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The 5 Most Fascinating Off Limits Buildings in Utica

Recently the 'Goonies' house in the Oregon seaside town of Astoria was made off-limits to visitors. That got us thinking about the most fascinating off-limits buildings in the Utica area.

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Utica To Be New York’s ‘Capital For A Day’ Thursday [UPDATE]

The city of Utica will serve as New York's 'Capital for a Day' on Thursday, according to an invitation sent to the heads of several Mohawk Valley-area not for profit groups.

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Could Your Life Be a Reality Television Show? You May Have Your Chance!

Have you ever thought your life was interesting or crazy enough to have a reality TV show made about it? Well, you just may have that chance. A production company with a great resume is coming to Utica in search of the next hit reality series and you could be the star! 

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Utica Area Hess Gas Stations Finish Conversion to Speedway

Perhaps Speedway's jingle "We're on your way, the convenient stores of Speedway" will becomes as familiar to Central New Yorkers as the iconic green Hess and their holiday season toy trucks.

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Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar via Facebook
Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar via Facebook
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New Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar Coming to Downtown Utica

If you love great seafood and oysters, then you will love the new Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar. I'm sure you have seen the billboards somewhere around town saying things like "Raising the Bar, Literally" or "Elevation: 306 Feet Above Sea Level." The clever ads are to promote the rooftop experience you'll get with this restaurant atop Utica's Landmarc Building.

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Elvis Presley Tickets for the Utica AUD
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See Mint-Condition Tickets for Elvis Presley at the Utica AUD in 1977 [PHOTO]

'The King of Rock and Roll,' Elvis Presley passed away just before he kicked off another leg of his 1977 tour. This part of the tour had stops in the northeast, and one of those stops happened to be Utica.

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Utica Native Duncan Cameron Was a Member of Sawyer Brown from 1991-2004 [Video]

One of the biggest country groups through the 80s and 90s was Sawyer Brown. This popular band actually has a tie to Utica, NY and that comes in the form of their second lead guitarist, Duncan Cameron. Cameron is a native of Utica and he was in the band from 1991-2004.

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Photo Credit: James Piccola, New York State Department of Transportation, used with permission by Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media
Photo Credit: James Piccola, New York State Department of Transportation, used with permission by Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media
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Runaway Train Car Crashes into Union Station in Utica, Crashes Into Car [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

07/21/2015  10:08pm  Utica Police have released the following statement regarding today's "runaway train:"

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Create A No Fly Zone Over Your Utica-Rome Area Home From Drones

Looking to avoid having drones fly over your Utica-Rome area home? There is now a website that you can enter your address in so commercial drone users are not allowed to fly over. 

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Did Convicted Killer and Escape Artist David Sweat Once Live in Utica?

It is believed that convicted cop killer and captured escapee from the Clinton Correctional facility in Upstate New York spent time right here in Utica, NY. As a young child, he spent a lot of time in foster care and even ended up living for a brief stay at The House of the Good Shepherd

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Saranac via YouTube
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See Saranac Thursdays Like You Never Have Before [Video]

One of the biggest events of the Summer for the City of Utica is Saranac Thursdays. It's a place where friends and family can gather to enjoy good times, great beer, and some sweet music. Not many people realize however, that this is not a big money maker for Saranac, but is actually the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the local United Way chapter.

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Nostalgic Utica Commercial Reminds Us What Boilermaker Weekend Is All About [Video]

Boilermaker Weekend is upon us and it is arguably the biggest weekend of the year for the City of Utica. One of the greatest things that the race represents is how strong and supportive our community is. Utica has always had a reputation for this and in 1985, a commercial was released titled "You are Utica." It demonstrates perfectly what this weekend is about.

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