Rochester’s South Wedge: an old working class neighborhood turns progressive

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from Jill Gussow’s homage to the raucous crows of the South Wedge

 

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aquatic animals in lava lamps

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pub crawl

Over the last year, we’ve had our share of artsy pleasure seeking in the South Wedge. Jill Gussow’s Crow and Jordan’s aquatic animals in lava lamps.

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80s night

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dance party

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cinematic deflowering

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poetry slam

A Pub Crawl, an impromptu poet slam at Lux, an 80s night at Lux and a dance party at Buta Pub. And things got a little over the top at a deflowering at the Cinema.

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Jake’s trivia

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Some scrumptious cheesecake and even some food for thought with Jake’s trivia and the Wedg-ucationals.

Today, George Payne reminds us what makes the South Wedge such an appealing neighborhood in which to live, work and visit. It’s the progressive vibe woven into the fabric of the Wedge.

Except where noted, photos by George with links to related article by him and others,

History

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Map of the South Wedge

The neighborhood we know as the South Wedge began in the 1820s as a series of small houses owned by families tied to the Erie Canal trade. The d-1Old Stone Warehouse, the oldest commercial building in Rochester, was built here in 1822. The area was actually part of Brighton until Rochester annexed it in 1834 as a buffer region for future growth. In the 1840s George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry of Ellwanger and Barry fame founded their nursery on what was then Grand Avenue (South Avenue today). By the time Frederick Douglass moved to South Ave in the 1860s, the area was flourishing, with the city’s first street railway, a plank road, and a hospital. Douglass’s house still stands at the corner of Hamilton and Bond Streets.