Connective Corridor

Green Streets and Local Eats

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April 21, from noon to 2 p.m. is Green Streets and Local Eats — A Connective Corridor event with 40 Below and the 40 Below Public Art Task Force, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County / Save the Rain, the Syracuse CoE, Syracuse CVB,  Healthy Monday, SU Department of Recreation Services, SU Sustainability, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion/Monday Mile, UPSTATE, OCCRA, Onondaga County Soil and Water, OHA, Everson Musuem, Redhouse, CNY Arts, Centro, Creekwalk Commons, Syracuse First, Near Westside Initiaitve and the SALT District, CNY Community Foundation, Erie Canal Museum, the Connective Corridor construction team, and a host of community partners.

Bring your sneakers to work, celebrate the beginning of Earth Week, Healthy Monday and SU Wellness Week by getting out from noon to 2 p.m. and walking, biking, sampling local food and celebrating all things local along the Corridor, while enjoying your city after a VERY LONG winter.

Syracuse is one of a handful of communities in the country with real green streets, and we’re building more green streets right now along the Connective Corridor.  Take a walk and see green infrastructure going in as we install the biggest civic infrastructure project through downtown in 75 years.

Celebrate, get out and enjoy this first breath of spring to launch Earth Week.

Here’s the agenda for the day.  Keep checking back because more fun activities are being added by partners!


April 21, 2014 — Green Streets and Local Eats

Noon – Four concurrent Monday Mile Walking Tours

Sponsored by SU’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion/Healthy Monday Syracuse

  •  Meet up at City Hall for a Downtown Mile Walk with Leah Moser, program coordinator for the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at the Maxwell School, who manages the Healthy Monday Syracuse campaign
  • Meet up at Hendricks Chapel for a Campus Mile Walk with Otto the Orange, to launch Wellness Week
  • Meet up at the intersection of University and Waverley for “A Green Mile” Walk along the Connective Corridor
  • Meet up at SALT Quarters for a Near Westside Mile Walk led by Tai Palermo, Community Organizer, Near Westside Initiative

Noon – Historic Walking Tour of the Civic Strip

Sponsored by the Onondaga Historical Association. Meet up at OHA

Noon – Two concurrent Green Infrastructure Tours

Sponsored by Onondaga County / Save the Rain and the SyracuseCoE

  • Meet up at the Erie Canal Museum for a tour along the Civic Strip
  • Meet up at Syracuse Stage Plaza for a tour along the Connective Corridor

Noon – Five concurrent Green Building Tours

  • Meet up at the SyracuseCoE
  • Meet up at Synapse
  • Meet up at the Hotel Skyler
  • Meet up at the CNY Community Foundation / CNY Philanthropy Center
  • Meet up at Lincoln Building in the Near Westside


Noon – Two concurrent Green Streets Bike Tours

  • Meet up at the SyracuseCoE for an eastside tour led by Barry Carr, Clean Communities
  • Meet up at the SU Warehouse for a westside tour led by Marc Norman, UPSTATE, through Syracuse’s fabled gear district – one of the earliest bicycle hubs in the country

Noon – Grand opening of The Everson Museum of Art’s Al Fresco Patio Seating and Outdoor Sculpture Mini-Tour

The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to officially open its outdoor patio seating (a Connective Corridor façade project) for Green Streets and Local Eats, and invites you to bring your lunch and dine al fresco in view of the Everson’s world-class outdoor sculpture collection.  There will also be an outdoor sculpture mini tour, beginning at 12:30. Meet on the podium to join the tour.  (Note:  The Museum itself is closed on Mondays, so enjoy the wonderful outdoor spaces!)


Noon to 1 p.m. – All Aboard:  Connective Corridor bus stop at Fayette Park with live music and CNY Arts showcase on board

Sponsored by Centro, CNY Arts  and the Connective Corridor

Get on a parked Corridor bus for a different kind of lunch stop in the park.  Catch some live music on board.  Check out the on-board mobile art gallery. While you’re there, learn how the free system works, and see how you can connect with more than 40 arts and cultural venues.  Check out where to find the 80 Corridor stops around town and on University Hill.  Learn how to download the free iOS and Android apps.  Pick up some bus user guides.  Check out the custom interior with free Wi-Fi and GPS.  Learn how you can use this free bus service – open to anyone in the community.  If you’ve never been on the bus, hop on and off.  You can’t get lost, because it’s not going anywhere!   Once you get on board, you’ll fall in love with how easy it is to use.  Look for it parked near Fayette Park, come over and explore.  Our friends from CNY Arts will also be on board to help showcase all the arts and cultural offerings you can access via the free Connective Corridor bus service!  Visit

Noon to 1 p.m. – Open House at the B&L Connective Corridor Construction Field Office, 430 East Genesee Street

Stop by and meet the engineering team from B&L who are managing the construction of the Connective Corridor.  See the plans.  Ask questions.  Learn about the timeline.  Ask more questions.  See what the streetscape will look like.  Ask some more questions.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about this complex project – the biggest civic infrastructure project through downtown in 75 years.  And, you’ll be pleased to put names and faces to the crew who are working with the City of Syracuse, Syracuse University and Onondaga County / Save the Rain to implement this major construction project.

Noon – Hip Hop Dance Lessons at Onondaga Creekwalk in Armory Square

Sponsored by the Redhouse

Noon – Tai Chi Lesson in Forman Park

Sponsored by SU Recreation Services

Noon – Yoga in Forman Park — come and do yoga on a sunny day

Sponsored by SU Recreation Services

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Fitness in Forman

Sponsored by Urban Life Crossfit

“Hard Work + High Fives” team-based fitness workout demonstration and workout

Noon to 2 p.m.  Public Art & Public Space Design Workshop

Sponsored by 40 Below Public Art Task Force

Perseverance Park (corner of West Fayette and Salina Street)

Noon to 2 p.m. – Food trucks along the Corridor

Sponsored by 40 Below. Food Truck Map for Green Streets Day.


Noon to 2 p.m. — Green Streets and Local Eats Specials

Featuring Green Streets specials at these restaurants and more

  • Jolime
  • Lofo
  • Redhouse Café
  • Redfields
  • La Taqueria
  • Franco’s and Dolce Vita
  • 1060 at the Genesee Grande

Check out other Syracuse healthy eating choices at:

Noon to 2 p.m. – Earth Week demos in the Pocket Park at Warren and Fayette Street

Sponsored by OCRRA and Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District

 Come learn about recycling, composting, safe disposal of hard to manage materials, energy from waste and more.  The      Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District will be giving away free tree seedlings, and OCCRA is giving away soil compost samples.  Come by, visit and take some good ideas (and a baby tree) home!

Noon to 2 p.m. – Sustainability Showroom on University Avenue

Sponsored by SU Sustainability

Stop by the outdoor display and learn about SU Sustainability initiatives

Noon to 2 p.m. – Green Street tour of Bank Alley

Sponsored by the City of Syracuse and Downtown Committee

Check out the newly restored Bank Alley and learn more about the project

Noon to 2 p.m. – Creekwalk Commons at Onondaga Creekwalk at Armory Square

Learn about downtown student living, see pictures of the new units and get ready for Creekfloat 2014!  Stop by “Wally” the sea monster near the Creekwalk on West Fayette Street to learn more.

Noon to 2 p.m.  – Syracuse First Green Streets Day – In the Pocket Park at Warren and Fayette Street

Sponsored by 40 Below and Syracuse First

Stop by the Pocket Park, meet the great folks from Syracuse First, and learn about the 10% shift to local program.  Take the local pledge.  It’s good for the environment.  It’s good for the economy.  And it’s good for all of us!

And featuring:

1 p.m. – Community Sing-Along in Forman Park

“This Land is Your Land” – the classic Woody Guthrie anthem led by Zeke Leonard, Syracuse VPA faculty member, with local musicians and chorale groups, members of Dream Freedom Revival and an honest-to-goodness ukulele band.  Zeke will be playing a handmade wooden cigarbox guitar signed by Pete Seeger (Woody’s great friend), and one of the fathers of the environmental movement in America, who recently passed away at age 93.

Can’t sing?  You’re in luck, because we are giving away 100 classic metal kazoos – handmade in upstate New York by the original 1916 American Kazoo Company, now the only metal kazoo factory in the world.  Hum along.  Sing along.  No one cares if you’re in tune.  We’ll have song sheets to share for this memorable musicalpalooza.  And yes, it’s a movement.

 Here’s a handy Updated Green Streets map and venues 4-18-14.