In the northeast section of the city, bordering Irondequoit, Homestead Heights remains a neighborhood that boasts a large number of long-time residents. Most houses in this neighborhood were built between 1910 and 1950. Architectural styles range from Cape Cod to colonial, from ranch to Storybrook. Many of the homes maintain their original features, such as beautiful hardwood floors and dark gumwood trim.
Every season finds children playing together and neighbors mingling in their yards. In the warmer months, neighborhood streets feature volunteer-maintained flower pots and the annual Summer Block Party hosted by the Bensonhurst Neighborhood Association (BNA). The Bensonhurst Neighborhood is a sub-neighborhood within Homestead Heights. The BNA was created by residents to “improve the quality of life through improved relationships and positive action.” Volunteers participate in the Rochester Clean Sweep cleanup program, and regular PAC-TAC (Police and Citizens Together Against Crime) walks. The BNA holds monthly meetings and publishes a monthly newsletter.
Residents of Homestead Heights have access to the many businesses which surround the residential section of the neighborhood, including pharmacies and drugstores, convenience stores, and small locally-owned grocery marts. Fiorvanti Florist was founded in 1920, and Savoia Pastry Shoppe has been serving cookies, cakes, and pastries since 1929. Diners, pizza shops, and delis are all within walking distance, and the Rochester Public Market is only a short bike or car ride away.
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.