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Neighborhood Watch: Village of Manlius

Neighborhood Watch: Village of Manlius

I came to central New York expecting to get an education, not fall in love.

Beijing China, where I’m from is full of lights, smog, and people, so the thick woods, scattered lakes, fresh air, blue sky and bright sunshine Central New York were a shock—a wonderful surprise.

Many of the international students studying here with me have come to deeply appreciate the heaven-sent natural environment and cultural heritage of the area. During our time here, we’ve become convinced the people who live in Central New York are blessed.

Summer in Manlius. Little leaguers warming up on the field next to the Swan Pond.

Summer in Manlius. Little leaguers warming up on the field next to the Swan Pond.

To a visiting student, Manlius is a prototypical small but exquisite American village. The total area of Manlius Village is 1.7 square miles and there are nearly 5,000 residents in the village. In 2005 Manlius was included in CNN Money’s top one hundred places to live. Of the residents over age of 25, almost half have a Bachelor’s Degree and nearly everyone has a high school diploma.

Walking around Manlius on a Sunday afternoon in the early summer is the best way to experience the quiet charm of this New York town. Surrounded by the floral aromas that drift by on the warm summer breeze, visitors can drop in on many of the boutiques: it could be Lune Chocolate whose owners “create each chocolate to bring you peace and love,” or St. Laurent Framing and Ironstone Gallery who make handmade frames, “In 2011 we moved into the center of village of Manlius and have loved every minute of it.”

Kimberly Bukowski, who runs Kimberly’s Ice Cream said, “Manlius is a great family community that supports local business.”

Geniality permeates every aspect of life here and you’ll receive warm greetings and friendly smiles from strangers as you meander down Main Street. If you tire of walking and need to take a rest try going to the swan pond to feed the ducks. When I did, I struck up a conversation with a local resident—a mother of two who commented on the area, “I really enjoy my life here. Everything is accessible, most of the people know each other well, and I think this is a safe place for my children to grow up.”

The Manlius Public Library is open Monday–Thursday 10 am–9 pm, and Friday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm.

The Manlius Public Library is open Monday–Thursday 10 am–9 pm, and Friday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm.

If there’s a down side to the village, from the standpoint of an international graduate student, it’s that living in the village is all but impossible for my one-year visit. Manlius is a suburb of Syracuse, and to live here I’d need a car and an affordable apartment. The Syracuse area doesn’t have trams (what Americans call ‘light rail’) or regular bus service. But if you get the chance, it’s a wonderful place to visit to experience the best of this country.

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Siyuan Yu

Master of Science in New Media Management

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