There's an old promotional video the developer behind the Destiny USA megamall released several years ago. It includes images of glass-enclosed golf courses, huge hotels and helicopter tours of upstate taking off from Syracuse's Inner Harbor.
Despite ending by promising "grand opening, summer 2004," you won't see any of that on the shores of Onondaga Lake today.
All you'll see is an even bigger mall - despite developer Robert Congel winning a 30-year property tax break worth about $600 million as an incentive from the city to build the Disney Land-like attraction.
The first of 550 tons of steel beams has been pounded into the foundation of the new Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse. Up to now, most of the work has been prepping the area next to the existing hospital entrance.
While visiting Syracuse today to promote a new bill to help small businesses, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand rebuffed the criticisms of her opponents that she has moved further to the left since taking office.
"I have the exact same values as I’ve always had, and that’s fighting for New Yorkers, fighting for small businesses, and helping get this economy back on track," said Gillibrand.
Veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their families will get a special welcome home this week at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. The idea is to show these vets that the community appreciates their sacrifices.
New York state's overall high school graduation rate continues to rise slowly over time. But one-quarter of students statewide don’t graduate high school after four years. These statistics are according to the New York State Education Department’s release of high school graduation rates for 2011.
The Roman Catholic Church continues it's opposition to the Affordable Care Act clause that requires employers to pay for birth control, a practice the church opposes. But the fight has gone beyond the confines of the Catholic Church.
It is the end of any collaboration between the City of Syracuse and the Pyramid Companies on the expansion of the Carousel Center Mall. But the notice this week that Pyramid is calling the current work at the mall the final phase of the Destiny project may not tell the entire story.
Destiny spokesman David Aitken says this move doesn't rule out more Destiny deals in the future.
"Are we hopeful for additional development down the road? The answer's yes. But we are going to take it one day at a time,"says Aitken.
The expansion of Carousel Center in Syracuse could be at an end, at least for now. The developer of the mall complex that will soon be known as Destiny USA, is now calling this the final phase of the development.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city development agency found out yesterday that the developer was exercising a clause in an earlier agreement that would allow them to make this move.
Syracuse got a taste of star power this past weekend as television and film star Alec Baldwin stopped by the Landmark Theater.
Baldwin was there to host a showing of the film “Gasland,” an award-winning anti-hydrofracking documentary.
He also moderated a panel after the movie with experts opposed to hydrofracking and members of the community to discuss the issue. Hydrofracking has been banned in New York while the state reviews concerns over the process for drilling natural gas.
When the Manlius Swans had their eggs destroyed, there were numerous calls and letters demanding justice.
When 20-month-old Rashad Walker, Jr. was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related attack, there was silence.
What does this say about the state of gang violence in the Syracuse area, and the community's numbness - or fear - regarding it? Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick wrestles with this question, and also comments on some of the recent conflicts his office has had with other local public officials.
Money the Syracuse Common Council added to Mayor Stephanie Miner's budget for a new downtown senior center, a small business loan program and teaching assistants may never get spent, despite Miner saying she'll sign the budget as passed.
An advocacy group for local businesses in Central New York organized the first "Cuse Mob" on Saturday by inviting people through Facebook and Twitter to spend $10 at an independently owned craft and gift shop on Syracuse's North End. As a local band played outside, an estimated 200 people visited Craft Chemistry in just an hour.
More projected sales tax revenue for the City of Syracuse could mean some new programs, including seed money for a new downtown senior center. Lawmakers say they want the extra spending to be an investment in the city.