History walking tour through Pine Hills

Madison Ave commercial strip near Allen Street maybe 1930s

This should be fun and interesting: Akum Norder will be leading a history walking tour through Pine Hills May 9. Blurbage:

Join Akum Norder, author of The History of Here: A House, the Pine Hills Neighborhood, and the City of Albany, on a walking tour through the historic Pine Hills neighborhood. Whether you're a longtime resident, newcomer, or visitor, enjoy learning about the landmarks and history of this beautiful area.

The tour starts at 6:30 pm at the Pine Hills branch of the Albany Public Library (517 Western Ave). It's free. You can claim at spot via that link above.

Pine Hills is an old streetcar suburb. And though it's changed in a lot of ways, it's kind of fascinating how it's held a lot of that format through today.

The photo above is from the Albany Public Library History Collection -- it shows the commercial strip on the south side of Madison Ave near Allen Street in (we're guessing) the 1930s (the photo is undated). The buildings have changed (though some are still there), as have the businesses, but that strip still serves a similar role today, with places to eat, neighborhood services, and a grocery store.


The guided tour is filling up, but you can do it as a self-guided tour also! There will be paper brochures available to pick up at the library throughout the month of May, or you can follow an online version through the Pocketsights Tour app.

I remember Lou Firsty's fruit stand on the corner of New Scotland and madison Avenue. His tag line was "Hungry or thirsty, see Lou Firsty.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be at The Cohoes Music Hall Saturday night with The Kids of Albany. Tickets just $12 and there are TWO SHOWS- 8 PM and MIDNIGHT!

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