Corning's Gaffer District is a federally-recognized Business Improvement District (BID) with numerous placements on the National Register of Historic Places. The district is made up of a primarily-commercial downtown business district. With more than 250 businesses ranging from small boutiques to Fortune 500 companies, the Gaffer District offers a diverse representation of various types of commerce. Named after the industry term for a master glassblower, Corning's Gaffer District is rich in history. The architecture and preservation is a strong representation of the community's passion for tradition. From the walking bridge across the Chemung river to the buildings on Market Street, attention to detail and history has been carefully considered in every new development. Corning's Gaffer District, from its name to its events, prides itself on honoring the most noteworthy part of Corning, NY - Corning glass.