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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Photo Friday: Waves of Snow Cover Karibu Community Garden

Written by admin  • February 28, 2014

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Work on Butternut Commons Begins!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 27, 2014

Demolition work started last week on Butternut Street, marking the beginning of the Butternut Commons project. Congratulations to developer, Giovanni LaFace, who is rebuilding the blocks between North McBride and North Townsend Streets to include both retail and residential components, including a pharmacy, a Thai restaurant, a coffee shop, and four townhouses. We’re happy to play a small part in this and look forward to seeing the project take shape!

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Congratulations to Louie’s Family Restaurant

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 26, 2014


One of our Northside restaurants was honored during the Winterfest’s Wing Walk. Louie’s Family Restaurant on North State Street placed third for best wings this past Sunday. Owned by the Parolin family, Louie’s wings are made by their son, Matt, and delicious on their own or accompanied by pizza. Stop in during happy hour (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM) to get special prices on bar items, including the wings!

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Networking Event Recap

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 25, 2014

Over 40 people joined us at Open Hand Theater last Friday for the Northside Networking Event. Stakeholders from our community met and mingled with peers and elected officials among the giant puppets and marionettes that decorate the Puppet Museum and enjoyed the elegant spread of finger foods provided by Cathy’s Corner Cafe. Open Hand’s Artistic Director, Geoff Navias, gave a brief speech and showed a short video about the  International Art and Puppet Festival that will take place on the Northside this fall. Networking events like this continue to be a successful way for business and property owners to connect and share their visions for the future of our neighborhood.


Jobs with the Onondaga Earth Corps

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 24, 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.

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The Friday Night Fish Fry at Danzer’s

Written by Joe Russo4 Comments • February 20, 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 Northside has always been a walking neighborhood. We walked to school, to church, to the grocery store and the shoe repair shop. Even when the whole family was going to dinner we walked to one of the nice neighborhood restaurants. A favorite for family and friends was the original Danzer’s, located on the corner of East Division and Park Streets. If there ever was a good time bar and restaurant in our neighborhood, it was Danzer’s.

The sandwiches at Danzer’s were huge before huge became a popular adjective. Jim Defio remembers one sandwich being large enough to feed two adults and four kids. It’s my understanding when the restaurant first opened in 1946 the sandwich was 65 cents and it came with Cole Slaw and a very large pickle. When I discovered Danzer’s, a huge Corned Beef sandwich was 90 cents but still a bargain.

Ludwig Danzer emigrated from Bavaria to the United States in 1926. He opened his restaurant here in Syracuse in 1946 and moved to the Park Street location in 1950. Whenever I mention Danzer’s to the old time Northsiders they always smile, and share a story. My uncle Harold Seib remembers the authentic German dishes like sauerbraten and the pork with sauerkraut but his favorite was the pork and onion on rye sandwich. And for an extra nickel you got a 16 ounce beer in a beautiful ceramic mug. How could you not enjoy a meal like that?

Ludwig tended bar with style. His son Louie became a bartender when he turned 18. The Danzers dressed in classic bartender style with the white apron folded and wrapped around the waist. They knew how to pour a draft beer with a frothy head. Lowenbrau, the lions brew, imported from Germany was the most popular beer on tap. Joey Nigro reminded me of a special German beer that was a real treat. The Berliner Wiesse was a sour wheat beer that we poured in a special way into a pool of raspberry syrup resting in a special glass. It went very well with potato pancakes.

We lived on Mary Street just a couple blocks from Danzer’s. I remember on Friday nights my father picking up a fried fish dinner for the whole family on his way home from work. He always talked about who he ran into at Danzer’s. Sometimes it was an old school buddy or a distant relative and the lively conversations and the frothy Lowenbrau drafts were a good way to wind down after a running a lathe at New Process Gear for 8 hours. The place was always packed and it was a long wait to get a fish dinner to go. But Danzer’s was the kind of place you didn’t mind waiting for a while. If fact some guys may have said, “no rush on this order…I’m really enjoying this beer”. Another nickel well spent.

My father was reluctant to take me with him to pick up our weekly fish dinners. I suppose he enjoyed the time spent with the good fellas from the neighborhood. And a 7 or 8 year old kid was not a good fella, not yet. As time passed my persistent pestering paid off and dad took me along on one condition. I had to realize he couldn’t take me every week but I could come along every once in a while. We walked down Mary Street, took a right at Park Street and walked one block to the Cozy Retreat where we crossed over to Danzer’s. When we walked in the Park Street door I remember the collective loudness of the conversations happening all at once and the blue haze of heavy cigarette and cigar smoke. My Dad said we were lucky to find two empty bar stools on a Friday night. He boosted me up to sit on the stool while laughing and talking to some friends. It took a while for Louie Danzer to make it to our end of the bar and press his belly against the wooden lip of the bar top. “Armand, what’ll it be?” “A draft” my Dad responded. “Who’s this guy?” inquired Danzer. “This is my son, Joey. It’s his first time sitting at the bar.” “Joey! Joey Russo what’ll it be? “, exclaimed Danzer. Without hesitation I said, “A draft!” Everyone within earshot burst into laughter, especially Louie. My father jumped in quickly to say. “Oh no Joey, you’re not having a draft.” I looked at him with childish disappointment knowing I stepped over the line. “But” sounding hopeful he said, “You can have a beer, a Root Beer.” “That’s soda!” I replied. “Yeah, but it’s still a beer”, added Danzer. So I sat at the bar with beautiful mug of cold delicious Root Beer soaking up the sounds, sampling fish bits, listening to the stories and feeling like one of the guys, one of the good fellas from the neighborhood.



Northside Networking Event

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 19, 2014

This Friday, business and property owners throughout the Northside will gather for a Networking Event at Open Hand Theater. The event is a great opportunity for stakeholders in our neighborhood to meet and mingle with each other and our federal, state, and local elected officials who are invited to attend. Cathy’s Corner Cafe will provide a spread of finger foods and a cash bar for the event. In addition, Open Hand Theater will present a brief introduction to their plans for this year’s International Arts and Puppet Festival, to be held on the Northside in September. For more details, check out the flier below.

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This event is hosted by the Northside Business Partnership (NBP), a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that work to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses. 

Call for Art on the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 18, 2014


Open Hand Theater

Deadline: March 24

Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to compete in a design contest for the poster that will promote the 2014 International Arts and Puppet Festival. For details about the contest, visit Open Hand Theater’s website.

ArtRage Gallery

Deadline: May 1

Interested artists who work in two- and three-dimensional media as well as video are asked to submit their work for a juried exhibition to be held this fall.  Submissions must relate to the mission of ArtRage Gallery. Download the full prospectus here.

A New Collaboration Tells the Stories of UP Start Entrepreneurs

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 13, 2014

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Earlier this year, Northside UP began a collaboration with Steve Davis and Jon Glass of the Samuel I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The class they’re teaching this semester, Web Journalism & Innovation, has become a resource for the six entrepreneurs currently in incubation through our UP Start Syracuse program. These entrepreneurs have distinct stories to tell about their lives, their business ideas, and their hopes for the future. Their stories are the fabric for a major class project involving 15 print and broadcast journalism students who are interested in developing their multimedia storytelling skills for digital platforms. Overall, the course teaches students with a print ethos about visual storytelling (and vice-versa) and explores how the digital environment expands storytelling forms, allowing for more interactive pieces that engage an audience. “The Northside UP project is ideal in many ways,” Steve Davis explains. “It provides an interesting venue for our work and for students to learn, but most important of all, this is an inspiring story to tell and we are lucky to be a part of it.”

As the project develops over the semester, we’ll share some of the progress via our blog and Facebook.



Behind the Scenes at Di Lauro’s Bakery

Written by admin  • February 12, 2014

“When I first started, the only thing I knew about bread was eating it. My father-in-law taught me everything I know now.” -Paul Waverchak, owner of Di Lauro’s Bakery.


Earlier this month we stopped by Di Lauro’s Bakery, one of our Northside Business Partnership (NBP) members. The owner, Paul, gave us a tour of the bakery and answered questions about the business and making good, crusty bread. Stay tuned for a more in-depth article.