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by The Staff on September 5, 2013 · 1 comment

 

Food Co-ops

Berkshire Co-op Market 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9697, berkshire.coop. Offering healthy natural alternatives and local organic alternatives to members and the public in a farmer’s market atmosphere

Chatham Real Food Market 15 Church St., Chatham, 392-3353, chathamrealfoodcoop.net. A community-owned outlet for the products of local farms and kitchens. The Co-op provides education about Columbia County agriculture, and promotes a more localized food system.

Honest Weight Food Co-op 100 Watervliet Ave., Albany, 482-2667, hwfc.com. Come visit the brand-new location for this member-owned and -operated consumer cooperative commited to providing the community with affordable, high-quality natural foods and products for healthy living. A calendar of special events is available online.

Beer, Wine & Spirits

All Star Wine & Spirits Latham Farms (exit 6 off I-87), 220-WINE. Fine selection with more than 35,000 bottles in stock. Featuring hard-to-find wines and a knowledgeable staff.

Amici Vineyard 637 Colonel Burch Road, Valley Falls, 469-0680. New York-grown, hand-crafted, naturally processed wines. Tastings April-December.

The Beverage Mart 79 Main Ave., Wynantskill, 283-4241, beverage-mart.com. This store sports one of the largest import selections in New York State, with more than 800 brands of imported and micro beers. Daily beer specials.

Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, (800) 544-1809, ommegang.com. Open year-round for tastings and tours. Award-winning Belgian-style ales. Special events, including concerts, are listed online.

Brookview Station Winery at Goold Orchards, 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton, 732-7317, goold.com. Featuring apple, pear and dessert wines. Wine tastings every day noon to 5 PM.

Capital Wine & Liquor 348 State St., Albany, 689-0160.

Center Square Wine & Spirits 3 Central Ave., Albany, 434-0507.

Delmar Beverage 242 Delaware Ave., Delmar. 439-7275.

Delaware Plaza Liquor Store Delaware Plaza, 27 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, 439-4361. Featuring an outstanding wine selection and a friendly staff to help you with your choices.

Empire Wine & Liquor Outlet Northway Shopping Center, 1440 Central Ave, Colonie, 434-5776. Shipping wine coast to coast

Englebardt’s Liquor Mart 511 Union St., Schenectady, 372-4788.

Hoosick Street Discount Beverage 2200 19th St., Troy, 273-0877, hoosickstreetbeverage.com.

Latham Beverage Center 601 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-3758. Kegs and taps available.

Latham Liquors 873 New Loudon Road, Suite 3, Latham, 785-6099. Large selection, discounts on cases.

Lombardo’s Wine & Liquor 9 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-6905.

Oliver’s Discount Beverage 105 Colvin Ave., Albany, 459-2767, brew-crew.com. Great selection of over 999 beers, minutes from the UAlbany and Saint Rose campuses.

Park Wine & Liquor Store 550 Central Ave., Albany, 489-5161.

Putnam Wine 431 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-9463, putnamwine.com.

Schanz Beverage 400 Fourth St., Watervliet, 273-4045. Large selection. Also sells premium cigars.

Stuyvesant Liquors Stuyvesant Plaza, 438-0434. Good selection of imported wines; will special order.

Troy Discount Beverage 330 2nd St., Troy, 274-2256. Kegs available.

University Wine & Liquor 1225 Western Ave., Albany, 438-0214.

Westmere Discount Beverage Center 1756 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-1100. Large selection of domestic and imported beers; microbrews; weekly specials; kegs available.

Wheeler’s Wine & Liquors 1145 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-4241. Competitive pricing and weekly by-the-case specials. Large wine selection.

Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands Price Chopper Plaza, 1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-5535. Good selection of wines; wine tasting every Friday and Saturday; knowledgeable and friendly staff.

The Wine Shop 265 New Scotland Ave., Albany. 438-1116. Great pricing, careful selection.

Bookstores

Barnes & Noble Colonie Center, Colonie, 459-8183; 3029 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-7717; 402 Balltown Road, Mohawk Commons, Schenectady, 377-0349. They’re so . . . big. Plus an excellent Blu-ray/DVD section. They’ve also got a café serving Starbucks coffee where you can buy a latte and a muffin, take your books or magazines and read.

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-4761. There’s a knowledgeable staff and a great selection (including local authors) at this independent bookstore in one of the more pleasant shopping centers in the region, and the Little Book House right next door caters to the tykes. A perennial Metroland Best Of winner.

Dove & Hudson 296 Hudson Ave., Albany, 432-4518. Though the place is “semi-retired,” it still has a carefully selected collection of used books, reasonably priced, in a wide range of subjects.

I Love Books 380 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 478-0715. Great little bookstore, specializing in children’s books, nostalgic toys and greeting cards for everyone.

Lyrical Ballad Bookstore 7-9 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8779. Saratoga’s rare and antique book specialist displays part of its collection in a former bank vault. Appraisals.

Market Block Books 290 River St., Troy, 328-0045, marketblockbooks.com. The sister shop to Albany’s Book House. Wide selection of new titles. Special events during Troy Night Out.

Mary Jane Books 215 Western Ave., Albany, 465-2238; 509 W. Main St., Cobleskill, 254-7020. maryjanebooks.com. The only independent and locally owned off-campus textbook store in Albany and Cobleskill. Lower prices, buy-backs, rentals and special ordering available. maryjanebooks.com.

Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery 128-136 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-2719, opendoor-bookstore.com. One of the region’s notable independent bookstores, also featuring unique gifts, cards, music and educational toys.

CDs, Tapes, Vinyl & Video Games

Barnes & Noble Colonie Center, 438-1728; 3029 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-7717; 402 Balltown Road, Mohawk Commons, Schenectady, 377-0349. The popular bookstore also has a music section covering a wide range of styles.

Blue Note Records 156 Central Ave., Albany, 462-0221. Looking to expand your collection of rock & roll, country and R&B? This friendly treasure trove offers an extensive mix of music from the ’40s to the present. In business for 60 years and specializing in 45s, cassettes and CDs.

Forgotten Freshness 377 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville, 664-1003, forgottenfreshness.com. Vintage and classic video games, CDs and cartridges. Plus movies, cards, games and other great collectables.

Fuzz Records 209 Lark St., Albany, 729-4566, fuzzrecordshop.com. Specializing in brand new vinyl, indie rock and local bands. In-store performances and workshops.

FYE  Colonie Center 437-0727; Crossgates Mall, 464-0199; Rotterdam Square Mall, 2 Campbell Road, Schenectady 374-1360; Wilton Mall, 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs. A supermarket of new and used music, video and video games.

John Doe Records 4 Park Place, Hudson, 212-7653, jeandeux.com. Lots of vinyl, cassettes, books, music gear, velvet art, mannequin parts and ephemera.

Last Vestige 173 Quail St., Albany, 432-7736. Choose from a wide array of rare records (both new and used), CDs, tapes and one of the area’s best selections of music-related videos. Plus movies and concerts on Blu-ray and DVD. Knowledgeable staff, and private listening booths to preview your selections.

Pastime Legends Video Games 292 Lark St., Albany, 512-5353; 37 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 374-4050; 73 4th St., Troy, 272-6872. A wide selection of new and used games, including vintage consoles, repair, trade credit, tournaments and events. Also movies and TV shows on used DVD and Blu-ray.

Red’s Underground 65 Main St., South Glens Falls, 798-2040. Unique store specializing in recycling CDs and DVDs. Most music genres found here.

River Street Beat Shop 197 River St., Troy, 272-0433. Selling new and used CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and movies. Buy, sell or trade. Free in-store concerts; call for info.

Musical Instruments

Adirondack Guitar, Drum and Pro Audio 3 Lafayette St., Hudson Falls, 746-9500. Offering products by Ovation, Washburn, Soundtech, Hartke bass systems and more.

Burnt Hills Music 800 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-6047. Guitars, amplifiers, school band rentals, and lessons.

Drome Sound 1875 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701. One of the more established music stores in the area, with one of the largest selections of new and used equipment around these parts.

Guitar Center 145 Wolf Road, Colonie, 446-1500. This full-service music store offers a wide selection of guitars, amps, drums, keyboards as well as used and vintage gear (they take trades). They advertise low prices but pride themselves on customer service and knowledgeable salespeople.

Hermie’s 1758 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-4455; 163 Jay St., Schenectady, 374-7433. hermiesmusic.com. Not exclusively for rock & rollers. Along with the requisite guitars, basses and drums, there are woodwind, brass and more. In fact, Hermie’s boasts that it has “any kind of musical instrument you’re looking for.”

Hilton Music Center Colonie Center, Albany, 459-9400. Full selection of guitars, amps, PAs, band instruments, lessons and more. There’s a grand piano department too.

Musica 17 N. 4th St., Hudson, 828-1045, goodmusica.com. A wide range of instruments, sheet music, rentals, repairs and lessons.

New Music 40 Russell Road, Albany, 459-8298. A warehouse o’ instruments: guitars, drums, PAs and more. Friendly to the discount shopper. Also lessons and fully equipped rehearsal space.

Parkway Music 1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-0300, parkwaymusic.com. Specializes in vintage/used equipment and repairs but also offers new equipment, band instruments, a PA selection, lessons and rentals, everything but keyboards. A fun amp-browsing spot.

The Rhythm Section 104 Mohawk Ave. (Route 5), Scotia, 388-8488. Full-service music store, catering to beginning-to-professional musicians. Small enough to give personal attention to every customer’s needs, yet large enough to provide value in instruments and accessories.

Saratoga Guitar 438 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1604, saratogaguitar.com. New, used and vintage guitars in this cozy store, along with repair service. Willing to buy and trade.

Performance Venues

Please note: Clubs with live entertainment are listed under “Bars & Clubs.” In addition to the information below, keep in mind that area churches often host classical-music concerts, and that clubs and coffeehouses present poetry readings and, on occasion, theater. The Capital Region also boasts a number of community theaters, including Albany Civic Theater (462-1297), the Schenectady Civic Players (382-2081), the Schenectady Light Opera Company (393-5732) and Saratoga’s Home Made Theatre (587-4427). Finally, a major attraction each summer is the free Park Playhouse (434-0776) musical production that takes place in Albany’s Washington Park. (Boldface type indicates that a venue is home to a significant local orchestra, theater company, dance troupe, or other performance organization.)

Large venues

Calvin Theatre 19 King St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 586-8686, iheg.com. A beautifully restored theater in downtown Northampton, the Calvin offers an eclectic season of concerts, theater, ballet and kids’ shows.

Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media Performing Arts Center/EMPAC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 276-4135. World-class and high-tech performance venue featuring a large concert hall suitable to symphony orchestras and two black box theaters, which host all manner of multimedia performance.

The Egg Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845, theegg.org. Home of the Empire Center, the Egg presents an impressive and varied schedule of music, dance, theater and children’s performances from touring artists and companies. Also home to resident company the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.

Glens Falls Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366, glensfallscc.com. This versatile sports and entertainment complex boasts a seating capacity of up to 7,800. The civic center hosts everything from the Ice Capades to giant rock acts, and offers banquet facilities as well.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-0100, mahaiwe.org. A newlt restored historic theater offering the highest quality presentations in dance, theater and opera in the Southern Berkshires.

Mountain Park Route 5, Holyoke, Mass., (413) 586-8686. A large outdoor stage in a former amusement park. Summer lineup of big name indie rock acts.

Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334, palacealbany.com. One of Albany’s prized downtown venues, a beautiful former movie house with a capacity of about 2,900. It is home to the Albany Symphony Orchestra as well as music and comedy concerts.

Proctors Mainstage, 432 State St., Schenectady, 382‑3884, proctors.org. This 2,700‑seat theater-in-the-grand-manner hosts one of the area’s most substantial and eclectic seasons of theater, dance, music and comedy. This is where the Broadway touring shows stop, where classical and Cajun music come to the big stage and where the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra hangs its hat. Home of Goldie, “the Mighty Wurlitzer” (organ), and Northeast Ballet’s annual productions of The Nutcracker. The venue also hosts pop, country and oldies concerts, also has an excellent ongoing second-run film series.

RPI’s Houston Field House Peoples and Burdett avenues, Troy, 276-6262. Best known as the home of RPI’s Division I ECAC hockey team (see “Sports Venues”), the Field House is also a popular midsize (seats 6,500) venue for pop and rock shows. RPI also books pop music shows into the MacNeil Room and Mother’s.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Spa State Park, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330, spac.org. Each and every summer, this indoor-outdoor amphitheater becomes the home of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra. And there’s always a full schedule of special events—concerts by top jazz, pop and rock & roll artists.

Tanglewood West Street, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-1600. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this revered indoor-outdoor amphitheater features a comprehensive schedule of classical concerts, as well as occasional jazz and pop shows, during the warm-weather months.

Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000, timesunioncenter-albany.com. This 15,000-seat facility is the largest Capital Region venue by far. In addition to sports (see “Sports Venues”), the Times Union Center (formerly known as Pepsi Arena, and Knickerbocker Arena before that) hosts such events as kids’ shows, circuses, ice shows and some of the largest pop-music tours to pass through these parts.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 2nd Avenue and State Street, Troy, 273-0038, troymusichall.org. From symphony orchestras to jazz greats, this hall, renowned for its acoustic splendor, is the first choice of many artists for performance and recordings. Regularly presents subscription concerts by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The annual season boasts the Troy Chromatics Concerts (a classical music series), a jazz series and an acoustic music series, plus an assortment of acoustic, folk and world music events.

Smaller Venues

51 3rd Street Troy. Multi-use DIY space and music venue. Facebook and word-of-mouth required to access schedule.

Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. This versatile facility boasts a state-of-the-art black-box theater suited to all-manner of intimate performances.

Basilica Hudson 110 S. Front St., Hudson, 822-1050, basilicahudson.com. Newly repurposed industrial space, featuring music, theater, cinema and performance art on a seasonal basis.

Bogie’s 297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393. Albany’s illustrious music venue is still on the map.

Caffe Lena 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022. America’s oldest continually-running coffee house, which hosted some of Bob Dylan’s first performances. Specializing in folk, poetry and excellent café fare.

Capital Repertory Theatre 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-7469, capitalrep.org. Home of Capital Repertory Company, the Capital Region’s equity theater company.

Club Helsinki 405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800, helsinkihudson.com. Intimate lounge-style club, featuring one of the upper Hudson Valley’s best and busiest music schedules.

Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-7999, c-rproductions.com. Resident theatre company C-R Productions produces family-oriented musicals and plays.

Colonial Theatre 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-4444. Go to see anything here, but leave ample time to have your breath quietly stolen as the meticulously restored theater transports you back to the 19th century in all of its architectural splendor, gilt elegance and artisan’s pride.

Curtain Call Theatre 210 Old Loudon Road, Latham, 877-7529, curtaincalltheatre.com. This former church is named after its year-round tenant, a professional theater company.

Dance Theater, Filene Recital Hall and Bernhard Theater Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000, skidmore.edu. As the name indicates, Skidmore’s Dance Theater regularly hosts performances of dance—by students and national troupes and artists. The recital hall features faculty showcase concerts as well as an interesting mix of classical, jazz and avant-garde music. The Bernhard Theater hosts mostly campus productions.

eba Dance Theatre 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916, eba-arts.org.. Home of Maude Baum & Company Dance Theatre.

Flywheel Arts Collective 43 East Main St., Easthampton, Mass., flywheelarts.org. Church-housed arts non-profit, hosting regional acts and the occasional national blockbuster.

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture 119 Remsen St., Cohoes, 229-2173. Multi-purpose arts space featuring gallery shows, musical performances, literary events and more.

Foy Campus Center Theater, St. Mary of the Angels Chapel and Alumni Recreation Center Siena College, 515 Loudon Road (Route 9), Loudonville, 783-2527. The theater often hosts a slate of performances by the drama department, while many a classical ensemble fills the chapel with heavenly sounds. Look for the occasional pop-music concert in the ARC.

Fuze Box 12 Central Ave., Albany, 432-8866. Former chrome burger stand and home to the venerable QE2, the venue is now one of the area’s best dance clubs with a weekly ’80s night and plenty of high-profile guest DJs.   

GroundZero Nugent Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, gzbasement.net. Student-run music venue specializing in indie rock, experimental and electronic music.

Hudson Opera House 327 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438, hudsonoperahouse.org. This space hosts art exhibitions, concerts, readings, workshops and other events.

Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail St., Albany, 596-0959. A repurposed telephone company building, turned espresso bar, video game arcade and coffee house-style performance venue.

Iron Horse Music Hall 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 584-0610. A casual pub-style concert space, featuring one of the best lineups of indie rock and jazz in the area.

Kiggins Hall Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 833-1300, emmawillard.org. Troy’s Friends of Chamber Music presents a first-rate classical concert series here.

The Linda, WAMC’S Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233, ext. 4. Renovated former bank building hosts classical, jazz, pop, and folk performances. Many of these shows are broadcast on public radio station WAMC. Also, movies.

MASS MoCA 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481, massmoca.org. In addition to gallery space, this sprawling former factory complex includes performances spaces for music, dance and film. They have recently hosted everything from avant-garde opera and modern dance to silent film and a summer music festival.

Old Songs Community Arts Center 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, 765-2815, oldsongs.org. A home for folk and acoustic music featuring concerts, contra dances, instrument classes, open mics and the annual Old Songs Festival.

Page Hall 135 Western Ave., downtown University at Albany campus, Albany; and the University at Albany Performing Arts Center 1400 Washington Ave., uptown campus, Albany, 442-3995, albany.edu/pac. Both locations concentrate on campus-related music, theater, readings and more. Several pop concerts are usually presented at Page Hall annually, as is the New York State Writers Institute Film Series. In addition, the UAlbany Concert Board often books popular musical acts into the Recreation and Convocation Center, also at the uptown campus.

Pearl Street Nightclub 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 584-7771. Perennial winner of Metroland’s Best Venue Worth-a-Drive. Features one of the best schedules of indie rock in the area.

Putnam Den 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066. Nightclub, pool hall, and rock venue in downtown Saratoga, featuring a mixture of touring and local acts.

Red Square 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444. Classy rock club in downtown Albany, featuring touring bands, local acts and DJs.

Sanctuary for Independent Media 3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390. Housed in a former church, this non-profit media advocacy center hosts a series of musical performances, as well as educational and activist events.

Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater Russell Sage College, Troy, 274-3256. Home of the Theatre Institute at Sage. Also at Sage, the James L. Meader Little Theater.

Shakespeare & Company 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass. (413) 637-3353, shakespeare.org. With a core of over 150 artists, Shakespeare & Company performs Shakespeare as well as new plays of social and political significance.

Spa Little Theater Saratoga Spa State Park, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 587-4427. This intimate space hosts seasons by community theater troupe Home Made Theatre, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival and, more recently, Opera Saratoga.

The Spotty Dog Books and Ale 440 Warren St., Hudson, 671-6006. Bar, café, bookstore—and music venue. Host to a steady lineup of regional and national acts.

Spring Street Gallery 110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs. Intimate church space and listening room for jazz, classical and avant music.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre 500 Western Ave. (near intersection of Madison and Western avenues), Albany, 438-5503, steamer10theatre.org. The restored firehouse is home to acclaimed productions of children’s theater, as well as special events—puppet shows, storytellers, magicians—throughout the year.

SwordPaw HQ Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy, swordpaw.com. Recording studio, rehearsal space and performance venue with an inviting church-basement feel.

Time & Space Limited 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448, timeandspace.org. Theater, film, art, and literary events are all presented in this one neat space. There are premieres as well as classics in their movie series, and the live performances range from avant-garde to children’s fare.

Union College Memorial Chapel Union College, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6000. Regularly features an impressive classical music series, and though it’s been a while, pop and rock bands have performed there in the past as well. Union also boasts the Yulman Theater, which is home to college theater productions.

The Upstate Concert Hall 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012, upstateconcerthall.com. Formerly Northern Lights, this is the biggest regional concert club, with top national acts performing up to seven nights a week.

Valentine’s Music Hall 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572, valentinesalbany.com. A die-hard among Albany nightspots, Valentine’s offers live bands (local and national) up to seven nights a week on two stages, plus poetry and burlesque.

The Van Dyck, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999, vandycklounge.com. The classic jazz joint is a Schenectady mainstay.

Washington Avenue Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203, thewashingtonavenuearmory.com. Large, field-house style performance hall. Recently host of some of the area’s biggest names in EDM.

Museums & Galleries

Please note: The following list of area organizations dedicated to exhibiting art and/or historical materials is just the tip of the iceberg. Please refer to Metroland’s Museums & Galleries listings in the weekly Night & Day section of the paper for up-to-date information.

Albany Center Gallery 39 Columbia St., Albany, 462-4775. Over 30 years of exhibitions featuring contemporary work by regional artists, in their downtown Albany home. Free.

Albany Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Ave., Albany, 463-4478. The state’s oldest museum continues to be dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley region, but also brings in fascinating traveling exhibits. Admission fee.

Albany International Airport Gallery Third level, Albany International Airport, Colonie, 242-2243. Exhibitions showing regional, contemporary art, site-specific installations, area museum collections, and traveling national exhibits of regional interest, all in a space flooded by light. Free.

Albany Heritage Area Visitor’s Center and Henry Hudson Planetarium 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 434-0405. The Visitors’ Center is open daily (free). The Henry Hudson Planetarium offers periodic special events (admission fee).

Arkell Museum at Canajoharie 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, 673-2314. An extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, plus traveling exhibitions.

Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. This multi-use arts center’s gallery features contemporary art from the region and beyond, plus a folk-art exhibit space on the second floor. This is the place to get involved in the arts through a multitude of courses offered throughout the year. Also offers grant programs, arts-in-education. Free.

Atrium Gallery Fine Arts Building, Union College, Schenectady, 388-6714. Faculty and student shows are featured, plus exhibits by visiting artists and others of regional, national and international repute. Free.

Bennington Museum 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571. Featuring works of regional interest, including an ongoing exhibit of paintings by Grandma Moses. Admission fee.

Berkshire Museum 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 443-7171. Permanent installations of art and natural history as well as seasonal shows and special exhibits, often with a hands-on approach appealing to children. Aquarium. Admission fee.

Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren St., Hudson, 828-3341. Regional contemporary artists. Free.

Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) 250 Jordan Road, Troy, 235-2120. This Tech Valley center is designed for children and parents to explore the world of science together. Admission fee.

Children’s Museum at Saratoga 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-5540. With its large exhibition space, this interactive museum for kids and their families features hands-on exhibits, workshops and special events. Admission fee.

EMPAC, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 276-3921. This 21st century performance venue also hosts multi-media exhibits year round. Free.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Mass., (413) 658-1100. Exhibits of children-oriented art. Admission free.

Esther Massry Gallery, Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, 454-5102. Regularly mounts shows by artists of regional, national and international acclaim, as well as student and faculty shows. Free.

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture 119 Remsen St., Cohoes, 229-2173. Multi-purpose arts space featuring gallery shows, musical performances, literary events and more.

Fulton Street Gallery 408 Fulton St., Troy, 274-8464. With a mission to promote the region’s appreciation of contemporary art, this gallery features changing exhibits by local, regional and international artists. Free.

Hancock Shaker Village 1843 W. Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Mass. (413) 443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org. Hancock Shaker Village bring the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations. The village is open from Mid-April to October each year. Special events are listed online.

Hudson Valley Community College Teaching Gallery, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-4822. Exhibits of works by students and regional artists. Free.

The Hyde Collection 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, 792-1761. The permanent collections here include historic art and artifacts from the United States and beyond. Special touring exhibits often are featured. Free.

Iroquois Indian Museum 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, 296-8949. Presents the enduring spirit of the Iroquois in the fine and performance arts, and through anthropological and ethnographic exhibits. Located on a 45-acre nature park. Includes a children’s museum. Admission fee.

John Davis Gallery 362 1/2 Warren St., Hudson, 828-5907. Painting and sculpture by contemporary artists. Free.

Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, 388-6004. Exhibits of national and regional artists, as well as faculty and student shows. Free.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 662-2111. An impressive compound located in a renovated 27-building former mill complex. MASS MoCA boasts world-class exhibitions, performances, films and funky events. Check out the Sol LeWitt exhibit—it’s up until November 2033. Admission fee.

miSci 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, 382-7890. Formerly the Schenectady Museum. Ongoing exhibits include the astronomical planetarium, Thomas Edison’s Schenectady heritage, hands-on activities and technology exhibits. Admission fee.

National Museum of Dance 99 S. Broadway (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, 584-2225. The only museum in the country devoted exclusively to professional dance. In addition to changing exhibits, it features a permanent exhibit on American dancemakers who’ve been inducted into the Museum’s Dance Hall of Fame. Seasonal. Admission fee.

New York State Military Museum 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-5100. Permanent and traveling exhibits of military items related to New York’s contribution to the national defense. Admission fee.

New York State Museum Empire State Plaza, Albany, 474-5877. Features permanent exhibits relating to New York history, culture, geography, flora and fauna. There is also a variety of changing exhibits and the Discovery Place for kids. Donations suggested.

Norman Rockwell Museum Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 298-4100. A museum devoted to exhibiting the works of its namesake and special traveling exhibits of international renown. Admission fee.

Opalka Gallery Sage Colleges of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 292-7742. Shows by regional, national and international artists are regularly featured. Free.

Rensselaer County Historical Society 57 Second St., Troy, 272-7232. One of New York’s premier historic house museums. RCHS collects and preserves the history of Rensselaer County. Admission fee.

Saratoga Automobile Museum 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, 587-1935. Permanent and traveling exhibits of vintage cars. Admission fee.

Saratoga County Arts Council Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132. Exhibits of works by regional artists, and a members’ gallery. Free.

Schick Art Gallery Saisselin Art Building, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 580-5049. Faculty and students exhibit their works here, as well as artists from the area and beyond. Free.

Shaker Museum and Library 88 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham, 794-9100. Features a premier Shaker collection in the rolling farmland of Columbia County; look for workshops and festivals, too. Admission fee.

Shelnutt Gallery Rensselaer Union, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 15th Street and Sage Avenue, Troy, 276-6505. This college gallery exhibits regional, national and international artists as well as the art of students and faculty. Free.

Spencertown Academy Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693. An art gallery and a craft gallery for exhibits, classroom for classes and workshops as well as a performance space. Admission to galleries is free.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass., (413) 458-2303. Features collections of French impressionist, Italian Renaissance, English, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish and American 19th-century painters; sculpture; 19th-century American porcelain, silver and furniture, as well as national traveling exhibits. Currently under reconstruction. Admission fee.

Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8080. Contemporary art exhibits in this award-winning space. Free.

University Art Museum Fine Arts Building, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-4035. Works by regional, national and international artists presented in theme exhibitions. Faculty and student works are showcased in annual exhibits. Free.

Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501. Regional artists. Free.

USS Slater 141 Broadway, Albany, 431-1943, ussslater.org. Tour the USS Slater. See how sailors worked, hear the sounds of a living ship, touch a piece of American history, and walk the decks where hundreds of sailors have walked before. Seasonal. Admission fee.

Williams College Museum of Art Main Street (Route 2), Williamstown, Mass., (413) 597-2429. This college art gallery typically features an impressive array of historic and contemporary exhibits by artists of regional, national and international import in its many exhibition spaces. Free.

World Awareness Children’s Museum 174 Glen St., Glens Falls, 793-2773. Part of the 50-country International Youth Art Exchange, this museum boasts changing exhibitions of children’s art from around the world, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and reference materials. Featuring educator-led tours for small groups. Admission fee.

Cinema & Videos

Your options in cinematic entertainment, public and private.

Cinema

In addition to the theaters listed below, look for festivals and film series at area colleges.

Aimie’s Dinner and Movie 190 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-8181. A unique combination of food and fine films.

Beacon Cinema, 57 North St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 358-4781. This multiplex is part of Pittsfield’s ongoing revival.

Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland 400 State St., Schenectady, 272-1918. This downtown six-screen multiplex offers stadium seating, the latest Hollywood hits, real-food snacks and both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

Colonial Theatre 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 997-4444. Classic films and opera from The Met.

Crandall Theatre Main Street, Chatham, 392-3331. First-run films. Home of the annual FilmColumbia festival and screenings sponsored by the Chatham Film Society.

Fairview 3, 160 Fairview Ave., Hudson, 828-1900. Three screens showing first-run movies.

GE Theatre at Proctors 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204. Digital presentations of independent cinema, opera and ballet on a giant screen.

Hudson Movieplex, 350 Fairview Ave., Hudson, 822-1049. First-run movies in an 8-screen complex.

Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663. This downtown Albany landmark features regular screenings of classic, contemporary and locally made films.

Proctors Mainstage, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204. See classic and contemporary movies in a first-rate 1926 movie house.

Regal Aviation Cinema Aviation Mall, Queensbury, 793-3359; Regal Clifton Park Center Cinema 8 Clifton Park Center, Clifton Park, 371-6186; Regal East Greenbush Cinema 8 Troy Road, Rensselaer, 283-8992. First-run movie theaters. Large-screen RPX presentations at Clifton Park.

Regal Colonie Center Stadium 13 Colonie, 489-8501. Perennial Metroland Reader’s Picks winner for best multiplex; very popular.

Regal Crossgates Stadium 18 Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 456-2326. The Capital Region’s biggest multiplex features 18 screens, Sony 4K projectors, stadium-style seating (hence the name), an IMAX Digital theater and late-night shows on weekends.

Saratoga Film Forum 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-FILM. This local film society presents screenings of (mostly) independent films on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Scotia Cinema 117 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 346-5055. A 1929 neighborhood theater showing second-run flicks.

Spectrum 8 Theatres 290 Delaware Ave., Albany, 449-8995. Eight screens of first-run indie and foreign films, as well as big Hollywood releases, and HD presentations of concerts and theater. Also, the area’s best snack bar.

Time & Space Limited 434 Columbia St., Hudson. This Hudson Valley mainstay offers regular screenings of independent films, theater from London and opera from The Met.

Triplex Cinema 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8885. With their upstairs screening room, the Triplex is actually a “quad-plex.”

Zurich Rotterdam Square Cinemas Rotterdam Square Mall, Campbell Road, Rotterdam, 374-2403. First-run movies on 7 screens with stadium seating and special “D-Box” presentations.

Videos

Also look for Redboxes at area supermarkets and drug stores.

Blockbuster Video 886 Loudon Road, Latham, 220-9664; 175 Broad St., Glens Falls, 798-2263.

Video Environment + 71 Fuller Road, Colonie, 458-2717.

Sports Venues

Alumni Recreation Center (aka the ARC) Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, athletic ticket office: 783-2528, sienasaints.cstv.com. Home of Siena NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

Bleecker Stadium Clinton Avenue, Albany, 438-2166. High-school baseball and football, college baseball, semi-pro Albany Twilight League baseball, Metro Mallers football and occasional city-sponsored recreation events.

Glens Falls Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366, glensfallscc.com. Home of the Adirondack Frostbite hockey team and United States Basketball League’s Adirondack Wildcats. Other events include pro boxing, dances and more.

Houston Field House Burdett and Peoples avenues, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus, Troy, 276-6262. Home of RPI NCAA Division I hockey. Public skating offered.

Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-4822. “The Joe” is home to Houston Astros farm team the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Messa Rink Union College, Schenectady, 388-6134, unionathletics.com. Home of Union College’s NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey team, and open for ice skating.

Plumeri Sports Complex Frisbie Avenue, Albany. Home of the College of St. Rose athletic teams.

Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000, timesunioncenter-albany.com. The American Hockey League’s Albany Devils anchor the area’s largest indoor sports venue. The 15,000-seat arena also has pro wrestling and Siena College NCAA Division I men’s home basketball games.

Lebanon Valley Speedway Route 20, West Lebanon, 794-7130, lebanonvalley.com. The summer place to be for stock-car competition. Saturday nights, mid-April through September.

Rollarama 2710 Hamburg St., Schenectady, 355-2140. Home of the Hellions of Troy roller derby.

Saratoga Race Course Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 584-6200. One of the oldest and most beautiful thoroughbred tracks in the nation. The meet begins in late July and continues through Labor Day.

Saratoga Raceway Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 584-2110, saratogaraceway.com. Year-round harness racing and simulcasting.

University at Albany Recreation and Convocation Center (aka the RACC) University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-DANE (3263), ualbanysports.com. Includes an indoor track, fitness center, racquetball and squash courts. Home to UAlbany basketball.

Washington Avenue Armory 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203, thewashingtonavenuearmory.com. Home of the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby. Also, boxing.

Bowling

Alpha Recreation 326 5th Ave., Troy, 235-4941. Eighteen lanes. Cubica computerized scoring system.

Boulevard Bowl 1315 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 374-4171, eboulevardbowl.com. Forty lanes. Birthday parties, and a restaurant with full deli and bar. Take-out available.

Del Lanes 4 Bethlehem Court (off Delaware Avenue), Delmar, 439-2224, bowldel.com. Twenty-four lanes.

Saratoga Strike Zone 32 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-6460, saratogastrikezone.com. Twenty-eight lanes. Bumper cars and “Ballocity” ball pit. Videogame arcade. Birthday parties, too.

Playdium Bowling Center Ontario Street and Park Avenue, Albany, 438-0300. Twenty-eight lanes. Old-time atmosphere with state-of-the-art equipment, great pizza and great bowling specials.

Spare Time 375 Troy Schenectady Road (Route 7), Latham, 785-6694, sparetimelatham.com. Bumpers available for all thirty-two lanes.

Sunset Lanes 1160 Central Ave., Colonie, 438-6404. Thirty-two lanes.

Uncle Sam Lanes 600 Fulton St., Troy, 271-7800. Twenty-six lanes.

Billiards

Putnam Den 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066. Pool, darts, foosball, live music and 9 bathrooms (waiting in line is no longer an option).

Diamond Eight Billiards 9 Johnson Road, Latham, 786-8048, diamondeight.com. You’ll find billiards, video games and Foosball tables, also Nathan’s hotdogs and other munchies available. There is a full-service bar.

The Golden Cue 1048 Central Ave., Albany, 459-9442, thegoldencue.net. A Capital Region institution. The granddaddy of area pool halls—family-owned and operated for more than 35 years.

Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub 1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-8771, trickshotbilliardsny.com. Featuring fifteen professional-sized pool tables, electronic and steel-tip dart boards and tournament-quality foosball tables. Full bar and pub menu, pro shop, pool and dart leagues and weekly foosball tournaments.

Shopping

Clifton Park Center Mall Route 146, Clifton Park, 383-0059. shopcpc.com. The reinvented Clifton Country Mall is now part indoor mall, part open-air plaza. Anchored by Marshalls Homegoods, Boscov’s, and JCPenney, plus Regal Cinemas.

Colonie Center Central Avenue and Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-9020. shopcoloniecenter.com. The smaller of Albany’s major malls has been reinvented as an upscale shopping center. Boasting the largest Macy’s this side of New York City, the only Christmas Tree Shop upstate, Boscov’s, Sears, the Gap and other typical retail chains. L.L Bean, Barnes & Noble, and Regal Cinemas.

Crossgates Commons Washington Avenue Extension, Albany. Nirvana for the big-box-shopping crazed. Among the mainstays are Home Depot, PetSmart, Planet Fitness, Sports Authority, Michaels, and Walmart. Just opened: Fastrax Raceway Indoor Karting Center.

Crossgates Mall 120 Washington Ave. Extension, Guilderland, 869-9565. shopcrossgates.com. It’s big, big, big—the biggest mall in the region, in fact. It now features more stores and restaurants than we want to count (around 250), plus an 18-screen Regal movie complex with IMAX. Macy’s, JC Penney, Dicks and Burlington Coat Factory are among the department stores anchoring the behemoth. You’ll also find Forever 21, Apple, Banana Republic, H&M, Old Navy, Best Buy and a brand new Dave & Buster’s.

Delaware Avenue Delmar. A suburban stretch offering strip-mall fare at Delaware Plaza, including a Fashion Bug, Payless Shoes, Hallmark and more. At the Four Corners (where Kenwood Avenue intersects Delaware), a collection of boutiques offers toys, books, gifts, jewelry, gourmet foods and more.

Downtown Troy With new shops opening around every turn, downtown troy has truly begun to realize its potential. Some of our favorites: J.K Bloom Jewelers, Counties of Ireland, Artcentric Gift Gallery, the Beat Shop, Market Block Books, Truly Rhe, Annick Designs and the antique shops on River Street.

Downtown Saratoga Springs Saratoga may not have old-time prices, but it still has that old-time downtown feeling, with one of the area’s classiest collections of boutiques and shops. Check out Saratoga Clothes Horse for boutique attire, Rockabella for contemporary women’s clothes, Lyrical Ballad for antiquarian books and McGillycuddy’s Naturals for all-natural bath and body products. And there are plenty of chain stores, including Gap, Banana Republic, Starbucks and Eddie Bauer.

Jay Street Schenectady. A little retail paradise in the middle of the Electric City: A handful of gift shops flank a common area that has been closed to traffic. The Open Door Bookstore holds court at one end, and don’t forget to hop across the street to check out Proctors Arcade, where there are a few sweet gift shops and Schenectady Van Curler Music.

Lark Street/Lower Central Avenue Albany. An oasis of specialty shops, restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone at the secondhand, antique, boutique, record and gift shops that line these several blocks. Don’t miss Romeo’s Gifts, Elissa Halloran Designs, Fuzz Records, Lark Natural Foods and the Lark Street Flower Market. Also, pop into Seasons Skate Shop for all your skateboarding needs. Among the storefronts on Central Avenue are Earthworld, for all the comic lovers.

Manchester Center, Vt. Routes 7A and 11/30, Manchester, Vt. manchesterdesigneroutlets.com. A veritable outlet town nestled amid the Green Mountains. Plenty of upscale, outlet-priced retail therapy at every turn, featuring BCBG, Coach, Theory, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Polo, Michael Kors and Kate Spade. And the added bonus: clothing is tax-free.

Mohawk Commons State Street and Balltown Road, Niskayuna. Built over the former site of Mohawk Mall, this big-box supercenter hosts a number of stores, including Target, Barnes & Noble, Lowe’s and Marshalls.

Northway Shopping Center Central Avenue and Wolf Road, Colonie. Mega strip-mall featuring Target, Marshalls, Empire Wine and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, among others.

Prime Outlets at Lee Route 20 East, Lee, Mass., (413) 243-8186. primeoutlets.com. Outlet shopping just across the state line, without the hefty New York state sales tax. Among the stores, you’ll find J. Crew, the Gap, Bass, and Jones New York.

Rotterdam Square Mall 93 West Campbell Road (I-890 Exit 2), Rotterdam, 374-3713. rotterdammall.com. Featuring most of the usual retail chains, anchored by Sears, T.J.Maxx, Macy’s and Kmart. The mall also boasts the renovated seven-screen Zurich Cinemas with stadium seating.

Route 9, Latham With Hoffman’s Playland and miles of high-end strip-malls, this area offers just about everything you could want from suburbia. On the northern end of this stretch is Latham Farms—a mega plaza with a big ’ol Walmart, PetSmart, Sam’s Club, Staples, Michael’s and more. Across Route 9, New Loudon Center Plaza offers A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts and Marshalls. At Latham Retail Center, just west of Latham Circle, you’ll find Babies R’ Us, T.J. Maxx and Sports Authority.

Stuyvesant Plaza Western Avenue and Fuller Road, Guilderland, 482-8986. stuyvesantplaza.com. An upscale strip mall featuring some distinctive clothing stores, including Circles, Ann Taylor Loft and Casual Set. The plaza is also home to the Book House, the area’s largest locally owned bookstore; Hippo’s, a haven for home-electronics connoisseurs; Pearl Grant Richmans fine and unique gifts; 10,000 Villages, a not-for-profit store filled with exotic, affordable, fair-trade furnishings and gifts; the fine art Sorelle Gallery and much more.

Sutton’s Marketplace Route 9, Queensbury, 798-1188. suttonsmarketplace.com. An eclectic spot where you’ll find everything from sophisticated women’s designer clothes, baked goods, and gifts, to a furniture emporium and a “toy cottage.”

Upper Union Street Schenectady. The other area of significant retail concentration in the Electric City. Clothing, jewelry, gifts, cards and fast food are all available.

Wilton Mall Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-2138. wiltonmall.com. Old Navy, Dicks, Aeropostale and Forever 21 are among the features of this complex, which also boasts old faithfuls JCPenney and Sears. A new Bow Tie Cinemas multiplex is under construction.

Wolf Road Colonie. A gauntlet for the shopping crazed. If you can get past Colonie Center, watch out . . . what lies in store (pun intended) is a shopaholic’s paradise. To name a few: Trader Joe’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Pier I Imports and Wolf Road Shoppers Park.

Fun Stuff

Adirondack Balloon Flights P.O. Box 65, Glens Falls, 793-6342. adkballoonflights.com. What better way to view the scenic Adirondack mountains than from above? Gift certificates available.

Albany’s Indoor Rockgym 4C Vatrano Road, Albany, 459-7625. airrockgym.com. When the going gets tough, the tough climb the walls. Top-roping, lead climbing, bouldering and caving available. Private and group instruction offered as well as birthday parties for the willing and the brave.

Adirondack Mountain Club Albany chapter: P.O. Box 2116, Albany, 899-2725. adk.org. Just an hour from the Capital Region, the Adirondacks boast some of the best views in the state—perfect for when you need a break from the grind of city life. The ADK hosts hikes and outings, meetings and seminars for the outdoorsy set.

Albany Trolleys Albany, 433-0100, albanycarservice.com/trolley.html. The trolleys are available year-round for charters and events.

Aquilonia Comics 412 Fulton St., Troy, 271-1069. Troy’s comic treasure trove is home to all the latest comics, graphic novels, movie tie-ins and toys.

Arlene’s Artist Materials 57 Fuller Road, Colonie, 482-8882. An art-supply store that meets the needs of the creative soul.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. artscenteronline.org. The center features changing art exhibits, performances and state-of-the-art studios where a multitude of classes are taught. Drawing, painting, weaving, ceramics, woodworking, dance, jewelry making and much more are regularly featured.

Aunt Katie’s Attic 7052 Amsterdam Road, Scotia, 887-3026. auntkatiesattic.com. Specializing is vintage kitchen and kitsch.

Aurora’s Boutique 11 3rd St., Troy, 266-1191. Glamorous, vintage cocktail dresses, foxy shoes, purses and jewels.

Battlefield Live Laser Tag Crossgates Mall, Albany, 869-2450; Rotterdam Square Mall, Schenectady, 542-5669, battlefieldliveatalbany.com. Indoor battlefield influenced by military training scenarios and computer games. Great for birthday parties. Daily at Crossgates, parties only at Rotterdam Square.

Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy 3 Cerone Commercial Dr., Albany, school 489-4026; massage clinic 489-4068, cnwsmt.com. A school where students of all ages can learn the art and science of therapeutic massage. Day, evening, full- and part-time programs available. Student massage clinic open to the public.

Creative Sparks 42 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2030. creativesparksceramics.com. Choose, design, and paint your own piece of pottery or a mosaic at this hands-on studio.

Déjà Vu 145 Wolf Road, Shoppers Park, Albany, 459-6495. Clothing, candles, body jewelry, adult novelties, posters, smoking accessories and more.

Earthworld 537 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2400. earthworldcomics.com. Albany’s largest comics store—get your fix with tons of back issues, underground comics and toys.

The Edge Halfmoon 1544 Route 9, Halfmoon, 982-5545, theedgehalfmoon.com. One of the northeast’s largest indoor rock climbing facilities, featuring top-rope and lead climbing as well as a top-out boulder, fitness and yoga classes.

Electric City Comics & Magazines 1704 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 377-1500. electriccitycomics.com. The area’s best selection of back issues. Also, new issues and magazines.

Excape 302 Lark St., Albany, 463-1902. A new-age boutique.

Funplex 589 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-2651. funplexfunpark.com. Go-cart racing, bumper boats, batting cages, a climbing wall, and the ever-popular Mystic Lagoon miniature golf course. In between athletic endeavors, enjoy an ice cream cone at Lickety Splits.

Fun Spot 1035 Route 9, Queensbury, 792-8989. lakegeorgefun.com. Featuring roller-skating, Laser Tron, go-karts and two water slides.

Lake George Kayak Co. Main Street, Bolton Landing, 644-9366. lakegeorgekayak.com. Offering sales, rentals, lessons and tours in kayaking and hiking.

Magic Moon 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2488. A metaphysical boutique
with candles, incense, books, crystal, goddess clothing and more.

Northern Lights Shop 30 Fuller Road, Colonie, 453-3402. A wide selection of traditional hookahs and shisha, acrylic, metal, wood, incense, beaded curtains, tapestries and posters, as well as hand-blown glass items by local artists.

Oasis Family Fun Park 97 North Greenbush Road, Troy, 283-3646, oasispark.net. Miniature golf, laser tag, defender dome, paddleboats, ice cream and more. Voted Metroland’s Best Mini Golf Course 2013.

Orion Boutique 169 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-4902. A staple of Schenectady’s Jay Street for as long as we can remember. For anyone walking the block, it’s a must-see. Everything from clothing and hand-made silver jewelry to a full line of pipes and smoking accessories.

Peaceful Inspirations 384 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, 439-7039. peacefulinspirations.net. Yoga supplies, drums, books for adults and children, jewelry, fair-trade items and more.

The Pottery Place Stuyvesant Plaza, 446-0870. thepotteryplace.com. A hands-on, paint-your-own pottery studio.

Prism Glass Works 225 4th St., Troy, 273-8556. troyglassworks.com. Custom hand-blown glass, specializing in tobacco pipes, goblets, marbles, ornaments and sculptures.

River Rocks Jewelry & Beadshop 209 River St., Troy, 273-4532. The largest selection of beads in the area: Swarovski crystals, freshwaters pearls, gorgeous gemstones, ethnic beads, silver vermeil, findings and tools, plust lots of handmade jewelry by in-house designers. Custom orders available.

Saratoga Organics 38 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-2005. saratogaorganics.com. Organic and hydroponic gardening supplies. Horticultural lighting and repair. Beneficial insects, organic seeds and natural pesticides.

Saratoga Savoy Center of Dance 7 Wells St., Saratoga Springs, 587-5132. saratogasavoy.com. A dance studio specializing in social dancing. Argentine tango, ballroom, lindy hop, swing and more. Special workshops with some of the world’s best dancers.

Saratoga Skydiving Adventures 288 Brownsville Road, Gansevoort, 895-8140. saratogaskydive.com. Take a flying leap with the club’s expert skydivers and parachute instructors. Take a friend along—group rates available.

Smoke Signals 1502 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-4200, facebook.com/smokesignals518. A large selection of glass and acrylic water pipes and hookahs. One-of-a-kind, hand-blown pipes from artists all across the country.

That Place 244 Lark St., Albany, 945-8428. Gifts, incense, body oils and smoking accessories.

Zombie Planet 1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202. zombie-planet.com. Collectible card games, miniature board games, role-playing games and much more.

Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Parlor 250 Lark St., Albany, 463-7182.

Carvel Express 754 Columbia St., Hudson, 671-6236.

Duncan’s Dairy Bar 890 Hoosick Road, Troy, 279-9985.

Emack & Bolio’s 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100.

Haagen Dazs Crossgates Mall, Albany, 869-4645.

Kurver Kreme 1349 Central Ave., Albany, 459-4120. Seasonal.

Lickety Splits 589 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-9517. Seasonal.

Moxies 1344 Spring Ave., Wynantskill, 283-4901.

Snowman 531 5th Ave., Troy. 233-1714. Seasonal

Toll Gate Ice Cream 1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824.

Radio Stations

WABY (900 AM, 1160 AM), 889-3000. American pop standards, big band.

WAJZ (96.3 FM), offices: 786-6600; request line: 476-9696. Hip-hop and R&B.

WAMC (90.3 FM, 1400 AM), 465-5233. National Public Radio, news programs, BBC news, The Roundtable, Vox Pop, Fresh Air, Le Show, folk, opera, jazz and more.

WCDB (90.9 FM), 442-5262. University at Albany college radio. Free format including underground and urban music.

WEQX (102.7 FM), office line: (802) 362-4800; request line: (802) 362-1027. Alternative rock.

WEXT (97.7 FM), 880-3400. Semi-free-form public radio, featuring a nifty amount of regional artists in rotation, plus syndicated fare.

WFLY (92.3 FM), request/contest line: 476-9200. Fly 92: Contemporary hit radio, Top 40, with a tinge of alterna-rock to boot.

WGDJ (1300 AM), Talk 1300 AM: Local news/talk radio featuring Paul Vandenburgh, Fred Dicker.

WGNA (107.7 FM), offices: 881-1515; contest/request line: 476-1077. Country music.

WGXC (90.7 FM), 291-wgxc. Community radio.

WGY (810 AM, 103.1 FM), news line: 452-4800; talk line: 452-4807. News/talk radio. Chuck & Kelly weekday mornings, Joe Gallagher weekends.

WKLI (100.9 FM), Main office: 786-6600; Request line 476-0009. Rock 100.9: Wolf in the Morning, “Everything that Rocks.”

WKKF (102.3 FM), Business: 452-4800 Request: 476-1023. KISS FM: Dance-oriented Top 40.

WMHT (89.1, 88.7 FM), 880-3400. Public radio station featuring classical music.

WOFX (980 AM), 452-4800. Fox Sports Radio with Rodger Wyland, Dan Patrick, Ben Maller.

WPYX (106.5 FM), 476-9799. Classic and contemporary rock, Quinn and Cantara morning show.

WQBK/WQBJ (103.5 FM, 103.9 FM), 881-1515; request line: 476-1039. The Edge: Contemporary rock.

WROW (590 AM), 476-5959. Magic 590 AM: pop standards 1950s-’90s.

WRPI (91.5 FM), 276-6248; business office: 276-2648. RPI free-format college radio; Tribute, VG Memories, Democracy Now!

WRUC (89.7 FM), 388-6154. Union College radio station.

WRVE (99.5 FM), Office: 452-4800, Studio: (800) 995-9783. The River: Contemporary adult-oriented rock from the 1990s to today.

WSPN (91.1 FM), Office: 580-5787, Studio: 580-5783. Skidmore College free-format radio.

WTRY (98.3 FM), 476-WTRY. Hits of the 1960s and ’70s.

WVCR (88.3 FM), 783-2990. Siena College radio station, “We play anything.”

WPTR (1240 AM), Office: 765-9359. CBS Sports Radio.

WYJB (95.5 FM), 476-2955. B95.5: Adult contemporary/soft rock.

WYKV (94.5 FM), (800) 525-LOVE. Contemporary Christian music.

WZMR (104.9 FM), 476-1049. The Cat: country music.

Hotels & Inns

74 State 74 State St., Albany, 434-6798, 74state.com. Set in downtown Albany’s historic Bond Building. 74 guest rooms and suites, all with Wi-Fi and HD television. Fitness center, conference facilites, 24 hour coffee service, a la carte and private dining, fireplaces throughout common areas.

Albany Airport Courtyard Marriott 168 Wolf Road, Albany, 482-8800, courtyard.com/albca. Geared toward the business traveler, near Albany International Airport. 78 guest rooms, in-room Internet access, new lobby, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, café serving breakfast daily, conference facilities for up to 40 people, airport shuttle service.

Albany Marriott 189 Wolf Road, Albany, 458-8444, marriott.com. Minutes from the airport and the University at Albany campus. 359 guest rooms, free parking, restaurant and lounge, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, in-room Internet access, business center, conference center, free airport shuttle.

The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, 869-8100, desmondhotelsalbany.com. Colonial style with state-of-the-art conference technology and high-speed wireless Internet, near Albany International Airport. 324 guest rooms, two restaurants, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, business center, conference facilities, airport shuttle service.

Gideon Putnam Hotel & Conference Center 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs, (866) 890-1171, gideonputnam.com. Georgian revival hotel set amid the tall pines in Saratoga Spa State Park, two miles from the Skidmore campus. 120 guest rooms, restaurant and café, conference facilities, airport shuttle service.

Hampton Inn 25 Chapel St., Albany, 432-7000, hamptonsuitesalbany.com. In the heart of downtown Albany. 121 guest rooms, 44 suites, some with wirlpools. Fitness and relaxation center, conference facility, complimentary hot breakfast, gourmet dining.

Hampton Inn Schenectady, 450 State St., Schenectady, 377-4500. This downtown hotel has updated guest rooms, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, high-speed internet. Walking distance to Proctors, all downtown restaurants and attractions.

Hilton Albany State and Lodge Streets, Albany, (800) 445-8667, hiltonalbany.com. Newly (and completely) renovated Hilton in the heart of downtown Albany. 384 guest rooms, restaurant and lounge, in-room high-speeed wireless Internet access, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, conference facilities, airport shuttle service.

Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center 67 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 396-3500. 129 guest rooms, swimming pool, jacuzzi, hot tubs, exercise room. Convenient to Albany Medical Center and surrounding areas. Full bar and dining available at the Recovery Room Sports Grill. Free parking on premises.

Holiday Inn Albany on Wolf Road 205 Wolf Road, Albany, 458-7250, holiday-inn.com/albany-wolfny. Minutes from the airport and the University at Albany campus. 309 guest rooms, restaurant, nightclub, sports bar and grill, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, in-room Internet access, business center, conference facilities, free airport shuttle.

Holiday Inn Express 300 Broadway, (877) 863-4780. Remodeled downtown budget hotel, close to the Times Union Center and other attractions. Fitness center, 24 hour sauna, florist.

The Inn at Saratoga 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1890, theinnatsaratoga.com. 150-year-old continuously operated Victorian inn in downtown Saratoga Springs, a short drive to the Skidmore campus. 42 guest rooms and suites, restaurant and lounge, in-room Internet access, conference facilities for up to 60 people.

The Morgan State House 393 State St., Albany, 427-6063. statehouse.com. Historic downtown inn. Six spacious guest rooms, custom-made down bedding, wireless internet, fireplace, English garden.

The Saratoga Hilton 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (866) 773-7070, thesaratogahotel.com. In downtown Saratoga Springs, minutes from the Skidmore campus. 240 guest rooms, restaurant and lounge, in-room Internet access, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, business center, conference center with 40,000-plus square feet of function space, remote check-in, free parking.

Thruway Courtyard Marriott 1455 Washington Ave., Albany, 435-1600, courtyard.com/albws. Geared toward the business traveler, not far from the airport and across the street from the UAlbany campus. 78 guest rooms, in-room Internet access, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, café serving breakfast daily, conference facilities for up to 60 people.

Health & Fitness

ABC Sports and Fitness 3 Johnson Road, Latham, 783-0705. abcsportsandfitness.com. A smaller but full-service independent gym with a devoted following and flexible membership plans.

American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Road, Averill Park, 674-8714, americanmeditation.org. The heart and science of yoga. Comprehensive training in holistic mind-body medicine.

Asian Arts Group 28 Essex St., Albany, 489-1458. asianartsgrp.com. Providing quality Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructions.

Bally Total Fitness 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, 869-0473. ballyfitness.com. All the latest equipment, aerobics classes and personal trainers. Daycare available.

Best Fitness 911 Central Ave., Albany, 320-7146; 2330 Watt St., Schenectady, 213-4705, bestfitness.net. Full-service gym dedicated to providing members with the finest leve of service in the fitness community. We put an emphasis on top-level fitness and proven results. Our state-of-the-art fitness centers are the foundation for a better you.

Capital District YMCA 20 Community Way, East Greenbush, 477-2570; 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, 456-3634; 127 Droms Road, Glenville, 399-8118; 13 State St., Schenectady, 374-9136; 2500 21st St., Troy, 272-5900; 1 Wall St., Clifton Park, 371-2139. cdymca.org. Full-service membership facilities.

Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy 3 Cerone Commercial Dr., Albany, 489-4026. A school where students of all ages can learn the art and science of therapeutic massage. Day, evening, full- and part-time programs available. Student massage clinic open to the public. Call to make an appointment. cnwsmt.com

Center for Nia and Yoga 4 Central Ave., Albany, 463-5145. nia-yoga.com. An urban oasis. Classes include nia, yoga, Bowls of Zen, and more. Flexible registration.

Cichon’s Wing Chun 1237 Central Ave., Albany, 458-2941, cichonswingchun.com. Offers group and private lessons in an authentic Chinese martial art.

Empire Martial Arts 4 Walker Way, Colonie, 456-2582. Offers private and group classes for all ages and fitness levels in Muy Thai, Jujitsu and Krav Maja (Israeli self-defense system). albanymma.com.

Forever Young 20 Lower Hudson Ave., Green Island, 273-2200. foreveryounghealthclub.com. Offering cardiovascular equipment and group-fitness classes including Zumba. Co-ed gym with separate women’s club.

Global Fitness Shops of Malta, 19 Kendall Way, Ballston Spa, 899-9199; 425 Glen St., Glens Falls, 792-6264. globalfitnessny.com. Personal training, aerobics, zumba and other classes, steam rooms, tanning and a juice bar are just a few of the offerings here.

Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts 747 Madison Ave., Albany, 512-3390, heartspacealbany.com. Offering yoga classes in the Kripalu, Anusara, vinyasa, and Jivamukti styles, as well as Pilates and healing arts.

The Hot Yoga Spot 1475 Western Ave., Albany, 944-8534, thehotyogaspot.com. More than 40 hot yoga classes offered per week.

Jeet Kune Do Academy of Martial Arts Inc. Towne Center, 1603 Route 9, Suite 3, Clifton Park, 371-5858. jeetkunedoselfdefensetrainingcenter.com. Offering group lessons and private instruction in Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do.

Maximum Fitness 621 River St., Troy, 274-1874. Cardio-kickboxing classes, cardio equipment, free weights, and tai-chi.

The Movement Lab 225 River St., 3rd floor, Troy, 833-0402. themovementlab.com. A Pilates studio featuring private and group sessions for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Northeastern New York Safety & Health Council 45 Colvin Ave., Albany, 438-2365. safetycouncilny.com. Defensive-driving courses, certified first-aid/CPR programs and occupational safety courses.

Orenda Yoga, 609 State St., Schenectady. orendayoga.org. Yoga for every body, massage therapy, meditation, reiki, wellness workshops.

Plaza Fitness 1475 Western Ave., Albany; 80 State St., Albany, 482-2266. plazafitness.net. A professional personal training center.

Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation 403 Warren St., Hudson, 828-1034, sadhanayogahudson.com. Beautiful loft studio with daily classes, workshops and special events.

Shambhala Meditation Center, 747 Madison Ave., Albany, 729-4055, albany.shambhala.org. Diverse programs designed to help people of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.

Shanti Yoga 135 2nd St., Troy, 788-4988, shantiyoga.ws. Intimate yoga space with a full schedule of class offerings.

Steuben Athletic Club 1 Steuben Place, Albany, 434-6116. steubenalbanyathleticclub.com An upscale health and social club that offers fully equipped exercise facilities, classes, spa services, racquetball, squash and basketball leagues.

Troy Yoga 35 State St., Troy. troy-yoga.com. Small studio with a range of course offerings.

The Yoga Loft 540 Delaware Ave., Albany. theyogaloft.net. Yoga instruction in the Iyengar, Kripalu, and vinyasa styles.

Yoga Mandali 454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-0807, yogamandali.com. Busy class schedule in a beautiful second-floor studio. Special events and workshops.

Barbershops

Bricks Barber Shop 67 Central Ave, Albany, 445-9433. Covering all aspects of barbering.

Gregory’s Barbershop Main Square, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-3525; 5 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 371-7400, gregorysbarbershop.com. Master barbers, hot towels, hot-lather shaves and a full line of men’s grooming products.

Mens Room Barber Shop 54 Columbia St., Albany, 449-1400; 99 Washington Ave., 1 Commerce Plaza, Albany, 449-1600. mensroom.biz. Master barbers and co-owners Jerry Crouch and Ryan Peterson offer the classic barbershop experience. Services include haircuts, hot-towel straight-razor shaves, and grooming products for any hairstyle.

Niskayuna Barber Shop 2209 Nott St., Schenectady, 377-2131. A family barbershop with straight razor shaves available.

Patsy’s Executive Cutter 3 Howard St., Albany, 463-3602. patsysbarbershop.com. An original-style barbershop offering men’s and women’s haircuts, as well as hot towel services.

Rumors IV Men 595 New Loudon Road, Latham, 782-4636, rumorsinc.com. Men’s hair salon and spa. Haircuts, hot shaves, skin care, hair coloring, shoeshines and grooming products. Manicure and pedicure also available.

Siena Unisex Hairstyles 656 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-8728.

TNT Cuts 438 Central Ave., Albany, 482-1010. A full-service barbershop, started by UAlbany alumni, with hairbraiding and extension services available.

Tony Ciccarelli Barber Shop 389 3rd St., Troy, 273-6167.

Tru Images 262 Washington Ave., Albany, 449-7133. All styles and cuts, appointments available, walk-ins welcome.

Salons

Ania Hair Salon and Studio Town Center 1704 Western Ave., Albany, 456-8822. aniahairstudio.com.

Austin School of Spa Technology 855 Central Ave., Albany, (888) 271-7608, austin.edu. Where class becomes style. Cosmetology, nail technology, barbering, and esthetics.

B’Yond Style Hair Studio 573 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 454-0050. byondstyle.com.

Chez Michelle Unisex Salon 265 Osborne Road, Albany, 438-8019.

Choices Hair Studio & Day Spa 180 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-4619. choiceshairstudio.com.

Complexions 221 Wolf Road, Albany, 489-5231. complexions.com. Eco-friendly day spa offering unique spa treatments using botanicals from around the world. The hair design studio offers innovative styling in a fashion-forward setting by a talented and professional team of stylists.

Decisions 6279 Johnston Road, Albany, 869-1248.

Esthetiques 262 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-2400. esthetiques-saratoga.com.

Fantastic Sams 98 Wolf Road, Albany, 459-4955.

Jean Paul Spa & Hair Salon Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 482-2121. jeanpaulspa.com.

Jolyn’s Hair and Tanning 163 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 455-8737.

The Orlo School of Hair Design and Cosmetology 232 N. Allen St., Albany, 459-7832. A new career in less than a year and a full-service student salon.

Metro Spa and Salon 350 Watervliet Shaker Road, Watervliet, 786-1950.

Peter & Paul’s Hairstylists 142 N. Allen St., Albany, 482-5910.

Piccolo Spa & Hair 20 Mall, Western Avenue (Route 20), Guilderland, 456-8956. piccolospa.com.

Rumors 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 786-1777, rumorsinc.com. Haircuts, hair coloring, skin care, spa services, massage, manicure, and peticure for women.

Runi The Image Center 1811 Western Ave., Albany, 869-3900. runiltd.com. Full-service salon and spa.

Simplicity, A Salon 80 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7770, simplicityasalon.com.

Stiletto Salon 1315 Central Ave., Albany, 437-3471, stilettosalon.com. The Capital Region’s top Redken-educated salon.

Touch of Class 2 W. Campbell Road, Schenectady, 374-4437.

V Salon 1168 Western Ave., Albany, 482-1880. vsalon.us.

Valerie Hair Studio, Ltd. 751 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-5334 or 220-2002, valeriehairstudio.com.

Hair Removal

Hair Goes Inc. 4 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, 782-1919. hairgoesinc.com. The hair removal experts, specializing in laser, electrolysis, waxing, brazilian waxing, sugaring and facial services. Call us for comfortable, confidential and convenient services.

Plastic Surgery

DeLuca Plastic Surgery 711 Troy-Schenectady Road Suite 123, Latham, 280-5869. delucaplasticsurgery.com. Services include body contouring, breast augmentation, and non-surgical options.

Plastic Surgery Group 1365 Washington Ave., Albany. 438-0505, theplasticsurgerygoup.net. Specializing in all areas of cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery. Aesthetic procedures include facial rejuvination, body contouring and breast enhancement.

Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery 7 Wells St. Professional Building, Saratoga Springs, 583-4019. Comprehensive cosmetic medicine and surgery services from Dr. Steven Yarinsky at the Capital Region’s only joint commission accredited surgery center.

Tanning

St. Croix Tan, 121 Sanford Farms Shopping Center, Amsterdam; 226 Delaware Ave, Delmar; 601 New Loudon Road, Latham; Brunswick Plaza, 714 Hoosick Rd., Troy; 15 Park Ave., Clifton Park; 2050 Western Ave., Guilderland; 373-1001, stcroixtan.com. The Capital Region’s largest indoor tanning provider. Beautiful salons at multiple locations, great student packages and pricing available all year long.

Body Piercing & Tattooing

All-Star Body Art 143 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 377-7317, allstarbodyart.com.

Dead Presidents Lounge 5 S. Allen St., Albany, 689-0730, deadpreztattoo.com.

Full Effect Tattooing 235 N. Greenbush Road, Route 4, Troy, 328-0077. fulleffecttattoo.com.

Impulse Tattoo 365 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont, 427-1000, impulsetattoo.com.

Jammin’ Ink Tattoo 100 Fuller Road, Albany, 459-2636, jammininktattoo.com.

Lark Street Tattoo 274 Lark St., Albany, 432-1905, larktattoo.com.

Lucky Tattoo 344 Central Ave., Albany, 436-7877.

Needlewurks 26 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 583-4044; 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 280-4688. needlewurkstattoo.com.

Primal Inc 1955 Central Ave., Albany, 209-2996.

True Tattoo 489 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-8711; 1603 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-8310. truetattoostudio.com.

Viva Lark Vegas 278 Lark St., Albany, 434-4907, larkvegas.com.

Colleges and Universities

Albany College Of Pharmacy 106 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 445-7221, acp.edu.

Albany Law School 80 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 445-2311, albanylaw.edu.

Albany Medical College, 47 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 262-3125, amc.edu.

The College of Saint Rose 432 Western Ave., Albany, 800-637-8556, strose.edu.

Empire State College 21 British American Blvd., Latham, 783-6443, esc.edu.

Hudson Valley Community College 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 629-4822, hvcc.edu.

Maria College 700 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 438-3111, mariacollege.edu.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 110 8th St., Troy, 276-6000, rpi.edu.

Russell Sage College, 65 1sst St., Troy, 244-2217, sage.edu.

The Sage Colleges 140 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 244-2000, sage.edu.

Schenectady County Community College 78 Washington Ave., Albany, 381-1200, sunysccc.edu.

Siena College 515 Loudon Parkway, Albany, 783-2300, siena.edu.

Skidmore College 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000, skidmore.edu.

Union College 807 Union St., Schenectady, 388-6000, union.edu.

University at Albany 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, 442-3300, albany.edu.

Exotic Nightspots and Adult Services

Capital Hideaway Snyders Corners Road, Poestenkill, 283-6080, capital-hideaway.com. All-nude female entertainment nightly, now offering private dancing, five VIP rooms, six-person jacuzzi, and couch dances.

Ciro’s Place 1118 Broadway, Albany, 432-0486, cirosplace.com. Go-Go dancers and bikini barmaids; full bar.

DiCarlo’s 1165 Central Ave., Colonie, 459-8440, dicarlos.com. The Capital Region’s premier gentlemen’s club.

Double Vision Gentleman’s Club 1915 Route 9, Clifton Park, 877-7353, doublevisionny.com. Just minutes off the Northway. Kitchen offers daily specials. Full Bar.

Fantasy Island 4175 Route 30, Amsterdam, 842-1339. Private lingerie modeling with beautiful ladies; features videos and adult toys.

Lovely Lady Lingerie 28 Fuller Road, Albany, 489-8999. Private modeling with beautiful women, retail sales, discrete parking in rear.

Nite Moves Cabaret 677 New Loudon Road, Latham, 785-7739, nitemovesny.com. More than 40 of the best-looking girls in the area; hourly dance specials. Sunday afternoon pole dancing lessons by appointment.

Sheer Pleasure Lingerie 2173 Central Ave., Colonie, 393-4234, shenanigans-ny.com. Lingerie modeling, bachelor parties, adult videos, novelties and lingerie available for purchase.

Shenanigans Gentlemen’s Club 2169 Central Ave., Colonie, 382-8786, shenanigans-ny.com. The only gentlemen’s club with a sister club next door.

Tops in Bottoms Entertainment 405 Ballston Road, Scotia, 885-0290, topsinbottoms.com. The name says it all.

And the Rest

Community Services

AIDS Council 445-AIDS, 445-2437.

Damien Center Albany, 449-7119; Schenectady, 374-0848; Troy, 270-9170. Area community drop-in centers offering support and activities for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Domestic Violence Shelter Equinox, 432-7865.

Drug Abuse Services Hope House, 465-2441.

Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222.

Rape crisis hotlines Albany County, 447-7716; Saratoga County, 587-2336; Schenectady County, 346-2266; Rensselaer County, 271-3257.

Substance Abuse Counseling Equinox, 434-6135.

Suicide Prevention Samaritan, 689-4673.

YWCA Services to Families in Violence 374-3394.

 

Planned Parenthood

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

Appointment line for all centers: 434-5678.

Albany 885 Central Ave., 434-5678.

Hudson 190 Fairview Ave., 828-4675.

Troy 200 Broadway, 274-5640.

Planned Parenthood Health Services

Amsterdam, 4803 State Highway/30 KEM Plaza, 842-0285.

Clifton Park 1673 Route 9, 383-1783.

Saratoga Springs 236 Washington St., 584-0041.

 

Social Action

The brief list below provides info for those inclined to get involved in the community and social change.

AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, 927 Broadway, Albany. 434-4686, aidscouncil.org. Provides free, confidential HIV and STD testing, free condoms and safer sex supplies, and services to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Albany Vegetarian Network, PO Box 1617, Latham, (578) 686-7486, albanyvegetariannetwork.org. Promoting the global health benefits of green, sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings and highlighing their relationships to vegetarian and vegan lifesytles.

Capital District Center for Independence 875 Central Ave., South 4, Albany, 459-6422. A nonprofit organization that provides services for the disabled.

Capital District Local First, Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga Counties, capitaldistrictlocalfirst.org. Working to promote the locally owned, independent business community of the region. We believe that the locally owned, independent business community plays a vital role in enhancing the social fairness, community spirit, financial vitality, and environmental health of the region.

Center for Law and Justice 153 S. Pearl St., Albany, 427-8361. Advocates for poor communities on issues of police brutality, racism and social justice issues.

Environmental Advocates 353 Hamilton St., Albany, 462-5526. Environmental action group. eany.org

Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council 332 Hudson Ave., Albany, 462-6138. A community center for the gay and lesbian community in the Capital Region, and a clearinghouse for information about events sponsored by the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council and other groups. cdglcc.org.

Capital District Community Gardens, 40 River St., Troy, 274-8685. Helping residents of Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties improve their neighborhoods through community gardening, healthy food access and urban greening programs for more than 30 years. Cdcg.org.

Homeless Action Committee 393 N. Pearl St., Albany. 426-0554. Providers of food, clothing and advocacy for Albany’s homeless. homelessaction.com.

Hunger Action Network of New York State 275 State St., 4th Floor, Albany, 434-7371. Lobbying and research on a range of hunger issues. hungeractionnys.org.

New York Public Interest Research Group 107 Washington Ave., Albany, 436-0876. Works on a range of public-interest issues, including the environment, good government, campaign-finance reform and consumer advocacy. nypirg.org.

Social Justice Center 33 Central Ave., Albany, 434-4037. Umbrella organization of 10 peace and justice groups working on state and local social issues. albanysocialjusticecenter.org.

United Tenants of Albany 33 Clinton Ave., Albany, 436-8997. Direct service and advocacy on tenants’ rights, affordable housing and community investment. unitedtenantsalbany.org.

Vanderheyden Hall Troy, vanderheydenhall.org. Vanderheyden has been one of the premier youth, individual and family services agencies located in the Capital Region of New York State for 175 years.

Transportation

Air

Albany International Airport Call airlines individually if you need specific information. General information: 242-2299. albanyairport.com

Bus

Adirondack Trailways Bus Lines 34 Hamilton St., Albany, 427-7060; 22 State St., Schenectady, 800-776-7548.

Capital District Transit Authority For bus information, 482-8822; for STAR information, 482-2022.

Greyhound Bus Lines 34 Hamilton St., Albany, 434-8461; 22 State St., Schenectady, 346-6113; 133 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-7490. For fare and schedule information, call (800) 229-9424.

Megabus (877) 602-MEGA, us.megabus.com. Buses leaving from Albany-Rensselaer train station to New York City and Ridgewood, N.J.

Limo Services

Premier Transportation Group 456 N. Pearl St., Albany, 459-6123. A full-service limo company featuring a stretch Excursion that will boggle the mind.

Rail

Amtrak 525 East St., Rensselaer, 462-5763; 332 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 346-8651; 26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs, 587-8354. For reservations and information, call (800) 872-7245.

Taxis

Airport Yellow Cab 869-2258, 869-2259.

Albany Yellow Cab runs 24 hours a day throughout the area; 434-2222.

Amtrak Yellow Cab Rensselaer, 433-0300.

Black & White Cab System Troy, 272-6961.

Buzzy’s Taxi Albany, 433-8888.

Capitaland Taxi runs 24 hours a day throughout the area; Albany: 453-8888; Colonie-Guilderland-Latham: 456-8294; Schenectady: 372-7777; Troy: 273-6666.

Colonie Checker Cab runs 24 hours a day throughout the area; 456-8800.

Duffy’s Taxi Albany, 433-8400.

Saratoga Central Dispatch 24-hour service. 584-2700.

Yankee Doodle Taxi runs 24 hours a day in Albany and southern Rensselaer County; 465-8188.