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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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Hey Albany, We Have a Land Bank

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 6, 2014

  Albany has a lot of abandoned buildings and vacant lots, as most of us know. They can be an incredible drag on neighborhoods, inviting crime and disinvestment, and they represent a tremendous waste of potential, ...

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FUSION

by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014

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  Duck liver mousse and country pate canapés, gravlax of salmon, port wine cheese balls, BLT deviled eggs, local smoked trout and apple salad, Thai and jerk spiced popcorn bags, an artisan cheese display. And, of course, ...

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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 ...

Cooperation for Education

by Ali Hibbs October 16, 2014

  Earlier this month saw the grand opening of an innovative new educational model benefitting Albany’s South End. Funded by a $4.98 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with “additional ...

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Stop and Think

by Ali Hibbs September 25, 2014

  Controversial red-light traffic cameras were the topic of discussion at the Albany Common Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting this week. Legislators considering the proposed ordinance heard comments from Deputy Police Chief Brendan Cox, Assistant Corporation ...

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A Vision of Nature

by Ann Morrow September 25, 2014

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  When residents of Albany go for a nature walk, more often than not it’s to somewhere outside the city, such as Five Rivers in Delmar or Dyken Pond in Grafton. Yet a preserve that offers ...

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Big Bang

by Ali Hibbs August 28, 2014

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  The blast-cum-collapse could be heard throughout all of downtown Albany. Preceded by a few ominous rumblings, the thunderous boom sounded at about 9:03 AM on Saturday morning, and the Wellington Annex was no more. A ...

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Sailing Back in Time

by Ann Morrow August 28, 2014

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  Five years after Henry Hudson made his return voyage to England, a Dutch privateer was hired to follow up on the explorer’s claims. His name was Adriaen Block, and what he is known for today, ...

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Industrial Evolution

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

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  The Preservation League of New York State has selected five historic industrial buildings for a collaborative Industrial Heritage Reuse program designed to breathe new life into upstate’s vacant and underutilized industrial properties. The press announcement ...

All Aboard

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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  “The best-case scenario,” CDTA senior planner Michael Williams explained at a public forum at the Troy Atrium on Tuesday (July 8), “is a three-year timetable.” Williams was describing the hoped-for implementation schedule for the proposed river ...

You Can Get There From Here

by Ann Morrow June 26, 2014

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  The Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge at Maiden Lane arches over the highway with grandeur of scale and 30 mural-painted obelisk light poles. Yet when the footbridge opened in 2002, bicyclists were disappointed: The bridge ...

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Preservation Pioneers

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

  In a perfect convergence of event, venue, and organizations, on Friday (May 16), Historic Albany Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary and Merit Awards ceremony at the Barn & Stage in Arbor Hill. Part of the ...

Tulip Festival

by The Staff May 8, 2014

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  It’s been a colder than usual spring, but the tulips are blooming in Washington Park and the meteorologists are promising a warm-up just in time for Tulip Fest. What will be waiting for you? There will ...

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Albany History Fair

by The Staff May 1, 2014

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  Ma’am, your Tang is served. That’s Tang as in the orange-powder drink from era of the Kennedy administration, not the priceless porcelain, because Historic Cherry Hill will have a “Tang stand” (and retro snacks) on hand ...

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Move Music Festival

by The Staff April 24, 2014

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  Now in its third year, the Move Music Festival has started referring to itself as “the Northeast’s big music festival.” How big? Let’s do the numbers: This year, 10 local venues will feature more than 100 ...

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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Public Education Is Under Attack

by Miriam Axel-Lute March 12, 2014

  Yesterday, public school advocates rallied at the New York state capitol to call for full state funding of public education. Participants held “R.I.P.” tombstone signs of the programs, classes, staff and resources that their schools ...

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Presto

by B.A. Nilsson February 14, 2014

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  You walk into a restaurant on what’s supposed to be a slow night and spot two eight-tops who have yet to order as well as some scattered deuces and you’re tempted to turn on your ...

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A Hot Mess

by Natasha Scully January 30, 2014

  In 1971, William Law moved his family to the New Hope Ezra Prentice homes in Albany. Despite the clanking sounds from the nearby railroad line that echo through some of the houses, for 43 years ...

See, Click?

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 16, 2014

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  In a move of technological savvy, last May, the city of Albany became the first city in New York to launch a partnership with SeeClickFix, an app/website designed to encourage people to report various issues ...

The New Guard

by E.S. Cormac January 8, 2014

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  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 ...

The Fight Comes Home

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 8, 2014

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  If you have paid even a modicum of attention to the climate-justice fight over the past couple years, you have probably been aware of both the movement to keep fracking out of New York state, ...

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Local Heroes 2013

by The Staff December 18, 2013

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  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 ...

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Grand Designs

by Molly Eadie November 20, 2013

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  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 ...