Rochester, NY. It’s a city with a sometimes proud, sometimes troubled history. First settled in 1789 around the High Falls area, Rochester was initially a mill town. It would later become a pre-Civil War Underground Railroad hub. It is home to heroes like Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglas, and Jim ‘The Hammer’ Shapiro. Someone kept setting old lady Roc on fire in the early 1900s, but still, she persisted.
The city had many brilliant ideas, like building an airship in 1903, a subway system in the 1930s and 40s, and a fast ferry to get to Toronto in the early 2000s. All of these enterprises are now defunct. Rochester is a city of big, poorly laid plans.
Rochester is home to the greatest grocery chain the world has ever known (it’s Wegmans guys), the Garbage Plate (you will get to enjoy one whether you like it or not on Sunday), Kodak, and Festival Guy. We have good bagels, Jamaican Me Crazy coffee, and summer festivals galore. Parking is rarely difficult, there is rarely traffic, and the schools don’t close on account of snow (although they do occasionally close on account of cold).
Most importantly, Rochester is where Jake & Liz met. Which trumps any history of Susie or Freddie or the Bausch & Lomb Berlin Wall debacle.
We love Rochester. We hope you can find something within ‘our’ city that strikes your fancy too!