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Saratoga Heritage

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Featured, General, Slideshow, Spring 2014 | Comments Off

Saratoga Heritage

The historic preservation movement in the United States is often said to have begun with the fight to save Pennsylvania Station in New York City, which was demolished in 1963. For Saratoga Springs, the watershed moment took place in February 1968, when concerned residents came together to halt the attempt by a chain called Dutch Inns of America to build a 150-room hotel in the city’s beautiful Congress Park. The company was taking advantage of an ill-conceived piece of legislation conjured up by city fathers in 1957 to increase the dwindling stock of hotel...

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Heal Together

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Featured, Slideshow, Spring 2014 | Comments Off

Heal Together

For more than 200 years, when the first bathhouse went up at the Old Red Spring, health-minded folks have been dipping into the naturally carbonated waters of Saratoga Springs. In 2012, the Roosevelt Baths and Spa in Saratoga Spa State Park turned the taps for 10,000 baths, says Spa director Kimberly Rossi. In 2013, those numbers bubbled upward, approaching 15,000. Mineral baths aren’t the only health and wellness treatments in town. Saratoga Springs has six yoga studios, more than 30 yoga teachers and many other practitioners devoted to healing the mind and...

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Bright Future

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Bright Future

Certain parts of Saratoga Springs are “like a block out of New York City,” where all the amenities of day-to-day living—services, food, coffee, entertainment—are within walking distance of residential spaces, says Barry Potoker, executive director of Saratoga Builders Association. “You don’t have to go anywhere.” He terms it the “residential effect: people want to be closer to downtown.” The idea of living where you live—rather than commuting—is a national trend that finds plenty of examples in downtown Saratoga Springs. It is a different...

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Driving with the Chief

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Featured, General, Slideshow, Spring 2014 | Comments Off

Driving with the Chief

Richard Carbin was 16 when he rode his Schwinn bicycle the 16 miles from Scotia to drive around with his “Uncle Paddy” every weekend and some weekdays during summer vacation in the late 1940s. “My mom and dad never owned a car,” he said. With lazy days of summer looming, his mom asked Saratoga Springs Police Chief Patrick F. Rox—his second cousin, who was 15 years older—to “get this kid off my back” and take him to Saratoga. “I love cars,” says Carbin, who will be 81 in April, and has homes in Florida and Saratoga Springs. After riding around in the chief’s cruiser for a...

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The Olympic Connection

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Featured, Slideshow, Winter 2014 | Comments Off

The Olympic Connection

Maurice “Dick” Severino of Saratoga Springs and his German Shepard Gallant in a bobsled at Mount Van Hoevenberg near Lake Placid. Severino was a member of the 1952 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team and Gallant served as the mascot and accompanied the team to the Olympics at Oslo, Norway. Lake Placid Olympic Museum Collection A group of Saratoga Winter Club members ride a float in a downtown parade in a photograph that appeared in the 1938 City Directory. Saratoga Springs native Erin Porter Bembry was a member of the U.S. National Team and two American Olympic teams during her...

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The Brownings and Yaddo

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Slideshow, Winter 2014 | Comments Off

The Brownings and Yaddo

Robert "Pen" Browning, Joan of Art and Kingfisher, 1886. Robert "Pen" Browning, Portrait of Robert Browning, 1889. Robert Browning and his wife, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning   In upstate New York in the 1880s and ’90s, and in much of the country, the Victorian poet Robert Browning (1812-1889) was the “lion” of the day, widely read and discussed. His standing with the general public was second to none, including Shakespeare. In Saratoga Springs, Browning and his wife, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, were admired by the town’s upper class,...

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