The Gear Factory Syracuse

Media + Press Links




Syracuse innovators of 2016: 11 people carving out CNY's creative culture
December 30, 2016

Hometown Summit Participants
December 8, 2016

Alumni Spotlight // Rick Destito, Syracuse Renaissance Man
Nov 4, 2016

Shifting Gears
November 2016 by Jerk Magazine

Gear Factory Owner Hopes Workspace Will Help Syracuse Become More Vibrant, Creative
October 31, 2015

As others left, they came to one of Syracuse's poorest neighborhoods to build a future
October 17, 2016

The Gear Factory's robot disappears as the building gets a fresh coat of paint
September 15, 2016

Syracuse's saddest building becomes a pop of light: The Gear Factory's promise
June 27, 2016

Big changes at The Gear Factory, gateway to Syracuse's near west side
Feb 11, 2016 




After 10 years of waiting, the Gear Factory's $1.2 million renovation will begin next week
April 2015

The Gear Factory: New windows, bright sunlight, the ghost of Albert Kahn
October 27, 2015

Gear Factory renovations: 'It's like opening the shutters after a storm'
September 17, 2015

Renovations begin on The Gear Factory to improve auto parts factory turned artist studios
April 21, 2015

“The Near Westside – by Choice!” – A Profile of Rick Destito
February 24, 2015


Rick Destito: Creative Community Builder


Borough Furnace

Saveur Magazine at Borough Furnace. January 2014




Syracuse’s Renaissance Man

After Canton, Fall 2013


Public Art Project Elicits the Profound, Profane

By CAROLYN THOMPSON of The Associated Press, Dec. 4, 2013


Public ‘bucket list’ attracts thousands of entries in Syracuse
NewsChannel9, DEC 2013


'Before I Die' wall at the Gear Factory to get a clean slate each week

By Chris Baker |

on October 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM, updated October 29, 2013 at 7:08 AM


"Before I die I want to..."

By Chris Baker |

on October 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM, updated October 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM


A peek inside the bustling walls of the Gear Factory

By Chris Baker | 
on October 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM, updated October 13, 2013 at 6:38 AM


Celebrated Sustainability and Environmental Advocates to Speak at SUNY Canton

March 6, 2013


State aid to assist Central New York arts, cultural group with projects

By Melinda Johnson |

on January 03, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated January 03, 2013 at 6:02 AM




Rick Destito and In Your Facebook

Jim Rieth Show, WCNY 2012


In Syracuse: A great architect, a lost design and a corner born anew?

Sean Kirst, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY); August 31, 2012


Man with artistic vision has big plans for Syracuse

By Joseph DiDomizio September 5, 2012




$1 and a Dream: 721 Otisco St.

Published: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 5:00 AM  Updated: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 9:43 AM


“Local artists to hold fundraiser today at Gear Factory”

Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 8:19 AM     Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 11:22 AM


“Rebirth of a City”  New York Times 

August 10, 2010, 2:30 PM  By ROBERTA BRANDES GRATZ


Mayor Stephanie A. Miner’s Citizens Cabinet, Rick Destito


Local developer Rick Destito gets a nice mention in the NY Times

Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 4:47 PM     Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 5:08 PM


Lines that we save, like arrows in a quiver

Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 8:35 AM     Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 8:58 AM


Owner works to bring old Syracuse factory -- home for artists, musicians -- into compliance

Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 6:00 AM     Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 11:46 AM


Rick Destito: miracle on



721 Otisco St. Before and After, open house invitation. All welcome! Come and see the change!


721 Otisco St. Syracuse, NY Extreme Make Over by Rick Destito


Purchased for $1. Extreme Whole house renovation


Artists Make Home In Syracuse's SALT District


Bill from the Pilot Lies


Colleen talks about the arts in the SALT District


Colleen Woolpert: Belonging in Syracuse

Ellen Leahy 01/18/10



In High Gear



Updated 11/15/2009 11:15 AM

Syracuse Mayor-elect assembles transition team


“CitrusTV's Stacy Lange checks out the local gear factory”

Uploaded by CitrusTV on Sep 29, 2009


Near West Side revitalization moves slowly, but residents remain optimistic




“Why are you so committed to having an artist community?”  

By Ngoc Huynh, The Post-Standard Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2007, 10:00 AM


“The first beta community meeting in Syracuse”

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 from “Cooltown Studio”


“An interview with the Syracuse artist/musician developer”

Friday, August 03, 2007 from “Cooltown Studios”


“An artist/musician ‘community in a building’, Syracuse, NY”

Thursday, August 02, 2007 from “Cooltown Studios”


“Why Wait Around for the Connective Corridor?”

SUNDAY, JANUARY 07, 2007  from “The Salted City”


YouTube videos featuring The Gear Factory:

Graphik Nature Studios "Ladies Night" photo shoot - behind the scenes

Graphik Nature Studios photo shoot - behind the scenes

Joe Driscoll 'Imperfections'

The New Renaissance. A Move, Meant.