Some stuff going on this week.

Gawking at those Nipper statues that now dot downtown Albany

Downtown is Pawsome City Lines closeup

One of the things you notice when seeing the Nippers out and about is the way each artist designed the eyes gives the dogs a different expression.

We got a chance during the past week to check out the new "Downtown is Pawsome" statues in downtown Albany as they sit in their new sidewalk habitats.

The three-foot-tall statues -- inspired by Nipper and decorated by local artists -- are part of the annual public art program coordinated by the Downtown Albany BID. Eight are already in place, two more will be out this week, and another ten are on their way.

Here's a quick photo gawk at the statues, along with a clickable map that we'll update as the statues appear. The pieces are all within walking distance of each other, so you could definitely string them together as part of your own walking tour some day this summer -- with, you know, maybe a stop for a drink or donut along the way.

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"It starts with asking yourself: Do you want families downtown and in urban places?"

At Vox there's been an interesting conversation between Dave Roberts and Brent Toderian, who was Vancouver's chief planner for many years. And this segment -- about making urban areas attractive families -- touched on some issues that will be familiar here: neighborhood amenities, regulating new residential, the design of urban housing, and making cities attractive to people of all ages. (Yep, Vancouver is on a totally different scale than the urban areas here, but some of the same lessons may still apply.) [Vox]

Albany testing system for paying for parking by mobile app and license plate

Albany parking by mobile sign

You can now pay to park in part of downtown Albany via mobile app.

The Albany Parking Authority launched a pilot program Monday to test new pay-by-app and pay-by-plate meters along State Street. The initial test includes 12 meters and covers about 100 spots on State between Eagle and Broadway.

The new system is the same one we talked with the APA about earlier this year. The idea behind the switch is to provide easier, more flexible parking options for people.

Here are a few more bits about how it works.

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Kennedy of Albany: A Writer and His City premieres tonight

A reminder that the new WHMT doc about William Kennedy -- Kennedy of Albany: A Writer and His City -- premieres tonight (Monday) at 9 pm. Blurbage:

Discover the life and legacy of William Kennedy as told by the Pulitzer Prize winning author himself. In this intimate documentary, learn about Kennedy's humble beginnings in his hometown of Albany, which would become the backdrop and fodder for much of his work, and his incredible career spanning nearly five decades.

That link includes a few clips from the hour-long documentary.

Presumably WMHT will also be showing the doc at other times in the future.

Teen falls from Great Escape ride, sentencing in Crossgates gunfire incident, the frustration of small claims court, redevelop former convention center site bit by bit?

Fall from Great Escape ride
A teen fell 25 feet from the Sky Ride chair lift ride at the Great Escape Saturday evening, a incident captured on video. Before falling, the teen was dangling from the lift, her arm and neck stuck on the bar of the car. Bystanders gathered below and broke her fall. Warren County Sheriff's deputies say the teen did not suffer serious injuries. The park says the ride is close while it investigates what happened. [News10] [Facebook] [News10] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Post-Star]

Fatal stabbing in Albany
Albany police say a 47-year-old man died after being stabbed early Sunday morning near Madison Ave and Grand Street. APD is asking anyone with info to call. [APD]

State Police academy investigation
Brendan Lyons reports that State Police had been investigating whether there had been inappropriate interactions between training officers and female recruits at the at the State Police academy: "Nearly six months later, interviews with multiple people familiar with the investigation, and a review of internal State Police documents, raise questions about whether the agency fully investigated the allegations or may have sought to cover them up." [TU]

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The week ahead

Albany Lincoln Park Pool 2017-06-26

Pool season is in fully swing. Albany's Lincoln Park Pool -- and many other pools around the region -- are now open.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very summer), to baseball, to strawberries, to swimming, to neighborhood history, to music...

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A quick recap of the week

week review 2017-06-24

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:

+ We're at the height of summer! Here's a big list of summer things around the region to do.

+ Jim asked about bars or restaurants with a view of the Albany skyline.

+ Jordan asked about finding a stylist for cutting long, curly hair.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: 19th century fashion, the state office complex planned before the ESP, the old Eintracht Halle, a temple tour, a faith journey, confrontations, a rare flower, the Blue Mountain Fire Tower, becoming a dietician, the Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship, strawberries, pizza, milk crates, Dave Matthews, and The Albany Smudge.

+ Gawking at the new $8.9 million visitor center at Five Rivers.

+ An arm of Sears built Colonie Center -- and now the Sears store there is closing.

+ And checking out the new Albany skate park.

Here's the whole week in one place.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea this week!

Checking out the new Albany skate park

Albany skate park finished 2017-06-23

Check it out: The skate park in Albany's Washington Park is now open. Construction just finished up, and Friday afternoon there were a bunch skaters trying it out.

Here are a bunch of photos and a few bits...

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A call for a rail trail mural

proposed Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail mural site Adams Street

A group connected to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy called Art on the Rail Trail (ART) has been working to set up public art projects along the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. And it's now ready to move forward on its first project, with a call out for artists.

The mural site is at the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Ave in Delmar (map). ART has an open house at 90 Adams Street on June 29 from 6-7 pm for interested artists. Blurbage:

ART welcomes all artists who apply, but is specifically interested in those who have experience in public art, mosaics, and murals. The group is hoping to hire an artist who lives in the Capital Region in an effort to support local community members. ART is particularly interested in proposals which incorporate the themes of connectivity and movement. ...
Throughout the month of August, up to three finalists will be selected and a public presentation will be made. The committee is prioritizing transparency in the selection process, welcoming community members to voice opinions on the different proposals. By mid-October, the mural will be completed, and there will be a mural unveiling ceremony.

Here are the instructions for submitting an application. The deadline July 31 at 11:59 pm.

The online materials don't specifically mention the budget that ART has in mind. But we checked with the the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, and here was the response: "ART's goal is to offer an artist fee, which will include all project management, labor, and material costs, of at least $3,000. The committee is actively fundraising and the budget may change over time. A finalized budget will be announced when finalist decisions are made in mid-August."

photo via Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

"I want lower-level soccer to be like operating the muffin shop in your town"

Reading through this article about plans/desires/hopes to expand professional soccer in small markets around the country -- along with the success of small teams such as Stockade FC in Kingston -- this caught our eye (emphasis added): "As USL begins its efforts to launch Division 3, it has visited markets with populations below 100,000 like Greenville, South Carolina, Albany, New York, and Portland, Maine..." (If you're one of the people they met with, give us a shout. We're curious to hear about it.) [FourFourTwo]

Stuff to do this weekend

Maceo Parker by Ines Kaiser

Maceo Parker returns to the Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC this weekend.

It is the first weekend of official summer -- so soak it up.

After the jump, a whole list of stuff we thought might interest you -- music festivals, baseball, swimming, strawberry picking, summer markets, and more. Pick your favorites, grab some sunscreen and go.

Doing something we didn't list here? Share it in the comments so we can all see.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Reaction to Senate Republican health plan, multiple households displaced in Albany fire, from Pakistan to Schenectady to a diploma

Senate Republican health care plan
New York reaction to the Senate version of the Republican health care legislation:
+ Chuck Schumer said the Senate plan is "meaner" than House version, playing on Donald Trump's earlier comments about the House version being "mean." [TU]
+ From a Kirsten Gillibrand statement: "The Senate bill presented today, which was crafted behind closed doors by 13 men, would fundamentally harm Americans young and old, do severe damage to a fragile economy, and bankrupt state governments across the country." [Gillibrand office]
+ The Senate plan includes the New York-specific provision backed by John Faso that would shift more than $2 billion in Medicaid costs from counties to the state, and he said doing so would relieve a burden from property tax payers. [TU]
+ A spokesman for Elise Stefanik says she's reviewing the legislation. [Press Republican]
+ From a Paul Tonko statement: "This bill will lead to historic drops in coverage and major increases in premiums for those who can least afford them." [Tonko office]

North Manning Blvd fire
Multiple buildings in a row of homes along North Manning Blvd caught fire Friday morning, displacing as many as 30 people. AFD chief Warren Abriel said the fire started in a vacant building and spread. Workers at the nearby Bimbo bakery (formerly Freihofer's) are being credited with noticing the fire and alerting residents of the homes to get out. [News10] [@JohnCraigWNYT] [Spectrum] [TU] [@EmilyMasters]

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Today's moment of summer

clouds over Delmar 2017-06-22

It was a quality cloud day.

Bites Camera Action in downtown Albany

Downtown Albany BID Bites Camera Action logoThe schedule for the downtown Albany outdoor movies/food trucks series -- Bites Camera Action -- is out.

You might remember this is the series for which the Downtown Albany BID asked people for their votes to narrow down the slate for the series in Tricentennial Park. And here it is:

movie title | live music act

July 10: Back to the Future | The Graham Tichy Trio

July 17: Jurassic Park | Kimono Dragons

July 24: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone | The Useless Cans

July 31: La La Land | Bryan Brundige & Crick Diefendorf

August 7: The Goonies | DJ Mercy

August 14: Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Victory Soul Orchestra

Those dates are all Mondays. Food and live music starts each night from 5-8 pm. Movies start at 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

Tricentennial Park is the park on Broadway across from Kiernan Plaza/the old train station.

The Colonie Center Sears is closing

The Sears at Colonie Center is closing this mid-September, the company said in a statement Thursday. the store will remain open until then and a liquidation sale will start June 30. Eligible employees will receive severance and be given the opportunity to apply at other Sears and KMart stores. The full statement is below.

The Colonie Center closure was one of the 20 this week. A Sears spokesman says the stores at the Wilton Mall and Aviation Mall in Queensbury will continue operating. [Business Insider]

The move isn't surprising.

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Above Albany

A post shared by Albany From Above (@abovealbany) on

1. There's is now an Above Albany Instagram/Twitter. It's what it sounds like -- drone photos of the area.

2. It posted this beautiful photo (embedded above) of the Wednesday evening sun setting at the ESP.

See also: Enjoy Troy Drones.

Gawking at the new Five Rivers visitor center

new Five Rivers visitor center exterior

The new $8.9 million visitor center is now officially open at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. The "green" building includes interactive exhibits, classrooms, multipurpose space, restrooms, and staff offices. It's open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has an Outdoor Day event there this Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm with activities such as animal demonstrations and guided walks.

Here's a look around the new building...

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Pine Bush Big Birding Day

It's not any regular birding day. It's a big birding day.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is hosting the first Pine Bush Big Birding Day starting June 30, an event in which teams will try to observe as many bird species as possible over a 24-hour period. Blurbage:

"A big birding day allows the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission to learn what species of birds are in the preserve. Detecting birds this time of year also suggests that those birds may be breeding here," says Amanda Dillon, Field Ecologist and Entomologist. "Commission staff regularly conduct surveys during the summer months where we record every bird we hear and see at points located around the preserve. This event will help us get more eyes and ears on the ground and expand our coverage area. Birds are very sensitive to changes in their habitat and some can only be found in particular types of habitats like the inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens found the in the Albany Pine Bush. Knowing which species are present in the preserve tells us a lot about how effective our efforts are in restoring this globally rare landscape."

The bird species spotting starts at 6 pm Saturday with a kick-off and refreshments at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. And then things wrap up Saturday at 7 pm with dinner and closing ceremony. It's free to participate, but registration is required.

Earlier: Birding in Washington Park

photo: Julie Madsen

Legislative session ends with business left undone, suspicious white powder sent to Harriman Campus, Adelphi selling memorabilia, Tappan Zee could be named for Mario Cuomo

Session ends
The legislative session came to a close late Wednesday night without resolving a sales tax extension for 53 counties, and the question of whether New York City can be allowed more charter schools -- two bargaining chips that were leveraged against each other. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he won't bring the Assembly back into session to vote on mayoral control of charter schools. [Spectrum][NYT][TU][NYSOP]

White powder delivered to State Police
An envelope containing white powder was received in the mail at the Department of Correction and Community Supervision offices on the Harriman Campus. State Police are trying to determine what the powder is and who sent it, but say no-one has become ill. [TU] [Gazette]

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Today's moment of summer

tiny daisies fleabane

Apparently these tiny daisy-like flowers are known as fleabane. We often spot 'em along fences and roadsides.

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