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The new Ithaca Commons.Downtown Ithaca is the neighborhood that stretches a few blocks from the Ithaca Commons, the pedestrian mall in the middle of the City of Ithaca. State Street, running through the middle of the City, was closed off for two blocks around 1970 to create this scenic downtown pedestrian mall where shoppers and diners can stroll. State Street also links Ithaca (as Route 79) to Richford and Whitney Point to the east, and Mecklenburg and Watkins Glen to the west.

Our company was founded in Downtown Ithaca, and we encourage you to visit.



buffalo-street-potter Bottomless Butterbeer at Buffalo Street Books for Harry Potter book event - Buy your books online and you miss all the fun! That's the message from Buffalo Street Books, which is hosting a “Magical Midnight Release Party” for the new Harry Potter book that's coming out tonight. The festivities begin at 10pm.
The Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons isn't quite ready to open next month. 14850 Photo. Construction delays push back opening of new Ithaca Marriott hotel - The building's shell is complete and the huge construction crane came down last month, but delays mean the new Ithaca Marriott Hotel scheduled to open in Downtown Ithaca this summer won't be ready to open until October.
The Perfect Burger at the Ithaca Ale House. 14850 file photo. Nominate now: Ithaca Ale House in the running for Upstate New York’s best burger - Do you have a favorite burger in Ithaca? The Ithaca Ale House hopes you'll say it's theirs, and they're asking fans to nominate them for “best burger in Upstate New York.”
Safe but not very pretty. Photo courtesy of David McKinley. City of Ithaca working on widespread brown water issue - The City of Ithaca's Water & Sewer Division is working on resolving an issue with brown tap water throughout the city, especially in downtown and northside neighborhoods, that's lasted over a week, according to Common Council member Seph Murtagh.
"Child of Ithaca" by Roberto Bertoia sits on the Ithaca Commons. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder. Remembering a Child of Ithaca, twelve years later - The statue on the Commons draws smiles from passers-by. People pose with her for group shots or selfies. She's worn a Santa hat and festive ribbons. Some walk by without ever knowing who she was.
An American Red Cross blood drive. Photo by Renee Abu-Zaghibra/The Skyline View used under Creative Commons license. Urgent need for blood donors in Central New York and beyond as summer travel ramps up - With Independence Day weekend upon us and a potential record travel weekend beginning, the American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to help prevent a shortage. Several donations are scheduled in and around Ithaca over the next few weeks.
First come, first served! Ithaca is Love shirts go on sale at 4. Photo provided. Ithacans will gather downtown this afternoon for aerial photo for Orlando - “Ithaca is Love” organizers are gathering as many people as possible this afternoon for an aerial photo to show our support victims of this month’s shooting in Orlando. It’s the first official event to come out of the brainstorming session earlier this month. First come, first served! Ithaca is Love shirts go on sale at 4. Photo provided. T-shirts will go on sale starting at 4pm with a design based on the famous “Ithaca is Gorges” logo created years ago by local advertising guru Howard Cogan. “Please pack your patience if we don’t have your preferred size or color,” says City of Ithaca acting mayor Deb Mohlenhoff, who spearheaded the brainstorming gathering and is helping to promote today’s event, scheduled for right before the weekly summer concert series. There are a total of 400 shirts in six rainbow colors and sizes from adult S-2XL, and they’ll be sold for $10, cash only, at a table at the south end of Bank Alley, near the trolley circle at the center of the Commons. “We cobbled together our own personal resources to make this happen,” says Deb, who expects they will run out of shirts. “Our hope was that this would spark a [...]
Downtown Ithaca's Buffalo Street Books is offering Bob Proehl's debut novel. 14850 Photo. Festivities this week for a new Ithaca author as “A Hundred Thousand Worlds” arrives - “Tell me a story.” Storytelling is one of the oldest professions, and this week we celebrate the arrival of a story from Ithaca author Bob Proehl. “A Hundred Thousand Worlds” went on sale today, and events this week welcome it to town.
This new playground opened on the Commons last summer. 14850 file photo. Ithaca Commons playground closed this week for resurfacing - The playground on the Ithaca Commons, which opened last summer as the downtown pedestrian plaza was finished, is closed this week for resurfacing!
Bacon-wrapped dates and goat cheese at The Rook, among this week's $5 bites. $5 food and drink deals around town this week thanks to Bite of Ithaca - A couple dozen eateries in and around Ithaca are offering small bites so you can try their offerings, including appetizers, tapas, drinks, or mini versions of popular menu items. Each bite is just five bucks.