Leaf Pick Up Schedule


Ready for the leaves to drop? It’s that time of year again. Well, we know it’s going to happen sooner or later, and the City of Rochester has us covered when it comes to its 2018 Fall Leaf Pick Up Schedule.

Looking to see when your neighborhood, or even better yet, your street is on for Pick Up? Check out the City’s website here and you’ll be able to put in your address for an even closer look.


As always, if you have questions about the 2018 Loose Leaf Collection process, feel free to give 311 a call or you can reference the Loose Leaf Collection FAQs page.

Lastly, if you don’t have any of your own leaves to rake up this year and DO want to get involved, the Washington Square Park Community Association, C4, and various other downtown neighborhood organizations will be doing a Mini Clean Sweep on Saturday, November 10th. Please join us as we help clean up Manhattan Square Park, now known as MLK Jr. Memorial Park in downtown. More details coming soon on the Rochesteriat.

For more information or to RSVP, please email: President@ROCWashingtonSquare.org

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ROC the Riverway Video

From the City's RTR webpage, "Mayor Lovely A. Warren and Governor Andrew Cuomo joined members of the ROC the Riverway Advisory Board on Wednesday Aug. 1 to unveil the Phase 1 Vision Plan, which will serve as a blueprint for a $50 million State investment to launch the ROC the Riverway Program with 13 transformative projects along the Genesee River."

There are more than two-dozen projects that are being focused on under one umbrella, called ROC the Riverway. The overarching goal of the project is to revitalize and transform the Genesee Riverfront at the core of the city, making our Riverfront an important, substantial part of the Rochester experience. Check out the City's webpage for all the up-to-date detailed plans, maps, and renderings.  

Don't miss the City's detailed 118-page PDF plan, a shareable image gallery of work to be done, an interactive storymap to view, and a quick summary of the projects slated to happen.  

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Clean Sweep 2017 - Thank YOU!

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the Rochesteriat

Thank you to all who braved the City's Clean Sweep 2017 events this year....while it wasn't the nicest of years that we've seen with the pending rain and cooler weather, we still had an amazing turnout for the cleanup in the Washington Square Park. 

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the Rochesteriat

Special thanks to the Board members of the Washington Square Park Community Association, First Universalist Church members, and the baseball team from Churchville-Chili school district (for the 2nd year in a row!).  

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Clean Sweep 2017: Get Involved

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the Rochesteriat

The City of Rochester has recently announced this year's Clean Sweep.

For anyone new to Rochester, or unfamiliar with this event, it began in 2006, when the City of Rochester created an initiative to give residents a chance to be a part of the spring cleaning efforts in the city. ANYONE can join, whether as an individual, a group of friends, business, organization, etc.

Clean Sweep: Saturday, May 6th, 8am-12pm
Post-Clean Up Celebration: Red Wings Game at 1:35pm

Join us, the City, and people from all over Rochester at Frontier Field on May 6th. The day starts with a rally where all volunteers receive a free t-shirt, coffee, and light breakfast.

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the Rochesteriat

After being assigned to a team (if you aren't a part of one already), you'll be sent out to a specific area, neighborhood, or park, with the necessary tools to do some serious cleaning, meet new people and have fun.

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the Rochesteriat

Again this year, volunteers will also receive a ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon and a voucher for a free hot dog and drink at the game.

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the Rochesteriat

If you want to be a part of the positive change in your city, this is a perfect way to jump in and get your hands a little dirty, literally.

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the Rochesteriat

NOTE: all of the tools, rakes, shovels, brooms, gloves, etc. are provided by the city, but you're also encouraged to bring your own if you have any.

So, will you join in?

Clean Sweep Website

Arrive at Frontier Field between 8-8:30
Be sent to your cleaning destinations by 9
Clean until noon!
Red Wings Game: 1:35pm

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She and Jason look forward to cleaning the Washington Square Park neighborhood every year at Clean Sweep! Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

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