Westcott, Syracuse, New York

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Westcott is a neighborhood in Syracuse, New York, United States. Its proximity to Syracuse University makes for a diverse community, home to Syracuse University students, professors and other faculty and staff, as well as residents at all income levels. Westcott Street is the main retail street of the neighborhood, featuring numerous restaurants, coffee shops, stores and The Westcott Theater performing arts venue. It is the site of the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair, a one-day celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the neighborhood with food, art, live performances and cultural activities. Westcott is also home to Thornden Park, one of the largest parks in Syracuse. The Westcott neighborhood is the boyhood home of renowned banjoist Tony Trischka.

Westcott Street during the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair in September 2004


Westcott was founded in the late nineteenth century as a result of the growth of Syracuse University. In 1893, the neighborhood began being served by electric streetcars, which ran along Westcott Street and Euclid Avenue towards downtown Syracuse. The current Westcott business district formed at the end of the streetcar line.[1]

The Blanchard House, Thornden Park, and Babcock-Shattuck House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

Popular EstablishmentsEdit

Westcott Street is home to numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and stores that reflect the neighborhood's diversity and bohemian culture.

Alto CincoEdit

Opened in 1995 as a takeout only restaurant, this Tex-Mex eatery is located in the heart of Westcott street, right next to The Westcott Theater. They are well known for their vegan-vegetarian options, and their use of natural, healthy and handmade ingredients. From their website, "Alto Cinco's longstanding mission has been to produce healthy handmade food with all fresh ingredients." [3]

Recess CoffeeEdit

This coffee house, opened in 2007, is located just adjacent to Westcott Street. The brand has recently been doing very well recently, with expansions in other regions of Syracuse, and they also currently partner with over 60 different local cafes, restaurants and grocery stores to sell their self-titled brand of coffee. [4]

Rise N' ShineEdit

The newest location on Westcott Street, Rise N' Shine's second location was opened in late summer of 2019. [5] The first location is located in East Syracuse, and features a classic diner menu, while this new location also features most of the same breakfast menu but also provides lunch and dinner options. The restaurant prides themselves on having fresh, natural and healthy ingredients, as well as using locally sourced produce from the CNY area. [6]


  1. ^ http://thewestcotttheater.com
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "OUR STORY". Alto Cinco. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  4. ^ "Where to Find Us – Recess Coffee". Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  5. ^ "Syracuse's Rise N Shine ready to expand to Westcott location". syracuse. 2019-08-30. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  6. ^ "About". Rise N Shine Diner. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2020-02-17.

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Coordinates: 43°02′28″N 76°07′16″W / 43.0410°N 76.1212°W / 43.0410; -76.1212