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Old 02-21-2010, 12:13 AM
 
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I will have all day to hang out waiting for an Amtrak train. Where is better to hang out: Schenectady or Albany/Rensselaer. I can board the train at either Schenectady or Rensselaer. I basically like to walk around the city.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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The albany/Rensselear train station is nice if you want to hang out INSIDE the station all day. It's not located in downtown Albany, and it would be a little tough to try to walk to downtown. If you're willing to take a cab, then Albany would be a much nicer downtown to be walking around, being the capital of NY and all. There's Washington Park and the museum, as well as some nice architecture.

The Schenectady train station is a dump. It's old, it smells, it's tiny. You wouldn't want to hang out there for more time than necessary. However, it's right in downtown Schenectady. There isn't a whole lot down there. If there's anything going on at the Palace theater the day you're waiting, you could catch a show. Other than that, I don't think there's a whole lot to see. Maybe Union College or The GE plant.

I would definitely pick the Albany train station. At least it will feel safe and clean. If you don't feel like taking a cab to downtown Albany, you can at least watch TV, or bring an Ipod and listen in a rather comfortable environment. You can still walk around outside to get some exercise. There might be a few old stores here and there, but it's a bit more residential. I only suggest a cab because there are some highways and a river to cross, if you want to get over to downtown Albany.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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I can't compare the two stations. But the Sch'dy station as Cigarboo said is a dump, BUT there are several things you can do from that station. You could walk to the Stockade, The historic stockade (http://www.historicstockade.com/historic_stockade.htm - broken link) which is gorgeous to stroll around, you could go into the Historical Society Schenectady County Historical Society - Home (there is a fee), walk along the river a bit. Arthurs I believe you could get a sandwich. The Sch'dy Co Library is also w/in walking distance, look at books, newspapers, magazines for a bit to warm up. Walk into the Proctor's theater, see inside, it's beautiful if you can peak in. Get some Italian pastry at Civitello's on N. Jay St. or Villa Italia on Broadway. For a further walk you could go to the Sch'dy Museum & Planatarium Schenectady Museum > Suits-Bueche Planetarium (also a fee). I like looking in Open Door Bookstore & the Gift Shop on Jay St. I love crepes at Chez Daisie, burritos at Bombers, look at the few shops up & down Jay & State. Not a lot, but a few interesting ones. Pizza at the Pizza King, on Jay. Visit City Hall, it's really beautiful inside. Not my cup of tea but there is now a cigar bar place on Erie. Inside Proctor's there is a coffee shop, sorry I can't remember the name, but they have free wi-fi. If you want to take a cab you could have them drive you up to Union College, walk around that area, or drive over to the GE plots. Oh more food places I like are Thai Bistro, Pinhead Susan's, Van Dyke.
Here's a nice map w/points of interest http://www.downtownschenectady.org/d...ding_09_LR.pdf
Sorry my message is so scattered, just writing as I think of stuff. I'd also try contacting the Chamber, they might have ideas for you too. Good luck!
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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I can't compare the two stations. But the Sch'dy station as Cigarboo said is a dump, BUT there are several things you can do from that station. You could walk to the Stockade, The historic stockade (http://www.historicstockade.com/historic_stockade.htm - broken link) which is gorgeous to stroll around, you could go into the Historical Society Schenectady County Historical Society - Home (there is a fee), walk along the river a bit. Arthurs I believe you could get a sandwich. The Sch'dy Co Library is also w/in walking distance, look at books, newspapers, magazines for a bit to warm up. Walk into the Proctor's theater, see inside, it's beautiful if you can peak in. Get some Italian pastry at Civitello's on N. Jay St. or Villa Italia on Broadway. For a further walk you could go to the Sch'dy Museum & Planatarium Schenectady Museum > Suits-Bueche Planetarium (also a fee). I like looking in Open Door Bookstore & the Gift Shop on Jay St. I love crepes at Chez Daisie, burritos at Bombers, look at the few shops up & down Jay & State. Not a lot, but a few interesting ones. Pizza at the Pizza King, on Jay. Visit City Hall, it's really beautiful inside. Not my cup of tea but there is now a cigar bar place on Erie. Inside Proctor's there is a coffee shop, sorry I can't remember the name, but they have free wi-fi. If you want to take a cab you could have them drive you up to Union College, walk around that area, or drive over to the GE plots. Oh more food places I like are Thai Bistro, Pinhead Susan's, Van Dyke.
Here's a nice map w/points of interest http://www.downtownschenectady.org/d...ding_09_LR.pdf
Sorry my message is so scattered, just writing as I think of stuff. I'd also try contacting the Chamber, they might have ideas for you too. Good luck!
What about the Upper Union area too?
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Upper Union Street Business Improvement District|Upper Union Street Business Improvement District
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Old 02-25-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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The Alb/Rens station is nicer inside but not on a locale you want to walk around or find anything to do in the area Schdy is not a nice station but many things to do in a 1/2 mile radius variety of restaurants, small stores and shop, movie theate,r historical sites etc
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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There's a bus that goes into Albany from the train station. I believe it goes to the Plaza. It definitely goes somewhere near/in downtown though. That runs $3 for a round trip. Not bad really, much cheaper than a cab. And much nicer and more interesting that Schenectady (and I really do like Schenectady).
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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The Albany/Renss. train station is new, large, has a coffee shop, an eating area and a high presence of both city and county law enforcement. It is safe and airy. Schen. is small, dismal, has almost no police presence and only one Amtrak Staffer usually.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:24 AM
 
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I vote for albany train station. It's nice, clean and has free wifi.
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