Posted by: David Giacalone | October 17, 2018

Schenectady Train Station Opens


Most of the opening-day dignitaries were still there, when I arrived about 10:30 AM (Oct. 17) at the new Schenectady Train Station. The 10 AM Opening Ceremony was attended by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Mayor Gary McCarthy and many other local and state officials. See “Schenectady train station officially opens” (Daily Gazette, by Andrew Beam & Steven Cook, Oct. 17. 2018).

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. . yes, the clocks are running. . StationClockRunning17Oct2018









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DSCF4249 follow-up (October 18, 2018): Yesterday, we were asked about seating in the waiting area of the new Station, and stopped in this afternoon to check it out. As expected, the folding chairs set up for yesterday’s opening ceremony were gone, and new seating installed in the public portion of the Station. Similar seating was in-place yesterday in the seating area for ticketed passengers. They seem comfortable, but I did not stay long enough for a true test drive. On the way out, I also snapped a photo of one of the sturdy new planters placed near the entrance of the Station (photo at the head of this blurb).



Posted by: David Giacalone | October 10, 2018

foggy October morning


Unusually mild temperatures brought a thick morning fog along the Mohawk today. It stayed around long enough for me to get outside and capture some images with foggy backgrounds.

I started at the end of Cucumber Alley and then turned up Washington Avenue into Riverside Park, as far as the Play Lot, and back. You can see results in the Slideshow below.


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view north from end of Governor’s Lane

below: view east from end of Cucumber Alley

Posted by: David Giacalone | October 7, 2018

2018 Mohawk Fall Classic Regatta rows by


Today (October 7, 2018), the Burnt Hills Rowing association [Facebook page] once again hosted a major autumn rowing event on the Mohawk River (18 clubs, 195 entries this year). The 2018 Mohawk Fall Classic Regatta was again worth a walk to the Park. As their website explains:

RegattaLogoThe regatta is run out of the iconic Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In and Freedom Park location.  . . .

The 3700 meter head race starts downstream and finishes in front of the Freedom Park stage. The last 500 meters of the race is fully viewable from shore.


Happily, those last 500 meters go right past the Stockade’s Riverside Park, allowing me to snap some photos, as I did, and posted about, last year. We did not have the dramatic blue skies and curious blue heron [photo reprised on the right] like we did in 2017, but it was fun to watch and listen to the fans from the Park for the last portion of the event.

The Slide show has about two dozen photos, taken with a zoom lens (sorry for the occasional lack of full focus, and for not being able to identify the entrants or clubs).

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. . Thanks go out to the Host, BHRA, and sponsors (including, The Gazette, Jumpin’ Jack’s, Turf Tavern . . 


Posted by: David Giacalone | October 6, 2018

wings and players

IMG_8729 The 7th Annual Downtown Schenectady Wing Walk sold out days before the event, which took place today, Saturday, October 6, 2018, from Noon to 5 PM. The 2000 ticket-holders could “sample unique chicken wing recipes at 23 different restaurants”, and vote for their favorite. (pre-event Gazette story, here)

I encountered a lot of friendly and happy-looking folks. And, had a few good smiles. The closest thing to trauma that I encountered was a young woman who needed napkins because “I can’t even lick my fingers, it’s too hot.” There are over 50 photos in the Slideshow below.

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Thanks to those who asked to have their picture taken. I did not take names, but did let them know I was not from the Gazette. The photos are in the Slideshow, and also combined in this Tile Matrix. (click on a photo for a larger version; scroll over an image to see a caption):



The forecasted sunny day never happened, but even the photographer had a warm, good time.


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. . a few of the memorable faces . . 



nice crowd at 151

Posted by: David Giacalone | October 3, 2018

2nd Edition of Jamming on the Mohawk

Jamming2dCover Of the six Stockade-themed photobooks I have put together, my personal favorite has always been “Jamming on the Mohawk: ice floes and jams along the Mohawk River near the Schenectady Stockade” (2014).  After experiencing and shooting 2018’s massive ice jam; its floes invading our Park and yards; and the flash-freeze flood of January; plus, flooding with floes in February, I knew I needed to update Jamming, to commemorate the beautiful phenomena of the winter of 2018. [for example, see here and there] The result is “Jamming on the Mohawk II: ice floes and jams along the Mohawk River near the Schenectady Stockade” (2nd Edition, Sept. 2018, 21 pages).

  • Jamming II  has over 60 photos, 16 of them from the winter of 2018, and about four dozen taken from 2010 through 2014.

As I’ve said before, I put the photobook together for my own pleasure and those of other viewers, rather than as a business. Therefore, I’m pleased that you can see the entire book at the Shutterfly website without having to buy it. Just click this perma-link: Jamming II .

  • And, if you would like to purchase a copy, either hardcover or softcover, you can do so at my price to print the book, using available discounts (plus, postage, if necessary), rather than paying the higher regular price at Shutterfly. Just contact me [David Giacalone], if you are interested.
  • You can find larger version of the photos in Jamming II, plus many others, by going to our prior Ice-floes-jams postings.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | September 13, 2018

Train Station gets its Gold Dome (update: and clock)

StationOpeningDay1. . update: see our Coverage of the Station Opening.

(October 17, 2018) (11:30 AM) The Schenectady Train Station was indeed officially opened this morning, in a ceremony attended by Lt. Gov. Nancy Hochul, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Mayor Gary McCarthy and many other local and state officials. See “Schenectady train station officially opens” (Daily Gazette, by Andrew Beam & Steven Cook, Oct. 17. 2018).

. . and, its Name: (Sept. 26, 2018):

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IMG_8538-001 update (September 18, 2018): The new Schenectady Amtrak Station now has a clock under its dome. It is manufactured by the Electric Time Company of Medfield, Massachusetts. The clock read 12:00 when I went by at 11 AM and again while I was there ninety minutes later. You can share this post with this shorter URL:

Gaz-StationClocks-DAG Thank you, Gazette, for using the above photo in the article “Schenectady’s Train station’s clocks (old and new) have their own story to tell (Daily Gazette, Sept. 26, 2018, by Bill Buell).

The spectacular sky and cloud-scape, inspired a few more photos of the clock, building, workmen, etc., as you can see in this slide of photos taken during the noon hour of Sept. 18, 2018:


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IMG_8553-001 . . [L] view from State Street.

. . original posting, Sept. 13, 2018 . . This morning, Schenectady’s new Amtrak station got its gold dome.




Gazette reporter Andrew Beam wrote this morning that:


Gazette photo by Marc Schultz

The gold-colored dome has been placed atop the new Schenectady Amtrak station.

Crews lifted it up Thursday morning as the station on Erie Boulevard gets ever closer to completion.

Though gold-colored, the dome is not actually made of gold. It’s a combination of elements applied to the structure resulted in the gold coloring, state officials say. It gets its color through a process that created a durable, corrosion-resistant coating.

Plattsburgh-based Murnane Building Contractors is building the train station.

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IMG_7872 For more pictures of the progress over this year of the new train station project, go here.

. . . By the Way, this is what the Old Union Station looked like. It was demolished in 1969.


Posted by: David Giacalone | September 8, 2018

Images of the 2018 Stockade Outdoor Art Show


Best Stockade Depiction – Ritvik Sharma


follow-up (Tuesday Eve., Sept. 9, 2018): I’ve been adding more photos since the update at midnight on Sunday.  The 2nd Slideshow below now has 50 photographs, and the entire posting almost 200. Thanks to all who have stopped by and clicked on many images of art and artists.

8 PM Sunday Report (Sept. 8, 2018): GOOD NEWS. It has been a tumultuous day of computer and webserver disasters, but I have been able to post most of the photos I had hoped to share from yesterday’s Stockade Outdoor Art Show.  I have not tried to reconstruct the original, artsy-er formatting of the crashed webpost, or to identify all the people, art, and exhibits, because I dare not tempt the computer demons with more editing.


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2018StockadeArtShowWinners2 Click on the WINNERS LIST to the right for a larger version

  • Many thanks to the Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show organizers and volunteers. And, warm thanks and smiles for all the artists, neighbors, and visitors who made the event glow, despite the overcast gray sky.
  • You can see last year’s gorgeous Stockade Art Show, by heading to our post “2017 Outdoor Art Show shines.” There was a wonderful blue sky, with many of the same artists as this year, and more exhibitors.

This Column of Square Tiles presents the Prize-winning Art and Artists. Roll over a tile for its caption. Click on a tile for a full and larger version, and caption.

  • Request: If you have an image of the Jake Matusic piece that took the 3rd place prize in the Youth Category, please send it to me, so that I can include it in this posting. Thanks.

Finally: 7:30 Sunday: As you can see below, I put up a mega-Slideshow. I hope you can enjoy the almost 100 images. Please forgive my not being able to identify everyone, or bring some order to the presentation.

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Midnight Slideshow offers more sights.

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detail Below are a few “thumbnail” photos of two new “Youth” exhibitors, who I had the pleasure to meet at the Outdoor Art Show, and who I hope will be back often, even though their talents will clearly soon take them to a much wider audience. Janinna (in black top below) and Christina are from Mohonasen High in Rotterdam. Click on an image for a larger version.


ValRobert2017 p.s. A special mea culpa to Val and Andrea Robert. After joking with them about schmoozing so much I sometimes forget to snap a photo, I did just that at their exhibit on Green Street on Saturday. To the left, you can see the Man in the Orange Shirt at the Winners Circle in 2017. Find images of many of his fine works here.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | September 2, 2018

we need more Guyana Days

IMG_8234 Today was my first visit to Grout Park (a/k/a Grout Athletic Fields) and to a Guyana Day celebration.  Being neither an athlete nor sport spectator, I found no particular reason to return to Grout Park, unless there are a lot of Guyanese folks there (or people similarly friendly, interesting, and attractive).  I snapped a lot of photos in my two-hour stay, but also had some good conversations, enjoyed the aromas of great food, and felt lots of good vibes. Clearly, I’m sorry I have not been savvy enough to head to previous Guyana Day events, at Grout Park or Central Park. [See a Gazette article about the event here, with photos by Marc Schultz, and reportage by Kassie Parisi.]


. . above: a scene from one of many cricket games; below: the Touch of Class tent, with a sleeping baby Alexander . . 


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. . below: three visitors to M. Hafez’s Crane Insurance exhibit . . 


Below you will find about 50 more images from my Guyana Day visit.

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