Natural Resources

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Former Farnham Firehouse site

Two contiguous vacant parcels afford the closest and most dramatic view of the upper Poesten Kill and the deep gorge it has eroded through solid rock.  At one point the vertiginous cliff is a mere 10 feet from the curb, with only a guard rail and an historic iron fence separating passersby from a drop of roughly 100 feet.  While the spectacular view is easily seen by pedestrians, the natural formations below are invisible to passing motorists, whose view is limited to houses along Linden Avenue on the opposite bank.  This spot is a classic example of a site being hidden in plain view, particularly since much of it is overgrown with brush and small to medium sized trees growing out of the cliff wall.

Conclusion

The Congress Street corridor contains a unique cluster of natural resources.  Its spacious park, relatively undeveloped gorge, and natural beauty provide opportunities for recreational activities unparalled elsewhere in the city of Troy.  These features could be a central part of the neighborhood’s revitalization, to the benefit of residents and visitors alike.  It is truly a case where nature is right at the community’s back door.

Recommendations on page 7.

The Pawling Avenue Bridge over the Poesten Kill has been in use since 1875.  The bridge carried trolley cars until the 1920s, when automobiles began to be widely available to American households.  The bridge was later restored by Ryan-Biggs Associates, retaining the original rock-faced sides. (Photo by T.A.Gobert, 2007)
This view from Poesten Kill Park, on the south side of the gorge, juxtaposes the natural beauty of the area with the architecture of Mount Ida in the background.  The topography has lent itself to industry, recreation, community and home for generations of Trojans.  (Photo by T.A.Gobert, 2007)

 

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