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Memorial Day Weekend 2016 Trip to:
    Hoosac Tunnel in North Adams and Florida, Massachusetts, and
    Two "lost" New York Central Boxcab Electric Locomotives in Glenmont, New York.
  Port of Albany in Albany, New York.
  Nipper in Albany, New York.
  Funeral Chapel in Averill Park (Troy area), New York.
  Whiting Trackmobile in Adams, Massachusetts.
  Mazzeo's in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Some people write Christmas letters, some post (we)blogs, and some are, in effect, incommunicado.  Since so much of my 500+ page website is much like a Single-Author Blog anyway, I will continue in my established (and comfortable - for me) style.

This may well be the beginning of an odd set of pages in that it will be open-ended in BOTH directions, chronologically. To that end (pun), the numbering will extend forward with Continuation Pages 1, 2, 3, etc. and backward with Continuation Pages -1, -2, -3, etc.  This, the "0" page, will start us off with my just-ended Memorial Day Weekend 2016 trip of 27-30 May 2016 to the Berkshires and to Albany, New York.

On Memorial Day weekend, 28, 29, and 30 May 2016, I had occasion to be in far north-western Massachusetts with nothing else to do, so I carefully planned two day trips out of Lenox, one to the Hoosac Tunnel and one to the two "lost" New York Central boxcab electric locomotives just south of Albany, New York.

"Carefully planned" did NOT include printing out detailed maps (as is my wont) until the last moment, just as we were preparing to leave, at which point the printer (my wife's) ran out of ink!  There wasn't enough time to find and install a new cartridge nor to reactivate and connect to my own printer which had been idle since my open-heart surgery kept me out of my cellar office (it's a huge laser printer, far too big and heavy to move readily).  No matter - I was taking my laptop along and couold always look at Google Maps in my motel room.  HA!

The very first night out, I ate dinner at a Chinese restaurant just a mile north of the motel and was greeted by this placard:

[cropped from 27 May 2016 picture by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Bet you never knew Sam Adams was an imported beer, did you?  All the way from Boston, no less!

My motel, north of Lenox, while moderately priced and yet very nicely-furnished, had a fatal flaw - negligible WiFi reception in the rooms and erratic and S-L-O-O-O-O-W reception in the lobby!  I ended up with hand-drawn maps - all quite nifty - so it seemed.

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Hoosac Tunnel -

Per Wikipedia (edited), the Hoosac Tunnel is a 4¾-mile active railroad tunnel in western Massachusetts that passes through the Hoosac Range, an southward extension of Vermont's Green Mountains.  The project began in 1851 and ended in 1875; at completion, it was the world's second-longest tunnel, after the 8½-mile Mont Cenis Tunnel through the French Alps and the longest tunnel in North America until completion of the Connaught Tunnel under Rogers Pass in British Columbia in 1916 and remains the longest active transportation tunnel east of the Rocky Mountains (now you know).

An earlier attempt at tunneling under the Range was begun in 1854 and then headed in 1855 by noted engineer Herman Haupt (about whom more later) but was thwarted by political interests, ruining Haupt; work began again in earnest in 1863.

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Not too terribly bright, nor early, I set out Saturday morning, 28 May 2016, for North Adams and Florida and the Hoosac Tunnel.  I had driven up to the West Portal in North Adams ca. 1954, so I contented myself with merely "passing by" the area and headed directly out Route 2, the Mohawk Trail, to Florida.  The very first thing that occurred as I headed out of town was that I strated climbing up a VERY steep hill and then hit a hairpin bend with a restaurant "with a view" (the Golden Eagle).  DING!  I'd been here before, several times, long ago.  I was climbing the Hill at North Adams, one of America's most famous scenic road venues!

Once over the Hill (unintentional pun), I drove a beautiful road into Florida - well, I assume it was Florida.  There was a sign for a Florida Public Library and a Florida Town Hall, but precious little else, so I continued down the road about five miles to the Mohawk Park, across the Deerfield River, and a very-sharp left turn onto the road to Zoar.  Backtracking west some five miles through Zoar brings us to the road to Rowe to the right; I've known of Rowe Camp and Conference Center all of my adult life but never realized just where it was.  Continuing 5.4 miles past the intersection and we're at the East Portal of the Hoosac Tunnel (on the left).  There's a place to park and it's only a few steps to the NO TRESPASSING sign and a clear {?} shot at the portal.

The tracks and the tunnel are the property of the PanAm Railroad and there didn't seem to be any traffic at all but there was a miasma of diesel fumes in and around the entrance.  I struck up a conversation with a knowledgeable gentleman [Pete, a construction supervisor, who drove a 2002 Harley Lo-Rider in hideous (however authentic) metallic sparkle green and cream]. He said there hadn't been a train in several hours but that the fumes lingered in spite of the twin fans at the Central Shaft.

[02 Jun 2016 satellite view by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

The ambient air temperature was above 90°F but the air coming out of the bore was quite cold; Pete thought it holds at a steady 56°F year 'round.  When the wind blew strongly west-to-east, a blast of chill air would come out of the portal, accompanied by a dense cloud of fumes.  Naturally, I managed to snap my cell-phone picture at just such a moment and was unable to see the result clearly on the miniature screen in brillant sunlight, so you can't read the white-painted date 1877 above the portal.  In fact, you can barely make out the portal itself.  Doesn't it figure?  You CAN see the fumes, though, at the right:

[28 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Even enlarged it's not much better (if at all), except for those fumes:

[enlarged 28 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Here's what I SHOULD have pictured (if a wee bit colder):

[Although the tunnel opened to traffic in 1875, the portal wasn't added until 1877.]

and here's the location:


The blasts of air and fumes invariably were accompanied by a rush of choking, gasping, trespassers - fools who risked their lives for the kick of entering the tunnel in spite of it being an active rail line (and so posted)!  Pete recalled a day years ago when two mountain bikers emerged all blackened and badly gashed and bloodied; they’d biked in from the West Portal, thinking it was only a quarter-mile long (it’s actually 4¾ miles) and getting caught by no less than four fast freights and having their headlamp batteries die early on.

Pete told me about the "Hoot, Toot & Whistle", the Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington, a 25 mile long 3' narrow gauge line built in 1875 from the Tunnel to Wilmington, Vermont; he said they claimed to be "shorter than the Santa Fé but just as wide!.

I then decided to take the scenic route northwest through the Monroe State Forest which was fine until, a few miles beyond Monroe Bridge, a sign welcomed me to Vermont!  Vermont?  I'd missed my turn and, gawking at the bridge and dam, never noticed.  By the time I sorted all that out and got back to North Adams, it was a little late to go hiking in the woods and so I simply took a shot of the entry to the 4WD trail that leads off eastern Church Street/Route 8A to the West Portal:

[28 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

I wasn't too upset about missing the West Portal because I'd been there so many years ago; more on this follows.  Just to be sure I was in the right location, I circumnavigated the entire West Portal area - Church Street to West Shaft Road to Mohawk Trail (20) and back to Church Street - no question; that was it.

I spent Sunday in the Albany area (below). 

Well, Dame Fortune smiled (however briefly) because on Monday morning things turned out sucb that I had most of the day free, so I headed right back up to North Adams.  On the way into town, I stopped at the Western Gateway Heritage Park to visit their museum, which I had been told has a fabulous display about the Hoosac Tunnel.  It was Memorial Day, a perfect day for tourism, and they were CLOSED!  I'm not quite sure which is stupider - being closed on a prime holiday or my not thinking to check first!  O. K. - off to Church Street again.  Under the PanAm (ex-B&M) bridge leading to the Tunnel:

PanAmBrN PanAmBrS
[Google Maps Street View images]
Looking South (from No. Adams) || Looking North (toward No. Adams)
[tunnel off to left || tunnel off to right]

and just past Morrison Berkshire Inc. on the right and there's the dirt road on the left:

[cropped from 28 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Parking safely off the highway, I started off with these two pix of the gate posts:

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[30 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Note that there is no posting and that the gate is wide open - welcome!

The trail starts off climbing and bends right, revealing a rather bucolic roadway of packed dirt and loose rock; then there's a three-way fork:

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[30 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Three roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference (with minimal apologies to Robert Frost).  To the left, past dumped garbage, a few paces lead to the RoW; straight ahead is rather rough but heads for the West Portal, and to the right is a frame building, and I, I took the road less traveled by (straight ahead).

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[30 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Now things get a wee bit rugged and all of a sudden, the 4WD trail peters out at a VERY strange apparition, which I, in my surprise, took for the abandoned Haupt heading; the opening closer up; and the foot trail going up and over:

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[30 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Jerry Kelley advises that the path does indeed continue on as the 4WD trail, up and over the top of the West Portal; I can only assume some major washouts occurred here (or 4WD vehicle balanced on 2W!).   added (06 Jun 2016)

At this point, I just plain wimped out; I'm certifiably elderly (not to mention in other ways), somewhat infirm, and had left my hiking poles in the car, never dreaming I would be on anything other than a gently-sloped 4WD trail.  Besides, I was alone and couldn't risk a turned ankle or worse and there was NO WAY I could negotiate that razor's edge trail ahead, even WITH poles.

Well, Jerry Kelley tells me I was right the first time - that odd cave or whatever IS, in fact, the 1855 Haupt heading! ' So, in a way, I was at a shrine to one of my childhood heeee-roes, Herman Haupt.  Haupt, a graduate of the U.S.M.A. at West Point, rose to be a primary design engineer for several early railroads, designed and patented a novel bridge, the Haupt Truss, two of which still stand.   rev (05 Jun 2016)

Haupt Truss from Pat. No. US1445 A, 27 Dec 1839

Haupt was a professor of mathematics and engineering, and then chief engineer of the PRR; he was appointed as a General and as Chief of Construction and Transportation for the U. S. Military Railroad in the Virginia theater during the Civil War.  Lincoln remarked, "That man Haupt has built a bridge four hundred feet long and one hundred feet high, across Potomac Creek, on which loaded trains are passing every hour, and upon my word, gentlemen, there is nothing in it but cornstalks and beanpoles."

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"Cornstalks and Beanpoles"

Regardless, I retraced my steps to the three-way intersection and headed to the right towards the frame building, across a small, almost-buried bridge over a slough.  The building is in fair shape and has a tack-welded ¼" {?} steel plate floor over the joists, with several neat openings.  Once again, the trail peters out (quits cold, rather), at the far (east) side of the house, at a small concrete dam across the brook:

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[30 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Picturesque spot!  This building housed a hydropower generating plant for the western workings [built by Sprague Capacitor (per Jerry Kelley, 06 Jun 2016)].   rev (06 Jun 2016)

Should you wish more information about the Hoosac Tunnel, I heartily recommend:

    Marc Howes's Hoosac Tunnel.net


    Jerry Kelley's Hoosac Tunnel - Then and Now

An interesting aside (to me, at any rate), here; a North Adams police officer to whom I spoke told me that there is no way I could have driven right up to the West Portal, or even very near to it, and that Pan Am now frowns on trespassers.  I wonder what I am remembering, or mis-remembering?

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Two "lost" New York Central Boxcab Electric Locomotives, in Glenmont, New York -

These are two very historic old electric locomotives, the original S-1 Motor #100 and the only surviving T-3a Motor #279, that had been magnificently restored but later left to rot, to molder away, on an abandoned rail spur south of Albany, New York; their story is told on my New York Central Boxcab Locomotives page.

The next day, Sunday, 29 Apr 2016, I set out for Glenmont, just 3½ miles south of Albany, New York; not far, actually - only 40 road miles from the motel in Lenox.  I took Route 20 north and west in order to dawdle (as opposed to racing along via the Turnpike/Thruway).  Almost at once, I started seeing old cars, magnificently-restored cars of the '50s and '60s, many muscle cars and a few old-time hot rods, plus a smattering here and there of gigantic old GM convertibles.  Most were heading east but some were going the other way.  Just after passing Hancock, Massachusetts, with its Shaker Village and big circular barn, which I remembered having visited perhaps 50 years ago, and crossing the NY State line, I came upon the Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, NY, in full holiday tilt.  I'm not sure if I EVER saw so many pickup trucks in one spot (at least they had no Stars and Bars or racked rifles)!  Happily for me, there was virtually no raceway traffic on the road but, oddly, the old cars were neither stopping at, nor emanating from, the Speedway; they just sped on by in BOTH directions.

Once across the Hudson River in downtown Albany, I turned south on Route 32 (NOT an elegant neighborhood) and thence to Route 144, the River Road, looking for Glenmont Road and then Anders Lane on the right:

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[29 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Having located them three miles south of 20, I crossed the bridge skewed across the old NY Central West Shore Line a quarter mile further on and there was the PSE&G (Public Service Electric and Gas) Bethlehem Energy Center dead ahead (Bethlehem is immediately south of Glenmont).  If any of the details interest you, the old locomotives I sought are languishing in the weeds just north of PSE&G's fence on an abandoned track, as documented in great detail on my NY Central boxcabs page:

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[29 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Having studied the area by satellite views and having my hand-drawn paper maps to guide me, I knew just how to proceed (suuuure I did!).  After photographing the PSE&G sign, I made a T-turn in their driveway and parked just south of the RR bridge, at a dirt vehicle access road just north of the PSE&G fence:

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Glenmont-Bethlehem Area || close-up of Glenmont Area [29 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

In both views, the arrows at left are, top-to-bottom, the RR bridge, the access road, and the PSE&G north fence line, plus the PSE&G Bethlehem Energy Center at the bottom on the left view; the arrow at the right on both views is the location of the two locos.

From my parking spot, there's the RR bridge just to the north:

[29 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Here are the access road and the PSE&G north fence (looking east):

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Access Road || PSE&G North Fence Line
[Google Maps Street View images]

Note the heavy grade uphill to the left and the power pylon and pole high beyond the access gate.  That gate is NOT posted; it simply bars vehicles.  So, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and off I went.  Well, it didn't take very long before I realized I was in for more than a casual stroll through some brush!  Once I'd crested the hill and arrived at the pylon, I realized that the terrain was remarkably rough and I returned to the car to get my hiking poles; I'd already donned heavy boots.

Satellite views give no indication of verticality and what look like N-S streaks turned out to be ridges; in my dismay, I completely forgot to document what I saw.  Be that as it may, since I could not find any way to head east to the locos, I slogged through southerly, dropping down some 40' to the north fence of PSE&G.  Easy!  I'll just follow the narrow patch along the fence.  Oh, yeah!  Look at what I ran into some 50' east:

PSE&G Fence
[29 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

The tracks are there, all right, but some 15' straight down!  At my age and in my physical condition, and not having a convenient sky hook, I had no resort but to climb monkey-style down the fence!  Since that wasn't gonna happen, I had to give up.  By the time I got back to the car, I was too far gone to even consider hiking down along the abandoned RoW from Albany and back (and CERTAINLY not alone).  Here's what they SHOULD have looked like (and twice did) and what I WOULD have seen:

NYC S-1 #100/T-3 #278 D&H Yd Colonie 1984
(1984 image, as restored, from the collection of W. Koch - all rights reserved)

T-3 #278/NYC S-1 #100 Glenmont 2012 NYC S-1 #100/T-3 #278 Glenmont 2012
(2012 images by M. Brotzman - all rights reserved)
Left - NYC T-3a #278 || Right - NYC S-1 #100
{So much for historical preservation!}

Sooooo, I relaxed a bit and then drove north along the river to the Port of Albany.

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Port of Albany in Albany, New York - the Port of Albany is a major deepwater port 150 miles north of the mouth of the Hudson River in New York City, best known to me as the shipping point for General Electric's large steam-turbine generators.  They are carried on gigantic, super-heavy, multi-axle trailers on on even-more-gigantic railcars to pierside, where they are loaded by huge, heavy-lift cranes, either dockside or shipborne, into the holds of special jumbo heavy-lift ships, one such, the Stellamare, turned over as the load overswung in the Port of Albany on 09 Dec 2003 (with the loss of three Russian crewmen):

Stellamare being raised after capsizing (note single dock crane).

Further, the tracks that run down to PSE&G's Bethlehem plant and the "lost" NYC locos (above) originate at the Port:

[03 Jun 2016 map by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Tracks or abandoned rights-of-way run down both sides of Normans Kill and the eastern line crosses it just northeast of the end of Glenmont Road and north of PSE&G.

So, as you can readily see, I have many reasons to find the Port of Albany of interest.  I started out at the south end to trace the rights of way of the tracks that service PSE&G and the abandoned track on which the old locos sit.

First, I ran down to the southern end of the Port and took shots of the end of track:

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Left - Looking southeast at the end of the abandoned spur. ||    || Right - Looking further north.
Center - Looking north at same [the active line is at the left (west)].

Driving north into the Port proper, I spotted their caboose/rider car/hack/whatever behind the fence and their EMD SW-9 #13 (really):

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#13 was PRR #8531 (s.n 16736 4170-13>
(they also have #12, ex-PRR #8522 (s/n 6733 4170-10)

Unfortunately, I somehow managed to lose a shot I took (by sticking my cellphone through a Cyclone fence) of a huge multi-axle trailer sitting by the two cranes but I've substituted a shot I took earlier of a similar, if smaller, rig:

[Faked Port of Albany Multi-Axle Trailer (no load or tractor)]
[reversed 28 Jul 2011 photo by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]
It looked sort of like this trailer but with three sets of quad axles, and then some!

Lastly, I took shots of the Port's TWO huge Liebherr 400 cranes which I'd seen from a distance:

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[29 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Please do NOT ask me how they came out almost identical!  Note that, unlike in the picture of the Stellamare above, there are two such cranes now, the same blue one and another in non-descript regalia.

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NIPPER in Albany (Menands), New York -

Driving away from the Port of Albany, I thought I'd run up along the river to Troy to revisit old haunts from 1953-55, especially RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).  On the way north on Broadway, Route 32, I spotted a familiar image high atop a building in the distance:

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[29 May 2016 pictures by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

That's 991 Broadway in Menands and the story of how Berliner's/RCA Victor's trademark dog Nipper got up there is worth repeating (courtesy of Arnoff Moving & Storage - heavily edited to leave out the details about the Nipper trademark which already appear on this site).

Arnoff Moving & Storage, a five-generation firm, owns the old RTA building (a former RCA distributor).  In 1954, the Nipper statue (which is 25-feet high, weighs 4 tons, and has a steel frame and composite body) was erected via crane to its current perch, complete with an aerial beacon ascending from his left ear* because of his height.  Nipper has the great distinction of being the largest man-made dog in the world.

When the Arnoff family purchased this building in 1997, the Albany community was very concerned about the future of their beloved Nipper, fearing that he might be dismantled by the new owners.  Local politicians, community members, and reporters demanded answers to their questions about Nipper’s fate, and Arnoff Moving & Storage responded by not only completely renovating the building, but by restoring Nipper, as well, to his previous glory.  This delighted the Albany community and all those who love him from around the world.

The history of 991 Broadway, according to Duncan E. Hay of the Northeast Museum Services Center, begins circa 1912 - "This reinforced-concrete building was constructed around 1912 to house the manufacturing operations of the American Gas Meter Company.  In 1958 it became the home of RTA, distributors of RCA electrical appliances.  About that time a twenty-five-foot, four-ton statue of Nipper, the symbol of the Victor Company, was erected on the roof.  The statue was built by the W. L. Stansgaard Company of Chicago, shipped on railroad flat cars in five sections, and erected by James McKinney and Company using a ten-story crane."

[Satellite image of 991 and Nipper by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

* - You know, that "aerial beacon ascending from his left ear" just didn't seem right, so I went to Street View and looked up and, sure enough, the beacon is on Nipper's RIGHT ear!   new (18 Jul 2018)

[Street View with Aerial Beacon]

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Funeral Chapel in Averill Park (Troy area), New York -

After Albany/Menands, I crossed the Hudson to Troy and toured RPI and then, hoping to find the old diner where I used to eat (if one can call pork or chicken croquettes bathed in yellow gravy on a bed of mashed "eating") out on the "Wynantskill Road", I took scenic NY State Route 66 out of town.  The diner is probably long gone but I continued south-easterly out to Glass Lake where I found the Perry-Komdat Funeral Chapel on Route 66-cum-43 in Averill Park, New York,  My father and grandfather were noted Manhattan Funeral Directors and Dad owned the Universal Funeral Chapel at 597 Lexington Avenue, so I'm a wee bit sensitized to the word "Chapel" and look at what I found at Glass Lake:

[29 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Now, you've GOTTA admit that THAT's a Funeral Chapel what's REALLY a CHAPEL!

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Whiting Trackmobile in Adams, Massachusetts -

Each time I passed through Adams on Route 20, I noted the Specialty Minerals plant across from LIME Road; what made me take especial notice (other than that they keep the place spic and span) was that they use a Whiting Trackmobile for in-plant switching and it was sitting out by the road.

[28 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

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Mazzeo's in Pittsfield, Massachusetts -

My fabulous barbers for most of my adult life were the late Bart Mazzeo and his son, Joe Mazzeo, of Barts Barber Shop at 272 Sea Cliff Avenue in Sea Cliff, New York.  So, when I had passed and repassed Mazzeo's Ristorante on Route 20 at the south end of Pittsfield several times, I finally spun around and took this shot:

[30 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Tony and Michael Mazzeo run a "second generation family-owned authentic Italian restaurant" where they "have been serving generations of families, locals and tourists in the heart of the Berkshires since 1988".

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[This yarn took longer to assemble than the actual trip!]

And so, wandering eastward from the "Berks", we ended the weekend with dinner in Northampton, where I used to visit my niece at Smith College, and thence home.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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