Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA)

UMNAlogo2The 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.

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

We’ll keep you continually informed of happenings on our Community News page.  Sign up to our E-mail List (see side bar) for the latest buzz on UMNA area happenings. And, if you’ve got something to say about the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, say it on Nextdoor Upper Monroe, or Upper Monroe Neighborhood’s Facebook.


 Got neighborhood issues?

banghead Don’t bang your head against the wall trying to find answers. Come to our monthly UMNA meetings. Often police, service center, city officials, and fire department show up to address your issues.

UMNA meets Tuesdays | 7:00 PM – first week of the month- at New Life Presbyterian Church, 243 Rosedale St Rochester NY 14620 .

NEXT UMNA MEETING MARCH 1.  No Monthly UMNA Meeting in February

2016 Annual Membership Drive:

Your Membership and dues our vital to our work in the neighborhood.

Yearly membership dues are:

  • $20/household, property owner or business
  • $10/Senior citizen, student or tenant
  • Contributions also welcomed for the Monroe Avenue Beautification Fund where we maintain 7 gardens, and for additional Neighborhood Support.

Checks made payable to UMNA. Mail or deliver to: Jane Alexander, 63 Avondale Park, or deliver to: Chris Stevens, 179 Crosman Terrace. Please include: Your name, address, phone # and email. VISIT US AT: www.UpperMonroeAvenue.org Find Current items of interest, and join our email list to stay current with neighborhood news and event.

Monroe Milers’ SPRING Registration is Here! This is a terrific program, open to the first 50 who register.

milersMonroe Milers, a youth walk-to-run program, for ages 8 and up, meets for about an hour every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at noon, starting March 2, 2016.. Training runs start at New Life Presbyterian Church, 243 Rosedale Street. The program will culminate with the Wegmans Family 5K on April 24, 2016.

  • Youth ages 6 & 7 train for a 1 mile race.
  • All participants receive running shoes, socks and a shirt. Please see the spring 2016 brochure for details.
  • Please forward to youth living in or near Upper Monroe Neighborhood.


“An innovative partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management to provide a “one stop drop off” for residential recycling.”

Please, Don’t curb those old electronic! Do good. Sunday, February 28, 2016 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, EcoPark, 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624

  • Free Electronics Recycling Event, Monroe County EcoPark, 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Robach and in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, Waste Management, Sunnking

GreatSnowDownThe Great Rochester Snow Down.

Record cold temperatures and mountains of snow last year made many of our sidewalks and bus stops inaccessible for weeks at a time. This year, before winter tightens its icy grip, Reconnect Rochester would like to invite you to take part in The Great Rochester Snow Down.

Every other Saturday from January 9 – March 6, volunteers from Reconnect Rochester and Flower City AmeriCorps will gather together along one major avenue in our area to clear snow from bus stops and crosswalks.

Join us on January 9: Monroe Avenue 10am – 2pm (from Union St. to Canterbury Rd) Grab your shovel and RSVP on Facebook. And if you can’t join us that day, you can join us in spirit. Snap a photo of you and your friends shoveling any public sidewalk or bus stop and post it to social media using #RocSnowDown.

Reconnect Rochester’s snow shovel brigades Assuming it eventually snows this winter,Reconnect Rochester and Flower City AmeriCorps are teaming up to help keep the city’s sidewalks clear. The groups are rounding up volunteers to shovel snow, especially at bus stops and crosswalks. The plan is to hit one major avenue every other Saturday, starting Jan. 9 with a nearly mile-long stretch of Monroe Avenue between Union Street and Canterbury Road. The name of the effort: The Great Rochester Snow Down. The idea emerged soon after city officials and the Center for Disability Rights announced a campaign to encourage citizens to help keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter. “We just wanted to support that effort and see if we could rally some troops,” said Mike Governale, president of Reconnect Rochester, a nonprofit that advocates for better public transit and more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly streets. (December 14, 2015) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Monroe Branch Library [• 809 Monroe Ave. • 428-8202] events:

Open pdf file for events at the Monroe Branch Library for the month of Feb 2016



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Upper Monroe

A recent local news article claimed, “All your friends are moving to Victor,” but many DINKs (that’s “Double Income, No Kids”) are choosing to live within city limits and still enjoy a healthy, affordable lifestyle. The Upper Monroe neighborhood — nestled near the Swillburg and Park Avenue neighborhoods and right near the Brighton town line — is a natural progression for young couples or even families who want to move beyond renting in the trendy Park Ave or South Wedge areas. (Full disclosure: I recently moved to Upper Monroe after several stints in Park Ave and one in Marketview Heights.) Cobbs Hill is within walking distance. The Culver Road Armory boasts high-end shopping and eateries — with another expansion in the works. Street parking is always available. Single-family homes are affordable and sit on tree-lined lots. The city’s largest community garden, Wide Water Gardens, is located between Rosedale and Hinsdale streets. Upper Monroe? More like Upper Fun-roe. [See Best of Rochester 2015: Critic Picks, Rochester City Newspaper, October 28, 2015]

What’s so special about Upper Monroe Neighborhood?



bikeROCHESTER Consider bicycling through Upper Monroe Neighborhood instead of driving. Save money, increase your health, see the great sites more casually, and lower your carbon footprint. Learn all about bicycling in Rochester—what the laws are, what the signs on the road are, how to get a bike rack, a bike locker, where and what bike boulevards are and just about anything you need to know about bicycling safely in our neighborhood. Form the City of Rochester, NY.

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