In a year that may be the worst, we look at the best

In a year that may be the worst, we look at the best

Perhaps more than any other year in recent memory, 2020 seems like an odd and unsettling time to be celebrating what’s “best” in our community. While there is certainly much of which to be proud about the Greater Rochester area and the people who call it home, the death of Daniel Prude and the effects of COVID-19 have made things particularly sobering here in the Flower City.

Best of Rochester 2020: Critics' Picks

In addition to the results from your “Best of” ballots, we’ve got CITY’s own picks for local places and activities that are worth spotlighting. Kate Stathis provides an overview of pizzerias named after “Tony,” Renée Heininger writes about outdoor activities that are conducive in the COVID era, and Leah Stacy highlights the nature wine pop-up store of Aldaskeller Wine Co.

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Bloomin' Baskets @ Helmer Nature Center

Bloomin' Baskets @ Helmer Nature Center

An after school / after work event to decorate a basket, fill...

ImageOut First Cut Spring Festival
In-Person Screenings
@ Dryden Theatre

12pm: Workhorse Queen 3pm: Tove 6pm: Charlatan 9pm: Moffie...

Habitat for Cats Plant Sale @ Kunz's Tree Farm

100% proceeds go to towards helping feral and abandoned cats. Donations of...

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