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Utica is a city of approximately 60,000 residents in Oneida County, NY, located along the Mohawk River, the Erie Canal, and the New York Barge Canal. It is the seat of government for Oneida County. The site was originally settled in 1758 as Old Fort Schuyler. The current name, Utica, comes from an ancient north-African city, once Rome's capital within Africa.
Historically an industrial center, it was particularly well-known for textile production, though this has declined in recent years.
A few interesting facts: Utica holds the Guinness World Record for "Biggest Doughnut," a monster 1.5-ton jelly doughnut prepared in 1993 by local bakeries and a local radio station. It has also appeared in the movies, as the setting for "Drums Along the Mohawk" (1939) and the filming location for "Slap Shot" (1977). Well-known actress/Mouseketeer Annette Funicello was born in Utica.
Utica is in the Eastern Standard time zone, and is located at latitude 43.100N, longitude -75.233W.
Hancock Airport (Syracuse) - the small regional airport in Utica is no longer in operation, however Oneida County airport (Oriskany) is still in use by charters and private avation, in addition to the airport in Rome, which has over a 10000 foot runway (at the former Griffis air base).
Amtrak out of Union Station, an historic train station in downtown Utica.
Utica is easily accessed from the New York State Thruway.
Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, 311 Main Street, Tel. +1-315-724-6129. M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 10:30AM-4PM (hours vary in summer and winter - check first!). A hands-on learning center with emphasis on local history, environmental science, the arts, and space science. The Museum also has an outdoor display of real train cars and engines. $4.00 (members free).
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, 310 Genessee Street, Tel. +1-315-797-0000. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM. The museum has 20 galleries featuring permanent and temporary exhibitions for a total of more than 25,000 American and European 18th-, 19th, and 20th-century paintings and 19th-century decorative arts.
Oneida County Historical Society, 1608 Genesee St. (in the former Christian Science Church - a local landmark), Tel. +1-315-735-3642. Tu-F 10AM-4:30PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Founded in 1876, the Society has a museum, historical/genealogical library, and book/gift shop. It focuses on the history of Central New York and specifically of the County of Oneida. $5.00 entry for the library.
The National Distance Running Hall of Fame is located in Utica.
The New York State Twirlers Hall of Fame is also in Utica, reportedly with a children's museum and free twirling lessons for visitors.
The Stanley Theater opened September 10, 1928 and has been the premier showplace for Central New York ever since. Housed in a "Mexican baroque" building (with Moorish and art deco influences), the theater is home to the Broadway Theatre League, the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Great Artists Series, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, and the Mohawk Valley Ballet. For event tickets, a tour, or information, call the Stanley ticket office at 724-4000.
The Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Utica Marsh is a wetland area shared by Utica and neighboring Marcy, between the Mohawk River and the New York State Barge Canal. The 213 acres are home to a tremendous variety of plants and animals, especially birds. Facilities include observation towers / platforms (at least one handicapped-accessible), walking and bike trails, a pavilion, water control dikes, a small-boat launch site for the Mohawk River, and a boat ramp for the Barge Canal. To get there, turn north off Route 5A (Oriskany Blvd.) onto Barnes Ave. There is a parking area at the end of Barnes Ave, down a little hill to the right, or the pavilion location is down a right-of-way lane to the right called Doucharm Road.
Matt's Brewery Tour (brewer of Saranac, Utica Club, Matt's)
Florentine Pastry Shop
Catch a performance of the Utica Symphony Orchestra, one of the few professional symphonies in Central New York. [505 Henry Street, Utica, NY 13502, Tel. (315) 732-5146, http://www.uticasymphony.org]
As home to the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, you'd expect Utica to have some notable running events - and it does.
The Boilermaker 15K Road Race, run on the second Sunday in July, was established in 1976 by Earle C. Reed. The race began with just over 800 runners and a budget of $750. Now, the Boilermaker is the largest 15K in the nation with more than 10,000 runners. Join in or just watch the runners go by - particpants typically include Olympians and world record holders. For more information visit www.boilermaker.com
America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk is a fun charity fund-raising event for the American Heart Association.
Utica College (1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502) offers a wide range of academic programs, excellent faculty, and diversity of a large university, while at the same time providing students with the low faculty-to-student ratio and individual attention of a small college. Founded by Syracuse University in 1946, Utica College continues to grant the Syracuse University bachelor's degree in areas such as health care, criminal justice, public relations, journalism, business, and the liberal arts. Utica College was the first university in the nation to offer Economic Crime Investigation as a major. UC also offers the Utica College master's degree in education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, business administration, economic crime management, and liberal studies.
Hamilton College (198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323-1296) is a highly selective residential college offering its students a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Chartered in 1812, it is the third oldest college in New York State and is named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, a charter trustee of the college's predecessor, the Hamilton-Oneida Academy.
Mohawk Valley Community College (1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13501-5394) is the oldest community college in New York State, beginning operations in 1946. Approximately 30,000 individuals have earned degrees or certificates from MVCC.
Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (School of Art, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502). Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute is a prominent, regional fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions: the Museum of Fine Art, the Performing Arts, and the School of Art. The Institute is named in honor of the founders who established it in 1919 as a legacy for their community and the surrounding region.
State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology (PO Box 3050, Utica, NY 13599-4012). Established in 1966, SUNYIT offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology, professional studies, and selected liberal arts disciplines. The SUNYIT campus is a high-tech learning environment located on more than 800 acres of green lawns and woodlands in the Town of Marcy, just north of Utica.
Utica has a wide variety of bars, with many of the most popular being in the Varick St area of downtown. Although popular with residents year round, expect the bars around Varick St to be particuarly crowded during Saranac thursdays.
Varick St Bars
The Electric Company, 700 Varick Street, 792-9271
Matt Brewery, Varick Street, 732-0022
Shamrock Pub, 601 Varick Street
Stiefvater Room, 618 Varick Street
Varick, 616 Varick Street, 724-7851
Gennessee St Bars
257 Steakhouse and Saloon, 257 Genesee Street, 797-3452
The Auburn, 14 Auburn Avenue, 735-2649
Babe's Macaroni Bar and Grill, 80 North Genesee Street, 735-0777