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Syracuse (New York)

Syracuse is a city in Central New York in the US state of New York. After Buffalo and Rochester, Syracuse is the third largest city in Upstate New York, i.e. in the part of the state of New York that is north of the greater New York City area.

The city located on Onondaga Lake offers few classic sights, but at least the best zoo in Upstate New York, some nice and interesting museums, charming architectural monuments, attractive theaters and the largest shopping mall in the entire state of New York.

Districts [edit]

Syracuse includes the following districts:

  • Downtown (roughly the area between Autobahn 690 & 81, Adams St and S West St)
  • North Side (north of Downtown)
  • Eastwood (northeast)
  • East Side (east and southeast of downtown)
  • Valley (in the extreme south)
  • South Side (south of downtown)
  • West Side (west of downtown)
  • Lake Front (between Downtown and Onondaga Lake)

The suburbs of Liverpool, North Syracuse, East Syracuse and many others belong to the greater Syracuse area, but are politically independent.

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Arrival [edit]

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By plane

The Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR, 1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd) is 10 minutes north of Syracuse, just outside the city limits. This medium-sized airport owes its pompous name suffix "International" only to the fact that it also has daily flights from Toronto. Those flying in from Europe typically have to make a stopover in Boston, Detroit, New York, Newark, Philadelphia or Washington beforehand.

There is no bus connection to the airport. Those who arrive here can either be picked up by their loved ones, take a taxi or rent a car.

If you can't find a cheap flight to Syracuse, you can also try Rome, Ithaca, Rochester, Binghamton or Elmira.

By train

Along with Rochester, Rome and Utica, Syracuse is one of the few cities in the region that has a train station and is served by Amtrak trains: the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (1 Walsh Circle).

The Amtrak line that operates here is called Empire service and leads from New York City via Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo to Niagara Falls.

By bus

The William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (1 Walsh Circle) is not only a train station, but also a departure point for Trailways buses (formerly Greyhound). Syracuse is a junction for several lines. Direct connections lead to:

  • Rochester, Batavia, Buffalo and Niagara Falls
  • Pulaski, Evans Mills, De Kalb Jct, Canton, Clarkson, Potsdam, Massena
  • Utica, Amsterdam, Schenectady, Albany
  • New York City (without stopping!)
  • Binghamton
  • Cortland, Dryden, Ithaca, Elmira

Traveling by bus is particularly worthwhile for solo travelers. Couples and families usually travel more cheaply by (rental) car.

On the street [edit]

Syracuse is on two major highways:

  • I-90 ("New York State Thruway"), which leads via Buffalo to Cleveland, and via Albany and Springfield to Boston
  • I-81, which leads via Watertown into Canada towards Ottawa, and via Binghamton and Harrisburg almost to Knoxville, Tennessee

If you come from New York City, the quickest way to get to your destination (= in a good 4 hours) is to drive via Scranton and Binghamton. Driving on this route is also much more relaxed than on the busy route via Albany.

Mobility [edit]

Driving in Syracuse is relatively relaxed, provided you don't get lost on the highways. Parking in the center is usually chargeable; Finding a free space is hardly a problem.

Downtown is small and easy to get around on foot.

The regional transport company Centro operates a close-knit network of bus routes in the city (network map). Have $ 2 ready when boarding (seniors and children 6–9 years $ 1; as of: summer 2015). Pre-sale collective tickets make driving slightly cheaper.

Centro also offers convenient bus services to other cities in Central New York.

Sights [edit]

  • What kind of animal is that? Dissolution at the R. Gifford Zoo.

Museums [edit]

  • 43.05068-76.148841,. The Museum of the Erie Canal, the water link between the Hudson River and Lake Erie, which was completed in 1825. The canal made it possible for the first time to transport goods by boat between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, and was responsible for ensuring that Upstate New York enjoyed an economic boom in the 19th century - even before the arrival of the railroad - until it was around 1970 with the decline of the regional composite industry Rust Belt fell. Anyone interested in the topic will find a number of other relevant museums around the canal, such as the Eric Canal Village in Rome, open: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed on public holidays. Price: Entry $ 5. Last change: not specified
  • 43.04472-76.146743,. Art museum with important collections of American painting, sculpture, ceramics and video art. The ceramic collection is one of the largest in the country and includes works from antiquity to the present day; the video collection is actually the oldest and largest in the world. Open: Sun, Wed, Fri 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thu 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Price: Entry $ 5, last change: not specified

Streets and squares

  • ,. The central square in downtown offers a large water basin, which becomes an ice rink in winter (the Erie Canal was located here until 1925), and a view of some of the most interesting buildings in the city
    • ,. Built in 1875 by a 26-year-old architect in neo-Gothic style and at that time the tallest building in the city. (en: wikipedia). last change: not specified
    • ,. Erected in 1869 as a bank building. (en: wikipedia). last change: not specified
    • ,. Built in 1896. (en: wikipedia). last change: not specified

Two blocks to the west is the spectacular Niagara Mohawk Building (300 Erie Boulevard West), which was built in 1932 in the Art Deco style. (en: wikipedia)

Two blocks east of Clinton Square, on the other hand, you come across the barely less photogenic town hall (233 E. Washington St), which was built in the neo-Romanesque style in 1889-1892. (en: wikipedia).


  • 43.04308-76.181294,. In Burnet Park, 10 minutes west of downtown, is the most beautiful zoo in Upstate, opened in 1914 and measuring 17 hectares. The majority of the 700 animals - with the exception of birds, fish and reptiles - will be kept in spacious and natural outdoor enclosures, including Asian elephants, buffalos, bats, Humboldt penguins, gray and red wolves, Amur tigers, African lions and strange creatures such as lemurs, Meerkat and Fossa. Open: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st). Price: Entry $ 8 (children 3-18 years $ 4, seniors $ 5; half price in January and February). Last change: not specified

Activities [edit]

  • . The only opera company in upstate New York that works all year round. Three productions per season, including musicals. Some of the performances take place in Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater (421 Montgomery St), partly im Carrier Theater of John H. Mulroy Civic Centers (800 S State St). If you arrive in July or August and therefore miss the season, you will find (if you have booked tickets early) rich compensation on the 1½ hours away Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown. Price: tickets $ 40–270. Last change: not specified

Shopping [edit]

  • ,. Right at the southeast end of Onondaga Lake is the largest shopping mall in New York State. More than 200 shops, boutiques, department stores, fast food restaurants and the like on 3 floors (overview). Anchor stores are Best Buy, Forever 21, The Bon-Ton, H&M, Macy‘s, Kaufmann's and Lord & Taylor. Food court with a historic horse carousel. Open: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Last change: not specified
  • 43.07356-76.168661,. Large market where more than 400 vendors sell locally produced (fresh) goods. Open: daily. Last change: no information
  • The gourmet supermarket chain represented in Syracuse that is most likely to appeal to European tastes Wegmans. 5 branches (e.g. 3325 West Genesee Street and 4256 James Street).
  • 43.04626-76.070662,. Near the motorway triangle 481 & 690 is one of the branches of the cheap gourmet eco supermarket chain, which are unfortunately rare in the American East. For the next one you have to drive to Rochester or Albany. Last change: not specified
  • 43.05262-76.075063,. American tastes are quite conservative when it comes to interior decoration and furniture design. It is no coincidence that the great modernizer Frank Lloyd Wright failed here. Dominant chains such as Raymour & Flanigan also offer country-style and massive classic items in the 21st century. Smith Interiors is one of the few suppliers in Upstate New York that specializes in European (Scandinavian, Italian) imported furniture in a modern design. If you can't find what you're looking for here either, you have to continue to Ithaca or Rochester. Last change: no information

Kitchen [edit]

Inexpensive [edit]

  • 43.05205-76.153671,. Small restaurant with good, fast Lebanese cuisine. Last change: no information
  • 43.12266-76.161082,. Popular restaurant specializing in customers who want healthy food that is interesting and tasty at the same time. Lots of locally grown vegetables, meat only from alternative husbandry, no coloring or other additives. Last change: no information
  • 43.05178-76.153743,. Extremely popular fast food restaurant specializing in delicious sandwiches ($ 9-13). Weekly changing offer. Last change: no information

Medium [edit]

  • 43.12204-76.141934,. Excellent little seafood restaurant. Because the guest room cannot keep up with the quality of the dishes, many guests use the restaurant as a take-out, i.e. they take their food home with them. Last change: no information
  • 43.0354-76.06615,. The best Indian restaurant in Syracuse. Open: Mon - Sat lunchtime buffet for $ 9.95, Mon also dinner buffet ($ 12.95), otherwise order à la carte. Last change: not specified
  • 43.05258-76.15476,. Popular restaurant (regional chain) with American cuisine. Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken Wings, Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Steaks, Hamburgers, Fish, etc. Good opportunity to try a few classics that you have not yet known about. Last change: no information
  • 43.05948-76.199827,. Authentic Polish cuisine: Pierogi, Gołąbki, Bigos, Gulasz, Gnieciuchy, Kopytka, Naleśniki and more. Price: main courses $ 8-16. Last change: not specified
  • 43.05309-76.141458,. Excellent Spanish tapas restaurant. Price: $ 6–12 per dish. Last change: not specified
  • 43.04755-76.154429,. The best Thai restaurant in town. Price: main course $ 11-18. Last change: not specified
  • 43.0483-76.1553110,. Considered the best Italian restaurant in town, but by no means only offers Italian. Price: pasta dishes $ 10-19. Last change: not specified
  • 43.0476-76.1404311,. The best vegan restaurant in town. Last change: no information

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