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Cross Street in Glorious Technicolor


in glorious technicolor , ,

Cross Street in Glorious Technicolor

A Schlepp Through Schenectady - Lower State Street

- Franny Wentzel - Thursday, March 11th, 2010 : goo

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Continuing on our journey to the less frequented side of the downtown district...

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First a look back uptown from under the railway bridge...

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and the shiney new cineplex...

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Just before you get to the bridge - the underside of which was turned into a bus stop - you see this old Uneeda Biscuit sign...

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It had been hidden from the main drag for well over a century...

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Was visible from the railroad platform...

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as was this sign.

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The train to The City just happened to pull in...

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Probably there by the time I post this.

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The other side of the street

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Buildings along Erie Boulevard - once part of the Erie Canal

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The Wedgeway Building - basically a hallway to a now demolished theater

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Camcorder framegrab of the GE plant

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Meant to take one on this visit but this little rascal showed up...

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Wanted to get more pix but my camera kept shutting down on account of a low battery...

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Managed to squeeze off a few more shots by letting the battery rest for a bit...

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Results of an 'emergency' demolition due to collapse...

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Great view of a 1950s gem - there used to be decorative slats along the front...

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Still looks nice...

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From the 'fancy trimmin's' school of architecture...

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Right - former Patton & Hall store
Left - former Barneys Department Store

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The Un-building...

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Former Barneys - now apartments

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A few remaining architectural gems...

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Former Breslaws store - Schenectady had quite a few substantial businesses back in the day...

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Formerly a fire station...

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When the Breslaws building was converted to apartments they reconfigured the entrances and didn't bother to rip up the old tilework...

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won't you please come home?

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Formerly the Freeds Auto Exchange - Schenectady has a few remnants of the buildings other cities used to have further uptown...

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The former Van Curler Hotel - now a community college

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Battery was almost completely spent but there was just enough juice left to get one more image...

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Franny Wentzel: 12th Mar 2010 - 17:54 GMT

An addendum. Found a 2004 photo I took of the Olender and Robinson's Furniture stores

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A few years ago the Robinson's building partially collapsed necessetating its complete demolition...

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joey: 18th Mar 2010 - 01:07 GMT

those low battery shots can be interesting.

Franny Wentzel: 19th Mar 2015 - 18:34 GMT

*Update*

That Mid-century Modern bank just got an unwelcome 'facelift'...

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Some upstart tech firm bought the building

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And - inspired by Spinal Tap - ordered a set of Nun-Mor-Blakô glass panels

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To go from this - to this...

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Thanks a heap!

Franny Wentzel: 8th Oct 2015 - 18:31 GMT

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Most recent views down lower State Street...

Franny Wentzel: 3rd Apr 2016 - 18:32 GMT

*Another Update*

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More demolition work was undertaken on lower State...

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...this time on the former Olender furniture building - which had been vacated a half-decade ago.

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First the ugly green facade was flensed from the corpse...

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...revealing a remarkably intact pair of century-old commercial fronts.

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As the mid-century modern skin of the Olender flopped to the pavement, one can make out...

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...the loss of two more buildings further down the block.

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Preservationists had hoped seeing the old facade might encourage saving it...

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...but that movement had faded considerably now that today's generation has learned to live without cities and neighbourhoods and all that history.

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As demolition commenced, the one survivor on the block...

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Revealed a long hidden .

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It was intended that the Nicholaus Block would remain but construction work has weakened its foundation and engineers are busily trying to stabilise the situation.

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All this demolition work in is advance of...

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...this clutch of 'luxury apartments'- Mc-Architecture.

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Love Graf Tree (Zelkova Carpinifolia)


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I Was Told...


to walk across the brooklyn bridge to patsy grimaldi's pizza. thunder lightning and I. when we got back, it was night, but not dark.

I Was Told...

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Allout Shelter +


Stuff within a 1 block radius.

Allout Shelter +