Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Design Matters

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Here is a short comment by NYC developer/civic consultant Abby Hamlin from last night’s MICD talk at the Everson Museum. The event featured mayors from the Northeast, academics and other design professionals.

Design in Cities by Sifsound on Mixcloud

Syracuse Architectural Digest: Adaptation

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

JGB Headquarters is located in a former firehouse near the Inner Harbor.

JGB Headquarters is located in a former firehouse near the Inner Harbor.

Good & Plenty

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Gordon Tripp, farmer (Owen Orchards)

Gordon Tripp, farmer, holding a Snapdragon and a Honeycrisp variety of one of CNY's most recognizable crops, talks in the audio clip below about his childhood dream job.

Gordon T by Sifsound on Mixcloud

1. How did you get started in the orchard business?
The orchard was originally started by my grandfather, Charles Owen, back in the 1930s. It got sold in 1969. Another orchard ran it for a number of years. Then they decided they didn’t want to run it any more. Then my son wanted to know how to grow apples, so we went back into the orchard business. Since then we’ve re- planted the whole orchard with about 13,000 trees. We also run a farm market.

2. Since you have been in the business, what has changed the most?
The biggest is the people and what they buy. When we first started, a lot of people did home preserving and they would come in and buy bushels of apples and take them home and make apples sauce or apple pies. There was more home use. Now it’s more of a recreation. There is still some home use aspect, but now people may come in buy a pack of apples. Most people come as an outing. They come to pick apples and go for a walk in the orchard. It’s not like it used to be.

3. Talk about this year’s crop
This year’s crop is probably, quality-wise, one of the better crops we’ve had. Weather conditions have been almost perfect for growing. It was kind of a light crop and that is because we had a heavy crop last year. When you have a heavy crop it doesn’t set a lot of fruit the following year.

A couple of varieties are little bit light, but quality-wise it’s excellent.

4. What is the hardest part about the job?
The hardest part of the job is dealing with the regulations and things like labor issues. A lot of people think we just pick apples in the fall, but we work year-around. We start in January trimming our trees, and they all have to be trimmed by the first of April. Then we plant new trees and take care of existing ones, clearing off the brush off and get ready to spray and fertilize. Then we get ready for the fall harvest.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Before and After: Model Honey Benjamin at last year's SFW Show

Before and After: Model Honey Benjamin at last year's SFW Show

There’s plenty of fashion in the forecast in the next few days. Here are some photographs from Syracuse Fashion Weekend 2013. This year’s SFW show will be held at the MOST.


Creative director LS taught runway techniques during last year's SFW rehearsal at the OnCenter.

The New Jordan Rule

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
“Mature citizens are loving cities, getting involved and playing a role…”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed speaking at the Aspen Institute on middle-aged and seniors’ influence in urban areas.

Clarence Jordan
Clarence Jordan

Mercy Works, Inc. announced that it will hold a groundbreaking for the Clarence Jordan Vision Center on South Salina Street next week.  The work done by Jordan, the well-known fundraiser, former Rescue Mission chief, and all-around nice guy, proves that it takes more than millennials to make a city great.

Street gaze (part 44)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

North Tower

North Tower

Street gaze (part 42): Exterior Motives

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Green Street

Green Street

Qualities to qualify

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Entrepreneur and Rev. A.R. Bernard of Brooklyn visited Syracuse over the weekend and pointed out these four qualities that make a good leader:

  1. Maturity
  2. Decisiveness
  3. Consistency
  4. Strength

Pastor Bernard, who was speaking at Abundant Life Christian Center, said maturity begins with the acceptance of responsibility, not with age, and that our leaders need to make decisions quickly and confidently (guided by values and principles). He also said leaders must avoid distractions.

And strength, he added, is mostly demonstrated in kindness.

Channeling History

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Columnist Sean Kirst moderated the discussion for the Social Media Breakfast 19 at the Historic Barnes Hiscock Mansion (James Street).

Columnist Sean Kirst moderated the discussion for the Social Media Breakfast 19 at the Barnes Hiscock Mansion (James Street). Today's topic was the use of nostalgia and preserving memories in social media. The panelists included Gregg Tripoli, Brian Hamilton and David Hass. History helps us form our identity and make better decisions for the future, according to Tripoli, director of The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA).

Tale of Two Seasons

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Super soaker

Super soaker

On one of the last days of summer, at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair, we experienced a wild swing in weather, from clear and sunny, to torrential rains in less than one hour.

Same block...about an hour later

Same block...about an hour earlier

Street gymnasts

Street gymnasts

Voices of Syracuse Gospel

Voices of Syracuse Gospel, before a final rain storm

Walking in the rain

Walking in the rain