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Hawley-Green Historic District

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The Hawley-Green Historical District is in the Near Northeast neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. The name comes from the district's two principal streets, Hawley Avenue and Green Street.

History Edit

Tucked away in a triangle one block south of James Street, the major artery of Syracuse's northeastern neighborhoods, Hawley-Green was at first home to carpenters, wagon makers, silversmiths, painters, and musicians. Its original housing stock consisted of splendid Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate-style structures, some of which still line its charming streets. By the late nineteenth century the neighborhood had attracted more upper-class types who replaced many of the original structures with Second Empire, Queen Anne, and the Stick Style homes. The arrival of the streetcar helped fuel this upscale transition. These newer residents were upper-class houses were doctors, lawyers, dentists, politicians, and preachers.

Today many of the larger homes have been restored, the larger ones converted into multi-unit apartment houses, the smaller ones home to a growing artistic community. The area has become famous for its "painted ladies," Victorian homes painted in pastel colors. In 1979 the district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 2002 the district has also been home to the Syracuse Cultural Workers.

An LGBT-friendly neighborhoodEdit

About forty of the residents of the neighborhood are members of the Hawley-Green LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender) Neighbors. This neighborhood group promotes the neighborhood as LGBT-friendly. LGBT-owned businesses in the works include Sugarpearl, (a women's lounge,) and Sparkytown, (a funky neighborhood eatery). The neighborhood is home to Syracuse's only independent bookstore with a gay focus, The Lavender Inkwell Bookshoppe, located at 304 N. McBride St.


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