Albany

The Ten Eyck

Albany’s grandest of grand hotels in the early 20th century was  The Ten Eyck, located pretty much where the Hotel Albany (originally and once again a Hilton) is located on State Street, just above the Elm Tree Corner and Tweddle Hall. It was on the corner of Chapel, which then went through all the way …

Sayles Hall

We’ved looked at some of the other buildings of the old State Normal School in Albany, now known as the downtown campus of SUNY Albany, but haven’t tripped upon Sayles Hall before. And so here it is. It was dedicated in 1941 as a men’s dormitory. It went back and forth between housing men and …

Nehi!

I ran across this 1958 receipt for Nehi beverages from my grandfather’s short-lived drive-in restaurant at Aqueduct, and it made me wonder where Nehi had gone. Nehi was once a well-known soda brand, which in 1955 became Royal Crown.Growing up, Royal Crown was always something of the consolation prize when what you really wanted was …

Trouble on the Tracks

In the late summer of 1890, the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad fired 78 members of the Knights of Labor “for cause,” the cause primarily being that they were union agitators. This action caused 3000 (or 5000, depending on the source) trainmen to go on strike. The trains, of course, continued to be …