SummerNight draws 20,000-plus, highlights Schenectady's progress

Schenectady SummerNight 2017 drew more than 20,000 people to the city’s downtown district Friday night, flooding State Street with revelers from throughout the Capital District who came to watch Blues Traveler perform and a fireworks display at the annual summer block party.

Schenectady County District 3 Legislator Cathy Gatta said the event, now in its 10th year, is always a success, but even more so this year as the city is cresting a wave of economic progress.

Gatta said energy is being generated in the city by the recent introduction of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, the opening of Rivers Casino in February, and the several new bars, breweries and restaurants popping up in the city.

“Everything is a positive move forward. You see one positive thing happen in Schenectady and people say ‘Oh, they have that now? Let’s try this new thing here,’” she said.

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Daniel Fitzsimmons | July 15, 2017. “SummerNight Draws 20,000-plus, Highlights Schenectady’s Progress.” The Daily Gazette. Web. 17 July 2017.

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