Category Architecture

The Old NYS Museum Albany NY

The old NYS Museum in the wonderfully iconic State Education Building was a garden of earthly delights. Tens of thousands of  NYS school children visited  the museum during its 60 some odd years, until it closed when the “new” Museum in the Cultural Center in  the Empire State Plaza opened in the 1970s. But for […]

The Public Market Albany NY

  In the  early 1800’s Albany’s open air public market was located at the intersection of State and Market Street (now Broadway).  Over time the market are moved north, as real estate in the City center became more costly. By the early 1880s  it was held once a week and located at the top of […]

Albany’s South Mall Part 5 Shovel Ready?

February 1961  The re-invention of New York’s  Capital City was viewed by Governor Rockefeller as the renewal of Albany, but also as a pilot program.   Albany would serve as a test case for  a  state and local partnership to reinvigorate  the  decaying cites of New York State.  His ability  to  pull this off would serve be a feather […]

Albany’s South Mall Part 4 The Era of Good Feelings

On January 23, 1961, an Albany Knickerbocker News editorial was cautiously optimistic about the “New Albany”.  Rocky and Nelson would get along and Albany would re-invent itself. January 23, 1961 Downtown merchants would be surveyed to determine what they saw as  their needs and the needs of the City. January 24, 1961    Plans to create “by pass” […]

Albany’s South Mall Part 3 Dear Nelson/Dear Erastus

The first two  weeks  of January 1961 had been a whirlwind. Governor Rockefeller’s  notice of his general desire  to “improve” Albany and  the Mayor’s revelation of his specific plans for the City caused a  quite a stir.  The  rest of the month would be equally as newsworthy. Additionally, the face of Albany was changing, independent […]

Albany’s South Mall Part 2 The Ugly Truth

The first  week of January 1961 set in motion  the building of the South Mall.  Nelson Rockefeller proposed the creation of a new Temporary Commission on the Capital City (TCCC) and Mayor Corning countered with a 2  two year old study that called for major rehabilitation and/or demolition of huge areas of Albany.  The recommendations of the  study, which had never been made public, […]

Albany’s South Mall Part 1 Let the games begin!

The building of the Empire State Plaza, or the South Mall as  the locals know it,  was the product of a perfect storm.  The storm ripped through almost 100 acres of the urban core of the city, closed at least 250  businesses (and ended up being the death knell for about another 200) , as […]