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Photo Friday: Hawley-Green Under Light Snow

Written by admin  • November 21, 2014


Photo Friday: First Snow

Written by admin  • November 14, 2014


Photo Friday: Clear Skies Ahead

Written by admin  • November 7, 2014

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This Friday: 7 Habits of Highly Successful People

Written by admin  • November 4, 2014

Our Director, Dominic Robinson, will be featured this Friday as one of the seven community leaders at CenterState CEO’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Successful People’! Come listen to presenters share their candid, time-tested lessons and personal habits that have helped them find success.

Registration and coffee at 7:30 a.m.; program at 8:00 a.m.; conclusion at 10:00 a.m. $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

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Photo Friday: Lock Alley Mural

Written by admin  • October 31, 2014

Echo is adding some gorgeous color to Lock Alley.

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Building Equity: Linking Economic Growth and Opportunity

Written by admin  • October 23, 2014

This Friday, CenterState CEO and the Urban Jobs Task Force (with funding from The Gifford Foundation) will co-host, “Building Equity: Linking Economic Growth and Opportunity.” This event offers our community an opportunity to address issues of economic inclusion and equity in Syracuse and learn from Cleveland, where business leaders, policy makers, and activists have developed a robust and intensive effort to make Cleveland a more inclusive and equitable community. The event is free, but reservations are recommended. Contact Ms. Liso Smith at (315) 416-363 or actsorganizer@gmail.com to secure your spot.


Photo Friday: Denailing for Salt Works

Written by admin  • October 17, 2014

We had an amazing turnout of volunteers this Tuesday to denail timber for Salt Works! Many thanks to Stephen Terzolo and 40 Below for helping us organize the event. Soon those beams will be transformed into artisan furniture!

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One the Calendar: I Learn America at ArtRage Gallery

Written by admin  • October 6, 2014

Tomorrow evening, ArtRage Gallery will screen ‘I Learn America’, a film set in the International High School at Lafayette, Brooklyn. This public high school is dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world and the film focuses on five New American teenagers – striving to master English, adapting to families they haven’t seen in years, and creating a future of their own while coming of age in a new land.

The film starts at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m.

Photo Friday: Fall on the Northside

Written by admin  • October 3, 2014

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Extreme Grocery Shopping with My Lucky Tummy

Written by admin  • September 30, 2014

Editor’s Note:  We’ve asked Adam Sudmann, creator of the My Lucky Tummy pop-up food court, to write guest articles for us on a monthly basis. All of his posts are organized under the “My Lucky Tummy” Category. You can learn about his effort at myluckytummy.com.

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Are you bored with your cupboard? Me too. So let’s go to the Northside.

We’ve got our twice yearly popup this Saturday. That means I’m in extreme grocery shopping mode: 100 pounds of yellow pumpkin, 60 stalks of lemongrass, 300 swatches of banana leaf… (And that’s just from one store!)

Luckily, we’ve got some crazy great options in this neighborhood, all within 3-5 minutes of one another. And lucky for me, my crazy kiddo just started daycare so I can shop in peace and maybe even pick out a few things to liven up our cooking at home. My attention is undivided. Nobody’s trying to eat a raw green chili or pluck a sleepy eel out of a cooler. (I told you: my kiddo’s crazy.)

Between today & tomorrow I’ll shop at 11 stores. Here are four that are especially stellar:

Altanoor, 1832 Grant Blvd. Sabah is a stickler for quality. He only stocks the best brands from Iraq & the region, be that red lentils or broad beans or date syrup. Trust him. Oh, and he has my favorite spice selection in town – they pack them up in house – & they bake hollow samoon bread on the weekends.

Juba Somali, 1601 N Salina. Rajab’s shop is an oasis, tucked in among the strip clubs & dollar stores. Confused? He’ll talk you through a dish – or call somebody who knows. Last week I accidentally stumbled over a clerk who was taking a moment in the back, praying on a mat behind the rice aisle. He responded to the interruption in stride, popping up, patting me on the back & offering up his opinion on different varieties of Basmati.

Laos Market, 317 Butternut. Fresh herbs don’t have to be so murderously expensive. Kitty & Suki keep a nondescript plastic shelving unit in the fridge in back, on your left. Nondescript, that is, until you pull open the drawers & breathe in. Vietnamese coriander. Purple basil. Lime leaf. Mint varietals I don’t even know the name of. Grab a handful of something aromatic, something you’ve never seen before (but are game to experiment with), then go pay up & gasp (happily, wondrously) at the bill & know why all the Thai & Italian places in town go here on Wednesdays to stock up for the weekend.

Aphone, 826 Butternut. Kaui drives down to Maspeth & Queens most Mondays so try & hit this place – across from the KFC – on Tuesdays. They’ve got a ton of horizontal freezers full of cool stuff – fish that you’ve never even imagined, frogs, silkworms, etc. (I asked Paw if she knew how to fry up the grubs, but she hadn’t a clue; luckily a Cambodian couple shopping there walked me through the process. When in doubt, ask the other shoppers.) Their produce is awesome, their kids are super cute & sometimes they’ll have treats (shaggy seaweed, freshly pickled tea leaves) brought in straight from Burma.

Of course, for purposes of pithiness I’m skipping over the ever-solid Afro-Caribbean (740 N Salina), the well-stocked gem that is Than Lwin (826 N Townsend), a quartet of Bhutanese shops & so much more.

Oh, and because this particular party is vegetarian I’m ignoring Pyramid Halal (1700 Lodi) altogether, which is a small crime. Hani & Tatiana sell excellent meats for a song. They’re also gifted conversationalists.  Sometimes their shop has an almost 50’s-throwback, why don’t you stay & chat a spell, kind of vibe.  Who’d have thunk it? An Egyptian-Russian couple that makes you feel like you’re in Norman Rockwell-esque America.

This pace, this kind of exchange is why neighborhoods matter. And this is why the Northside hood has such greatness – & great sweetness – at its heart.