Frank Sinatra and the Livingston Avenue Bridge

“Theme from New York, New York” (or “New York, New York”) is the theme song from the Martin Scorsese film New York, New York.  The song was skyrocketed to fame by In 1979, when it was recorded by Frank Sinatra, for his album Trilogy: Past Present Future. The song has become closely associated with old Blue Eyes ever since and it’s just about everybody’s…

South End Bikeway Link Tour #1 scheduled for March 7th

From our friends with the Albany Bicycling Coalition: The South End Bikeway Link Coalition wants to build interest and support for protected bicycle lanes as key part of the proposed 1.5-mile South End Bikeway Link. The Albany Bicycle Coalition is joining with other cycling organizations to sponsor monthly rides of the proposed route with stops at points of interest along the…

Join us tomorrow night for a Rally for Albany’s South End Bikeway Link

This rally will take place tomorrow, January 21 from 6-8pm at the Albany Public Library – Main Branch, 161 Washington Ave. For those of you not cycling to the meeting, a parking lot is located behind the library on Elk Street. Transit access via CDTA’s #5 or #905 Bus Rapid Transit route. At the meeting, advocates will share information about the proposed South…

Tell Amtrak “If you promote it, support it!” Plenty Within Walking and Cycling Distance of the Rensselaer Amtrak Station

For an upcoming 2015 issue of Amtrak Magazine, contributor Traci Suppa is looking for information on attractions and events taking place this year in any of the cities or towns served by Amtrak in New York State, as well as the terminus stops in Montreal, Toronto, and Vermont on the Adirondack, Maple Leaf, and Ethan Allen Express lines. This includes our…

Jan 21: Roundtable discussion on Bike Trail Connections in Albany’s South End

In October of this year, when the 128-year-old former Delaware & Hudson rail line re-opens as a county-owned multi-use path for cyclists, runners and walkers, it will stretch more than 9 scenic miles from Albany’s Port rail yards at Rt 32/South Pearl St. through Delmar to the Village of Voorheesville — a country mile from Indian Ladder Farm’s apple orchards. From the west New York’s iconic 386-mile…

The Sun Sets of the Half Moon

The Albany Times Union is reporting that the iconic Half Moon replica ship, which was a prominent feature Capital Region for a quarter century will sail off into the sunset next year. Or sunrise, rather, as it will be headed east.  The board of directors of the New Netherland Museum on Tuesday said that the ship, which has suffered from financial difficulties…

$2.3 million in Waterfront Improvements near the Livingston Avenue Bridge

Capital Region projects got a combined $60 million in the Regional Economic Development Council awards announced Thursday. Of the $60 million in awards (receiving the second-lowest amount out of the state’s 10 regions) more than $2.3 million was dedicated specifically to projects, both public and private, for waterfront development at or a short distance away from the Livingston Avenue Bridge –…

Beyond the Lines

Have you checked the Capital City’s  “Impact Downtown Albany” plan? The “Briefing Booklet,” a sort executive summary to a larger document we can only assume has yet to be released, made some waves yesterday and it is a bold, exciting vision for downtown. Great imagination at work here, and the design team earned their paycheck on the sparkling renderings of areas…

NY invests $70 million in bike and pedestrian improvements for 2014

This week NY Governor Cuomo announced $70 million dollars in bike and pedestrian improvements throughout NY State. Spread among 68 projects, this capital will make a real impact in the community. Here in the capital region, projects include Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA): Pedestrian Improvements for Public Transit in Albany, Troy and Cohoes: $1,600,000 City of Schenectady: Central Park –…

A local legend comes to Albany

The news is abuzz recently with tales of Hoffman’s Playland’s final days and the near miraculous 11th hour efforts to save the memorable park’s rides and relocate them to Huck Finn’s Warehouse, where they will be reassembled. This is a win win win. Win #1: My 2-year son is a third generation Playland attendee. When I was a kid, I…