Portal:Syracuse, New York

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Syracuse, New York
Syracuse in Central New York

Syracuse, New York, is the primary city in and county seat of Onondaga County; the fifth most populous city in New York state; and the largest United States city with the name "Syracuse". Established in 1825, the city had a population of 145,170 at the 2010 census, (making it the 175th largest in the country); its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. Syracuse is the economic and educational hub of central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants.

Syracuse is well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex and, directly west of the city, the Empire Expo Center, which hosts the annual Great New York State Fair.

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The Syracuse Telegram was established in 1922 in Syracuse, New York by William Randolph Hearst. Between the years 1922-1925, the newspaper was published as both Syracuse Telegram and Syracuse Evening Telegram and the Sunday edition was called the Syracuse American.

In November, 1925, Hearst gained controlling interest in another Syracuse daily, the Syracuse Journal (1899–1929) which he merged with the Telegram. The name was changed to the Journal-Telegram and was later shortened to Syracuse Journal.

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Doris Kenyon
Doris Kenyon (September 5, 1897 – September 1, 1979) was a popular actress of motion pictures and television. She grew up in Syracuse, New York, where her family had a home at 1805 Harrison Street. Her father, Dr. James B. Kenyon, was a Methodist Episcopal Church minister at University Church. Kenyon studied at Packer College Institute and later at Columbia University. She sang in the choirs of Grace Presbyterian and Bushwick Methodist Churches in Brooklyn, New York.

Her voice attracted the attention of Broadway theatrical scouts who enticed her to become a performer on the stage. She first appeared in the Victor Herbert operetta The Princess Pat.

Historic buildings

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The Onondaga County Savings Bank was chartered in 1855 in Syracuse, New York. It was a franchise ahead of its time and had four separate branches by the late 1800s. The Onondaga County Savings Bank Building was constructed in 1896 adjacent to the Erie Canal in Clinton Square.

In 1968, the bank shortened its name to Onondaga Savings Bank and in 1987 it changed again to OnBank.

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Onondaga County Courthouse - This is a view of the fourth Onondaga County Courthouse, built on St. Mary’s Circle (today known as Columbus Circle after the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus erected there in 1934). This building opened in 1907, replacing the smaller, “old” courthouse on Clinton Square
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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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