Looking along the old lane

Maiden Lane Albany old photo

We stumbled across this old, undated photo of Maiden Lane in downtown Albany in the Albany Public Library History Collection this week. And we were struck by a few things:

+ Love those old retail shop signs. (Apparently it was the place to score some shoes.)

+ Those signs are gone, but the streetscape -- the buildings date to the late 19th century/early 20th century -- is more or less the same as today.

The biggest difference you might notice is in the background -- mainly that the street keeps on going to the west. Maiden Lane is one of the city's oldest streets and for centuries it stretched from the waterfront up the the hill to Eagle Street. (See this 1891 map.) That changed in the early 1970s with the construction of the Ten Eyck Plaza Project. (It was also around that time that Pine Street was extended to Broadway.)

If you head over to the APL's collection on the New York Heritage site, you can zoom reallyclose into the photo to catch a glimpse of the segment of the Maiden Lane that no longer exists, along with the old shops.

Earlier: Today's moment of fenestration and reflection

Comments

And it's interesting to note that Burgess Shoes offers "X-Ray Fitting." As in they would actually take an x-ray of your foot in the store.

Getting your feet x rayed for shoes was totally a thing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-fitting_fluoroscope

I love those old storefronts! Interesting how much retail there was on a side street. You couldn't get away with that in today's automotive-oriented society.

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.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Nutella bacon bagel at Wired Coffee

There are certain foodstuffs that really only exist for those moments when you just don't care about life anymore. Those items that make it hard... (more)

That's a 5-point shot, right?

Ahmad doing Ahmad things. pic.twitter.com/p7FJ22NsbS— UAlbany Basketball (@UAlbanyMBB) December 12, 2017 UAlbany's Ahmad Clark was working on extending his range ahead of Tuesday night's... (more)

Scanning the 2018 Tanglewood season lineup

It's cold and snowy, but summer will return. Eventually. With that in mind, we were looking over the schedule for the next season at Tanglewood.... (more)

Holiday gifts: Alexandra Stafford

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we're again asking people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present, charities... (more)

What's up with the Albany Skyway, and a few bits about plans to makeover a key piece of downtown

The Albany Skyway project -- which aims to turn a lightly-used off-ramp into a linear park connecting downtown Albany with the riverfront -- is set... (more)

Recent Comments

My husband and I took a couples massage class a few years ago around Valentines Day at Om Shanti Healing Arts. Not sure if it's offered year round but worth an ask.

What's up with the Albany Skyway, and a few bits about plans to makeover a key piece of downtown

...has 4 comments, most recently from Ian Benjamin

Where to take a couples massage class?

...has 3 comments, most recently from Heather

Holiday gifts: Jammella Anderson

...has 1 comment, most recently from BS

Where to cut your own Christmas tree 2012

...has 9 comments, most recently from MB

Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

...has 2 comments, most recently from Daleyplanit