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. 

Single Stream Recycling Pilot Program

Many in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood have been notified that they are part of a test group for this new program. If you got the flyer from the city, you're part of the test. We are trying to find the document that describes all participants.

About the Single Stream Recycling

"Pilot Program The Single Stream Recycling Pilot Program will provide a wheeled cart to some City of Rochester residential recycling customers to determine if the cart benefits our customers and the environment. Customers from around the City have been selected to receive a new wheeled cart in place of recycle boxes. Recyclables are placed in the cart, without sorting, and the container is placed at the curb on the customer's normal collection day. " more...  City of Rochester

Community News:

Community Calendar (Events with specific Dates)

MAY 2:Clean Sweep  Save the Date:  Saturday Morning, May 2  Plan to spend some time with neighbors and do a little neighborhood Spring Clean-Up. Plan to lend a hand – you’ll be glad you did! Please call 311 to volunteer and Come On Out.  We'll be Spring Cleaning our flower beds along Monroe Ave, and working at Wide Water Gardens.  Meet on the Front Lawn of New Life Presbyterian by 9:00 AM. No equipment or experience needed :)  It's a great way to get to know neighbors and beautify our neighborhood for a couple of hours.

MAY 30: Show on Monroe Ave, The Big Lunch & Spokes and Ink SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, May 30th.  The event is in its 3rd year and is a celebration of all that is great and funky about Monroe Avenue! This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever!     The avenue will host multiple fun events throughout the day including a street wide scavenger hunt (back by popular demand), buskers performances, live music, food trucks, a classic car show, the Fire Safety House, Rec on the Move, a FREE lunch and many other fun activities which are currently being scheduled.     The fun will begin at noon and run through the evening.

Community Notes:

Fiber Optic Internet Service coming to Upper Monroe [Only a few more folks to sign up on the North side of Monroe Avenue (the side that Jeremiah's Tavern is on] to get service on this part of Upper Monroe Avenue.  Tell Everyone! ) Don't bang your head. Don't bang your head against the wall trying to get more speed out of your Internet for your home business, movies, whatever. Greenlight Network has announced that parts of our neighborhood are close to meeting Greenlight’s sign-up goals/approaching the reality of installation.  IF you are interested in faster internet service than either Time Warner or Frontier offer, do go to, learn more and sign up now.  And do talk with neighbors to encourage their following suit.  Whether your street is near the top of their installation list, or further down, Greenlight determines where to install based upon the density of homes that have signed up.  

ATTENTION ALL TEEN MOTHERS & FATHERS OR EXPECTING TEEN PARENTS! Teen Parenting Program information. Spring workshops for our pregnant and parenting students will begin on Friday, March 20th. The Pathways to Success Program Wants to HELP you!   Beginning Friday, March 20, 2015 (and each Friday through 6/12/15)  Location: 30 Hart Street, 3rd Floor, OACES entrance, (entrance 2)  Time: 3:30 pm-5pm  THESE WORKSHOPS ARE FOR TEEN FATHERS AND TEEN MOTHERS Referral Form English | Spanish

SOOP_LogoSummer of Opportunity Program - (SOOP) 2015

The Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) is an employment and training program for youth ages 14-20 and who are still in high school.  The program is designed to provide training and employment opportunities to youth while  making a direct connection to success in school. more...

Did icicles get you down this winter? Icicles are a sign of heat loss and many times can be reduced by proper insulation and air sealing. Come to a PathStone Home Energy Workshop to find out how a home energy assessment can help you with your home. PathStone is your “Energy Coach”, helping you to sign up for a free or reduced cost energy audit, letting you know how to qualify for income based matching grants, and helping you get low interest energy improvement loans. We’re there to give you non biased advice at every step in the process of increasing your home energy efficiency and comfort. If you are interested in attending a workshop call us at (585) 442-2030 ext. 213 to register.

NY State of Health will have a special enrollment period from March 1st  – April 30th  for individuals who had to pay a federal tax penalty for 2014 and had not been aware they would have to pay a penalty for not having health insurance.    Please help us get the word out by distributing the attached flyer to those who may benefit from this special enrollment period.  More: Press Release: NY State of Health Announces Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured New Yorkers Facing Tax Penalties

Free Lead Training The Monroe County Dept of Public Health offers FREE one-day classes to get EPA certified in Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). Please find attached the April-May 2015 course schedule.  The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP) went into effect in 2010 and requires that anyone who is paid to perform work that disturbs paint in housing and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 become RRP certified. This includes: residential rental property owners/managers, general contractors, maintenance personnel and trade contractors including: HVAC, painters, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. This class is open to the general public (parents, do-it-yourselfers, tenants, etc) interested in working safely with lead paint hazards. Classes are free but space is limited. You must pre-register by calling (866) 850-5280 x109. For more information, please go to or

Youth Leadership/Community Readiness Survey - 3 Minutes - Youth Voice, One Vision and the HEART Coalition for a Drug-Free Rochester are working to better understand the community readiness for purposeful and intentional youth leadership in the City of Rochester.   The HEART Coalition has designed a survey for community members to complete to help guide upcoming youth/adult partnership initiatives.   If you could please distribute this link widely, especially to folks outside of the youth development field that would be great. Examples would be neighborhood groups, parents, business leaders.       Brandi Remington Grant Support Associate City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation 400 Dewey Avenue Rochester, NY 14613 585-428-9342 (ph) 585-428-6021 (f)

Home Repair Do you know somebody who needs help with their home? Is there somebody in your congregation? Somebody in your neighborhood? Somebody you work with? A client or a customer? The parent of a student?    Free Home Repair Program for the elderly, low-income, and disabled the application deadline is Friday, February 28th.  Call 325-7550

Please Help with the Preservation of Washington Grove Dear Friends of Washington Grove,   Please join us next Saturday, April 18 for the first volunteer workday of the year in Washington Grove.  Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am  Meeting place: the Nunda entrance to Washington Grove, near the intersection of Cobbs Hill Dr. and Nunda Blvd. What to bring: work gloves and a trowel, a shovel, and/or a pair of hand clippers. If you don't have a tool or gloves, just bring yourself because we have extras. Dress appropriately for the weather—and for the likelihood of mud.   For this workday, we should be prepared either to plant shrubs and seedlings or to remove invasive English ivy from the Grove. English ivy can look romantic on the walls of English manor houses, but it chokes out our beautiful native vegetation, prevents the germination of native plants from seeds, and slowly kills trees. The dampness in the soil right now will make removal quick and satisfying!   Volunteers should be prepared for a change of plan if the shrubs, small trees, and tree seedlings that are on order from nurseries arrive in the next week. These understory trees and shrubs, such as dogwood and witch hazel, will help to restore complexity to Washington Grove following the removal of invasive Norway maples over the last few years.   We’re looking forward to welcoming spring and to welcoming you all back to Washington Grove as it begins to wake up from a long and harsh winter.   Following this one, the next volunteer workday will be on Saturday, May 2, scheduled alongside a team from Clean Sweep.   Here is the volunteer schedule for the next couple of months: Sat., May 2, 9-11 Thur., May 14, 9-11 Sat., May 30, 9-11 Sat., June 13, 9-11  (You can see more news of our work on our Facebook page: Friends of Washington Grove Inc.)

NeighborWorks Programs available: “Home Improvement Loan Orientation” Every Wednesday 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. “Homebuyer Orientation”, First Monday of each month 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.   All programs held at NeighborWorks Rochester, 570 South Avenue, Rochester, NY. Call 325-4170 for more information.

Cornell Cooperative Extension News:   2014 Gardening Classes   All classes are Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 at the CCE building, 249 Highland Ave. Reservations are requested. Fee is $10 per session.  Call 461-1000 x 225 to reserve your place.   Their Master Gardeners are available Monday through Friday 9 am to noon to answer any of your gardening questions!   Give them a call at 585-473-5335

Wide Water Gardens/New Life Presbyterian Church Lot: Parking   The small lot at the north end of Rosedale Street is leased by New Life Presbyterian church, exclusively for their use, the use of their tenants, and the use of Wide Water Gardens.  Parking for neighborhood residents is not available in the lot at any time, and overnight parking is not permitted. We have been asked to pass along notice that due to continual misuse of the lot and disregard of reminders, the church has contracted with a towing company to begin enforcement. Please be considerate and park elsewhere unless you have business at the church or at Wide Water Gardens.  Thanks for your cooperation!

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.  

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

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 

Outdoor Fires in the City of Rochester:  What you need to know Outdoor weather will return… Please read the attached flyer from the Rochester Fire Department before enjoying any outside fires.

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.  

  • Be informed and aware.  And for the sake of the entire neighborhood, if you see something that doesn’t look right, please, call it in!  Always! With the glorious weather, more people out and about, though not all of whom are welcome.  Attached are two RPD notices regarding scam artists and Energy Company door to door solicitations.  RPD has also provided the following two links:   

    • The link below provides valuable instructions on how to receive important information through our Hyperlink system on your cell phone.   Don't have a landline? Here's how you can sign-up for reverse 911 calls

    • The link below provides valuable information on how to avoid becoming a victim when buying or selling on Craigslist.   Protecting yourself from Craiglist robberies and scams

    • 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.  

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.

STAY  SMART: This is the time of year when people leave their garage doors open "just for a few minutes" and their front doors open while they are "just inside their house." It only takes a minute for burglars to pop in and make off with jewelry, electronics, bicycles, etc. Use common sense and guard yourself by NOT leaving garage doors, windows, etc. open EVEN FOR A MINUTE. A certain amount of crime comes from life in urban areas (sadly) and we all need to take these elemental precautions. Some of us have lived in our houses for 30-40+ years and either have been robbed ourselves, or know someone who has! Doing the right thing includes REPORTING THESE ATTEMPTS TO THE POLICE.  (Thanks David Day from Azalea neighborhood for this timely reminder.) 

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

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 *NEW HOURS AT THE MONROE BRANCH: Wednesdays: Open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm Thursdays: Open from 12:00 – 6:00 pm Fridays: Open from 12:00 – 6:00 pm (The hours for Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays remain the same.)

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

UMNA meets Tuesdays | 7:00 PM - first week of the month- at New Life Presbyterian Church 243 Rosedale St Rochester NY 14620  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:  2015 UMNA Membership Dues are Due: Dues: We need your support, whether or not you are active in the neighborhood! 

Your UMNA Board works hard to foster community, keep you informed, stay abreast of issues affecting our neighborhood and represent you in matters that come before the City that includes the Planning Commission and Zoning Board.  UMNA funds and maintains seven gardens along Monroe Avenue and the four planters at Monroe at Rosedale.  We work regularly with the South East Neighborhood Service Center.  We represent you tirelessly on Monroe Village Task Force and Monroe Avenue Neighbors and Businesses, two groups working to renew and improve all of Monroe Avenue.  We do all this through a dedicated group of volunteers, board officers and board members, and through membership dues and financial contributions.  While UMNA membership, participation and dues are optional, your contributions are vital. If you haven’t already done so for 2015, or have never before contributed, please consider doing so today. 

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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!

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.

Upper Monroe BoulevART

See photos and videos and find out more about UMNA's BoulevArt project :
John Thomas
and Artist Jackie Monin and project manager John Thomas talk about the city of Rochester, New York’s BouleArt project in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood that beautifully calms traffic and provided a wonderful day of community celebrating. 

Go here to see photos of your neighbors havin' a real good time painting, and more about the BouleArt program. 


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 Greetings from the Monroe Village Farmers' Market. The Monroe Village Farmers Market is run by people like you...people who appreciate city living and are looking to make a difference in the neighborhood!  To volunteer to help with the market contact Allen Krisiloff at .

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.

Call 311 - It is now illegal to put your old e-waste (TV's, computer, etc. at the curb. This video will change your life: New NY law requires electronic recycling  On January 1, 2015 a New York State law will make it illegal to throw electronics in the trash. It's the last potion of the state's Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse law to take effect. "I would say yes it should generate more volume, how much I can't say," said Mike Whyte, President of Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery, RCR&R, in Victor, N.Y. It's one of the many facilities in the state that will recycle the electronics falling under this law for free. "The variety of electronics is always changing so we're constantly having to figure out new ways to dismantle, new ways to test products," he explained. (December 31, 2014) WHAM 

What's so special about Upper Monroe Neighborhood?


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. 


See ribbon-cutting opening of Yellow Haus Bicycles. Click on photos to enlarge. 


New Bike Store Opens in Rochester A new bicycle store opened in Rochester, just in time for the city's "Bike Week" celebration.  City officials cut the ribbon on Yellow Haus Bikes.  You can visit the shop an 987 Monroe Avenue.  Rochester is trying to promote a biking culture by installing bike lanes, trails and other infrastucture. Norman Jones, the Department of Environmental Services Commissioner, stated, "We strive to be the most bike friendly city in the northeast and America. Bikes are good for the environment. They're a form of exercise and we all need that.  It improves air quality and produces zero emissions." Rochester "Bike Week" events include group rides, tours, and even a film festival. (May 7, 2014)

Culver Road Armory

 145 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620  

The innovative vision of the new Culver Road Armory creates a compelling and unique 100,000 sq. ft. product with cutting-edge design elements. This well recognized and prominently located Rochester landmark will bring together a diverse and creative tenant base which when aligned, will make the new Armory and its iconic presence a destination for many years to come. Our goal is to offer a modern, high-end design environment with an emphasis on creativity so distinctive, users feel an acute empathy toward the building.

The success of the design has been our ability to achieve the look and feel of a contemporary art museum within the original beauty of the monumental historic brick

Gently glowing frame-like vestibules have been inserted at key entry conditions which extend through the historical façade to provide brightly lit minimalist contemporary lobbies.

The original façade fenestration is to be maintained and replaced only where necessary with large full height butt-glazed glass panels which bring a new and welcoming transparency to the building.

A new museum-like glass and metal screen façade will dramatically enhance the exterior of the building from the adjacent highway and bridge.

The main interior space, which was originally built for equestrian purposes, will serve as a light-filled and column-free expansive backdrop for various new tenant functions.