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A Taste of Rochester, New York

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  1. Rochester is a city in Monroe County, New York, south of Lake Ontario in the United States. Rochester's city population is approximately 219,773, making it New York's third most populous city after New York City and Buffalo. In 2010 Forbes rated Rochester as the 3rd best place to raise a family.

  2. Rochester was ranked as the sixth 'most livable city' among 379 U.S. metropolitan areas in the 25th edition of the Places Rated Almanac.

  3. Rochester's East End, within downtown, is well known throughout the area for being a center of late-night activity. It gets its name for being the stopping point for East Avenue, and both East and the surrounding streets are crowded with bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and high-end restaurants. The Eastman School of Music, one of the top musical institutes in the nation, is also located within the neighborhood along with its auditorium. Scattered around the city are also pockets of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Notable areas include the South Wedge, St. Paul Quarter and Monroe Avenue. There are venues where music can be heard scattered all around the city. Live music is important to the nightlife.

  4. Rochester is known as the world capital of imaging. The Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology in nearby Henrietta both have imaging programs.

  5. Media addressing the needs of Rochester's large African American population include "About... time", and "Minority Report".

  6. Rochester lies in the Humid continental climate zone and has four distinct seasons, with often cold and snowy winters. Autumn features brilliant foliage colors, and summer sees generally comfortable temperatures that usually stay in the 80-85 °F (upper 20s °C) range accompanied by moderate to high humidity.

Radio Stations:
WBSU 89.1 FM Brockport, NY Variety
WMHN 89.3 FM Webster, NY Religious
WGMC 90.1 FM Greece, NY Jazz
WPXY 97.9 FM Rochester, NY Top-40
WDKX 103.9 FM Rochester, NY Urban Contemporary
WJZR 105.9 FM Rochester, NY Smooth Jazz
WKGS 106.7 FM Irondequoit, NY Top-40
WHTK 107.3 FM South Bristol Townsh, NY Sports
WROC 950 AM Rochester, NY News/Talk
WDCX 990 AM Rochester, NY Religious
WACK 1420 AM Newark, NY Sports

Demographics of Rochester, New York

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Famous Blacks from Rochester, New York


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Businesses in Rochester, New York

A small percentage of the businesses listed on may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


  1. Anthony's Natural Hair Designs -  Category: Beauty Salon-    - 2485 Dewey Ave, Rochester, NY 14616 (585) 865-6610

  2. Blessed Hands Barber Shop -  Category: Beauty Salons -   708 Joseph Avenue, Rochester, NY - (585) 266-9130

  3. Fatou African Braiding -  Category: Beauty Salons -   260 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, NY - (585) 461-5358

  4. Fatou Braiding Salon -  Category: Beauty Salons -   260 Arnett Boulevard, Rochester, NY - (585) 235-3020

  5. Kamafrique Hair Braiding -  Category: Beauty Salons -  338 Thurston Road, Rochester, NY - (585) 328-7010

  6. Knappy Roots Braiding Salon -  Category: Beauty Salons -  1874 Main Street East, Rochester, NY - (585) 288-2250

  7. Prestige D'Afrique -  Category: Beauty Salons -  441 North Street, Rochester, NY - (585) 235-5130

  8. Princess African Braiding -  Category: Beauty Salons -  904 Main Street W, Rochester, NY - (585) 235-6030

  9. Redeeming Crowns Natural Tonsorium -  Category: Hair Salon-  Wellness & Esteem Restoration. Natural Hair Tonsorium, 10 years Licensed Cosmetologist   - 681 Thurston Rd Rochester, New York - (585) 966-9112   - (visit website)

  10. Sally Beauty Supply -  Category: Beauty Supply -  1601 Penfield Rd Ste 17, Rochester, NY - (585) 248-0780

  11. Sally Beauty Supply -  Category: Beauty Supply -  999 Ridge Rd E, Rochester, NY - (585) 544-0200

  12. Salon Paragon -  Stylist: Michelle -   289 Gregory Street, Rochester, NY 14620 - (585) 271-5580



  1. ABS Foundation Services -  Category: Home Inspection Services -  Contact ABS Foundation Services today for a free inspection of your home's foundation, basement, or crawlspace. We'll get your home fixed in no time. Call now!   - 80 Bluff Dr East, Rochester, NY - (585) 385-4419   - (visit website)

  2. Art by AmW -  Category: Art -  Exposing you to beautiful art, one canvas at a time. Original and custom paintings, wearable art, graphic design services, books and more!   - 51 Hill Court Circle C Rochester, NY 14621 - (585) 978-9048   - (visit website)

  3. Brown & Hutchinson Law Firm -  925 Crossroads Building, Suite 925 - Rochester, NY - Toll free at (866) 716-5445 or (585) 563-4536  - (visit website)

  4. D.A. Smith & Associates, LLC -  125 Tech Park Dr. - Rochester, NY - (866) 796-1464  - (visit website)

  5. Divine Nature -  Category: Music -  Celebrated veterans in the industry, Divine Nature is an award-winning contemporary gospel quartet from Rochester, New York. This anointed foursome has a sound that uplifts audiences across the gospel landscape. They have shared the national stage with such gospel greats as Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Dietrich Hadden, Mary Mary, Israel Houghton, Rance Allen and Tye Tribbett. Consider Divine Nature for your next concert, conference, worship experience or private event.   - 227 Flanders Pl Rochester, NY - (585) 360-5941

  6. FashionFitted, LLC -  Category: Apparel -  Clothing brand specializing in innovative, premium streetwear. Products include the patented FeatherFitted, the Tie Hoodie, the Fitdora, and the Voom Vooms, a luxury sneaker designed after the high-performance European sports car.   -642 South Avenue Rochester, NY - (585) 978-9048   - (visit website)

  7. House is a Home Realty -  Real Estate office . Work buyers and seller in real estate transaction.   1215 N. Good Man Street - Rochester, NY - (585) 703-0167

  8. Imageprinters Marketing Publishing Corp -  Category: Marketing Services -  We are a full service marketing and publishing firm who has been meeting the needs of our clients in the areas of printing, book publication, graphic design, web site development and effectively creating marketing and promotional packages in a professional, timely and cost effective manner since 1989.  - 1115 East Main St., Rochester, NY - (585) 360-0132   - (visit website)

  9. Jerome E. Ward Realty -  Category: Real Estate -  REAL ESTATE COMPANY, LISTING, SELLING, MANAGEMENT, HOME BUYERS WORKSHOPS...PLEASED TO SERVICE YOU.   - 95 Lantern Lane, Rochester, NY - (585) 292-1034

  10. Karen Ward-Wilder -  Category: Author -   Provides educational books for youth and adults, Provides both online and in-person courses on self-publishing (Basic Steps To Develop Your First Book)- Courses for youth and adults.   - P. O. Box 64273, Rochester, NY 14624 (585) 613-8167   - (visit website)

  11. Law Office of Leticia D. Astacio -  Leticia is a general practitioner that specializes in Criminal and Family Law. Prior to beginning her own law firm Leticia was a Senior Prosecutor in the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Bureau of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. She has years of experience dealing with children and families, and the many ways they can interface with the court system.

    In addition she is an aggressive defense attorney with impressive trial results that speak for themselves. As a prosecutor, Leticia never lost a felony trial! While past performance does not guarantee future results, when you are faced with something as important as losing your freedom or your family Leticia is the attorney you want by your side.   - One East Main St. Suite 310 - Rochester, NY - Toll free at (585) 210-8282   - (visit website)

  12. Mood Makers Books -  Category: Bookstore -  274 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14607, (585) 271-7010  - (visit website)

  13. NYB/ New York Barber -  Category: Clothing -  Clothing line inspired by being a Barber in Upstate NY. Hats, tshirts, sweatshirts and barber pins.   - 735 Affinity Lane, Rochester, NY - (585) 498-9786

  14. Our Image Online -  Category: Marketing Services -  Image Printers Marketing and Publishing Corporation is proud to showcase urban businesses in print and on the internet through its publication of Our Image in Print and Our Image Online. Our goal is to market, promote and help you to compete in the marketplace by raising awareness of your products and services to the community.  - 1115 East Main St., Rochester, NY - (585) 360-0132   - (visit website)

  15. Pearls Physique Personal Training -  Category: Fitness -  Personal Training, Aerobic Classes, Bodybuilding/Fitness Competition Coaching   - 296 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY - (585) 694-1062   - (visit website)

  16. Universal Care Services, LLC -  Category: Healthcare -   Universal Care Services, LLC is an non-medical Home Health Agency providing Universal care & Senior Support Services, We specialize in hands on client focused care, companionship & daily living enhancement.At UCS we are fully insured and bonded for your comfort and ease ensuring quality living enhancements without the worry!

    Our team is dedicated & committed to providing satisfaction, affordability & the support needed to continue you on the right path to healthy, good living.Saving you time & money with the right choice in home care. Universal Care Services, LLC understands health can change suddenly, we offer support from the heart. We assist in making transitioning an ease so as your health changes your address doesn't! We provide the best home & personal care solutions for the geriatric population, supporting your every need & increasing your passion for life!

    Universal care Services, LLC is a trusted, bonded, insured & accredited Company with The Better Business Bureau Home Care Solutions available to ensure safety & ease of senior care. Our standard of care enhances our clients daily life ensuring your loved ones receive the attention they deserve!   - 64 Delamaine Drive, Rochester, NY (585) 230-0790   - (visit website)

  17. Urban Economic Development Network -  Category: Business Services -  Business Services and Directory listing   - 106 Fairgate St, Rochester, NY - (585) 451-3998   - (visit website)

  18. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. PSI OMEGA ZETA CHAPTER -  Category: Sorority -  International Community & Social Sorority. Very "Community Conscious, Action-oriented". Founded on January 16, 1920 @ Howard University, in Washington, DC. Principles: Service; Scholarship; Finer Womanhood; and Sisterly Love. Youth Auxiliaries for young ladies ages 4 through 18 years. Membership by Invitation. Please contact us via email, website, or phone.   - P.O. Box 90496, Rochester, NY - (585) 502-8238   - (visit website)



  1. A Little Twist of Soul -  Category: Soul Food Restaurant -  532 Joseph Avenue, Rochester, NY - (585) 262-2620

  2. CJ's Southern Soul -  89 State St, Rochester, NY - (585) 454-3885

  3. CJ's Southern Soul -  89 State St, Rochester, NY - (585) 454-3885

  4. Fusion4 Restaurant and Bar -  Category: Soul Food Restaurant -  Fusion4 offers an upscale dining experience in Caribbean, African, American and Soul Food cuisines.  719 S. Plymouth Ave, Rochester, NY - (585) 328-1302   - (visit website)

  5. Joe BOYZ Soul Food -  Category: Soul Food Restaurant -  478 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY - (585) 325-7620

  6. Sooul Good -  Category: Soul Food Restaurant -  619 Hudson Avenue, Rochester, NY - (585) 266-8760



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  1. Baber Ame Church -  550 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY (585) 461-1395

  2. Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget’s Church -  445 Frederick Douglass Street, Rochester, NY (585) 325-3893  - (visit website)

  3. Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church -  549 Clarissa Street, Rochester, NY (716) 546-5997

  4. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church -  141 Adams St, Rochester, NY (585) 232-6742   - (visit website)

  5. Muhammad Study Group/Nation of Islam -  Visit us Every Sunday at 11am   - 630 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY (585) 436-1460  - (visit website)

  6. New Destiny Church -  465 Hawley Street, Rochester, NY (585) 436-3640



  1. Flat Iron Cafe -  After hours blues sessions -   561 State Street, Rochester New York - (585) 454-4830

  2. The Grille @ Strathallan -  Live jazz during Friday happy hour -   550 East Avenue, Rochester New York - (585) 461-5010

  3. Tribeca Night Club -   233 Mill Street, Rochester New York - (585) 232-1090



  1. Annual African/American Festival -   (August) 1200 South Ave, Rochester, NY (585) 576-2471 - Highland Bowl   - (visit website)

    A variety of events and social gatherings that encourages community involvement and allows us to celebrate our heritage and cultures.

  2. Annual Day of Remembrance -   (July) Hels at Duran Eastman Park-Shoreline. (585) 748-7727

    An event of history, information, knowledge and honoring those African souls lost in the Middle Passage.

  3. Annual Sankofa Theatre Festival -   (August) Location is the MuCCC-142 Atlantic Avenue-Rochester, NY. (585) 271-7010

    Three Nights of Theatre and Jazz!!!

  4. Black Scholars Annual Event -   123 E Main St, Rochester, NY (585) 232-7200 - Held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center    - (visit website)

    Companies, colleges, fraternities and sororities present scholarships to Black Scholars at the Recognition Dinner. Over 700 Black Scholars, parents, relatives, and other well-wishers.




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