December 2013 Inspirational Place of the Month – Schenectady, New York


Inspired by Margaret’s son Julian’s recent run of performances at Proctor’s theater in downtown Schenectady, December’s inspirational place is the city of Schenectady in upstate New York. Although most people think of Albany when they think about the Capital District of New York, Schenectady is an entity of its own. Steeped in history and accomplishment, Schenectady is home to Thomas Edison’s General Electric Company. Schenectady is also where George Westinghouse invented the rotary engine and air brakes and where the American Locomotive Works once made steam and diesel locomotives to transport freight across the country.

Today, Schenectady is not only known for the General Electric Company and its rich history but also for its vibrant downtown and cultural life. Among the City’s landmarks and tourist attractions is Central Park’s rose garden and free summer concert series, the historic Stockade neighborhood, and Proctors Theater and the surrounding downtown area. The beautiful Proctors Theater’s main stage is home to many broadway shows, concerts and ballets throughout the year. Proctors also hosts the GE theater (the perfect smaller venue for off broadway productions and concerts) and a movie theater. In the winter months, a green market takes place in the Proctors Theater arcade area.
The surrounding downtown of Schenectady area boasts a variety of restaurants and cafe’s including the iconic “Ambition” cafe on nearby Jay Street, two hotels and a science museum. It is conveniently accessible via Amtrak train. For further information, please visit