"~Rochester...My Original Home Town~" Rochester by Michael_D

Rochester Travel Guide: 256 reviews and 464 photos

Rochester,,,I barely knew ya....

In the 1950s/60s/70s Rochester was a great place to make a living. Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, French's Mustard are all ORIGINAL Rochester companies,,,then the most prosperous city in Western New York.

Sadly, according to friends who still work at Kodak and Xerox, most of the above companies have expanded elswhere, downsized locally and left Rochester somewhat in a void from what I am told. One of those friends expects to be booted from Kodak after 28yrs and is now making plans to move to Florida. Will the last person leaving Rochester please turn out the lights?LOL

There are some good memories. Ill try to cover a few of the highlights in and around Rochester-called the Lilac Capital because of its huge Highland Park and many surrounding parks.

In a USA TODAY article recently :
-Rochester (-18.5%)
-Buffalo (-21%)
are 4th and 5th nationally in number of people leaving American cities for the sunbelt over the past 20 years. Not surprising, since upstate New York nieghbors
topped the list of places with the most snow in America averaging around 88 inches a year. You have to be tough to live in Rochester.;-) NOT trying to be a bad guy...just quoting the f-a-c-t-s;-)

I visited Rochacha this summer and some things have changed! Eastview Mall is now THE BIG mall, the War Memorial is now Blue Cross Arena. There is STILL Schallers and Tom Wahls but more Importantly Nick Tahou's is still there and they actually remembered me after being away 35 years!

Though Ive lived places like London, St Petersburg Russia and Barcelona intermittently..Ive been in Florida 25 years now. I loves my Florida and plan to stay put!;-)

*Many pictures here are courtesy of Rocpic, a site that has unparalelled quality pictures of Rochester via its POD(Picture of the Day)and is the best Rochester experience imagineable via the sites webcams. See it at WWW.ROCPIC.COM

What aint snow,,,is rain.

This pic was taken July 14, 2003. I remember one year before I left for Cornell, I had Thurs and Sun off when I worked at Eastview Mall and it rained EVERY Thurs and Sunday for FOUR months (and some of the Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat's too LOL.)

I kept this picture of Monroe and Oxford St near Blessed Sacrement church because its my old nieghborhood and its how I remember Rochester overcast and precip of some sort. Somehow I find it comforting. There is a webcam at ROCPIC.com that has 3 Monroe Ave webcams.

I still have 2 MHS friends(Chuck DeGaugh and Shelly Austin Zuck) here and though BOTH live in the suburbs;-P, I found my old nieghborhood Swillberg to be much improved and South Wedge as well.

Just some Rochester humor

You know you're from Rochester, NY when:

The thought of eating a "garbage plate" makes your mouth water.

The only thing at the annual May Lilac Festival is snow.

The worst four-letter is "Fuji".

Soccer games have better attendance than baseball games.

The name "Greater Rochester International Airport" is bigger than the airport itself.

There's an 800 number to report a potholes.

You know that a "Can of Worms" is not about fishing.

Your baby's first word... "Wegmans".

You ask lifetime residents where the George Eastman House is...they don't know either.

In a city where it snows 90 inches a year, they build a new sports stadium with no roof on it.

Your low-fat diet isnt low enough to exclude Abbot's custard.

You can travel from Egypt to Greece in about a half hour by car.

D&C is a newspaper, not a medical procedure.

You can find a metered parking spot downtown in Christmas shopping season.

You can accurately judge peoples their social status by which Wegmans store they shop at.

You can go to any mall on Saturday and see at least 5 people you either work with, went to school with or dated.

The new line of spring fashions to hit the stores is actually comprised of leftovers from the 1991 line in NYC.

A musical comes to town 10 years after its Broadway premiere and the entire town goes nuts! (ex. Miss Saigon) and CATS is just opening in 2004!!!!!!!!!!!

You take out-of-town friends or colleagues to the airport during "rush hour" and they can't get over the fact that you don't hit a single red light or come to a complete stop the entire way.

You have to make a "road trip" to see any kind of Division I intercollegiate competition or major league sport.

Wegmans is a somewhere to go on a Friday night, for entertainment.

You define summer as three months of bad sledding.

Your idea of a seven-course meal is a six pack of Genny Light and a bucket of Buffalo wings.

You have experienced frostbite and sunburn in the same week.

Half the change in your pocket is Canadian, eh.

Half the television channels you get are Canadian, eh.

From May to October there is a festival every weekend celebrating a different fruit, vegetable, or agricultural product.

You know you're from Rochester when the ushers at your church look like the cast of the Sopranos.

You know you're from Rochester when your entire high school is employed at the same Wegmans.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:summers are nice(all 10 weeks of it)
  • Cons:its cold and harsh(the weather is bad too lol)
  • In a nutshell:You have to be tough to live in Rochester
  • Last visit to Rochester: Jan 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Hmm sadly your well written tips about Rochester are true. I lived there for almost a year in 1975, after driving across country in an Volkswagen Bug.When I first got there I was charmed by the New England Historical atmosphere, including the Victorian home where I rented a room. I frolicked when I experienced snow falling for the 1st time in my life, the locals got a laugh from that! But for more than 6 mo.s of freezing weather, almost always gray skies, having to shovel, scrap car windows and drive in dirty, slushy snow (no Bing Crosby sleigh rides singing White Xmas) I discovered that I hate snow and love love love my wonderful SUNNY California, like you with Florida! Your tips and pics capture a place, where sadly, dedicated hard working people are making an Exodus.BTW I still have family there and most of them LOVE it and totally disagree with me. But My brother-in-law lost his job at Kodak after almost 3 decades and hopes to retire in South Carolina. Thanks for the memories and letting me play catch-up with you up to date factual tips!

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    But that's some good "Rochester news"!! Btw didn't get what that means about Wegman? And love back at ya!

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    It's great to learn about your "original" hometown. Yes, I've read about it before, but you made it more interesting. Oh, and thanks for the birthday greetings. =)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 8:21 AM

    an interesting page and place, and the home of Mr. Kodak ...

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2005 at 5:01 AM

    Michael I didn't realize that Rochester was that big a city but your tips are great, your intro was great too, sad to see any city or region declining as you have described Rochester, Happy New Year :-)

  • kooka3's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2004 at 6:54 AM

    Hey - Wegmans! I saw that name pop up on the home page under new comments . . . Wegmans is like a cult . . . you get hooked on it. I love it :)

  • Jan 1, 2004 at 6:50 AM

    LOL - you aren't far off on your Wegman's comments -- and they can be applied to most of upstate New York (at least to Syracuse, Elmira, and Binghamton!)

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2002 at 7:16 AM

    R gets more snow than Ottawa, must visit before winter arrive

  • Jul 28, 2002 at 2:21 PM

    bok gibi bir yorum, tamam rochester cok guzel bir sehir, ama

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2002 at 10:11 AM

    Great sunsets!


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