You might be able to visit the finger lakes, wine tastings , there are
great trails and state parks, for example the Adirondacks. (Not sure about
the mosquito situation at that time.) There is at least one sound archive
of interest on the way: The Belfer Archive in Syracuse (
http://library.syr.edu/about/tour/locations/belfer.php). I could offer to
show things in and around Syracuse if you want.
BTW: I find it is rather easy to travel by bus from New York to here, just
to mention an alternative to car rentals.
On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM, Carl Pultz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> "...it's got personality (a somewhat mean and ragged personality, but
> personality none the less)."
> Yes! Couldn't have said it better myself.
> BTW, the Bop Shop has moved and is open now at it's new storefront. Still
> settling, but it's much more pleasant than the old place.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
> Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 8:06 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester
> Hi Rainer:
> New York state is large in size, dense with people and full of various
> oddities and "attractions,"
> so it depends on your tastes. It's about 5.5 hours drive from one of the
> airports to Rochester.
> The Finger Lakes region south of Rochester contains most of NY's wineries
> and there is a "wine
> trail" route that passes right by most of them. You can do this on your way
> if you take Route 17
> along the "southern tier" of the state and turn north below the Finger
> (consult maps for your
> preferred route).
> The typical way is the monotonous but pretty well-maintained NY State
> Thruway (it's nothing like an
> Autoban, but it's in very good shape for a US interstate highway, due to
> toll-funded maintenace).
> Make sure you have $$$ for the hefty tolls. If you've driven in Italy and
> stopped at those
> "Toto-moto" rest stops, avoid what you find on the Thruway because you will
> be sorely disappointed.
> On your way up the NY State Thruway, you pass by the Catskills region, and
> it may be worth getting
> off at Exit 28 and driving over to Woodstock to check out the aged-hippy
> artsy scene. Having lived
> for a time in Syracuse, Watertown, Cortland and the area between Syracuse
> and Utica, I can't say
> there is much to see except the odd "museum" here and there, a few
> interesting restored buildings
> and theaters and other curiosities. The Syracuse area seems to be a mecca
> consumerism these days,
> more strip-malls, indoor malls and shopping centers than you would think
> whole population of
> upstate NY could support. Rochester itself is an interesting place, in my
> opinion. It's definitely
> got an air of decline, but it's got personality (a somewhat mean and ragged
> personality, but
> personality none the less). There are good record stores, a guy who
> and sells Edison and
> Victrola machines lives within driving distance, there's the Eastman House
> museum and the Eastman
> school of music, and other various things to see and do. I've never had any
> trouble finding a good
> meal in Rochester, unlike many other places in upstate NY. I highly
> recommend both the Dinosaur and
> Sticky Lips BBQ places and, if you don't mind slumming it (literally), Nick
> Tahos' (sp?) is a
> must-see. There is also a Triple A minor league baseball team in Rochester,
> also teams in Buffalo
> and Syracuse. Keep in mind that, statistically, all of NY State's smaller
> cities are more
> crime-infested than NYC nowadays. Usually, the violent crime takes place
> between rival drug-related
> gangs in the bad neighborhoods, but there are occasional crimes done in
> other areas. It's not like
> Times Square in the 80's, but keep an eye open and keep your wallet in your
> front pocket.
> Another option is to take Amtrak train from NYC (Penn Station, I think).
> You'd need to get
> transportation from the airport into Manhattan. The train goes north to
> Albany right along the shore
> of the Hudson River, it's very pretty. At Albany, it kind of follows the NY
> State barge canal and
> the old Erie canal, and it's interesting because it goes through a lot of
> industrial-ruin stuff in
> the various small cities. I haven't ridden Amtrak trains in years, but
> published reports say they
> are cleaner these days and the food is better than it used to be.
> If it were me travelling from Europe, if I could get a decent price on
> airfare from the NYC airport
> to Rochester, I would take it. Rent a car in Rochester if you plan to do
> activities beyond the
> Conference, especially outside of the main city area. If you are there for
> couple of extra days,
> you can do a long driving day of heading over to Niagara Falls early,
> getting done there by
> lunchtime and then circling down to the bottom of the wine trail and
> a few wineries in the
> afternoon, even eating dinner down there if you like.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Birgit Lotz Verlag" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 6:58 AM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester
> > Would it make sense to travel by road from New York? Are there any places
> of tourist interest en
> > route? Or should I fly straight from Germany, changing planes in New
> And should I spend an
> > extra couple, three days before and after the conference? Any
> > I need to book air transport fairly soon to get fair rates..
> > Thanks
> > Rainer
> > --
> > Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
> > Rotdornweg 81
> > 53177 Bonn (Germany)
> > Tel: 0049-228-352808
> > Fax: 0049-228-365142
> > Web: www.lotz-verlag.de