yourUPstate Vol. 1

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Welcome to Your Urban Upstate 4.3.2017

From Binghamton to Buffalo, from Utica to Troy and everything in between, the photographers below are excited to share their city.  Every Monday, The Urban Phoenix will share images from talented “correspondent photographers” across our great state.  These are photogs that not only love their craft, they have a passion for visually representing the beautiful things in our Upstate urban centers.

Soon, this weekly piece will include photos and editorials from members as the Urban Phoenix takes the next steps to help make loving your city a part of every day life.

Think New York City is the only urban paradise in in our state?  Not anymore.  Each week, the photographers below will take you on a tour of our thriving upstate cities, showing you all that is happening in places you might not expect.  Scroll through, enjoy and connect with these talented masters of imagery as they share their urban centers with you.


Utica, Ken Smith

Twitter:  @Tolerated13, @SMITHImagery315
Instagram:  Tolerated13, smithimagery
The windows of the 171 building reflect on the past.  Inside, a whole new 171 is taking shape.
Live from Genesee Street, Downtown Utica looking South on a Wednesday


Rochester, Arian Horbovetz

Twitter: @a_d_photo

Instagram:  ariandavidphoto

Looking West down Rochester’s historic Main Street.  Life is being breathed into this area once again, highlighted by the revitalization of the gorgeous Sibley Building (right).

Buffalo, Michael Shriver


Instagram:  buffalophotoblog


Buffalo’s Theatre District in downtown Buffalo, NY is the center of the city’s theater scene that draws Broadway shows that are in preview stage or on tour. The district contains a number of theaters, including the famous Shea’s Performing Art Center.


Troy, Eddie Quinn

Instagram:  enjoytroyny

Rome, Mike Colangelo Sr.


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Comfortably Urban, Rome is ahead of the curve with one of Upstate’s first bike share programs!



Troy, Maria Piscitella

Website (Tumblr):
Instagram:  troynewyork_
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The Rice Building is located at the head of River Street Historic District.  It is a five-story flat-iron shaped polychrome commercial building built in 1871 and is still standing beautifully today.  The Rice Building is one of the many reasons to come visit the scenic Troy, NY


Troy/Albany, Sean Russell

Instagram:  seanrussellphoto

Troy Light Company Building


Geneva, Alex Long

Instagram:  brilliantvisual


Stevie Wonder: Under the Covers
The popular local band ‘Shrimps’ playing at a Stevie Wonder Cover Concert hosted at the Cracker Factory; a restored 19th century factory in Geneva that is now an event space and concert venue


Binghamton, Patti Schwartz

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I am a true believer that the beauty of a city is a reflection of its residents more than the brick and mortar of its buildings.  This weekend, 3700 people came together for the annual Binghamton Color Run; proceeds from which went to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.  The Color Run uses the tagline “Happiest 5k on the Planet.”  There was no denying that this was clearly an event that you walked away from extremely happy; and extremely proud of how much the residents of Binghamton give back to each other as this and many other events throughout the year


Schenectady, Mary Zawacki


Instagram:  zajaczka / schenectadyhistorical

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Pure Schenectady Skies


Syracuse, George Patterson

Instagram – georgejpatt
Twitter – @georgejpatt

Facebook – geo.j.patterson

Syracuse Cop
Syracuse Police Officer blocks a street for a run
Syracuse Football
Boys play football in the street

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