This Northeast Rochester neighborhood known by its zip code is home to historic Seneca Park and the spectacular Genesee River gorge. Recreational trails seamlessly connect this neighborhood with its impressive natural formations.
From crashing cascades to running salmon, the gorge is place of timeless beauty. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of American landscape architecture, Seneca Park preserves a priceless slice of wilderness in the middle of a highly developed urban area. At the Seneca Park Zoo, children love to splash in the stream-like wading pool and discover animals from around the world.
The 14621 Neighborhood offers a fabulous cultural mosaic. Take a walk down the broad parkways of the Seneca Ridge neighborhood, or through the intimate tree-lined street of Polish Town (named after the immigrants who settled there in the 1880s). The variety of homes and architecture found within the 14621 Neighborhood captures the essence of this historical Rochester community. Newer housing is also available in El Camino Estates and the brand new Michelson Building.
Local food and specialty stores along La Avenida (North Clinton Avenue), a streetscape beautification project completed in 2011, reflect the rich blend of heritage in the area. St. Stanlislaus Church won a landmark society achievement award for renovation and holds a popular annual Polish festival, while the streets are also home to the Puerto Rican Parade each year. The Joseph Avenue Business Association is working with the Design Center on a vision for a business district. The neighborhood also boasts the headquarters of world-renowned clothing manufacturer Hickey Freeman.
Group 14621 Community Association, now housed at the NEAD offices, has passionately led community visioning and rehabilitation efforts since 1974. IBERO (Ibero-American Action League) is a dual-language human services agency in Rochester that provides English and Spanish programs and services to individuals and families of all backgrounds. Residents and leaders of the community worked hard with Ibero-American Action League and the Healthi Kids Coalition on Project HOPE, culminating in a community-built playground, walking and biking trails, and community garden to the corner of Conkey and Clifford Avenues.
Visit the scenic campus of the Rochester School for the Deaf, located on the eastern bank of the Genesee River, and you will find an institution that has been at the forefront in accommodating the needs of deaf students and their families for more than 125 years. In fact, it is one of the oldest and most-respected schools of its kind in the country, providing private but free education for students from kindergarten through Grade 12.
Residents enjoy access to R-Centers, one on Carter Street and the other on Avenue D, for recreation and positive engagement opportunities for all ages. Pulaski Park has one of RochesterWalks’ community walking trails, while the El Camino Trail is another way for the community to enjoy their neighborhood. And, Seth Green Drive provides unique access to Genesee’s lower gorge, where you can kayak/canoe all the way to Lake Ontario/Port of Rochester/Charlotte Beach and where angler’s come to fish trout and salmon in a “world class fishery” / one of Western NY’s “most productive sports fisheries.”
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.