Syracuse undergoing 'renaissance'
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
After a trip to the Salt City, a travel writer for Forbes magazine said it's "one of the most underrated cities in the country".
It's all part of what he refers to as a modern-day renaissance.
The central focal point of the revitalization is the Marriott Syracuse Downtown which reopened two years ago after extensive renovation.
“The entrepreneurship in the city is wonderful, there’s a good spirit here, the people are great,” Hops Spot owner Ryan Chaif said.
Chaif just opened The Hops Spot on Wednesday, it’s a beer, burger and poutine bar in the heart of Armory Square.
On Wednesday, Chaif read the Forbes article which said Syracuse is making a big comeback.
"We've had a couple of businesses across the road just open up with us and I think there’s a forward movement thinking entrepreneurship in Syracuse, that Forbes doesn’t understand or they are not here to see it. And I’m very proud to be a part of that,” Chaif said.
Right as you walk through the center of downtown you may notice a lot of restaurants but there’s a spot you probably didn’t notice.
Wildflowers in Armory Square has a unique aspect, which is an art exhibit of suspended umbrellas in their alleyway.
It's become a hot new spot to take photographs including selfies.
Artist Ryan Wood volunteers at Wildflowers, the new art store.
"As a visual tool to kind of draw up attention to the shop, bring out people that are interested in art and kind of draw some attention to the artists and the vendors in the shop also,” Wood said.
Wood is excited for the future of downtown Syracuse. He's been living here for a while where he said he’s seen new improvements with promoting local art, even seeing some new vibes to different restaurants.
”Those who know the city knows there’s a lot to do, there’s never a dull moment," Wood said.