Can you imagine a New York with temperatures that are more like... Oklahoma?
That's one of the comparison's made in a paper published today in Scientific Reports that aims project how global warming will affect the heating and cooling needs of areas around the United States. Using a climate scenario that expects global mean surface temperatures to rise by more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit, two Stanford researchers projected how the current "normal" annual number of heating and cooling degree days across the US would compare to the totals for the end of this century.
(You can think of heating and cooling degree days as a measure of how much heating or cooling a building needs in a place over time period.)
Here's a clip from the paper about New York City:
The historical CDD [cooling degree day] value of New York City (1,105 CDD) is projected to increase by the end of the century (2,348 CDD), approaching a CDD value that historically prevailed in the hot desert climate of El Paso, TX (2,331 CDD). The historical HDD [heating degree day] value (4,750 HDD) in New York City is projected to decrease (3,126 HDD) to approximately the number of HDD in present Raleigh, NC (3,246 HDD). New York City's historical degree-day sum (5,855 HDD + CDD) will decrease (5,474 HDD + CDD), resembling the historical degree-day sum in Oklahoma City, OK (5,463 HDD + CDD).
The researchers used numbers for current normals from more than 7,000 weather stations around the country, so they were able to make maps based on the projections. One of them -- showing projected differences in cooling and heating degree days across the country -- is above.
A bigger map, which we think illustrates things a bit better, is after the jump. And it illustrates that the Albany area is, of course, not exactly like New York City. But the general trend is projected to be about the same -- fewer heating degree days, and a lot more cooling degree days.
The Ballston Spa Film Festival is back this Friday and Saturday in the eponymous village. As in years past, the "open air, bring your own chair" festival screens a family-friendly slate of short films. Blurbage for this year:
This year's festival will present 45 short films, ranging in length from 1 to 14 minutes each. The films come from young filmmakers, emerging student filmmakers and established (but still emerging) filmmakers. Submissions to this established, local film festival arrive from across the country as well as all over the globe. Many of the films have won awards at other film festivals, while some will be making their world premier at the Ballston Spa Film Festival.
AOA is a media sponsor of the Ballston Spa Film Festival.
WNYC got a hold of more than 130,000 New York State custom license plate applications via FOIL, and sifted through them to get a sense of what gets accepted and what doesn't. It reports there's a "Red Guide" with guidelines about what shouldn't be accepted (the DMV also apparently instructs reviewers to consult Urban Dictionary). [WNYC] Earlier: The most recent round of bumper gawking.
Driving into Rensselaerville, the small and historic Albany County hamlet in the town of the same name, is like taking a trip back through time. Things move a little slower. The locals speak in less hurried tones.
And just as everything old is new again, the food at the town's public family room -- The Palmer House Café -- adheres to the old habit of using local, seasonal produce and ingredients to craft a meal. Farm-to-table was a way of life for eaters in decades (centuries) past, but today it's one of many options.
The Palmer House's peach blueberry cobbler is just one example of why this option should be priority once again.
The tour program at the New York State Capitol is
In recent years Capitol tours were only available during the day Monday through Friday. So the Saturday tours are opportunity for people who otherwise wouldn't have been able to make it during the week to take the tour.
And you should take the tour. The state Capitol is a remarkable building, full of different architectural styles, art, and all sorts of history and stories. You can also get a look at the once-again-open Hall of Governors. Also: It's all looking sharp after years of renovations and restorations.
By the way: Keep an eye out for the very popular Capitol Hauntings tours this fall -- they fill up very quickly.
Schenectady police officer released from hospital, state AG taking up civilian death investigation, larger project proposed for former Record building
Schenectady police officer injured
Schenectady police say officer Mark Weekes has been released from the hospital as he recovers from a skull fracture sustained during an incident on duty early Saturday morning on State Street. SPD officials say Weekes had been working without a partner, and backup had been dispatched from the other side of the city. A relative of James Hilton, the Glens Falls man accused of assaulting Weekes, tells the Times Union that Hilton is an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, and an amateur MMA fighter. During a court appearance Monday Hilton told the judge he fears for his safety in jail. [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [TU x2]
Inmate death at Schenectady County Jail
The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office says an inmate died at the county jail Sunday night, and it's opened an investigation into the death. WNYT reports the inmate's fiancee said he had been suffering from cancer and sickle cell anemia. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT]
Schenectady police say they've increased patrols in Hamilton Hill in response to the string of recent shootings there, but police chief Brian Kilcullen told the city council Monday that the department needs more officers and is "operating with far fewer bodies than we ever had." [Daily Gazette]
Alleged spa prostitution case tossed
Three years after a raid on an Albany spa at which law enforcement officials alleged prostitution was happening, the case has been tossed by a judge citing a lack of evidence. One of the twists in the case was that the spa owner is married to a former Times Union editor, who had alleged the raid was retaliation for a series of investigative articles looking into the operations of a county sheriff drug unit. [TU]
During this afternoon/evening's storms, the sky took on an almost painted look, like some dramatic scene from a myth.
(You know, outside the supermarket.)
We were thinking about retail in downtown Albany last week when this photo popped up in one of the streams from the Albany Institute of History and Art -- it's a photo of the hat section at the women's clothing store Muhlfelder's around 1905.
There's something about the way the store is staged here, like it's a museum of millinery. It must have been a fun place to browse.
Muhlfelder's was at North Pearl Street and Steuben Street in downtown Albany. The store was founded by Jonas Muhlfelder, who emigrated from Germany to the United States as a young man in the late 1800s and ended up working in a millinery store in Albany. At the age of 21 he opened a women's clothing store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, with locations following in Troy, Albany (in 1900), and New Haven, Connecticut. (The company would later add a store at the then-relatively new Stuyvesant Plaza in 1965.) He was apparently successful enough that he could retire at age 55. [The History of New York State Biographies, Part 20] [Knickerbocker News/Fulton History]
Over at the Albany Muskrat, there's a great post chronicling Muhlfelder's newspaper ads from the 1910s through the 1960s. It doubles as a tour through women's fashion of the first half of the 20th century. (Julie notes that Muhlfelder's closed in the early 1970s.)
Image: "Muhfelder's Hats 41 North Pearl Street and Steuben Street," Albany Institute of History and Art, from the collection of Morris Gerber
Some quick follow-up: The effort to revive the Greenville Drive-In successfully met its Kickstarter goal and the drive-in theater on Route 32 re-opened in July. (Greenville is in northern Greene County, right on the boarder with Albany County.)
The theater has been showing classic films, and this coming weekend it's showing Ant-Man. It's also hosting special events, such as a screening of the documentary Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie on August 12. The doc's director, April Wright, will be there for a pre-show Q&A.
Something else that caught our eye: The Greenville Drive-In is also hosting video game nights in which people can play games on the theater's 80-foot screen. One of those nights is tonight (August 3) -- they'll be playing Bakugan Battle Brawlers.
photo via Greenville Drive-In FB
I was wondering if AOA could help/recommend some great fall B&Bs, Inns, boutique spas that I can take my significant other for a long weekend this fall without the kids. I'm thinking closer to the hudson valley near the CIA or finger lakes as we've never been? Any recommendations?
Earlier this year Lauren wrote a bit about wine touring in both the Finger Lakes and Hudson Valley, and some of the suggestions might be helpful. We're especially curious about people's suggestions for the Finger Lakes and out west generally -- it feels like that region doesn't get a lot of attention here, but it's really not that far.
So, got a suggestion for Amelia? Please share! And bonus points for a sentence or two about why you're suggesting that place.
Over at the Times Union Claire Hughes looks at proposed legislation that would make physician-assisted suicide legal in New York through the eyes of a Troy woman who watched her mother, suffering from Huntington's, starve herself to death -- and who now contemplates her own future as a carrier of the gene for the disease. Among the questions: Should the law provide provisions for people facing degenerative diseases such as Huntington's and Alzheimer's to make choices about how they'd like to end their life beyond the six-month window currently proposed so they can make decision while still mentally competent? [TU+ (link around)]
The Central Avenue / Manning Square District Design Workshop is a three-day visioning, zoning, and form-based coding discussion that will inform the City's ReZone Albany initiative. This workshop will focus on the Central Avenue corridor, gathering input from members of the public in order to arrive at a collaborative solution.
The events will be at the The Linda (Central and Quail). Schedule:
+ Monday, August 10: hands-on design workshop for the public (6-8 pm)
+ Tuesday, August 11: open design studios for members of the public to drop in (11 am-noon, 11:30 pm-3 pm, 4-5 pm)
+ Wednesday, August 12: work in-progress presentation for the public (6-8 pm)
This focus on Central Ave follows a similar intensive look at the Warehouse District earlier this summer. Those events were interesting -- the consultants working the citywide rezoning effort explained some of the considerations that go into zoning, and looked at how rezoning could affect possibilities for the neighborhood.
Albany County in line for 3 medical marijuana dispensaries, outbreak of Schenectady gun violence continues, Washington Tavern/Ginger Man sold
The state Department of Health has announced the five organizations selected to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana around the state. Three of the companies have planned dispensaries in Albany County. The state's rules for medical marijuana required to the selected companies to manage the product from "seed to sale." And registered physicians will be required to take a four-hour course on marijuana as a medicine. Among the types of patients expected to be treated: an 8-year-old in East Schodack who has epilepsy. [NYS DOH] [TU x2] [NYT] [WNYT]
Schenectady gun violence
Schenectady police say a man was shot multiple times early Sunday morning in Hamilton Hill (map) -- on the same street where there have been two other recent shootings. And it was just a block from a community rally against violence Friday evening. After Sunday's shooting, rally organizer Marva Issacs told TWCN she's frustrated, but: "I'm not stopping." [WNYT] [Daily Gazette x2] [TWCN]
Schenectady police officer beaten
Schenectady police say an officer was beaten unconscious, suffering a skull fracture, while trying to arrest a Glens Falls man early Saturday morning on State Street. SPD says man was later arrested after being tracked a police dog. He's been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT]
Albany County sheriff's sergeant resigns
The Times Union reports an Albany County sheriff's sergeant has resigned after an allegation surfaced that he had inappropriate contact with a teen in Watervliet, the allegation spun out of the recent investigation of a Watervliet police officer accused having sex with a underage teen. [TU]
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (nice), to The Track, to the orchestra, to theater, to outdoor film, to food trucks, to music...
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Food and Drink
Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, serving Ethiopian fare every Friday and Saturday evening with traditional Ethiopian flatbread (Injera), and choice of vegetarian choices or meat all seasoned with special Ethiopian spices (berbere).
Local, healthy, delicious
Honest Weight Food Coop. Eat healthy, eat local.
Nine Pin Ciderworks -- now offering their delicious cider in cans. You can stop in at Nine Pin this summer and grab a beverage and dinner from a food truck in the loading bay next to their Broadway tasting room -- Wednesdays through Saturdays this summer.
Farmie Market -- Farm fresh food delivered right to your door.
New World Bistro Bar, named #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll and also listed as one of 'the 13 Best New York Restaurants, not in NYC' according to Thrillist.com.
New World Catering, from weddings and big parties to small gatherings in your home.
Capital Wine at the corner of State and Lark Streets, with a wonderful supply of wines from around the world.
Stuff to learn
UAlbany's History Department, offering an M.A. and Ph.D. in Environmental History. Explore the human connection to nature.
Ways to get where you're going
Capital Car Share. Share cars for just $8 an hour.
CDTA: whether it's work or play, CDTA can get you where you're going and safely back home again.
Keeler Mini, sponsor of AOA's Tournament of Pizza to end all Tournaments of Pizza.
Stuff to do
Mop & Bucket Improv Company, presenting shows at The Comedy Works in Saratoga every Sunday in August, and offering classes in improv and creativity for adults and kids at MopCo World Headquarters on Union Street in Schenectady.
Spectrum 8 Theaters. Enjoy a movie at The Spectrum. And don't forget the mint brownie.
The Albany Institute of History and Art's Triple Play exhibit, a look back at the history of baseball in the Capital Region.
Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C.. Staff Ciampino can help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest, so they're not only good at what they do, they're awesome too.
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.
The Albany Public Libraries. Their mobile app helps you find library locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. You can even check ISBN bar codes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you need.
Photo: A Slyer Image Photography
Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:
+ Lauren took her brunch tour to Latham.
+ There was a seal in the Hudson River.
+ It was hot this week -- but there was that time it was 104 in Albany.
+ With a baby soon to arrive, Dana asked about suggestions for meal delivery services.
+ A few thoughts about the push for protected bike lanes in Albany.
+ And on that topic... here are the options the city has floated for the Madison Ave Road Diet.
+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: Track season, Tanpopo, Chester's, Siro's, sushi cake, birthday cake, the ValleyCats, the uptown campus, Thacher Park, moths, Washington Park, a secret beach, FDR, disturbing mini hot dogs, and Neanderthals.
+ Sean asked about renting a boat on Lake George.
+ We're in the thick of blueberry season -- here are a bunch of places you can pick your own.
+ Lindsay asked about good brunch spots in Schenectady.
+ The "playbook" for Impact Downtown Albany is out, so we read through it.
+ And clickable map of all your favorite local lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.
Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!
Posing on Cortland Street in Albany in the early evening sun.
It is currently time to do all the summer things. And "all the summer things" often includes finding a lake, river, stream, some body of water to take in the view, relax by, dine next to, kayak in.
A few weeks back as part of the River Week drawing, we asked you about your favorite bodies of water around the Capital Region. There were a bunch of good suggestions. So, as with the neighborhood highlights, we combined all the suggestions into a clickable map and listing.
Have a look...
A midsummer weekend awaits, full of sunshine and stuff to do. Savor it. Enjoy it. Commit it to memory so you can conjure it in February.
After the jump, we've pulled together a list of things that looked interesting. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so we can all see.
And whatever you're up to, bring your sunscreen and have a great weekend.
Outpouring of support after slur, looking toward a new Schenectady train station, Mission Impossible was possible
Community support follow slurs
People in Wynantskill have been rallying support for a couple whose house was vandalized with anti-gay slurs -- and a local hardware store offered free supplies to help fix the damage. Said John McEnerney to the Times Union: "They didn't just attack our house ... They attacked our whole neighborhood. This is a nice place and it made people angry." [News10] [WNYT] [TU+]
Stephentown dog death
A Stephentown farmer to the Times Union on the incident in he which he says he had to shoot a neighbor's escaped dog because it was menacing his horses: "I feel bad enough because I love animals and now this will get all over social media and make me look like a bad guy." [TU]
Troy mayoral race
An effort to get Ernest Everett bumped from the Democratic mayoral primary failed after a judge ruled Thursday the challenge missed a deadline for filing. [Troy Record] [TU]
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