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.
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.
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)