Posted by: David Giacalone | June 9, 2018

sidewalking on a pretty Saturday morning

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We had a lovely day for the 2018 Stockade neighborhood Sidewalk Sale, organized by the Stockade Association. Nice weather and friendly vendors made me wish there were more stops on my truncated stroll around the neighborhood. I’m sorry I never made it to east of Lawrence or up Green St. to N. College Street. This posting has two dozen or so photos, including five taken in the lovely garden of Jorge Luis Alvarez (224 Union Street), which you may remember from the fabulous 2016 Stockade Garden Tour.


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Posted by: David Giacalone | May 18, 2018

a selective 2018 Stockade tulip sampler


My tulip searches around the Stockade turned out to be too early or too late this year. But, on May 14, I grabbed my camera and monopod determined to get a few good photos, despite post-peak fears. Riverside Park’s west-end garden and the entryway to First Reformed Church are featured in this posting. As often happens, I need to thank the sunlight for helping to make things interesting. [Click on an image for a larger version.]

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. . above: west end of Riverside Park, looking [L] east and [R] west . . 

below: entryway of First Reformed Church, Union Street at N. Church St. .






 Here are two collages, one with Riverside Park tulips and one with First Reformed. Click on either for a larger version:

tulips1sReformed14May2018.   . . tulipsRiversidePark14May

Posted by: David Giacalone | May 12, 2018

more arboreal Stockade splendor

Its trees made the Stockade even lovelier than usual on May 9 and 10, 2018. We’re much more than cherry blossoms, you know.

IMG_7129-001 . . Lawrence with pear tree


 . . redbuds . 

13 Front St. rear, along Governor’s Lane . . IMG_7142-001

Please enjoy the Slideshow.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | May 6, 2018

cherry blossoms ’round Town

. . above: Central Park Rose Garden; middle: Schenectady City Hall; bottom: Congregation Gates of Heaven, Niskayuna . .


No, I did not go everywhere in Schenectady and environs where lovely arrays of cherry blossoms can be found outside the Stockade neighborhood [you can go here to see our extensive 2018 Stockade blossom coverage]. But, I did go to City Hall (on Thursday, May 3), and to Congregation Gates of Heaven and Central Park (on Saturday, May 5).  It is now rather official: I have taken enough blossom photos for 2018, and while they last I plan to actually observe them in person, with my own eyeballs.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | May 4, 2018

Let’s make Riverside Park a Pedestrian Sanctuary

IMG_4095  Many thanks to the Schenectady Gazette Opinion Page for publishing the Guest Column “Preserve Riverside Park for pedestrians” (May 4, 2018, at C4, by David Giacalone; click for a 2-page pdf. version).

  • Please let your Schenectady City and County legislators and executives know your opinion about the best ways to preserve what is best about Riverside Park for its users of all ages, and for future generations.
Riverside Park Map H

Riverside Park Map


Feel free to download and display our sign, in green, or black and white:


Posted by: David Giacalone | May 3, 2018

The Stockade is in the pink (updated)

IMG_7017 . .  view Noon Friday, May 4, from 16 Washington Ave.


Cherry blossoms arrived in earnest overnight on the Stockade’s Washington Avenue, and around the entire neighborhood. Some serious wind and rain might decimate them this afternoon, but here are some views taken Thursday morning, May 3, 2018, on Washington Avenue. More will be added throughout the day.



  • IMG_6932 update: 5 PM, May 3. See the Slideshow below, which has about 80 images taken early Thursday morning on Washington Avenue, and then around noon in a circuit up Front St. to Lawrence Circle; then south on N. Ferry to Union Street; and then up Washington Ave. and back to Front St. and Cucumber Alley. They are in the order taken, showing what grabbed my eye on each block.


. . click on the collage for a larger version . . 

. more coming soon .

IMG_6948 . . view of St. George’s Cemetery from N. Ferry St.

MORE – May 3, 2018

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Feel free to download any photo for non-commercial purposes. If placed online or on paper, please attribute the photo to “suns along the Mohawk” – .


. . Hill House on Wash. Ave.  IMG_6889


2-10 Union St.

IMG_6912 . . Washington Ave. at Cucumber Alley


magnolia tree at Gov. Yates home

. . 17 Washington Avenue. . IMG_7001

EVEN MORE – Friday, May 4, 2018

IMG_7054 The sunlight near noon Friday was brilliant and brought me outside for a bit more blossom watching and shooting. Slideshow II, below, and a few individual images, show the results.

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IMG_7033 . . 15 Washington Ave.


IMG_7044 . . YWCA front lawn . . IMG_7047

. . May 5th from my front porch:




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  • Click our Cherry Blossom Category Link for a list of prior coverage of Stockade and Schenectady County cherry blossoms over the last decade.
Posted by: David Giacalone | May 1, 2018

May Day brings a breath of blooming beauty

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. . above: white magnolia trees in bloom at [L] St. George’s south lawn; and [R] Schenectady County Historical Society . .

A warm and sunny May 1st gave me my first opportunity to enjoy and photograph healthy arrays of blossoms in the Schenectady Stockade — at this point, mostly white magnolias on trees and cherry blossoms on a few neighborhood trees that traditionally bloom first. I’m pleased to see healthy buds on other cherry blossom trees that will sure be popping within another day or two of sun and warm temperatures, as well as pink magnolias on the verge, plus some red bud trees about to burst.

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above: cherry blossoms [L] on Front Street south of Lawrence and [R] at Union St. and Washington Ave. 

This slide show presents the first batch of 2018 Stockade Blossoms here at suns along the Mohawk.

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Posted by: David Giacalone | April 27, 2018

still hopeful for cherry blossoms

cb27Apr2018Yes, our Stockade cherry blossoms are late this year, and after two disappointing years, some folks are fearing another lost cherry blossom season. But, the buds on the photo to the right, taken about noon today, on April 27, 2018, suggest we may have a good crop coming soon.

The forecast for a bit of sun and showers over this weekend, plus warm, sunny days on May 1 and 2, could mean that this year our cherry blossoms will be those May Flowers we are promised after April showers.

Below is a collage with side-by-side comparison of Schenectady scenes on April 28, 2013 and today, April 27, 2018. (Click on it to enlarge.) I do not think that Saturday April 28, 2018, will bring us a full array of Stockade cherry blossoms, but I will look out the window as soon as I awake tomorrow morning just in case.



. . above & below: Cherry Blossoms in late April 2013, on Washington Avenue. . 

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below: Front Street east of Lawrence Circle, April 28, 2013:


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