What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the warehouse district, a possibly irresponsible birthday promotion, other ways to spend $25k, the Tour de Donut, a delicious family legacy, R.E.M., the bus stop, PearlPalooza, strangely unsatisfying sculpture, Greek food, mixed up food, lobster, crying, pumpkins, Bills fever, and bubbles...

Matt says his opposition to Sneaky Pete's setting up in Albany's warehouse district is "not a black thing, a white thing, a drug thing, or a thug thing... it's a neighborhood thing."

Speaking of Matt, Steve says the Wolff's/Bombers/Olde English combined birthday promotion "seems irresponsible."

The Idiots thought had some other ideas for how to spend the money put up for the Saratoga lip dub.

Mark it down: Daniel's Tour de Donut 2011 is this Saturday.

Elizabeth participated in a delicious family legacy.

Chuck remembered seeing R.E.M. In 1983. At Hamilton College. As the opener for another band. (He still has the ticket!)

Kristi thinks it's not too much to expect that kids to walk to the bus stop.

Kevin pointed out that having everyone do what they're supposed to do sometimes leads to tough situations.

Sebastien posted a fun photoset from PearlPalooza.

Albaniana made her first trip to the Big E, found that everything is fried, and concluded this year's butter sculpture was strangely unsatisfying.

Albany Jane had a less than great experience at the Greek House in Troy.

Jerry had a mixed up experience at the new J&A Prep Kitchen.

From Mr. Dave: "Where to Drink Whilst Your Manly Heir is Being Borned" (at St. Peter's) -- series: part 2, part 3.

Tim shared a bunch of photos from the Washington County cheese tour (earlier).

Amanda asked about finding a good local seafood restaurant.

Jen tasted one of the apples from that new candied apple store in Troy, and then ate at the new-ish vegan restaurant in Delmar.

Rochelle stopped by Matt's Fish Fry in Cohoes on Lobster Day.

Moving to New York made Stephanie cry (happy tears, mostly).

The Exiles laced up their skates at Guptill's.

The Bee Balm Gal stocked up on $2 pumpkins in Ballston Spa.

Noted: Lydia has Buffalo Bills fever.

Dawn and her kids had fun at the Gazillion Bubble show preview at Proctors (her son also partook of the hugging).

And Crystal got engaged on the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park!


Re: Jen's post
Slate had a cool story a few months back about Loving Cafe and other health food restaurants run by fringe religious groups.

The buses drive me crazy too. After 1st grade my parents did not walk me to or from the bus stop and I was responsible from 2nd grade on for making sure my younger brother and/or sister were with me getting on and getting off. Furthermore, when I went through my giant bangs phase my parents still tossed me out to the bus stop in the rain, wind, and snow without regard for whether the rat's nest masterpiece I had created with a curling iron and entire can of aquanet would be ruined before homeroom.

kids these days need to toughen up.

In regards to the alcohol related birthday t-shirt scandal:
The way Matt Baumgartner goes on about personal responsibility, you'd think he was a tea partier. The fact is, offering people a t-shirt for drinking in excessive amounts IS going to encourage people to drink in excessive amounts. Will people drink in excessive amounts on their birthday anyway? Probably! That's not really Baumgartner's fault, and as long as people are safe about getting home/not dying in the street, who cares if people are a little more hungover than usual the next day?

That said, it's pretty obvious what Baumgartner is getting from this. You have to spend at least $20 at each of these establishments to even get the free drink. Good business? Oh definitely. But something about the transparency of Baumgartner's greedy business methods turns me off. I'd respect him more if he'd spend some time focusing on the quality of his restaurants, instead of implementing another quasi-immoral gimmick to lure in Albany undergrads.

I'm sorry, but I just don't see how "Breaking News: Kristi Hates Children" has anything to do with "where fashion, trends, and relationships meet". First the cheerleading thing and now this? It seems like she is trying to start fights with parents in order to drive up traffic. Her racist comments on twitter about the Albany Social Security office and Central Ave. were just bad, and I feel it says something about us as a city that we act like that is all ok because she is a "personality" and gets a lot of blog traffic. People like to look at wedding photos, it doesn't mean she says anything worth saying or that makes our community better.

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