Rochester is a city in the western part of New York State on the south shore of Lake Ontario. It is the third largest city in New York and the headquarters for Monroe County. Rochester is a diverse city with a Caucasian population of about 43 percent and an African American population of approximately 42 percent. Rochester is also known for its cultural institutions such as the George Eastman Museum, Geva Theatre Centre, Strong National Museum and Memorial Art Gallery. Additionally, Rochester has a rich golfing history with the Oak Hill Country club having hosted the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Men’s US Open.
Park Avenue is a neighborhood found on the Southern side of Rochester. It is bound by the Interstate 490 and Monroe Avenue to the south and west. Park Avenue has some of the most expensive homes in Rochester as the median home price of about $200,000 is more than double that of Rochester City which is $75,000. A minority of the homes are occupied by home owners as 77 percent of homes are renter occupied. The air around Rochester is pollution free with the city ranking high in air quality tests. However the weather is quite dour with temperatures peaking at only 71 degrees during summer. During winter, Rochester averages 26 degrees. Park Avenue is one of the safest neighborhoods in the Rochester with a crime rate that is lower than the national average. This neighborhood is suitable for people who want to settle down with their families.
East Avenue is a neighborhood that starts in Rochester’s center and runs southeast up to Nazareth College. East Avenue is part of the National Register of Historic Places as it has beautiful Victorian homes. East Avenue is an affluent part of Rochester with median household incomes being 49 percent higher than the rest of Rochester. Crime is not prevalent in East Avenue but the neighborhood crime’s rate is slightly above the national average. Many public amenities are available in East Avenue. There are bus stops for public transit, museums, schools and high quality restaurants.
Browncroft is a predominantly Caucasian neighborhood found to the east of Rochester. The southern part of Tryon Park West is found in Browncroft. Tryon Park was created by John Rockefeller in the 1910s. The park has unrestricted access for everyone and there are 8 miles of paths suitable for running and walking. Tryon Park also hosts Cloisters, a museum that is home to over 4,000 medieval artworks. Houses in Browncroft are expensive but not as expensive as East Avenue. Most homes in Browncroft are owner occupied. Browncroft has many schools and daycare centers for toddlers. Browncroft has some of the best pizza in New York state found at pizzerias such as Rhino’s and Salvatore’s Old Fashioned. Public transport is a viable option in Browncroft as there are ample bus stops scattered throughout the neighborhood. Art lovers should not miss out on Radio Social and Art Direct galleries.