Things Rochester NY Is Famous For

Rochester NY has many claims to fame, including being the first city in New York to have a professional baseball team and the home of “Garbage Plate” cuisine.

Here are 5 things Rochester NY is famous for.

1. Professional Baseball

In 1859, Rochester NY was home to the world’s first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. In 1869, the Red Stockings moved to Boston MA, and became the Braves (now in Atlanta), but Rochester hosted two more professional teams by 1877. The Rochester Broncos played in the National League between 1878 and 1885, winning the league championship in 1879.

The Rochester Red Wings would become an American Association powerhouse, making it to the finals seven times, winning four championships, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1896. They won their last championship in 1943. Today they are the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

2. Garbage Plate

The Garbage Plate is a “local culinary tradition” consisting of a base of macaroni salad or home fries, topped by a cheeseburger or hot dog and smothered with chili sauce and onions, served on a warm bun. It was invented at Nick Tahou Hots restaurant in 1918 and is available at many restaurants across the city. The dish is also known as a Rochester Red Hot.

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3. Kodak

George Eastman founded “the dry plate company” in 1881 and changed its name to Eastman Kodak Company in 1888, beginning the era of modern photography. Kodak became one of the world’s largest corporations and one of Rochester NY’s leading employers until it discontinued its photographic film and chemical division in late 2004. The Eastman House, home of George Eastman from 1885 until his death in 1932 at age 77 has been converted into a museum celebrating the history of photography.

4. Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets is an American regional supermarket chain with its corporate headquarters in the Rochester suburb of Gates. Founded in 1916 as Wegman’s Food Market, it is credited with inventing the supermarket. Wegmans has 93 supermarkets in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts

5. Genesee Beer

According to The History of Beer in America by Peter A Bailey, the first brewery in Rochester was established by Anthony Lisiewski in 1817 at the corner of Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues, south of the city center. The brewery was known as “Anthony Lisiewski’s Brewery.” It represented one of 9 commercial breweries operating in Rochester by 1840.

The Genesee Brewing Company is a brewing company based in Rochester, NY which brews Genesee Beer and several other brands. The company was founded in 1878 as the West End Brewing Company of Rochester, New York, by German immigrant William J Baue. In 1919 the company changed its name to High Falls Brewing Company after its primary brand “Genesee Beer.”

While Rochester NY may not be as well known as New York City, it is still a very diverse city with many things to do and places to go. Did you know that the first professional baseball team was created in Rochester? And if you’re ever there, try some Garbage Plate!

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