Senate’s Secret

Everyone loves a puzzle. In this case it’s a word jumble that hides the name of Daniel Wright’s new restaurant in the Gateway Quarter next to Senate. Can you figure out the name of new OTR restaurant? Photo courtesy of James Jenkins, view more of his work on carbonmade

The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade Through the Years

Cincinnati is a particularly distinct city. Its unique cultural traits, institutions and traditions make it a superbly charming place to live and visit. Events such as Bockfest, The May Festival, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Tall Stacks, et. al. are some of the Queen City’s favorite annual events. But only one has the potential to become a full-fledged … Continue reading

Over-the-Rhine: Best Neighborhood of Cincinnati 2011

Over-the-Rhine was voted the best neighborhood in Citybeat’s 2011 Best of Cincinnati. A great big THANK YOU to all who support OTR. The honor is humbling and exciting but those who love and labor to make it a possibility are those most deserving of accolades.

Walking the dog in OTR

It’s always a joy to stumble upon blogs by Over-the-Rhine residents. AO in OTR is the most recent addition to the OTR-blogosphere. AO is Andrew Oehlerking who lives with his wife and dog in OTR on Republic Street. Recently, Andrew took his dog Sasha for a walk and chronicled it in pictures. His flickr account … Continue reading

Vine Street today

Here is Vine Street as it looks today. The four city blocks visible in this photo used to be abandoned, neglected and deteriorating. Now, they’re restored and several large infill projects have replaced unsightly lots and structures. Thanks to photographer James Jenkins for sharing his work. View his more of his photos on flickr and … Continue reading

OTRview III: Daisy Mae’s Market

Barb Cooper from Daisy Mae’s Market gives us our first OTRview from a Findlay Market vendor.  Founded in late 2009, Daisy Mae’s Market provides “a fresh approach to fresh produce” by providing services like Quick Pick Produce, the popular Downtown/Pill Hill Delivery and highly engaged social media presence. They’ve also recently expanded and purchased a … Continue reading

1912 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade

The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade is Thursday, March 31! Opening Day is practically a city holiday in Cincinnati, which makes sense since the Reds were baseball’s first all professional team. RSVP on facebook Here’s a scene from the 1912 parade at the corner of Race and 12th streets in Over-the-Rhine. Findlay Market didn’t make … Continue reading

Guest Post: The Cincinnati Frequent Transit Map

The following post was written by Nathan Wessel, creator of the Cincinnati Frequent Transit Map.  Nathan’s map serves the entire Cincinnati region but he wrote this post specifically for those interested in Over-the-Rhine. To learn more about this project and support it, visit Nathan’s video pitch on Kickstarter HERE. You can view the latest version of the … Continue reading

Geography Quiz: Sesquicentennial surprise

via the Library of Congress: Here you can see a Roman chariot at the tail end of Cincinnati’s sesquicentennial celebration. Can you identify the location of this photo?

In the still of the night…

Photo by Nick Thomas, follow him on twitter @nickleethomas

Before and After: 1100 Pendleton Street

via the Library of Congress: The same scene today from Google street view:

The Original Police Woman of Cincinnati

via “Suffragette posed in police uniform to illustrate woman police concept.” Cincinnati, Ohio. September 23, 1909. View full size.

Music Hall in 1937

Description of Music Hall from’s archive:   Located 1241 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine, Samuel Hannaford’s Venetian Gothic music hall in cherry brick was the fourth-largest such building in the United States. Built on the site of apauper’s cemetery, it is reputedly one of the most haunted places in Cincinnati. Music Hall opened for its first performance — Beethoven’s “Eroica” and Gluck’s “Alceste” — May 14, 1878.North and South … Continue reading

North of 14th Street

Recently, there was a blogger tour through three newly rehabbed buildings north of 14th in OTR. 5chw4r7z was there… The following photos were taken by 5chw4r7z. For more check out his post HERE. Hit him up on twitter and flickr while you’re at it @5chw4r7z and 5chw4r7z 5chw4r7z:: the ethos of downtown Cincinnati.   Thanks … Continue reading

A lovely night at Neon’s

Wonderful weather outside means one thing at The Famous Neon’s Unplugged: COURTYARD! For more photos like the one below, check out the photostream of flickr user nickleethomas

Before & After: Hamer Street

This photo comes by way of Ohio Memory which is a collaborative project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio. The photo description is as follows: “This photograph shows a grocery store at the junction of Hamer, Back and Benton Street, near Jackson Hill Park, north of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.” The photo is part of the Ohio Guide collection created by … Continue reading

A few shots of Vine

Jake Mecklenborg, author of Cincinnati’s Incomplete Subway: The Complete History, takes great photos. Here are three of Vine Street in OTR: You can learn more about Jake and his book on his website and you can purchase his book on the Cincinnati subway on

OTRview II: The City Flea

Nick Dewald from The City Flea was kind enough to be the second guest in our series of OTRviews. He and his wife Lindsay are the creators of The City Flea which will be coming to Cincinnati this summer. (Lindsay was traveling at the time of this interview, hence the following answers are from Nick.) … Continue reading

Joe’s Diner

Joe’s Diner on Sycamore as photographed by flickr user nickleethomas:

A View to a Music Hall

This nice picture comes by way of CityKin: He says: view from NE cor of 14th and Race, above 3CDC’s new offices, during a blogger tour. I’m sure you’ll see similar, but better quality photos from my cohorts…

Mardi Gras at Findlay Market

The following photos of Mardi Gras at Findlay Market were taken by Laura Wendling of LW Photographics:                            

Over-the-Rhine’s First Bike Corral

First off, a bike corral is merely the rededication of part of the street to bike parking. Over-the-Rhine’s first bike corral (Cincinnati’s second) was recently installed near Park + Vine at the intersection of Main and 12th streets. The following three photos were taken by Michael Providenti for the Bicycle Thursday Night Slow and Steady Ride … Continue reading

Queen City Underground Tour on Groupon!

The Queen City Underground Tour is the featured deal on Groupon through Sunday. Click HERE to purchase tickets and learn more about these cool tours. You can buy tickets for a friend as a gift by clicking HERE. This is the same popular tour operation that will be setting up a permanent home in the Gateway Quarter … Continue reading

Gateway Quarter Bloggers’ Tour

The Gateway Quarter is hosting an exclusive sneak peek for bloggers of three new buildings in the neighborhood this Saturday, March 12 from 10am to noon. If you’re a blogger and want to be included in the sneak peek, contact Holly Redmond at the phone number or email address listed in this image: Here is … Continue reading

Washington Park Time Warp

Washington Park is undergoing a major renovation that will expand the park to the entire area block bounded by Elm, Race, 12th, and 14th streets and will include an underground parking garage under a new civic lawn on the park’s south side. The photo below was taken by neighborhood resident Richard Calkins on January 31, … Continue reading

OTRview I: Casey Coston

Casey Coston graciously agreed to sit for the first “OTRview” conducted by this blog. The OTRview is like any old interview except it is about OTR as it is seen and experienced by those who are most fond of the historic neighborhood. We hope to address OTR’s progress, problems, preservation, pride, etc. in this series … Continue reading

Before and After: St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church

At the corner of 12th and Elm Streets in OTR across from Washington Park and near Music Hall and Memorial Hall sits a proud old church. The following is a postcard circa 1908 and a photo from a flickr user. Click images to link to sources.

Grammer’s closes, but some don’t care.

I recently saw a Twitter conversation between two people regarding the closing of Grammer’s in OTR. The twitterers (who will remain nameless) went back and forth with the one (person 1) saying they were sad (for the neighborhood) about the news and the other person (person 2) saying that those who didn’t frequent Grammer’s shouldn’t … Continue reading

Bockfest 2011 Sausage Queen

Photo from Thadd F., view more here: Bockfest 2011 Sausage Queen

The Fate of 1314 Vine Street and Mercer Commons

Yesterday, OTR-resident and blogger CityKin wrote a post about 1314 Vine Street titled “Does this building stay or go“. The post and its comments are an informative read and a good introduction to the subject of this post. The Current Mercer Commons Plan The time is now to discuss the fate of 1314 Vine Street … Continue reading

Bockfest Parade 2011

Photos from Eric Feldman:  

Music at Bockfest

via Music at Bockfest this weekend | Each Note Secure – Saturday night MOTR will be hosting Sugar and Gold from San Fransisco – Saturday at Bockfest Hall The Kentucky Struts are playing – On Sunday night, Bockfest is closed out with live music from No No Knots and Nerves Junior at MOTR starting at 9pm … Continue reading

It’s almost time…

Bockfest weekend begins in less than three hours with the Bockfest Parade! photo credit: Sherman Cahal at

A Guide to the Guides to Bockfest 2011

Today’s the day! Bockfest weekend begins at 5:30pm when the Bockfest parade begins its journey from Arnold’s Bar at 210 East 8th Street and steps off on Main Street at 6:00pm toward its destination at Bockfest Hall. It is sure to be a busy weekend with many different events. Here’s a guide to the guides … Continue reading

MOTR’s menu during Bockfest

MOTR at 1345 Main Street has a special Bockfest menu because this week is all about The Beer! Bockwurst, Frankfruter, German Potato Salad, Mac&Cheese, Veggy Chili, Jumbo Cream Puff photos by Thadd Fiala and used with permission:

Become a heritage tour guide in OTR and Newport!

Next Sunday from 3-5pm, the tour company behind these popular tours: Queen City Underground, Newport Gangster, Cincinnati Civil War, Queen City is Haunted, and more are having the first set of interviews for tour guides. They are looking to hire 6 people for either Newport or Cincinnati. They are looking for the following characteristics great public … Continue reading