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ANNUAL MANUAL '11: Introduction 

Putting it all together

The toughest part of putting together the Annual Manual each year isn't finding stuff to write about- it's fitting all of Rochester into one publication. It's impossible to condense any city into a few dozen pages, and Rochester is certainly no exception. City Newspaper could put out an Annual Manual every week and still not cover everything there is to know about the Flower City.

            The 2011 Annual Manual ended up taking an interesting, totally unintentional angle: it focuses more in the tiny details of our community instead of the bigger institutions that usually define the area. Many of the big guns are still mentioned- the Memorial Art Gallery, Little Theatre, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Highland Park, the garbage plate, etc.- and rightfully so. It wouldn't be Rochester without them. But the majority of the content focuses on people, places, and things that help to make this area special, but don't get as much of the limelight.

            For instance, Rochester has not one, but multiple blogs and webcams devoted to the falcons that roost in our city. The region is home to dozens of tiny, fascinating museums that explore everything from Jell-O to lighthouses to coverlets. Thousands of our residents participate in sports leagues focused on disc gold, table tennis, and more. And if a city is judged on the quantity and quality of its neighborhood pizzerias, then Rochester is in good company, indeed.

            We hope that this year's Annual Manual will illuminate areas of Rochester living that even lifelong residents may be unaware of, as well as provide visitors and newcomers with plenty of ideas on how to get out and explore this rich, fascinating city and its suburbs. If you're hungry for more, check out previous editions of Annual Manual at, and make sure to pick up City Newspaper every Wednesday, free at countless distribution spots across the city and MonroeCounty. Now get out there and explore.

In This Guide...

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '11: Rochester blogs

    Get to know the town through the work of some local bloggers
     [ LOCAL COLOR ] By Kate Antoniades Amongst all the pharmaceutical-hawking spam messages, the tweets about Justin Bieber's new haircut, and the YouTube comments that make you question your faith in humanity, you can still manage to find plenty of good stuff online.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '11: 2011 Festival Guide

     [ EVENTS ] COMPILED BY ERIC REZSNYAK For a city its size Rochester is jam-packed with events.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '11: Historical Museums in Rochester

    Rochester’s historical museums offer specialized looks into the past
    The North Star. Smugtown.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '11: Welcome to the Neighborhoods

    Get to know the Greater Rochester area
    MonroeCounty is about as diverse a community as you can find: a mid-size city, rural areas with orchards and farm markets, suburbs with 20th-century tract houses and shopping malls, and quaint, Victorian villages. The GeneseeRiver and the Erie Canal bisect the county, more or less vertically and diagonally, so geology and history are a constant presence, shaping everything from traffic patterns to architecture and public festivals.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '11: Rochester outdoor galleries

    A guide to Rochester’s notable outdoor art
    Some people might think that Rochester's public art begins and ends with ARTWalk in the Neighborhood of the Arts, the horses on parade (remember those?), and those polarizing benches. But there have also been many different neighborhood art projects, as well as public and private commissions of local artists, plus works of art created randomly here and there.

  • ANNUAL MANUAL '11: Rochester Sports

    Five offbeat local amateur sports associations
     [ RECREATION ] BY JESSE HANUS Rochester is unquestionably a sports town.

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