Albany N Pearl Street 1891 winter

Streetcars in the snow

This photo is of North Pearl Street in downtown Albany in 1891 -- it's from the Albany Public Library's "Commercial Streets" online collection. (The page over at New York Heritage allows you to zoom in very close.)

We came across this photo recently and there was something about the busy street scene that caught our eye. The street cars running in the snow (and all the overhead wires for them). The horse-drawn carriages (sleighs?). Pedestrians bundled up on the sidewalks. There's just a lot of activity, even in the wintry conditions.

Earlier on AOA: Riding the trolley -- everywhere

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And just like today, there are shoveled sidewalks and unshoveled sidewalks. Some things never change.

Awesome photo! The city should bring this back. Would solve the hill problem that Albany suffers from. A street car running through the three BIDs would be great! People are lazy and don't want to walk downtown and walk back up the hill. Simple problem with a simple solution!

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