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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Painted Collections at Craft Chemistry

Written by Stasya Erickson  • May 12, 2012

Elody Gyekis, resident artist at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Pennsylvania, will be exhibiting her latest series of paintings at C2 tonight.

The show, entitled “Living Collections”, explores the human impulse to collect and focuses on what “adults collect and keep from their past and how these objects create our sense of place, home and identity.”

The work is large, lively and colorful. Little trinkets and toys cover the wooden shelves that line the walls. Don’t miss the opening, taking place from 7-9 p.m. tonight!

Read more about Elody – her work, creative influences and passions at C2’s Under the Microscope Series.


Celebrating Earth Day

Written by Sarah Pallo  • May 11, 2012

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Northside UP will be celebrating Earth Day a little late this year.

A group of volunteers from St. Joseph’s Hospital; Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates; and Northside UP are coming together today to clean-up and maintain our Northside community parks. This clean-up represents the many efforts being made to revitalize the Northside neighborhood and is a great way for St. Joseph employees to connect to the diverse community that surrounds them. We were incredibly happy to act as hosts for this activity! Stay tuned for photographs of the clean-up.











We’re on Facebook

Written by Stasya Erickson  • May 10, 2012

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Request for Innovative Community Project Ideas

Written by Stasya Erickson  • May 8, 2012

This summer, Salt City DISHES goes on the road! And they’d like to take your ideas with them. This time, instead of pitching your project at a community dinner, they’ll be setting up shop at events around Syracuse. The Funky Flea, the Downtown Farmer’s Market, Art on the Porches….they’ll be there, selling ballots for fifty cents a pop. At the end of the summer, the project with the most votes will win the money they’ve collected all summer long. That winner will also present their project at the next DISHES dinner, which is scheduled for October 2012.

But they need YOUR ideas! So go submit an application on their website by May 15th.

Northside Projects Receive Preservation Awards

Written by Jonathan Logan  • May 7, 2012

Northside UP would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of those honored on Saturday at the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) Awards Ceremony and give a special shout-out to the Northside winners. We hope you’ll take a moment to check out these amazing projects that pay homage to the rich history of our neighborhood while simultaneously looking forward to its vibrant future.

PACNY members and guests gathered at the Piercefield Estate in Solvay to recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations in maintaining and promoting the rich historic heritage of our region’s buildings and landscapes. The awards were presented to projects and individuals throughout Central New York. Three were presented to projects on the Northside – African & Caribbean Central Market, 717 North Mcbride Street, and Brennan’s Stained Glass Studios – indicative of the great wealth of historic character present in this neighborhood and the work being done to preserve it.

The African & Caribbean Central Market, located at 740 North Salina Street, was awarded a Preservation Merit Award, given in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation. Proprietor Roselinda Abbey is an immigrant business and property owner who provides a valuable service to Syracuse’s vibrant refugee and immigrant community. The market sells ethnic food and supplies allowing new Americans to remain connected to their native cultures. Roselinda was awarded New York Main Street funding by Northside UP to make necessary improvements that helped address energy and aesthetic issues with this historic building. The City of Syracuse, Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Crawford & Sterns, and CNY Builders Services all supported this project.

Brennan’s Stained Glass Studios and 717 North McBride Street received Tender Loving Care awards. This award recognizes individuals, organizations or civic agencies that have maintained exceptionally high standards of care for historic properties or landscapes. Brennan’s was honored for their creative adaptive reuse of the former St. John the Evangelist Church at 215 North State Street.  The project provides an interesting example of the creative reuse possibilities for former churches, and keeps a key historic property on the Northside contributing to our neighborhood.

The 717 North McBride Street project award recognized the numerous organizations and individuals responsible for developing and constructing the new residence in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. This Home HeadQuarters project received support from the long-time Northside business Holmes, King, Kalquist, and Associates and the Urban Design Center, which developed the Syracuse Pattern Book with support from SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry’s Urban Design Studio.

The historic character of the Northside is one of the building blocks for the neighborhood’s continued regeneration. Northside UP will be applying for another round of New York Main Street funds in 2012 to help property owners make the improvements necessary to maintain the neighborhood’s historic buildings. Additionally, we will continue to work with our many partners to find creative ways  to preserve or replace buildings in ways that respect our past while promoting our neighborhood’s exciting future.

The African & Caribbean Market renovations, in process.


“Cuse Mob”: Shopping With Purpose

Written by Stephen Aguayo  • May 4, 2012

Today’s shopper can conveniently purchase everything they need at one place, but it’s no surprise that buying from the “big box” store provides a luxury that negatively impacts the local economy.

The movement to support local businesses is giving our money a voice and a means to truly support our community. But how do we celebrate this idea? All over the nation, cash mobs are emerging as a creative way to get behind this movement. Here in our city, Syracuse First, an organization leading the charge for a vibrant local economy, is coordinating the very first “Cuse Mob”. Northside UP gets excited about any event that helps the local business community, but we are especially thrilled to announce that the first Syracuse cash mob will converge upon a Northside business! Craft Chemistry, a consignment art boutique & gallery that sells handmade goods from local designers, crafters and artists, has been declared the first “Cuse Mob” destination.

So, how do you join in?

This Saturday, at 12 p.m., meet the mob at 745 N. Salina St. Bring at least $10 cash, wear something orange (it’s a CUSE mob, after all!), and be ready to experience and shop at this one of a kind Syracuse treasure– Craft Chemistry! For more information check out the Syracuse First Blog and the Cuse Mob Facebook event page.


This Time, Puppets Mean Business

Written by Sarah Pallo2 Comments • May 3, 2012

The Open Hand Theater and Puppet Museum was the perfect meeting place for the Biannual Elected Officials Reception, which took place Tuesday, May 1st. Newly renovated and showing off the beautiful woodwork, painted ceilings, and artistic stained glass windows, the Open Hand Theater radiates the potential of the many historic buildings that span the Northside neighborhood. The reception provided Northside businesses with the opportunity to meet our political officials and representatives, including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, Common Councilor Jake Barrett, along with representatives from The City of Syracuse and Sen. John DeFrancisco’s office. Several Northside businesses and organizations portrayed their active role in the community using presentation boards, flyers and slide shows, setting the theme for the engaging conversations that filled the room. Cathedral Academy of Pompei’s Imagine Syracuse Music Program, The Northeast Hawley Development Association’s (NEHDA) neighborhood sustainability efforts, and Northside Urban Partnership’s “Health Train” program with St. Joseph’s Hospital, expected to launch later this month, are just a few of the topics that highlighted the evening.

The event is co-sponsored biannually by the Northeast Hawley Development Association, the Northside Business Partnership, Open Hand Theater, St. Joseph’s Hopsital Health Care Center and Northside UP!


Spring Hitting the Pavement

Written by Stasya Erickson  • May 2, 2012

Fair Trade Chocolate & Gifts from Around the World

Written by admin  • May 1, 2012

Editor’s Note:  A few years back, we had a fantastic AmeriCorps VISTA working for us named Clare Rauch. She was the guru of our communications and published the newsletter each month.

Once we got our new website rolling, we invited Clare to write a few guest articles for us. This is the first of that batch. Clare currently works as a librarian at SUNY Upstate Medical University and lives in the Hawley-Green neighborhood.

Think global, act local. Nowhere in Syracuse is that sentiment more fully embodied than at Around the World Gifts & Imports located in the Hawley-Green neighborhood, on Green Street next to Haironoia. Upon entering the store customers are greeted by the smiling faces of either Kevin Dabit, the owner, or his employee Chris.

Kevin exuberantly explains the background for all of the different items in the store, from matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls) to hand woven silk scarves, to a hand carved chess set from Indonesia, to, of course, fair trade chocolates with almost every continent represented by the sweet confections. “Each item is unique,” Kevin emphasizes throughout our conversation, so the very differences in the type of item and the countries of origin are actually what tie them all together. They’re similar in the fact that they are each one of kind and handmade. “Once something is sold, it’s gone. I won’t get another one.” Even when Kevin and his wife travel to each of the countries and speak with the artisans, the items the artisans have created are different each time. Having a personal relationship with the creators of the store’s merchandise allows Kevin to ensure the quality of the items he’s selling, but also ensures that the artisans are getting fair prices for their work. Of course, by dealing directly with the crafters he also guarantees a fair price for his customers by cutting out any third parties, who would add to the retail price of the goods.

Kevin’s pride in the uniqueness and variety of the products he sells fits right into the eclectic atmosphere of the Hawley-Green district. You would think his store always held a space among the historic structures painted in vivacious colors. Kevin’s business began in the Galleries downtown though, where he was the very first retailer in the area to sell fair trade goods. At the time, he dealt only in fair trade chocolate from almost anywhere in the world, but since 2004 his business has changed locations from the Galleries to Shoppingtown Mall to the Carousel and finally to its current location on Green Street. With each location change, the merchandise and business itself have also undergone changes and growth.

Anyone who walks through the door is sure to find something truly wonderful for a loved one’s birthday or special occasion, including individually handcrafted leather bound journals. The journals are designed by a Syracuse artist and then handmade in India by a small family with whom the artist has a direct relationship. If something more for decoration is desired there are innumerable beautiful pieces of artwork from cultures far and wide adorning the walls and living among the shelves.

The store itself is an experience that should not be missed, but especially right now while Kevin is putting the current stock on sale to make way for new summer merchandise. Buying local doesn’t mean you have to ignore merchandise “made in…” Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Russia, etc. Sometimes it just means finding a newly located store housing beautiful and unique pieces from artists and crafters you know received a fair price for the stellar work they put in. By purchasing from Around the World, you can also delight in knowing you are giving (or keeping) a one of a kind item, and by shopping now you can do so at 25-50% off the regular prices.