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Photo Friday: Meet Cali

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 28, 2017

Over the next seven days Cali will be taking over Northside UP’s Instagram account, sharing with you some of her many experiences on the Northside. Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned!

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“This popular mural was an initial spark of interest in our move to the Northside, and so we were glad to take photos on our anniversary at this wall with photographer @ameliabeamish. The vibrant and cheerful multicolored geometry is a great representation of my experience in the Northside, exploring a diverse community and its captivating places.” – Cali

Photo Friday: Goodbye Winter!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 21, 2017

It’s a Northside tradition to clean away the signs of winter on Earth Day. Check out photos from some of the past Clean Up ‘Cuse events and make sure to sign up for this Saturday’s cleanups with NEHDA or the Syracuse Northeast Community Center.

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Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Dominic!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 14, 2017

An impromptu staff photo (minus Danielle and Jonathan) around the football cake was necessary as we celebrated this man whose creativity, vision, and unwavering commitment inspire us every day.

(You may notice a new person on the Economic Inclusion staff. Antonisha, our new Assistant Director of Up Start, joined our team just a few weeks ago!)


YWCA’s 19th Annual Day of Commitment

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 13, 2017


WHEN: Thursday, April 27  |  Workshops run from 8:30 – 11:30 AM | Lunch begins at 12:00 PM

WHERE: Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road

WHAT: The 19th Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism and Promote Diversity is organized by the YWCA and features workshops that “equip participants with the tools to eradicate racism and form a more inclusive and equitable society.” The keynote speakers is Dr. Daria Willis, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Onondaga Community College.

This year’s theme is “A Real Conversation: Addressing the Barriers to Progress in CNY” and includes trainings running on two different tracks: “Delving Deeper: Understanding Inequality in Our Region” and “Making Progress: Creating Solutions That Drive Change.”

Workshops will be led by a variety of community leaders, including our Vice President of Economic Inclusion at CenterState CEO, Dominic Robinson, and Deputy Director, Dan Cowen; Ocesa Keaton, director of Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E.; Barrie Gewanter, executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission; Bridget Owens, human rights specialist at the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission; Mattie Barone, LGBT program supervisor at ACR Health; and Emad Rahim, Kotouc Endowed Chair, Fulbright Scholar, Belleview University.

At noon the luncheon portion of the event will begin and Dr. Willis will address participants. The event will close with an Induction Ceremony of YWCA’s Academy of Diversity Achievers.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here. For more information about the Annual Day of Commitment, check out YWCA’s website or join the Facebook event page.


Call for Art: Mural Proposals for SNCC’s Community Garden

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 10, 2017


The Northeast Hawley Development Association (NEHDA) and the Syracuse Northeast Community Center are teaming up to organize the creation of a mural for SNCC’s community garden. The proposed design should incorporate a theme of “connectivity” and be submitted to NEHDA either in person (101 Gertrude Street) or via email to Rachel (rachel@nehda.org) by April 28th.

For all the details, check out the “Call for Art” and the “Artist Agreement.”

Photo Friday: Thanks Theresa

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 7, 2017

Theresa’s (elraz) Instagram takeover this week featured photos from her time spent exploring the Northside. Check out all of her photos:www.instagram.com/northsideup.

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Help the Land Bank Design a Pocket Park on the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 3, 2017

Pocket Park Meeting

WHAT: Northside Pocket Park Planning Meeting #1

WHEN: Thursday, April 6 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

WHERE: White Branch Library

The Syracuse Land Bank is seeking community input to create a pocket park on the Northside. At this meeting, participants will review possible sites for the park and brainstorm potential design concepts. Landscape Architecture students from SUNY ESF will be present to record ideas during the brainstorm and develop a design for the pocket park. At a second community meeting (to be determined), participants will see the designs and give further input.

For more information, view the event flier here.

Photo Friday: Meet Theresa Barry

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 31, 2017

Over the next seven days Theresa, known as “elraz.” will be taking over Northside UP’s Instagram account, sharing with you some of her many experiences on the Northside. Follow us on Instagram to stay tuned!

Instagram Take Over Collage

Theresa Barry (elraz) has a long-time interest in the Northside neighborhood.  It began years ago as she walked around photographing the buildings and street life that she witnessed on North Salina Street. Theresa is a an artist, event organizer, visual merchandiser, community volunteer, photographer and mentor/big sister to 2 Congolese girls. Theresa has volunteered with Hopeprint since 2012 and has more recently volunteered at the newly set up food pantry at the Masjid Isa mosque.  She lives in downtown Syracuse.

“What initially interested me in the northside was the incredible architecture and the history. My husband’s family lived on the northside beginning in the late 1800s and we have  photos of them in places that are still there today―which I love. I started taking regular walks down North Salina Street to photograph the amazing architectural detail on the brick buildings. I became intrigued by the diversity of the neighborhood and vibrant street life I was witnessing and began going into all the little food markets and shops that I would come across. I loved chatting up the owners and getting to know their stories and ideas for their businesses. I started volunteering with Hopeprint in winter of 2012 and through that organization got to know many of the families in the neighborhood.  I then started being  invited into people’s homes, which I considered an honor and a great way to learn about other cultures. And to eat delicious food from around the globe! I’ve never visited the home of a refugee family without being fed.   I love everything about the northside―I think it is the most unique and interesting neighborhood in Syracuse”

Re-imagining Syracuse’s Churches

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 28, 2017

CNY Central--Churches

Earlier this month, CNY Central reported on the many different churches in our city that have found new uses in a changing community. Many of the examples are from the Northside, including the Samaritan Center, the Myanmar Baptist Church, and Assumption Church.

“It would be easy to be discouraged at the number of church buildings closing in the Syracuse area. But people who watch religious trends say changes for church buildings, are not the same as changes to Faith.

Professor Margaret Thompson, who studies religious trends at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, says that yes, we are changing. But, we’re not abandoning our houses of worship.

She says some congregations may leave their buildings, but other groups often replace them, often representing groups that are new or growing in the community. A perfect example, the former Friedens Church on Syracuse’s Lodi Street, which was established by German immigrants. The congregation closed after 111 years as numbers dwindled, but the building is now occupied by the Myanmar Baptist and the Syracuse Nepali Churches. . . 

Big changes are also coming to Assumption, the landmark twin steepled church complex on Syracuse’s North Salina Street. Shockwaves went through its community, and actually the whole North Side community, when for sale signs went up on some of its buildings. Friar Rick Riccioli, the pastor at the Franciscan church says it’s part of a continuum: ‘This was orignally a German parish, and the Assumption Campus was the hub for them, both spiritually and culturally. The North Side has changed.’

Assumption is not closing, but it is reinventing itself. The buildings that have housed services to the community, including the soup kitchen, medical clinic and legal aid, are being sold. Those services will be relocated to the building that now houses the friars’ residence. It, and the church itself are the only two properties that will remain in Franciscan hands.

Assumption is also selling its old high school, which will once again become apartments, only this time they’ll be rented at ‘moderate prices, with the hopes of attracting more young adults to the area.”

To read the entire article and watch the video, visit CNYCentral.com.

Photo Friday: Take to the Street

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 24, 2017

Our Co-directors led the Northside walking tour during the Visioning Voices Speaker Series Event this week. Stay tuned for a recap and more photos from the event!