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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 ...

I Am the Past

by Timothy Reidy March 6, 2014


  The final night at Valentine’s was a night of nostalgia and remembrance. Two of the friendliest acts around and a fine cast of characters graced the stage for the final time: the Parlor and Sgt. ...

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by The Staff February 27, 2014

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  By Laura Leon, Ann Morrow and Shawn Stone   Best Picture There are four great and five very good films in this year’s top category, which makes the 2014 Academy Awards a success. In other words, it’s impossible ...

Kanye West

by Josh Potter February 27, 2014


  It’s impossible to talk about Kanye West and the Yeezus Tour without talking about the phenomenon of Kanye West and the Yeezus Tour. It’s a meta layer to the persona that the rapper-producer-designer-conceptualist has spent ...

Farm To Tasting Room

by Era Bushati February 27, 2014


  Alejandro del Peral grew up in Columbia County surrounded by apple orchards on his family’s nine-acre fruit farm, where he worked throughout his childhood. But after living in California, Wyoming and his native Spain, he ...

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Bringing Back the Neighborhood

by Dan Kildee February 20, 2014


  In 2010, the Beach Street corridor of Flint, Mich., was pockmarked with 16 trash-filled vacant lots. A year later, this two-acre area a mile south of downtown Flint had been consolidated into Flint River Farm, ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014


  This April marks the third installation of the MOVE Music Festival, a city-wide concert mega-event and industry showcase. Think South By Southwest but with less sunscreen and barbecue. This week, promoters Indian Ledge Music and the ...

A Rich Vein

by James Yeara February 19, 2014


  Ten plays @ 10 minutes each = comic gold. That equation is true this year at Barrington Stage Company’s annual New Play Festival, now in its third year. Directors Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, and Kristen van ...

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Poetic Licentiousness

by Joe D. Michon-Huneau February 13, 2014

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  1. “Trying to Get Even” – Charles Bukowski Bukowski notoriously plays the role of the filthy, drunk womanizer. His collection Love is a Dog from Hell is so chock full of examples that it was hard ...

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The More the Merrier

by Sarah Sherman February 13, 2014

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  The game was simple: The man to perform oral sex underwater for the longest amount of time would win. What could go wrong? But one of the men popped up earlier than he should have. “He just ...

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