All of Hanna Properties apartments are located in what is known as the Park Avenue area of Rochester, NY. This neighborhood, just steps away from Rochester's most magnificent street, East Avenue, has a touch of history in its tree-lined streets and broad boulevards. Some buildings overlook the grounds of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, a multi-functioning center for learning and exploration. A short stroll takes you to the home and gardens of George Eastman, today an internationally-renowned museum of photography. The area's other major museums and art gallery are just blocks away. Cafes and shops line Park Avenue for the adventure-seeking and those craving that unique something.
The Falls on the Genesee River in downtown Rochester -- today a revitalized city neighborhood known as the Center at High Falls -- attracted investors as far back as 1803. The prospect of inexpensive power that could turn a grist mill, then grind wheat into flour, drew wealth and those seeking it from far away to the city of Rochester. Lake Ontario and the fertile land of the Finger Lakes region drew others interested in horticulture. What locals refer to as Lake Effect, the buffering effect of warm lake waters on cold northeast winters, allowed the area to flourish as a center for seed companies and nurseries through the early 1900's. Today, that same warming effect encourages grapes to ripen on the vine on the rolling hills of Western New York. An award-winning, wine-growing industry now thrives in the Finger Lakes region where tours of vineyards and wine-tastings attract crowds.
In the 20th century, invention and industry combined to form Eastman Kodak Co., Bausch & Lomb and Xerox. Legendary too, is the list of suffrage and equal rights notables who lived and worked here: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. That a city this size continues to produce innovation and outspoken celebrity; dot.com industries and high-tech solutions would not have surprised its most-famous of residents: the innovative George Eastman.
In one of Rochester's city neighborhoods and on its most historic boulevard, East Avenue, George Eastman's Colonial Revival mansion and gardens have become a Rochester landmark and today the home of an internationally-renowned museum of photography. The George Eastman House, bordering the neighborhood of the arts, is just one of many elegant and revived mansions and homesteads as you travel east on East Avenue from Alexander Street to Winton Road.
One block south of East Avenue (from Alexander Street to Culver Road), the trendy Park Ave. area draws young professionals after dark, seeking night life and fine dining. By day, coffeehouses, retro and ethnic dining and boutique shopping appeal. Pubbing starts at The Old Toad, 277 Alexander Street.Downstairs dart boards and pool tables make this club a casual place to meet. Going Italian? Head for Bacco's, 263 Park Avenue. Down the street at 650 Park Avenue, stop by the Park Avenue Pub where great food can be shared among friends. Just across the street, First Taste Grill grills it up 70's style with an ethnic flair for lunch and dinner.
Want to shop until you drop? Parkleigh, the anchor of Park Ave. shopping, is an emporium of home and body furnishings on the corner of Park and South Goodman. Once a corner pharmacy, Parkleigh has evolved into a fashionable Godiva chocolatier with a fine array of Crabtree & Evelyn fragrances, Ellen Tracy clothing, and assorted nonessentials.If you want to see in style, there's One Hip Chic just across the street for the most contemporary eyewear on the planet.
For bohemian style, try the colorful stretch of Monroe Avenue between South Goodman and Field Streets. Sip fresh carrot juice at Aladdin's Natural Eatery, or your favorite grind at Starbucks. Browse for imported clothing and goods at Archimage.
Just blocks from the Park Avenue area, The Little Theater shows independent films in five theaters at its recently expanded location on East Avenue. The Dryden Theater at the International Museum of Photography plays vintage films year round.
Summer festivals draw big crowds to the city. Rochester is home to the world-class Eastman School of Music; a highly-recognized medical school at the University of Rochester; national league sports teams - the Amerks and Rhinos, fabulous golf courses and pro skiing.