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Huge swans afloat in Schenectady's Central Park lake

Julie Rouse, 19, of Rotterdam, left, and Mikaela Burke, 20, of Schenectady, take one of the new swan paddle boats for a spin in Iroquois Lake in Schenectady's Central Park Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Julie Rouse, 19, of Rotterdam, left, and Mikaela Burke, 20, of Schenectady, take one of the new swan paddle boats for a spin in Iroquois Lake in Schenectady's Central Park Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
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The mythical Lohengrin once crossed a river in a boat pulled by a swan. That image inspired the first swan paddleboats in Boston in 1877. But today, swan boats like the ones that will soon grace Schenectady’s Central Park are rare. They were once in New York City’s Central Park, but they’ve been replaced with rowboats, officials there said. They used to be in Boston, too. But now the only swan boats there are huge, ...


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