The SYRACUSE, NEW YORK PORTAL
Syracuse, New York, is the primary city in and county seat of Onondaga County; the fifth most populous city in New York state; and the largest United States city with the name "Syracuse". Established in 1825, the city had a population of 145,170 at the 2010 census, (making it the 175th largest in the country); its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. Syracuse is the economic and educational hub of central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants.
Syracuse is well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex and, directly west of the city, the Empire Expo Center, which hosts the annual Great New York State Fair.
When the city first installed traffic signal lights in 1925, manufactured by Crouse-Hinds Company of Syracuse, they placed one at a major intersection on Tipperary Hill at the corner of Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue. This was the main business district of the area.
Local Irish youths, incensed that anyone would dare to put the "British" red above the "Irish" green, threw stones at the signal and broke the red light. The city replaced it, but the Irish soon threw more stones and broke the replacement. Eventually, the city gave in to local pressure and replaced the traffic signal with one having the green light on top and the red light on the bottom to prevent future vandalism. All traffic signals installed since then have had the green light on top. This has been known to cause problems for people with color blindness who are unfamiliar with the area.
|Adolph "Dolph" Schayes (born May 19, 1928) is a retired American professional basketball player and former NBA coach. A top scorer and rebounder, he was a member of the 1955 NBA champion Syracuse Nationals and a 12-time All-Star.
Schayes played his entire Hall of Fame career with the Nationals and their successor, the Philadelphia 76ers, from 1948 to 1964. In his 16-year career, he led the team into the post-season 15 times.
He is the father of retired NBA center Danny Schayes, who played in the NBA for 18 seasons. In 1948 Dolph Schayes settled in Syracuse, where he first played in the NBA and still makes his home.
Towns and villages in Onondaga County make up most of the suburban communities in the Greater Syracuse area. Towns and villages in such surrounding counties as Oswego, Madison, Cortland, or Cayuga on the border of Onondaga County may also be considered Syracuse suburbs.
- Nickname: the Salt City
- Form of government: Common Council
- Incorporated: 1825 (village)
- Incorporated: 1847 (city)
- County: Onondaga County, New York