Rochester is the third most populous city in New York behind New York City and Buffalo. The city, one of the country’s first “boomtowns,” initially rose to prominence as a location with its many flour mills along the Genesee River. It later became a major manufacturing hub led by Eastman Kodak, once its largest employer.
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Today, it is an internationally recognized center for higher education, and for medical and technological development. The region has many acclaimed universities, including the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, both of which are known nationally for their research programs. Mega-companies Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox also conduct extensive research and manufacturing for both consumer and industrial products.
With more than 1 million residents, Rochester was recently ranked as the “most livable city” among the largest metropolitan areas in the country. The city in Upstate New York also received top ranking for overall quality of life among U.S. cities with populations of more than 1 million, and it boasts being one of the top minor-league sports markets in the country.
Some of its unique food dishes have also contributed to Rochester’s legacy. The “white hot,” a lighter version of a hot dog or bratwurst, was made there. And another local speciality, the “garbage plate,” was first served at Nick Tahoe’s Hots, a Rochester fast-food institution, more than 50 years ago. Numerous versions of garbage plates have emerged since then, but Nick’s trademarked “Garbage Plate” typically includes home fries, macaroni salad, meat sauce, onions, mustard and a choice of hot dog or hamburger.
The city prides itself on a number of other “firsts:”
- Actor Mickey Rooney began his career in Rochester
- The first “gold tooth” was developed there
- Its Midtown Plaza was the first enclosed urban shopping mall in America
- Resident Susan B. Anthony was the first woman in American to vote in a presidential election
- It is where the first thermometers were manufactured
- And where baby shoes were developed.
Here’s what else Rochester has to offer:
Rochester International Jazz Festival One of the largest jazz tests in the U.S.
Lilac Festival at Highland Park
Rochester International Film Festival The world’s oldest short-film festival
Park Avenue Festival An annual arts show that draws more than 250,000 people
Greentopia Celebrates sustainable, healthy living
The Arts in Rochester
Entertainment venues, Places of Interest
Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial
Geva Center Theatre
Seneca Park Zoo
Water Street Music Hall
University of Rochester Arboretum
Eastman Theatre At University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music
Rochester Public Market The city’s year-round farmer’s market
Rochester Contemporary Art Center
George Eastman House Museum for international photography
Ellwanger Garden Originally the private garden of famed 19th-century horticulturist George Ellwanger
Strasenburgh Planetarium Part of the Rochester Museum & Science Center
Strong National Museum of Play Hands-on arts and cultural center
Some Companies Headquartered in Rochester
A trip to Rochester comes with plenty of things to do. Whether it’s business or entertainment, Metropolitan Shuttle will help you navigate this busy Upstate New York city in our charter buses, shuttle vans or luxury coaches.
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