Uncovering Albany’s Hidden Gem: The Pastures Neighborhood

**Introduction:** Tucked away within Albany, New York, lies a neighborhood with a history as rich as the city itself, yet often overlooked. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the Pastures Neighborhood, guided by insights from Anthony Opalka’s Hear about Here audio tour and quotations by William Kennedy from his book, “O Read more…

Uncle Sam-did Troy’s favorite son exist?

Sam Wilson-inspiration for or, embodiment of, Uncle Sam – was a meatpacker from Troy, New York.  Uncle Sam has become  a  symbol of the United States, representing American patriotism, independence, and liberty.   Over the years,  he has appeared in political cartoons,  recruitment posters and more. The most famous depiction is the “I Want You” poster created by James Montgomery Flagg Read more…

Great Chain over the Hudson

The Hudson River was blocked to British ships during the Revolutionary war by a sixty-five-ton iron chain. David Levine tells this TALE in the HEAR and THEN and in his book, The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years”( Bookshop.org  and  Amazon ). The Hudson was seen as a key to victory during the American Read more…