Friday, May 28, 2010

Rensselaer, New York

Yesterday I posted photos of the southern part of the city of Rensselaer, New York, a historic city directly across the Hudson River from the city of Albany. I shot some photos and was heading home when I saw more photo opportunities for pictures which could be taken from the city park right on the shores of the Hudson. So of course I pulled in and grabbed my camera off of the car seat. Most of this small park sits beneath overhead roadways which divide traffic coming from and heading to Albany and its various attractions. The first photo I took was looking across the river from Rensselaer to Albany from under the main highway bridge in that area. As you can see, it was a fine, beautiful day:

And directly across the river I saw the Dutch Apple sightseeing cruise ship and The USS Slater, a historic World War II battleship:

Looking a bit farther south, there's the U-Haul storage building with the moving van on top:

On the shores of the Hudson, the city of Rensselaer has this small pier. This is where Pete Seeger's Clearwater and other historic wooden ships can dock. The small amphitheater allows them to give informative talks to small audiences

Looking north, I saw a barge beneath the bridge. Repairs to the bridge were being staged from there:

And downtown Albany lies directly across the river:

In this photo you can see the Dutch Apple cruise ship, the USS Slater, one of the tall buildings of the Empire State Plaza and the New York State Museum, which is that squarish building beneath the highway ramps:

And a closer view of the Albany side of the river:

I walked a bit closer to the shore to take this photo of downtown Albany:

And on the Rensselaer side of the river sits a concrete block manufacturer:

And turning my camera eastward, I could see a church steeple and the steeple of the new Amtrak station. By the way, in case you're wondering, that ramp/bridge does indeed stop in mid-air. Apparently, many years ago, they'd planned an exit ramp there but never used it. Now there's the new Amtrak station in the way so I guess the ramp will never be finished. Anyway, it was lovely day and a good time for photos:

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