As a graduate student in Syracuse, NY and a food lover, I found Syracuse to be a difficult place to live in at times. The weather was horrible which I probably should have known but living in it was worse than I thought. On my search for the arts and local culture, I found that Syracuse does have pockets but it takes some serious searching. Funk and Waffles is a "funky" and fun place near Syracuse University to listen to some acoustic music and have killer waffles. I adored the food at Beer Belly Deli pub in Westcott. Speaking of Westcott, I would absolutely check out this hippie little street for yoga, coffeeshops, and some good local eats. Syracuse is the land of diners. The diner scene is on point! Can anyone say: hash browns and pancakes?! Diners are great for budget travelers in this city. My favorite was Stella's diner (although get there early on the weekend!) which boasts the best chocolate chip pancakes. Downtown Syracuse also contains some gems such as Pastabilities with TO DIE FOR Spicy Hot Tomato Oil. Syracuse is a great time if you are a student who loves searching for some good local eats.
I grew up in Syracuse and think it's a fantastic place to raise a family and go to school (Go Syracuse University!). Syracuse gets a full dose of all the seasons. It has boat loads of snow in the winter, terrific apple picking in autumn, incredible spring thunderstorms and warm summer months that you can spend beside the Finger Lakes.
Old building structured in the mid-1800's that used to be the library for congress. It's now a Bank of America.
Syracuse is a nice city in central New York. There are some nice homey restaurants and a very good art museum. A large mall on the outskirts is becoming a destination by itself.