It’s basically a ritual for newly arrived, over-eager freshmen: Flock into Collegetown on a blustery weekend night and live it up in one of the many fraternity annexes surrounding Eddy Street. After we’ve had our fill, this sizable portion of the Cornell population stumbles back to Collegetown’s late-night cafes and restaurants, exhausted and ravenous from a long day of studying and partying.
Collegetown Bagels customers will soon have to walk an extra block downtown to get their coffee and Zabs order. The beloved restaurant’s downtown branch will move from the corner of N. Aurora Street to the new City Centre Ithaca building along the Commons.
Around 7 p.m. Thursday evening, the power went out for many Collegetown businesses on the 400 block of College Avenue — plunging student hangouts like Collegetown Bagels, Rulloff’s, Apollo’s and 7/11 into near-darkness. Calls made by the businesses to NYSEG had employees estimating that power will return to the block by 9:45 p.m.
The Ithaca Planning and Development Board gave the official go-ahead for next June’s planned demolition, which will level the historic Chacona Block building in favor of six stories of sleek new apartments during its meeting on Tuesday.
Imagine you are an alumnus from the Class of 2010: You and a couple of your college friends make the trek to Ithaca to visit your old stomping grounds. After checking out campus for a little while, you head towards Collegetown for dinner. “How about Stella’s?” your friend suggests, “It’s got great atmosphere.”
You walk across Cascadilla Gorge and down College Avenue. You see the black awning — “COFFEE LUNCH BRUNCH STELLA’S DINNER WINE COCKTAILS.” As you come nearer, however, you see the windows are covered with paper “FOR RENT.” No problem, you can walk a bit further and go to The Nine’s. They’ve got great atmosphere and the deep-dish pizza is delicious, you think to yourself, I remember going there with my friends during my first week on campus.
Ithaca’s Collegetown Bagels will be moving their downtown location this summer and will be making additions to its menu offerings. Currently located at 203 N. Aurora St., the popular bagel place will move to the new City Centre building at 301 E. State St.
On my walk home from class, I stumbled upon a popular hotspot: Collegetown Bagels. From the freshly baked bagels to the artsy chalkboard decor, I found myself in awe — yet, one thing instantly grabbed my attention. I discovered that each and every unique sandwich name had been submitted by local students. In this moment, I realized that not only had I found my new hangout, but I was also about to unearth my claim to fame.