores the world of worker co-ops, how it can transform lives and communities, and the realities of starting one. After the screening, stay for a “teach-in” where guests are asked to further explore what a worker co-op could look like in our community. This screening is co-sponsored by our friends at Cooperative Federal, the Small Business Development Center, the Workforce Development Institute, and others. Check out the Facebook invite here for more information.

On Friday, Vinomania (entrance on Pearl Street) is hosting a wine tasting from 4:30 – 6:00 PM to benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a program from the Center for Community Alternatives that acts as a voice for abused and neglected children in court. $1 from every bottle of wine sold will go directly to CASA. To further entice guests, Lune Chocolat will be on hand with samples.

Hillside’s Taste of Success Fundraiser: Support Our Director During the “Celebrity Chef Challenge”

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 12, 2015

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Our director, Dominic Robinson, has been selected as a “Celebrity Chef” for Hillside’s Taste of Success fundraiser on June 11th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM at the SRC Arena. This event supports the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC), a nationally-recognized program that helps at-risk youth living in poverty stay in school, graduate from high school, and continue on to post-secondary education or employment. The event will feature a tasting of items featured in the Wegmans Menu Magazine and served by local community and business leaders posing as “chefs” for the evening.

Leading up the event, Dominic will be competing against other “chefs” to raise the most financial support for HW-SC. If you’re interested in donating to the cause, view Dominic’s fundraising page here and help him win the challenge!

To learn more about our friends and partners at Hillside, visit their website. For all the details of the Taste of Success fundraiser, information about tickets to the event, and a listing of all the “celebrity chefs,” click here.

Photo Friday: After school reflections

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 8, 2015

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6th Northside Showcase at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 7, 2015

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The Northside is filled with small, independent businesses that make our neighborhood a dynamic place to live, work, and play. Many of these small businesses will be featured during the Northside Showcase, a collaboration between the Northside Business Partnership and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, which aims to promote buying local by encouraging hospital employees to learn more about the rich and diverse business community that is “Just a Walk Away.”

Today from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, food, fun and giveaways will be available to SJHHC staff as our Northside businesses set up shop inside the hospital. Vendors will display local goods and services, provide helpful business information, and offer free samples. Check out the list of participating vendors:

Frankie’s Piccolo Bistro

Ra-Lin Discount


Attilio’s Restaurant & Bar

Pastime Athletic Club

Laci’s Tapas Bar & Lunchbox

Cooperative Federal

Speach Family Candy Shoppe

NextGen Justice

Thanos Import Market

Small Business Development Center

UP Start Syracuse, featuring Aloha Japanese Bento Express

Pastime Athletic Club Featured in Anthony Bourdain’s “Raw Craft”

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 4, 2015

“Frank Shattuck is one fascinating dude. He’s a boxer, an actor, and most unexpectedly, a legendary tailor. He makes suits — beautifully, perfectly bench-made suits — that transform the men who wear them into demigods.” – Anthony Bourdain, Raw Craft

Earlier this year, Anthony Bourdain visited the Pastime Athletic Club to join Frank Shattuck during his regular workout. Here, the men chat about learning a craft, something Bourdain describes as “showing up every day and sucking a little less.” This becomes the opening scene for episode two of Bourdain’s You Tube series, Raw Craft, which celebrates individuals at the forefront of the American craft movement. To read more about Shattuck’s work, check out this article on Syracuse.com.

Photo Friday: Smiling spring cleaners

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 1, 2015

Our volunteers from last Saturday’s Clean Up ‘Cuse: Northside with the Northeast Hawley Development Association were excited to get rid of litter and debris after a long winter, including these two little ones on Burnet Avenue. More pictures will follow next week!

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