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April 23, 2009

Riverboat Commute to Work, May 13 – Albany & Troy

Filed under: #TroyCrazy,Business,Events,Features,News,Troy NY — duncan @ 2:00 pm

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2009

Contact: Duncan Crary 518-274-2723


Dutch Apple Commuter Cruise Re-creates Steamboat Travel in Capital Region

ALBANY, N.Y. – On May 13, riverboat commuter service between Albany and Troy will return to the Capital Region for one special day.

Duncan Crary Communications of Troy has partnered with Dutch Apple Cruises of Albany to host one day of Hudson River commuter service to and from work in Albany and Troy. Commuters may ride the Dutch Apple to Albany or Troy in either direction before and after work.

“Commuting by water is one of the best ways to get to work,” said Duncan Crary, who made local and national headlines in 2007 for canoeing to work in Albany. “This event will demonstrate that the journey from point A to point B can and should be a rewarding experience — and an adventure, too!”

The morning cruise will leave Albany at 6:45 a.m. and arrive in Troy at 7:25 a.m. The boat will leave Troy at 7:40 a.m. and arrive back in Albany at 8:30 a.m. Morning passengers will receive complimentary Times Union newspapers, coffee and bagels. Trolley shuttle service to select downtown locations will be provided to passengers by the City of Troy and the Albany Aqua Ducks.

The after-work cruise will depart Albany at 5:25 p.m. and arrive in Troy at 6:05 p.m. The boat will leave Troy at 6:30 p.m. and arrive back in Albany at 7:10 p.m. The after-work cruise will feature complimentary finger foods, a cash bar and live music by the Clarinet Marmalade (a trio of members from the Skip Parsons Riverboat Jazz Band).

Tickets cost $25 round-trip and $15 one-way. Pleasure passengers are welcome on the morning and after-work cruises, but must board in Albany for a round-trip.

Cruising time between cities will take about 40 minutes, with time for passengers to get off and board in Troy.

“This is going to be a nice, slow, beautiful ride to work,” said Capt. Lou Renna, owner of the Dutch Apple. “People are going to get to work in a different way, without the hustle and bustle of speeding down 787. I think it will be very relaxing.”

Additional support for this event includes a $500 mini grant from The Hudson River Valley Greenway.

“Communities throughout the valley are once again looking to use the river to solve modern problems — to get people out of their cars and into more sustainable modes of transportation,” said Mark Castiglione, acting executive director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway.

“If we have enough passengers, we could take 100 cars off the road,” Renna said. “That would make this a ‘green’ commute.

Though the Dutch Apple is not powered by steam, this event will recreate the 19th and early 20th century experience of Hudson River steamboat travel. Steamboats provided regular passenger service to and from Albany starting with Robert Fulton’s first steamboat voyage in 1807 and lasting until 1948. Some area residents, like Skip Parsons, remember riding the Albany steamboats in their youth.

“My mother’s family lived in Hudson and we went there by steamboat. But only a couple of times,” said Parsons. “I had not realized at the time how exciting it must have been. I guess we thought it would always be a part of life.”

If this May 13 event proves successful and profitable, Renna said the Dutch Apple might offer more commuter days in the future.

Duncan Crary Communications has created a website with information about the cruise and a discussion forum where visitors can hookup with carpoolers and share their river commuting stories.

To purchase tickets, call the Dutch Apple at 518-463-0220.

For information, call Duncan Crary at 518-274-2723 or email

Note: Complimentary media passes are available to those covering this event.


April 6, 2009

Albany Tile Still Selling Dutch Delft Tiles, An Albany Tradition Since 17th Century

Filed under: Business,Features — duncan @ 9:00 am

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2009

Contact: Sarah Carpenter 518-434-0155


Celebrate Quadricentennial With Dutch Delft Tiles at Albany Tile

ALBANY, N.Y. –Delft tiles from Holland have been a part of Albany culture since the earliest Dutch settlers brought them over. One Albany business still sells these iconic blue and white ceramic tiles, imported directly from the Netherlands.

“Incorporating Delft tiles into your home or office tiling project could be a great way to celebrate the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial this year,” said Sarah Carpenter, co-owner of Albany Tile. “You could also use Delft tiles to make a pot rest, a decorative clock or just display a few on your mantle or around the house.”

During the 17th Century, potters in the Delft region of the Netherlands began to imitate the blue and white porcelain, commonly called “China,” that reached Holland from Asia. At first, Dutch craftsman adorned their tiles with Asian scenes. But soon they began to decorate them with more local/regional scenes of windmills, ships, animals, children and floral patterns.

Delft tiles dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries can be found in many historic homes in the upper Hudson Valley. They also surface frequently in archaeological excavations in Albany and can be seen on exhibit at The New York State Museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Fort Crailo and other cultural institutions in the area.

Today, Albany Tile offers an extensive selection of hand-molded and hand-painted Delft tiles imported directly from Harligen, Netherlands.

Though Carpenter said Delft tile isn’t one of the most popular lines carried by her business, she may see an increased interest in the Dutch tiles now that the region is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s 1609 arrival in Albany.

Regardless of whether people are interested in Delft tile or any other kind of ceramic, glass, metal or stone tile, Carpenter said now is a good time for people to invest in tile for their homes.

“The new home market isn’t doing well. But we’re seeing a lot of clients who are excited to upgrade the homes that they have,” Carpenter said. “Tile is a great investment to make in your quality of life. Tile is attractive, durable and easy-to-clean, and it can really help bring the style and aesthetics of your home into the 21st century…even if the tile you choose has its origins in the 17th Century.”

Albany Tile is a 77-year-old, family-owned business located at 452 North Pearl Street in North Albany. This year, Albany Tile opened a newly renovated 5,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art showroom. Albany Tile offers a huge selection of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal and stone tile, with more than 2,500 samples displayed in its North Albany showroom.

While Albany Tile’s selection includes some budget offerings like those seen in the big-box stores, its selection goes much deeper and farther afield. All of the Albany Tile design consultants hold degrees in interior design or art and are eager to help their clients achieve their visions.

For information, visit Call 518-434-0155.