365 Project · My Photography

Place Beyond the Pines

Schenectady, (skə-NEK-tə-dee), is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States… very close to where I work during the day. The name “Schenectady” is derived from a Mohawk word skahnéhtati meaning “beyond the pines”.
The city was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many from the Albany area…my hometown! 🙂
They were prohibited from the fur trade by the Albany monopoly, which kept its control after the English takeover in 1664. Residents of the new village developed farms on strip plots along the river.

Because I work so close to Schenectady, I often can take photos on my hour lunch break. The night life is great as well with theater, great restaurants and bars.

The shots below are from some of those excursions.

This is Schenectady City Hall. It’s the focal point of government in the city. Designed by McKim, Mead and White… it was built 1933 during the Great Depression.




Jay Street, located between Proctor’s and City Hall, is a short street partially closed to motor traffic. This is part of the alley side.




It features a number of small, independently operated businesses and eateries and is a popular destination.



These images are from part of the Stockade region of Schenectady. I’ll be posting about that tomorrow.




If you’re ever in Upstate NY, Schenectady is a great place to learn some history and visit the quant shoppes and eateries.

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