yourUPstate Vol. 2

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Welcome to Your Urban Upstate 4.10.2017

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
Utica bread a is popular place, as evident by the floury footprints of Uticans early on a Sunday Morning.

Most people don’t realize Utica has a zoo!  Meet Donovan, the almost 6 year old African Lion King, who was made in Utica, born in Utica, raised in Utica and says you better love Utica too!

Rochester, Arian Horbovetz

Twitter: @a_d_photo

Instagram:  ariandavidphoto

Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts includes a gorgeous flatiron building, home to a cafe, a restaurant and shops with apartments on the higher floors.

Buffalo, Michael Shriver


Instagram:  buffalophotoblog


A view down Pearl Stret

Troy, Eddie Quinn

Instagram:  enjoytroyny

Sage Park at Golden Hour

Rome, Mike Colangelo Sr.


Fort Stanwix is Rome’s signature historical destination
There are lots of nice shops and restaurants on the beautiful East Dominick



Troy, Maria Piscitella

Website (Tumblr):
Instagram:  troynewyork_
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Frear’s Troy Cash Bazaar and Market Block Books, both build in the 1800s


Troy/Albany, Sean Russell

Instagram:  seanrussellphoto


Market Square



Geneva, Alex Long

Instagram:  brilliantvisual


At night in Geneva, even the mundane can be stunning


Binghamton, Patti Schwartz

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On April 9th, 1867 Binghamton was incorporated as a city.  Happy 150th Birthday Binghamton!  City Hall, which anchors Government Plaza, was a product of the period of urban renewal during the 1970s.  The original City Hall still stands and is now The Grand Royale Hotel.


Schenectady, Mary Zawacki


Instagram:  zajaczka / schenectadyhistorical

This week Schenectady said goodbye to one of its landmark buildings, the historic Nicholaus Block.  It was a preservation fail, and a huge loss for the city’s cultural streetscape.  Here’s to the Masonic Temple across the street, and hoping it fares better!  Unique architecture is what gives Schenectady its character!


Syracuse, George Patterson

Instagram – georgejpatt
Twitter – @georgejpatt

Facebook – geo.j.patterson


syracuse from the east
Syracuse skyline taken from the room of a building on James Street on the East side of the city

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