In bloom

sidewalk petunia

It was just a step off to the side.

We noticed this petunia growing out of a crack in the sidewalk/step on Hamilton St today in Center Square.

It made us smile -- and think a bit about how you never know where you'll find something beautiful.


I love seeing beauty like this.

it really can be exciting & beautiful when you stop to notice the little things (for those people who actually know how to look). each day is full of small moments that so many people just seem to miss. thanks for sharing. :)

By the way, Hamilton Street is NOT in Center Square. It is in Hudson/Park.

@Sarah. It's debatable. See here.

Quoting All About Albany: "The area between Washington Park and Empire Plaza, North of Madison Avenue and South of Washington Avenue, is home to some of Albany's finest and best-restored historic homes. It is bisected by Lark Street, which is really the only example of thriving mixed-use urban development in the city."

Quoting the Center Square Association: "Center Square is nestled between the State Capitol and Empire State Plaza to the east and beautiful Washington Park to the west. Theater, music, museums, libraries, festivals and the Hudson River are all within walking distance. On Lark Street and other nearby commercial streets, shopping, dining and nightlife abound."

Quoting France Iingraham Hein (Times Union?): "Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Center Square is a tree-lined neighborhood bounded by Lark, State, Swan and Jay streets, and taking in the upper portion of Lancaster Street between Lark and Willett streets. A short walk from restaurants, museums, boutiques, groceries, parks, the library, schools and public transportation, the area appeals to people of all ages."

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