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Thursday, November 10, 2016

My Childhood Neighborhood is Disappearing.... In Colonie, New York

I am 60 years old and have seen stores and restaurants come and go.  I've seen malls knocked down and big box stores built in their place.  During an extended visit to Capital District, I visited my childhood neighborhood.  I lived near Central Avenue, a major commercial area, in Colonie between Lisha Kill Road and New Karner Road (Route 155).

Much has changed....

Everyone in Colonie ate at Veeder's Restaurant at one time throughout the 1960s, '70s and the '80s. After the restaurant closed, the building housed The Lighting Place for at least 15 years.






This family restaurant is being
remade into Cannon Funeral
Home.











The former Blu Bell Motel
has been expanded & is
now the Best Value Inn.






This motel and the Sky Lane Motel, up the street house people who are in transition.  Some are convicted sex offenders.  





firehouse has been razed
& a new one is under
construction.










is for sale.

This restaurant was one of
my favorites for decades.





Mr. and Mrs. Hartman lived here for many years.  They enjoyed gardening and were very proud of the plants and flours they grew in their greenhouse.




The building had deteriorated
to the point that it was not
habitable for the tenants
who lived here.





The owner, Alex Patel, agreed to pay to have the building leveled in exchange for forgiveness of a $750,000.00 fine and jail time.






stands on the site of the
Tick Tock Tavern.






The tavern was taken down sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s and sat empty for many years.





& KMart have been razed
for a major construction
project.











This large building will become

1 comment:

Janis's Blog Spot said...

Hello! I found this blog and was wondering if you could find any old pictures of the Tick Tock back in the day. My Aunt and Uncle ran the Tick Tock. I created a Facebook page in rememberance of our favorite bar! You can see it here
https://www.facebook.com/thetickee/
I so want a picture of the front outside.
I love your blog! Brought back many memories. 😊

Thank you!

Janis