Recently people have been joining me on my Sunday Walks in Downtown Albany. Typically, I walk in Albany when I'm scheduled as a tour guide on the USS Slater (DE Docent). A slide show and a map are detailed at this blog entry. The USS Slater is now open. I plan on walking in Albany on Monday, Memorial Day, May 27. You can contact me at:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

11/27/2011 - USS Slater to Rensselaer Train Station

This was the last day of 2011 that the USS Slater is open for tours.  Every year, after thanksgiving the ship moves to the east bank of the Hudson River.  It will return in the spring.  This is largely dictated by ice conditions on the west bank.

Today, I decided to walk across the Dunn Memorial Bridge and check out the Rensselaer side.  The biggest attraction on this side of the river is the Train Station.  Until the 1960s the main train station was on the Albany Side.  Trains crossed from the Rensselaer side to Albany on the Main Lane Bridge that was demolished when Route 787 was constructed.

This is basically a short walk, and it's a neat way to get to the USS Slater, take a train from NY City.  Nice views, but one has to be careful of the traffic.  While the traffic is a little distracting on the bridge, there is delineated pedestrian walkway.  But it's a little tough crossing the city streets in Rensselaer.

Just south of the bridge is the Albany Yacht Club.  This is another neat way to visit the USS Slater, sail a boat up the Hudson.     

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