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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

It’s Official

by Christina Dillon November 7, 2013

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  “What a great day to be a Democrat in the city of Albany,” said outgoing mayor Jerry Jennings to a crowd gathered on Tuesday evening (Nov. 5) to watch the results from the general election. ...

Silver Screen Thrills

by Ann Morrow October 31, 2013

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  It’s . . .  showtime! Maybe not for the Madison Theater itself—that will be tonight (Thursday, Oct. 31) when it welcomes the community with a Halloween screening—but on Tuesday it was the moment of truth ...

Learning to Be

by Sarah Sherman October 9, 2013

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  “When you go to heaven,” Sparrow says, “they won’t ask you how many books you’ve had published. And if they do, fuck heaven.” Born Michael Daniel Gorelick, Sparrow, as he is better known, is a published ...

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More, More, More

by Erin Pihlaja October 9, 2013

“These plan changes are to meet the developer’s needs, not necessarily the concerns of the people,” said preservation consultant Kimberly Alvarez, at a public hearing on Monday (Oct. 7) before the Albany Common Council. “It ...

The Metroland Fashion Guide

by The Staff September 25, 2013

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    Annick Designs 269 River St., Troy, 273-7860, annickdesigns.com. Unique mineral specimens, crystals, precious and semi-precious stones, vintage Swarovski crystals, and ornate wire work made with sterling silver and gold filled metal. Amore Clothing 123 State St., Albany, 434-4054, amoreclothing.com. Men’s ...

On the Street

by The Staff September 25, 2013

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  Metroland: So what are you wearing today? Siobhan Byron: I’m wearing Zara pants, my sweater is by Vince, my shirt and jacket are from Forever 21. My heels are Guess. I would say that they are ...

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Saved

by Ann Morrow September 19, 2013

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  During a reception at Historic Cherry Hill on Sunday (Sept. 15), invited guests were given tours of the 1787 mansion that highlighted the crucial restoration efforts saving the house from serious damage. Structural stabilization included ...

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Upper Madison Street Fair

by The Staff September 19, 2013

  From Metroland world headquarters we can look across Western Avenue and see the exact spot of this Sunday’s Upper Madison Street Fair. The city will close off the block of Madison Avenue between W. Lawrence ...

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It Ain’t Over

by Erin Pihlaja September 18, 2013

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  Things are winding down in the Albany Common Council primaries that were too close to call last week as the Albany County Board of Elections opens up absentee ballots and affidavits this week to get ...

History, We Hope

by Miriam Axel-Lute September 13, 2013

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  I’m writing this the morning after a historic primary election day here in Albany, and also the morning after a Presidential saber-rattling speech about a proposed act of war that, amazingly enough, even the general ...

The To-Do List

by The Staff September 5, 2013

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You don’t need us to tell you that there’s more to college than textbooks, tests and cafeteria food that inexplicably makes you have to poop. (What’s the deal with that, anyway?) Lucky for you, you ...

Moving on Up

by Molly Eadie September 5, 2013

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It was a Friday night, and I had just moved out of UAlbany’s concrete dorm rooms to a big old house on Myrtle Avenue, not far from the College of Saint Rose in Albany’s “student ...

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Don’t Miss a Beat

by The Staff September 5, 2013

If you’ve followed this year’s Albany mayoral race so far, you may have noticed that it’s been a bit topsy-turvy. Just last week, we at Metroland put together what we hoped would be an informative ...

Don’t Fan the Flames

by E.S. Cormac September 5, 2013

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Albany’s Townsend Park became a scene of protest on Saturday (Aug. 31) as more than 100 activists stood with antiwar signs and gave speeches in a show of solidarity with the people of war-torn Syria, ...

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Primary Endorsements: Albany

by The Staff September 5, 2013

  Albany Mayor: Kathy Sheehan The best reason to vote for Kathy Sheehan is her performance as treasurer. We wish she had been more forthcoming in the campaign with her ideas for fixing a city that has, ...

Rounding Out the Field

by E.S. Cormac August 28, 2013

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Jesse Calhoun (Republican) “The first thing I would try to change is the economic situation, the [process to obtain permits], the cabaret laws, allow more freedom in zoning and [getting permits]. That would take a lot ...

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History in the Making

by Erin Pihlaja August 28, 2013

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The two metal spikes pierce the grassy ground, and with a little wiggling and some help from the weight of her body, Meg McGinty pushes the lawn sign fully into the earth. She stands up, ...