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East Avenue - Rochester, NY


The East Ave neighborhood is one of the liveliest and culturally richest neighborhoods in all of Rochester and certainly in the downtown area. The East Ave is the home of the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Theatre, and the headquarters of the thriving Rochester International Jazz Festival and several summertime street festivals each called the “East End Fest.” Bars popular with the younger crowd are all over the East Avenue-Alexander Street area, which takes on a big-city feel on weekends.

Who Lives Here

A younger crowd, artists and writers, those who enjoy the cultural scene, and empty-nesters.


Finding bars and restaurants is easy in the East End. Pharmacies and supermarkets are a little farther away. The closest pharmacies are in the nearby Park Avenue neighborhood, and the closest supermarket is a Wegmans at the corner of East Avenue and Winton Road.

Recreation & Entertainment

The East End neighborhood is overflowing with entertainment options, from perhaps the busiest bar scene in all of Monroe County to the cultural area including the Eastman Theatre. Students from the Eastman School of Music give the area an even more vibrant and international buzz.

Transportation & Traffic

Parking can be difficult for visitors on weekend nights, and some roads are closed during the jazz festival and each of the East End festivals. The Inner Loop, part of Interstate 490, provides easy access around downtown. There are a few parking garages in the area, along with metered parking on streets.

Pros & Cons

The East End is a magnificent place to live if you like to be in the heart of downtown. Developers have been adding more housing to the area in recent years. Traffic can be intense on weekends and during festivals, and the area can be noisy.

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