Buckingham Properties presents Movies With a Downtown View 2017: 5 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss

In just under one month, our 4th annual Movies with a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties will be taking over the park formerly known as Manhattan Square Park (MLK Jr. Memorial Park, that is). In case you missed it in the last 3 years, here are 5 reasons why you'll want to go to Movies with a Downtown View on July 14th and August 18th:

1. The Experience

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How often do you spend a few hours in a park, on a blanket with friends or family, hanging out and enjoying downtown? Oh you don't do this often? Why not do this while enjoying a movie under the stars with the cityscape as your backdrop?

2. Be a Foodie

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Pack a fancy picnic or have cash ready to purchase food there. We'll have 2 food trucks at each event and beer for purchase from Roc Brewing. Keep an eye on the website for info on who else will be joining us!

3. It's FREE

These movie nights are free! That means there's no charge to get in... what else do we need to say?!

4. There might be giveaways

Okay, okay, we shouldn't say "might be", because there will be giveaways. In the past 3 years, we've given away several Round-Trips on the Official Airline of the MWADV, Jetblue Airways, and tons of local goods. Better yet, there's no cost for entering to win! 

5. The Movies

We're going with recent films this year, one with a NASA flair and one with an international base. Both are exciting and fun films, so check out the trailers below:

July 14th - Hidden Figures

AUGUST UPDATE - Hidden Figures:

While our original plan was to show Hunt for the Wilderpeople on August 18th, our plans have changed. Since we were unable to show Hidden Figures in July, we will be showing it in August! We will keep Hunt for the Wilderpeople as a possibility for next year, because well, it looks quite fun.

This year we are again partnering with our favorite downtown movie theatre The Little Theatre to produce these events. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success and we cannot wait to fill this park again with people. Will you join us?

For those of you who missed the event last year, take a peek inside here.

Movies with a Downtown View:

Friday, July 14th: Lawn opens at 7pm Movie at dusk, approx. 8:45pm
Friday, August 18th: Lawn opens at 6:30pm Movie at dusk, approx. 8:15pm

Facebook Page: July 14th Event & August 18th

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She had a blast running around MLK Jr. Park last year for #MWADV and cannot wait for these events! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.

With Very Few City Condos Offered, You Just May Rule in this One

NOTE: This post was originally written on August 14th, 2014 when this condo was up for sale. Most of the info and links have been updated, but if we're missing anything, please let us know.

And no, this condo is NOT on the market anymore, sorry! For more information on downtown condos available, check out our City Guide


Naturally, when we heard that one of our most favorite condo units was up for sale and we saw a beautifully written piece in Rochester City Living by Padraic Michael Collins-Bohrer, we thought, "Is there anything else that we can add to the facts and figures list that people would want to know?". Sure it's nice to understand the nuts-n'-bolts of the Lamborghini, but most of us want to know what we can do with it. And that's when it hit me: why don't I sprinkle in some extra this-is-what-my-daily-life-could-look-like-in-the-city to the mix, and allow potential urbanites to imagine it for themselves.

It's not often that we get an inside look like this, as it is well known that owner-occupied condo units are a rare gem in our city. With that said, get ready to let your imaginations race:

1. It's like living on Central Park West and 61st Street in New York City - at a discount

You have beautiful greenery from one of the city's oldest parks, the Washington Square Park, and the downtown skyline coming through your windows. There's no need to fill your walls up with generic wall art from Target or Walmart - the skyline brings the windows to life!

2. Plan how you want to rule the city at this table

Having a view of downtown Rochester, this area serves as your personal "secret meeting spot" to all the things you want to accomplish. It's here you can people watch at the Washington Square Park, keep a keen eye on the progress over the Erie Harbor Park Promenade, or plan out your next multi-million dollar business venture at Woodbury Place…or you can simply call mom and dad and invite them over for dinner.

3. You'll never be alone in this unit - (literally, it's a condominium!)

Whether you are single, married, with/or without kids, or somewhere in between, there's truly something for everyone. The downtown population has risen to over 6,000 residents, a burgeoning Neighborhood Association that needs your input, and a city on the rise that requires passionate, urbanites to give their talents to what the future holds for this metropolis - the city, much like the condo building, is a diverse and changing scene like the squares of a Flor carpet - different in their own respects, yet together they form a beautiful, cohesive structure.

And no, little Cloudy is not included in the price.

4. You like to wine, dine, and entertain 

You would have a fine, open eatery with a ton of natural light to perfect your favorite dishes, and even better yet, you can buy the necessary ingredients from your own downtown grocery store - Hart's Grocers! Opening day was August 15th, 2014, and it's the first grocery store to open in Center City in nearly two decades. Because of this you should have no problem keeping the cupboards stocked and stainless steel refrigerator full, but if you're looking for more specialty goods, just a short walk south to the Wedge presents you with the option of the South Wedge Spirits & Wine, and for dessert - Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

5. Working at this lofty desk lets you operate Executive Style

Try local boutiques such as Abode, Stacy K Floral, Greenovation, and Archimage to decorate your space. West Elm, IKEA, The Container Store, Flor, Crate & Barrel - we'd approve also, but only after you've exhausted the local options. Can you imagine what you would do with this home office if this were yours? You're the boss of you, your household, and everything in it.

6. Everything Zen and Feng Shui, get rid of a cluttered mind

Being so close to everything, you're gonna want to hit the town at great hotspots such as Tapas, Victoire, and the newest of establishments, Apogee Wine Bar on Park Ave. Remember, there is also Eastman Theatre, Geva Theatre, and The Little Theatre all within a quick walk. With this lifestyle, you're gonna need some good shut-eye. This should do.

7. Is this Rochester's finest hotel, or your own modern escape right within your home

Maybe you'll have visiting guests that will stay at some of our swankiest hotels in downtown such as The Strathallan, the East Ave Inn & Suites, or the new Hilton Garden Inn - mere minutes away from the Capron Lofts. Or maybe you'll be generous and offer up that unoccupied, second bedroom to relatives and close friends…either way, YOU can be sure that a modern, warm, luxury hotel-esque experience is waiting for YOU every time you use your own master bath.

8. See the stars...or at least the rooftop lights

Need a quick get-away? Want to unwind with a glass of wine or a cold brew (from our neighbor Roc Brewing of course!) after the hectic day? Take a walk (or the elevator) up to the rooftop and experience the sunset and the skyline like never before. See the spectrum of colors that come out during sunset on the most clear nights, and enjoy the finished roof deck with a friend or two, a few community grills, and an abundance of patio furniture. Can't see any stars at night because the city lights drown out the galaxy? No worries, the celebration lighting keeps it festive at night.

9. Lastly, celebrate in style!


Where else, aside from a local parking garage, can you be this close to the fireworks action on Independence Day and New Year's Eve? Nowhere is the answer to that. At the Capron rooftop, you're close enough that you feel immersed in the flashes of light bursting in the city sky, overlooking the Genesee River and all the city below. You might even get so spoiled that you think the fireworks are put on for you alone - ok, that's when you know you've lost it. So bring a date, your loved ones, your family up to see these special events - it's like no other around.

More Information:
Rochester City Living
Washington Square Park Neighborhood Association

Drifters LB: not your Average Hotel Kitchen


For a minute, let's forget you just stepped inside a Hotel. You're here for lunch or dinner, do the surroundings matter?

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Is there a wait to be seated? Or maybe you're waiting for the rest of your party to arrive - take a seat.

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Party of six? No problem...

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Party of four? Even better and hey - you may get lucky with a party of 2 in these fancy booths (can you say date night?)!

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Take in your surroundings while you peruse the menu. It really doesn't feel like dining in any other hotels we've ever been into.

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Ahh, wings! Can't decide between two different flavors - no need to pick - have both.

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What about a perfectly cooked steak?

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Or a burger. We swear, there really is a burger under there somewhere.

We got a tiny peek into the kitchen where everything is cooked to order with locally sourced ingredients. We've also heard rumblings that the Chicken & Waffles are a must.

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Stop down and we know you'll agree - this isn't your average hotel kitchen. And the best part? This restaurant (and hotel) is a part of the revitalization of our Main Street. Localites and visitors alike at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, have a great option to eat and experience our city.

Drifters LB Details:

Our city has so many great restaurant options, we often find ourselves deciding what type of cuisine we want first just so we can narrow down our choices! Follow along with the Rochesteriat on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Start Your Day at Founders Cafe


Founders Cafe Founders Cafe has been open almost a full year now offering great food and beverages out of the historic Academy Building on Fitzhugh Street.

Right now, they have a promotion going on to help you get your day started. Through May 15th, if you purchase 4 breakfast sandwiches you'll get the 5th FREE!

Founders Cafe

But don't forget about that free sandwich, it must be redeemed by Friday, May 29th. So, if you haven't been to Founders yet, now is the perfect time to go.

Founders Cafe: Website Promotion Details Breakfast hours: 7am-11am

Related Post: Founders Cafe: sneak peek

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is now dreaming of Founder's herb roasted veggie panini which is just delicious. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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Our Dreams For These 6 Spaces...


the Rochesteriat Here's a FUN exercise we like to do quite often: City DREAMING.

When all this snow melts, and it IS currently melting away, we have dreams of uncovering a brand new Rochester - a city that is lively, bright, and bursting with energy. And while the warmer weather will certainly bring a more energized feel to all of us, without question, here we are talking about uncovering changes in the physical landscape of the city.

Here are 6 ideas that we're dreaming about for our city, areas that could use a little TLC and creative expression. And keep in mind that while we liken them to other areas in our country that are similar, we know that our city - the good 'ol people of Rochester - has the talent, ability, and creativity to do our own special thing with them. Projects and ideas that are unique and different - not just copycat renditions of the projects that have already been done. So take these "dreams" with a grain of salt, and let us know what you think.

1. Roundabout near MLK Jr. Park

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Have you driven around the new roundabout near the MLK Jr. Memorial Park lately? It's seems a little bit unfinished and we're hoping that the city has more plans for it. Seating, trees, shrubbery - that's what we'd like to see with this space. Make it a sort of small public park. Could it be possible to add fountains that blast shots of water around the outer ring?

What about this?...

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…this is part of the Dutch Kills Green park in Queens Plaza, New York City. With its mixture of foliage and shards of concrete, this former parking lot space that you've seen in Mafia movies portraying the 70's and 80's is now an inviting urban oasis drowning out all the noise of the traffic in the city. And we can bet that no crazy driver will be taking a short cut anytime soon or doing a "lawn job".

2. Gibbs Street near Java's

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What if, during the long summer days, on-street parking was actually closed off on Gibbs Street from East Ave to Main Steet? When most of us want to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while it's here, at peak times, the amount of Java's outdoor seating fails us. To have an entire section of outdoor seating in the middle of road would provide a spacious getaway, even a place where artists both fine art and musicians alike, could come and intermingle with the general public.

Could Gibbs Street become something that looks like this during the summer?...

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Minus the glitz and glamour of the Times Square billboards and millions of people, we think Gibbs Street would be a hub of creativity and cultural activity during the beautiful summer months. And the traffic or parking? New York City has proven that the automobile traffic will simply find another way.

We don't even have to think too far outside the box for this one, since the annual Jazz Fest closes off this section in June and we get to preview what this would look like.

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3. Xerox Tower's In-Ground Space

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For decades, the in-ground space at the Xerox Tower in downtown has been under private authority. Used by Xerox employees as a lunch area during beautiful weather, this space has so much more potential, and we're sure it was meant for more when the company originally built it for their headquarters in the late 60's. Now that Buckingham Properties has purchased the building in conjunction with neighboring assets (Bausch & Lomb Building, The Tower at Midtown), would it be feasible to open the area up to the public?

Could the space look something like this?...


Ok, it may not be as popular as Rockefeller Center's ice skating rink, but every time I walk by this area I can't help but think how amazing it could be. And why would we need it as another ice skating rink? We already have the MLK Jr. Memorial Ice Skating Rink a block away. But what it could be is an area of indoor/outdoor restaurants, entertainment space, outdoor movie space, or even just a cool urban park/greenspace with the largest skyscrapers hanging overhead.

4. The Genesee River between the Court Street Bridge and Broad Street Aqueduct 

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Those of us who have spent anytime at all in this city know that our River is one asset that is sorely underutilized. Is it a part of our daily experience here? At this point, I doubt it. Is there something that can be done with the Genesee within Center City?

Could it possibly be an attraction like this?...


This is Providence, Rhode Island's answer to invigorating the experience between their city, residents, and visitors alike. "WaterFire Providence® is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy."

5. High Falls Park

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And speaking of the Genesee, are there any other opportunities to develop this Riverfront to its fullest here in Rochester? Of course there are, and one is in the High Falls neighborhood. With the backdrop of not only the beautiful city skyline but also a gorgeous 96-foot tall waterfall, we're thinking that the area of land at the base of the falls...

...could look something like this...

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…of course that would mean convincing RG&E to give up control of their land at the base of the Falls. We did say we're dreaming, right? But hold on, GardenAerial may be on the right track with its 3 Phase Project that will transform the High Falls area into a word-class retreat of urban trailways, parks, and even public access to the river. Kudos to the Greentopia Crew - if you like this idea, find out more about them and their visions for our city next week during the Greentopia Film Fest.

6. The Broad Street Aqueduct

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Ahhhhhh…one of our personal favorites here at the Rochesteriat. Some of us have been lucky enough to tour this popular space given at open public tours in the fall during River Romance Weekend. Others, have simply taken tours without any permission at all and you can even take a virtual tour of the site, compliments of Google Maps. Either way, this former engineering marvel once carried the Erie Canal over the Genesee River, and more recently until 1956 served as a small portion of Rochester's Subway.

Does it have the potential to look like this?...

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This is a part of Montreal's Underground City, with its interconnected tunnels above and below ground of shops, walkways, offices, banks, transit stations, and much more. Toronto has an amazing underground urban network as well with its PATH, and it makes sense - these northern cities keep activity going year-round by sheltering the public from the harsh elements.

While this idea has been kicked around for many years here in Rochester, currently there is another group called the Broad Street Underground that has revived talks of doing something, anything, with the Aqueduct space. The RBJ recently ran an article on the progress of BSU, and if you're interested in lending some expertise to the team, write in to us, we'd be happy to guide you to the proper BSU contacts.

Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. All of these areas represent an opportunity to make our city better here in Rochester. Get involved and help us! Check out more @JaySchwingle or Facebook