Just north of Center City, and adjacent to the High Falls district, Brown Square encompasses everything from a close-knit residential enclave to the excitement of Rochester Red Wings’ Frontier Field and the Rochester Rhinos soccer stadium, with other arts and cultural activities just around the corner. The new Monroe Community College campus will provide walkable access to advanced and continuing education to the residents of the neighborhood.
The small residential area boasts a convenient downtown location which was once the home of Rochester’s large Irish and Italian immigrant families. As portions of the neighborhood gave way to urban development throughout the 20th century, the spirit of community endured. Today, dedicated members of the Brown Square Neighborhood Association – often joined by eager children from John Williams School No. 5 – keep the streets clean and public gardens bursting with color. The association hosts an annual Halloween party, an Easter egg hunt, and actively works with other community groups to build community connections.
Brown Square contains some notable Rochester food businesses, such as Zweigles, Inc., creators of the famous “white hot.” DiPaolo Baking Company is a family-owned business which has been selling fresh baked goods for more than 80 years. And Rocky’s, nestled within the neighborhood since 1949, serves authentic Italian food the same way they have since the beginning.
Kodak’s world headquarters anchors the area, and you can sometimes catch a glimpse of the hawks who live in the tower. For an up close and personal look, check out the cameras! In addition, Verona Street Animal Shelter provides shelter and adoption services for many of Rochester’s pets while they wait for their ‘furever’ family.
Those who call Brown Square home know that not only is this a place with great assets and accessibility; it is a neighborhood with great potential.
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.