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Public Square Revived

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Norm Swanson speaks at the rededication of Forman Park

Norm Swanson speaks at the rededication of Forman Park

Forman Park, originally conceived as Forman Square nearly two centuries ago, was re-dedicated today in a ceremony featuring civic leaders and business leaders from the Midtown neighborhood.  Above developer Norm Swanson talks about purchasing the Parkview Hotel, which faces the Park.  The Parkview was re-developed a few years ago.

Forman Park

Forman Park

SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Architecture Dean Mark Robbins

SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Architecture Dean Mark Robbins

Mayor Minor activates the Forman Park Fountain

Mayor Miner activates the Forman Park Fountain

Bj Adigun, environmental advocate for Onondaga County, speaks about at the dedication environmental benefits of green infrastructure in cities

Bj Adigun, environmental advocate for Onondaga County, speaks at the dedication about the environmental benefits of green infrastructure in cities

How will you be remembered?

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Here is a good Memorial Day message about legacy.

Insider’s Guide to the City Game

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

 

Street Ball: The Love of the Game

Street Ball: The Love of the Game

Pass the rock.

Dribble, cialis dribble, salve shoot.

Pick & Roll.

Give & Go.

Tighten-up on defense…

Pick-up basketball is part of a universal language that was well-chronicled by Alex Wielgus and Chuck Wolf in the early 80s.  The game is always the game, whether you are in Syracuse, DC, Kansas or Seattle. But there are some places where the game borders on religion. One of those places is New York

Later tonight hoops afficianado and writer Bob Garcia (aka D.J. Bobbito + Cool Bob Love) and Kevin Couliau will screen their film Doin’ It In the Park: Pickup-Basketball, NYC.  This self-funded project is an hour plus documentary on vim, vigor and vitality of NYC hoops.  In many ways the city and the courts and bball culture are the main character of the film, but there are some great interviews with Pee Wee Kirkland, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson,  Smush Parker and also some great vintage footage of the Doctor (Julius Erving) operating on a NYC blacktop as a youngster.
  
Dave Cain, the Director: He's got game

Dave Cain, the Director: He's got game

Syracuse’s David Cain, who grew up in Harlem and played at St. John’s, is excited about seeing the film.  He says that there is a unique energy to basketball in New York. He talked about the allure of playing at Rucker Park, near where he grew up during a recent phone interview (listen below).

Dave Cain by SIF

Doin’ It will also be screened later this summer at the ImageNation Outdoor Film Series, which was founded by Syracuse’s Moikgantsi Kama.

Garcia and Couliau are currently searching for a distribution deal.  For more information until the commercial release of the film, click here.

Just Above the City

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Downtown becomes a buyers market

Downtown Living Tour: A buyers market

Growing Small Business

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Incubate: (figurative) to plan; develop,  hatch.
Former Whitman School Program Director Mizra Tihic and entepreneur John Izzo during a program at SSIC a few years ago.

Former Whitman School Program Director Mizra Tihic speaks during a program at SSIC a few years ago.

Congratulations to the Southside Innovation Center, which was recently named incubator of the year.  The Center is a part of SU’s Whitman School of Management.

Re-thinking the Game

Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Dorsey Levens: Athlete-turned-activist

Dorsey Levens: athlete-turned-activist

Columnist  Bud Poliquin recently did a story about concussions and interviewed NFL great and Syracuse legend Dorsey Levens.  Levens is advocating for retired players as well as kids playing Pop Warner, and hopes to bring awareness to concussions and stingers.  He is also producing a film called Bell Rung.

Career Change

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

On the third day of National Photography Month (May), the International Center for Photography (ICP) announced that SU School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins will become their new executive director in July.

Search for Justice

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Raul Pinet, Jr. Vigil at the Justice Center, Downtown Syracuse

 

 

 

Barrie Gewanter speaks to the crowd at the Raul Pinet, Jr. Vigil at the Justice Center.

Barrie Gewanter speaks to the crowd at the Raul Pinet, Jr. vigil at the Justice Center.

The Jazz Singer

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Ronnie Leigh at the Sitrus Lounge

Ronnie Leigh at the Sitrus Lounge

Do the Bus Stop

Friday, May 11th, 2012
Fame: The Connective Corridor In Motion Series continues

Fame: The Connective Corridor In Motion Series (Music meets Dance)

Photographer Kay Lavonier teamed up with the Brothers McGriff, Centro, and the Syracuse City Ballet on Friday for the Connective Corridor’s latest In Motion installment.   The event, which included portraiture and live music by the McGriffs, captivated bystanders at SU’s College Station. Catching a city bus should always be this much fun.  For more information about the Ballerina Project with Lavonier, click here.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes