Portal:Syracuse, New York

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Downtown Syracuse
(aerial view; Onondaga Lake in background)

Syracuse (/ˈsɪrəkjz, ˈsɛr-, -kjs/) is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. It is the fifth-most populous city in the state of New York following New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers.

At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,252, and its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over one million inhabitants. Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex. Syracuse was named after the classical Greek city Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.

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Burnet Park is located on the Far Westside in Tipperary Hill and is bounded by Coleridge Avenue on the north, South Avery Avenue on the west, South Wilbur Avenue on the east and Grand Avenue on the south.

When the village of Geddes joined the city in 1886, Major John P. Burnet, who owned a large farm on Tipperary Hill, donated a 100-acre (0.40 km2) hill top plot to Syracuse now known as Burnet Park for use as a city park. The property was donated with the condition that the city spend $6,000 to build roads and plant trees.

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Theodore E. Hancock
Theodore E. Hancock (May 30, 1847 Granby, Oswego County, New York - November 19, 1916 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician. In 1873, he commenced practice in New York City in the office of Bangs & North. A few years later, he removed to Syracuse, New York, and opened the office of Gilbert & Hancock.

During 1879, he established the firm of Hancock, Beach, Peck and Devine in Syracuse. His son, Stewart Hancock, was considered the "modern-day founder of the firm."

Historic buildings

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The Third National Bank, also known as the Community Chest Building, is located on James Street in Syracuse, New York. It was designed by architect Archimedes Russell in 1885. The building is significant for its architecture and for its role in commerce in Syracuse in the late eighteenth century and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Old postcards

South Salina Street in Syracuse, New York about 1920 - Bacon Chappell

Location of neighborhoods

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Onondaga Lake overflows in the spring

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Syracuse suburbs

View of south DeWitt

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.



City facts

  • Nickname: the Salt City
  • Form of government: Common Council
  • Incorporated: 1825 (village)
  • Incorporated: 1847 (city)
  • County: Onondaga County, New York

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