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:

UMNA Joins Rochester People’s Climate Coalition

Time and Place: September 20-21, 2014  | Location: New York City  |WATCH VIDEO  |With two buses and a train out of Rochester, NY to People’s Climate March, we plan to be at this historic march. Calling all Rochester-area people concerned about climate change! The biggest ever climate march is being planned by Sierra Club,, and over 650 (yes!) other organizations. It will coincide with a UN Climate Change Summit in NYC, which is a prelude to UN attempts to reach a binding Global Treaty in Paris in 2015 on carbon emissions reductions.  We envision tens of thousands of people in NYC for this March, to let our leaders and people all over the world know that there IS mass popular support for strong climate change action. Sierra Club, along with several other local organizations, is coordinating two buses which will leave the Rochester area late on 9/20 and return about 24 hours later. Here is info on the People's Climate March:  Learn about and sign up here for the Rochester buses:

Looking for affordable after school care?  There are limited spots still available for youth in grades K-6 in the City of Rochester’s After School in the Park program located in the beautiful Cobb’s Hill Park.   After School in the Park provides an array of great activities and benefits, including: · Cost is $55 per week for city youth; $45 per week for siblings. · School bus drop-off (Drop-off only. Must be arranged through the child's school by parents) · After school hours (school dismissal to 6:30 p.m.) · Fitness and Arts Activities · Healthy Snacks and Hot Dinners · Homework Help · Field Trips · Well-trained and friendly staff   Complete an application now or, if you have any additional questions, please call 428-6755 or visit

It is with great pleasure that I am sending you a digital copy of the Fall Recreation Program Guide. This guide will provide you with all of the exciting and educational activities and programs taking place at all of our Rochester Recreation Centers/R-Centers  throughout the City.   Our After School Academy offers fun, engaging and exciting after-school programs, sports, arts & crafts, and a wide variety of enrichment activities.  Our centers are open Monday through Friday from 2:30-9:30 p.m., and most are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This Fall, we are featuring Friday Family Fun Nights, where families can come to any of our R-Centers and enjoy a host of fun programs and events.   So come on by and take advantage of our athletic workout facilities, indoor swimming pools and fields and courts.  There is always something to do at an R-Center, where You R Already a Member! 

Dear Friends of Washington Grove,   We are holding a workday in Washington Grove on Saturday, September 20. Time: 9:00 am - noon  Meeting place: the Nunda entrance to Washington Grove, near the intersection of Cobbs Hill Dr. and Nunda Blvd. What to bring: work gloves and one of these small tools: loppers, a pair of hand-held clippers, a trowel. If you don't have a tool or gloves, just bring yourself because we have extras. Dress appropriately for the weather.   Our work will focus on removing invasive plants, including autumn olive and Norway maple sprouts and saplings. This will prepare space for native shrubs which we expect to plant later this fall. The tree puller is satisfying to use on those autumn olive shrubs!   Our last volunteer workday was on August 16, when seven people worked in the Grove on removing autumn olive and non-native lily-of-the-valley. In the meantime, a dozen University of Rochester students also volunteered their time and effort one afternoon to assist the Friends' efforts.   Following this one, the next volunteer workday will be on October 18.

Transportation Survey: Genesee Transportation Council wants your input Work is underway for develop strategies that will guide investments in transportation for the NEXT 25 YEARS – a Strategic Plan for Transportation in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region through 2040. You can help by  1. Taking a Brief 5 Minute Survey at  2. Go to the Public Input Map at and add any comments you have/show what projects you feel would be beneficial.

New Life Church Will Soon Be Handicapped Accessible – Will you help? New Life has just $5,000 left of its efforts to raise $86,000 to make the church handicapped accessible. Once the project is complete, New Life will be available as a community meeting place for ALL people. In an effort to raise these last few dollars, New Life has set up a crowd source funding site at The exciting news is that we have a donor that will match donations dollar for dollar up to $2,000.  Please consider a contribution today.  Go to:   Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!

The Monroe Milers Youth Running Group based at New Life Presbyterian Church at 25 Rosedale Street is now accepting registration for youth 6 and up. We start on Sept. 3 and run every Wednesday at 6 and Sunday at noon until the Pumpkins in the Park 5k on October 25. 6 and 7 year olds train for a one mile run; 8 and up for the 5K. We have all levels of experience from walkers to very fast (at least fast to me). Every child enrolled in the program is fitted for a pair of free running shoes. A great program for kids new to sports. ALSO, looking for adult coaches interested running with our kids. Again, we need all levels of experience: from walkers to serious runners. Need more info: contact fall_brochure_2014.pdf

Register for a FREE 5 Series Training Workshop Do you currently teach English as a Second language to Adults? Would you like to teach English as a Second Language to Adults? Dates: June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 Time: 4:00-6:00PM Location: Office of Adult and Career Education Services, 30 Hart St, Rochester, 14605 Room 120 Registration required: email or call Bharati Dunne at 546-7220 x 4730

UMNA Spring Newsletter 2014 is here.

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!

Monroe Village Farmers’ Market Returns - Wednesdays, June 11 - October 15, 4:00 - 7:00.   Blessed Sacrament Church Parking Lot Fresh Local Food & Music   Volunteers are needed for the market! All Ages, All Interests, All Skills.   Small or Larger Time Commitments Welcomed!  Go to for more information.

GARDENING  FUN:   Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00, Upper Monroe Gardens on the Avenue Our dedicated, fun loving gardening group needs a few more hands. Meet Wednesday evenings for an hour of light gardening to maintain our community beds along Monroe.  Bring a pair of garden gloves if you like.  Weed identification provided.  A great time to visit with neighbors and keep us looking beautiful! NEWCOMERS WELCOMED! 

WATER  PLAY:  Sign up for a turn watering the four flower pots at Monroe & Rosedale.  Watering cans provided.  Daily for one week of your choice between now and October. Contact Water Coordinator Jane Alexander at   NEWCOMERS WELCOMED!

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 

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 

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.

  • 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 aminutes 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

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

* For September, the UMNA meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 9th the second Tuesday because of foreseen circumstances. Beginning this month we will meet regularly at New Life Presbyterian Church, Monroe Ave at Rosedale. Use the Side Entrance, off Rosedale.  

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:

 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.

E-News Distribution List: ask Chris at

Bulletin Board & Community Conversation: Monthly Meetings: Most first Tuesdays, 7 pm, Upstairs at 969 Monroe Avenue

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!

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.

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.