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Monthly Archives: November 2016

“The help is here:” SNCC and Giving Tuesday

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 29, 2016

“I had to better myself emotionally, mentally, and financially so I can be that mom I always wanted to be . . . and the Northeast Community Center has played a major role in my transformation.”

The Syracuse Northeast Community Center made a huge impact on Roshad’s life. Click the image below to listen to her story and give help this #GivingTuesdaysnccsyr.org/donate


Photo Friday: On Spotted Ground

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 25, 2016


Photo Friday: Beyond the Fence

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 18, 2016


Photo Friday: Community Gathers With Love

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 11, 2016

With Love Restaurant‘s free Sneak Peek event is tonight from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Enjoy samples of Chef Sarah’s Pakistani dishes and explore the new space for yourself.


On the Calendar: Weekend Events in Hawley-Green

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 10, 2016

Start your holiday shopping off this weekend in Hawley-Green at Syracuse Soapworks and Thanos Import Market.


Holiday Open House Weekend

Syracuse Soapworks, 226 Hawley Avenue

Saturday, 11/12 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, 11/13 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Enjoy free wine and food tastings as you explore the wares of 30+ local artists. The Soapworks store, filled with handcrafted bath products, also includes a number of textiles, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. Food samples will include wine from Vinomania, pasta sauce from In My Father’s Kitchen, and salts from Syracuse Salt Company.


Painting & Pottery Fall Show and Sale

Thanos Import Market, 105 Green Street

Saturday, 11/12 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Local artist, Teresa Russo, will showcase her paintings and pottery, including trays and platters perfect for the artisan meats and cheeses found at Thanos. Guests will enjoy food and beverage samples as they browse Teresa’s art work.

To find out about more events from on the Northside, sign-up for the Northeast Hawley Development Association’s newsletter or follow Syracuse Soapworks and Thanos Import Market on Facebook.


Wednesday at Noon: Join Us in Saying “NO” to the Plans for I-81

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 8, 2016


What: The Common Council’s Transportation Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00 PM

Where: City Hall in the Common Council Chambers, 233 E. Washington Street
The Northside is facing its biggest threat, one that will stop our progress and have devastating effects on us all as a community – the proposed Common Features of the I-81 Project.  This Wednesday the Common Council’s Transportation Committee will be meeting to hear comments and concerns on the proposals for the I-81 Project.

Join us and other stakeholders on the Northside and in Franklin Square to stand up to the Common Features section of NYSDOT’s I-81 rebuild and say “NO:” NO to the Flyovers,
NO to additional lanes north of I-690, and NO to realigning the Butternut Street bridge. This may be our last change to influence NYSDOT’s plans before the Environmental Impact Study is released.

If you are unable to attend, but still want to voice your concerns, fill out the I-81 Comment Sheet with the 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.”


Photo Friday: The Last of the Roses (Holding Strong on Cawtaba Street)

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 4, 2016


Up Start Update: Salt City Coffee

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 3, 2016


Aaron Metthe and his wife, Maria, left New Jersey to conduct outreach for Axiom, a nontraditional church, in Syracuse. They settled on the Northside and Aaron started connecting with many of the New Americans in his neighborhood, offering help where needed and listening to their stories.

Aaron came to Up Start after his love of community and coffees of the world merged to form a business idea, Salt City Coffee. With marketing and financial support from Up Start and its partners, Aaron launched a website to begin selling locally-roasted, fair traded coffee throughout Central New York. His coffee soon expanded to local businesses like Metro Home Style, Pastificio, and Thanos Import Market who began brewing and/or selling Salt City Coffee, as well.

This winter, Aaron will open the doors of Salt City Coffee’s cafe location on West Onondaga Street. The cafe is inside an old home that connects the Near West Side and the South Side neighborhoods. It’s a spot that feels inviting and homey with exposed brick and beautifully detailed railings. To extend the community feel, Aaron plans to implement a program that allows his customers to purchase an extra cup of coffee for any person who is in need of a warm cup, but unable to pay. Aaron hopes the space will also be used for community groups to congregate. An open seating area near the counter is equipped with a projector and screen for presentations. Before he finally opens the door to the community, Aaron is playing around with different drink recipes to fill out a full menu of coffee and tea options.

To learn more about Aaron and Salt City Coffee, click on the video below from Daylight Blue Media.

To stay up-to-date on Salt City Coffee’s opening, stay tuned to their Facebook page. To try a selection of coffee and teas for yourself, visit Aaron’s website and get free delivery in Syracuse.

Up Start is a collaborative business development program that connects entrepreneurs to the resources, tools, and networks to help their businesses thrive. If you missed any of the other “Up Start Updates” celebrating the program’s birthday, find That’s What’s Up food truck’s here and Aloha Japanese Bento Express’ here.

“Come Spend Some Time in Our Candy Land:” Speach’s Open House

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • November 2, 2016


The Speach Family Candy Shoppe‘s 5th Annual Pre-holiday Open House is this Friday and Saturday from 12:00 – 7:00 PM. Stop by 2400 Lodi Street for free candy samples, appetizers, and refreshments. In addition, guests will receive special offers on holiday orders, discounted prices on gift cards, and a raffle with chances to win a variety of items from local businesses.

To stay up-to-date on the event happenings, join Speach’s Facebook event.

Getting to Know Our New American Neighbors on the Northside: The Karen

Written by Melissa McGovern  • November 1, 2016

photo (1) (1)Melissa McGovern is an artist and recent graduate of Le Moyne College who worked with the New Americans living on the Northside of Syracuse for her Integral Honors Thesis. She finds the Northside to be an inspirational place, bursting with potential and beautiful people. 

Editor’s note: Melissa will be sharing some of the experiences she had while researching her thesis and some of the artwork she created during her explorations on the Northside.  All posts can be found under the category, “Exploring Northside Markets by Melissa McGovern” category. 


Despite it being a cold, dark, Syracuse January, the family inside the home greets me with smiles, cheers, and warm hugs. I walk into their apartment on the top floor, dishes banging and the smell of garlic in the air. Large bowls of rice spread into a circle on the floor with the curry and vegetables sitting in the middle for all hands to grab. The six children come running and sit, while their father begins the meal’s prayer. They scoop up the rice and pat it together in their hands, setting it in their mouth like there’s nothing to it. But, life is not that simple for these families, despite many notions Americans have about refugees living in the United States.


I remember the day I sat inside Thoo Moei Kloo with owner Pay Klay as he told me the story of his Karen people and their struggles.

“We don’t need to run from the bullet, but a different problem. Headache. Mental problem. Over there you need to run for your life cause the country is bad. But your neighborhood [Syracuse] is different. Here you cannot save money. Work hard but not save money. Life is hard, everything is expensive.”

Pay Klay’s statement alone reflects the alienation that can easily occur in refugees while settling in a new place. The majority of Karen people have spent most of their lives in refugee camps, even though they are one of the largest ethnic groups in Burma. The Karen population has endured a long history of persecution and oppression from the Burmese government, making relocation all the more difficult. They have had to uproot their lives and move to a completely different country while their own homeland is struggling.

Just like with any ethnic group, relocation can make it difficult for the Karen to maintain cultural customs, but the Northside allows the Karen to maintain a strong ethnic community.

“Na àw māy wēe lee ahh?” a common way I’ve been greeted, means, “Have you eaten?” because caring for the physical and mental health of the guest is so important to them. This is why I often found myself nibbling on something delicious whenever visiting families on the Northside.

These New American families, especially the Karen, have taught me so much just over one year. How to be a better, more loving person. The importance in caring for my family members and community, and most importantly, how to make an incredible curry!

Life on the Northside shows that we can cherish our own cultural roots while respecting and appreciating others.