Category Archives: Local Attractions

Genesee Brewery History

Over a century ago here in Rochester the Genesee Brewery was built. The original founders were the Wehle family. And like all businesses, it had its ups and downs. In recent years they have been under going changes, new owners, new beers, demolition of old brewery tanks, and bringing in new tanks.


Over half a century ago in a small town in western New York this place was a Mom and Pop store. It was a pillar of the town. The family was great, friends of mine.
Through the years, attrition, the store closed.
Recently the building was sold and totally remodeled. It’s now a pizza parlor, bar. They did an excellent job with it. Early Wednesday morning I was going through the town and took this picture!

Old Airplane, History!

Aviation,Glenn H. Curtiss
Aviation, Glenn H. Curtiss


Rochester history.

Here in Rochester, many famed industries were started as many of you know. One of them being Bausch & Lomb. It’s founders both lived here.
On Memorial day in 1932 a monument was constructed and dedicated for Henry Lomb honoring his service in the American Civil War. Lomb served as a sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. The monument sets in a meridian on Upper Falls Blvd and St. Paul street in front of the original Bausch & Lomb plant.
For over 30 years the lights were turned off for unknown reasons. But recently, just last Monday (Memorial day) thanks to donations from local merchants, the lights were back on.
It’s nice to see history continually honored as it should be.


Memorial Day History, Rochester!

Through the years, America has been involved in several forms of war-combat. Many of us here, in Mark’s news bureaus are most familiar with the Vietnam war. It’s within our age, time frame.

Here in Rochester next to the Monroe County Airport is a terminal for the National Guard chapter, And this old helicopter from Vietnam sets there.

I wanted to share this bit of history, picture with our readers and wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day!


Rochester history!

Rochester history!




Here in picture 1 is a local apartment complex  with some real history. Right where this complex sets was a former Seneca Indian site.
In picture 2 you see the sign that states that as of 199 years ago this was their home land.
In picture 3 is the Genesee River which runs behind the
complex where they traveled on as well as got food.
And right behind the complex to the north is another piece of history but more current – The Veterans Memorial Bridge.

International Women’s Day



Today is International Women’s Day. Here in Rochester was where Susan B. Anthony resided. An activist, fighter for women’s rights to vote and equality. She was born on February 20, 1820 and died March 13, 1906. Enclosed are stone monuments of her, her life long friend Frederick Douglas, and her home. I live 15 minutes from her home which is now a museum.

Old city homes, East avenue, Rochester!

Some of my favorite homes on the East side!

Christmas Decorations in a Shopping Mall

Christmas Decorations in a shopping Mall in the City of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Christmas decorations in Colombo City
Christmas decorations in Colombo City

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Coney Island – Off Season’

Coney Island has always attracted artists eccentrics and the locals who have it in their bones. It is more than an inner city amusement park, it is a state of mind.

It’s eye candy to an artist, visionary.

A dreamscape of joy and despair.

It was once called “The World’s Greatest Playground.”

It went down for awhile, but now. it is making a comeback.

There is currently a great exhibit about it going on at The Brooklyn Museum through March 13th, called Coney Island – Visions of an American Landscape.

It’s chock full of the history and American Eye Candy I love.
Here’s some pictures I took this past Saturday: