East Rochester

East Rochester is a village in suburban Rochester, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. While it’s often overshadowed by the more picturesque villages around Rochester, it’s a tight-knit community with few big chains and a lot of little gems waiting to be discovered.

West Commercial Street.

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Despite the prominent presence of the train tracks through the village, no train stops here any more. You’ll need a car if you’re going to visit East Rochester.

The most convenient access from the southeast and northwest is Interstate 490. Eastbound, take exit 24 for Commercial Street. Westbound there is no exit 24; take exit 25 and cross 31F to get to Commercial Street. Either way, you’ll find yourself on East Rochester’s main commercial strip.

From the southwest, State Route 153 comes from Pittsford, going through the western portion of East Rochester toward western Penfield. From the east, State Route 31F is the best option; it forms the southern border of the village. From the northeast, Five Mile Line Road (perhaps via State Route 441) intersects with Linden Avenue, which runs through the northernmost part of the village.

East Rochester can be very difficult to get around by car. The CSX train tracks divide the village, resulting in a lot of dead ends as only two roads actually cross the tracks: Washington Street (State Route 153) and Lincoln Road. You’ll need to make your way to one or the other if you need to get across. Just to make things more interesting, the main drag, Commercial Street, is discontinuous; West Commercial ends at Main Street, only to pick up again as East Commercial on the other side of a business complex.

In short, navigation is a pain if you don’t have a route mapped out in advance. Make sure you have a good map.

  • Piano Works Mall, 349 W Commercial St (west of Washington St). This is a strip mall without much to recommend it above any other strip mall, except that its location is rather unique. It is actually a former piano factory that was converted into retail and office space. 
    • Bell Racquet Sports (Piano Works Mall), +1 585 385-9940. M-F 9:30AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-3:30PM. One of the East Coast’s largest racquet specialty shops. Racquets, shoes, apparel and racquet services (including stringing, customizations, etc.). Over 1000 racquets for tennis, squash, racquetball, paddle sports, badminton. 

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