Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Take a walk with me....

The Bronx will always be my hometown, but Rochester is my home. Throughout the 9 years I have been here, I have truly come to enjoy all this place has to offer. We made the decision to live in the suburbs, as I wanted some breathing space, amongst other reasons, but I drive into the city practically every day. Mind you, this takes about 10-15 minutes to get into downtown Rochester, a little longer to get to the neighborhood that I enjoy hanging out in, the Park Ave. area. It reminds me a lot of certain places in Brooklyn, and is an absolutely gorgeous area of the city. If I were to consider becoming a city dweller again, this is where I would want to move. My fav coffee shop is here, and it has some of the most gorgeous homes in the area.

So put your walking shoes on as we take a brief tour...


So here is where we start:


Park and Berkley, my main hangout.


















The houses and other buildings in this area are beautiful, and most have a hefty price tag. Renting an apartment in this neck in the woods can be pricey as well, but if you can afford it, it is worth it. Many of the homes go back to the first part of the 20th century.

















Like I said, it is one beautiful place to walk around in.












Of course, once your done walking, a nice place to eat and drink always helps:

Jine's is one of my favorite places. It is a Rochester institution.













Feeling Mediterranean? Sinbad's is your place...













Abbott's is another Rochester institution, and I have yet to find a better custard anywhere. They even have a shop in Tokyo, if I recall. (Hey Julia, dontcha miss this stuff down in the hinterlands of Jamestown? ;-) )






Still have a sweet tooth? Try stopping by Steever's...



























.....and if you feel the need to get a new body orifice, or become a walking piece of art, we can satisfy that urge as well.........


Well, there you are for now. More walking tours to follow.

11 comments:

Dragonfly Dreaming said...

Well, I know where you would find me, that tattoo parlor has my name written ALL over it. :)

Thanks for the tour, Blade!!! I almost felt like I was there.

Now, give me some city action, please and thank you!!!

Jay said...

It does look nice! MMm ... rasperry clusters!! They sound good!

Beautiful buildings, I agree, and it looks like a nice clean town, too. What I like about US towns is the feeling of space and lack of clutter, I think.

VioletSky said...

Love the architecture of the area. And that the shops are in converted houses - strip malls make me shudder.

Spin said...

Very beautiful! Love the old houses.

Peter said...

Great shots of a town that successfully seems to have mixed being a major city with the tranquility of much smaller towns.

Most Europeans haven't got a clue that there is more in NY state than just NYC.

Thanks for sharing.

buffalodickdy said...

I liked it! Taking a tour with a knowledgeable person- without leaving home!

Mr. Nighttime said...

Claudia - Now, why am I not surprised that I would find you in the tattoo parlor? I thought I saw a small one on that lovely ankle at the end of the even more lovely leg....

Jay - Depends on the city. NYC can be pretty cluttered, but I know what you mean.

Violet-Trust me, we have plenty of those in the suburbs, (strip malls) but not as many in the city.

spin - Thanks!

Peter-It's not just Europeans that aren't aware that there is more to this state than NYC. Lots of Americans don't either. Come to think of it, most NYC'ers don't realize there is life beyond the Hudson or the Bronx line. ;-)

buffalo-That's what virtual reality is all bout! Glad you liked it.

Jay said...

New York IS cluttered, but then New York is a city. I'm assuming that Rochester is a town? Or don't you make that distinction over there?

For us, cities are the big, sprawling busy places, usually with a cathedral or a population over a certain number. Towns are next in size and status and then we have villages, composed of housing, a church, maybe a school or two, a pub, and maybe a post office and/or a shop. Some villages don't have pubs or shops or schools, but if they're really small and have no facilities at all, they're officially 'hamlets'.

I like villages best. ;)

Mr. Nighttime said...

Jay-Nope, Rochester is a city, the third largest in NY State. It is just not a large one. It is considered mid-sized, population of about 205,000 in the city limits, 1 million in the metro, 9 county area.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester_ny

gemmak said...

Fab!!...but yes, some city action now please! ;o)

AnneDroid said...

What a nice place. When I do my USA coast to coast on my Harley Davidson (leaving the four kids in kennels till I get back) I'll drop by. (We all have to have a dream). Meanwhile I'll look forward to some more photos like this from you.