NOTA: Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts

October 3, 2013 at 2:01 am Leave a comment

Sunrise on University Avenue

Sunrise on University Avenue

At the western edge of downtown Rochester there is a neighborhood full of turn-of-the century homes, restaurants, cafes and a bakery, gift shops, and dance and artists studios, referred to as the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). It is only 15 city blocks long and three blocks wide, with boundaries reach north to Main Street, south to East Avenue, west to the Inner Loop that surrounds the center of the city, and east to Culver Road (East Avenue to Atlantic Avenue).

Flatiron Building looking down University Avenue

Flatiron Building looking down University Avenue

On a triangular parcel of land at Atlantic and University Avenues, lies the amazing Flatiron Building, built between 1888-1890 houses the Starry Nights Cafe, and our long-time favorite for great drink specials — Edibles Restaurant.

Edibles, in the heart of NOTA, has great drink specials and delicious food

Edibles, in the heart of NOTA, has great drink specials and delicious food

On East Boulevard, there is a prairie-style Frank Lloyd Wright house, and the E.E. Boynton House. The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is also located in NOTA.

Craft Company No.6, located in a renovated Victorian-era Firehouse, is a great spot to shop for gifts, especially for the holidays.

Several blocks away on North Goodman Street, Village Gate, an old factory turned mall, is filled with small, independent shops, restaurants and offices. adjacent to Village Gate is The Anderson Alley which opens its many artist’s studios to the public on the second Saturday of the month.

Distinctive street view of Writers & Books

Distinctive street view of Writers & Books

Writers and Books on University Avenue, marked by a giant-sized pencil sculpture in front, offers classes and workshops for writers of all ages in an old restored Police Precinct building.

Most recently added to the NOTA is the Hungerford Building. The Hungerford Building is home to 4 floors of artists, crafts people, galleries and businesses.

Each month in Rochester there is a First Friday with many participating locations inside NOTA. On the First Friday, from 6-9 pm, area artists and arts institutions open their studios and galleries to the public.

Every fall, there is the ArtWalk Alive street festival on University Avenue with free dance, music and theater performances.


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