After the Schenectady Christmas Parade, all the stores would be open late
and we would go look at the window displays. The Carl Company would try
to out do their window display, which were always great! Carls also had
the best Santa in their toy department! Do you remember the peanut store
that was just a few doors down from Carls? You'd walk by there and smell
the roasted nuts and Mr. Peanut would be standing out front with free
samples! Christmas was a great time in Downtown Schenectady! It's just not
walking around the freak show at Rotterdam Square Mall!
From: Stephen G. Myers [mailto:Knixrule1@...
Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2002 5:47 PM
Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Remembering Downtown
It must be the snow on the ground and the Christmas lights, but at
this time every year I remember (miss) the hustling bustling downtown
Schenectady. My mother would drag me from store to store, the windows
would be animated with reindeer and Santa, the sidewalks would be snowy,
church bells and salvation Army kettles would chime out, and all the
pretty Christmas lights would shine in the snowy evening. When I watch
"Miracle On 34TH Street", or hear "Downtown", or "City Sidewalks" on the
radio, I am taken back to Schenectady, New York in the 1960's.