Month: June 2016

Vacation

Hoxsie’s on vacation. Will be back next week refreshed and full of . . . . well, no, we’ll probably still be randomly throwing up posts about whatever catches our fancy the night before, with minimal research and plenty of typos. In the meantime, click the archive link on the right and find something you …

Roller Skating Rinks of 19th Century Albany

We have a real love-hate relationship with George Rogers Howell’s “Bi-Centennial History of Albany,” from 1886. On the one hand, it’s a treasure trove of incredible information that is organized in ways the esteemed Joel Munsell couldn’t achieve. On the other hand, it’s mostly plagiarized, often self-contradictory, and almost completely unedited. But: treasure trove! Looking …

The Freshet This Time

Munsell’s “Annals of Albany,” in the Notes from the Newspapers section, includes a description of the devastating spring flood of 1833, one of many notable floods in Albany’s history: May 16. A freshet which began two days previous was not at its greatest height and produced much loss and damage. South Market street was impassable …

Farnham’s Red Lion

Many of us of a certain age remember a restaurant on Lark Street that went by the name of Farnham’s Larkin, popular with legislators of an even more certain age. Well, before Farnham’s Larkin, there was Farnham’s Red Lion. An article in the August 26, 1959 Knickerbocker News, headlined “English Pub Ideas Put to Use …