Posted by: David Giacalone | November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving [pot]luck at Arthur’s Market



I hope all my Stockade neighbors and friends had a Thanksgiving meal as tasty, heartwarming, and enjoyable as the potluck dinner I enjoyed with a dozen others at Arthur’s Market yesterday. Not wanting to intrude with my camera, I took only a few quick photos. The above collage shows the buffet table and the main dining table. Not shown, but definitely not ignored by the guests, were five fine pies and some cute cupcakes that ended the meal with a gentle exclamation point.

 My sense is that hearts and tummies were full. I saw old neighbors and familiar faces, and hopefully made some new friends.

. . best Thanksgiving wishes to all . . 

Posted by: David Giacalone | November 11, 2017

Stockade-athon 2017 (s)warms the Stockade

What a beautiful day for a road race. Especially here along the Mohawk River, in the Schenectady Stockade, the namesake of the Stockade-athon 15k Road Race. Below, you will find more than 150 photos taken in the Stockade as the road race sped by — in about a dozen minutes.

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  • You can find race results here, thanks to organizer Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club. And, click for the Course Map and their Facebook page. Go here for Gazette race-day coverage, by Mike MacAdam.
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    finish line photos (Gazette, by Marc Schultz, Nov. 13, 2017. B1)

    The Top Three Male finishers were: Ricardo Estremera (in 47.47, BIB 489); Matt Brooker (BIB 3); Steve Soprano (BIB 1470).

  • The Top Three Female finishers were: Mollie Turner (in 56.44, 19th place; BIB 24); Christine Macfarlane (BIB 935); Claire Collison (BIB 328)

(9:30 A.M.) By late afternoon, there will be over a hundred photos in this posting, showing Stockade-athon runners coming through the Stockade and its lovely Riverside Park. As a teaser, here are a handful, showing the leaders on Washington Avenue, my first glimpse of women runners, and the end of the cohort passing the park esplanade.


. . (above): Julius Mbugna (BIB 975, finished 6th); Scott Mindel (BIB 5, finished 4th); Jacob Andrews (BIB 2, finished 5th); Kent Lemme (BIB 7, finished 11th); Matt Brooker (BIB 3, finished 2nd)


. . (above): the race winner, U. Albany coach Ricardo Estremera, is seen directly behind Julius Mbugna (BIB 975).

  . . IMG_5049.MollieDTurnerJPG . . [L] Mollie Turner (in Black) was the first woman into Riverside Park and finished first . .  Sadly, I did not turn back around soon enough to catch the leading women coming into the Park, and had to settle for capturing them after they passed me.




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. . plus, Stockade resident Dale Miller (in red shirt), waves to the photographer:


2 P.M. – SLIDESHOW 1 – 

This slideshow has four dozen photos in the order they were taken this morning. I’ve included as many as possible and hope runners (or their friends and families) will enjoy finding and seeing themselves.

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This second batch has two slideshows, with 95 photos in total, taken as the runners entered and traversed Riverside Park. As with the earlier slideshow, I have included as many of the “usable” images as I could, to commemorate the runners of all levels of skill and stamina.

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. . Mile1Marker . . Mile 1 Marker at Riverside Park Playlot . .


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IMG_5277EdSalvo .. Special Hat Tip to Ed Salvo . . In 2013, we pointed out that Ed, after missing a year due to heart surgery, ran his 34th Stockade-athon. He keeps on ticking. 

Thanks for helping me celebrate Stockade-athon 2017. Posted with gratitude to the runners, volunteers, race organizers and sponsors, and all the kith, kin and fans.


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. . above: Eiko Bogue, at 80, finished 2nd in her age group.


Yesterday’s Preview is immediately below.

Click for links to our prior Stockade-athon-in-the-Stockade postings.

PREVIEW (Saturday, November 11, 2017).

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. . above: leaders along Washington Avenue’s “Campbell Row” in 2015 [L] and 2016 [R] .. 

 Thursday morning, I snapped a few photos on Washington Avenue, where the 2017 Stockade-athon 15k Road Race field will en masse enter the Stockade Historic District from State Street, about 5 minutes after the start of the race. Although it may not be quite as sunny at race-time, and the temperature will probably be under 30º, the following Slideshow is what competitors and spectators will see before Stockade-athon 2017 heads into Riverside Park, along the Mohawk River, and then departs the Stockade using Ingersoll Avenue and turning eastward up Front Street.

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BrittanyWinslow2016 . . Start time is 8:30 AM from Proctors, with Stockade entry about 5 minutes later.  See the Gazette article “Stockade-athon field wide open: With defending champions not scheduled to run, no clear-cut favorite for men’s and women’s races” (by Mike MacAdam, Nov. 11, 2017), for information about the race, including new rules about who can win prize money (resulting in a lesser incentive for runners from outside the Greater Capital Region to participate), and possible winners in this year’s race. MacAdams mentions last year’s second-place women’s runner-up, Brittany Winslow (image at left, entering Riverside Park), and last year’s third-place male, Julius Mbugua, as well as former Schenendehowa star Mark Mindel, as potential leaders. See also, “Stockade-athon keeps money local” (Nov. 8, 2017):

For the first time, the prize money will be limited to residents of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Fulton, Greene, Columbia, Schoharie, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren or Washington counties in New York, or Bennington County in Vermont and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. Runners who have been members of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club since before June 1 are also eligible regardless of residency.

Neiles, who is a co-race director with Brian and Jessica Northan, Ray Newkirk and Jon Rocco, said organizers have met with some backlash over the prize money change.

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“It is causing a real ruckus among a lot of people, but that’s the decision they made,” he said. “They’re just trying something different. There are a lot of local people and area runners who would like to take home $600. You won’t see a lot of the hotshots of the past.

“There’s two schools of thought on this.” . .

Although there are several top-quality runners committed to the Stockade-athon, the lack of prize eligibility likely will discourage elite out-of-towners from running. For instance, the 2016 men’s champion, former Niskayuna High star Lou Serafini, would not be in line for prize money, since he lives in Brighton, Mass.

The race has added a few other new features and tweaks. Three-person teams can sign up for a relay in which each runs a 5k leg while competing for the Stockade-athon Cup. Neiles said they only have seven teams signed up so far.

  • Stockade-athonLogo You can find more information about this year’s race and its history, at the official MVP Health Care/HMRRC Stockade-athon website, where you can also find a Race Map, as well as live-streaming of race results. According to their Facebook page, “This year we will have live athlete tracking. Click on “AREEP Live Results” to start tracking your favorite runners.” [using hi-tech t-shirts, I believe] The race is organized by the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club.
  • As usual, we will present photos of the Stockade segment as soon as we can, at this posting, capturing as much of the entire field as possible as they pass by.
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3img_0855 BTW: I am still nostalgic for the old race route, which had the runners arriving at Lawrence the Indian at the half-way point, allowing spectators here to properly cheer for racers of all talent and speed levels over 30 to 40 minutes; the current route means the entire field runs by in perhaps 12 minutes, and gets to enjoy much less of the Stockade and its hospitality.

Posted by: David Giacalone | November 7, 2017

visiting the Mohawk Harbor Marina


Last Saturday (Novcmber 4), I headed over for my first close-up view of the Marina at Mohawk Harbor, as well as Harborside Drive.

A November 1, 2017, Times Union article, “Schenectady christens new Mohawk Harbor marina” (Nov. 1, 2017) reported that:

State and local officials on Wednesday christened the new marina at Mohawk Harbor, the $480 million mixed-use development on the Mohawk River.

The only man-made harbor on the 200-year-old Erie Canal,  the marina features 50 boat slips, an amphitheater and kayak launch. .

 . . “Every year, 46,000 boaters pass by this site on the Mohawk, and they truly just passed us by,” said Schenectady County Legislature Chairman Anthony Jasenski. “Now, they have a reason to stop. It is truly a great day for Schenectady County.”

  • I have not learned how the boating public will gain access to the marina’s boat slips, as City Council removed from the Harbor District zoning code — at the request of the Galesi Group — the requirement that “A minimum of 10% of linear [residential] dock footage must be made available for public, day use.”
  • Click here for the Mohawk Harbor Facebook post from November 1, 2017, which has a couple dozen images from the “christening” ceremony, including the proclamation naming that day Mohawk Harbor Day in Schenectady.
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 . .  My Harbor stroll started near the parking lot of the casino’s The Landing Hotel, from whence I headed toward River House and the Marina:

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. . above: view northeast toward Freeman’s Bridge from Marina amphitheater . . 

  . amphitheater . 

  . . [L] Marina’s Mohawk River inlet alongside RPI nuclear facility . . 

. . above: view southwest from River end of Marina . .

. . RPI facility; camouflaged as a lighthouse someday? . .


 . . background shows STS Steel on the left, Casino Parking Ramp on the right .  . 


After checking out the Marina, I walked around to the other side of River House to visit Harborside Drive. The following collage shows a few resulting pictures:

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  • Pre-emptive Reply: Some readers might see some irony that the proprietor of this website, a leader of the Stop the Schenectady Casino group, is featuring sights at Mohawk Harbor. So, I wanted to remind them, that “Mohawk Harbor was already well on its way to being a spectacular development along the Mohawk long before Rush Street Gaming ever heard the phrase ‘Old Alco site’.” Mohawk Harbor had virtually no opposition, except for some concern over the effect of digging out an “embayment” on flooding downstream. (see our Statement in Opposition to the Schenectady Casino, Point One)
    • “The Gazette called the original multi-use development plans for the sight ‘grand’, and Galesi Group CEO David Buicko modestly said it would serve as ‘the poster child for upstate New York development’.”  And, long before the word casino was being whispered about town, Buicko claimed the site would be developed into “the next major tourist attraction in upstate New York.” By the time the Casino Application was filed by Galesi Group and Rush Street Gaming, $100 million had already been invested by Galesi at Mohawk Harbor, and brownfield remediation was well on its way, with Dave Buicko promising Mohawk Harbor would be developed with or without a casino.
    • Waiting for the casino decision to be made by the Location Board and related development, including changes demanded by the developer in the zoning code, actually slowed down the creation of the original Mohawk Harbor plan.
Posted by: David Giacalone | October 19, 2017

a pump station design (and location) worth the fight

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. . above: view from River; below: view from N. Ferry St. . .

 The above design for a new North Ferry Sewerage Pump Station (kept within the lot of the old pump station and retaining the historic Old Pump House) was unveiled today at City Hall, and is a short walk but a long journey from the monstrosity on the West Lawn of Riverside Park that was belatedly sprung upon us in March 2017:

PumpHouse2017westlawnview For more details, see the Gazette article “New pump station design unveiled” (by Stephen Williams, Oct. 19, 2017). Here are key excerpts:

Initial plans for a new building have been repeatedly modified to address residents’ criticisms. The latest plans incorporate neighborhood feedback from a few months ago.

From the outside, the [original] building doesn’t look like a pump station, but a residence with high arched windows, making residents think it fits into the surrounding Stockade Historic District.The pump station is considered historic because it was built in 1913. . . 

The newest version of the plan places a new two-story pump station directly adjacent to the existing station, located almost entirely on city-owned pump station property. The new building would resemble the historic pump station architecturally, but would be taller so that electronic control systems can be placed on the second floor — above the Mohawk River floodplain.

Michael Miller of CHA Design Constructive Solutions said the new pump station has to be modern and built to last. “That building has lasted 100 years, and we are building new modern infrastructure that is meant to last another 100 years,” he said.

. . . . Click on this link for the 9-page presentation of design rendering unveiled by the City in its October 18, 2017 open. house.

To follow the Battle at the Pump Station from our first cry of alarm to the new design unveiled today, see our postings:

A heartfelt thank you to all who worked to turn this project around and preserve Riverside Park’s charm.



pumphousegooglesatmap . . Google Map satellite view

update (October 21, 2017): The Times Union provides another rendition view of the proposed pump station site (a view on the northeast from the River), in an article by Paul Nelson, “New Stockade pump station design unveiled: Project manager says plan respects park, reflects public concerns” (Oct. 21, 2017, p. D1):


Among other details, the TU article tells us:

A 12-minute movie shows the pump station from various angles, which Mike Miller, the project manager and engineer, described as a “virtual walk through the park.” . . .

Miller stressed that situating the L-shaped four-story structure, two of them below ground, next to the existing building was done “to minimize the impact to the park footprint.” . . .

He said they also worked with the state Office of Parks, Recreation Historic Preservation on keeping the current pump station, which is a historic building, the focal point.

“We designed a structure which complemented the existing structure and worked in unison with it,” Miller said.

. . . The $7.5 million project would receive $3 million in state New York Rising funding with the city borrowing the rest.

Construction is to get under way next year with the new pump station starting to operate in 2019.

. . below: a view of the Pump House from Scotia 17Oct2013. .


Posted by: David Giacalone | October 9, 2017

Mohawk Regatta 2017 seen from Riverside Park

          . . a heron takes a closer look   

 Despite a relatively small zoom lens, I tried to capture some of the action and color of the 2017 Mohawk Fall Classic Regatta [Facebook page] from the west end and esplanade of Riverside Park, on the Schenectady side of the Mohawk River. Hosted by the Burnt Hills Rowing Association, the event is held on the Scotia side of the River, with crowds gathering at Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In and Freedom Park. As explained at the BHRA website:

 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.

The results of my photo shoot can be seen in the following Slideshow and separate photos posted here, with a total of about 50 images, shot between 1:30 and 2 PM, and displayed in the order taken. For a nice gallery of much closer shots by Marc Schultz., see the Daily GazetteCheers and Family at Mohawk Regatta: Event marks 17th year” (by Steven Cook, October 9, 2017). Results can be found on the Regatta’s twitter page.

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above: view from Esplanade [R] east to CSX trestle; [L] west to Western Gateway Bridge

below: collage of crews practicing on October 2, 2017:


Posted by: David Giacalone | September 13, 2017

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2017 Outdoor Art Show shines

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. . (above:) exhibits of Dan Predmore [L] and Kellen Riell; and (below:) Leah Bliven‘s exhibit


Below is Slideshow One, a quick preview of scenes along Front Street prior to the 10 AM opening of the 2017 Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show. Slideshow Two was added at 9:00 PM, with photos taken at the Winners’ Circle before and during the awards ceremony; it shows the winning artists and their art. Slideshow Three has over 75 images from throughout the day at the Show.

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IMG_4475-001 . . 10:00 AM, at Lawrence Circle



6:00 PM Supplement:

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. . above: two views of Lawrence’s Winners’ Circle prior to award ceremony . . 

IMG_4644 . . Kerry D’Alessandro artfully announced the winners, assisted by Steve Kowalski, Zoe Oxley, Karen Johnson, Larry Schmidt, et al. . .  

WINNERS’ LIST in the order presented (images coming soon):

People’s Choice: Lori Lupe Pelish


Cohen Award (best depiction of the Stockade): Ritvik Sharma:



 . . IMG_4464  . . Gillilan Award (given by Oakroom Artists for body of work): Kellen Riell

Colangelo Award (1st-time exhibitor):Kellen Riell IMG_4631

Young Artist awards: [see Slideshow Two]

3rd place: Morgan Moser

2nd place: Mia Etkin

1st place: Sarah Grossman

Honorable Mentions:

Olivia Ortega, Val Robert, George Dirolf, Susan Edsall Nadler, Lorraine Dewey, Jen Cerutti [see Slideshow 2 for images of artists and art pieces]

Overall winners:

3rd place: David Hinchen Grand-3dDHinchen

2nd place: Lori Lupe Pelish Grand-2dLLPelish

1st place: Richard Sacchetti  grant-1strsaccheti.jpg

. . coming soon: scores of photos from the Winners’ Circle and the Art Show exhibits . .

Slideshow Two: WINNERS’ CIRCLE and AWARDS Images

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SLIDESHOW THREE: OUT AND ABOUT – four score more photos taken during my roaming and schmoozing around the Outdoor Art Show throughout the event.

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. . above: more from Leah Bliven

IMG_4684. . Stockade ally Mohamed Hafez campaigns for City Counsel seat and chats with Kim Leahey. .


Rick Leahey

Rick Leahey’s nature photography

 Timothy P. Francis . . this posting is dedicated to my good friend (since freshman year, 1967, at Georgetown U.), Timothy P. Francis, and all his kith and kin, who were gathered today, September 9, 2017, at BlackSalt Restaurant in Washington DC, to celebrate him and his life. Peace, My Friend.




Posted by: David Giacalone | September 7, 2017

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