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Downtown Syracuse
(aerial view; Onondaga Lake in background)

Syracuse (/ˈsɪrəkjz, ˈsɛr-, -kjs/) is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, United States. It is the fifth-most populous city in the state of New York following New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers.

At the 2010 census, the city population was 145,252, and its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. It is the economic and educational hub of Central New York, a region with over one million inhabitants. Syracuse is also well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex. Syracuse was named after the classical Greek city Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.

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When the city first installed traffic signal lights in 1925, manufactured by Crouse-Hinds Company of Syracuse, they placed one at a major intersection on Tipperary Hill at the corner of Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue. This was the main business district of the area.

Local Irish youths, incensed that anyone would dare to put the "British" red above the "Irish" green, threw stones at the signal and broke the red light. The city replaced it, but the Irish soon threw more stones and broke the replacement. Eventually, the city gave in to local pressure and replaced the traffic signal with one having the green light on top and the red light on the bottom to prevent future vandalism. All traffic signals installed since then have had the green light on top. This has been known to cause problems for people with color blindness who are unfamiliar with the area.

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Engraving of J.W. Loguen from his 1859 Autobiography
Jermain Wesley Loguen (February 5, 1813 – September 30, 1872), born Jarm Logue in slavery, was an African-American abolitionist and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. At age 21, he successfully escaped bondage on his second attempt, stealing his master's horse and following the Underground Railroad north, finally crossing into Canada. Loguen learned to read, worked various jobs in Canada and New York, studied at the Oneida Institute in Whitesboro, New York, opened schools for African-American children in Utica and Syracuse.

Loguen settled in Syracuse, where his house became a major depot (stop) on the Underground Railroad. He was involved in rescuing William Henry, a cooper and a freed slave. On October 1, 1851, Henry, known as "Jerry", was arrested under the Fugitive Slave Act. The anti-slavery Liberty Party was holding its state convention in the city, and when word of the arrest spread, several hundred abolitionists broke into the city jail and freed Jerry. The event came to be widely known as the Jerry Rescue.

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The Niagara Mohawk Building is an art deco classic building in Syracuse, New York. It is a building of the Niagara Mohawk power utility company that is now a division of National Grid plc. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Niagara Hudson Building in 2010.

The Niagara Hudson Building in Syracuse is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and a symbol of the Age of Electricity. Completed in 1932, the building became the headquarters for the nation’s largest electric utility company and expressed the technology of electricity through its modernistic design, material, and extraordinary program of exterior lighting.

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Syracuse University - College of Applied Science - 1909

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Dell Plain Hall at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York

Did you know...

  • ... that Syracuse receives the most annual average snow of any metropolitan area in the United States at 115.6 inches (294 centimetres)?

Syracuse suburbs

View of south DeWitt

Towns and villages in Onondaga County make up most of the suburban communities in the Greater Syracuse area. Towns and villages in such surrounding counties as Oswego, Madison, Cortland, or Cayuga on the border of Onondaga County may also be considered Syracuse suburbs.



City facts

  • Nickname: the Salt City
  • Form of government: Common Council
  • Incorporated: 1825 (village)
  • Incorporated: 1847 (city)
  • County: Onondaga County, New York

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