HISTORIC LOCATIONS HONORED

Bruce A. Scruton
Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: B8

Date: Monday, May 3, 2004

Albany Four city locations were honored Sunday with the second annual Sense of Place awards at the Albany History Fair. While centered around the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Clinton Avenue and Broadway, some activities moved out, like a walking tour of Lock 1 of the Erie Canal or downtown looking at early 1800s architecture.


While this was the fifth year of the History Fair, it was the second for the Sense of Place awards. This year's honorees were Bleecker Park, nominated by the Mansion Neighborhood Association; Historic Center Square, from Center Square Neighborhood Association; Boulevard Cafeteria, from St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church; and Hodge-Podge Books, submitted by Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association.


In addition to the walking tours, the visitors center's displays were open and there were video presentations in the center's planetarium.


There also was the ``Big Dig,'' a large sawdust pit filled with gift certificates and meant to represent an archaeological dig.


Duck Tours also was on hand for motorized tours of the city, including a view from the Hudson River, as well as horse-and-carriage tours.