Title: Secret Syracuse: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Author: Linda Lowen
Size: 6 x 9
Every city has its lore and legends, and Syracuse is no different. Ask a local for a spooky story, and they’ll probably tell you about Thirteen Curves or the Landmark Ghost. But dig deep enough, and you’ll unearth wonder in unexpected places. Just below the surface of even the most ordinary neighborhoods lies the curious history and hidden terrain of Secret Syracuse.
Central New York is home to dozens of stranger-than-fiction events lost to time. There’s the beautiful girl whose rise and fall as America’s first supermodel was foretold when she was just five years old. The circus showman who grazed live elephants on a hillside and may have buried deceased ones in a junkyard. The F-94 jet that crashed into Onondaga Lake at 375 miles per hour and lies there still. The wealthy playboy who sank his fortune into the world’s most beautiful nightclub in Syracuse at the height of the Great Depression.
With Secret Syracuse, explore a carriage house turned English manor. Visit the village library that doubles as a natural history museum with rare antiquities like a real Egyptian mummy. Descend a series of century-old stone steps to hike the Grand Canyon of Syracuse. Discover an underwater ATM machine. See a street of charming 1920s-era houses that can’t burn down. Find out which leafy suburban community sits atop the ruins of a secret government installation.
Whether you’re new to Syracuse or a lifelong resident, you’ll be astonished by the stories in these pages. And with hundreds of stunning photographs by award-winning photographer Sandy Roe, Secret Syracuse: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is a book you’ll return to again and again. It’s history with a touch of whimsy—all the things you never knew about Syracuse and now will never forget.