Rochester joins a global movement to reconnect children—and everyone else—to the natural world.
Strolling through the south side of Highland Park, you might come across a jumble of logs on the ground, some sticking straight up, and some lashed together with rope. You might see kids playing on these logs with their parents. You might assume that a tree fell here and it was converted into a playground without a lot of thought put into it.
You would be mistaken.
At the Bodymind Float Center, guests pay to lie in 800 pounds of salt dissolved in ten inches of water. They say it changes their lives.
A sign at the door asks me to take off my shoes. “You don’t have to,” says David Brickman, the owner of Bodymind Float Center. “Whatever you’re comfortable with.” My shoes are off before he could finish his sentence.
Brickman, sporting a very comfy-looking pair of socks himself, then offers me a cup of tea and introduces me to two of their own blends, one a green tea base and the other an herbal rooibos. I opt for the latter, and he leads me to a breakout lounge for our tea-sipping, sock-donned chat.
Photo: Bodymind Float Center
On a rainy spring night in 2015, two college buddies drank beer and played guitar outside their apartment under the shelter of a large umbrella on University Avenue. The future wasn’t clear—as it seldom is during college—but as artists, they felt like they had two options after graduating: New York City or Los Angeles. It’s almost impossible for an emerging artist to start a career in Rochester, let alone a musician. But, they decided, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Photo: UUU Art Collective
Rochester has a long history of optics and innovation. Luminate NY keeps that alive.
This magazine is full of stories about good things that are happening to Rochester. But I hear a lot of pessimism around the city. Unemployment and a lack of industry are common complaints, and many Rochesterians considered Kodak filing for bankruptcy to be the end of an era—the death of the Flower City’s international reputation.
But we’re witnessing a renaissance. Since 2010 the city’s unemployment rate has halved. The initiative to rejuvenate Rochester is a collective effort among every sector. And NextCorps’ program Luminate NY is part of that.
Photo: Mike Hanlon
Six thousand years ago, humans discovered a revolutionary process. By pouring molten metals into molds, within hours they could create tools, dishware, and jewelry that would have otherwise taken days, weeks, or months to craft. Since then, the technique has evolved from its foundation in basic ores to include all types of metals, plastics, ceramic, and glass. The process, and ways in which artists bend the rules, continues to grow every day.
Photo: Green by Katherine Rutecki