Utica Proud

Utica Proud on sale – limited supply.

JoeW_UPBookUtica Proud | College Edition, Volume One is now available in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Museum Gift shop. The collaborative project showcases Utica from a college student point of view. Created by PrattMWP Communications design students, it features thirty stories accompanied by original photography and illustration celebrating the past, present, and potential of our city. Limited supplies – pick yours up today!

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Or you can check a copy out from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Library.

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Union Station: Dependable Travel

Union Station is a train station served by Amtrak, Trailways, Greyhound, Utica Transit and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica, New York. The station was built between 1912 and May 1914, replacing an older structure dating from 1869. The building was designed by New York architects Allen H. Stem and Alfred Fellheimer. Union Station has long been recognized for the beauty of its design and particularly for the lavish use of marble on the interior. The station was built in the Italianate style and includes a rusticated granite first story with buff brick above. Symmetrically rectangular in plan, there are thirteen bays across the facade and fifteen on the side elevations. A brick parapet crowns the building and over the main entrance is a large clock flanked by eagle sculptures. Union Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Inside is a restaurant, the DMV, several county offices and a barber shop—one of the few barber shops in a train station today.

The 15,000 square foot waiting rooms and 47 foot high vaulted ceiling are supported by 34 foot marble columns. An old rumor is that the monolith marble columns came from the “old” Grand Central Terminal in New York City, but there is no evidence to support the story. Eight large benches in the waiting area are heated with steam pipes and vents for the waiting passengers. Union Station deteriorated badly after World War II and was threatened with demolition, but was restored in 1978-79 and is now owned by Oneida County. It is one of the last of the old central New York’s major stations still serving its original purpose. Union Station serves as a living link between the past and the future. Union Station is a comfortable, reliable and beautiful place to travel through.

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Interview questions:

What are you doing at the train station?

What do you like about the train station?

What in Utica makes you proud?

My first interview was with a passenger waiting for the bus. She was sitting on the benches, her bus was yet to arrive. She was waiting for her bus to Albany to arrive.Her favorite part of the train station was how pretty the inside was. She was proud of her college.

I interviewed two other passengers as well. One was a man who seemed to be stressed but still agreed to quickly answer my questions. He was there waiting for his train and liked the efficiency of the station. He wasn’t from Utica but enjoyed the food during his visit.

The other passenger I interviewed was a lady with her son waiting for a train. She was waiting on a train to visit her family and liked the pretty interior of the station.

She was proud of the family friendly environment.

After harassing the passengers I talked and interviewed two police officers at the station. They both were there for work. They liked the county station in the building and how pretty it was inside. One of them said they were proud of the city itself and how far it has come and the other said he was proud of the good Italian food.

The last person I interviewed was the man who worked at the ticket booth. He was very kind and gave me a pamphlet at the end of the interview about the train station’s history. He was there for work and liked the nice atmosphere of the train station. He wasn’t from Utica but he drove an hour everyday for work because he loves the train station. That concludes my interviews!

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The most famous animal in here, why? What it did?
Why you work here so long time without the worry about income
History about zoo (famous)
How about the benefit (visitor)
What support here
Special accident
Why there is a zoo
What here is before the zoo

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History of the Utica Zoo & Utica Zoological Society
The Utica Zoo has served the region for over 100 years. Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the zoo is part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor in 1909. He had a dream that a park could do as much for South Utica as Central Park was doing for New York City. He hired a famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., who’s father had designed Central Park, to plan the roads and scenic walkways in Roscoe Conkling Park. The Zoo has grown from its small beginnings with three fallow deer in 1914, to its present collection of 99 species of  animals. Of the 80 acres of land set aside for the zoo’s use, 40 are presently developed.
The Zoo property is owned by the City of Utica, and until 1964, was operated by the Parks Department. In order to ensure the Utica Zoo’s continued existence, the Utica Zoological Society assumed full management of the zoo in 1964.  The first professional zoo director was hired in 1966. One year later, Marlin Perkins officiated at the opening of the Children’ s Zoo. The society was chartered as an educational institution by the New York State Educational Department in 1968. In 1973, the education department was established with the appointment of a curator to carry out its programs.
The first building, completed in 1920, is currently named the Wildlife Building and houses the administrative offices, auditorium, reptile exhibits and the zoo’ s kitchen.  In 1981, the Animal Care Center was added to the Wildlife Building for the quarantine and veterinary facilities. The first building made exclusively for animal use was completed in 1927 and still houses the primate collection. Other major exhibits include the Lion exhibit and the California sea lion exhibit (finished in 1986).
Utica Zoo is a regional facility and a sparkling gem for the Mohawk Valley. The zoo receives annual support from Oneida County, an unrestricted grant from the Sinnott Family Fund at Fidelity Charitable, and an annual operating grant from the Natural Heritage Trust (a state agency).  The remainder of the budget is raised by the Society. Admissions fees, society membership, special events such as Wine in the Wilderness, Brewfest & Spooktacular, the gift shop, the Animal Adoption program, animal encounters, animal feed sales, stroller rentals, pavilion rentals and donations complete the operating budget income. Major capital improvements are funded through specific fund drives, major grants and other contributions and sponsorships.

Utica Planned

The Planned Parenthood, located in Utica, New York, was opened about 40 years ago. It’s currently named after Margaret Roberts, a former co-president/CEO, who has since passed away. A couple of years ago the budding was renovated to really push emphasis on security, privacy all while being fairly modernized to push the sense of comfort.

There’s no secret Planned Parenthood deals with nasty protestors on a daily at probably all of their establishments. These protestors make it a point to vocalize their disgust for Planned Parenthood’s practices. The most complained about practice would undoubtedly have to be abortion. However, what they fail to realize is that Planned Parenthood actually offers a wide range of services, not only for  women but men as well. Their services include, but aren’t limited to birth control distribution, emergency contraception (morning after pill), general health care, HIV services, LGBT services, men’s health services, patient education, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing, treatment and vaccines. In their blind loyalty to their ignorance, they lack the vision to see the bigger picture that is Planned Parenthood.Planned_Parenthood_logo.svg


Interview questions:

-what does planned parenthood mean to you?

-how do you personally feel about the protestors?

-what steps do you think can lead to more people becoming involved?

-do you ever have to emotionally detach yourself while working here?

-do you think there will ever come a day where planned parenthood and it’s practices aren’t questioned/protested?

Utica Night Life

Deja Vu


Deja Vu Bar & Lounge is a fun and exciting night life experience in Utica. An upscale bar with modern decor perfect for celebration or simply a night out with friends. Not only does is house one of the biggest bars in Utica, the establishment is filled with plasma screen televisions and a booming sound system to ensure the promotion of good energy. Deja Vu is also a great place for audiences 21+ being that they have a plethora of craft beers on tap. While Utica can be somewhat boring, Deja Vu switches up the norm.


Interview Questions:

Why did you choose to build a night club in Utica?

Why did you choose this location?

When curating the idea for Deja Vu did you take into account the Audience?

Are you planning on expanding or creating a sister club?

Why is Deja Vu important to the Utica night life?