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  • SUNY Schenectady

    SUNY Schenectady

    In 1967, Schenectady County purchased the Van Curler Hotel and named it as the site for SUNY Schenectady County Community College. The hotel was renovated and reopened as the main campus building in 1969 and was renamed Elston Hall. Elston Hall is a beautiful Classical Revival style building, which was originally financed in part by…

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  • Confluence Park

    Confluence Park

    Welcome to Confluence Park and the Chenango River Promenade in Downtown Binghamton! The park is located at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers and is part of the Two Rivers Greenway. The Greenway is an excellent local trail system for walkers, runners and cyclists, stretching from Binghamton through Vestal. Confluence Park is home…

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  • Endicott Tiger Pride Mural

    Endicott Tiger Pride Mural

    Another great mural! This one is located in Endicott, NY near Ideal Alley (at Garfield and Monroe). The mural was painted by Vince Ballentine, an incredible visual artist from Brooklyn, NY (@vballentine99). Union-Endicott’s school teams are named the Tigers, and orange and black are the official colors of the school district and Endicott, NY. This…

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  • GE in Schenectady, NY

    GE in Schenectady, NY

    This week I’m in Schenectady, NY. Did you know that General Electric (GE) was “born” in Schenectady? The Edison Machine company moved to Schenectady in 1886. Edison later merged its various companies into Edison General Electric. Edison then merged with the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1892, becoming General Electric. Today the campus is still very…

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  • Bethlehem, PA

    Bethlehem, PA

    Bethlehem is home to the Moravian Church, which still operates centrally from Bethlehem. The Moravians established a town in the 18th Century (1741) naming it Bethlehem, after the Biblical town Bethlehem of Judea. Today, many of the original buildings remain, and the Church and Moravian University are still a critical part of the city. View…

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  • Scranton: The Electric City

    Scranton: The Electric City

    Here’s a video to show the colorful lighting present on the Scranton Electric Building sign. In 2014, the sign was renovated and relit with colorful LED bulbs. The original lighting used incandescent bulbs, of course, and was first lit in the 1930’s. Scranton is called “The Electric City” because it was one of the first…

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  • Erastus Corning II Tower

    Erastus Corning II Tower

    Erastus Corning II Tower (1973) was named for Albany NY’s long-time mayor, who served the city for over 40 years, from 1941 to 1983. It’s the tallest skyscraper in New York State outside of NYC. Corning Tower – and the others on the Plaza – have facades of marble and glass. While the architecture on…

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