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These pages will feature North Syracuse, NY, landmarks that don't have their own page, due to the fact that I don't have very many pictures of them at the moment. If you'd like to contribute any photos to the site please send an e-mail to the address at the bottom of the page.


THE REED FAMILY HOME

These photos were sent in by former North Syracuse resident Joan Mikels. The first is the house she grew up in on Boysen Road in the late 1930s. The second photo is the same house in 1998.


LITTLE CAESARS PLAZA

The rest of the photos on this page (except for Oscars) come from my old video tapes, so please excuse their quality. These next few pictures are of the Little Caesars Plaza in 1988 and 1989, when it included City Mattress, Rosa & Sullivan, Warehouse Wine & Spirit and Fotomat (in the parking lot).


OASIS, OLD MEXICO & ORANGE HOUSE

In the first photo below we have Oasis Tavern, which used to be on the corner of Chestnut Street and Route 11 (across from Wilson Farms). Next is Old Mexico Restaurant, which used to be on the corner of Gertrude Street and Route 11. This location was the "Bermuda Triangle" for retailers. It seems like there is a new business in that building every year. Anyway, the last photo is the infamous "Orange House", which used to be on Route 11 across from Bowling Green. This house seemed really huge, strange and (of course) orange while I was growing up. There never seemed to be anyone living there, and there was this strange little statue of an orange attired man in the front lawn. The house was demolished in the early 2000s. The first two photos are from a 1988 video tape, and the last is from 1995.

UPDATE: The last picture is courtesy of Janice Smith and features the infamous "Orange House" in the background of a picture of Senator Nancy Larraine Hoffmann (taken in May of 1986). Click on the photo to see it full size.


OSCARS RESTAURANT

Oscars Restaurant on Route 11 has been around for as long as I can remember. My father worked there when he was a teenager in the 1950s. I'm ashamed to say I've never eaten there, but I'm sure their Pork Snitzel is just fabulous. These photos were taken in 2006.


NORTH SYRACUSE POST OFFICE

I don't think the North Syracuse Post Office has changed much since these pictures were taken in 1988. The first is the view when you walk in the main doors, the second is the postal service counter, and the last is the frame shop to the right after walking in the main doors.


PUDGIES PIZZA & VECCHIOS GROCERY

If you couldn't make it to Penn Can Mall, Pudgies Pizza was the next best place to hang out in North Syracuse in the 1980s. I remember countless summer afternoons going to Pudgies, getting some slices, putting all of my quarters into the jukebox and playing it's only KISS single (Heaven's On Fire b/w Lonely Is The Hunter) over and over again. Pudgies has long since been gone from the area - first replaced by a Pizza Hut, and then a Chinese Restaurant. I can't even remember what's there now. Vecchios Grocery, however, is still the same as it ever was. It's everything a small, corner store should be - locally owned by friendly (loud) people and full of magazines, chips, beverages, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. Both of these pictures are from 1989.


VFW

The VFW on Maxwell Avenue, just down the road from Pudgies Pizza, has been a long standing North Syracuse landmark. I remember going to a Halloween costume party there in the late 1970s, dressed as C-3PO. There has been an addition made to the front of the building since these photos were taken in the late 1980s.

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