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Ithaca (New York)

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In some ways, Ithaca is a town of many contrasts that can attract different types of visitors. Ithaca is very much a college town, but it is also home to very solid and vibrant permanent community. The town is small and surrounded by outdoor amenities. Cornell University has the feel of the Ivy League school that it is, yet it excels in state-wide agricultural and veterinary research, and is the state's land-grant university.
*'''Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce''' [] (607) 273 7080
Relocation packets, and information on local businesses.
Ithaca has a humid continental climate, and is markedly cooler than New York City. Winter is cold, sometimes bitterly so, with temperatures reaching 0 F or lower ten times per annum. There is also significantly more snow and more cloudy days than along most of the coast. The best time of year to visit is summer -- as it is the sunniest and driest season, days are pleasantly warm but rarely too hot, and nights are crisp. Fall is also pretty -- the fall foliage in the area rivals that anywhere in New England. Foliage peaks in early October. The first snowfall can occur as early as around Halloween.
==Get in==
===By plane===
*The '''Ithaca Tompkins County Regional Airport''' [], located northeast of the city has flights on US Airways to and from Philadelphia and New York (Laguardia), on Delta Air Lines to and from Detroit, and on Continental United Airlines to and from Newark. Hourly bus service to the Ithaca Commons and Cornell University are available on TCAT Route 32 (weekdays) and 72 (weekends), until around 11pm each night (4pm on Sunday) for $1.50, click [] for more information. Taxi service is also available, although you may have to wait for a cab to arrive, especially during peak hours. Its a good idea to call as soon as your plane landsand the crew notifies you that use of mobile phones is permitted.
*Airports in [[BinghamtonSyracuse (New York)|Syracuse]], [[Scranton]], [[Syracuse Elmira (New York)|SyracuseElmira]], and [[Elmira Albany (New York)|ElmiraAlbany]] offer additional departures and sometimes cheaper fares, although Ithaca's fares have become much more competitive since the addition of ContinentalUnited.
===By car===
===By bus===
*'''Greyhound''' [] offers daily direct departures to [[New York City]], [[Albany (New York)|Albany]] , [[Buffalo]], and [[BuffaloToronto]] from the Ithaca Bus Terminal.
*'''Shortline''' (Coach USA) buses offers [] also serves several daily departures to [[New York City]] via [[Binghamton]], although Shortline buses primarily serve serves the Cornell University Campus and not all some departures stop at skip the Ithaca City Bus Terminal.
*'''Trailways''' [] is a regional carrier primarily serving Western New York that offers service to Rochester, Buffalo, and southern Ontario in Canada.
===By train===
Although Ithaca once had rail connections to New York City, Scranton, Philadelphia, Buffalo and several cities in New England, the last passenger train left Ithaca in 1961, with the majority of service ending in the 1930's. Today, the nearest '''Amtrak''' [] stations are on the Empire Corridor in Syracuse and Rochester. There are no direct is one bus connections per day to either Ithaca (Greyhound Station) from the Syracuse Amtrak stationand two to three buses per day to Ithaca from the Rochester Trailways Bus Station, however a three-minute walk from the Amtrak station. The two colleges sometimes run shuttles to the rail stations around semester breaks.
==Get around==
====Downtown and the Commons====
Street parking is metered and more difficult to come by (in some areas a 15 minute maximum on the meters), although there are always spots available if you're willing to walk. There are three municipal parking structures, one on Green Street just east of Cayuga Street, one at the corner of Tioga and Seneca Streets and the other on Cayuga Street to the south of the Commons. All three garages are free on evenings and weekends, and parking for one hour or less is also free at all three garages. Some local retailers will provide a token for an extra free hour. Parking at metered spaces and for more than one hour at the garages is $1 per hour, up to a maximum of $710. Free one-hour parking has been terminated at all three garages, and the daily maximum has been raised as of January 1, 2011. Weekly and Monthly parking passes are available at discounted rates.
* '''Dollar/MaGuire Ford Car Renal''' [] (607) 272 8000
* '''Enterprise Rent-a-Car''' [] (607) 275 9000
* '''Hertz''' [] (607) 257 8677
* '''National Car Rental''' [] (607) 272 2575
* '''Rent-a-Wreck''' [] (607) 272 5533
===Taxicabs, Limousines, & Airport Shuttle Services===
* '''Euro Sedans & Limousines'''[] (607) 387-EURO (3876)
* '''IthaCar Service'''[] (607) 229 3500
* '''Green Hornet Cab'''[](607) 280 3779
* '''Ithaca Dispatch''' (607) 277 TAXI
===Nature and Sciencescience===
* '''Cayuga Nature Center''' [] - Visitors to Cayuga Nature Center can explore the wonders of the natural world first hand. Cayuga Nature Center has over five miles of trails and a lodge filled with indoor exhibits including a kids' activity room. Cayuga Nature Center prides itself with our collection of indoor and outdoor live animal exhibits and our seasonal butterfly house. TreeTops, our six-story tree house, and five miles of trails are open from dawn to dusk. Cayuga Nature Center offers a wide range of educational activities including environmental and animal programs, an active outreach program, our TEAM Challenge ropes course, and much more.
* '''Farmers' Market''' []- You’ll find wines, and beautiful flowers, unique gifts and specialty foods, clothing and accessories, and an array of paintings, pottery, woodworking, and jewelry offered by fine artists and craftspeople from around the region. Listen to live music or enjoy a waterfront picnic- and don’t forget to sample the burritos, sushi, Sri Lankan cuisine and dozens of other choices from the international cafes. 
* '''Sciencenter''' [] - The Sciencenter, located at 601 First Street in Ithaca, is a hands-on science museum for people of all ages with over 250 fun exhibits, educational programs, an outdoor science park, a seasonal 18-hole miniature golf course, an animal room, and a gift shop. The Sciencenter is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10AM to 5PM and Sundays from noon to 5PM Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 3-17. Admission is free to members and children under the age of three. The museum's traveling exhibitions change seasonally and there is always something new to explore. The Sciencenter, named the “2006 Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year” by the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, welcomes more than 91,000 visitors per year. The Sciencenter is a proud member of Ithaca's Discovery Trail.
* '''Light in Winter Festival''' [] - Favorite Ithaca resident Carl Sagan once said "Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known." The annual Light in Winter Festival celebrates that possibility by looking at the world through a different lens in the hopes of enlightening, educating and entertaining visitors. LIW takes place the last weekend in January and is one of the few festivals in the world which celebrates the intersections of art and science. In 2007, the Festival theme is "Connections", and will host Pilobolus, the Bang-on-a-Can All Stars with Iva Bittova, Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom of Pixar, Christopher Rothko and NPR's "Piano Puzzler" Bruce Adolphe in 'The Tiger's Ear', the NY Times' Andrew Revkin and "The North Pole Was Here", Harvard string theorist Lisa Randall, Wine and the Mind, and more. January 26 - 28, 2007.
* '''Cornell Lab of Ornithology''' []
* '''Cass Park''' - North off Route 89, just outside town. Skating in winter, swimming pool in summer. This is adjacent to Alan Treman State Park, which contains a marina and a large fenced off-leash dog park.
===Performing Artsarts===* '''Kitchen Theatre Company''' [] - Bold, intimate, engaging... Kitchen Teatre Theatre Company is Downtown Ithaca's year round professional theare. Critically acclaimed, this theatre is nationally renowned and offers four performance series (Main Stage, Family Fare, Kitchen Counter Culture, Kitchen Sink). The Kitchen presents an engaging mix of contemporary, regional, and world premiere plays and musicals in an intimate 73-seat theatre that encourages a bold relationship between audience and actor. "Important conversations happen in the Kitchen."
*<do name="The Hangar Theatre" alt="" address="801 Taughannock Blvd" directions="two miles from downtown Ithaca on the shores of Lake Cayuga" phone="607) 273-8588" url="http://www." hours="Evening performances and matinees" price="" lat="" long="">A professional regional theatre presenting full-scale musicals, beloved classics, comedies, dramas, cabaret, world premieres, and a sparkling lineup of children's plays, musicals and education programs.</do>
* '''Ithaca College Theatre''' [] Performs two musicals, an opera, and several plays each year.
* The Ithaca College '''Whalen Center for Music''' has numerous free concerts and recitals almost every day of the week during the school year. []
* '''Stewart Park''', '''Buttermilk Falls''', '''Treman State Park''' and '''Six-mile Park''' all offer nice walking/hiking trails. Some have parking fees on weekends and during high season. Cross country skiing is permitted on the golf course in winter. Treman State Park offers a large marina, and there is a large fenced off-leash dog park nearby.
* There are two outdoor stores in the downtown Ithaca area. '''The Outdoor Store''' (206 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-3891) on the Commons and '''Eastern Mountain Sports''' (722 South Meadow Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-1935) on Route 13 South (about 500 yards south of Wegmans.) Mountain Edge Outfitters on the Commons recently went out of business.
* Also check out '''Cornell Outdoor Education''' [] which has rental equipment and an indoor climbing wall.
Ithaca is home to one of the world's most successful '''local currency experiments'''. The '''Ithaca Hour'''[] is Ithaca's local currency and is accepted by more than 600 local merchants and service providers. Using Ithaca Hours contributes to Ithaca's economy and small businesses. The '''Autumn Leaves''' bookstore at Ithaca Commons serves as the unofficial home of Ithaca's local currency and is the best place to go to acquire Hours. Of course, U.S. dollars are also used in Ithaca.
Shopping in Ithaca is in four major areas: '''Downtown/Commons''', '''Meadow Street/Route 13''', '''Collegetown''', and '''Lansing/Mall''' area.
* '''Collegetown''', just across Cascadilla Gorge from the Cornell campus, is mostly home to restaurants and businesses catering to the college crowd, and there are several shops specializing in Cornell- and Ithaca-related merchandise.
* '''Lansing/Mall''' - Finally, just north of Ithaca in Lansing is the '''Shops at Ithaca Mall''' (formerly known as the '''Pyramid Mall'''), recently expanded to hold Borders(now closing), Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Target, offering a fairly broad and ubiquitous selection of shops. Nearby are the '''Triphammer''' and '''Cayuga''' malls, which are less elaborate.
A number of independent book sellers continue to thrive in the city and its immediate vicinity. Downtown Ithaca bookstores on or very near the Commons include the following:
* '''Autumn Leaves''', 115 The Commons. (607) 273-8239. Open 7 days a week. 60,000 books, 10,000 records and a Cafe, all under one roof.
* '''The Bookery I''', in DeWitt Mall, corner of Buffalo and Cayuga Streets. Bookery I sells used and collectible books. Companion *"'''Buffalo Street Books"''', also in the DeWitt Mall, sells new books.
* '''Colophon Books''', 205 N Aurora.
* '''Home Green Home''', 215 the Commons, has small book section with titles related to sustainable living.
* '''Book Barn of the Finger Lakes''', 198 North Rd. just off Rt. 13 in [[Dryden]], across from the Tompkins-Cortland Community College entrance.
Also, two one "big-box" bookstores bookstore can now be found in Ithaca:* '''Borders''', Pyramid Mall (Triphammer Rd exit off Rt. 13 N)
* '''Barnes & Noble''', Route 13 S (next to Tops supermarket)
If you'll be in Ithaca in May or October, look into the dates of the huge '''Friends of the Library'''[] book sale, which lasts a week or two for each sale period and offers over 250,000 items for sale, with proceeds supporting the fancy, new (but cash-strapped) county library on the corner of Green and Cayuga Streets.
===With local currency===
Ithaca is home to one of the world's most successful '''local currency experiments'''. The '''Ithaca Hour'''[] is Ithaca's local currency and is accepted by more than 600 local merchants and service providers. Using Ithaca Hours contributes to Ithaca's economy and small businesses. The '''Autumn Leaves''' bookstore at Ithaca Commons serves as the unofficial home of Ithaca's local currency and is the best place to go to acquire Hours. Of course, US dollars are also used in Ithaca.
*'''Ling Ling Restaurant''', East Hill Plaza on Judd Falls Road and Ithaca Plaza on Rt 13 S at Elmira Rd. Frequently voted best Chinese food in Ithaca. East Hill Plaza location has large dining room and Elmira Rd location is mostly take-out.
*'''Manos Diner/Ichabods Lounge''', Located on Route 13 right past Walmart, this restaurant offers two separate places, a dinner and a bar, all under the same roof and ownership. It is a traditional family dinner, offering quintessential American dishes and breakfast all day. The service is very fast, even on the busiest of Sunday mornings, and you can easily get a tasty plate full of food for less than 7 dollars. Great place to go for a cheap bite to eat for families and adults. Favored typically by locals.
*'''Ragmann's''', 108 N. Aurora Street, 607-273-5236, []. Known for homemade soups, specialty sandwiches, including vegetarian options, Ragmann's is on the Ithaca Commons. Sodas, beer, wine and specialty drinks available. Lunch and dinner $5-$10.  
*'''Just a Taste''', 116 North Aurora Street, 607-277-9463, []. Dinner every day, brunch 11-3 on weekends. Great tapas bar with a large selection of wines available by the glass. You can also select from a number of "flights" of wine, with a small taste of 4 or 5 different wines. The menu changes frequently and usually features local produce. Probably the best "walk in" eatery in town, and has less students than many other places. Tapas range from $4-$7. Expect to order 2-4 per person, and expect to share.
*'''Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster bar''' 635 W. State St., 607-272-4136, []. Maxie's offers dinner daily until 11PM and midnight on Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday until 3PM. Maxie's Supper Club offers a good selection of Cajun seafood food including an oyster bar, as well as authentic southern barbeque. The Cajun fries are delicious, but don't miss the shrimp and grits in tasso sauce, and definitely have lots of the honey butter they serve with the free cornbread. The Supper Club is an excellent place to grab some food and drinks after a late evening event. The restaurant feature locally-produced food and the wine list is award-winningly extensive and also features upstate wines, which often pair well with spicy food. Brunch $10-$15. Dinner $10-$20.
*'''Bandwagon Brewpub''' 114 N. Cayuga St., 607-319-0699, []. A fun brewpub that offers its own brews and locally-sourced grub.
*'''Moosewood Restaurant''' Dewitt Building, 215 N. Cayuga St., 607-273-9610, []. Famous world-wide for their vegetarian cookbooks, this downtown institution offers reasonably-priced (for a famous brand) vegetarian fare and fish with a different menu every night and a good selection of local wines, beers, and cafe beverages. Save room for dessert. Ask for a table in the furthest room. In the summer, the street level patio is quite pleasant. Lunch $10-$15. Dinner $15-$25.
*'''The Heights Cafe''' 903 Hanshaw Rd. 607-257-4144, []. Lunch and dinner. This upscale American-style restaurant is hidden in the ritzy Cayuga Heights area of Ithaca. The menu is definitely among the pricier in Ithaca, but the food is well worth it. This is a great place for a special occasion. Lunch $10-$15. Dinner entrees $20-$30.
*'''John Thomas Steakhouse''' 1150 Danby Road, 607-273-2734 or 800-765-1492, []. What is probably one of Ithaca's most expensive restaurants is also one of of the best. This traditional steakhouse is in an old farmhouse adjacent to La Tourelle Country Inn on the way to Danby, just past Ithaca College on route 96B. Big steaks prepared traditionally are rated among the best in the state, including NYC. Great for a fancy date or to have your parents take you for parents' weekend. Entrees $20-$30.
*'''Dijon''' 311 Third ST 607-256-0503, []. Dinner only; book reservations in advance. This restaurant is a culinary gem in the heart of Ithaca. Traditional French cuisine with an eye for seasonal specials. Dinner $20+.
Wegmans [], the largest grocery store in Ithaca, has a very large selection of specialty and ethnic foods, and has a large food court-like "marketplace" where ready-made food ranging from pizza to sushi can be purchased and eaten in the pleasant on-premises eating areas. A tourist experience of its own, like the Wegmans around New York State.
The two other major main grocery chains store chain in Ithaca are is Tops [] and P&C [|12774|0706041557|||||] [|12774|0706041557|||||] [|12774|0706041557|||||]. They are both a step down in quality Tops is smaller and has less selection from than Wegmans but are is favored by some residents for being less hoity-toityjust that reason. Tops arguably has a better selection of foreign food than Wegmans. Most grocery stores in Ithaca are open 24 hours to serve the college market, although the P&Cs tend to close at 10 or so. There is also an Aldi that sells deeply discounted store-brand foods with limited hours and no free grocery bags.
Greenstar [http://www.greenstarcoopgreenstar.comcoop/] is a food co-op on the west end of town and is open to everyone. They offer a good selection of organic produce and bulk dry foods. Also check out their smaller location, Greenstar Oasis, in Dewitt Mall (near Moosewood) just off the Commons. If you're vegetarian and/or looking for organic selection, this is a great place to shop. It also has its version of the "marketplace" in its deli section where prepared foods are offered to either eat-in (there is a dining area) or take out. It is the only grocery store to offer fresh baked vegan desserts (which are VERY good). Here you will pay for the higher quality since it can get a bit pricey.
If you are in town on a weekend during the warm months (Saturday and Sunday April-October, Thursday afternoons June-August), you should consider getting your groceries and some bites to eat at the Ithaca Farmer's Market []. There is a large selection of not only fresh herbs and vegetables, but also free-range and pasture-fed meat. The breakfast burrito is a local favorite. Many local artisans (soapmakers, woodworkers, etc.) also have kiosks, and there are about a dozen different food vendors. Local vineyards also have kiosks.
There are three main Asian grocery stores in town. The most popular are Win Li, south of downtown on Route 13 (near the McDonald's), and Ithaca Tofu, located in the "Small Mall" on Cinema Drive behind Triphammer Mall. The third is a small shop in Collegetown on Eddy Street called Tong Fang. Win Li is the largest and has a very big selection of fresh Asian vegetables and has seasonally fresh fish. They also have some Chinese housewares (pots, bowls, rice cookers, etc.) and a big selection of rice. Ithaca Tofu has a slightly more varied selection of fruit and vegetables (including fresh shiso/ohba), but has much more in the way of Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Korean sauces. In keeping with their name, they do have a large selection of all kinds of tofu, but they also have a lot of Japanese snacks, sushi-related items, and they get fresh shipments of pre-cooked Chinese deli staples (chicken feet, tripe, scallion rolls) from NYC every week. Tong Fang caters much more to the college crowd and stocks a large array of teas and instant noodles. It is located right across from the intersection of Buffalo and Eddy streets, so parking is a bit scarce.
*'''Stella's''' Restaurant, bar, and coffee shop with downstairs lounge in a hip, Jetson's meets Flinstones space. Large selection of martinis, bourbons, single-malts, and local organic foods.
*'''The Royal Palm''' Classic old dive bar on Dryden Road just off of the Collegetown drag.
*'''The Nines''' Restaurant/Bar in an old firehouse on College Ave. Outdoor seating, serves some of the best pizza in town. Nobody goes there anymore because it's too Gets very crowdedon big weekends (Homecoming, Graduation and Reunion) but it's a great place to sit outdoors on a summer evening. Music almost every night. Expect long waits for the food, though.
*'''Pixel''' New, hip, upscale club atmosphere with live DJs often. Extensive selection of video games, beer and top shelf liquor - although drinks are expensive ($5-$8, more for beers). On an alley off Dryden Road, between College Ave. and Eddy St.
*'''Level-B''' New to Collegetown: often with live DJs. Top shelf liquor - although drinks are expensive. It is the only decently cluby place in Ithaca.
*'''Loco''' Located on Stewart Ave next to East Buffalo Street. Small low key bar with a Mexican theme. Provides nightly specials. More on the pricey side compared to other bars in Ithaca, but is often the least crowded or noisy. Has an upscale, hip atmosphere.
*'''Micawber's''' Irish Pub located on North Aurora Street
*'''Chanticleer''' Local hangout on corner of Cayuga and State Street marked by a neon rooster. Downmarket, excellent jukebox.
*'''Korova''' Relatively new bar on The Commons. Has a good variety of beer selection on tap. Hipster atmosphere.
*'''Moonshadow''' Funky bar on The Commons with drink specials.
*'''Viva! Taqueria & Cantina''' Mexican restaurant that serves Margaritas and has a large selection of Tequila. Aurora St.
*'''Benchwarmer's''' Sports Bar on The Commons with many TVs, serves American/Pub style food.
*'''Uncle Joe's Sports Bar''' Roomy sports bar on Green Street separated into a bar area with flat-screen TVs, main dining area for watching sports, and a gaming room with pool table and darts. Also serves American style food.
*'''2nd Floor Bar''' Located above Trader K's, new bar in former clothing shop. It has a window bar that allows you to look out over The Commons. Large, perhaps even cavernous, space, includes two pool tables.
*'''The Rongovian Embassy to the USA''' See [[Trumansburg_(New York)|Trumansburg]].
*'''Red Feet Wine Market''' just off Route 13 at Franklin St offers an excellent selection of wines and spirits with an exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly staff. '''Northside Liquors''' (identified by giant "Discount Beverage Center" letters) in the shopping center at the intersection of Elmira Rd. and Rte. 13., across from KMart. Northside Liquors has a very large selection of wines and liquors, with a rare wines room and probably the largest selection anywhere of upstate New York wines. If you go on a wine tour but in retrospect failed to buy your favorite wines, just go to Northside Liquors to pick them up instead of driving all the way back to the winery. Smaller, but also with a nice selection of wines, is '''Sparrow's Wines''' at Fulton and Green Streets and '''Triphammer Wines& Spirits''' & Spirits located in the Triphammer Mall off Rte. 13.
*<sleep name="Hampton Inn Ithaca" alt="" address="337 Elmira Road" directions="" phone="607-277-5500" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""> </sleep>
*<sleep name="Hillside Inn" alt="" address="518 Stewart Avenue" directions="" phone="607-273-4561" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">A rather antiquated but cheaper option for those who would prefer to stay near Collegetown.</sleep>
==Get out==
* '''Stewart Park''', '''Buttermilk Falls''', '''Treman State Park''' and '''Six-mile Park''' all offer nice walking/hiking trails. Some have parking fees on weekends and during high season. Cross country skiing is permitted on the golf course in winter. Treman State Park offers a large marina, and there is a large fenced off-leash dog park nearby.
* There are two outdoor stores in the downtown Ithaca area. '''The Outdoor Store''' (206 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 273-3891) on the Commons and '''Eastern Mountain Sports''' (722 South Meadow Street Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-1935) on Route 13 South (about 500 yards south of Wegmans.) Mountain Edge Outfitters on the Commons recently went out of business.
* Also check out '''Cornell Outdoor Education''' [] which has rental equipment and an indoor climbing wall.
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