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My Business Loves Your Business

by The Staff November 26, 2014

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  Jim Rua, Cafe Capriccio I'm a big fan of Crisan Bakery on Lark. The intimacy, beautiful confections, sweet smells, strong coffee, Claudia and Iggy—what’s not to love? Dominick Purnomo, Yono’s I love having Mark Thomas Men's Wear here ...

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Around the World in Cheese

by Ann Morrow November 26, 2014

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  In the delicious but often bewildering world of artisan cheese, a knowledgeable guide can make all the difference. “The first rule is to befriend your cheesemonger,” says Eric Paul, who is a cheesemonger and the ...

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To Have and To Hold

by Ali Hibbs November 26, 2014

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  My reading list for this winter is daunting. More than 20 books, including authors such as Cormac McCarthy, T.C. Boyle, Tom Robbins, Willa Cather, Philip Roth, Howard Zinn, Umberto Eco, Edith Wharton and Thomas Pynchon. ...

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Green Evolution

by Ann Morrow November 20, 2014

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  Once it was part of the industrial revolution; soon, a 110-year-old building in north Troy will be a local flagship in the green revolution. The Urban Grow Center, on the far end of River Street, ...

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Lovin’ in the Oven

by Stephen Leon November 20, 2014

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    Debbie Klauber’s home kitchen looks like it could be in the back of a restaurant. It’s a wide room with copper and stainless-steel countertops, a 10-burner gas stove, two wall ovens, a refrigerator, an antique ...

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Please Pass the Pheasant

by B.A. Nilsson November 20, 2014

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  Back in the unenlightened ’60s, we elementary-school wretches celebrated the run-up to Thanksgiving by collecting dying leaves, cutting endless amounts of corn ears and turkey tails out of colorful cardboard, and most annoying of all, ...

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Submitted for Review

by Ali Hibbs November 13, 2014

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  In the mid-1990s, the City of Troy went to the state Legislature to borrow $21.6 million in order to liquidate cumulative deficits in the city’s general fund for the years 1993-1995. New York State Local ...

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The Flaming Lips

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014

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  The Beatles’ Summer of Love release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is usually the album touted as their best, but if you give a close listen to the rest of their catalog, you would ...

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#WomenHaters

by David King November 13, 2014

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  In October, a viral video of New York actress Shoshana Roberts walking down the street in the city for 10 hours was released. Roberts endured incessant comments and heckling from male passerby, ranging from “Smile!” ...

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Vinyl Forever

by Ann Morrow November 6, 2014

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  Head bowed in concentration, feet planted firmly apart, fingers nimbly rifling the bin stacks: that is the universal stance of used-music aficionados, and it’s an ever-present sight at Last Vestige Music Shop, the Albany new-and-used ...

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Thanks for the Memories

by The Staff November 6, 2014

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  Caroline MotherJudge, singer-songwriter, owner of North Albany Rehearsal Studios So many great musical memories: almost being kidnapped from the QE2 by GG Allin; “kissing the door troll” Mike Tyson, also at the Q; breakfast at Dirty ...

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Dems Lose in Midterms, but Greens get a Boost

by Ali Hibbs November 6, 2014

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  The progressive arm of the Democratic Party doesn’t seem to fare too well in midterm elections of late—and this year was no different. While the nation saw conservatives take control of the Senate and expand ...

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In Character

by Ann Morrow October 30, 2014

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  “My interest in dressing up started when I was very young,” says Alexandra McDowall, a sewing instructor from Niskayuna. “Halloween was very important in my family while growing up, and making and wearing costumes was ...

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Govermonster

by Ali Hibbs October 30, 2014

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    “I’ve known [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] since he was 18 years old,” says Allen Roskoff at an Albany press conference in support of Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins. “And I’ve never cast a ballot for him. ...

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A Harmony of Its Own

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014

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  Music is one of the primary elements by which I can chart my life. Through these events and ideas I see where I was and where I’ve gone. Records released more than 40 years ago ...

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Seething Underwater

by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez October 23, 2014

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  Our oceans are acidifying—even if the nightly news hasn't told you yet. As humanity continues to fill the atmosphere with harmful gases, the planet is becoming less hospitable to life as we know it. The vast ...

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The Light Turns Green

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  And so Albany’s red-light camera debate ends. Not with a bang, but with two hours of repetitive arguments. It seemed that almost every Common Council member had something to say—at length—before voting on the proposed ...

Cyclists Only

by Ann Morrow October 23, 2014

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  Earlier this month, a volunteer with the Albany Bicycle Coalition stood on the point at Madison and Western avenues, clipboard in hand. He was counting the number of bicyclists using the road during high-traffic times ...

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How We Do It

by Stephen Leon October 16, 2014

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  Why is Jack’s Oyster House open 365 days a year? You might expect that from a diner or a Dunkin’ Donuts, but why Jack’s, an elegant downtown Albany restaurant that has been in business for 101 ...

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Leave Nothing on the Table

by B.A. Nilsson October 16, 2014

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  As an arrogant waiter working at a fancy Westchester County eatery nearly 40 years ago, I helped institute a policy of writing a 20-percent gratuity onto every check. We believed that we were offering superior ...

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Putting Out Fires

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

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  About 40 minutes into the Q&A portion of her budget presentation at John J. Bach Library on New Scotland Avenue this Tuesday, Mayor Kathy Sheehan was becoming visibly frustrated with the crowd—mostly firefighters concerned with ...

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The Honeymoon’s Over

by Ali Hibbs October 9, 2014

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  “For me, it’s a public-safety issue,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan when she requested red-light traffic cameras back in May, “This is not a revenue-driven decision at all.” Fast-forward to last week when the mayor released her ...

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Return of the Messenger

by Melinda Welsh October 9, 2014

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  This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive exposé ...

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Weezer

by David King October 9, 2014

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  Weezer suck. They’ve sucked hard, very, very hard for the better portion of their time as a band. And it seems all this sucking was done on purpose—well at least purposefully by frontman Rivers Cuomo, ...

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The First (and Probably Last) Annual Capital Region Feline Film & Video Festival for Humans

by Shawn Stone October 2, 2014

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  As is now widely acknowledged, the Internet was invented for the purpose of uploading and viewing cat videos. In fact, it is also widely believed that the Internet itself is a series of tubes filled ...

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