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Clean Up ‘Cuse 2014: North Salina Street

Written by admin  • April 15, 2014

This weekend, we coordinated a large-scale spring cleaning of North Salina Street in participation with the Syracuse’s Clean Up ‘Cuse! Over 100 volunteers showed up to pick up litter, weed, and remove brush. Thanks to all the organizations, volunteers, property and business owners that made this event possible!

Clean Up Cuse Collage - with borders even smaller web

More photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page.

Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Dominic!

Written by admin  • April 11, 2014

Though it’s actually tomorrow, we wish our boss and dear friend the happiest of birthdays!

Dominic Birthday 2

Call for mentors!

Written by admin  • April 10, 2014

We are looking for a team of advisors to provide guidance and support to our seven ‘UP Start Syracuse’ entrepreneurs. Mentors are not required to have started their own business, but need to feel comfortable providing productive expertise and insight around topics relevant to starting and sustaining a new business. If this is something you would like to be a part of, please contact Sarah Pallo at spallo@northsideup.org or (315) 299-8228 x 17!


Attilio’s Recognized as the People’s Choice for Best Meatball

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 9, 2014

Attilio's collage

Last month, Attilio’s Restaurant and Bar participated in the Meatball Madness contest to benefit the Elmcrest Children’s Center and was voted People’s Choice for Best Meatball. Attilio’s competed against other CNY-based eateries, including Canale’s Restaurant, Marriotts at Armory Square, the Palace Theater, and Santangelo’s Restaurant. Attilio’s broke the news  Monday with a post on their Facebook: “Thank you all who voted Attilio’s #1 at March Meatball Madness!”

To read more about the contest and all the winners, click here.

Don’t Forget to Volunteer for Clean Up ‘Cuse!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 8, 2014

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Tomorrow is the deadline for volunteers to register for Clean Up ‘Cuse: North Salina Street. Our Northside team will focus on the 300-900 blocks along the corridor, with special emphasis on litter pickup and weeding of green spaces, triangle parks, parking lots, and sidewalks.

All of our volunteers will meet at the Pocket Park located at 730 North Salina Street, across from Biscotti’s Cafe, on the morning of April 12. Before the cleanup begins, participants will sign-in, receive assignments for the day, and enjoy free coffee and donuts provided by Dunkin’ Donuts.

To register, click HERE and choose the Northside project.

Salt City Coffee Donates Profits to American Heart Association

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 7, 2014

Last month, Aaron Metthe, owner of Salt City Coffee and one of our UP Start Entrepreneurs, brewed his locally-roasted coffee and loose leaf teas for those participating in the Heart Walk at Onondaga Community College. He sold over 150 cups of coffee and over 3 dozen cups of tea, garnering new customers and support for his business idea: a café that creates an immersive coffee experience while serving fair trade, earth-friendly, and locally roasted coffee.

From their profits, Salt City Coffee donated $281 to the American Heart Association. ”Seeing people rally together to solve problems and work towards solutions is why I love being part of these events,” Aaron explains.

His coffee and teas are available for purchase via his website and in-person at Side Hill Farmers (315 Fayette Street in Manlius). Follow Salt City Coffee on Facebook here.

Salt City Coffee Group Photo

Photo Friday: Half-way Through Our 13th Green Train Class!

Written by admin  • April 4, 2014

13th Green Train Class

Grandma: The Original Clean Up ‘Cuse

Written by Joe Russo2 Comments • April 3, 2014

Editor’s Note:  Joe Russo is a “Nortsider”, a retired teacher, and an aspiring writer. We’ve asked him to share his stories of the past and offer his perspective on the present and future of our neighborhood. His posts will appear each month under the category, “Old Times on the Northside”.

Street view

Looking back as far back as I can remember I always visualize an older woman from my Northside neighborhood sweeping the sidewalk. Of course as a youngster this seemed like a meaningless activity and a waste of time. Grandmothers of either German or Italian origin seemed to be the key participants in the realm of sidewalk sweeping. For a kid who wasn’t paying attention the grandmothers were difficult to understand. They seemed more comfortable speaking in their native language. Adding to the confusion was how the broom became a tool for communication. I guess if the words didn’t get through the shaking and pointing of the broom did the trick.

We lived in a two family home at the top of the hill on Mary Street. In the warmer weather I would ride my bike sometimes on the sidewalk, sometimes in the street. My mom wanted me to ride on the sidewalk because she was afraid I’d be hit by a car. However, whenever I started coasting down the hill in either direction and I saw a grandmother sweeping the sidewalk, I used the street, hoping to avoid conflict and the broom.

Sammy Geiss was a friend and he lived just down the street. On this particular warm summer day I remember his grandmother out sweeping the sidewalk. As I pedaled my Huffy up to cruising speed I decided this was a day to use the street. Coasting downhill with no hands on the handle bar I unwrapped a piece of gum and without thinking flung the wrapper in the street, right in front of Sammy’s grandmother. I was on my way to the Cozy Retreat to pick up a new pack of baseball cards to add to my collection.

The Cozy Retreat was a soda fountain hangout for what I perceived to be the cool kids from North High School. Greased back hair, white T-shirt worn backwards and blue jeans epitomized the style of the day. But I was more interested in who was the better center fielder of the season, Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle. I never gave the bubble gum wrapper lying in the street in front of Sammy’s house another thought. I bought a new pack of baseball cards and found neither Willie Mays nor Mickey Mantle in the group. After listening to one of the high schools kids go on and on about Willie Mays basket catch, and leading the National league in triples and I decided to head back home.

Cruising along once again with no hands on the handle bar I made the mistake of riding up the sidewalk on Mary Street. I had completely forgotten about the bubble gum wrapper.  Suddenly, Sammy’s Grandmother appeared wielding her broom like a lacrosse defenseman, first slap checking, and then crosschecking my advance up the sidewalk. I slammed on my brakes and almost lost control of my bike. “I know your father, Joey Russo!” she said in an ominous and threatening way. She extended her broom and pointed to a piece of paper in the street with one hand and held the handle bar of my bike with the other hand. “Remember this?” She said firmly. “Nooo” was my reply. “You remember” she emphasized with the shake of her broom, “now pick it up!” I knew if I didn’t pick it up she would be waiting for my father when he got home from work. At the time it seemed unreasonable but looking back from today’s perspective wouldn’t it be nice if current Northside residents took neighborhood cleanup as seriously as the old timers did.

Back then, I picked up the bubble gum wrapper to avoid the wrath of father. On April 12th I’ll be back on the Northside picking up papers and sweeping sidewalks for a different reason. The ‘Cuse Clean Up brings back the spirit and pride of the old Northside. Yes, things have changed and they will never be as they once were, people are fond of saying. But on Saturday April 12th if you see a gray bearded grandfatherly man with a broom and a bunch of kids on North Salina Street picking up trash, it just might be the “old times” once again.


Acquired Tastes

Written by Adam Sudmann  • April 2, 2014

Editor’s Note:  We’ve asked Adam Sudmann, creator of the My Lucky Tummy pop-up food court, to write guest articles for us on a monthly basis. All of his posts are organized under the “My Lucky Tummy” Category. You can learn about his effort at myluckytummy.com.


My Lucky Tummy Collage

I want to write about taste.  But taste is tricky to pin down.  I can tell you something was delicious and spicy and umami-y, redolent of crabmeat and lime leaf and peppercorns.  Can you taste it now?  Nope.  Me neither.

So let’s attack it slantwise.  Let’s talk about acquired taste.  (Acquiring tastes is what My Lucky Tummy is all about.)

Acquired taste.  That phrase gets tossed out all the time as some backhanded compliment.  But I want to think of it as a compliment that points both ways, flattering both the would-be acquirer (open, curious, hopeful) and the taste (new, surprising, maybe a bit demanding, too).

There’s no place in town that can touch the Northside for tastes just waiting to be acquired.  Within a 3 minute radius (if you drive like me, leaden on the pedal) you’ve got 4 Somali markets, 1 Ghanaian, 2 Burmese, 1 Middle Eastern, 1 Laotian, 4 Vietnamese, 3 Bhutanese, 2 Mediterranean and 1 Halal butcher (owned by an engaging Egyptian-Russian couple I could talk to all day long).  Am I overlooking someone?  I bet I am.

What’s all this mean?  Well, there’s a lot to acquire.  It’s dizzying.  Where to begin?

3 good entry points for the hungry naif (aka, me): snacks, accents, peppy digestifs.

Snacks.  Last week at Aphone (826 Butternut) I saw homemade Burmese samosas at the register for a buck.  I bought one, left, ate it and marched back in to buy five more.  Now that it’s getting warmer, Ky Duyen (488 N Salina) will start having bánh xèo again (the woman that makes the turmeric-tinged crepes griddles them outside.  You may’ve noticed it’s been just a tiny bit cold lately.)  And Altanoor (1832 Grant) bakes fresh Iraqi samoon bread on the weekends.

Accents.  Little things to liven up your own cooking.  There’s a gazillion.  My favorites are Laos Market (317 Butternut) for fresh, Southeast Asian herbs, Afro-Caribbean (740 N Salina) for smoked prawns and Juba Somali (1601 N Salina) for whole cardamom and warming berbere spice for cheap.

Peppy digestifs.  Paan!  Little green leaf folded into a triangle.  Inside you’ll find zippy areca nuts, coconut, rosewater jelly, tiny anise pastels and lots of other tummy settling tidbits I’d be hard pressed to name.  Two for a buck at Dahal’s (1003 Park).  (Just don’t do it too often.  A daily paan habit will turn your pearly whites ruby red.)  Double back to Afro-Caribbean for a bitter kola nut to chew on and WAKE YOU WAY UP.  Now that’s an acquired taste!


On the Calendar: The FLOOR Has WALLS

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 1, 2014

This Saturday ArtRage Gallery is hosting The FLOOR Has WALLS, an art event that showcases both visual and performance art. At 6:00 PM, attendees are invited to explore the gallery space where works from local artists will be on display, including sculpture, photography, drawings, paintings and mixed media. During the second half of the evening, dancers take to the floor for a special performance. The evening ends with an after party at an offsite location (address to be announced).

Tickets are $5 at the door, cash only. The event is produced by the FLOOR+WALLS Artist Collective. Check out the poster below for more details.