2019 Albany Pop-Up Tour – Broadway

BROADWAY, once the easternmost street of the stockaded city was always a center of commercial activity. As the city expanded northward after the American Revolution, Broadway became the southern end of the Watervliet Turnpike, which paralleled the Hudson River for about eight miles to its northern terminus in present-day Watervliet. About one mile north of downtown, the vast estate of the Van Rensselaer family was located Just east of Broadway. This family had owned over 240,000 acres – the entire land area now occupied by Albany and Rensselaer counties. In the late 19th century, due to its location near the Erie Canal and the Delaware and Hudson Railroad main line, Broadway began to experience large-scale industrial development; this may explain why the area became the location for truck showrooms constructed in the first quarter of the 20th century.

893 Broadway

893 Broadway

Miss Albany Diner (now Tanpopo Ramen)
952 Broadway

952 Broadway

Redmond & Bramey Oil Company
991 Broadway

991 Broadway

Nipper
1032 Broadway

1032 Broadway

New: Clide Automobile Company
1064 Broadway

1064 Broadway

Mack Truck Sales
1201 Broadway

1201 Broadway

Albany Rail Company Streetcar Shed
1268 Broadway

1268 Broadway

J. Becker & Sons
5 Wolfert Avenue

5 Wolfert Avenue

(Gone) GM Truck & Coach Division
14 Broadway

14 Broadway

(Gone) Capitol City Motor Cars
100 Broadway

100 Broadway

Mid-City Shopping Center
150 Broadway

150 Broadway

Montgomery Ward(s)
245 Broadway

245 Broadway

Stone Gas Station
397 Broadway

397 Broadway

(Gone) Elsie the Cow
540 Broadway

540 Broadway

International Harvester Building
590 Broadway

590 Broadway

(Gone) Tri-City Twin Drive-In