In our November issue, our cover story is on the recent Cardboard Challenge held at Beauchamp Branch Library where youth got to use their imaginations to turn the library into a cardboard arcade. Another feature article looks at the South Side’s unique Harlow Park founded by Carmen Harlow as an athletic space to honor athletes [...]
This summer, The Stand offered a new storytelling series — From Where We Stand — in which South Side and West Side residents shared their families’ summer stories through photos. The participants’ photos will continue to be on display through mid-October in the Link Gallery at Syracuse University’s Cantor Warehouse in downtown. The gallery is [...]
This summer, The Stand offered a new storytelling series — From Where We Stand — in which South Side and West Side residents shared their families’ summer stories through photos. We invite you to view participants’ photos during a final gallery reception for the project being held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the [...]
On Saturday, July 26, 10 participants set out on The Stand’s Fifth annual Photo Walk. Photowalking is the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting. It is also a social event organized for the purpose of having fun, improving one’s photography [...]
Our Summer Print Issue features a profile on Sam Wright, a chef with Meals on Wheels of Syracuse. Also in the issue read a special guest column by Syracuse University students completing a course in Food Studies called “Feeding the City: Urban Food Systems.” Their work aided in the efforts in a new sustainability workshop [...]
Our April Print Issue features a profile on Patrice Williams, a Corcoran track start known as “The Silent Bullet.” The issue also reflects on the contributions of our late board member John A. Young, who passed away at the end of February. He joined the board shortly after our initial launch party in 2010 and [...]
March is National Reading Month, thus we encourage everyone on the South Side to read more. To start, dive into our March issue when it comes out March 1 or download the pdf here. And in celebration of National Reading Month, send us titles of your favorite books and quotes on Twitter @MySouthSide and tag [...]
Jon Speed: The Book Scout sells used, rare books
As a child, Jon Speed was in awe of his uncle’s book collection.
“There were bookshelves everywhere, in places you could not imagine,” Speed said. “There were books in every corner of the house. It was like a museum.”
The issue also features updates about the vision that Common Councilor Khalid Bey and other city officials have to turn South Salina Street into a hub for small businesses and how the Rescue Mission’s Thrifty Shopper stores will receive makeovers. Plus the issue is jam-packed with upcoming events and community meetings, including a spread on celebrations planned for Black History Month.
Find copies of our free community paper distributed throughout the South Side, or feel free to contact The Stand’s Director Ashley Kang at ashley@mysouthsidestand to request a stack or suggest a story idea.
A sea of brown cardboard boxes covered the second floor of Beauchamp Branch Library on a recent Saturday, decorated with cascading ribbons and hand-drawn logos. These weren’t ordinary packing containers.
Every branch of the Syracuse City Library system hosted the Cardboard Challenge on Oct. 11, inviting children from across the city to showcase their own makeshift games, complete with corrugated ping pong and fishing. The event was inspired by Caine Monroy, a Los Angeles child who designed and managed his own cardboard arcade in 2011, which sparked a viral documentary about his project. Local library officials said the Cardboard Challenge also was a push to get more youth off the streets and into reading environments.
Harlow Park provides a common ground for sports, community, history
Syracuse parks have long been gathering places for individual neighborhoods, and although they provide a sense of identity, the committee on Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs is responsible for maintaining them all.
There are 175 public parks in the city by the count of Common Councilor Bob Dougherty, who is also the chair of the committee. And although he describes the parks as “wonderful” and “phenomenal,” he also adds that the city has as many as it can handle.
“A lot of them go back a long time,” Dougherty said. “Some of the stonework you see dates back to the Depression, and you can really see the history there.
Two sisters start their own salon with inspiration from their mother
African-American sisters Samantha Coleman and Sakari McDonald have been changing the face of salon ownership since May when they opened up their salon, Pretty Girl Threadz.
Salons capable of styling African-American hair can typically be found on Syracuse’s South Side, where a large part of the city’s black population lives.