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Welcome to Lansing, NY


Lansing is a town adjacent to the town of Ithaca north and east of the city. Its northern boundary is the border of Cayuga County. The town contains a village also called Lansing, which was created in 1973 in order to have different zoning and more infrastructure near the mall.


While the northern two-thirds of the town of Lansing is more rural, the village is commercialized and the southern third of the town is suburbanized with residential developments of single homes, townhouses, and apartment complexes. In the village are the Shops at Ithaca Mall, which includes a movie theater, and a Target. Around the corner from the mall are several strip malls, which include restaurants, retail and a Tops grocery store. The village is a five-minute drive down Route 13 to downtown Ithaca.

Recreation & Entertainment

The Town of Lansing has an active recreational department with many programs. Lansing schools are known for their excellent athletes and sports teams, both boys and girls, and the community’s focus on sports and recreation includes young and old. Steve Colt, town Parks and Recreation Director for over 20 years, said, “What’s special is the amount of quality and diversified programs we offer. We have traditional and nontraditional offerings, everything from sports activities to music lessons.

Transportation & Traffic

Commuters generally use Route 13 and Route 34B to get to and from Lansing, along with North Triphammer Road, which runs through both the town and village. North Triphammer Road will see its fair share of traffic, especially in the village, where the majority of shopping commences. Traffic along Route 13 heading down to Ithaca is congested at certain times of the day. Lansing is also the home of the Ithaca/Tompkins County Regional Airport. As for public transportation, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) has regular bus service between Ithaca and Lansing.

Pros & Cons

Lansing is one of the commercial centers of the county with extensive retail, Cornell’s technology park, and Borg Warner providing jobs in manufacturing, high tech, and services. The southern third of the town and the village offer a suburban landscape, while the northern section is largely farming with scattered development. The part of the town that overlooks Cayuga Lake has spectacular views. It has developed largely because you can drive directly to Cornell, by far the largest local employer, without passing through the city.

On the other hand, the southern part of the town and village have most of the drawback of suburbia, including and completely car-oriented community and a lack of community coherence outside of the schools.