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Old 10-17-2017, 07:31 AM
 
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Amsterdam gets a bad rep, but I thought this was kind of neat: https://www.downbytheriverkayakrentals.com/

I've always thought the city should promote its easy access to the river a lot more. I really think kayaking and other water sports should be bigger than they are during the summer months.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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More on this: Kayak tours on the Mohawk River coming to Amsterdam *–* Mohawk Valley Compass - Amsterdam NY News and Opinions

This store is in the area: Canoes for Sale: Amsterdam, NY: Adirondack Kayak Warehouse
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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What are your thoughts on the city developing its waterfront?
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:22 AM
 
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What are your thoughts on the city developing its waterfront?
I'm not sure, but I think that any city with assets such as a waterfront should maximize it. Amsterdam's location in terms of proximity to the Adirondacks and Catskills, as well as the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area and some historic sites should also be promoted.


Do you know if the city has a river walk? That could be another idea for the city to pursue. It appears that it has a canal trail and sprucing that up could help as well.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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I'm not sure, but I think that any city with assets such as a waterfront should maximize it. Amsterdam's location in terms of proximity to the Adirondacks and Catskills, as well as the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area and some historic sites should also be promoted.


Do you know if the city has a river walk? That could be another idea for the city to pursue. It appears that it has a canal trail and sprucing that up could help as well.
I don't recall a river walk but there is a river front park on the north side of the city that, in my opinion, is underrated and underappreciated.

The canal trail is actually really nice and surprisingly well-kept. Most of it is clear and paved well. I wish they'd knock all those trees down that block the trail's view of the river though. In some areas, you can see the river, but in most, you can't. It also leads right into Southside, where all the restaurants and bars are. Old school Italian joints, which are great.

Amsterdam residents complain a lot about blight, which they definitely are not wrong about. But I really think developing the waterfront could work out well for the city.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:33 AM
 
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I don't recall a river walk but there is a river front park on the north side of the city that, in my opinion, is underrated and underappreciated.

The canal trail is actually really nice and surprisingly well-kept. Most of it is clear and paved well. I wish they'd knock all those trees down that block the trail's view of the river though. In some areas, you can see the river, but in most, you can't. It also leads right into Southside, where all the restaurants and bars are. Old school Italian joints, which are great.

Amsterdam residents complain a lot about blight, which they definitely are not wrong about. But I really think developing the waterfront could work out well for the city.
Do you know if the city put in for the Downtown Initiative through the state? I ask, because Urban Renewal appears to have done a number on Downtown Amsterdam in terms of built environment. I think if Amsterdam could reattach the urban fabric of its Downtown, it would make a difference. You MAY be able to attract people that work at say Beech-Nut or FMCC, among a few others, to live there as well.

I believe the lady that in the first article I posted actually works at one of those places. So, if you can get more like her to invest/live in Amsterdam, that would help as well.

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Old 10-18-2017, 09:54 AM
 
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Do you know if the city put in for the Downtown Initiative through the state? I ask, because Urban Renewal appears to have done a number on Downtown Amsterdam in terms of built environment. I think if Amsterdam could reattach the urban fabric of its Downtown, it would make a difference. You MAY be able to attract people that work at say Beech-Nut or FMCC, among a few others, to live there as well.

I believe the lady that in the first article I posted actually works at one of those places. So, if you can get more like here to invest/live in Amsterdam, that would help as well.
Not sure if they applied for that Downtown Initiative but I would imagine so. From what I remember, the pedestrian bridge connecting both sides of the city was a big push. Now that it's complete, they should focus on the blight and urban renewal. I think you're right though, if Amsterdam could clean up their urban areas and make the city "flow" a bit better, it'd do wonders. I have family in Amsterdam who enjoy living there because of its relatively low rate of violent crime and walkability.

I really think Southside could see people from the Capital Region moving there if they promoted it more. It's a very quiet, safe place to live. Easy access to 90 if you don't mind commuting into Schenectady or Albany. Can't beat those restaurants there either.
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:11 PM
 
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Not sure if they applied for that Downtown Initiative but I would imagine so. From what I remember, the pedestrian bridge connecting both sides of the city was a big push. Now that it's complete, they should focus on the blight and urban renewal. I think you're right though, if Amsterdam could clean up their urban areas and make the city "flow" a bit better, it'd do wonders. I have family in Amsterdam who enjoy living there because of its relatively low rate of violent crime and walkability.

I really think Southside could see people from the Capital Region moving there if they promoted it more. It's a very quiet, safe place to live. Easy access to 90 if you don't mind commuting into Schenectady or Albany. Can't beat those restaurants there either.
Thanks for mentioning the restaurant aspect in regards to the city’s Southside. I wonder if people know about that.

I also agree about the I-90 access, as it is still close enough to commute to those cities or nearby companies.
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:59 PM
 
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Thanks for mentioning the restaurant aspect in regards to the city’s Southside. I wonder if people know about that.

I also agree about the I-90 access, as it is still close enough to commute to those cities or nearby companies.
Unless you're from Amsterdam, not a lot of people know about Southside's great restaurants. My favorites are:

Amsterdam NY Restaurants, Italian, Parillo's Armory Grill
La Cucina - can't find a website
L'ultimo - can't find a website

They're all really close to each other too.

The fact that a couple of them don't have a website shows how old school they are...and their food is on point!

In general though, Amsterdam surprisingly has some very good places to eat. I'm a fan of:

GOODFELLAS PIZZERIA - Home - Pizza, subs, salads are perfect.
Bottisti's Pizzeria - Everything from here is great.
Bosco's is good too.
Russo's Grill off West Main is a local favorite, although I've never been to the Amsterdam location.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:13 AM
 
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Unless you're from Amsterdam, not a lot of people know about Southside's great restaurants. My favorites are:

Amsterdam NY Restaurants, Italian, Parillo's Armory Grill
La Cucina - can't find a website
L'ultimo - can't find a website

They're all really close to each other too.

The fact that a couple of them don't have a website shows how old school they are...and their food is on point!

In general though, Amsterdam surprisingly has some very good places to eat. I'm a fan of:

GOODFELLAS PIZZERIA - Home - Pizza, subs, salads are perfect.
Bottisti's Pizzeria - Everything from here is great.
Bosco's is good too.
Russo's Grill off West Main is a local favorite, although I've never been to the Amsterdam location.
Here's a street view: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9334...i6656?hl=en-US


That area of Amsterdam looks like it has a lot of potential to be filled in with development in order to bring density to that street. It could attract some folks and would allow people to walk to restaurants, as well as highway and Downtown access.
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