Armory Square Book
June 22, 2009
On June 22nd, the much-anticipated book, "Armory Square: Then and Now," will be released by Arcadia Publishing. Arcadia, a leading publisher of historical books, has previously published similar books of historical photographs from the greater Syracuse area authored by Dennis Connors of the Onondaga Historical Association.

The Armory Square book, however, will be the first book to offer a "then and now" look at downtown Syracuse, featuring historic photos from the early 20th century along side photos from today. There will also be a number of photos from the period just prior to the beginning of the numerous renovations that have made Armory Square the hip, urban hot-spot it is today. In this way the book will serve to tell the story of a historic neighborhood that was at one time a thriving manufacturing district before suffering a decline, but later to be reborn as an urban neighborhood now known for fine dining, unique retail, entertainment and a lively nightlife scene.

The book was authored by Robert Podfigurny of the Armory Square Association and George Curry, a key-developer in the rebirth of Armory Square. The Onondaga Historical Association assisted a great deal in the project by providing many historical photographs and a wealth of information. A special thanks also to those individuals and businesses that provided additional support: the Downtown Committee of Syracuse; Joe Rainone of Mulrooney's Pub; Rich Sykes and RHS Holdings, LLC; Rick Tait and Pioneer Cos.; and the Armory Square Association.

The book will sell for $21.99 and will be available at Eureka Crafts in Armory Square, Barnes and Noble, Borders Books, Powell Books,, and many independent retailers in Syracuse. A discount is available to retailers interested in purchasing the book for resale. Armory Square area businesses interested in purchasing multiple copies, please contact Robert Podfigurny by e-mailing Volume discounts may be available.

Visit the publisher's website to read more about the book!

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