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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.



First Presbyterian Church Organ Fifth annual Spooktacular Organ Concert downtown this Saturday - Round up the kids and some fun costumes and head to Downtown Ithaca this Saturday evening for the fifth annual Spooktacular Halloween Organ Concert at the First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Court and Cayuga Streets.
Ithaca Police Department Woman fends off mugger in downtown Ithaca attack - Police say a woman was attacked while walking toward the Ithaca Commons on Friday evening, but “was able to retain all of her property” and suffered only minor injuries in the assault.
The inviting bar at Simeon's. Ithaca icon Simeon’s is back, and it’s better than ever - This week, 14850 Dining is rejoicing at the return of Simeon's, which reopened recently, two years after a tragic accident. The south end of the building has been rebuilt, with brick laid by hand, and there's now a second floor dining room with a balcony overlooking the bar.
Hunt for Hunter, playing this Sunday night at the Range. Photo provided. Homecoming: Hunt for Hunter EP release show at the Range - Michael Hunter moved to New York City about five years ago, but once in a while he brings some live music back to Ithaca. This time, he's showing off four-piece band Hunt for Hunter's new EP with a Sunday night show at the Range.
Downtown Ithaca's own seasonal ice cream shop, Sweet Melissa's. 14850 file photo. Last day of crowdfunding effort for Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream - If you or someone you know likes ice cream, and that's probably a pretty good bet, you can help ensure a supply of amazing fresh local ice cream by supporting Sweet Melissa's Kickstarter! They're less than $1,000 away from a $15,000 goal on the last day of the fund drive.
tompkins-county-lake Public forum tonight for Tompkins County 2017 budget - The Tompkins County Legislature is holding a public forum on Wednesday, October 5, to give county residents a chance to learn about their proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
A taco trio at Gorgers Taco Shack for just $7. Tacos at their street-food best at downtown Ithaca’s Gorgers Taco Shack - The taco, the whole taco, and nothing but the taco. That's what 14850 Dining is finding on the Commons, thanks to Gorgers Taco Shack. A second venture from the folks who brought us Gorgers Gourmet Subs, this taqueria focuses on the simple street-food staple, the taco.
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.