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…

American Planning Association: Arbor Hill, one of America’s Great Neighborhoods

Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood was just designated one of the American Planning Association’s “Great Places in America” because of it’s great historic assets, community engagement and civic pride, and it’ context sensitive development. “Albany’s Arbor Hill is a community of notable strengths and exciting opportunities, including rich historic districts and important community institutions. The neighborhood has experienced difficult times and a…

Streetsblog: “Why It Makes Sense to Add Biking and Walking Routes Along Active Rail Lines”

Thanks to Streetsblog for the press, albeit it was about Rails with Trails in general, but hey – we’ll take it Let’s face it – rail corridors often present themselves as potential multiple use corridors. Why? Well, read the article, but here’s a snippet: They utilize antiquated infrastructure. Many rail-trails — including the C&O Canal Towpath that stretches from the…

Anticipated waterfront improvements require solid connections

We’ve been busy, albeit we haven’t been posting much so forgive us. There’s so much energy directed to attract development and enhance community connections to the Hudson River Waterfront it’s hard to keep up! The Corning Preserve, at the base of the Livingston Ave. Bridge’s west side, is a 15-acre multi-use waterfront in Downtown Albany, is an essential piece of the City’s urban…