What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the official line, merging, bums, corn, Pakistani Chinese food, the Sake Cafe, local pasta sauce, a major score, Yaddo, breast feeding, embarrassment, Michael Jordan, the local dialect, and words that should never be uttered on a first date.

His Crankiness at i-Saratoga says don't believe the official line about the success of this year's track season.

Warren wonders if there's a way people in the local art community merge its energies better.

Ashallan and friends got bummed out in Saratoga.

Jess L saved a bunch of summer in her freezer.

Robert had some "delicious" fish and chips at the Blue Ribbon in Schenectady.

Daniel B's not sure he liked the Pakistani Chinese food at Tandoori -- but he's glad it's there. And add him to the list of people happy about the recently opened Asian Supermarket on Central.

It sounds like Melissa had a great dinner at the new Sake Cafe on New Scotland.

Mr. Dave tried out some local jarred sauce and pasta.

Sara scored big at a flea market.

Kimelodic took what looks like a very pleasant walk at Yaddo.

Leah hosted on a stop on what sounds like a tasty neighborhood tour. And she got a bloomin' artichoke.

FiS Dan says Beverly's has the best breakfast in Saratoga.

Matt went to a fun wedding and wondered why people make such a big deal out of breastfeeding in the public.

Kristi feels like she wasn't dressed appropriately for a surprise occasion.

Beth took a tour of the new Doane Stewart School in Rensselaer.

One of the Exiles is picking up the local language.

Chuck caught Michael Jordan.

One of Bobby's co-workers know just when to... arrive.

And as Bee Balm Gal rightfully notes: "The word "amortization" never belongs in a first date dinner conversation."


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

Comments

So excited about the Sake Cafe! Glad to see the good review, I can't wait to try it. Has anyone been to the crepe cafe in Crestwood Plaza?

Speaking of neighborhoods-- what about profiling the neighborhoods of the City of Albany? There are great neighborhoods, and it seems like people living outside of the city have no idea! Albany needs to market itself as a great place to live (because it is!) -- ignoring people that live (not just work) in ALB is part of the city's problem. AOA has done a great job bringing some pride to the area-- I'd love to see that pride extended to living in the city itself.
I'm thinking:
Pine Hills
New Scotland/Crestwood
Buckingham Lake
Center Square
Mansion Neighborhood
Downtown
Etc

Interviews with residents (esp those active in their communities), highlights of businesses in each area, gardens/parks/walks in each neighborhood, perks of city life v. suburban life.
The TU is doing this great series on the Story of Albany and so many of those stories are about years gone by and the vibrancy of the neighborhoods. A view of what those neighborhoods still have going for them would be good for residents and people considering moving to Albany- as well as those who still think the 'burbs are better!


@NC: I've been to Cafe Perk-Ups, the crepes place in Crestwood Plaza, and it's great. I had a mushroom, artichoke and swiss cheese crepe, plus a latte, and they knocked my socks off. (Well, not literally--I was wearing sandals.)

And I like the idea of profiling neighborhoods--Albany is jam-packed with little gems. AOA is doing a great job of showing us what's out there, but this is a whole new way to focus those stories.

I second the idea of neighborhood profiling. The TU did something similar about 10 years ago, and it's still archived on their site. I think it would be great for a refresher, and if you need help compiling it, I'm volunteering.

NC, I wrote a little neighborhood profile for The Story of Albany on present day Center Square (through my eyes anyway): http://blog.timesunion.com/storyofalbany/a-love-letter-to-center-square-by-kimberly-ann-reach/296/

I too would *love* to help if you consider such a project! Hope you like it!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Cooking with Fire author at HLM

Author/historian/wood-fired foods expert Paula Marcoux will be at Healthy Living Market August 6 for a talk and demo. Marcoux's book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting... (more)

Stephen at (his new) home

Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show next year -- and New York State is helping along the transition with... (more)

Planning a Capital Region wedding: recap!

Over the last few months Lauren has been sharing her wedding planning process here at AOA. Well, guess what: She now's married and back from... (more)

Ballston Spa Film Festival 2014

The Ballston Spa Film Festival returns this Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. The family-friendly festival shows slates of short films. Blurbage: This year's... (more)

Another project bubbling in Albany's warehouse district

Via Steve Barnes comes word of another bar and brewery planned for Albany's warehouse district, this time in a building next to Wolff's on Broadway... (more)

Recent Comments

... It's heartening to see that the neighborhood is seeing early stages of revival - I think a lot of cities are starting to realize the potential and charm of historic warehouse and factory buildings. I'm sort of conflicted because although I want to see them all saved, I like the sort of gritty time-worn quality of peeling paint, dirty brick, and faded signage...

Planning a Capital Region wedding: recap!

...has 5 comments, most recently from Lauren

Cherry Plain State Park

...has 9 comments, most recently from ethan

Info sessions on new CDTA smart cards and mobile payments

...has 3 comments, most recently from Lu

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 2 comments, most recently from Carl

Albany's oldest buildings

...has 2 comments, most recently from Peter leue