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ANNUAL MANUAL '08: Word on the street 

Neighborhood: Park Avenue

Favorite places: For her 3-year-old, Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Springdale Farms, and going to Bird Song Trail in Mendon Ponds, where chickadees will eat out of your hand. "It feels like Disney."

David Dwayne Clark

Neighborhood: Corn Hill

Favorite places: Going to the Erie Canal to write; RPO, Geva, and the Little; riding his mountain bike through the city at night.

Michelle, Sky, and Carlo Justice

Neighborhood: University Avenue/Neighborhood of the Arts

Tips for newcomers: "Check out all the festivals, and be prepared for the fact that there's not much NYC/big city feel in Rochester. Read the newspapers and get on the Internet to find things to do."

Andrew Branch

Neighborhood: South Wedge

Great things about Rochester: "No matter where you live, it's close to lakes, skiing, and the Adirondacks. Everything's available. It's easy to leave the city to get away."

Ned Bobkoff

Neighborhood: Greece

Occupation: Writer, playwrite, theatre director and teacher

Favorite places: Ethnic restaurants, local theater, The Little. "It's a community haven, a small but valuable one."

Randy Cole

Neighborhood: Greece

Best part of Rochester: The diverse people. There's always something fun going on, such as sporting events, car shows, or local festivals.

Wanda Ewer

Neighborhood: Brighton

Favorite places: The village of Fairport along the Erie Canal. Lots of eateries, shops, salons, etc.

Wendy Low

Suggestions for newcomers: Go hiking in Tryon Park; do the river walk from Turning Point Park to Charlotte.

Best views of the city: From the top of Cobb's Hill; from the pedestrian bridge in Upper High Falls; from the end of the Charlotte pier.

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