What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Nigerian princes, miracles, clotheslines, hats, reservations and fried plantains.

His Crankiness at i-Saratoga compares a new business based in Saratoga to "the offers of untold riches promised in email from some deposed Nigerian prince or dignitary."

Rob says the plane-landing-in-the-Hudson was not a miracle.

Kate has decided to stop selling kids items at the Paper Sparrow because of a new federal rule.

Leah and her husband put up an indoor clothesline in their house.

A ginormous comment thread erupted at Kristi G's site over Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat.

Downtown Susie Brown went inauguration (or, well, any formal occasion) shopping in Saratoga.

Steve regrets a reservation he didn't make.

And Susan says the memory of fried plantains will bring her back to Casa Dominicana.

There's a lot more going on around the Neighborhood, check it out. If you know of another great blog we should include, post a comment or send us an email: editors |at| alloveralbany |dot| com.


It's a shame that a law intended to protect children from toxins is hurting small businesses. It's unlikely that the items at the Paper Sparrow contain phalates or lead, but you can't blame the owner for not wanting to take the risk. I am happy that phalates, which have been illegal in the EU for years, are finally out here in the USA. For years Chinese factories have been manufacturing two sets of toys: phalate and lead-free for Australia and the EU, and toxic ones for our kids here in the USA. I welcome this law but sympathize with the small business that suffer. There should be an exception for home-made goods!

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