Welcome to Swillburg!

Swillburg_logoWelcome to the Swillburg Neighborhood! We are a small, vibrant, close-knit community of city neighbors who enjoy all that Rochester, NY has to offer.

Swillburg residents take pride in our historic homes, community gardens, and neighborhood events. We love and support our local businesses and take advantage of our proximity to Rochester’s numerous cultural and natural resources.

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The Theater Around the Block


Through thick and thin, our beloved Cinema Theater on the corner of Clinton and Goodman has kept its lights on.

More than a place to catch a film, it’s been a place to gather, to reconnect, to laugh. More than a few engagement rings have been hidden in the bottoms of popcorn bags. More than a few tears were shed when Princess the Cat passed away.

We couldn’t imagine a Swillburg without a Cinema. Even if we could, we wouldn’t want to.

Here’s JoAnn Morreale, hamming it up on her way to change titles back in 1985. JoAnn, a public school teacher, rescued the Cinema from disrepair and lovingly nurtured it for three decades. John Trickey, the Cinema’s new owner, continues that tradition.

Happy 100 years, Cinema Theater!

Help the Cinema: Donate to it’s campaign to raise funds for the mandatory upgrade to digital at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-cinema-theater-goes-digital–4

For more great Cinema Theater history, check out: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2014/03/14/dispatch-from-another-35mm-outpost-with-cats/

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Mark your calendars!

Upcoming dates to remember (don’t worry, we’ll remind you when we get closer):
1. Sat, May 3: City of Rochester 2014 Clean Sweep
2. Thurs, May 8: United Way Day of Caring
3. Sun, June 8: Swillburg Neighborhood Annual Potluck

As always, details are on Nextdoor.com. We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to getting OUTSIDE!

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Historic Swillburg

Here’s a glimpse of Swillburg, circa 1918: traffic of a different sort crossed our paths. A portion of the original lock sits quietly on 490 as you enter our neighborhood from the East.


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Swillburg Night Out: India House

Join your Swillburg neighbors for a neighborhood dinner at India House!


WHEN: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:00pm

WHERE: India House Restaurant, 998 South Clinton Ave.

WHAT: Full menu available, including dinner buffet. Vegetarian and vegan options. Check out http://www.indiahouse.com/menu.html for more information.

Please RSVP at https://swillburg.nextdoor.com. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Cinema Theater Fundraising Campaign

ImageOur beloved Cinema Theater at the corner of South Clinton and Goodman is currently seeking funds to perform the mandatory upgrade to digital. They are asking the public to help offset this $70,000 undertaking. You can contribute any amount from $1 up, but they are offering the following perks:

A $20 donation gets you a movie pass and a popcorn
A $75 donation gets you 10 movie passes, a drink, and a popcorn.

Even with the donation, these prices are STILL lower than the multiplexes. Let’s ensure that this venerable institution continues to thrive in our community.

Click here to donate!

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Swillburg Night Out: Vegetarian Dinner

swillburg flyerZemeta Ethiopian Restaurant is hosting a vegetarian buffet for Swillburg neighbors. For only $9.99 a person, you can enjoy some delicious food, meet new neighbors and old friends, and support our Swillburg businesses.

RSVP at swillburg.nextdoor.com!

Hope to see you there!

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August Picnic

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Swillburg Neighbors gathered on Henrietta Street this past weekend to meet, chat, share fresh homemade food (and Swillburg grown veggies!) and renew their memberships. New and old families, growing families, singles, a reverend and a political activist were all in … Continue reading

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