Albany

The Rice Mansion

The Rice Mansion from Dove Street

When we began our career in Albany not quite 30 years ago, a group of young and hungry (literally) Senate Fellows sometimes found lunchtime solace with a touch of imagined elegance in the quiet confines of the Rice Gallery of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Every now and then we wondered how it …

For Whom the Bells Toll

Proud City Hall PIgeons

Soon we’ll have much more on the installation of Albany’s City Hall carillon – it was quite the endeavor – but for now, this interesting little snippet from the Albany Evening News of August 23, 1927: Proud City Hall Pigeons Worried by Strange Operations in Their Home With Cuyler Reynolds Away and Food also Scarce, …

Corning Your Beef

While not entirely Albany specific, we thought this article from the Albany Argus in 1862 was a good lesson in what life was like before refrigeration. It’s hard to fathom now what people went through to keep meat “fresh.” This supposed letter (which may just be an editorial contrivance; they were common enough in those …