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Calm Down

by Shawn Stone August 28, 2012


Albany’s Madison Avenue is so heavily trafficked by cars and trucks that if you live on that historic boulevard, which begins in the Mansion and Park South neighborhoods and ends in Pine Hills, you eventually ...


by Shawn Stone August 25, 2012

In the story “Calm Down,” by Shawn Stone, which appeared on pages 9-10 of Vol. 35, Issue 34, published Aug. 23, 2012, the quotes attributed to Albany Police Department Assistant Chief Brendan Cox should have ...

Spoiling the Party

by Elyse Beaudoin August 23, 2012


Sprinkles of rain dotted the pavement at Townsend Park in Albany on Monday. Half of the hundred or so protesters huddled under trees and umbrellas; some stood behind the Spanish-American War Monument to avoid the ...


The Barter System

by Jaired Crofut August 16, 2012

On Sunday evening (Aug. 12), community group Troy Shares held its third skills-share meeting of 2012 at the Oakwood Community Center at Hoosick and 10th streets. The group was formed in 2010 by Emily Rossier, ...

A Call for Last Call

by Erin Pihlaja August 16, 2012


On July 19, the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals received an application from John DeJohn to extend the hours of two of his restaurants, Legends and DeJohn’s (286 and 288 Lark Street), from 2 AM ...

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A Better Deal for Women

by Darryl McGrath August 9, 2012

For most Americans, the landmark Affordable Care Act is still more a news story and a court case than a reality. But that’s going to start changing for tens of thousands of Capital Region women, ...

Asian Invasion

by Molly Eadie July 26, 2012

On the corner of Lancaster and Dove streets in Albany’s Center Square, bright yellow signs attached with purple ribbons hang from the neighborhood’s two ash trees. The signs warn that these trees, along with all ...

Measuring Livability

by Erin Pihlaja July 26, 2012

On Tuesday night in the Albany public library, members of the Cecil Group, a Boston-based planning and design firm hired by the city of Albany, met with around 30 people from the city and surrounding ...

Success on Tap?

by Erin Pihlaja July 26, 2012


Garth Ellms didn’t intend to return to the family farm. He went off to college and started working for a financial company before returning to the Ellms farm in Ballston Spa. His parents were open ...

We’re Live

by Erin Pihlaja July 19, 2012

  ‘Brother” Richard Gavroy leaned against a wall in the basement of the Albany Public Library. Dressed all in black, he wiped the sweat off of his brow as he waited to be let into a ...

The Last Quack

by Erin Pihlaja July 11, 2012


Business has been booming for the Albany Aqua Ducks since July 5, when it was announced that the company’s two hydra-terra amphibious vehicles were sold to an out-of-state buyer. After July 15, New York state’s ...

Falling Through

by Erin Pihlaja June 27, 2012

‘Half off of everything! Everything has to go,” Al Smith, owner of Dealer’s Den, a thrift store at 444 River St. in Troy, called out to the dispersing crowd in front of the building. It ...

Principal Commitment

by Darryl McGrath June 27, 2012


Urban school districts have long aimed to grow their own talent, by enticing gifted young teachers who graduated from local schools back home to start their careers and—more importantly—stay for a long-term commitment.ÊAlbany Public Schools ...

Commuter Crunch

by Darryl McGrath June 21, 2012


  Amid the discussions about Albany’s rapidly approaching residential permit parking system, one point keeps getting overlooked: By the time the plan goes into effect on Oct. 1, an additional 2,000 state employees will be working ...

Strange Bedfellows–Or Maybe Not

by Molly Eadie May 30, 2012


Despite the popular assumption that the Occupy and Tea Party movements are firmly at opposite ends of the political spectrum, Occupy Albany and the Albany Tea Party have found common ground and joined forces against ...


Rolling Backwards

by Erin Pihlaja May 24, 2012


  May is National Bike month, and cyclists all over the country are agitated. After the Senate passed a federal transportation bill this past March, House Republicans answered back with a proposal that significantly slashed the ...

Anti-Frack Attack

by Amy Halloran May 17, 2012

By 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, people filled the million-dollar staircase at the Capitol. They were holding signs and listening to speakers. Mark Ruffalo’s voice moved over the carved stone like the space was a church, ...

Silent Drilling

by Mike Ludwig May 17, 2012

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. The "Rogers" family signed a surface-use agreement with a fracking company in 2009 to close their 300-acre dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. That's not the end of the Rogers' story, but ...

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by Darryl McGrath May 16, 2012

  In an era when even affluent school districts in New York no longer consider it a given that their budgets will pass, the Albany School Board had good reason this week to give a heartfelt ...

Run This School System

by Darryl McGrath May 10, 2012

The selection of a superintendent is the most arduous task any school board faces, and so it is with optimism and also some trepidation that the Albany School Board gets ready to meet the candidates. Twenty-six ...

An Earlier Last Call?

by Thomas Dimopoulos May 3, 2012

  A dozen bars and late-night eateries crowd the sidewalk of Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. It is here, where live late-night music and the neon glow of taverns spill onto the narrow streets, where Christian ...

Day of Solidarity

by Linda Paul May 3, 2012

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Demonstrators worldwide took to the streets for May Day, aka International Workers Day, a celebration of the labor movement and workers’ rights. Here in Albany, a coalition of Occupy Albany, the Solidarity Committee of the ...

Spaces Available, Soon

by Darryl McGrath April 18, 2012

Although no one would have said it at the time, getting Albany’s residential permit-parking bill through the state Legislature two years ago is looking like the easy part. With unanimous Common Council approval Monday of an ...

Curb Your Enthusiasm

by Darryl McGrath April 11, 2012

  If experience has taught that you can often double-park your car on a downtown Albany street, run a quick errand and get back before you get a ticket, you might want to continue circling the ...

School’s Out . . . Of Money

by Darryl McGrath March 29, 2012

When the Albany School Board members gather for tonight’s meeting (Thursday, March 29), they will face a task that board President Dan Egan calls painful and even sickening: deciding how many people will lose their ...