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Northeast Neighborhoods - Group 14621

Northeast Quadrant - Group 14621


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An aerial view of the Group 14621 Neighborhood reveals a patchwork of city streets along with the deep natural gash of the Genesee River gorge.  The view takes in the orange stone tower of St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church on Hudson Avenue and the purposeful design of Seneca Park. On the ground, a rich diversity of people fill an area that borders the Genesee River to the west, North Goodman Street to the east, Clifford Avenue to the south and north to East Ridge Road. 

Group 14621 Community Association, named for the area's zip code, has been a consistent champion of the neighborhood since 1974. Founded by residents concerned with public safety and zoning issues, the association works on multiple fronts: creating youth training programs, securing grants for home repairs to low-income homes, planting community gardens, and acquiring and selling vacant and foreclosed properties to first time home buyers.  Its efforts helped keep Hickey Freeman Co, a world-renowned manufacturer of handcrafted men's suits since 1899, in the neighborhood, close to its worker's homes. Other projects include the "La Avenida" streetscape beautification on North Clinton Avenue and a plan to rehabilitate vacant houses using green initiatives for new homebuyers, known as the Remington Super Urban Proposal.

 
The rich heritage of Rochester's 19th century immigrants is still present in Group 14621, particularly along a stretch of Hudson Avenue known affectionately as Polish Town. Here, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church draws hundreds each year to its annual Polish Arts festival. This Romanesque Revival Church, dedicated in 1909, received the Landmark Society's Special Achievement Award in 2004 for restoration on the interior and 120 foot bell tower. Other historic landmarks remain in the area. On St. Paul Street, the Rochester School for The Deaf, founded in 1876, maintains a scenic campus. Old Carthage, the city's earliest settlement and river port in the 1880's, was located a few blocks north. stanislausC580 


Today a giant brick fish is embedded in the concrete intersection at St. Paul and Norton Streets, and signage nearby pays homage to Seth Green, the father of fish aquaculture who established the first U.S. fish hatchery in Caledonia, N.Y in 1874. The Seth Green Trail weaves a path for hikers and fisherman from an access road to the 110 foot Lower Falls below.

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The Seneca Park Zoo gives the northern border of this large and eclectic neighborhood a useful point of reference for the city's boundary with the Town of Irondequoit, where St. Paul Street becomes St. Paul Boulevard. The 297 acre park, designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, includes picnic grounds and pathways overlooking the Genesee River gorge, and is one of the oldest zoos in the country. The zoo opened in 1893 with an aviary and deer collection. Today, some 500,000 visitors travel to the Seneca Park Zoo each year to view such exhibits as the Polar Bear Grotto, the Rocky Coasts and the Animal Health and Education Complex.

Additional Information

If you would like additional information on this neighborhood, please contact the Northeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center:

500 Norton Street
Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 428-7660
Email:  ReeseP@cityofrochester.gov

 


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