The Lincoln Park neighborhood developed along the Erie Canal, a famous economic lifeline where light industry and commercial real estate mixed with quiet residential streets. Today, Lincoln Park continues its tradition as a working class neighborhood and hub of commerce in Rochester.
This modest neighborhood flourished during the post-WWII housing boom. It contains single family homes with yards, cottage style houses, duplexes, large multi-unit residences, and apartment buildings. Many current residents are homeowners, some of whom were born and raised right in the neighborhood. United Neighbors Involved Together (U.N.I.T.) Neighborhood Association has been a strong presence in the community for over 28 years and The Barker Street Block Club, in particular, worked to make streets more hospitable.
Family businesses enjoy regular patronage, such as Matella’s Restaurant, which has been in the neighborhood over thirty years, Antoinetta’s on Jay Street, and Wilshire Restaurant and Catering: in operation since 1960. Rochester’s Theodore Roosevelt School #43 is a public magnet school that focuses on instrumental music, vocal chorus, and visual arts, and also serves as an important neighborhood center.
This community, comprised largely of side streets and alleys, is conveniently located along the Interstate 490. Tucked away throughout the neighborhood are small businesses and community gardens just waiting to be found.
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.