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Corn HIll - Rochester, NY


Corn Hill is the oldest and perhaps most historic residential neighborhood in the city. The neighborhood was named for the corn fields that were abundant here at one time. Corn Hill is at the edge of downtown and has many beautiful Victorian homes that have been renovated in recent years. The area is bounded by Interstate 490 to the north; the Genesee River, along Exchange Boulevard, to the east; and Ford Street to the south and west. The Corn Hill Arts Festival, held every summer, is enormously popular and rated among the top 200 in the nation.

Who Lives Here

Younger people, those who work downtown and want to talk to work, and some empty-nesters, as well as artists and writers.


The development of Corn Hill Landing has added several nightclubs and restaurants to the area in recent years. There’s a coffee shop, salon, handyman services, a print and copy center, liquor and wine store, among other businesses.

Recreation & Entertainment

The Corn Hill Arts Festival attracts about 250,000 people to the annual event. Bicycling and jogging along the riverfront are popular options. Nightclubs in the Corn Hill Landing area and on Clarissa Street offer live music. The Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial, which hosts a variety of events, is nearby.

Transportation & Traffic

Exchange Boulevard and Fitzhugh Street are two of the main thoroughfares in Corn Hill. Interstate 490 borders the neighborhood. Parking is closely monitored in the tight-packed residential area. The area is closed to motor-vehicle traffic during the annual arts festival.

Pros & Cons

Corn Hill offers old-style charm and a tremendously close-knit community. The riverfront has been developed recently and continues to evolve. The area is a madhouse during the arts festival, when motor vehicles are not allowed access. Walkability to downtown is a plus.

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