Watertown, NY, Dec 16, 2010 — Across the North Country, towns and villages are decked out in their Christmas best. Historic Public Square in Watertown is adorned with lights that grace a multi-million dollar renovation completed two years ago.
David Sommerstein found the holiday cheer in Public Square for a double dose Heard Up North. First, wet your whistle with Watertown's favorite cocktail--the Tom & Jerry at the Crystal Restaurant--then Walk around to the East end of Public Square and into the Paddock Arcade. Built in 1850, it claims to be the oldest continuously operating covered shopping mall in America.
On Wednesdays, the arcade is lined with crafters selling Christmas gifts. Megan Pistolese employs the power of crystals for her jewelry. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2005 — The main square in downtown Watertown looks very different this week. Workers are demolishing three buildings on Public Square known as the Iron Block. They were built in the 1850s, around the time when many North Country downtowns were filling in. The Iron Block has housed taverns, barber shops, restaurants, a hotel, and a factory. David Sommerstein spoke with Jefferson County historian Ben Cobb. Cobb is 33 years old, so he remembers the more recent tenants. Go to full article
Aug 09, 2002 — The decision of Stream International to build a high-tech customer service center in the heart of Watertown gives new life to economic development propects downtown. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article