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South Wedge

Entertainment & the Arts > Entertainment Districts > South Wedge

The city’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood is home to some 60,000 people. Just south of downtown on the east side of the Genesee, the South Wedge is a great place to see some of the oldest homes in the city, from cottages to sprawling Victorians. Residents range from old-timers who’ve lived here their whole lives to college students and young professionals who like the urban village atmosphere. (Frederick Douglass owned two homes in the area; 271 Hamilton St. still stands, and a sign at Robinson Drive marks the general locale of his long-time South Avenue home, lost to fire.) South Avenue runs through the heart of the Wedge. The neighborhood is undergoing renewal, from the tip of the Wedge at Mt. Hope and South all the way down to the Ford Street Bridge. Plans include replacing the sprawling subsidized housing complex along the river with a neighborhood of mixed-income apartments. In the middle of it all is Historic House Parts, a museum of a store packed with clawfoot tubs, solid-cherry doors, leaded-glass windows and other relics of Rochester’s architectural past. Check out Mise en Place, a gourmet deli; Eco Bel Bakery; Thread, a trending clothing boutique; the Lab Bike and the Board Shop; and Full Moon Vista bike shop. Proceeds from the Stars and Stripes Flag Store benefit war veterans in the Rochester area.

Live music: Beale Street; Boulder Coffee Co.


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