The winners of Metroland’s annual poll of readers’
favorite things in the Capital Region
1. Jack’s Oyster House
2. (tie) DeJohn’s and Justin’s
With a name like Jack’s, you know it’s American. When you
get a hankering for some good ol’ meat and potatoes with a
bit of flair, these are your three favorite spots around.
1. Lombardo’s Restaurant
2. Café Capriccio
3. Caffe Italia
The old school takes it handily: Lombardo’s is the red-sauce
champ, with Café Capriccio’s delectable fare bringing them
a well-earned second.
2. Nicole’s Bistro
3. Chez Sophie
1. Real Seafood Co.
2. Red Lobster
3. Jack’s Oyster House
Real Seafood? Delicious. Jack’s Oyster House? You bet. But
2. Plum Blossom
You guys love you some Ichiban . . .
. . . as you voted them tops in both eligible categories.
1. My Linh
2. Bangkok Thai Bistro
My Linh won this in a landslide; it would appear that this
is because readers can’t think of any other Vietnamese restaurants.
1. El Mariachi
2. El Loco Mexican Café
The mighty El Mariachi kingdom has cornered the market on
your hearts, and that crazy café on Madison Avenue still offers
some of the best margaritas poured.
2. Smokey Bones
The Saratoga Springs landmark won in a landslide, but Smokey
Bones’ BBQ and Magnolia’s Southern flair won favor, too.
3. First Choice
You sure miss Clayton’s: The shuttered Center Square mainstay
won by a lot.
Two perennial faves take the top spots, while the buzz-heavy
Karavalli places third.
1. A Taste of Greece
2. Grecian Garden
You still have a taste for the ever-tasty Taste of Greece.
2. BFS Restaurant
3. Avenue A
Yono’s has won fast favor in its new downtown Albany location,
while BFS holds steady and always-busy neighborhood fave Avenue
A moves into contention.
2. Four Seasons
3. Shades of Green
Antipasto’s was the overwhelming winner. As with Clayton’s,
you folks just won’t let go of your fond memories of the long-gone
Shades of Green.
1. Angelo’s 677 Prime
The Capital Region, evidently, can appreciate expensive meat:
Angelo’s 677 Prime won easily. The ever-dependable Barnsider
and Delmonico’s also know how serve up a tasty slab o’beef.
Thanks! We were getting a taste for some ribs, and now we
know that you guys overwhelmingly prefer the classic BBQ styles
of Clifton Park’s Giffy’s.
1. Albany Pump Station
2. Brown’s Brewing Co.
3. Troy Brew Pub
The C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station
continues to impress, while Brown’s earns a respectable second.
In third is, uh, the Troy Brew Pub . . . which changed its
name to Brown’s Brewing Co. three years ago. When’s
the last time you people went out for a pint?
3. Holmes and Watson
Mahar’s has it all, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from
every corner of the globe. And they serve their brew with
attitude: Mahar’s is not a place for beer poseurs.
The Lionheart has great drafts, and Homes and Watson has a
1. Latham 76
2. Metro 20
3. Miss Albany
When you’re looking for eggs and bacon at 3:30 AM, you go
with the classics: Latham 76 and Metro 20 in Guilderland.
And for your weekend brunch, another classic—Miss Albany.
People tend to like their delis old-school, with big helpings
and bigger pickles. Gershon’s is all of that, and it’s No.1
in your hearts.
2. Gideon Putnam
3. Peaches Café
We can taste Justin’s casted hash and eggs right now. Mmm.
Gideon Putnam’s brunch is almost overwhelming, while Peaches
is an old favorite.
1. El Mariachi II
3. Water’s Edge Lighthouse
El Mariachi’s Robinson Square location is your first choice,
but you have plenty of love for DeJohn’s patio and the Scotia
charms of Water’s Edge Lighthouse.
2. Taco Bell
People head to Bombers when they want a lot of food for a
little money—and, we imagine, because they prefer their Tex-Mex
free of e-coli or rat infestation.
1. Glen Sanders Mansion
2. Old Daley Inn
3. Classe Catering
For the ultimate in takeout, our readers prefer Glen Sanders
time and time again.
1. Red Robin
2. Five Guys
3. Lark Tavern
This category was dominated by two national chains, with the
venerable Lark Tavern serving up a tasty No. 3 special.
2. Wings Over Albany
3. the Rusty Nail
You guys like your wings the same way we do—with a frozen
margarita. Does that make us strange? Hell, no.
1. I Love NY Pizza
Um, we’re not going to try to guess which of the many I Love
NY Pizzas you people mean. Next year, specify please. We can
verify, however, that both Paesan’s and Inferno have some
2. Uncommon Grounds
3. Dunkin Donuts
The first Bruegger’s opened 20 years ago in Troy. It’s true!
Big ups to Uncommon Grounds.
2. Debbie’s Kitchen
3. Panera Bread
Look at Debbie’s Kitchen sandwiched in between Quiznos and
Panera Bread. We’re warning you, you out-of-town, chain-restaurant
start-ups, don’t piss Debbie off.
1. Ben & Jerry’s
2. Cold Stone Creamery
Don’t mention ice to us right now—it’s, like, 10 below out.
1. Dunkin Donuts
3. Daily Grind
In the age of big, bad franchise domination, it’s nice to
see y’all still got some love for the locally owned Grind.
1. Cheesecake Factory
2. Vanilla Bean
3. Bella Napoli
Business Penetration 101: The secret to a successful venture
is to use a signature product in your name. The runners-up
in this category are locally owned and they rock.
3. Blue 82
We like our martinis girly and pink, and these fine establishments
make the girliest and pinkest ones around. They also pour
some pretty macho gimlets, too.
1. the Ginger Man
2. Wine Bar
3. Antica Enoteca
The Ginger Man has always impressed us with its comprehensive
wine list and the servers’ knowledge of their wares. And,
actually, the same can be said for Saratoga Springs’ Wine
Bar and Lark Street’s Antica Enoteca.
1. Bella Napoli
2. Vanilla Bean
3. Villa Italia
We’re on our way for cannoli already.
1. Panera Bread
2. Bella Napoli
There was a time when we got Red Lobster as the winner for
seafood restaurant every year. That stopped this year. But
now this? Panera Bread as best bread bakery? We suppose you
are going to tell us that McDonald’s makes the best coffee
in town, too. (Actually, they kinda do.)
3. Curry House
Anything and everything you want in an Indian buffet can be
found at Shalimar—we can almost taste the shahi korma and
chicken vindaloo now. And you can’t beat the price! Our mouths
1. Dragon Buffet
2. Capital Buffet
3. Kings Buffet
Their names say it all. Buffet. When you got that craving
to graze from heat-lamped pots of Szechuan goodness, these
spots are your top picks.
2. the Ginger Man
3. Jack’s Oyster House
Justin’s cozy, cushioned, candlelit dining room provides just
the kind of ambience you all prefer when choosing a date destination.
The Ginger Man and Jack’s followed closely in terms of votes.
2. Red Robin
3. Chuck E. Cheese’s
Friendly’s is great and all, but where are the giant animal
1. Jack’s Oyster House
2. 677 Prime
3. Panera Bread
Feel the power of Jack’s. Not pow-pow-Power Wheels power,
but the power of hundreds of politicians gathered in one spot
haggling over the fate of us normal folk, all while they enjoy
some ultra-tasty oysters.
Eats at 3 AM
2. 76 Diner
3. Bob’s Diner
At 3 AM, it isn’t so much about the food as it’s about that
comfortable vibe of bleary-eyed scenesters and super- caffeinated
servers, and Denny’s, apparently, never fails. You aren’t
looking for gourmet; you’re just looking to wind down with
a fresh cup of coffee. These places can’t be beat.
2. Miss Albany Diner
3. 76 Diner
So what you are saying is that a good breakfast to you means
bingeing on eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, and gravy
to the tune of two times your caloric intake for the day?
Well, we agree.
1. Empire Vision
We see you know what you’re talking about.
2. Best Buy
3. (tie) Green’s and Lowe’s
Our readers are not shy about going big-box for their appliance
needs. Nice to see one locally owned business (Green’s) hanging
1. River Street, Troy
2. Katbird Shop
3. (tie) Aunt Katie’s Attic, and Warren Street, Hudson
There are a lot of old things for sale in Troy. And Scotia.
2. Barnes & Noble
3. The Book House
Borders and Barnes & Noble duke it out for the top spot
again. We can just picture them lobbing rotten eggs across
Wolf Road at each other.
3. Westmere News & Variety
No one even came close to Coulson’s, as per usual.
1. Road Runner
It must be our collective childhood fondness for the Looney
Tunes, or its reliable broadband service, because Road
Runner dominated in this category. It won by a landslide.
3. Home Depot
Hewitt’s won by a landslide, perhaps because people don’t
so much trust their gardening questions to dudes who sell
1. Lark Street Flower Market
2. Frank Gallo and Son
3. Emil J. Nagengast
You people love your flowers! And there is an apparent bond
you’ve made with their florists. We can tell that by how close
the votes were for the top three winners.
Home Electronics Store
1. Best Buy
2. Hippo’s Home Entertainment
3. Circuit City
Why does Best Buy have a lockdown on the home-electronics
market? It’s probably because you can buy a microwave, a car
stereo installation and the DVD of Enter the Dragon
all inside its comfortable yellow-and-blue world. Hippo’s
appeals to those who want some custom lovin’.
1. Taft Furniture
2. Old Brick Furniture Co.
3. Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
it’s the big store,” what do you expect? People like big.
Old Brick did come in a close second. Probably because it’s
kinda big, too.
Pet Supplies Store
When you absolutely, positively need to dress your dog up
in a cute little sweater and booties, you turn to Petsmart.
2. Wit’s End
Because you like your gift stores with a bit of man-ass, Romeo’s
defeated its vanilla comers handily.
1. All Star Wine & Spirits
2. Exit 9 Wine & Liquor Warehouse
3. Capital Wine & Spirits
All Star is the rock star in this category for the umpteenth
1. Salvation Army
3. (tie) Metropolis and Last Vestige
The DIY vintage-clothes shoppers voted in droves this year,
and Salvation Army came out on top. For those of you who are
willing to pay someone else to claw through the bargain-filled
racks, Metropolis and Last Vestige offers tons of style and
a bit of savings.
Women’s Clothing Store
Your Macy’s card is buzzing in your pocket now, isn’t it?
Men’s Clothing Store
3. Express and J. C. Penney
Your Macy’s card is out of your pocket and leading you by
the hand toward the register now, isn’t it?
Children’s Clothing Store
1. Gap Kids
2. Children’s Place
3. Old Navy
Your kids dress fancy. Our kids can too, when they figure
out how to apply for their own Gap cards.
Women’s Shoe Store
1. Saratoga Shoe Depot
In past years we may have alluded to a certain shoe fetish
shared by some members of the staff. It’s Saratoga Shoe Depot’s
fault. They keep us longing to dip our toes into fresh leather.
Men’s Shoe Store
3. (tie) Saratoga Shoe Depot and Payless
The guys know where to go to get their shoes—they feel comfortable
in the warehouse atmosphere of DSW. They can get in, get out,
and get on with their lives.
1. Jean Paul Salon & Spa
We were hoping you’d misinterpret this one and write in “Britney
1. Rumors IV Men
2. (tie) Gregory’s and Jean Paul Salon & Spa
You can’t see this, but Supercuts came in just behind Gregory’s
and Jean Paul. You guys are real funny.
Sporting Goods Store
1. Dick’s Sporting Goods
2. Sports Authority
While Sports Authority and Goldstocks garnered a respectable
number of votes, no one came close to the winner in this category.
Apparently everyone loves Dick’s.
3. Dick’s Sporting Goods
Downtube remains at the top of the list for discriminating
cyclists. Customer service, great selection and a superb fix-it
shop all contribute to the store’s annual dominance in this
1. Toys “R” Us
2. K B Toys
3. The Toymaker
You naughty, naughty devils—Adult World nearly snuck its way
into the top three. Let’s try to keep the rest of list clean,
shall we? To that end we suggest you check out Toys “R” Us
and let Geoffrey the giraffe clean your mouth out with soap.
1. Hollywood Video
Don’t be surprised if you see your neighbor at Hollywood Video,
because apparently, that’s where most of you go to grab your
copies of Borat nowadays.
1. Lark Tattoo
2. Tom Spaulding
3. Impulse Tattoo
The readers were very clear about where they prefer to get
inked—Lark Tattoo won by a landslide.
Verizon, you devil, you. You stole our heart with the Chocolate
and then stole our money when it broke three or four times.
But we still love you, and so does everyone else.
1. Northeastern Fine Jewelery
2. Hannoush Jewelers
3. Kay Jewelers
When you want your bling, any of these top winners get your
business. It was a dead-heat between the top three.
1. Kimberley’s . . . A Day Spa, Ltd.
2. Crystal Spa
3. Jean Paul Salon
Kimberley’s proves convincingly it’s the place you most like
to be pampered.
Musical Instrument Store
1. Parkway Music
2. Guitar Center
3. Drome Sound
This was a close one, but readers ultimately went with Parkway,
perhaps because it’s not as loud as the next- closest competitor.
1. Troy Farmer’s Market
2. Saratoga Springs
3. Empire State Plaza
At either the Atrium in the winter, or the parking lot in
the summer, the Troy Farmer’s Market is always hopping.
1. Price Chopper
3. Honest Weight Food Co-op
Price Chopper won by a huge margin in this category, perhaps
because this locally owned chain has revamped its produce
sections in recent years to include things like hard-to-find
fruits and organic selections.
Place To Buy a Computer
1. Best Buy
2. Dell Online
3. Apple Store
What happened, Apple Store? Hope that iPhone thing works out
Place to Service a Computer
1. Best Buy
2. Apple Store
The geek squad rolls hard. The geek squad rolls deep. Don’t
F with the geek squad, or they will put you to sleep.
2. Mohawk Commons
There is only one worthwhile plaza in the Capital Region,
according to our readers. That is not to say there is only
one plaza. There are lots of strip malls and plazas, but there
is only one plaza that escapes the strip-mall stereotype by
laying on the pomp and circumstance like it’s going out of
1. Crossgates Mall
2. Colonie Center
3. Rotterdam Square
It started in 2007: Malls across America shirking their human
masters to do battle with each other. Many lives were lost,
many Starbucks and Torrids laid to waste. Cinemas sprang up,
Cheesecake Factories shot forth from the muddy soil. Here
in Albany we got the worst of it, as titans Crossgates and
Colonie Center unleashed a shopaholic’s Armageddon of savings.
Rotterdam Square was the only survivor.
1. Saratoga Springs
3. New York City
You love the Spa City, whose cute little downtown is a shopper’s
1. Lee, Mass.
2. Lake George
3. Woodbury Commons
Lee reigns supreme, perhaps because it’s so fun to sing the
word “Lee” as you stroll its outlets.
1. Price Chopper
3. Honest Weight Food Co-op
It was a neck-and-neck race between Price Chopper and Hannaford,
but Price Chopper pulled ahead in the end, and we can see
why. We love PC’s huge produce selections and various perks—in
some locations there are sushi chefs and florists.
Health Food Store
1. Honest Weight food co-op
3. Green Grocer
This category was no contest for Honest Weight. But, we have
to say, we’re still concerned that our readers think that
GNC is a health food store. We know you all love your
pills, but c’mon now.
Record Store (Used)
1. Last Vestige
3. Blue Note
There can be only one! And that one is Last Vestige—the last
remaining beacon of used-record and -CD sales in the Capital
Record Store (New)
2. Best Buy
We may have asked last year but we have to ask again: You
guys look at how much your CDs cost before you buy them right?
OK, just checking.
1. Washington Park, Albany
2. Central Park, Schenectady
3. Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs
Washington Park received three times the votes as the very
close second- and third-place finishers. Score one for the
19th-century “city beautiful” movement.
1. The Crossings, Colonie
2. Washington Park, Albany
3. Central Park, Schenectady
Parents of the Capital Region have spoken: The Crossings is
a hit. Folks still love Washington and Central parks, though.
1. Lake George
2. New York City
Lake George won this with a huge lead over the perennial favorites
to the south and northeast of us. Score one for the home team.
1. Mohawk River
2. Corning Preserve
3. Saratoga State Park
In the past we and our readers have been accused of coveting
trail mix. Well here are the places we like to eat it.
1. Corning Preserve
2. The Crossings
3. Mohawk River
Nothing beats a good run around (or away from) the Hudson.
1. Thatcher Park
2. Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
3. Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Thatcher Park is the best place to take out-of-towners to
impress them with the Capital Region’s natural beauty. Five
Rivers is great nature preserve. And we’re pretty sure that
Albany hasn’t taken all of the Pine Bush for dump expansion
1. Albany Indoor Rock Gym
2. Electric City Rock Gym
3. Thatcher Park
The Albany Indoor Rock Gym has superior escarpments, and monumental
1. Planet Fitness
2. Gold’s Gym
People like working their abs in the “judgment free zone.”
1. Chris Minehan
2. (tie) Nick Pavoldi and Mary Panza
Next time, send us gift certificates so we can test these
people out and prove you all right.
1. Albany Kripalu Yoga Center
2. Best Fitness
3. Studio G
No one out om’s Albany Kripalu. It took this one in
1. Saratoga National Golf Course
2. Capital Hills at Albany
3. Stadium Golf Club
Saratoga National won with a good lead over the course you
still call Albany Municipal, and Schenectady’s Stadium.
1. Hoffman’s Playland
2. Funplex, East Greenbush
3. Pirates Cove
Hoffman’s Playland has spent years fine-tuning its miniature-golf
course, and you like the results.
1. Gore Mountain
2. Jiminy Peak
3. West Mountain
The votes are in: As the ads say, you want more Gore.
1. Empire State Plaza
2. Swinburne Park
3. Hudson Valley Community College
There is just something about skating at the center of Albany’s
most stunning architectural mess.
2. Latham Bowl
3. Sunset Lanes
The Playdium dominated the competition, keeping the bowling
crown in the heart of Albany.
1. Diamond 8 Billiards
2. Golden Cue
3. Backstreet Billiards
Rack ’em up and shoot ’em.
1. Tess’ Lark Tavern
3. Old Dublin Inn
This was close, but Tess’ Lark Tavern took the victory, which
is likely a testament to everything Tess herself has done
since she took over this Center Square mainstay. Jillian’s
second-place win is likely a testament to Jerry Jennings’
vision for Pearl Street, and Clifton Park’s Old Dublin Inn
has made a name for itself with good beer and live music.
Hey reader, you like reading the Metroland Readers
Poll? Yeah, so do we—it is so hot. Hot like white-socks-in-the-dryer
kind of hot. So, where are you going after this? Maybe we
could get a few drinks at Jillian’s?
1. Oh Bar
3. Club Phoenix
They battled it out like gladiators. Their hot, sweaty flesh
glistened under the neon of the beer signs as they wrestled
hard and long through the night. In the end, Oh Bar came out
on top, outlasting its closest competitor, Waterworks.
1. Antica Enoteca
2. the Wine Bar
3. (tie) Vin Santo and the Ginger Man
It was a close race, probably because, like us, you get warm
and fuzzy about anything after a few glasses of Cabernet.
Happy Hour Bar
Seems like everyone has an opinion on this category, as it
received a truckload of entries. Bombers won big here, on
the strength of its eight-hour-long happy hour.
2. Nite Moves
You like seeing nakey-nakey ladies at DiCarlo’s the best.
We can’t usually be so picky about where we see nakey-nakey
people. But we know that DiCarlo’s is the best place to do
1. Michael Callagan, Old Dublin Inn
2. Mike Ruddy, JJ Rafferty’s
3. Tess Collins, Lark Tavern
The world-renowned statisticians in our employ excitedly informed
us that the contest for best bartender was “CUT-THROAT CLOSE!”
Looks like a few bartenders are going to have to make their
drinks a little stiffer.
1. Julianne Torres, Yono’s
2. Aleph Ashline, Justin’s
3. Desiree, Hill St. Cafe
It takes a certain balance of charm, efficiency and love for
the job to claim the Best Server award. The readers have spoken:
The majority of you love Julianne at Yono’s, and Aleph from
Justin’s pulled in at a close second.
1. Eliot Spitzer
2. Jerry Jennings
3. David Soares
You elected him, you love him, you expect to see him as president
someday. Again you prove that Gov. Spitzer has won your hearts
by a landslide. As for numbers two and three: Watch out Jerry,
there’s a new star in Albany politics.
1. Alice Green
2. Eliot Spitzer
3. Naomi Jaffe
Alice Green is a perennial favorite in this category and with
good reason. Green has dedicated her life to improving the
lives of the discarded in Albany and while she lost her bid
for mayor of Albany in 2005, Green left her mark and put Albany’s
old guard on notice.
1. Steve Caporizzo
Whiskers Animal Benevolent League
We appreciate Steve Caporizzo for his meteorological skills,
but we love him for his commitment to finding adoptive homes
for homeless animals. Readers called it a draw, as he took
gold in both categories. We’re not sure which ASPCA you prefer,
but we know and love Whiskers, too.
1. Salvation Army
2. Ronald McDonald House
Was it the thrift shops? Because that’s why we would have
voted for them.
1. Victoria Pool, Saratoga
2. Lincoln Park, Albany
This one was very close, as the Colonie Town Pool was fourth.
1. Grafton State Park
2. French’s Hollow, Guilderland
3. Poestenkill Creek
Grafton’s “hole” is actually a lake, but we’ll let it go since
we haven’t instituted a Best Local Lake category thus far.
1. Moreau State Park
2. Lake George
3. Thompson’s Lake
These three were all pretty close in the voting, but Moreau’s
campgrounds edged ahead for the win.
1. Caymus (dog), All Star Wine and Spirits
2. Sparky (cat), the Katbird Shop
3. Amber (cat), Sweater Venture
Store pets just make the shopping experience homier, so let’s
hear it for Caymus, Sparky and Amber—and Morsel, of Some Girls
Boutique, who was only one vote out of third place!
Local TV News
2. Capital News 9
Complete and utter ownage from WNYT. Capital News 9: You might
be on all the time, but WNYT is right-on, all the time.
Local TV News Anchor
1. Lydia Kulbida, WNYT
2. John Gray, WXXA
3. Liz Bishop, WRGB
We get it—you love your Lydia Kulbida. She is smart, snappy
and sincere. But you have a soft spot in your heart for John
Gray and Liz Bishop, too. We understand.
1. Steve Caporizzo, WTEN
2. Bob Kovachick, WNYT
3. Paul Caiano, WNYT
It wasn’t very close this year. Steve Caporizzo brought home
best local meteorologist without breaking a sweat. People
still have plenty of love for the WNYT weather team, though.
1. Rodger Wyland, WNYT
2. (tie) Joe Calderone, Capital News 9, and Rich Becker, WXXA
Rodger Wyland won in a landslide; he’s clearly become the
local sports guy.
News Radio Station
1. WAMC 90.3 FM
2. WGY 810 AM
3. WROW 590 AM
Alan Chartock’s flagship station of Northeast Public Radio
won this by a mile, and why not? They have reporters in the
field all over the region. WGY’s news coverage has slipped,
while must-hear interviews with state and local newsmakers
have made WROW the local go-to station.
Local Music Radio
1. WEQX 102.7 FM
2. WRPI 91.5 FM
3. WGNA 107.7 FM
Lesson to all the format-shifting, classic-rock whoring, Christian-rock
loving, identity-crisis having stations in the area: WEQX
owns your rumps. The 21-year-old alt-rock outlet won in a
landslide, while all-over-the-map WRPI and country mainstay
WGNA were only one vote apart.
Local Radio DJ
1. Willobee, WEQX
2. Kevin Richards, WGNA
3. Jason Keller, WHRL/WGY
This one was very close. In the end, readers chose
WEQX’s amiable afternoon guy (and program director) Willobee
over his “drive-time” rival Kevin Richards and multitasker
Jason Keller, who now handles mornings for WHRL and evening
news at WGY.
2. Times Union
3. the Daily Gazette
What can we say? We dig you, too. But why no love for The
Local Arts Coverage
2. Times Union
3. the Daily Gazette
Our statisticians informed us early today that Metroland
had an “absolute and incredible silly-insane lead!” in this
category. Having such a great lead lends us the opportunity
to remind you: Mland ain’t nothing to mess with.
Local Print Journalist
1. Fred LeBrun
2. Miriam Axel-Lute
3. Carl Strock
The curious thing about this category is that the top three
finishers are primarily columnists. While columnists are
journalists, we were thinking more in terms of reporters for
this category; and of the three, the winner does the least
actual reporting in his column. That said, all are terrific
writers—especially our own Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
award winner, Miriam Axel-Lute.
Local Web Site (News)
It was very close between Capital News 9 and the Times
Union; we’re guessing that the former’s quick and frequent
updates gave it the edge.
Local Web Site (Community)
It was a tight race between the two Times Union sites
and the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce’s site. If you haven’t
checked out the Chamber’s site, you should: It’s an excellent
source of information.
Local Web Site (Arts)
2. (tie) www.albany2go.com and www.thehiddencity.com
Thanks for liking our online movie- schedule so much!
Local Web Site (Music)
Dan Goodspeed’s rkstar.com was the clear winner over our own
site and Vermont’s WEQX-FM.
1. Albany Eye
2. Capital Confidential
3. Kev Brock
We definitely agree with this pick. Since its disappearance
from the Web, Albany Eye has become our favorite blog. It
is wonderful how we are no longer treated to the mysterious
Albany Eye’s wit, humor and deep insight into local media.
Oh, wait! Albany Eye never had any of that to begin with.
Seriously though, we heart the Times Union’s Capital
Confidential and the sage of Greenwich, Kev Brock.
1. Spectrum 8 Theatres
2. Regal Crossgates Stadium 18
3. Madison Theater
Perennial winner Spectrum 8 Theatres has the movie selection
and real-butter popcorn you love. Crossgates 18 has the stadium-sized
massiveness you crave. The Madison has the neighborhood convenience
(and kid- and college-student-oriented programming) you appreciate.
1. New York State Museum
2. Albany Institute of History & Art
3. Schenectady Museum & Suite-Bueche Planetarium
The State Museum wins on the bears and dinosaurs and mountain
lions alone—we love that stuff. The Albany Institute has had
excellent programming run of late, and the Schenectady Museum
gets big geek points for presenting the latest in robots and
multimedia and outerspace and . . . excuse us while we lock
ourselves in the bathroom with a copy of Wired.
1. Albany Institute of History & Art
2. Kismet Gallery
3. Clark Art Institute
No matter that you picked two museums and one gallery. The
Albany Institute balances its own great collection with interesting
traveling exhibits. Troy’s new kid on the block, Kismet, won
patrons quickly, while the spectacular Clark Art Institute
won your love the old-fashioned way: with great art.
Local Performing Arts Organization
1. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
2. Capital Repertory Theatre
3. Proctor’s Theatre
People apparently appreciate the new regime at SPAC—and the
Proctor’s makeover. Capital Repertory Theatre won your hearts
with great live theater.
Local Visual Artist
1. Val Tran
2. Michael Oatman
3. Eileen Cheong
Last year’s third-place finisher moves in front this year,
while last year’s winner drops a notch to second place. Welcome,
newcomer Eileen Cheong!
1. John Sayles
2. Tennyson Bardwell
3. Penny Lane
Same as last year, in a different order: Sayles jumped from
No. 3 to No. 1 in this year’s poll. That said, nobody on this
list released a new film in 2006.
1. William Kennedy
2. Russell Banks
3. Barbara Smith
What more can we say but, O Albany! Oh, just this:
Barbara Smith gets props for being the only author-public
official we have—since Jim Coyne stopped running for public
1. R.M. Englehardt
2. Mary Panza
3. (tie) Taina Asili and Dan Wilcox
Words, words, words: In readers’ minds, nobody strung them
together more effectively and/or read them more dramatically
than Englehardt—who also happened to release a new book last
Local Solo Musician
1. Erin Harkes
2. (tie) Mike Grosshandler and Paddy Kilrain
We, too, are fans of Harkes’ big, bluesy voice, whether she’s
solo or with a band. Velmas co-frontman Grosshandler and folk-punker
Kilrain duke it out for the runner-up spot.
Live Music Venue
1. Northern Lights
2. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
3. Revolution Hall
With expanded space and more bars than you can shake a stick
at, Northern Lights is primed to dominate this category and
the Albany music scene for a long time to come. (P.S. Thank
you for Mastodon.)
3. Fuze Box
When readers wanna shake what their mamas gave ’em, they tend
to head to North Pearl Street, but it’s nice to see the old
White Tower still in the fight.
1. Lark Tavern
2. Muddy Cup
3. Caffé Lena
The Lark’s big night is still going strong, and still winning
this one annually. But the Muddy Cup’s Monday-night venture
is gathering steam, and the venerable Caffe Lena hangs in
at No. 3.
1. Oh Bar
2. (tie) Maxie’s and Bombers
Oh Bar continues to be the hotspot for folks who want to hear
“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” mangled beyond recognition—and
for those who choose to do the mangling.
1. Back 40 Band
2. Skeeter Creek
3. Kamikaze Hearts
Country fans know their country, and that’s why Back 40 have
won this category two years in a row.
Local Blues/R&B Band
1. Ernie Williams
2. Foy Brothers
George Boone Blues Band
Ol’ Ernie is the perennial victor in this category, but watch
out—the Foy Brothers are gaining fast!
Local Jazz Band
1. Brian Patneaude Quartet
2. Adrian Cohen Trio
3. George Muscatello
Patneaude edges out Cohen again, with Muscatello bringing
up the rear. Let us remind you that all of these guys are
still awfully young, so if you haven’t caught them yet, you
should have plenty of time.
1. The Erotics
2. Monkey Gone Mad
3. Murderer’s Row
For proof of their punkness, refer to this week’s cover story.
Local Hip-Hop Artist
3. Rick Whispers
The area hip-hop community continues to thrive, in no small
part due to the efforts of these three fine, upstanding citizens.
Local Rock Band
1. Super 400
2. The Velmas
3. Ten Year Vamp
Damn right. We couldn’t agree more with your top pick here.
Local Alternative Band
2. The Velmas
3. Dead Rabbits
Sirsy cut the size of their band in half this year, but that
was still more than enough for them to take home a win in
1. Burners UK
2. The Refrigerators
A posthumous win for the late, great Burners. Let’s see if
they can win this one again next year.
1. Horror Business
3. British Steel
Don’t go into the bathroom with the Horror Business, they
will put a knife right in you. Or so says the Misfits song
they take their name from. We would heed that advice, because
from what we hear, these ghouls employed some of the black
arts, or at least goth-punk intimidation, to reach the top
of our charts.
1. Held Under
3. Last Call
With thousands of the Capital Region’s metalheads served,
the area’s most reliable metal band became the people’s champion.
And don’t forget—they always serve up their metal with a heaping
side of down-home brutality.
1. Lady Luck
2. DJ Dread
Lady Luck is a veteran of ’80s nights around the Capital Region—we
know, because we’re usually out there shaking our butts to
her tunes. More power to her.
1. Mistress Colette of LaDomaine
2. Deidre Kelly
3. Goddess Dianna Vesta
Thanks, readers. We were too ashamed to find out for ourselves.
Local TV Commercial
Suzuki; Bombers; Capital Board and Bike; Curves; Delmonico’s;
bank commercial where sleazy guy uses girl’s laptop; FOX 23
sports; anything but the “HUUUUUGE” commercials; Martin, Harding
& Mazotti; Glen Sanders Mansion; Howe Caverns; Kooky for
Suzuki; Hippos; Price Chopper; Resnick’s Mattresses; River
Rats hockey; WEQX; Taft Furniture; We the People; Tony’s Dipped
Chocolate; Some Girls Boutique; Reliable Brothers.
Use of Public Funds
schools; after-school program; town/village historians; the
Crossings in Colonie; changing all the welcome signs at the
state borders from “Gov. Pataki” to “Gov. Spitzer”; Albany’s
riverfront; Albany Public Library; Albany/Rensselaer railroad
station; Fourth of July at plaza; Aqua Ducks; Congress Park;
Department of Public Works; Armory Center; Bigger Better Bottle
bill; unclaimed deposits in Environmental Protection Fund;
Eliot Spitzer’s salary; fixing the lights of Route 50 in Saratoga
Springs; my state salary; Pine Bush; Planned Parenthood; SPAC;
police horses; Porco trial; NYSTI; prosecuting Alan Hevesi;
public charter school; Proctor’s; St. Patrick’s Day Parade;
renovations on State Street; Soares’ salary; Tulip Fest; WAMC;
YMCA; the entry corridors into Cohoes; those pigs in Guilderland;
widening freebie 90 at exit 5; senior services of Albany;
bike trails; snowplowing; Metroplex; homeless; the Egg.
Misuse of Public Funds
our taxes to raise legislature salaries; the war in Iraq;
Blue Karner butterfly; any state money that goes to the Adirondack
Park Agency; Bruno stadium; drug laws; education; Cohoes;
political campaigns; anything Bruno spent on his buddies;
rotten buses; city of Rensselaer; Medicaid; buying inferior
equipment, then having to repurchase the same; discretionary
pork; Greenwich police; footbridge to Corning Preserve; Empire
State Plaza; every use is bad; fireworks; filling the politicians’
pockets; government; Metroplex; New York State Senate; Malta
roundabouts; parking enforcement; Port of Albany; those stupid
street-cleaning machines; SPAC; Schenectady City Police Department;
spot-filling potholes instead of really fixing them; state
workers; repaving I-90 over and over again; the unused Troy
riverfront; UAlbany; the art-design horses on the street in
Saratoga; that $30,000 platform Spitzer had to have for his
inauguration; the Times Union Center; support of gun shooting
range; the mayor’s office; phantom jobs; proposed Rotterdam
Park; raises for politicians; Washington Park; state Legislature
and Assembly; Albany Police Department; all the new stop signs
in Fort Edward; AMD in Luther Forest; Amsterdam River Front
Center; CDTA; extended welfare; Albany landfill; Mayor Jennings;
convention center; Chris D’Allesandro’s salary; Alan Hevesi.
Way to Lure People to the Capital Region
shopping stores; Erie canal tours and history; lie; promote
arts and entertainment/dining; Adirondacks, SPAC, shopping;
bulldoze Albany and start over again; bring back the Toy Boxx!;
an aquarium; scenery, seasons; fix all the roads in the cities;
parking; jobs; more good food; downtown revitalization; make
the nanobots do it; bribery and candy; cheap rent; being the
capital; drop “Tech Valley” as a marketing tag line and replace
it with “Sex Valley”; entice small business rather than paying
off huge corporations that are eyesores; hidden history, undercover
alternative arts, and cheap antiques; move it to Maui; Lark
Street; more competition between local businesses; keeping
the balance of development and rural landscape; skiing; remind
them that NYC is too expensive; Schenectady Planetarium; sex
and drugs; entertainment; tell them it doesn’t suck that
much; welfare is working pretty good; lower taxes; free music
venues; legalize marijuana; build a convention center; advertise
Time Had in the Capital Region for Under $10
and ice cream; Playdium; Gus’s, Watervliet; shopping at the
malls; ice cream at Stewarts; watching the planes; bike trail;
Brave New Dances at eba; movies at Proctor’s; ballet at SPAC;
an El Mariachi margarita; Bombers; a gun tour through Schenectady;
bowling; NYS Writers’ Institute events; O’Brien’s Garden Grill;
open mic at the Van Dyck; Arthur’s open mic; ride your bike/skateboard;
River Street in Troy; Skyline; Spectrum; Capital District
Pridefest; Stone Crow $1 Saturday nights; St. Patrick’s Day
Parade; sunset over the Mohawk at Colonie Town Park; summer
play in Washington Park with a cheap bottle of wine; the Ale
House; the drive-in; Wednesday night at the Bullpen in Saratoga;
Valentine’s; Valley Cats game; walk through Congress Park
and Broadway, stopping for ice cream; beers and a Sabres game
at Legends; Jumpin’ Jacks; Albany Blues Fest; Alive at 5;
NYS Museum; Thatcher Park; First Fridays; Congress Merry-Go-Round;
kayaking the Hudson; local music scene; Henry Hudson Planetarium;
Grafton State Park; Collins Park; country line dancing; Washington
Park after midnight; gospel gala; party at the plaza; L-Kens;
Rollerama; people-watching; Moreau State Park; Schenectady
Museum; Park Playhouse; National Museum of Dance; New York
state parks; Ralph’s on the Park—pitcher of beer/mixed drink
for $5, $5 for the jukebox.
Place to See and Be Seen
Angelo’s 677 Prime; SPAC; any bar before a holiday; Blue 82;
Albany Symphony Orchestra performances; Andy’s Sports Bar;
Thatcher Park; Crossgates Mall; downtown Northampton, Mass.;
Jay Street; Knowledge Network; free concerts; Caroline Street,
Noche; Capital Repertory Theater; Color Me Mine, Stuyvesant
Plaza; Glen Sanders Mansion; Jazz Fest, Saratoga; MySpace;
Pearl Street; political function; my bedroom; New York City;
Northern Lights; Troy Farmers’ Market; Tapas Wine Bar; Racino;
Provence; Price Chopper; Lark Street; Saratoga’s Broadway;
Union Bed and Breakfast; Webcams; Ultraviolet Café; Pinksterfest;
the Egg; Justin’s; Fuze Box; downtown Albany; Tulip Fest;
Lark Fest; Alive at 5.
Place to See Without Being Seen
Prospect Park; MySpace; out the window; Internet; El Mariachi
patio; First Friday art shows; Hoffman’s Playland; Lake George
mountains; movies; Vietnamese nail salon, Central Avenue;
pretty much any bar in Troy; Racino; Troy Ale House; Sneaky
Pete’s; Watervliet; the Egg; Schenectady; Uncommon Grounds
patio any day; Valenti’s Pub; Wal-Mart; Waterworks; aerobics
class; 2nd floor of Bombers; Daily Grind; DiCarlo’s; college
bars; behind the bushes; Muddy Cup; upper deck, Times Union
Center; gallery seating at Legislature/Capitol; Cheesecake
Factory; Capital Repertory Theatre; Berne; the track; Plaza
on the 4th; in a tree; State Street condos balcony during
Lark Fest; Saratoga flat track in a big hat; Lark Tavern;
Twilight Lounge; riverfront; ’80s night at Fuze Box.
Thing That Could Happen to Albany
up neighborhoods in city; forget about the convention center;
a cobblestone promenade; a professional sports team; a bigger
and better police force; a really good rock club, and less
crack; Black Sabbath or AC/DC at Times Union Center; become
a little NYC; Tech Park succeeds; an indoor BMX track; bird
flu; a socialist regime; big money for the arts; casinos;
bike lanes; gay newspaper; free cabs; eliminate Central Avenue;
Democrats could leave; education funds overhaul; enforce the
drinking age; getting rid of 787; major media coverage; keep
bars open 24/7; large art galleries; less poverty; IMAX Theater;
go back to small, neighborhood schools; it develops an identity;
grants for local entrepreneurs; hosting MTV’s The Real
World; elect new mayor; stores, not more bars, downtown;
snowplows; mass transportation system underground; Jennings
ODs on suntan lotion; upscale living downtown; get rid of
Spitzer; money; no feral cats; send all the college kids back
downstate; more hot single young guys; more shopping plazas
like Stuyvesant Plaza; Native American ghosts resurrection;
more naked girls; replacing the impossible-to-read “pretty”
street signs; one of our local bands makes it big; smoking
in bars; train station in Empire State Plaza; start taking
care of their mentally disabled population; have stuff open
on Sundays; less crime; revolution; road repair; someone kick
Jerry Jennings in the ass; more parking; reopen the Wellington
Hotel; the Music Shack is resurrected; commuter rail; clean
up the politicians; blow up Arbor Hill; more arts funding;
bring “life” to downtown; lower taxes; being made a part of
Troy; round out the Egg.
Thing That Could Happen to Troy
it; less crime; publicity to encourage people to see what’s
already there; restore old buildings; more stores, public
events; move it to this side of the river and get rid of Watervliet;
showcase architecture; clean up the South End; more music;
slide into the Hudson; complete population transfer; baby,
that’s a dead deal; better CDTA service; a supermarket downtown;
a movie theater that serves beer; improve local business/housing;
the Music Shack is resurrected; an indoor BMX track; build
an Uncle Sam museum; build a roller-skating rink for kids;
get rid of Tutunjian; drug-treatment programs; filling up
the empty stores with great new things! Oh, and a hotel; get
rid of the one-way streets; halt gentrification; if the arts
scene kept growing; more jobs; pay teachers more; resurrection
of Uncle Sam; revitalization of 3rd Street; RPI bringing thousands
of new jobs; the dirty movie theater reopens; taxes go down;
urban planning; keep doing what they’re doing—it’s looking
good; less drugs and less scum; red-light district; put in
more downtown loft apartments; it’s happening, slowly; turn
one-way signs in a different direction for change of pace;
Thing That Could Happen to Schenectady
up the crime and drug dealers; a cow kicking a candle over—like
historic Chicago; more downtown development; military occupation;
reduce taxes; bulldoze GE; change the name to something easy
to pronounce; anything besides what is happening to it now;
employ police officers who abide by their laws, too; don’t
remind me that Schenectady’s still here; keeping the Van Dyck
alive; mass transit connection to Albany; pay teachers more;
science center; match and can of gasoline; name change to
Colonie; more clubs; better snow removal; better schools;
revitalization; disintegrate; better shows at Proctor’s; more
movies produced there; errant SCUD missile; blow up Hamilton
Hill; resurgence of GE; revolution; two neutron bombs; it’s
too late—need to start all over again—by getting all new cops.
Thing That Could Happen to Saratoga Springs
transportation; greyhounds; go disco; control growth; better
and more parking; a luxury tax on all the rich people; it
could be cheaper; drop in housing prices; warm winters; road
improvements from the Northway to SPAC and the track; pull
the stick out of their asses; revolution; keep character of
town; lower property taxes; get closer to Albany; no more
video gambling; a hotel at the Racino; an invasion of homeless
people; decrease the commercialism; broadcast a national TV
show here; carve out a place for the average Joe; idiots would
be banned during track season; combined monster truck rally
with flat-track meet; lose its ego; growth in the arts/less
growth in retail; I’ve already moved here; leave it alone;
it gets a little cheaper; keep it just the way it is; less
yuppies; elect politicians who are real Saratogians with an
interest in the city; like Saratoga needs any more good things
to happen to it; double taxes for homes over 1,000 square
feet; lower restaurant prices; no chain stores; secede from
the Capital District; the drunk girls could get some class;
the new improved Children’s Museum; public restrooms downtown;
people would realize that it’s drastically overrated; people
could get poorer; it’s perfect; commuter rail; fewer wanna-bes.
Thing That Could Happen to the ’Burbs
more construction, keep housing costs down; get some diversity;
stop the greedy developers from destroying all the open space;
redistribute the resource; lower taxes; they could get more
bars; a friendly greeting to neighbors; an extra lane on I-87
to lessen traffic jams; easy access to Albany; careful zoning
to keep the “small town” feel; build some houses that do not
all look the same, please; fewer urban immigrants; keep them
the way they are; less traffic; rap music; more carpooling;
more parks for kids; no more big-box stores; parents pay attention
to their families; more hybrid cars; SOME kind of activity
other than soccer; less kids; less fast food; a forced reduction
of lawn size; commuter trains to decrease traffic and pollution;
sidewalks that go somewhere; less drains, more independent
businesses; more pavement and SUVs; renounce privilege.
Evidence That the Region Is Looking Up
Pataki is gone; WiFi; busy on the weekends everywhere; cities
are revitalizing, more businesses moving in; increased use
of Washington Park; Pearl Street; AMD; Bill Parcells moved
to Saratoga; I am still here; Krispy Kreme goes out of business
in Latham; new attorney general; Schenectady is almost clean;
New York City residents buying homes; reopening of the Armory;
weather seems to be getting nicer every year; spring is coming;
Sweeney was defeated; there really does seem to be a lot more
happening these days; trees; high employment rate; Kirsten
Gillibrand; lots of jobs; RPI bringing in new people.
Evidence That The Apocalypse Is Upon Us
Katrina; Fuccillo; Jennings looks pale lately; Paul Vandenburg;
Rudy Giuliani running for president; there’s only one person
in all those cars driving to work; AMD; Albany High School;
the milkman delivers orange juice; AM newstalk; fellowship
churches; cities just keep getting trashier; Albany now has
13 Starbucks; rise of Islamofascists in the world; just look
around; Osborne Street Garage is still in business; seeing
the way today’s youth acts; taxes are so high; the Northway
between 4 and 6 PM; the existence of Crossgates Mall; where
is all the high tech?; our weather patterns; South Pearl Street;
Oswego has 13 feet of snow; Bush; Hamilton Hill; the destruction
of Washington Park’s oldest tree; Joe Bruno is still calling
the shots; watch the news—it’s all bad; more people heading
north from New York City; global warming; the election of
our current leaders.
Local Celebrity With Whom You’d Like to Have a One-Night Stand
Pennell; Scott Varley; Vince Gallagher from Channel 9; Detective
Jimmy Miller; Pat D’Angelis; Megan Baker; Kumi Tucker; Tri-City
Valley Cats; Randal Putnam; Alan Chartock, that sexy specimen
of a man; Darwin; Debbie Gabrione; Ann Hughes; Bill Stratton;
Candace Jarrett; Capone; Lydia Kulbida; Liz Bishop; Jerry
Jennings; Erin Harkes; Doug Daniels from WEQX; Eliot Spitzer;
Eileen Houston; General James from 104.9; Heather Morrison
from Capital News 9; Joe Bruno; Kaitlyn Barto from Fox23;
Kevin Richards; Jill Montag; Jim Tedesco; Kristina Krawchuk;
Melanie Kramer from Sirsy; Marissa Jacques, Capital News 9;
Mike Trash; Mike Grosshandler; Matt Baumgartner; Mike Miseno;
Oh, my God . . . no contest: Kirsten Gillibrand; Paddy Kilrain;
Pat Rielly; Matt Pirog; Rich Libutti; Steve Caporizzo; Steve
LaPointe; Nate Buccieri; Todd Minnick; Tom Teta; Vans from
104.9; Shirley Ann Jackson; Val Tran; Lee Copson; Erica at
Chez Sophie; Kathryn Houser from Fox23; Jason Irwin; Jimmy
Fallon; David Soares; Nicole Forige from CBS 6; Rachael Ray;
John McLoughlin from Channel 10; Bob Kovachick; Matt Bombardier,
Chip Fasciana; Donna on WEQX.
Secret in the Capital Region
proximity to many great places; Victoria Pool; Thatcher Park;
abundance of talented musicians; Did you know we were the
capital?; Capital Hills Golf Course; Carol’s Pizza in Troy;
Countryfest; the “international” aspect of our airport; Harriet
Tubman Free School; Betty’s Sunshine Tavern; Albany Pine Bush;
Four Corners Luncheonette; brunch at Magnolia’s on the Park;
my grandmother’s sauce recipe; Ralph’s on Central; Aqua Duck
tours; excellent health/medical care; Hattie’s; Indian Ladder
Farm; Johnny’s Hot Dogs on Central Avenue; Jay Street in Schenectady;
Joe’s Tavern in Cohoes; Junior’s $1-hamburger night; it’s
actually a fun place to live; Congress Park, Saratoga Springs;
Landis Arboretum; Lanci’s; Curry House; Cella Bistro; eba;
Linden Avenue waterfalls.
? Add Your Own Category
Best Local Theatre: Curtain Call, Latham; Best Place
to Take the Family: Indian Ladder Farms; Best Running
Club: Team In Training; Best New Restaurant:
Cella Bistro; Best Spot to See the Stars: Berne; Best
Candy: Peanut Principle; Best Waste of Tuition:
Albany Law; Best Thrift Shop: St. Peter’s Hospital;
Best Bluegrass Band: Dyer Switch; Best Belly Dance
instructor: Bonnie Mion; Best Fire Department:
Westmere Fire Department; Best Rental Car Company:
Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Best After-School Program: Liberty
Partnership Program; Best Excuse If Your Response to Nearly
Every Survey Question Was “I Have No Idea”: You live in
Clifton Park; Best Local Solo Musician We Thought Quit
Playing Live Shows: Mitch Elrod; Best Dog Trainer:
Bark Busters; Best Addition to the Albany Music Scene:
Red Square; Best Auction: Finney’s Auction; Best
School District: North Colonie; Best Fake Tan:
Mayor Jennings; Best Downtown Building: Union Station/Norstar/Fleet
building; Best Acoustic Duo: the Tequila Mockingbirds;
Best Barista: Joe, Flavour Café; Best Place
to Make Out: Congress Park, Saratoga; Best Day
Care: Tippie Toes Day Care; Best Ironman Music
Champion: John Brodeur; Best Grooming Salon:
Petsmart, Albany; Best Car Stereo Shop: East
Coast Audio Concepts, East Greenbush; Best Singer:
Julia Donnaruma; Best Local Rap-Metal Fusion Band:
Dead-Lift; Best Condominium: Village on the
Green; Best Local Jam Band: School Bus Yellow; Best
Local Podcast: Humanist Network News Podcast; Best
Local Producer: Mike Grosshandler; Best Italian Ice:
Civitellos; Best Parking Lot to Have Sex in: parking
lot across from Bombers; Best Photographer: Kris Qua;
Best Tan: Jerry Jennings; Best Tea: Whistling
Kettle, Ballston Spa; Best Restaurateur: Angelo Mazzone;
Best Snowboard Shop: Capital Board and Bike; Best Real
Estate Agent: Jon Huther; Best Pet Sitting Service:
Purrfect Pet Sitting, West Sand Lake; Best Place
For Kids: Creative Sparks; Best Neighborhood: Delaware
Avenue near Spectrum.
photos by: Joe Putrock