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Centuries House

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  At 48 Hudson Ave., where the Albany Convention Center was planned to be, a seemingly dilapidated building was festooned with fairy lights. Inside, past patchy brick walls and rough-hewn planks, there were streamers and champagne ...

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History Uncovered

by Ann Morrow September 18, 2014

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  “The most important thing now is to excavate it,” said John Wolcott, pointing to a map projected on the wall behind him. The longtime historical researcher, archeologist, and cartographer was referring to Fort Nassau, the ...

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Smashing Success

by Ann Morrow September 11, 2014

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  It’s a hit. When Annine Everson is performing, that’s as much a description as a compliment: Everson makes piñatas, and hitting and breaking her papier-mâché creations is part of the artistry. But it doesn’t end there, ...

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Sailing Back in Time

by Ann Morrow August 28, 2014

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  Five years after Henry Hudson made his return voyage to England, a Dutch privateer was hired to follow up on the explorer’s claims. His name was Adriaen Block, and what he is known for today, ...

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Operation Historic Salvage

by Ann Morrow August 21, 2014

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  Within gutted buildings surrounded by gaping holes, volunteers for Historic Albany Foundation are salvaging architectural elements for future reuse. Often just minutes ahead of the demolition crew, this fluctuating team of about 25 people have ...

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Nothing Up His Sleeve

by Ann Morrow August 21, 2014

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  In the sumptuous opening to Magic in the Moonlight, there is real magic, both on the stage—with a couple of grand illusions from a magic show—and in the film, which enchantingly captures the swank and ...

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The New Joint

by Ann Morrow August 14, 2014

  “Your leg bone connected to your knee bone, your knee bone connected to your thigh bone . . .” Actually, the elements that comprise the human knee are considerably more intricate than the children’s song describes: ...

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Social Mobility

by Ann Morrow August 14, 2014

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  “It’s a neighborhood car,” said Nnenna Ferguson, the marketing coordinator for Capital CarShare. She was referring to a shiny red Prius in the parking lot, but also to five other cars that are available to ...

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Less Than Meets the Eye

by Ann Morrow August 7, 2014

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  The human eye: a window to the soul, inspiration for great poetry, evolutionary trump card and favored feature of advertising artists. In I Origins—yes, the title is used for all sorts of allegories—eyes are an ...

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The Past is Prologue

by Ann Morrow August 7, 2014

  It was the war to end all wars—and we all know how that turned out. Which is one reason why remembering the outbreak of World War I is important: Since this first global conflict, not ...

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There Goes the Neighborhood—Literally

by Ann Morrow August 7, 2014

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  The scope of Albany Medical Center’s redevelopment of a large swath of the Park South neighborhood became a reality this week with the leveling of almost a dozen 19th-century houses. The reconstruction of the two ...

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Popcorn Gods

by Ann Morrow July 31, 2014

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  The ancient Greece of Brett Ratner’s enjoyably silly Hercules is mostly backdrop for an action-packed tale of a wandering warrior and his merry band of followers, and as such, the classical world works well enough ...

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Upcycling the Economy

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

  On Monday, Parks and Trails New York released a new report on the Erie Canalway Trail demonstrating an economic impact of $253 million, from a volume of 1.58 million visits a year, and supporting 3,440 ...

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Of Soldiers and Shakers

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

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  On Monday (July 14), the Albany County legislature unanimously approved a resolution supporting an environmental review of the proposed site of housing developments for Solider On, a nonprofit organization that aids at-risk veterans. The group ...

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Industrial Evolution

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

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  The Preservation League of New York State has selected five historic industrial buildings for a collaborative Industrial Heritage Reuse program designed to breathe new life into upstate’s vacant and underutilized industrial properties. The press announcement ...

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The Nihilism Express

by Ann Morrow July 10, 2014

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  Snowpiercer is a train, but it might as well be called the Ark, for it contains the only survivors of an environmental apocalypse. This near-future scenario, starting 17 years after the Earth’s surface froze over ...

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The Final Caterpillar Ride

by Ann Morrow July 10, 2014

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  It’s the end of an era, a 1950s-steeped era of bumper cars, Tilt-a-Whirls, cotton candy, and the faces of little ones lighting up at the sight of a fairyland carousel. Hoffman’s Playland on Route 9 ...

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Triple-Threat Ticks

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

  Babesiosis—ever heard of it? Probably not, but if you’re an outdoorsy type, you need to know that blacklegged ticks, the notorious pest that transmits the bacterium for Lyme disease, can also carry the protozoan that ...

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Herman Melville’s Pittsfield

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

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  Herman Melville liked to grow pumpkins, and he liked to feed his pumpkins to his horse and cow. Known to posterity as one of the greatest American novelists in literature, and forever linked with high-seas ...

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You Can Get There From Here

by Ann Morrow June 26, 2014

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  The Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge at Maiden Lane arches over the highway with grandeur of scale and 30 mural-painted obelisk light poles. Yet when the footbridge opened in 2002, bicyclists were disappointed: The bridge ...

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Medieval Merriment

by Ann Morrow June 20, 2014

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  Armored knights charged across an open field, lances at the ready. After a shield-splintering collision, the champion of England delivered a coup de grace to the champion of Scotland, who was knocked off his mount. ...

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The U.S.S Corning Revue

by Ann Morrow June 19, 2014

  The Airship U.S.S. Corning is preparing for take-off—and so is its crew of scintillating dancers, torch singers, and comedians. On June 21 (Saturday), the observation deck of the Corning Tower, 42 floors up, will be ...

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Elizabethan Extravaganza

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014

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  At the foot of the misty mountains, west of the King’s highway past the blueberry bush, a magical gathering is expected, transforming a Voorheesville farmstead into a medieval village populated by swashbucklers, thespians, minstrels, craftsmen, ...

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A Mild Chill

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014

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  Richard Dane is a dweeby frame-shop owner living in 1980s Texas. He’s a family man, probably a born-again Christian, and oddly meek considering his obvious manliness. And then one night he shoots and kills an ...

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A Place of Their Own

by Ann Morrow June 5, 2014

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  Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels canceled due to illness, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of thousands of area veterans and supporters for last weekend’s benefit concert at the Times Union Center. Following a motorcycle ...

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