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.


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

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!

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