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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Request for Project Ideas: What Would You Do for Syracuse with $2k?

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 31, 2016


If you have a creative project that engages the Syracuse community, submit a proposal to the DISHES team for the chance to win a micro-grant at the February dinner! To see if your project would qualify, check out DISHES’ Request for Proposals page. Submissions are due by November 14th and can be filled out here.

Salt City DISHES (Dine in. Support Happenings. Enliven Syracuse!) is one of Northside UP’s sponsored events. DISHES is a recurring community dinner, which funds creative public projects that enliven the city of Syracuse. At the event, guests receive a home-cooked, locally sourced meal and a ballot to vote on project proposals. Proposals are voted on during the dinner as select community members present their ideas. The winner is awarded money collected from ticket fees to help realize their project and returns to the next DISHES to report on their progress.

For more information, visit the DISHES blogspot or like them on Facebook.

Photo Friday: The Mist Rises

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 28, 2016


CenterState CEO’s Economic Champions

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 25, 2016


Congratulations to St. Joseph’s Health, the recipient of this year’s Community Visionary Award at CenterState CEO’s Economic Champions Luncheon! Their commitment to the Northside and the Near West Side goes beyond the typical definition of a “hospital.” CenterState CEO’s President, Rob Simpson, explains,”For nearly a decade, St. Joe’s has exhibited the vision, commitment and leadership that is critical to advancing opportunities to create greater prosperity in our community.” To learn more about St. Joe’s efforts and their dedication to “our neighbors,” click on the video below.

Overall, CenterState recognized 295 companies at the luncheon and the impact they have on our region: “collective hiring of 3,163 employees, more than 1 million square feet of expansions, and over $650 million in capital investments.” In addition, 68 new businesses were recognized, in line with this year’s theme, “Celebrating Business Beginnings.” Click on the video below to learn what drives these up-and-coming business owners and see some of the original Up Start entrepreneurs: Aloha Japanese Bento Express, That’s What’s Up food truck and catering, and Salt City Coffee.

To learn more about the Economic Champions in our region, visit CenterState CEO’s website or follow them on Facebook.

Photo Friday: Climb The Walls

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 21, 2016


I-81 & The Northside: How You Can Help, Part 2

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 19, 2016

Editor’s note: To read Part 1 of “How You Can Help,” click here


To help add to our efforts in making sure that the interests of the Northside are respected, please fill out this I-81 Comment Sheet and send back to NYSDOT. In the comment section, please deliver the following message: “The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) must include an alternative for the area north of I-690 without the missing link flyovers, without the additional lanes, and that maintains the direct connection between the Northside and Armory Square.”

There is strength in numbers and we hope that our collective voices will be heard by NYSDOT and their plans for I-81 will be modified to eliminate many of the negative changes that would impact the Northside. If you aren’t familiar with these impacts, please watch the video below, “Repeating the Mistakes of the Past,” put together by Michael Stanton.


NYSDOT is also holding many different Neighborhood Meeting this fall to solicit feedback from the community. Anyone is welcome to attend one or more of these meetings to further express your concerns.


To learn more about NYSDOT’s plans for I-81, visit their website and view the revised presentation for their October 5th Open House.

I-81 & The Northside: How You Can Help, Part 1

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 17, 2016


The NY State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)’s Open House earlier this month revealed new and revised plans for the reconstruction of I-81. Although great strides were made in refining some of the plans, the fact remains that the Common Features north of I-690 will have dramatic negative impacts on the Northside and Franklin Square communities.

These impacts were presented and discussed at a Public Meeting in September and will be reiterated for those who were unable to attend tomorrow during the Northeast Hawley Development Association‘s Neighborhood Meeting: October 18th, 6:00 PM at Housing Visions (116 Hawley Avenue). All are welcome.

If you are already well acquainted with all of the impacts, attending one of NYSDOT’s open forums will assist in the effort to see that the interests of our neighborhood are respected. Over the next several weeks NYSDOT is hosting a series of neighborhood meetings to present the most current plans and gather feedback:


We’re asking the Northside community to attend one or more of these meetings and deliver the following message to NYSDOT and their consultant team: “The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) must include an alternative for the area north of I-690 without the missing link flyovers, without the additional lanes, and that maintains the direct connection between the Northside and Armory Square.”

For more information about how you can help, stay tuned to our blog and Facebook.


Photo Friday: Dressed in Yellow

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 14, 2016


Up Start Update: That’s What’s Up

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 13, 2016


Three years ago, Curtis Washington came to Up Start with a plan to revive and refine his food truck business after it failed to take off. He went through a rebranding effort, selecting a new name, designing a new logo, and creating a new menu. During that time, he continued to work as a chef and began catering events and parties. With a solid foundation of Southern cooking that stems from childhood summers spent in his Grandmother’s kitchen, Curtis was able to experiment with international flavors and techniques and gain feedback during his catering gigs and other marketplace experiences facilitated by Up Start.

In the spring of 2015, Curtis was ready to launch his food truck, taking it to the Food Truck Rodeo, parking on the St. Joseph’s Health campus during lunch time, and popping up at different events in the community. This year, he and his business were nominated for the Best Local Chef and Best Food Truck/Food Stand in the Syracuse New Times‘ “Best of Syracuse” contest.

Click the photo below to watch Curtis’ update on Vimeo!

Video by Daylight Bluye Media

Video by Daylight Bluye Media

To learn more about That’s What’s Up, follow them on Facebook and visit their website.

Stay tuned for more updates about our first Up Start entrepreneurs as we celebrate Up Start’s birthday.

Up Start is a collaborative business development program that connects entrepreneurs to the resources, tools, and networks to help their businesses thrive. 

Photo Friday: A Peak Inside the With Love Restaurant

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 7, 2016

We’re waiting with anticipation for North Salina’s new teaching restaurant and entrepreneur incubator to open this November. To learn more, visit their website and sign-up to receive updates straight to your inbox:www.withloverestaurant.com