|Southeast Quadrant, centered on the intersection of University Avenue and Atlantic Avenue.|
|West - Alexander Street|
|North - East Main Street and the railroad tracks|
|East - Culver Road|
|South - University Avenue|
|Facebook - NOTA Business Association|
The Neighborhood of the Arts is Rochester's arts district. It is home to a lot of interesting people, great architecture, and some nifty public art. As recently as the 1990s, what was then called Atlantic-University was considered a "bad neighborhood" marred by abandoned and decaying industrial buildings.
The area had an artistic history, however, thanks to the long-standing Memorial Art Gallery, a remnant of the University of Rochester's original Prince Street campus. With the establishment of ARTwalk in 2000, the neighborhood began a meteoric rebirth and revitalization. NOTA today is characterized by both art and the adaptive reuse of old spaces, as exemplified by the lofts, offices, restaurants, and small businesses of the famous Village Gate. Other salvaged treasures include the Anderson Arts Building, a former shoe factory, and the landmark Flat Iron Building, once inhabited by bats and cheap convenience stores. In 2012 ARTWalk was extended to include additional public art and sidewalk improvements. As of October 2013 a mixed-use development called The Factory is also in the works to transform an old industrial building on Russell Street into more lofts, offices, and retail space.
Despite its boom, NOTA remains diverse and affordable, offering many housing options from the modest to the high-end. Your choices include lofts, single-family Victorians, mansions divided into luxury units, and modern apartment complexes. True to its history, the neighborhood also maintains some light industry, most notably Gleason Works.
The Neighborhood of the Arts is home to the following establishments:
Edible's Restaurant and bar
Hirsute Beauty salon (back)
Baobab Cultural Center - African
Goddess Hour - Dance
Kinections - Dance
NU MVMNT - Artists' cooperative
Other - Art and Culture
Other - Sports and Activities
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