"Secret Syracuse: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure" Available Now!

By: Reedy Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sept. 19, 2023 - PRLog -- Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of our newest guidebook, Secret Syracuse: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, by Linda Lowen.

Every city has its lore and legends, and Syracuse is no different. Ask a local for a spooky story, and they'll probably tell you about Thirteen Curves or the Landmark Ghost. But dig deep enough, and you'll unearth wonder in unexpected places. Just below the surface of even the most ordinary neighborhoods lies the curious history and hidden terrain of Secret Syracuse.

Central New York is home to dozens of stranger-than-fiction events lost to time. There's the beautiful girl whose rise and fall as America's first supermodel was foretold when she was just five years old. The circus showman who grazed live elephants on a hillside and may have buried deceased ones in a junkyard. The young pilot of an F-94 jet that crashed into Onondaga Lake at 375 miles per hour and lies there still. The wealthy playboy who sank his fortune into the world's most beautiful nightclub in Syracuse at the height of the Great Depression.

With Secret Syracuse, explore a carriage house turned English manor. Visit the village library that doubles as a natural history museum with rare antiquities like a real Egyptian mummy. Descend a series of century-old stone steps to hike the Grand Canyon of Syracuse. Discover an underwater ATM machine. See a street of charming 1920s-era houses that can't burn down. Find out which leafy suburban community sits atop the ruins of a secret government installation.

Whether you're new to Syracuse or a lifelong resident, you'll be astonished by the stories in these pages. And with hundreds of stunning photographs by award-winning photographer Sandy Roe, Secret Syracuse: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is a book you'll return to again and again. It's history with a touch of whimsy—all the things you never knew about Syracuse and now will never forget.

Secret Syracuse: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is available wherever books are sold.


ISBN: 9781681064925, softcover, 6 x 9, 192 pages, $27.00

About the Author

Linda Lowen is a Syracuse-based writer, editor, and book and theater reviewer. Previously an award-winning radio/television producer and talk show host, she's been investigating and sharing the stories of Central New Yorkers for over 25 years. Her nonfiction work has been published in the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and The Writer magazines, and in the anthology Tiny Love Stories: True Tales of Love in 100 Words or Less (Artisan 2020). More at LindaLowen.com and 100ThingsSyracuse.com.

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