Welcome to downtown Auburn, New York!
Located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York, Downtown Auburn was built on a long history of vibrant business activity dating back to the turn of the 19th century. From glamorous opera & movie houses and high-end hotels to abundant retail & manufacturing operations, Downtown Auburn has enjoyed a continued energy and prosperity since its settlement.
As the seat of Cayuga County government, Auburn is the hub of business activity. In the Downtown Business Improvement District alone there are over 200 retail, financial, dining, entertainment, professional businesses, non-profits and government agencies that provide a variety of specialty products and services to the area.
Physically, Downtown Auburn provides the perfect backdrop to play, work, or live. Within the past few years, the City has upgraded all of its downtown public parks and pedestrian malls, which now host concerts and special events all year round. Streetscape improvements such as sidewalk pavers, historic lighting, sitting benches, large-scale flower pots & hanging flower baskets and decorative banners further add to its appeal. With Owasco River running right through the center of downtown, its attractiveness is further enhanced.
Keep it Green
Downtown Auburn is forging a green future and has been recognized as one of central NY’s leaders in utilizing renewable energy. From implementing geothermal heating and cooling systems (engineered and manufactured at Auburn’s McQuay International) in government buildings such as Memorial City Hall, and the Auburn Police & Fire Station, to harnessing hydro power generated from the Owasco River, Auburn’s leaders continually explore avenues that offer smart solutions, helping its businesses grow and residents prosper.
A recent success story for downtown Auburn has been the addition of high-end urban living spaces. R&M Real Estate Group have completed several important projects that offer new residential options including Fifth Avenue-style loft apartments above upper-story businesses, and gated communities in converted factories and warehouses. Limestone Lofts and Logan Lofts trump the industrial chic aesthetic with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick and hardwood floors, plus Bartolotta Furniture custom kitchens, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.
Limestone Lofts is above A.T. Walley’s, Downtown Auburn’s new martini & cigar bar, which transformed three adjacent properties into an upscale lounge and entertainment venue offering lite fare, quality cocktails and chauffeur service. The building, built in 1852 was redesigned from the frame out; with upholstered window seats; antique furniture, plus its attractive colors with low lighting make it a unique social destination. Another exciting project in the works is Grant Ave. Development’s Plaza for the Arts, which will combine retail shops & eateries with business offices & corporate training space- thus transforming the western border of the business district.
Recently renovated Auburn Public Theater is Downtown Auburn’s year-round flagship center for cultural entertainment and community events. National comedy acts, professional theater, musical performances, poetry, weekly films, dance classes, art exhibits and more can be enjoyed there. It is a must do in the heart of Downtown Auburn. There is also live music offered several nights a week, hosted in Downtown’s many outdoor parks, bar & taverns.
Chef owned Moro’s Table was named by Travel & Leisure magazine as one of only six “America’s Best Wine Country Restaurants.” Other fine dining options, like Bambino’s Bistro, have brought NYC chefs to downtown Auburn, attracted by the opportunity to offer more intimate culinary experiences. If you’re just in Auburn for a quick lunch, try modern and chic Mesa Grande Taqueria, serving fresh authentic California-Mexican cuisine. In total, Downtown Auburn boasts over a dozen restaurants, plus a Wegmans grocery, located all within a mile or so radius!
Shopping opportunities also abound with independently-owned boutique shops such as Nash’s Art & Framing, All Tied Up Yarns, Speno Music, Sam’s Shoes, Liberty Store and Downtown Books & Coffee. It could take days to explore all that Auburn and the surrounding area has to offer. For more information contact the Downtown Auburn BID at 315.252-7874 or visit www.auburndowntown.org. So, come, relax and enjoy!
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