Westcott Street

September 18, 2016 - 7:43pm
The Westcott Street Cultural Fair celebrated its 25th year with live performances, street vendors and local businesses.

In the summer of 1992, Grace Flusche walked into the local bookstore Tales Twice Told and walked out with the idea for the Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

She chatted with a group of patrons in the store that day about how the Westcott neighborhood should have a festival, and three months later, its first fair was held.

“The very first year it was small, but I think it quickly got big,” Flusche said.

September 27, 2014 - 12:42pm
Community organization Believe In Syracuse aims to raise morale and awareness of the neighborhoods in Syracuse.

When John DeSantis graduated from Syracuse University in 2008, he noticed a trend that alarmed him.

“I loved my time here and so I decided to stay in Syracuse,” DeSantis said. “But I saw all of my friends move away. No one wanted to stay and I thought, ‘Man, there must really be a lack of enthusiasm about living in Syracuse if everyone is moving away after they graduate.’”

September 22, 2014 - 2:09pm
An assortment of performers dressed in eye-catching costumes mingled with fairgoers at the 23rd annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

 Artists, service organizations, trinkets for sale, cultural performances and food from local restaurants drew crowds to Sunday's Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

September 24, 2012 - 10:10am
Just a mile off campus, Westcott Street came alive on Sunday as the neighborhood's annual cultural fair ushered in artists, performers, restaurants and visitors from the surrounding area.

The 21st annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair awakened the surrounding neighborhood on Sunday, welcoming thousands of people of various ages and ethnicities to celebrate Westcott's diversity. 

The fair is a volunteer-driven effort organized by the Westcott Area Cultural Coalition, and the planning, “never stops,” Sharon Sherman, chair and treasurer of WACC, said. “It’s to celebrate this neighborhood,” she said. “I just like to see people happy, and with the fair, you see people from different walks of life coming together that I wouldn’t expect.”

April 23, 2012 - 2:18pm
Review: Even with four power outages at The Westcott Theater, electro-house DJ Steve Aoki kept a sold-out crowd rolling hard.

Steve Aoki started by buttering them up.

“Yo, I just got off a long, f---ing flight from Brazil,” the DJ said before taking the stage a few minutes past midnight. “I was playing for a São Paolo crowd of 15,000 for one hour, because I knew I had to get back in time to play for you."

Screams.

“I knew if I missed this gig, I’d be pissed,” Aoki continued. “I cut that s--- short so I could be with you guys. One of the best places in the f---ing world is right here in New York.”

September 13, 2009 - 7:45pm
Hundreds flock to annual Westcott fair for its usual mix of live music, performances, crafts and great food.

Despite an overcast sky and a bit of rain, hundreds of Westcott area neighbors came out for the 18th annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair.