Hanging at the Hudson River Coffee House

HRCC jpg

The Hudson River Coffee Co.

Remember a while back, when we told you about The Hudson River Coffee House? Well the new coffee house in the basement of the old Hudson River Telephone Company opened about three weeks ago.

We spent a little time hanging out diligently working there this morning and grabbed a few photos of the pretty neat space.

Former UAlbany Student Anton Pasquil did most of the renovations on this old telephone switchboard building and the space is great -- exposed brick and pipe and industrial lighting.

And in spite of the fact that it's in the basement, the light is great (the windows are huge and plentiful.) It's a great space, but bring a sweater, it's a hair on the chilly side.

Back of jpg

With the students on break, things were quiet this morning, but Anton says things were hopping in the opening weeks. "We opened at the beginning of December, during finals. I did 200 % more business than I'd anticipated."

By mid-January (when the semester starts up again) you'll be able to get sandwiches with meats from Old World Provisions and Helmbold's hot dogs -- the ones that made Troy's Famous Lunch -- well -- famous. The coffee is locally roasted at Capital City Roasters in Castleton.

Here are a few more photos:

There's a chess board in he back
HRCC chess jpg

And a few homages to the building's old use:

Phone.JPG

Books in HRCC.JPG

And vintage fans they found in the building

FAN in HRCC.JPG

And of course, the vintage 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle video game. A few more new and vintage games are on the way.

Turtles in time.JPG

Comments

This place is GREAT! Gorgeous new use of a classy old building. Pine Hills needs more love like this.

It's a great space and the cappuccino is excellent!

I lost my marbles when I saw the game was still only a quarter! That and the hot chocolate was good.

Pine Hills should show some love to Anton now that the kids are away. Very positive vibes and good conversation from the young man. I sense some big things in his future. Looking forward to the outdoor seating on that sunny south side this spring.

This place looks awesome! Definitely need to check it out! Thanks for the pics. :-)

I had the opportunity to play Irish Traditional music in January at Hudson River. Anton is a genuinely nice person, and the venue is very classy. Great sandwiches, great coffee in a unique building.
A+++ all around.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (WTF), from Presidents Day,... (more)

Gawking at the ceiling of the Smith Building

As we've noted before, the Smith Building stands across from the Capitol all buttoned up and dressed for work its quietly tasteful way for work.... (more)

Big downtown residential project approved (again), street ownership intrigue, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Moose spotting

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is doing another aerial survey of the moose population in the Adirondack Park. And, of course, there are... (more)

Morning Blend

Jay Street fire inspection trial Thursday included testimony from former residents of the 104 Jay St apartment building, one who told the court upkeep of... (more)

Recent Comments

The current property has been for sale for nearly 15 years. The owners are getting out of the Bowling business, it's happened all over the region. There's a buyer, and the city must evaluate the opportunity cost doing nothing. ...

The week ahead

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tess

Gawking at the ceiling of the Smith Building

...has 4 comments, most recently from Sean

Big downtown residential project approved (again), street ownership intrigue, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

...has 3 comments, most recently from Ian Benjamin

No one asked, but...

...has 10 comments, most recently from Taylor

Moose spotting

...has 1 comment, most recently from mg