Westcott, Syracuse

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Westcott Street during the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair in September 2004

Westcott is a neighborhood in Syracuse, New York. Its proximity to Syracuse University makes for a diverse community, with many of its residents being Syracuse University students, many international, and others being more lower-income to middle class permanent residents. Westcott Street is the main retail street of the neighborhood, and it features restaurants and stores. Once a year the neighborhood is home to the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Westcott is home to Thornden Park, one of the largest parks in Syracuse. The Westcott neighborhood is the boyhood home of renowned banjoist Tony Trischka.


Westcott was founded in the late nineteenth century as a result of the growth of Syracuse University. In 1893, the neighborhood began being served by electric streetcars, which ran along Westcott Street and Euclid Avenue towards downtown Syracuse. The current Westcott business district formed at the end of the streetcar line.[1]

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