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Message to You, Andrew

by The Staff January 8, 2014


  Amid the hubbub of State of the State day at the Capitol, as many as two thousand demonstrators lined a long section of the Empire State Plaza Concourse yesterday (Wednesday) to remind Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

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The New Guard

by E.S. Cormac January 8, 2014


  Hundreds of people packed into Albany’s Kiernan Plaza on Jan. 1 as Judge Margaret Walsh swore in Kathy Sheehan during an inauguration ceremony that was attended by many state and local dignitaries. She is only ...


by Metroland Staff January 2, 2014


  This (above) is what jam-rockers moe. looked like way back in 2013, when they played the Palace Theatre on Dec. 30. See, we went to press on Tuesday (with a bottle of champagne on every ...

2013: A Progressive Honor Roll

by John Nichols January 2, 2014


  Copyright © 2013 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global This past year was about a lot more than Ted Cruz and the surreal shutdown politics of the Republican right. Across America, grassroots groups, bold unions, inspired activists, ...

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New Year, New Council, New Troubles

by Erin Pihlaja January 2, 2014


  The mood in the Rensselaer County Supreme Court on Troy’s Second Street was peaceful, even celebratory, on Tuesday morning (Dec. 31) for the swearing-in ceremony for seven of the nine total members of the new ...

The Year in Review

by The Staff December 24, 2013


    Obamacare agonistes Passing the Affordable Care Act was torture. Getting it through the courts was torture. Dealing with a massive wave of right-wing, anti-Obamacare propaganda was torture. But those struggles were to be expected. The rollout ...

Lincoln Money Shot

by Shawn Stone December 24, 2013


  Thursday will see a gathering of notable musicians, in formulations old and new, who were popular among the Capital Region "cognoscenti" in the aughts. The lineup is Better Pills (aka Brent Gorton’s current band), Lincoln ...


The Dead List

by The Staff December 24, 2013


  Gone but not forgotten Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch, Peter O’Toole, Joan Fontaine, Deanna Durbin, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed, George Jones, Roger Ebert, Elmore Leonard, Tom Clancy, Stan Musial, Ken Norton, Pat Summerall. Writers ...

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Local Heroes 2013

by The Staff December 18, 2013


  Vic Christopher, Heather LaVine It’s a little hard to believe that the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery and Wine Bar in downtown Troy has been open for barely a year. Since renovating the historic 2nd Street candy ...


Christmas Bring My Check This Year

by Stephen Leon December 18, 2013


  On a hot day in August 1981, Chris Butler sat in a New York City cab and scratched out lyrics to a new song he and his bandmates were about to record. The band’s indie ...

New Homes, New Hope

by Michael Bielawski December 18, 2013


  Today (Thursday, Dec. 19), Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will cut the ribbon on 44 newly renovated studio apartments on Trinity Avenue, a project that is part of the Capital City Rescue Mission (259 South Pearl ...

Strong Words From the Vatican

by Sam Pizzigati December 12, 2013


Sometimes you don't have to say anything "new" to make news. Consider the "apostolic exhortation" the Vatican released recently. Pope Francis didn't break any bold new theological ground. But what makes his statement significant is ...

Ready to Rip

by Erin Pihlaja December 12, 2013


“This program has grown from year to year to year. We are bursting at the seams,” says Rev. Deb Jameson. “Programs like this just keep getting bigger. I’m not sure how we're going to be ...


by E.S. Cormac December 12, 2013


  Kim Gordon might not be playing with Sonic Youth, but she has been busy lately. She is currently working on a memoir, just returned playing a music festival in London, and continues to work in ...

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Big Boxes, Low Wages

by Gabriel Thompson December 5, 2013


    Copyright 2013, The Nation, used with permission from Agence Global The call from the temp agency comes in late October. I’ve passed the drug test, cleared the background check, sat down for a quick interview—“Can you ...

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Preserving the Past, Hopefully for the Future

by Erin Pihlaja December 5, 2013


After working closely with perservation experts, the Troy Public Library Board has decided to remove sections of the marble balustrades from the South and West top cornices of the 117-year-old building that houses the main ...

Stroll, Socialize, and Shop Local

by Ali Hibbs December 5, 2013


  Thanksgiving leftovers are nearly gone. Lights are going up and trees are cut down. Christmas is coming and we are now in the midst of the gift-giving season. Taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday ...

Dream a Little Dream

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013


  It’s 20 degrees outside, and Jamila Dadashova is wearing a backless gown and not much else. She’s standing in the middle of an odd-shaped intersection in Schenectady’s Stockade neighborhood in 4-inch heels, and two cars, ...


On the Street

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013


  Metroland: So tell us about your work. Alyssa Hardy: Milady is an educational provider for people in the beauty, health, and wellness industry. For Style Like U, I go to New York City and find people ...

The Metroland Fashion Guide

by The Staff November 27, 2013

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Annick Designs 269 River St., Troy, 273-7860, annickdesigns.com. Unique mineral specimens, crystals, precious and semi-precious stones, vintage Swarovski crystals, and ornate wire work made with sterling silver and gold filled metal. Amore Clothing 123 State St., Albany, 434-4054, amoreclothing.com. Men’s ...

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Holiday Entertaining

by The Staff November 21, 2013


  Butternut Squash Salad Chef Ian Brower, Capital City Gastropub 261 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 459-5077 Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 large butternut squash 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/8 cup French cider vinegar (cidre de normandie, used at Gastropub) 1/8 cup clover honey 2 Tbsp ...

Come and Get It

by The Staff November 21, 2013


Bird or Beast? While it’s true that my family roasts a turkey on a day other than Thanksgiving, that’s only because we take advantage of holiday-season sales to scoop up a couple of frozen birds for ...

Grand Designs

by Molly Eadie November 20, 2013


  Stanley Oliver spun on the floor and stood on his hands, break dancing, at St. Anthony’s Church on Grand Street. This was on a recent Saturday (Nov. 9), and it was only 3 PM—not a ...

A Business Bloodline

by Michael Bielawski November 14, 2013


  The atmosphere inside the lighting store is kind of dark and quiet, despite the ringing phone lines and the handful of busy workers moving about. This likely reflects that the company’s primary business has shifted ...

On the Road Again

by Erin Pihlaja November 14, 2013


“We are continuing to proactively deliver assistance to homeowners across the state that may be facing foreclosure,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo via press release. Cuomo deployed the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center to ...