Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association

Welcome to UMNA

The Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA) is a not-for-profit advocacy group representing the 3,300 residents and property owners in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood. 

If you live in our neighborhood, please Join UMNA. Be sure to check our events Calendar and get all the news.  Also, City of Rochester | Monroe Branch Library 809 Monroe Avenue    Rochester, NY 14607.   Find out this month's library program at this month's programs.

Sign up to our E-mail List for the latest buzz on UMNA area happenings. Also, you can now pay your UMNA membership dues ONLINE by clicking here: Join UMNA And, if you've got something to say about the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, say it on Nextdoor Upper Monroe.

"The Upper Monroe neighborhood exemplifies the best of the Monroe Urban Village. Residents can easily access the ingredients essential to comfortable city living - retail, restaurants and recreation resources - within walking distance of their homes. Its boundaries are marked at the north by Route 490, south at the city line with the Town of Brighton, east on Culver Road, and west to Field Street." - City of Rochester | Southeast Neighborhoods - Upper Monroe

This site will keep you informed about all the important resources and events in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood. 

Community Notes:

Home Repair Grants SWPC has a very limited number of exterior repair grants available for homeowners who live in Southeast Rochester (Sectors 6, 7 and 8).  Most of the funds come from the City of Rochester's Owner-Occupied Repair Program and are available only to income-qualified owners who live in the house that needs repairs. Additional assistance may be available through a grant from the Affordable Housing Corporation.  Call 256-1740 ext 103 for more information.

The event is free, but registration is required    Race, Privilege and Poverty: Advancing Equity in Our Community As part of our effort to support the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism, and the Facing Race, Embracing Equity initiative, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) is pleased to invite you to join us for a special presentation by Tim Wise, on Wednesday, April 30th at 6:00 pm at the Ingle Auditorium on the RIT campus at 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 Tim Wise is one of the nation’s most prominent anti-racist writers, activist and educator. He was recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing our World” by Utne Reader. Tim has spent the last 20 years speaking and teaching audiences across the United States. He has also lectured internationally and has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions and communities. During his time in Rochester on the 30th, Tim will provide essential insights on the intersection of race, privilege, poverty, racism and inequities in the education, health, housing and service environments. This event is free to our community. However, registration is required.   Please register at  (OPEN ATTACHMENT)

Photo Exhibit featuring Wide Water Gardens:  The gardens were visited in the fall by Sudio 678 Wilson Foundation Academy Photo Club, a program of Community Darkroom at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education.  You are invited to see the results!  Friday, April 4th from 6:30 -  8:30 pm, photo club members will be presenting their photographs and writing at City Hall, including a multi-media presentation of their work, awards ceremony and book release in Council Chambers.  Following, at approximately 7:30, is an exhibition reception in The Link Gallery, 1st floor,City Hall.  The exhibition remains on display Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, through May 5th.  ALL are welcome. 

Wide Water Gardens Update: Believe it or not, spring gardening is on it’s way!  Wide Water Gardens still has a few plot openings for the coming season.  If anyone is interested or know of anyone is interested in renting a 4 x 12 ft garden, email Bill Schwappacher at

Garden Request:  Our community gardens along Monroe Avenue will need peony supports this year.  Have you any that you can donate?  Drop them off at 63 Avondale Park (leave on the front porch) or email Jane Alexander at and she'll arrange to pick them up! 

Speaking of Gardens -- Winter Adventures Garden Talk Series continues:    There are still several Wednesday and Saturday garden talks left including talks on ecological gardening, composting, seed saving, cut flower production, Rochester’s horticultural history and more!     WEDNESDAY SPEAKER SERIES: 6:30 -7:30 p.m at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 249 Highland Avenue. ·       Wednesday, February 19th: Cut Flower Production ·       Wednesday, March 19th: Spring Garden Tips ·       Wednesday, April 16th: Rochester’s Horticultural History SATURDAY SPEAKER SERIES:  ·       February 22nd @ 11am-12pm: Composting 101 (Winton Branch Library: 611 N. Winton Road) ·       March 1st @ 11am-12pm: Seed Saving (Monroe Branch Library: 809 Monroe Avenue) Contact Sara Scott with any questions, Coordinator of Horticultural & Environmental Programming, Department of Recreation and Youth Services, City of Rochester, 400 Dewey Avenue

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | at all Monroe County Parks Consider you and your group helping out for a few hours to clean up our Monroe County Parks, April 26. Pick Up the Parks Event 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  Cleanup goes from 9am until noon, at all Monroe County Parks.  Thank You Picnic goes from noon until 2pm at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park.  Join the Monroe County Parks Department and Cascades Recovery, along with many local recreation and environmental groups, as we host the 5th annual Pick Up the Parks Event. This event is designed to foster stewardship of our 21 County Parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, and should do our part to keep the parks clean and green. Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  We host a Thank You Lunch at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park. For more information click here or visit our Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page. [more on our Parks in our area] PUTP flyer

FYI:  Free pet spay/neuter available for City of Rochester residents.  Low cost animal clinic as well. See attached flyer.   PAWS, Inc. Providing Animal Welfare Services 1105 Ridgeway Avenue Rochester, NY 14615 | 1-855-LUV-PAWS | 1-855-588-7297

Please join the Sierra Club, local elected officials, and your friends & neighbors for:   Sierra Club - Rochester Regional Group's 16th Annual Earth Day Forum Climate Smart Communities:  Let's Get with the Program Thursday, April 17 @ First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14610 5:30pm: Enviro Fair/Food Available 7-9pm:  Program:  Community Conversation with Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation How will climate change affect our area? How can we reduce carbon emissions and prepare for climate change impacts? Learn how every city, town, village and county can take action with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Climate Smart Communities program.  This community conversation is for everyone. Bring your knowledge, ignorance, fear, anger, apathy, and desire to run or to make a difference with you. Let’s talk about it.  Or if talking isn’t your thing, come and just listen! Free and open to the public. This is the Sierra Club - Rochester Regional Group's 16th Annual Earth Day Forum.

Biz Kids February Recess Opportunity for Kids Ages 13 - 18 | "Biz Kid$ is a free week-long camp that teaches kids ages 10-18 how to start their own business. Biz Kid$ camp lays the foundation of entrepreneurial know-how and includes meals, prizes and business supplies. Held four times a year, each camp serves about 20-25 students. " Learn more here.

Clean Sweep - 2014 Help Rochester sparkle at Clean Sweep The City of Rochester is partnering with the Rochester Red Wings to host a one-day, all-city Clean Sweep, starting 8 a..m. Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field (map). Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to that day’s baseball game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. that afternoon. A light breakfast will be provided along with a food voucher at the game. Free parking will be available. Groups and individuals may register to volunteer for Clean Sweep using the online form below,  or by calling 311 (428-5990 if calling from outside of city limits).  Additional details of this year’s Clean Sweep will be announced at a later date City of Rochester NY  

Frederick Douglass Landmark in South Wedge to Begin Tours Homeowner Sherri Dukes only learned about her Hamilton Street home’s Frederick Douglass connection in 2005. Since then Dukes has researched the life and times of the famed abolitionist, orator, author and statesman. Ms. Dukes is currently planning a program of tours and storytelling events in the coming months. Douglass moved to Rochester in 1847 and stayed until a fired destroyed his home in 1975 Frederick Douglass was a frequent visitor to the South Wedge home while his daughter Rosetta lived there with her husband Nathan Sprague and children. To learn more about future events, call 461-3835 or email 

United Way Day of Caring  Thursday, May 8. Riverside and Mount Hope Cemetery are actively recruiting volunteers for this one day event. Anything you can do to help us promote Day of Caring to neighborhoods and organizations in the NW & SE would be much appreciated. Volunteers can register for Day of Caring at this link.   -Mount Hope has a number of volunteer events coming up including Second Saturday’s from April-November and a Cemetery Spruce Up on April 26.  Here is a listing of all our volunteer activities.

Trees Along Our Streets: Do you have a tree gap?  Many of our neighborhood trees along the street were pruned this past week by the city.  This reminds me, do you have a gap, where a tree perhaps used to be but was never replaced?  The spacing of trees between the street and sidewalk makes it pretty obvious if one is “missing.”  Whether the tree was removed recently, or has been gone since before your time, the only way to have the city replant and keep our neighborhood beautiful is if YOU call in the request. Yes, even if the city removed the tree, and even if it was removed years ago, they need to hear from you.  Call 3-1-1 to request a tree in the public right-of-way.    Now is a great time to call in to get added to the list for replanting.  

Affordable Care Act Just a reminder: You have until April 15th to enroll in a free or affordable health insurance plan at the ABC Health Enrollment Center.  The Health Enrollment Resource Center is open weekdays with flexible appointments available.     Contact Venita at or 585-802-6471    Action for a Better Community - 917 East Main Street, Rochester, NY  

OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE ON INTERNET COSTS    HIGHER SPEED INTERNET:  Help us bring it to the neighborhood.  Greenlight Network still needs more of us to sign up for their service before it will be economically feasible for them to come to Upper Monroe.  Mark Murphy, President and CEO was a speaker at our annual meeting.  Greenlight offers fiber optic internet service at 20 times faster upload speed and 7 – 8 time faster download speed than Time Warner Cable for $50 a month, No contract, No install fee if you join when first installed in the neighborhood.  (Even faster service is available from Greenlight Network if you need it)  With enough response, Mark thinks we could get installed in early 2014!  Go to to indicate your interest today. 

The Central Library is hosting a series of three programs in 2014 focusing on home improvement.  Experts will discuss selecting home paint colors, edible landscaping, and old house identification and preservation  





Registration Now Open   Registration brochure can be sent via e-mail or USPS. e-mail:  Monroe Milers is a high quality, developmentally appropriate youth running program. Over 8 weeks, kids will train for a 5K race. They will walk/run in groups of six or seven with two to three coaches. Running games are a regular part of practice.  Who can participate?  Youth, ages 8 and up, who live in or near the Upper Monroe Avenue neighborhood train for a 5K race. There is a group for walkers. A young runners group, ages 6 and 7, train for a one mile race. Enrollment is limited.  Adults interested in volunteering as a coach or support staff should contact Nancy Allinger  When and Where:  Monroe Milers meets for about an hour every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at noon, starting March 5, 2014. Training runs start at New Life Presbyterian Church, 243 Rosedale Street. The program will culminate with the Wegmans Family 5K race on April 27, 2014.  What’s in it for you?  In addition to the satisfaction of improving physical fitness, making new friends, and setting and achieving a goal, participants  -receive one pair of running shoes per year.  -are given an 8 week workout plan.  -receive one T-shirt per year.  -earn attendance awards.  -earn free entry into the 5K race.  -have healthy snacks post workout.  What is expected from you?  Participants are expected to make a commitment to attend regularly and take their training seriously. They will be asked to sign an attendance contract, agreeing to miss no more than three practices. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, they are expected to abide by program rules and listen to their coaches’ directions. They are encouraged to come with a positive attitude, to work as a team and to have fun.  Registration fee: $10 per child  (Scholarships available-contact Nancy Allinger at  Enrollment is limited to 50 youth. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

SAVE THE DATE:   Elaine Spaull, Executive Director of the Center For Youth will speak about    " If Our Streets Could Talk: Messages of Trauma & Hope"   When:  Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM   Where:  Shults Center at Nazareth College at The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester ( TIAR ) Annual Event

FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN: Throughout the school year, the City of Rochester's After School in the Park Program provides a safe, engaging and nurturing after school environment for city youth in grades K-6. Now conveniently located at both Cobbs Hill Park and the Danforth Community Center, kids can take in an array of fun fitness and art activities, get help with homework, enjoy a free hot dinner and best of all, make lasting friendships. After School in the Park Program provides an array of activities and benefits for your child including: School bus drop-off (Drop-off only. Must be arranged through the child's school by parents)   After school hours (2 to 6:30 p.m.) Fitness and Arts Activities Healthy Snacks and Hot Dinners Homework Help Field Trips Well-trained and friendly staff | Register now for top-notch after school care at an unbeatable price. Open spots are limited.  Learn more at After School in the Park Program or by calling 585-428-6755!

Every day in the Upper Monroe Avenue is Clean Sweep Day. Consider picking up trash and removing 'stuff' from our storm drain as you walk around our neighborhood.  More on Recycling here

Adopt-a-Hydrant North Greece, NY has an ‘Adopt-aHydrant’ program for the winter months, where folks “take on the responsibility of any cleaning (of snow or other debris) from around their hydrant.” We may adopt a similar program here in Upper Monroe next winter. In the meantime, while you pine away for the snows to come again, for the safety of all, you can help keep our neighborhood re hydrants free of parked cars. Simply call 911 for those illegally parked cars that could hamper the work of the re department and endanger lives. The City of Rochester takes parking in front of our fire hydrants seriously: the fine for parking less than 15 feet from a hydrant is now $100

Neighborhood Seed Library at the Monroe Branch library | Join the neighborhood seed exchange! Beginning today, May 7, get free vegetable, flower and herb seeds (including some heirloom) from the Children's Room of the Monroe Branch library (809 Monroe Avenue) to plant in your own garden. When you pick up your seeds, also take some envelopes. In the Fall when you harvest your goodies, gather and dry some of the seeds your plants produced, stick them in your envelope, label and bring them back for someone to "borrow" next year. Check out Monroe Branch Children's Room  for pictures and details. Library hours are:  Mon 12:00-8:00, Tues 10:00-6:00, Wed 12:00-8:00, Thurs 12:00-6:00, Fri 12:00-6:00, Sat 10:00-2:00, Sun Closed. Telephone: 585-428-8202

BoulevArt-logo12Upper Monroe BoulevART Planning Team meeting. Artists are wanted to develop concept designs for 2 Upper Monroe neighborhood intersections--Crosman at Pinnacle and Belmont at Hinsdale. Designs should be fun and colorful and meet the City of Rochester's requirements for BoulevART projects. Designs are due by October 21st.   $200 honorariums are available for each of the two intersection designs. Artists from any neighborhood qualify; however, UMNA residents will be given a few extra points in the artist selection process. Contact John Thomas at 442-2035 or for more details and full request for proposals. UMNA BoulevART application For more info, go to our UMNA BoulevArt 2014 page.

When is trash day?  In the Upper Monroe Avenue Neighborhood, and the City of Rochester, we have one trash day per week.  This keeps our streets free from garbage and noise.  Putting your trash out to the curb only on trash day helps our streets looking nice and keeps litter from blowing off.  Usually, if the Monday is an official holiday (check here for the City of Rochester Environmental Services Guide to be sure) pickup will be one-day later than the usual pickup day.

Financial Assistance for home repairs.  See the attached flyer for useful information.

Safety Notes: As always, feel free to contact Brian Bannerman, Crime Prevention Officer with any questions or concerns.  Rochester NY Police Department,  East Division / SENSC, 846 S. Clinton Av. Rochester NY 14620, Office: 585-428-7647 

Holiday Safety Tips - from Rochester Police Department

SAFETY NOTES: I have received a number of notes from neighbors reminding me that criminal activity does not take a holiday.  First and foremost, if you see or hear anything out of place, call it in! I can’t say that often enough.  Half a dozen neighbors mentioned hearing gun shots in the middle of the night a few weeks back, but Crime Prevention Officer Brian Bannerman reports no one called anything in.  Even if all you do is hear something, without seeing or knowing the specific origin, CALL it in.  Suspicious person in your or your neighbor’s back yard, CALL it in.  And as always, be aware and careful of your surroundings.  Officer Bannerman reports no particular increase in criminal activity.  Robberies are an ongoing issue throughout the city.  Cell phones & purses while walking, especially at night, cars being ransacked for anything with value. Gas siphoned from cars during the night. Packages have been disappearing from front doorways. This is a long standing issue in urban areas.  Are you placing an order for delivery… have it delivered to an address where it will be received in person, or instruct Fed Ex & UPS (note on your door) to NOT deliver if you aren’t home.  Not as convenient, but safer to pick it up at the FedEx or UPS than have it disappear.  It’s just too easy for thieves to help themselves once the delivery truck goes down the block.  Lock whatever you can.  Pay attention, and call it in.  I have invited Officer Bannerman to our February 4th UMNA meeting to address questions.  He may also be reached by calling the Neighborhood Service Center at 428-7640.

Electronic Device safety… Crime Prevention Bulletin from RPD – Police report an increase in cell phone, iPod and, iPads robberies throughout the Southeast Area, including Upper Monroe including from pedestrians.  Police flyer attached with safety suggestions.

Beware of scam: "Our Police Locust Club has advised us that they have heard reports of a company or individuals seeking phone solicitations for the “PBA” (Police Benevolent Association).  Please be advised that none of our local PBA’s (Police Unions) conduct phone solicitations.  This is more than likely a scam.  Police Organizations rarely , if ever solicit donations. If you are contacted by anyone for this purpose, ask for a contact name and phone number so that I can investigate the matter further. If you get contact information from a “PBA” solicitor, please forward that information to me. Thank you. "Brian Bannerman, Crime Prevention Officer, Rochester NY Police Department, East Division / SENSC, 846 S. Clinton Av., Rochester NY 14620, Office: 585-428-7647

Community News of interest

  • Culver Rd. Armory Renovation Full Steam Ahead Developers are going full steam ahead in their renovation of the Culver Road Armory.  Marina Cappi says her high-end boutique was something Rochester was missing. When the Culver Road Armory was renovated, she knew her store, D. Kent & Co., would fit in perfectly. Her business the first of many retailers expected to open over the next year at the historic site just sound of I-490 in Rochester. "I think it's the most unique and perfect lifestyle situation, you couldn't ask for more," she said. Now a second building is going up behind the Armory. Four tenants are set to move in, including Fleet Feet Sports in Brighton. Right now, the frame of the 42,000 square foot commercial building is up. Businesses will start moving in at the beginning of the year. Arhaus Furniture is opening up next June. (October 28, 2013) 

Some useful documents for our area:

Report Card Newsletter Monroe Bus
Recycling List UMNA ByLaws Garden Draft
Library Programs Good Neighbor Stop Crime
  Enviro Services  

Neighborhood Service CenterNeighborhood Service Center "NSC is based on the notion that the best way of responding to neighborhood issues is by teaming residents with city staff to devise and achieve effective solutions, supported by the full resources of “City Hall”. This approach brings City government closer to you and your neighborhood so quality of life issues can be addressed more quickly and effectively."  For the UMNA area go to: City of Rochester | Southeast Quadrant Service Center

  • Call or visit your Neighborhood Quadrant Service Center for assistance. Common Property Complaints Illegal property uses Abandoned/unlicensed vehicles Overgrown lots Trash & Debris Blighted properties Unsafe or vacant structures Front yard parking Excessive noise Public Safety Concerns Drug house locations Disorderly people, illegal activities & public disturbances Crime Prevention Information PAC-TAC and Neighborhood Watch Programs Other nuisance activities which occur chronically at a location If you would like to submit a complaint regarding a specific property online, please complete this form

Center For YouthThe Center for Youth Services 905 Monroe Ave Rochester, NY 14620 585-473-2464



Monroe Branch of the City LibraryMonroe Branch Library 809 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14607  | Get this month's programs here: Library

Always something going on at your local library: lectures, films, courses, readings, and even deals passes; Passes on George Eastman House This pass is good for up to five discounted adult general admissions to GEH--$6 per adult versus the normal $12 regular admission.   GEVA The GEVA pass is a buy one full price ticket, get the second at half price pass. It is good for the six regular GEVA mainstage shows that will be running August 2012-June 2, 2013.   Rochester Museum & Science Center This one is buy one admission to the museum or planetarium and get one admission of equal or lesser value free.   Memorial Art Gallery The MAG pass is good for up to four discounted adult admissions ($6 fee versus the normal $12) and free admission for up to four children ages 6-18.


Meeting Times

* April UMNA Meeting Moved to April 8th:  7:00 at 969 Monroe Avenue, Upstairs

UMNA meets Tuesdays | 7:00 PM - first week of the month- at The Corner Place - 969 Monroe Avenue -(corner of Shepard Street) Hope to see you there.  "Wanted," The Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association Needs New Members

* It's time to renew your Membership: January 1 began our new membership year. Current Members: I hope you will renew your membership. New Neighbors & lapsed members:

 2014 UMNA Membership Dues are Due: With 2014 underway, it is time to renew your UMNA membership, or join for the first time!   UMNA’s only income is your dues, which support our semi-annual newsletter, our annual Tay House Winter and Harvest Party, maintaining 7 gardens along Monroe Avenue and more.  This year we expect to install our first traffic calming, street beautification, community building BoulevART project.   Dues are $10 per household, property owner, or business.  $5 senior citizen, student or renter.  Additional support is welcomed! Checks payable to UMNA.  Please mail or deliver to our treasurer Jane Alexander, 63 Avondale Park or deliver to me at 179 Crosman.  Be sure to include your name, address and email.

Please consider supporting the association with a membership. Think of all the stuff UMNA does: clean-up activities, festivals and social events, garden enhancements and maintenance, publishing our two newsletters, hosting our website, and perhaps most of all - providing a forum to address all our neighborhood’s interests. Your membership dues allow us to successfully run the neighborhood association.

Questions about membership? Email me at . And thank you for your support!   


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Hello Neighbors,  

In the interest of getting Upper Monrovians better connected, UMNA has set up a social network just for our neighborhood via Consider this very select social media that helps communicate neighborhood security issues, local gatherings and projects, ways to connect with other city neighborhoods, and supply each other with useful neighborhood on contractors, services, and much more.  Think of it as a kind of Facebook Upper Monroe.   To join visit: Nextdoor Upper Monroe.  This site is open to neighborhood residents only. You will be asked to confirm your eligibility by entering your address. This will in no way replace our stalwart or our E-mail List, it is just a more rapid way to communicate with each other.  

Wide Water Gardens

Grow, Learn, Enjoy!

Wide Water Gardens Renewal a.k.a Yes, The Snow Won’t Last Forever:   The time we have all been waiting for is upon us. It's garden plot reregistration time!

Open registration for unclaimed gardens will begin on March 1 at the Winter Gardening Workshop being held at the Monroe Library at 11 a.m.  If you had a garden last year, this is your opportunity to claim your plot again for this upcoming season. To make your reservation, send an email to

In it, please give us the name you originally registered your plot in. I have attached a map and roster from last year for your preference. Once the registration email is received we will hold your plot in anticipation of payment until February 28. On on Saturday March 1, all plots that have not been claimed and paid for will be opened up to new owners so don't delay. To make your payment please make out a check to "TREC"  and send it to our treasurer Jane Alexander at 63 Avondale Park, Rochester, N.Y. 14620. Plot rental fees are as follows: $20 for a 4'x4' plot $30 for a 4'X12' plot $45 for a 12'x12' plot Again this is only for those who have a garden from last year. If you didn't have a garden plot at Wide Water last year, mark your calendar now.  

Open registration for unclaimed gardens will begin on March 1 at the Winter Gardening Workshop being held at the Monroe Library at 11 a.m.

One of Rochester’s largest community gardens is poised tWide Water Gardenso debut this May and you are invited to be a part of it. Wide Water Gardens is a joint project between the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA), Third Rochester Enterprises Corporation(TREC) and the City of Rochester to bring a new urban agricultural, educational and recreational resource to the residents of the City of Rochester and surrounding communities.

Hello Gardeners and Neighbors,   Our very own community garden Wide Water Gardens has a new Facebook page. Please "like" us if you would like to keep up with events and other garden goes ons via Facebook.

Important links:

  • Monroe Village "Monroe Village is an eclectic urban village where diversity is celebrated and all people are welcome.  It is safe, healthy, sustainable and offers a high quality of life, in an authentic environment with walkable streets, a mix of land uses, and a variety of housing choices.  Monroe Village is located along Monroe Avenue in the city of Rochester, New York, from the inner loop to I-490, and the adjoining residential neighborhoods.  

  • The Corner Place - 969 Monroe Avenue - (corner of Shepard Street) Rochester, NY 14620

  • UMNA Design Charrette In addition to the many activities and advocacy efforts that the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association conducts is our work on neighborhood revitalization. The Design Charrette is an exciting event in support of this effort.

  • Welcome To Monroe Avenue Monroe Avenue, one of Rochester's most diverse shopping strips, is the place to find the truly unique. Alive with people and places to go in an urban neighborhood which includes the Y, the library, churches, and schools as well as interesting small shops, restaurants, and pubs. "

  • Monroe Village Farmers' Market "The Monroe Village Farmers’ Market will open Wednesday Evenings 2013 Season June 13 – October 17 4:00 – 7:00 PM , in the parking lot of Blessed Sacrament Church on Monroe Ave. between Oxford and Rutgers. The Monroe Village Farmers' Market began in 2008 as a collaboration between volunteers from Blessed Sacrament Church and area neighborhood associations. The market is managed by a team of volunteers and is, in fact, entirely run through generous gifts of time and energy from members of the community.

Make Upper Monroe Neighborhood beautiful and environmentally healthy - Recycle

Recycling, extracting our junk into resources is probably one of the greatest hopes for curbing our environmental problems. No more landfills, no more toxins leaching into our ground and water, no more exporting toxic materials to the developing countries, no more waste--period. Imagine taking everything we potentially throw away—steel, iron, paper, cardboard, computers, batteries, appliances, even house—and reusing everything. I mean everything, so that nothing gets wasted   Go here to find out how to recycle everything in our UMNA area.

Outside Fires -  Can you or Can’t you -  Do’s and Don’ts from the Rochester Fire Department:  With the nicer weather many people like to enjoy outside fires, from bonfires and fire pits to cooking over an open flame. Recreational fires should be able to be enjoyed outdoors as long as there is enough space and safety precautions are taken. Rochester does have regulation regarding what and where they are permitted.  These include:  

· Fires in approved containers (pits, chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, etc.) must be a minimum of 15 feet from any structure (including houses, fences, garages, etc.)  

· Outside recreational fires, for which the pile size must be no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height, must be a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or any combustible material (anything that can burn)  

· Avoid outside fires on dry, windy days to prevent unintended fire spread. Never use gasoline to make a recreational fire.

· Charcoal grills or other open-flame cooking devices may not be operated on balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction (structural materials that can burn)  

· If the fire is causing excessive smoke OR  air quality issues that impact your neighbors, you may be asked to extinguish the fire under Rochester City Code, Section 120-164.  Please keep our neighborhood safe and fun for all.  Do check the attached from Rochester Fire Chief Salvatore Mitrano. 


Welcoming a new business in our neighborhood

(If you are a new business in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood and would like an online intro, contact the UMNA Webmaster)

Yellow Haus Bicycles

 987 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620  

Phone (585) 340-7464

Yellow Haus Bicycles is a design-build studio that excels in local aesthetically-focused services. If you care about how your bike looks, rides and functions specific to your riding habits... you have arrived at your destination. 

We like to serve the biking community that is most interested in urban riding, commuting, touring and bike camping. If you are heavy into mountain biking or road racing via the latest carbon frames et cetera, we probably aren’t the shop you want (we can gladly suggest local shops that we endorse for those types of riding).

We like to take cues from the randonneuring bicycles of the 1950’s on through the latest touring/randonneuring designs available today. We believe that they provide the most comfort, performance, versatility and beauty from cycling’s long and transformative history.