Portal:Syracuse, New York

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Downtown Syracuse
(arial view; Onondaga Lake in background)

Syracuse (/ˈsɪrəkjz, ˈsɛr-, -kjs/) is a city in and the county seat of Onondaga County, New York, in the 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 original Greek city Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), a city on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.

The city has functioned as a major crossroads over the last two centuries, first between the Erie Canal and its branch canals, then of the railway network. Today, Syracuse is located at the intersection of Interstates 81 and 90, and its airport is the largest in the region. Syracuse is home to Syracuse University, a major research university, as well as Le Moyne College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college. In 2010, Forbes rated Syracuse fourth in the top 10 places in the U.S. to raise a family.

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Louis Marshall Memorial Hall, SUNY-ESF
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF, or ESF) is an American, specialized, doctoral-granting institution based in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, immediately adjacent to Syracuse University. The College's curricula focus on the understanding, management and sustainability of the environment and natural resources.

The New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University was established in 1911, through a bill signed by New York Governor John Alden Dix. Originally a unit of Syracuse University, the College was made a separate, legal entity in 1913, with its own Board of Trustees. Its establishment followed the state's defunding, in 1903, of the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell.

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Comfort Tyler
Comfort Tyler (February 22, 1764 - August 5, 1827), one of the original settlers of modern Syracuse, New York, brought his family in the spring of 1788 to what became the hamlet of Onondaga Hollow on the future Seneca Turnpike, south of the city's center today. He joined Asa Danforth and Ephraim Webster, the first whites to settle there, who had obtained permission to live there from the Onondaga nation. Tyler built the more ambitious house in Onondaga Hollow and contributed his engineering skills to the development of Central New York.

Historic buildings


The Gridley Building, built in 1867 and known previously as the Onondaga County Savings Bank Building, is a prominent historic building on Clinton Square and Hanover Square in Syracuse, New York. It was designed by Horatio Nelson White and was built adjacent to what was then the Erie Canal and is now Erie Boulevard.

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Erie Canal panorama of Clinton Square in Syracuse, New York about 1900 - Old County Courthouse on left and Onondaga Savings Bank Building on far right
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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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