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One Downtown, Many Personalities

There is a parallel renaissance taking place on either side of the Chemung River.

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The transformation of Downtown Corning's Market Street into a retail, service, and dining center over the past four decades has been fueled by a healthy business environment, which includes stunning historic architecture, sights, nightlife, shopping, a full schedule of events, and a vibrant cultural and arts scene. Across the river, Corning's Northside is undergoing a similar revitalization, where an infusion of capital, redevelopment, and a rethinking of the role of the neighborhood in our urban development, has helped transform the area. These neighborhoods have always had a special, symbiotic relationship since they were first connected by the Bridge Street and Centerway bridges. Today, in the 21st century, Market Street and the Northside have become dynamic business districts, creative incubators, and great places to live.

To celebrate this shared renaissance, Corning's Gaffer District and the City of Corning have joined together to concentrate on the identities of each individual area and encourage business owners, local residents, and consumers to have a hand in defining their character and improvements. Seventry-eight years after the first car crossed over the Bridge Street Bridge, Market Street and the Northside are more connected than ever before. We invite you to explore all of downtown Corning and allow us to demonstrate how these neighborhoods are together rebranding and redefining Corning's Gaffer District, and the nation's downtowns.


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Accolades, Awards and Recognition

America's Best 20 Small Towns for Christmas (Country Living, 2015)

Country Living recognized Corning, NY as one of 20 best towns in America for celebrating Christmas, specifically for our sparkling holiday season, beginning with the Parade of Lights through the Gaffer District.

Certificate of Excellence (TripAdvisor, 2014, 2015 and 2016)

Recognized as a top performing Historic Walking Area, as reviewed by travelers on the world's largest travel site, Corning's Gaffer District is proud to announce that it has received a 2014, 2015 and 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

Top 100 Events in North America [GlassFest] (American Bus Association, 2014, 2015 AND 2016)

The American Bus Association (ABA) announced in October that GlassFest presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company, to be held over Memorial Day Weekend, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014, 2015 and 216 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that GlassFest offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

Top Culinary Destination (Bon Appetit Appalachia, 2014)

Corning's Gaffer District is proud to announce that it has been named a top culinary destination by the newly conceived Bon Appetit Appalachia program. Bon Appetit Appalachia is a national program that celebrates the local farms, foods and flavors of the Appalachian Mountain region. The Appalachian region extends throughout 13 states on the East Coast, from Alabama and North Carolina to Ohio and New York, and the Gaffer District is pleased to have been chosen as a celebrated representative for our surrounding areas. In addition to being mentioned as a top destination in New York State, the Gaffer District is also named as a top culinary travel destination for festivals and events throughout the entire Appalachian region, an honor reserved for only 39 other locations along the East Coast.

Historic Centerway Bridge Earns National Recognition (American Public Works Association, 2014 and Western New York Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction & Design, 2013)

Corning's Gaffer District is proud to announce that the Historic Centerway Walking Bridge has been named the American Public Works Association (APWA) Historic Restoration & Preservation Project of the Year. This national award recognizes excellence in the management and administration of major public works projects involving historical restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, structures and facilities. Other award categories include: Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair; Environmental; Structures; and Transportation. In addition, the restoration project was awarded APWA Project of the Year at the chapter and state levels. The project has also been given the 2013 Bridge Award by the Western New York Chapter of the Association for Bridge Construction & Design (ABCD) for a major project over $2 million, and the Award of Merit from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) for the Historic Preservation category.

Top Shopping Destination in New York State (I Love New York, 2014)*

Corning's Gaffer District is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a top shopping destination by I Love New York in honor of the gift giving season. The accolade comes as a result of being included in I Love New York's recent New York Gift Guide, a campaign meant to entice locals and visitors alike to "give the gift of New York" by offering exciting travel opportunities and unique experiences. People may enjoy the guide at The gift guide is categorized into topics such as shopping, food and wine, adventure, family friendly travel and much more. Only the best and most unique attractions and locations are included in the I Love New York Gift Guide, and Corning's Gaffer District is pleased to have been mentioned as one of only seven major shopping destinations in all of New York State.

One of America's Most Beautiful Town Squares (Travel + Leisure, April 2013)*

Included in Travel + Leisure's April 2013 feature "America's Most Beautiful Town Squares," Corning, NY and Centerway Square are honored with the distinction as one of the most beautiful 15 town squares in the country. Others on the list include Decatur, Georgia, Canton, Mississippi and Prescott, Arizona, among others. Centerway Square is the only square from New York honored with this designation.

One of 10 Great Streets (American Planning Association, October 2013)*

The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of Market Street as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. Each year during National Community Planning Month APA's Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.


Corning's Gaffer District is excited to announce the winners from the 21st annual Parade of Lights, held in the downtown Corning on Sunday, November 29. Guests and residents filled Historic Market Street for the Parade of Lights.

Nov 30th, 2015

Corning's Gaffer District is proud to announce that Smart Brain International will come to downtown Corning. Franchise owners, Kimberly and Brendan Holmes will offer after-school enrichment programs at The Corning Centerway ExecuCenter.

Nov 20th, 2015

Presenting sponsors Corning's Gaffer District and Steuben & Corning Centers for Rehabilitation and Healthcare are pleased to announce the schedule and street closings for the 41st Annual Sparkle.

Dec 1st, 2015
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