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Syracuse City Hall is located at 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse NY 13202; phone: 315-448-8005.

Harriet May Mills House, ca. 1858, 1074 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY, National Register

Photo: Harriet May Mills House, ca. 1858, 1074 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Photographed by user:Doncram (own work), 2007, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed June, 2013.

Syracuse [1]

The City of Syracuse is located in the geographic center of New York State within Onondaga County. Syracuse has been appropriately called the "Crossroads of New York State" due to its central location as well as its proximity to the New York State Thruway/Route 81 intersection. Approximately 147,000 people live, and more than 95,000 people work within the City of Syracuse. Based on population, the City of Syracuse is the fifth largest city in the State of New York.

Downtown Syracuse serves as the cultural entertainment center for the City and the entire region with its numerous civic spaces, museums as well as its convention and cultural centers. There are more than twenty distinct neighborhoods, each with its own cultural flavor. City neighborhoods also provide a home to an extensive network of historic public parks.

Community participation and civic activism through the Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today (TNT) program enhance the quality of life within Syracuse's neighborhoods.

Beginnings [2]

The first building in the area was an Inn established by a man name Bogardus, and thus the environs were known as Bogardus's Corners and, later, as Cossit's Corner, the inn having been sold to a man named Cossit. Incorporated as a city in 1848, the name came from the post office, which, in turn came as suggested by the first postmaster, John Wilkinson. He claimed that on reading about the Sicilian City "Siracusa," he was reminded much of "Cossits Corners." The City's first mayor was Harvey Baldwin.

  1. City of Syracuse Comprehensive Plan 2025, www.syracuse.ny.us, accessed January 2009
  2. History of Syracuse,www.syracuse.ny.us, accessed January 2009
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