On my Facebook feed last night, two people shared a link to a Real-Estate-Made-Easy website that posted an article that claims and especially boasts in its title:
Before and after you read the article, please keep in mind a few things: some of the pictures are not Syracuse-related, we do have an awesome Polish Festival and we have a copious amount of other festivals that celebrate other cultures as well, and you definitely need a car to get around. Our mall is the last thing on the list, because it contains all the chain restaurants and expensive stores that you’ve heard of or experienced already. This article is similar to a form letter; it’s fit so anyone can cut-and-paste how they please; hence, the mistakes.
One of the people who posted this article disagreed with the article, and the other poster kissed the article’s metaphorical feet. The foot kisser challenged me to write something better. At first, this challenge was declined, but my aggravation allowed me to write out this quick post.
Let it be known that I’ve believed in Syracuse since birth, almost 31 years now, and I’m still going to believe in Syracuse when I move. An entity cannot tell me how or when I will believe in Syracuse; believing is up to you, and it has to be from the heart. Also, this entity had it’s one-year anniversary at an establishment that was not started in this beloved city. (Here is a hint–Detroit is the first word.)
It’s the truth that employment opportunities are being researched out of the area. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to eventually develop high expectations for yourself and have the desire to dapple in bigger markets. Syracuse is and will forever be my home. I’m going to get a tattoo before my leaving, and the tattoo will be a 315.
This post is not going to have several pictures, because those living here know exactly what I’ll be mentioning. Secondly, those who don’t live here will develop such a curiosity that they will want to visit. One can only hope.
Placing a number such as “30” does not do Syracuse or Central New York justice. There is SO MUCH MORE than 30. Look at blogs like 365 Things Syracuse or Syracuse Guru. These are two of many blogs, entertainment websites that keep the residents and visitors informed about the activities of Syracuse.
So, here is my list. Some of the aspects are personal, but they can be related to. There is no particular order.
40 Things You’ll Appreciate While Visiting or Moving in Syracuse
(A List of Excitement By Christopher S. Malone)
01. Half Moon Cookies from Harrison Bakery.
02. Giving high-fives to strangers at the Carrier Dome, those fellow patrons–like you–wearing bright orange. Winning or losing, we’re all in this together, and we have to show our love.
03. Sitting on a bench, staring out and across Skaneateles Lake.
04. Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, SUNY ESF, SUNY Upstate, Onondaga Community College:
four five major colleges each in their own right. They attract students of all ages and personalities from across the city, county, state, country, and globe. These colleges bring people here.
05. A roast beef sandwich that is topped with all the fixings from Clark’s Ale House.
06. The Great New York State Fair. Period.
07. Hearing and seeing Ronnie Leigh, Carolyn Kelly, Joe Whiting, or any of the other several Syracuse musical greats.
08. Snow for all the December holidays.
09. The original delicious smell of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que while walking around the streets of the city, and you can practically smell it anywhere.
10. Syracuse Chiefs and/or Auburn Doubledays baseball on a hot summer night.
11. The location of geographic location of Syracuse: about three hours from Niagara Falls, give or take an hour and a half to Rochester, two hours from Old Forge, four hours from Lake Placid, two hours from Albany and Cooperstown, and just about five hours from New York City.
12. Finger Lakes wineries and their Rieslings in particular.
13. The fall nights get cool enough for everyone to burn wood in their fireplaces.
14. Stopping your car at an upside-down traffic light, because it’s the only one in the world.
15. Finding that CD you’ve always wanted at The Sound Garden, finding it used and for only $3.99, and it’s in perfect condition.
16. Fourth of July fireworks at the Fairgrounds
17. The Taste of Syracuse kicks of the summer and all of the festivals. The festivals cover nationalities, fundraisers, religions, etc., and there is a festival or two (or, yes, three) going on every weekend. The Great New York State Fair is the grand finale of our summer celebrations.
18. Hanging out with local coffee providers, including: Cafe Kubal, Freedom of Espresso, Recess Coffee, Smith Houseware & Restaurant Supply, Creekside Books and Coffee, Paul de Lima.
19. Picnics at Clark’s Reservation, Highland Forest, Pratt’s Falls, Beaver Lake, Baltimore Woods… oh, and more.
20. Enjoying shows of all kinds, including basketball games, at The Palace Theater and The Landmark Theatre.
21. Syracuse’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
22. Witnessing the overall community involvement when it comes to raising money for awareness and fundraisers, i.e. St. Baldricks, Light the Night, etc.
23. Heid’s: where a Mixed Double (hot dog and coney in one bun) and fries go best with…
24. Byrne Dairy Chocolate Milk
25. Dipping into Pastabilities hot tomato oil with the restaurant’s own stretch bread.
26. Do you like to run? Syracuse has races galore.
27. Hands-on science fun at the M.O.S.T., viewing art at the Everson, revisiting our history at the Erie Canal Museum and the Onondaga Historical Association, traveling back in time at The Salt Museum and St. Marie Among the Iroquois, playing along at the International Mask and Puppet Museum…
28. The Syracuse Poster Project products that decorate Warren Street–another bind between Syracuse University and the city.
29. Buying cheese and other imported goods from Lombardi’s.
30. The Candlelight Series, Pops in the Park, or any music event with symphony members.
31. Eva’s European Sweets, their pirogis.
32. Witnessing the painting of a shamrock beneath the upside-down traffic light, at midnight on St. Patrick’s Day.
33. The photogenic nature of Franklin Square.
34. Any night is trivia night.
35. Fall foliage.
36. The aesthetic value and fun of the Onondaga Creekwalk.
37. Syracuse Dining Week(s).
38. Your weekly Syracuse New Times, a tangible informational guide that helps plan your weekend.
39. Enjoying Westcott Street any time of the year.
40. Empire Brewing Company, Middle Ages, and Double Barrel Brewing will provide your crafts for you.
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There is so much left that was not mentioned, but I don’t need to write any more words. Thanks for everything in all these years. Ignore the haters, the coattail riders.
Let it be known:
Syracuse, I love you.
[Cue: mic drop.]
I play with words and invisible objects.
A mind, a pen and a piece paper have the best relationship ever.
"Remember this--if you shut your mouth, you have your choice."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald