New York By Rail 14th ed. - Page 71

SYRACUSE Home to Syracuse UNIVERSITY and the Erie Canal. Nearby the Finger Lakes. Charming, historic downtown. WORLD-CLASS art, SPORTS, festivals, outdoor parks, cuisine and shopping. see map pages 8-9 Destiny USA WHAT’S NEW Marriott Syracuse Downtown After a $76 million restoration, the 1924 Hotel Syracuse is a grand lady again. From SYR Station: 3.5 miles car; 19 minute bus Stone’s Farm Fresh Restaurant Just opened in March, Syracuse’s first farm-to-table steakhouse serves local Black Angus beef. From SYR Station: 10.2 miles car Erie Canal Museum (above) Special events celebrate the canal’s bicentennial at its official museum and America’s last weighlock building. From SYR Station: 2.4 miles car; 20 minute bus WHAT’S NEAR THE STATION Stella’s Diner Classic vintage diner offers ample helpings of comfort food. From SYR Station: .7 mile car; 15 minute walk; 13 minute bus NBT Bank Stadium (above) The professional baseball home of the Syracuse Chiefs. From SDY Station: 0.4 miles car; 7 minute walk Destiny USA This massive mall’s 250 stores and entertainment complex attract 26 million visitors annually. From SDY Station: .5 miles car; 9 minute walk WHAT’S NOT TO MISS Onondaga Lake Park (above) “Central New York’s Central Park” features Wegmans Playground, a skate park and The Salt Museum. Onondaga-lake-park From SYR Station: 2.9 miles car; 20 minute bus Central New York Regional Market A hive of farm-to-table foods and dining, artisan goods boutiques, concerts and events. From SYR Station: .3 miles car; 6 minute walk Everson Museum of Art Over 11,000 works of American art in a building designed by famed architect I.M. Pei. VISIT NEWYORKBYRAIL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION From SYR Station: 2.8 miles car LOCALLY MADE Jewelry designer Kenn Kushner grew up in New York City, where he visited its many art museums with his family, and always knew that he wanted a career of creating art with his own hands. In the 1960s, he forewent college to find his own path, and became a leather goods designer. But through friendships with jewelers he met at craft shows, he gradually realized he had chosen the wrong material. So he saved up to buy himself a year to learn metalwork. A fast study, he’s run a successful studio and shop in downtown’s historic Armory Square district ever since. New York By Rail | 69