Central Vine Street Business District and Main Street Business District
Vine Street and Main Street are two business corridors in Over-the-Rhine. Marked by beautiful two- to five-story townhouses built by the German immigrants in the 1800s, today Vine Street is known nationally as a mecca of local shops, innovative restaurants, eclectic bars, and start-up business incubators. Ensemble Theatre anchors the business corridor on Vine just to the south of Twelfth. Soon the streetcar will connect Main, Vine and Findlay Market businesses to the riverfront; and Red Bike bike share is currently up and running with multiple bike stations located throughout downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Uptown.
Main Street is a main thoroughfare of Over-the-Rhine and was once known as a cluster for tech startups during the 90s. Today, the street is populated with independent galleries, unique fashion boutiques, artisanal coffee shops, pubs, and neighborhood block parties such as Second Sunday on Main, Final Friday gallery hop, and Bockfest, which celebrates OTR’s history of beer brewing.
The Cincinnati Bell Connector is Cincinnati’s modern streetcar system on a 3.6-mile loop connecting the riverfront at The Banks, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Fare is $1 for two hours and $2 for a day pass. Fare can be purchased at ticket vending machines or by using the Cincy EZRide app on your smartphone. Ticket vending machines are located at each of the 18 stations along the route. For more information, visit www.cincinnatibellconnector.com.
In July 2012, Washington Park reopened after an extensive renovation, expanding the Park from 6 to 8 acres. The expansion also allowed such additional features as a plaza, a civic green and performance stage, a 450-space underground parking garage, a dog park, a children's playground, water features and interactive fountains, and extensive landscaping. One of the most important elements of the renovated Park is the year-round free programming, which brings thousands of people throughout the week to enjoy and explore OTR.
Ziegler Park is a 4.5-acre greenspace located along Sycamore Street, shared between the neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton. The park is a city-owned space that recently underwent a transformative renovation and expansion. Ziegler Park features a new pool, upgraded basketball courts, a children's playground, a game grove, great lawn, and more! A deep-water pool offers opportunities for swim lessons and teams of children recruited from the neighborhood.
Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most cherished institutions. The Market is located just two blocks north of Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to November the Market also hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events. Findlay Market is open year-round.
Second Sunday on Main
SSOM was founded by the Over-The-Rhine Chamber of Commerce in 2005 as an economic initiative for the Main Street Business District. The festival was created to bring more people to the sidewalks of Over-the-Rhine on Sunday afternoons to shop, socialize, congregate, dine and enjoy the music, the art, the neighborhood and one another.
Now in its 12th year, Second Sunday on Main attracts 3,000 visitors every month. The festival has grown to include an outdoor beer garden, music and performances on three stage areas, food trucks, over 125 local vendors, and themed programming each month – the focus remains true to its original mission to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the community, and to highlight the local shops and businesses on Main Street.
The two remaining SSOM 2017 dates are September 10th 12-5pm and October 8th 4-9pm
Every month, artists and art galleries in the historic Over-the-Rhine district open their doors for a special showing on the last Friday, known to most simply as "Final Friday". Artwork is included from established artists as well as younger artists from both Cincinnati and out-of-town. This creates a walkable, relaxed, urban environment where generally from 5:00pm to 10:00m in the evening one can connect with the arts community in the various shops along Main Street, Vine Street, and at the Pendleton Art Center. Final Friday is a unique, ongoing arts activity... see you there!
More info here.
Coming soon! The Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail
Currently in the planning stages, the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail will be a 2-mile trail that connects 12 remaining brewery structures built pre-Prohibition in the north part of the neighborhood. An important part of Cincinnati’s rich history in beer crafting, one of the original breweries is active again, namely Christian Moerlein. The trail is being developed by the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corp., which offers seasonal tours of the historic structures, including long-abandoned lager cellars and tunnels 30 – 40 feet below ground that were built during the Prohibition era.
Visit http://www.cincinnatibrewerytours.com/ for more information on tour schedule and tickets.
Image Source: Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/history_map.php)