Syracuse’s saddest building becomes a pop of light: The Gear Factory’s promise

By Marnie Eisenstadt | meisenstadt@syracuse.com Syracuse, N.Y. — The Gear Factory building glowed on the city’s western edge, a five-story flash bulb stuck on. On a recent night, someone had left the lights on in the renovated factory. It has 120 windows and the light bounced from pane to pane. This month, the building officially[…]


Syracuse University ‘urban acupuncture’ students pinpoint safe space on Near West Side

BY Julie McMahon SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Three groups of two dozen Syracuse University students were sent out into the city with $600 per group to perform “urban acupuncture” on Syracuse’s neighborhoods. Junior Kayla Fermin and Senior Abigail Feikes were among a handful of students that went to the Near West Side, one of the areas[…]


Neighborhood Invited to New Exhibit at SALTQuarters by Former Artist-in-Residence

As Artist-in-Residence at SALTQuarters in 2014, Colleen Woolpert worked with Near Westside residents and businesses to produce artwork for a series of public exhibitions at the SALTQuarters Gallery. This December she’s back with Syracuse in 3-D (1860-1910), an exhibit of vintage 3-D photographs viewable with Woolpert’s patent-pending TwinScope Viewer. Most stereographs are on loan from[…]


New faces join the NWSI Board of Directors

The Near Westside Initiative’s board of directors had to say goodbye to several talented and passionate board members this year. Bea Gonzalez, Leah Tucker, Kevin McAuliffe and Mary Alice Smothers all ended their terms with the NWSI after several years of hard work that helped get the NWSI off the ground. Fortunately, thanks to the[…]