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Renovation or Mutilation?

by The Staff May 1, 2014


  As part of its conversion to a Ronald McDonald House—the third on the block--41 South Lake Ave., a gracious 1880s Albany residence facing Memorial Park, is mutating in unneighborly ways, including these elevator towers grafted ...

Summer Education Guide 2014

by The Staff May 1, 2014


  Colleges and Universities Bard College at Simon’s Rock 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 644-4400, simons-rock.edu Young Writers’ Workshop, a three-week, writing-intensive workshop for high school students, utilizing “informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen ...

Pedaling Environmentalism

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014


    An Earth Day Bicycle Parade was held on Tuesday by PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy) to protest the oil “bomb trains” that run on the tracks behind the Ezra Prentice Homes on ...

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Still Representing

by David King April 24, 2014

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  Every time New York state elects a new governor, Dominick Calsolaro writes the new head of the state a letter welcoming him to Albany. He also issues a challenge. “I say, ‘Welcome to the neighborhood,’ because ...

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Swamp Gothic

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014


  Joe is about a hard-luck, hard-drinking foreman of an illegal lumber operation who hires a 15-year-old boy who is trying to earn enough money to feed his family and get away from his alcoholic, drifter ...

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Everyone’s Favorite Class Is Lunch

by Josh Potter April 17, 2014


  Environmentalists have always drawn their moral imperative from a duty to protect that which is common to us all: the air we breath, the water we drink, the land we share. While the fight to ...

You Gonna Eat That?

by Amy Halloran April 17, 2014


  The other day, I picked up three cases of green beans from Honest Weight. I brought the beans, which were a little past their prime and unsaleable, to Unity House in Troy and put them ...


Enjoying the Long View

by Ali Hibbs April 17, 2014


  “Everything has really been win-win,” says Tom Rossi. “Especially the solar system. Ready to see the roof?” Rossi is eager to show off the solar panels he and his partner, John Blackburn, had installed on the ...

September Spring

by Natasha Scully April 9, 2014

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  If I listen careful carefully, I can still hear her voice. I can hear my grandmother singing “Aba Daba Honeymoon" with my poppy to me. She would sing “Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab ...


Readers Poll: Best Media

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014


  Best Local TV News 1. WNYT, NewsChannel 13 3. WTEN, News 10 ABC 2. WRGB, CBS6 WNYT wins again, and remains your clear favorite. Interestingly, WTEN pulled further ahead of WRGB. Best Local TV News Anchor 1.  Benita Zahn, WNYT 2.  John ...


Readers Poll: Best Goods and Services

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014


  Best Optical Store 1. Empire Visionworks aka Empire Vision Centers 2. DiNapoli Opticians 3. Buenau’s Opticians The results are clear and focused: Empire Visionworks is superlative with spectacles. Best Appliance Store 1. Sears 2. Lowe’s 3. Cocca’s Appliances & Home Electronics The big boxes ...


Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

by Natasha Scully April 3, 2014


  After days of protests outside the New York State Capitol and behind-closed-doors negotiations inside, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders concluded a $138 billion budget deal. Outlined in the budget is a $1.1 billion—or 5.3 percent—increase ...

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by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014


  The largest timber-frame structure in Albany County and the largest barn of its kind in the region, the Hilton barn in the town of New Scotland has many historic elements in addition to its exceptional ...


Wild Adriatic

by Josh Potter April 2, 2014


  There’s a reason why the official video for Wild Adriatic’s album single “Lonely” features live footage of the band playing to a writhing mass of a crowd (at Pearlapalooza). They’re one of this region’s most ...

Coming Soon: The Surveillance of Everything

by Catherine Crump and Matthew Harwood March 27, 2014


  Copyright © 2014 Catherine Crump and Matthew Harwood—distributed by Agence Global Estimates vary, but by 2020 there could be more than 30 billion devices connected to the Internet. Once dumb, they will have smartened up thanks ...

A Wonderful Contraption

by John Rodat March 27, 2014

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  I’m not sure which group should be most eager to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel: his fans or his passionate detractors. Those who have enjoyed Anderson’s work thus far will find ...

Unflinching Gaze

by Josh Potter March 26, 2014

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  There’s a moment at the very end of the music video for Angel Olsen’s “High Five” where the camera pans out from Olsen’s side-lit face, a confetti shower falling from above. As the final bit ...

Everything Old Is New Again

by Ann Morrow March 20, 2014


  It’s always Fiesta! time at Aunt Katie’s Attic, and not just because the shop carries a wide array of the colorful ceramic dinnerware so redolent of the 1930s. The entire shop—and it’s a large one, ...

Follow, Like, Retweet, Thrive

by Stephen Leon March 20, 2014


  “I’m always surprised by how many people tweet when they’re drunk—myself included,” says Matt Baumgartner, owner of a half-dozen restaurant-bars in the Capital Region. “But I’ve found that if you mention the word “tequila” in ...

Covering the Job Creators

by Ali Hibbs March 20, 2014


  There is much confusion and misinformation surrounding Obamacare and how it’s affecting small businesses. What is going to change? Will it cost more money? How does the new exchange even work? I recently attempted to demystify ...

Making It in Mobile

by Sarah Sherman March 13, 2014

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  “It’s a good thing you have a girlfriend already. I’m screwed,” says Michael Tanski to his friend and business partner, Peter Allegretti, in the midst of a conversation on balancing their hectic work and social ...

Moving Forward

by Era Bushati March 13, 2014

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  On Tuesday (March 11), Transport Troy held a presentation and public forum at Troy’s Oakwood Community Center to promote the proposed Collar City Ramble, a multi-use path that would connect Troy neighborhoods, parks, businesses and ...

Serve the Nuts

by Marnie Blount-Gowan March 13, 2014


  While we usually purchase nuts from the bulk food aisle, during the holidays, tradition prompts us to extend a little manual effort. Eating nuts the old fashioned way slows down the process, requires focused attention, ...

Crossing Wires

by Ann Morrow March 6, 2014


  Columbia County is widely famed for the beauty of its bucolic farmland, historic houses, and verdant Hudson Valley vistas. These vistas, and the county’s identity—its most important activities are agriculture and tourism—could be adversely impacted ...


Kismet or Consequence

by Josh Potter March 6, 2014


  “Keep that in the van at all times,” the guy says, placing a tiny, battered liquor bottle on the café table before turning to walk away. “Thanks, man!” Mark Lombardo calls after him, “but what is ...