Southeast Quadrant - North Winton Village
The North Winton Neighborhood is made up of spacious and quiet residential streets, small essential businesses and professional services and an 82-acre wilderness park. This attractive urban village equation allows for tree-lined streets, well-maintained single family homes and half doubles, and an active engaged community whose mission is to maintain a “positive neighborhood vision in redevelopment.” Its neighborhood boundaries extend north to Colebourne Road/Merchants Road, south to Blossom Road, east to North Winton Road and west to Culver Road.
The North Winton Village Neighborhood Association, founded 15 years ago, joins businesses and residents together for the greater good. Its major goals include “neighborhood preservation, beautification, pride in home ownership and patronization of neighborhood businesses.” Their motto: "Live, Shop and Beautify North Winton Village.”
The Association is currently excited about a New York State Main Street Grant from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal that will revitalize building façades and streetscapes within a five-block area on East Main Street from Hall Street to Minnesota Street.
A major neighborhood beautification and public safety effort is also underway. North Winton Village now counts 100 flowerpots and 18 community gardens within its environs. In Spring 2010, the Neighborhood Association created an herb garden in Linear Park, from Mayfield Street to East Main Street, that has now become a popular gathering place for residents. A Public Safety building at 1933 East Main Street brings a police presence, and is made available for groups to use for meetings. In addition, NeighborWorks Rochester, sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of the Real Estate Board, has chosen a “Healthy Blocks “ Project in the neighborhood. Healthy Blocks works with residents to make “exterior home improvements, address quality of life issues, support business development and assist with neighborhood marketing and branding.”
The North East Area Development (N.E.A.D.) acts as a larger umbrella group for North Winton Village and offer services such as an Emergency Assistance Repair Program for qualified residents and a Tool Library stocked with an extensive collection of small and large tools.
The neighborhood's premier green space is found in Tryon Park. Described as the “best kept secret in Rochester,” it has become a favorite for hikers and birdwatchers throughout the region. The park offers 82 acres of undeveloped trails, steep hillsides and “panoramic views of the reedy wetlands at the southern tip of Irondequoit Bay.”
The Winton Road Branch of the Rochester Public Library is a popular destination. Its website notes, “Recreational reading is the highest patron priority, with reference use high.” Most notable is the branch’s collection of Russian language books and books for literacy students. The Humboldt Recreation Center is also located in the neighborhood and offers year-round recreational programs for children and teens.
Among the many small independent businesses that the Neighborhood Association promotes are Balsam Bagels (22 flavors), the Ravioli Shop (over 10 varieties of pasta) and Mayer Hardware with its impeccable service since 1972.
Residents enjoy a variety of restaurants in their neighborhood. On Winton Road, The Winfield Grill, established in 1933 as the Winton Restaurant, has both loyal customers and employees, some second generation. The Wintonaire, established in 1952, is a neighborhood favorite that was recently renovated. Nearby on Merchants Road, Remington’s offers yet another dining opportunity.
Each year in September, the Neighborhood Association holds a one-day North Winton Village Festival of the Arts, from Linear Park to the Gazebo Garden Park on North Winton Road, that offers residents and visitors alike music, art, and an opportunity to mingle and learn more about the vibrant city neighborhood always on the move to improve.
If you would like additional information on this neighborhood, please contact the Southeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center:
320 N Goodman St - Suite 209
Rochester, New York 14607