About the Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog

Mike Cinquanti

Amsterdam, NY has been called lots of things, some of them nice, some not so nice. I was born here and have lived here all 60-plus years of my life, so to me, its always been “home.” One of the things I most love about this place is its people. I’ve said it often, folks from Amsterdam always have an interesting story to tell from some part of their lives. They may express those stories in different ways but if you listen carefully, you’ll grab hold of what makes them special or unique. And when you weave all those stories together what you get is a true picture of the history and personality of this rusty old town of hills, mills and grills.

So I came up with this Amsterdam Birthday Blog format as what I hope you’ll find to be an interesting way to learn and celebrate the history of this place. You get your history lesson in small daily doses that I hope, depending upon your age and how long you called this place home, will make you smile, maybe shed a tear, but most of all associate something good about Amsterdam, NY.

11 thoughts on “About the Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog

  1. Not quite sure who is the author of this blog but I just wanted to say thank-you to such a tribute to my father Gabe Centi on his birthday. Also, thank-you for mentioning my daughter as well, that was very touching to all of us.


  2. So nice of you to include Dan in your birthday tribute. He is such a hard worker and deserves some credit and attention. Paul and Dan are both lucky to have Mike as a friend. And I could certainly add a few stories to the history of their friendship!


  3. Mike, Thank you for including my dad, Pete LaBate, in your Birthday Blog. He was a humble man who never sought attention, but I know he would have quietly appreciated it.


  4. Does some one have to be a celebrity to be nominated. My Mother grew up on 57 Arch street in the 20’s, along with her sister Madelyn Abate Stradone and Tony Abate. She will be 100 yrs old this year. Born on December 15th, 1916. Mary Hoyt and Jackie Foust are my cousins. If you need more information I will do my best.


  5. Hi Mike,
    Thank you for including my grandfather, Big Joe Roberts in your Amsterdam NY birthday blog. I enjoy reading and learning about my grandparents during vaudeville and the silent film era.


  6. June 14, 2016


    Happy Birthday. If you need someone to write your birthday blog, please let me know.

    We have been friends since grade school at Guy Park and I have many stories to tell.

    Joe Turo


  7. My grandfather, Lloyd “Dinty” Moore was featured on February 3, 2016. Thank you so much for including him in your work. He was such a great guy. If you’d like a picture for him, I can probably get you one of those. I’d like to order several copies of the Volume 2 as soon as it is released. Thanks again, it was very much appreciated by our family.


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