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 [...]
Meachem Ice Rink opens after repairs just in time for new season After nearly four months of repairs, Meachem Ice Rink is back in business. According to Syracuse’s Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs Department, the repairs at 121 W. Seneca Turnpike had been a long time coming. “We’d known for a while that the rink [...]
The Dunbar Center is gearing up to reopen. The center held a community meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, to hear input from residents about what programs and events it could offer in the future. For now, the center is offering a few programs for seniors, a small after school program and weekly Zumba classes, which began [...]
South Side residents find fresh produce under a tent at Store for a Day A chill hung in the air as a light rain fell on the South Side one recent Saturday morning. With his back to a white tent and several crates of fruit, Howie Hawkins fretted that the damp weather would scare off [...]
Writes 100K check to Mary Nelson Center Monday, Sept. 29, after attending the dedication ceremony at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Oprah Winfrey traveled to Syracuse’s South Side to visit the Mary Nelson Youth Center. She was invited by Nelson, who hoped Oprah would support her plan to add a basketball court to [...]
Market set for first two Saturdays of each month A soft rain is falling, coating a carton of Concord grapes in a fine layer of mist, as South Side residents pass by the Eat 2 Live Food Co-op. The building’s doors are shut, but a group of community members are grouped on the sidewalk beneath [...]
Redesign discussion centered on three South Side locations The redesign of Interstate 81 as an opportunity for Syracuse neighbors was a recurring topic at a public forum put together by the Moving People Transportation Coalition on Aug. 19. “This opportunity could be a transformative time for our city,” said Bob Haley, co-director of the Urban [...]
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.”
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 and youth.
Also featured is coverage of the recently re-opened Meachem Ice Rink, news on how Corcoran has been removed from the priority schools list thanks to its rise in graduation rates and a newly opened salon specializing in African-American hair extensions.
The Stand’s Fifth annual Photo Walk was held Saturday, July 26, with gorgeous weather.
Ten participants joined in on this social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills.
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.