NYS Tour with Anne
You've chosen Syracuse. Ahh, Anne's weekend place. Because Oneida pales in comparison to Syracuse (or to any place with over 25,000 people for that matter), I hang out here on the weekends. With a population of roughly 450,000 with suburbs, a few malls, two colleges (LeMoyne College and Syracuse University), Syracuse packs a diverse young crowd, especially if you hang around S.U. Hill.
What Anne Has Seen Here:
Let me suggest places I like:
- Zopie's Caffeine Fix; S. Crouse Street: I spend at least one night per week here, sometimes three or four. Often there are live bands. Lots of coffee, straightedgers, vegans, punks, college kids, smoke, laptops, comfy couches, artwork, and hetero-and-not-quite-hetero-couples (and on friday nights, usually there's me). Mainly it's a young crowd. There's live music often, and some nights there is an open mic. One of my favorite aspects: unlimited syrup for your italian soda or coffee at the FREE flavor bar (this is a big deal for me, a'ight?).
- Coffee Cave; Marshall Street: This is cool, but it's not Zopie's. Good pesto bagel melts, and good Brazilian Santos blend coffee. Purple walls, black pew benches, and little wooden and rubber bats hanging from the ceiling. If you go in the bathroom, I signed the wall somewhere. I think it says "I love Matt" (but I don't, and I never did, it was just something so "girly" and stupid.. I never get why girls do that shit.. so I did it, my fine sarcastic humor exemplified).
- Oliver's; Marshall Street: A rockass music store. Lots o' vinyl and seven-inches, plus, because of Syracuse's pretty hefty hardcore scene, there's lots of punkmusic there too. Surprisingly, there is a wealth of Kill Rock Stars label girls, like the girls of Sleater-Kinney. There is a good used cd selection, along with lots of bootleg tapes and video tapes and posters and shit. Stickers galore.
- Hungry Chuck's; some alleyway on Crouse: Where you're gonna find a lot of the hardcore bands, and other alternabands too. Ska shows go down here. Other places: Planet505 and the Lost Horizon (I know where each is but I can't remember the street names).
- Barnes & Noble; Erie Boulevarde: the best fucking bookstore ever (not the syracuse one, just the company itself)... where I get most of my mags (curve, AP, CMJ, Gerbil when it's around, Siren, etc. etc.), and where I get my wealth of journals (velvety and astro-turfy) and books for AP English. It USED to serve Jones Soda, the best soda on earth, but then it stopped, and I was hurt. Fun music listening stations and some of the best cards around.