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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.



Summer squash, if you're lucky! Revisiting an old Downtown Ithaca favorite at Just a Taste - This week we’re returning to an old favorite in Downtown Ithaca. Just a Taste wine and tapas bar is often near the top of our lists, and the food quality and creativity, surprising value for your dollar, excellent service, and ever-changing menu are among the reasons why. Summer squash, if you’re lucky! Just a Taste is easy to do as a vegetarian or carnivore, so it’s not hard to find a variety of dishes for a group to enjoy sampling. Since “tapas” is a tradition of selecting multiple small dishes, with an eye toward sharing, it’s also a great way to do away with the inevitable “Oh, I can’t decide between this, and that, and the other thing!” syndrome at a restaurant. Squash is in season, so the sauteed sliced summer squash with brown butter, romano cheese, and pecans was a perfect start on our latest visit; this is a seasonal variation on the Brussels sprouts and asparagus we’ve enjoyed on past visits made the same way. At the same time, we sampled the fried salt cod fritters, crisp and creamy with a garlic aioli. Warm brie with apples and crostini. The spicy shrimp sautée is bursting with juicy shrimp, [...]
Big Mean Sound Machine performing at GrassRoots in 2014. 14850 file photo. Saul Williams and Big Mean concert will go on “rain or shine” - Despite a weather forecast for the Ithaca area that includes late-afternoon showers and thunderstorms, the Saul Williams and Big Mean Sound Machine concert scheduled for the Bernie Milton Pavilion this evening will go on “rain or shine,” say Downtown Ithaca Alliance organizers. Big Mean Sound Machine performing at GrassRoots in 2014. 14850 file photo. Ithaca-based funk band Big Mean Sound Machine is scheduled to open this week’s CFCU Summer Concert Series event at 6pm. “The Big Mean Sound Machine have been wrapping their very large lineup (over a dozen members at any given time) around instrumental afrobeat music to large acclaim for years,” wrote Alan Rose for 14850 Magazine last year. After Big Mean, New York artist Saul Williams will take the stage. He’s been producing ground-breaking music since 2001, when he released his debut album, “Amethyst Rock Star,” and he brings a blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop to the stage. “Saul Williams is rightly famous all over the world for his poetry and his music,” said Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick in a statement. “Getting him to play a free public show is a huge coup for our downtown and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. And, personally, I am thrilled. Black [...]
"We're having so much fun loading up these gift cards for our friends," say Watershed owners. What’s community supported hospitality? The Watershed’s trying it out - You've probably heard of Community Supported Agriculture, where shoppers pre-pay for a share of a farm's crops. The Watershed, a new Downtown Ithaca bar opening soon, is trying Community Supported Hospitality.
The Range kicks off live music tonight in Downtown Ithaca. 14850 Photo. Live music kicks off at the Range this weekend on the Commons - The Range has been open for a month, overlooking the Downtown Ithaca Commons from its second-floor perch, and tonight they kick off their live music schedule. This weekend brings the Cheyenne Band tonight and the Rapid River Boys tomorrow.
Simeon's on the Commons is reopening this Friday! 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder. Simeon’s is opening Friday! Simeon’s is opening Friday! - A little over two years after a tragic accident, Simeon's on the Commons is reopening to the public this Friday afternoon, August 26th. The building has undergone a huge renovation in the meantime, and the fencing surrounding it is finally gone.
Emergency responders at the scene of an accident Saturday night in which a pedestrian was hit. 14850 photo. Pedestrian taken to hospital after he’s struck in downtown Ithaca crosswalk - A man struck by a car as he crossed the street Saturday evening was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. Emergency responders from Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, and Bangs Ambulance were on the scene soon after the accident, which occurred at about 10:30pm Saturday.
Fresh pasta dishes whipped up while you wait, at the Circus Truck. Welcome to Ithaca! Now, what’s for dinner? - Here at 14850 Dining, we like to say that Ithaca and its surroundings have the most restaurants per capita of any area in the United States. Every year about this time, we know people are looking around and wondering where to eat. We have some ideas!
Brown water running from a City of Ithaca fire hydrant. Photo courtesy Amanda Bartley. Water main break spreads reddish brown water around Ithaca again - An early afternoon water main break on Cecil A. Malone Drive was responsible for brown water spreading through Ithaca's west end, southwest, and downtown water supply on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Department of Public Works.
An American Red Cross blood drive. Photo by Renee Abu-Zaghibra/The Skyline View used under Creative Commons license. Donate blood this month and get a $5 Amazon gift card - This month, the American Red Cross says they're offering a $5 Amazon gift card to entice blood donors to come help with the current urgent need for blood and platelet donations. Several donations are scheduled in and around Ithaca over the next few weeks.
The Range kicks off live music tonight in Downtown Ithaca. 14850 Photo. Brand new music venue hits the Commons with 2nd floor The Range - Two of Ithaca's veteran bar owners have teamed up on a new venture that will bring a regular live music venue back to the Ithaca Commons for the first time in a long time. The Range opens tonight at 119 East State Street.