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Election Preview

by Ali Hibbs October 29, 2015


  Voters in the City of Albany can expect to encounter two important ballot propositions at the polls this coming Tuesday (Nov. 3); county residents outside the city can vote on one of them. One will ...

The Local Bucket List

by Ann Morrow September 3, 2015


  No need to spend all your free time partying, because, though you may not know it yet ye college freshmen (and upper classmen who haven’t ventured beyond the student bars), the Capital Region has lots ...


Metroland for Sale

by The Staff July 17, 2015


  HERE'S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Metroland Ownership Group Seeks Buyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015 Albany, N.Y.: After 20 years of continuous publication, the current ownership group of Metroland is seeking to retire from publishing and find a ...

Zone It Right

by Miriam Axel-Lute July 16, 2015


  In case you missed it, Albany is redoing its zoning code. Given that portions of it date back to 1968, conflict with each other or are too vague to consistently interpret, and are scattered through ...

Drops of Magic

by James Yeara July 9, 2015


  Owen Smith, producing artistic director, gave the best criticism for Park Playhouse’s 27th annual production, this year’s Singin’ in the Rain, a 1983 musical based on the immortal MGM 1952 film of the same name ...

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Singin’ in the Rain

by The Staff July 2, 2015


  The great MGM movie musical Singin’ in the Rain was one of the first properties to travel successfully from screen to stage; for decades, the process worked almost exclusively in the opposite direction. And with ...

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Ballin’ at the Graveyard

by The Staff June 18, 2015


  “This film made me proud to live in Albany. It includes the authentic voices of men working to do what’s right—for themselves, their families, and for the larger community. If you want to better understand ...

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A Building With History

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015


  “Studio 40B is an art gallery and production studio,” said Alex Stokes Contompasis at the studio’s grand opening last weekend. “And the headquarters of News World: Albany Banana Corps.” In a loud floral shirt and aviator ...

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Stitching the City Together

by Miriam Axel-Lute June 6, 2015


  The map of Albany on the screen, at quick glance, looked a little like a heat map of poverty and distressed neighborhoods, with one large red area over the Sheridan Hollow, Arbor Hill and West ...

Seeking Citizen Input

by The Staff May 29, 2015

  As part of the ongoing ReZone Albany initiative to update Albany’s zoning code, which last went through a major revision half a century ago, the City of Albany’s Planning Department is inviting the public to ...

Now Brewing on Broadway

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2015


On Tuesday (May 26), Druthers Brewing Co. opened a new 18,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant at 1053 Broadway in Albany’s warehouse district. This is the second local brewery, bar and restaurant for the brand, which opened ...

The Neighborhood Lives On

by Ann Morrow May 28, 2015


Pinned to Mary Paley’s denim jacket is a prized possession: a medal representing a Sicilian-American society for “the Black Madonna,” Maria del Tindari. The South End had several such societies, and a three-day street festival ...

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Mixed Blessing?

by Ann Morrow May 9, 2015


  For a place of serenity tucked away in one of Albany’s oldest and most secluded areas, Kenwood Convent has had a turbulent time this last decade. The religious complex, home to the Society of the ...

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Giving Shelter

by Michael Bielawski May 9, 2015


  It may finally seem almost springlike outside, but the Capital City Rescue Mission on Albany’s South Pearl Street has been having its busiest year ever, in large part due to the extreme cold this winter. “We’ve ...

Albany Tulip Festival

by The Staff May 7, 2015


  It’s that time of year: Tulip Festival, Albany’s annual herald of spring (and of Mother’s Day!), is once again upon us, and it looks like there will be good music and fun events to entice ...

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Lights, Cameras . . .

by Ali Hibbs February 20, 2015


  Earlier this month, the city of Albany revealed the 20 locations at which it will place traffic cameras intended to catch scofflaws running red lights at those intersections. On Monday, the city will listen to ...

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Funding the City

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 29, 2015

  At a regional forum on inequality earlier this month, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan made some remarks that jumpstarted some regional discussion about regional equity, commuter taxes, and the like. As reported by Jimmy Vielkind at ...

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Letters: In the City of Albany, a Bitter Budget, or a Better Budget?

by The Staff December 19, 2014

  To the Editor: It’s no surprise that the City of Albany is facing tremendous financial challenges. Albany residents are fortunate that Mayor Sheehan and her team put a balanced budget forth with no reduction in services ...


Full Sail

by Ann Morrow December 18, 2014


  He is The Most Interesting Jeweler in the World. Capt. Glen Edward von Wergers, who owns a jewelry studio in downtown Albany, is a former CIA mercenary, riverboat captain, adventure sailor, and mountain climber. He has ...

South End Stories

by Ann Morrow December 11, 2014


  “All these little people, the farmers, the businessmen, they were completely obliterated.” That’s how one former resident of Albany’s South End remembers the devastation of the building of the Empire State Plaza, which bulldozed 98 ...


Bitter Budgets and Bad Blood

by Ali Hibbs December 4, 2014

  The ordinance to pass the relentlessly controversial Albany city budget as presented by first-term Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan finally passed this Monday with a vote of 11-4, following another week of acrimony between some members ...

Thanks for the Memories

by The Staff November 6, 2014

Bob Dylan, Albany, NY, 4/28/80 [outside Wellington Hotel at 3 AM]

  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 ...

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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by Ali Hibbs October 23, 2014


  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


  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 ...