Schenectady Rubble A Pile of Opportunity, City Says

By Pug Ransom

Published July 12th, 2015

Image of the Route 5 construction mishap near Erie Blvd.

SCHENECTADY — The city’s plan to rid the community of eyesores hit a snag Friday when laborers misunderstood a work order and leveled nearly all of Route 5 — from the site of the old Ground Round restaurant near the Route 7 on-ramp to the intersection of State Street and Erie Boulevard.

“Oops,” said bulldozer operator Grub McIntyre. “My bad.”

Mayor Gary McCarthy’s administration has made it a priority to rid the community of blight as part of a long-term effort to revitalize the once thriving city.

Officials said despite the “mishap,” the effort will continue.

“There was a slight miscommunication,” said Turk Scarboro, a spokesman for the mayor. “The plan was to level three buildings. Instead, we leveled all but three buildings. But, you know what they say: ‘Ain’t no thang but a chicken wing.’”

Charles “Luscious” McCoy — a local squatter who was walking along State Street with his ruck sack and pet ferret, Bobo, when the demolition occurred — said “it sounded like an earthquake.”

“It’s too bad,” said McCoy. “That Ground Round was one of the best places in the city to squat. And it saved me money on ferret food since Bobo enjoyed eating the old peanut shells left all over the floor there.”

Scarboro said after the initial shock wore off, city officials ended up having a good laugh over the incident.

“It’s like Oliver North once said: ‘From adversity comes opportunity.’ This is Schenectady’s chance to once again be grand.”


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