Posted by: David Giacalone | October 19, 2020

saluting Jessie Malecki

 

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Above: Jessie Malecki [L] from her Facebook masthead; [R] enjoying her backyard with socially-distanced friends, July 31, 2020.

Where to begin? Jessie Malecki was special in so many ways that it is difficult to know how to organize a tribute to her, now that her 96 years gracing North Street in the Schenectady Stockade have ended.

Jessie-Fred-PumpStation(2017)In the mere six years that I have known Jessie personally, I’ve often said, “When I grow up, I want to be like Jessie Malecki.” I’ve only got, at most, a couple decades left to try to live up to the example Jessie has given us, as a conscientious citizen, deft and nimble writer (in memoir, social commentary, and email missives), protector of the Stockade and Riverside Park [e.g., image to the right with Fred Heitkamp, in May 2017], and caring friend. Although Jessie was already 90 when I finally met her, I’ve often envied her agile mind, easy wit, eagle-eyed proofreading, breadth of interests, and bread-baking skills, all of which she freely shared. 

Below, I am going to feature a few photos I have of Jessie and her North Street environs, and some of my favorite Malecki Letters to the Editor. They will do at best a feeble job capturing all she has meant to those who knew her as a resident of the Stockade and the City of Schenectady. Of course, her very closest loved ones, including three adult children Maryanne, Mike, and John, and longtime friends, know even more than I ever could what a personal loss her passing makes in their lives. I send my sincerest condolences to them all.

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You can learn more facts about Jessie, or reminisce:

  • Gaz-Jessie18Feb2018 . . . by reading Bill Buell’s 2018 Gazette article celebrating her 94th birthday, “Longest living Stockade resident happy at North Street home” (Feb. 18, 2018), with details of her life, and a great photo by Bill of Jessie.
  • JessieMalecki-Voices-001And, watching Jessie’s too-brief appearance in Voices of the Stockade (2015; starting at 03:14), where she talks about growing up on North Street, where the predominantly Polish residents were like a big family. 
  • Foss-Malecki22Oct2020update (October 22, 2020): Also, check out a thoughtful tribute to Jessie in Sara Foss’ column, “Remembering Jessie Malecki of the Stockade,” in the Oct. 22, 2020 Daily Gazette.

. . Friends and family of Jessie Malecki, or just plain admirers, are urged to share their anecdotes about our Mrs. Jessie Malecki. Feel free to leave a comment at this post (if it is your first comment here, it may not appear immediately, but I will get to it as soon as I can for approval.)

 

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Jessie’s backyard: Above (Sept. 30, 2015); Below (with Sylvie Briber, July 31, 2020):
 
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The 2018 Gazette article begins:
 

Jessie Malecki, born to Mr. and Mrs. Ignatius Kotarski on Feb. 17, 1924, has never seriously considered the idea of moving out of her North Street home in the Stockade neighborhood of Schenectady.

“Some people ask me, ‘do you want to move?’ but no I don’t,” said Malecki, who celebrated her 94th birthday with family and friends Saturday night at the Turf Tavern in Scotia. “There’s nowhere else I’d like to live. Where would I go? I wouldn’t know where else to go.”

Jessie21North-GoogleSatViewDating back to about 1843, 21 North Street had a double lot for gardens and backyard play, and was located only 5 doors south of Riverside Park and the Mohawk River. [see Google Satellite view to the right] Such proximity to the River, of course, meant that life could be temporarily upended by Mohawk weather emergencies. 
 
 
dock-northstview29apr2010east-002 Flood waters and ice floes changed the view from the end of North Street toward the playlot and Mohawk River fairly often in Jessie’s lifetime. Photo on the right below was taken Sept. 8, 2011; the one on the left was taken January 14, 2018, after a flash-freeze flood.
 
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As Jessie told the Gazette in 2018, flooding in 1955 and 2011 stand out in her memory:
 

“I had to evacuate on Aug. 28, 2011, for two days, so Hurricane Irene was the worst one,” said Malecki, who had fortunately purchased flood insurance back in March of 2011. “I also remember 1955. My son was 10 days old and we were having a christening dinner. The doorbell rang and the policeman said we had to get out. I can remember my husband saying, ‘like hell, I got steaks on and we’re having our dinner.’ But after dinner we did evacuate. We were upstairs and my mother was downstairs. She wouldn’t go with us, but we got her to move upstairs for a few days.”

About a week after the late August 2011 Irene flood waters receded, North St. and the other blocks along the River, were again flooded. Here are two photos from that second flooding at the north end of North Street.

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. . ABOVE: North end of North Street, September 8, 2011, with flood waters after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Andrew. LEFT: 9 AM, looking toward the River. RIGHT: 4 PM, with water line up to 21 North Street, Jessie’s house. . . 

It’s no surprise, then, that preventing flooding of the Stockade was a topic frequently on Jessie’s mind. Like retired Architect (and former North-Street neighbor) James Duggan and Union Professor of Geology John Garver, Jessie believed the impact of the Vischer Ferry (Lock 7) Dam on Mohawk River water levels and Stockade flooding needed to be fully studied. (See, e.g., Sara Foss column, Oct. 28, 2017). She had little patience for foot-dragging on the local or State level. Nevertheless, Jessie did not want to sacrifice Stockade and Mohawk River beauty and character to prevent flooding at all costs. And, she definitely did not want her house moved.

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JessieMikeMaryanne As much as Jessie cared about Stockade and City issues (see below), her emails over the past few years made it clear to me that being with her children gave her a lot of joy.  As did holiday dinners or other special meals with friends. Her two sons live out of town (John in NYC, and Michael in Dallas, TX), but Jessie was very happy to have Maryanne nearby, and to share interest in art and gardens, current events, and more, with her.  In 2017 and 2018, I was lucky enough to catch Jessie at the Stockade Outdoor Art Show with one of her very grown-up and accomplished children:

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CASINO CO-CONSPIRATORS. It was, however, civic activism that first brought Jessie and myself together and nurtured our friendship. Here’s Jessie the first day I met her, June 7, 2014, at a meeting at Arthur’s Market to bring together opponents of a proposed casino for the ALCO riverfront site. (That’s Jessie in red at the center of the sofa.)
 
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I had no idea she was 90 years old. But, I was pleased that Jesse kept her door-to-door petition carrying to North Street, limiting her walking distance.
 
  • Thereafter, I learned that Jessie Malecki was the rare Schenectady and Stockade resident who could and would state strong opinions publicly and cogently. Jessie often bemoaned the policy of only one Letter to the Editor every 30 days at local newspapers.
The process of Casino approval by City Council and subsequent planning and zoning issues, brought a consistent complaint from Jessie: City Hall is acting too fast, with insufficient information and time for public participation, and using phony deadline excuses. Those themes cropped up often when Jessie turned her attention to City Hall.  
 
Here are two casino-related Letters by Jessie.

Design the casino in Stockade style (Times Union, June 28, 2015)

By Letters to the editor 

A meeting was held June 17 at City Hall in Schenectady for the Planning Commission and Rush Street Gaming to discuss the design of the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor. That followed two closed meetings in which the commission avoided having a quorum, therefore allowing themselves to keep the public out.

Rush Street Gaming has yet to receive a casino license from the State Gaming Commission to build in Schenectady at the ALCO site; it is said the approvals will come by the end of the year, which might be as far away as December. Winter could further delay the process.

minorleagueschdyYet, everything is on the “rush agenda” with everything and everyone – the Galesi Group, Rush Street Gaming and, of course, our entire administration in Schenectady with the exception of one City Council member who is an independent; he is not one of the “yes” people.

The new design should be available as soon as possible, long before the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 15 in Room 110 at City Hall. Then, a public hearing should take place in a room large enough to accommodate people, not in the small room where the Planning Commission regularly meets.

In my opinion, what would be better than to design the casino with aspects of the Stockade neighborhood, which was the state’s first designated historic district.

I am sure the casino developers could learn a thing or two on what is considered beautiful.

Jessie Malecki, Schenectady

City should take time on rezoning for Alco (Daily Gazette, February 3, 2015)

I have watched, listened and read about the proposed zoning changes for the Alco site. This surely is an important issue and should not be taken lightly. Most of the City Council members, including the president, always have the inevitable “excuse” that there is a time deadline and a vote must be made as soon as possible. There is always time to make sure things are done correctly, and this is one of them. This project will be here for a long time.

I commend the Gazette for the Jan. 29 editorial, “Public needs to see impact of zoning.” This is one of the most sensible articles I have read in some time and it could not have been written more eloquently: “It would be worth it for the developer to prepare sample renderings to show the public the potential options for the property that include the taller buildings, signs and river access.”

It is the perfectly logical thing to do, even if the entire city administration or all of our businesspeople say they know the developers and anything they do is fine with them. The rest of us need, and are legally entitled to, some evidence that the proposals are within reason and in our citizens’ best interests.

Jessie Malecki

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SAVE OUR SHADE TREES. Jessie also believed that our large, mature shade trees are a treasure and an important asset that need to be preserved, making clear her position in the war of Sidewalks vs. Trees.  In my website posting “a voice from North Street for savings trees” (May 26, 2016), I reprinted Jessie’s Letter in the Sunday Gazette, ”Stop the senseless cutting of trees, especially in historic districts” (May 15, 2016), highlighting two salient points:

. . “I remember many years ago when North Street had many beautiful large healthy trees that were cut down. The street has some small trees which will never replace the huge trees. The street looks naked without those gorgeous trees.”

I would rather ‘watch my step’ on uneven sidewalks than walk down a street without the shade and beauty of those large trees.

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LadyLiberty SAVE LADY LIBERTY, TOO. On March 14, 2018, the Gazette printed the first in a virtual flood of Letters to the Editor demanding that Schenectady’s Mayor Gary McCarthy order the replica statue of Lady Liberty be returned to Liberty Park, its location from 1950-2017. That first letter was written by Jessie Malecki, in her direct, incisive style (click on the image for a larger version).

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SAVE HELPFUL GROUPS PRESERVING OUR HISTORY, as well. See Jessie’s Letter “Keep helpful groups in Schenectady” (May 31, 2018), where she says the City should help groups such as the Edison Tech Center and the Alco Museum, rather than doing favors for favored developers.

Malecki-RiggiSignEGOOD GOVERNMENT. Jessie was often irked by the consequences of Schenectady having basically one-party governance.  There simply were too few questions asked by City Council members, too little information sought before decisions were made, and too many Consensus Items on the Council’s agendas, depriving the public of actual discussion of the issues. It also seemed that there were too many times when Council members chose to protect their future party nominations by going along with mediocre or bad policy proposals from the Mayor’s Office.  For that reason, Jessie was pleased when independent Vince Riggi was elected to the Council in 2011, and flabbergasted when he was not elected to a third term. Click this link and scroll to the 4th letter, “Riggi is one of city’s best council members“, where Jessie supports Vince’s City Council campaign in 2019, and even suggests writing Riggi in for Mayor, to show dissent from having no choice in the mayoral race.

MarynneMaleckiFB-VOTE Okay, Citizens & Neighbors, It’s Your Turn. I was  so glad to learn this morning that Jessie’s ballot was deposited at the Board of Elections on October 1st by her daughter Maryanne. As Maryanne wrote at her Facebook page: “My vote – and my Mom’s – delivered to board of elections October 1st. Your turn….”

I wish more people would take inspiration from Jessie Malecki and be reassured that you can voice complaints publicly about the powers that be (at City Hall and in the neighborhood), and still be loved and respected. [update] Her obituary in the Daily Gazette (Oct. 21, 2020) states that:

Jessie-obitJessie’s final request was for people to pay attention to events globally and locally, stay aware, and vote. This is what she wanted to leave as her legacy. 

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The old cliche clearly applies here: They do not make them anymore” like Jessie Kotarski Malecki. But, with some effort and a bit of courage, we can all become conscientious citizens, trying to make our City, neighborhood, and nation better. 

PERSONAL NOTE: There are many things I appreciate about Jessie Malecki as a friend. She was generous with complements (usually about my photos, and often my advocacy), and frank with advice (but never nagging) if she thought I needed it. And, always asked about my family and their health. It was always especially heartwarming when Jessie thanked me for “covering” an event she could not get out to attend, with photographs and my weblog, or just sending along a pretty sunset or sunflower photo.

Here are two images of “Jessie’s section” of Riverside Park (right at the end of her block), taken in early November 2015, the week the playlot was stripped of all its structures and equipment, except the old slide. I was sad that day at the loss of familiar icons, and went there to photograph our losses. But, then I realized the amazing beauty of our Park and River, even when it might be called “past-peak”, and remembered to celebrate that autumnal glow. No matter what the season, I will remember Jessie when in the Park, near North Street, and wish she could join me in a walk, or a cause.

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p.s. (October 20, 2020) Dear Jessie, Please forgive my typos. I was up late finishing this post, but am trying to find and fix the errors this morning.

Posted by: David Giacalone | October 10, 2020

colorful Saturday stroll

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. . a music video was being shot near the River end of Ingersoll Ave. . .

This warm and sunny second Saturday in October, I really wasn’t leaf-peeping here in the Stockade, where lots of the trees are stubbornly staying green. But, light and shade amid occasional displays of yellow and red, left me glad I brought my camera on a late afternoon stroll. Friendly people in Riverside Park and splashes of color around the neighborhood turned it into a satisfying hour out and about.

I was so surprised by all the branches blown down in the harsh wind and rain storm two days earlier that I forgot to take any photos of the Park clutter. But, the sight that greeting me as I approached Ingersoll Avenue from the River — first seeing a small forest of black umbrellas on this sunny day — reminded me to start shooting. The top photo above records that scene.

Here are other images in the order I took them (left to right) on my way back up Union Street and then Washington Avenue to Cucumber Alley. Click on a square for a larger, full version of the image.

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. . IMG_2322 . . the view at the rear of 32 Washington Avenue, the Schenectady County Historical Society, which overlooks the Binnekill (creek) is often worth a detour when strolling down the Avenue.

Posted by: David Giacalone | September 21, 2020

ending summer at the Rose Garden

 

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Schenectady’s Central Park Rose Garden is overflowing, almost overcrowded, with beauty at full bloom in mid-summer. But, I discovered yesterday (Sunday, September 20, 2020) that a late-summer visit to the Garden has special charms and beauty of its own. Remaining blooms seem more special and the ornamental grasses are better able to shine. This posting has images taken yesterday that I hope justify my enthusiasm.

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Click on any of the square “tiles” below for a full, larger version.

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 Hydrangea fans can find a treasure-lode at the Rose Garden pergola.

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Finally, you can click on any tile in this mosaic for a larger version of the ponds, boulders and ornamental grasses that add to the beauty and serenity of the Schenectady Rose Garden.

Posted by: David Giacalone | September 12, 2020

unconventionally good outdoor art show

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Today’s 69th Annual Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show had special COVID-19 pandemic rules and procedures. Organizers and fans wondered whether the lack of registration, judging and awards would keep artists and patrons/browsers away, with a backdrop of virus-fueled agoraphobia. Well, we did not have to worry. Gorgeous weather, a palette-full of artists, and a robust number of masked visitors made the Show a bright success. Many thanks go out to all the organizers, artists and visitors.

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. . Alec Acevedo was back alongside Arthur’s Market on Front Street [L], accompanied this time by a colorful exhibit of pieces produced by his parents [R] while sheltering at home during the pandemic.

Although there was no Winners Circle at Lawrence Circle as a focus, this posting has about 90 images from today’s Outdoor Art Show presented in a Slideshow, columns, and/or individual photos. As always artists may use any image of their exhibits with no need to ask permission, and all others may use the images for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to giacalonephotos.com.

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This Slideshow has images from my first stroll up Front Street from Church St. to Lawrence Circle. For a larger version of a photo, pause the slideshow, right-click, and choose Show Image in Separate Tab.

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IMG_1956 . . IMG_1954 . . Kim Leahey was back again with a vast display of her Kilaarts art.

. . and, new Front Street neighbor Scott Friello exhibited for the first time (see below), as did a refreshing number of others, taking advantage of the waived registration fee.

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IMG_2014-001. . At 25 Front Street, I expected to see the art of the homeowner, Olivia Ortega. But, she and her husband Emmanuel Maillet were instead hosting the frequently-awarded art of Stockade resident Holly Van Voast. 

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Erik Rutnik once again brought several finished pieces, and again used his time well working on a new piece, catching the eye of Haley Viccaro:

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Above: Crowd favorite Oakley N. Lauren (L) got a lot of attention as he strolled the Show, but had quite a bit of competition in the cutest doggie contest (example on right).

This tiled mosaic has more images from the 2020 art show. Click on a tile for a full, larger version.

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. . (mea culpa) I did it again: Enjoyed conversing with veteran Art Show exhibitor Peter Watrous so much early Saturday morning, that I forgot to shoot pictures of this year’s exhibit in front of 29 Front St. He brought winners from prior years, such as this First Place painting from 2013:

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Stockader David Lira was also showing his stuff at 29 Front Street:

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Tireless Art Show organizer Zoe Oxley was visiting Holly’s exhibit when I took this photo:

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. . and, earlier, Rick Sacchetti’s display on N. Ferry Street:

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Finally, here’s another slideshow of images I’d like to share of the 2020 Stockade Art Show. Thanks again to all those who made the Show so enjoyable to visit and photograph.

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In mem. Ivy Yuan. Many Outdoor Art Show lovers very much missed seeing the art and energy of Ivy Yuan, the 2019 Best First-time Exhibitor. Ivy passed away from cancer at 52 in May, leaving a void in our community and the life of her friends. You can learn about Ivy and her art here.

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postscript: Next year, let’s rendezvous at the new Arthur’s 1795 Market, with Haley Priebe and her crew.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | August 22, 2020

at the Corner of Clinton & State

It’s temporarily a vacant lot now, but I’ve been wondering how the northeast corner of State and Clinton Streets has changed over time. (above is a Google Maps aerial shot of the location) This posting tells the gist of what I have learned.

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. . coming at 501 State St.:

The deserted Citizens Bank branch at the northeast corner of State and Clinton Streets was demolished at the end of June, 2020, to make way for a Redburn Development Partners multi-use complex with 49 apartments. There was a minor kerfuffle in June over whether the unadorned, blank-faced brick bank building was an “architectural blunder” (See Pete DeMola’s Gazette article and Letter to the Editor by Gloria Kishton). That got me wondering what had been replaced by the building designed by the local team of Feibes-Schmitt for Albany Savings Bank, when the ABS branch was erected in 1972, and how folks had reacted to the new bank building at the time.

My curiosity was more than satisfied, thanks to the insightful comments and eye-opening images presented by Carl Johnson at hoxsie.org and by Christopher Patrick Spencer in an MIT masters thesis published at schenectadyhistory.org. See: The Lorraine Block and a little more Stanford history” (April 17, 2019, by Carl Johnson); and Chapter 7 of  Shovel Ready: Razing Hopes, History, and a Sense of Place: Rethinking Schenectady’s Downtown Strategies , (1999, 2001, by Christopher Patrick Spencer).

  • The Johnson and Spencer pieces are so well-done, that I am reluctant to quote them at length, but urge you to click the links above for your own enjoyable edification.

Here are two images of State Street from Barrett to Clinton Streets before Feibes and Schmitt designed the replacement building for Albany Savings Bank in 1972:

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Before the three-story addition was created on the Barrett Street side in 1923, the corner location was graced by the original “Lorraine Block”, which was a source of much civic pride as a symbol of the City’s affluence when built in 1902 by Welton Sanford. Here is a postcard from 1907:

. . and one from 1906 viewed from the east.

For decades, the Lorraine was a premier business address. The Hoxie article by Carl Johnson gives a history of its sales and tenants, including quotes from Larry Hart. Despite a foreclosure in 1940, the sale in 1944 of the Lorraine Block, 505 State Street, made news as the “largest transaction of its kind in Schenectady in many years.” Hoxsie.org also adds details about its original owner, Welton Sanford, and his prominent family.

Tidbits:
  • The Cowhorn Creek had to be diverted to build on that spot, causing problems for other properties.
  • For many years, it was the only structure in the downtown area with two passenger elevators.
  • It was perhaps the highest assessed building of it type for decades
  • At the time of a 1954 sale, tenants included Walker’s Pharmacy, the Lorraine Barber Shop, Debs Clothing Shop, Perfection Shoe Repair, dentists and a podiatrist, and lawyers and insurance and real estate brokers.

Adjacent to the Lorraine Block to the north, had stood the BARCLI Theater (from Barrett and Clinton Streets), which was originally called the New Strand, and had seen many famous artists in person and on film.

Carl Johnson tells of the demise of The Lorraine Block and fears for the future of Schenectady’s downtown:

“[It] went into bankruptcy in 1971 and came to an end in 1972, when the Albany Savings Bank bought the Lorraine Block, the former Illuminating Company building, and the site of the former Strand Theater [BARCLI] to build a branch office. By then, the Lorraine had fallen into the state of shabbiness that prevailed in downtown Schenectady at the time, and it must have seemed that any sort of modern building and new business was a welcome improvement.

“But, wow, what a piece of 1972 junk they built there – a faceless, brick-clad wedge in place of two of the more lovely buildings ever to grace the street. A Gazette editorial lamenting the loss of the Lorraine foresaw what was going to happen “as many old structures are either biting the dust or getting a face-lifting.”

The following collage (click on it to enlarge) includes a pointed text by C. P. Spencer about the replacement of the Lorraine Block by the new Albany Savings Bank, pictured to the right, and local reaction.

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By the way, here’s a look at that corner of Clinton St. (then called White St.) and State Street before the Lorraine Block was constructed at the start of the 20th Century. As mentioned above, Cowhorn Creek had to be diverted to build on that spot, causing problems for other properties:

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If the history of this one corner piques your interest, I recommend spending time with “Shovel Ready: Razing Hopes, History, and a Sense of Place: Rethinking Schenectady’s Downtown Strategies”, (1999, 2001, by Christopher Patrick Spencer). There is a lot there to contemplate as our civic leaders attempt again and again to offer solution that a promised to rejuvenate our Downtown.

Posted by: David Giacalone | August 14, 2020

images of July 2020

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Merely looking at the photos I took during July 2020, you wouldn’t know the month occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scenes of the Stockade and Downtown Schenectady were as colorful, inspiring, and diverse, and occasionally as aggravating, as ever. The map at the right shows that the beautiful sunflowers seen above, street-side at 29 Front Street, are just a stone’s throw from the Riverside Park construction site of the often-dispiriting and disruptive new pump station project, until recently the site of a grand, century-old shade tree.

Take a leisurely stroll through July 2020 with this Slideshow. The photos were mostly taken while on my evening stroll from Cucumber Alley to Downtown Schenectady, often including scenes along the Mohawk River, State Street and Jay Street, and more. For a larger version of an image, pause the slideshow, right-click, and choose Open Image in New Tab.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | June 30, 2020

a sunset worth remembering

It is easy to get blasé about lovely sunsets when you live along the Stockade portion of the Mohawk River. But, a glance at what was happening up in the sky yesterday evening just as I was about to head home from a stroll downtown, got me to dig my little Fujifilm camera from my sack.

The results can be seen in this commemorative posting.

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. . follow-up . . Then, two days later (July 1, 2020), just before sunset, a view of a very different hue grabbed my attention.

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. . afterthought (August 1, 2020): And, the first sunset of August 2020 at Riverside Park gave us hope that much more beauty and inspiration is on the way.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | June 27, 2020

summer brings spectacular clouds

doogiecloudSitUpDespite all the unsightly utility wires marring our streetscapes, I have been trying to look up more as I take my daily stroll around the Stockade, Riverside Park and (the real) Downtown Schenectady. One very big motivator lately: wonderful cloud arrays and display. I’ll be presenting images of them here, often in no particular order, with updates, individually and in collages. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. (click on images for larger versions; image of the Good Doggie cloud to the left was taken June 22, 2020).

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StGeoRainbow25Jun2020 . . St. George’s steeple with rainbow, June 25, 2020. .

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