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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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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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Harvey A. Moyer
Harvey A. Moyer founded the H. A. Moyer Carriage Company in Syracuse, New York in the 1876 with only $20 in his pocket. The company later changed assembly to luxury automobiles in 1908 and was renamed to H. A. Moyer Automobile Company. The company manufactured 100 automobiles a year until they ceased production in 1914.

Moyer also owned a working dairy farm called Moyerdale in Liverpool, New York and was a Holstein-Friesian cattle breeder.

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St. Paul's Cathedral in Syracuse, New York was designed by Henry Dudley, who worked with Frank Wills until Wills' early death in 1857. It is located at 310 Montgomery Street in Downtown Syracuse.

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2000 West Genesee Street in Syracuse, New York

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Syracuse suburbs

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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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