Meanwhile on North Water Street….

Once upon a time, North Water was a district that featured garment manufacturers, technology innovators, shoe makers, brewers and distillers, warehousers, and more than a few squatters. From Main Street, North Water proceeded to Central Avenue and the railroads. Most, though not all, of the buildings on the river side of the street were large … Continue reading Meanwhile on North Water Street….

Another look at Front Street

Look. Front Street interior, 1956, photo by Kenneth Josephson. Hall Brothers Lunch, Main and Front, RPL. Front and Central, now the Inner Loop, RPL. Market Cottage, a hotel/boarding house, RPL. Front Street denizens, 1960s, W.C. Roemer Collection. Otmen's (or Ottman's) for jazz, down on the right at 45 Front (a former meat market), W. C. … Continue reading Another look at Front Street

Front Street – before and after

With as little commentary as possible, here are two views of our city. First, a view from the 1950s or 1960s. Downtown Rochester. Main Street at the bottom of the image, the Genesee River, and Front and Water Streets on either side of the waterfront, running north and south. And the same view in 2016. … Continue reading Front Street – before and after