Thursday, December 11, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" like an inflatable shark and a crowd of cheerful people in colorful underwear running down Lark Street on a cold, wet December afternoon!
Friday, December 5, 2014
this post at Albany (NY) History.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
President Chester A. Arthur in the Albany Rural Cemetery. The wreath-laying ceremony is held every year on his birthday. Considering how much time I spend exploring and researching the Cemetery, I'm embarrassed to admit this is the very first time that I have attended the ceremony. I won't miss it next year.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Cypress Waters) is surrounded by benches which give visitors a nice place to relax. The benches were made possible by donations and there are plaques affixed to each. This one is particularly interesting.
Given by William D. Dearstyne, Jr. and Peter R Kermani, classmates and lifelong friends, in honor of their families buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, October 1, 2007. This bench is for visitors to use to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this place overlooking The Pond. When the Cemetery is closed, this bench is reserved exclusively for the souls of the donors.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The final moments of the old Wellington Hotel's Annex on Howard Street. This was the view of the Annex from the main platform of the Empire State Plaza just minutes before a rather colorfully choreographed implosion reduced the long-vacant building to rubble behind a cloud of smoke.
For video, click here.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
44 Central Avenue is one of two buildings which form "The Point" where Central and Washington Avenues meet. A wonderful old commercial brick building an old hoist stick mounted on an upper floor, it is now home to the Preservation League of New York State.
I have walked past this building hundreds of times over the years - as a little girl going shopping at Woolworth's and, later, on the way to buy David Bowie albums at World Records or vintage clothing at Daybreak. In more recent years, I'd walk by on the way to Honest Weight.
But, while I had noticed the faded ghost signs which overlook the parking lot on the west side, I would never have noticed this ghost sign on the front if not for a discussion in the Facebook group, Albany...the way it was. If you're from Albany, have an interest in its past (distant and recent), and you're on Facebook, consider joining them.
It's a flour sack - a nod to the building's past as a grain and feed store. Man
Monday, August 18, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
the former Berkshire Hotel. Part of the long-neglected Wellington Row, it's now part of a project that will construct new buildings while saving the old facades. The gramophone and dog are definitely an homage to Albany's iconic statue of Nipper on Broadway.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
the BOOKS sign that used to hang on this storefront on Broadway near Hudson Avenue. But I've always wondered about the older sign that could just be glimpsed beneath the bookstore sign. Now that the used bookstore has closed, the old sign is revealed.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
It's not as famous or grand as the golden fish or the other Half Moon, but this wonderful weather vane at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Leonard Place has a charm all its own. The folksy moon is perched atop a sprawling old house now divided into apartments.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Names and other words on the wall of the soon-to-closed Valentine's. The old New Scotland Avenue music club is going to regenerate on Central Avenue with a new name (The Low Beat) as this block is pending demolition.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
This plaque is mounted just inside the doorway of the old police station on Madison Avenue near Lark Street. Built as the Fourth Precinct, it was home to Metroland until last year and is now being converted to condos.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I've been a huge fan (or, as some say, phan) of "The Phantom of The Opera" since I heard the original cast recording back in 1988. I also run a web site for the show's current star, Hugh Panaro.
So, it always make me smile to randomly encounter something Phantomy in an ordinary, everyday setting.
Yesterday, on my way to run some errands, I spotted this portrait of the Opera Ghost in the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza. It's part of an exhibit of student art being held there this week.