History of the GSNA

What is the Greater Strathmore Neighborhood Association (GSNA)? As defined in its mission statement, the GSNA is an association of neighbors joining together for the betterment of our community. The Greater Strathmore Neighborhood Association was formed on the heels of the 1998 Labor Day Storm. This devastating wind and thunderstorm caused much damage in our city neighborhood. Many old trees were felled, power lines were destroyed, and houses were damaged. Through this adversity came stronger bonds between residents, as neighbors joined together to help one another. There also came the realization that in order to preserve and improve our unique neighborhood, an organized effort would be needed.

Strathmore is an urban neighborhood in Syracuse, NY that features elegant, historic homes mixed with affordable middle class housing. Strathmore has a social mix that is rarely seen today and there is a strong sense of community. Neighbors also appreciate the convenience of having schools, parks, and churches within walking distance. Preservation of this lifestyle is a common thread between diverse neighbors and a goal of the GSNA.

The GSNA has many impressive accomplishments:

  • Held a 4th of July (Patriots Day) celebration on Onondaga Park for the children in the neighborhood. The celebration featured games, face painting, a talent show, a bicycle parade, food vendors, and demonstrations by the Syracuse Fire Department.
  • Created this web site to promote the neighborhood to prospective homebuyers and serve as a communication & information resource for residents.
  • The Greater Strathmore Neighborhood Association has coordinated events that bring neighbors together and introduce visitors to Strathmore, like:
  • The annual Art on the Porches festival
  • The annual Parks Run race
  • An annual neighborhood wide garage sale
  • Was instrumental in getting ornamental “Welcome to Strathmore” signs in 3 corners of our neighborhood
  • Recently received historic preservation status for part of the Strathmore neighborhood to help preserve the architectural integrity of the area (2006)
  • Coordinates annual Children’s Halloween Parade
  • Organized a Christmas celebration in Onondaga Park

There is plenty going on, so find a way to get involved and be proud. One of the things that makes Strathmore great is the bond that comes from neighbors working together to make it a better place.