Ray Weaver and Jim Potocki stand in front of their new puzzle room, Escape the Abominable Snowman.

Escape Ithaca in Commons Releases New Puzzle Room

Weaver and Potoki are constantly dreaming up ideas for new escape rooms, developing a new puzzle every three to six months. Their first escape room featured a Harry Potter theme, catering to Ithacans participating in Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend.

The Ithaca Commons, where a protest of ICE's detainment of a local farm worker was held.

New Bar, Restaurant Open in Downtown Commons

The Range is a laid-back Western-style bar, ideal for socializing and entertainment, according to the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Due Amici is a Mediterranean-Italian fusion restaurant which serves delicious options from both cuisines.

A new location of the Cornell Store will open at 102 East State Street on Thursday.

Cornell Store Will Open Downtown Ithaca Branch

“Hosting a store location downtown provides a unique opportunity for us to develop special events for Cornell alums, to support the Cornell staff population at Seneca Place, and to promote Cornell Athletics to our passionate local fan base,” she said.

In Ithaca Visit, Schumer Supports Local Road Safety

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) visited the Ithaca Commons Monday to support the City’s efforts to improve road safety. He announced that $40 million in funding is available to improve highway safety, including projects on Ithaca roads, according to a press release. Schumer held a news conference Monday afternoon outside the Simeon’s On the Commons restaurant, which is still under construction after a traffic accident, according to The Ithaca Journal. On June 20, 2014, a tractor trailer crashed into the restaurant’s entrance at the intersection of Route 96 B and Route 79, killing Amanda Bush — a bartender at Simeon’s — and her unborn child, and injuring seven others. Investigators determined that the intersection had previously experienced close calls and accidents, according to the press release.

Ithaca Mural Celebrating Muslim Culture Calls for Design Submissions

The Al-Huda Islamic Center of the Finger Lakes, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center and the Multicultural Resource Center are currently calling for sketch submissions for a mural celebrating Muslim culture that has been commissioned for the Commons. The 50 foot by 16 foot mural — which will be painted on the wall leading into the Green Street parking garage near the Cinemapolis movie theater — will celebrate the culture of the approximately 750 Muslims who live in Ithaca, according to Nagiane Lacka Arriaza, the mural’s project coordinator. “There are murals depicting Native Americans and Latinos [in Ithaca],” Arriaza said. “We’re part of this community, and I believe we should be part of the art scene as well.”

She said she intends for the new mural to make the Muslim community feel more at home in Ithaca, adding that she believes the community is underrepresented in the local art scene. “I’m looking for the art to actually reflect the people who live here,” Arriaza said.