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Monthly Archives: January 2014

NBP Welcomes Sinclair & Andrews Insurance, Inc.

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 29, 2014

Welcome to Sinclair & Andrews Insurance Inc.―one of the newest member of the Northside Business Partnership! They’re located in the Hawley-Green district and share a beautiful building with Schumm & Maxian and a parking lot with Laci’s Tapas Bar. Sinclair & Andrews specializes in a variety of insurance types and works with many entities throughout the Northside and the rest of the city. Staying connected with the community is a priority for the company. Many years ago they were involved with the Greater James Street Association, which has since disbanded. Since then, Sinclair & Andrews looked for other similar organizations. NBP is an opportunity for them to continue in their support of the neighborhood and contribute to the revitalization of the Northside.

To learn more, visit their website.


Bill Dee Sinclair & Andrews


Editor’s Note: NBP is a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that works to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses.

Onondaga Earth Corps is Looking for New Crew Members

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 28, 2014

This spring, the Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) will be looking for both Young Adult (ages 19-25) and Youth (ages 15-18) Crew members to work on various projects in green infrastructure, urban forestry and community outreach. Applications are accepted at any time, and interviews will begin in March.

For specific information about the different positions, visit OEC’s jobs page here. Click the flyer below to enlarge.


OEC Now Hiring  Jan 2014

Photo Friday: Art, Poetry and Storefront Reflecting on the Northside Neighborhood

Written by Stasya Erickson  • January 24, 2014


The Northside Before Supermarkets

Written by Joe Russo8 Comments • January 23, 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”.



The old Northside was much different than the current Northside. Why, many have asked, what is the difference? Did we just imagine it? Is there a way to go back and capture that old time can do spirit? I thought about this as I waited in line at a large supermarket one Saturday. I counted 12 cash registers each with a very long line and not a single familiar face. Grocery shopping on the old Northside wasn’t anything like this. It was a vibrant competitive small business market place. Dozens of specialty stores popped up all over the neighborhood. Lombardi’s on Butternut Street and Thano’s on Pearl Street are some of the only import specialty stores left. In addition to the import stores were little neighborhood stores that sold Tip-Top bread and Campbell soup.

Butcher shops, green grocers, dry goods stores, fish markets, pasta makers, pastry shops and bakeries each had their own store front and usually supported a family. Before supermarkets it seemed that every couple two, three blocks one could find a grocer. DiBello’s Grocery store was on the corner of East Division and McBride Streets. Shopping in this store was a unique experience. During my time I remember Jimmy and Kelly DiBello and their wives managing the store. It was a small retail space with very high ceilings. The shelves for canned goods and other food products went all the way up to the ceiling. I remember one of the DiBello brothers would walk around the store with a customer telling jokes and helping find whatever items a person needed. My mom always sent me to the store with a list. If the item was way up on one of the top shelves they had to use a long wooden pole with a movable clamp on the end to snatch it.  Jimmy DiBello was an expert at working the mechanism. With one hand on the pole he would grab a canned vegetable off the top shelf then drop it and catch it with the other hand. I loved watching him do it. He was more sure handed than any wide receiver I have ever seen. They totaled up everything and put the balance due in “the book”. The grocer actually trusted his customers to pay their balance when they received their next paycheck. I remember my mom saying it was remarkable how many families the DiBello’s helped through rough times. If a family couldn’t get to the store the DiBello’s would deliver. Call in your order and sooner then you could blink an eye young Nicky DiBello would be carrying boxes of groceries up two or three flights of stairs and drop off everything right on your kitchen table. Or as Nick used to say, “Madonna Mia, you know how many stairs I had to climb?” My cousin Benny Crisifulli who lived on North Alvord Street had similar experiences grocery shopping with his mom at Pavia’s on North Salina Street.

Today, a little store called Dominick’s Market on Lodi street reminds me of that old Northside can do spirit and they make home deliveries. Narrow aisles with shelves packed to the ceiling bring fond memories back of the old time grocery stores. I stopped in to talk to the proprietor, Dominick Battaglia. He was in the back of the store behind the meat counter on the phone taking orders. Various staff members were prepping, wrapping, weighing chicken, pork and beef in a cheerful but business-like manner. It is the kind of place that if you can’t find something all you have to do is ask and someone will help you find it. At Lombardi’s, Thano’s, Dominick’s or any of the neighborhood stores it was that kind of service that made the Northside special.


On the Calendar: ‘In Da Window’ Opening

Written by admin  • January 22, 2014

The third installment of the ‘In Da Window‘ series at Echo presents a collaboration between photographer Joe Lingeman and poet Peter Mishler. The installation, which opens tomorrow at 5 P.M., showcases a response to the artists’ collective experience on the Northside:

“The artists began by creating work in their respective media as a response to the neighborhood around the Echo shared studio space. Then, the artists exchanged “data,” and, following cues from this exchange, set out to create more new work. The result is a photo and image response to the artists’ collective experience on the North Side.”


Collage_Echo_Joe and Peter
Echo Image

Syracuse Media Group Asks “What Works” in CNY?

Written by admin  • January 21, 2014

On Sunday, The Syracuse Media Group launched a yearlong effort to find out “What Works” in Central New York:


“Armed with your ideas, we will use all the storytelling tools and platforms at our fingertips to explore what’s working, and why. If we do it right, the work will do more than make you feel good. It will inspire you to act. It will show you how to replicate successes in other places and on different scales. It will make you believe that a sense of community still exists, and that hard problems like creating jobs and soft problems like creating art can be solved if confronted with energy and ingenuity.

What sets this effort apart from anything we’ve done before as a media company is a commitment to share our bully pulpit with you — to initiate and propel a community dialogue on topics that really matter to you. And a dialogue – a two-way conversation — is what we want it to be.”

You can share your thoughts through commenting via email, twitter, facebook, mail or by responding to the article: www.syracuse.com/what-works.

Photo Friday: Wednesday’s Rainy Commute

Written by Stasya Erickson  • January 17, 2014


On the Calendar: Echo Launches a New Visual Art and Performance Venue

Written by admin  • January 16, 2014

After two years of searching, Echo will reveal their new event space this Friday at NEXT, a launch party featuring live music, poetry, improv comedy, film projections and an art installation.

“Echo will occupy the ground floor of a three-story building that was once a hotel when the New York Central Railroad Co. terminal was located between Burnet Avenue and Erie Boulevard. In the past, the first floor has been a bar, the Old Parochial League, and recently a print shop. Echo’s partners will leave the space open allowing for flexibility in presenting a variety of events. “It’s a raw space, which is what we prefer,” said Vallelonga.”

You can read more on the event and watch a short video at syracuse.com.


NEXT flyer and space collage




ESPN’s Dick Vitale visits Attilio’s Restaurant

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 15, 2014

Last week long-time ESPN personality, Dick Vitale, traveled to Syracuse to be part of the broadcasting team for last Saturday’s SU game. After spending time at Destiny USA, posing for pictures with fans and perhaps even taking a ride on the carousel,  he ventured into the Northside to eat dinner at Attilio’s Restaurant and Bar. Via his Instagram account, Dick Vitale gave the locally-owned restaurant a big thumbs-up, saying “Food and service was fab.”


Dick Vitale Attilio's 2

Dick Vitale Attilio's 3


For more pictures of Dick Vitale’s visit to Syracuse, visit his Instagram page here.


‘The Future of Butternut Street’ Community Meeting

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 14, 2014

The Syracuse Land Bank invites the community to a brainstorm session about the future of Butternut Street this Thursday. The Land Bank owns a number of properties along Butternut and would like input about different ways to improve quality of life, curb-appeal, and public perception of this street through the redevelopment of properties and their sale to responsible owners. The hope is that the cluster of properties owned by the Land Bank will help develop visible change along the corridor. The brainstorm meeting will begin at 5:30 PM in the Community Room at White Branch Library. All interested are welcome to attend.

To see a list of properties owned by the Land Bank, visit their website.