What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a flying giant clog, surviving the Battenkill, college rankings, wills, cider donuts, offending curry, a breakfast panino, lunch redemption, Joe's Crab Shack, Moby Rick's, apples, food swap, LarkFest, Bannerman's Castle, threads, and a moment in Menands.

Rob was almost taken out by a flying giant clog.

Jessica and her companions tubed the Battenkill and somehow lived to tell of it.

At Skidmore Unofficial, Rowley argues that people should pay a lot less attention to college rankings.

One of Kristi's readers asked about finding an attorney to help draw up a will.

Daniel has posted details about the Tour de (Cider) Donut, Saratoga Edition. It's this weekend.

After a curry dish from a restaurant in Latham "offended," the Masticating Monkey gave it a shot to see if it could be better at home. (Also, the Monkey is new to the area and wonders: "is it outlandish to take into account a neighborhood's dining options when considering moving there?")

Aliza had a smoked salmon panino at Scallion's in Saratoga that was "a great breakfast."

Jerry tried to find lunch redemption for downtown Albany in the $25 burger at dp.

Steve visited the new Joe's Crab Shack in Latham.

Despite not being greeted with a passage from Melville, the Idiots recommend the new Moby Rick's.

Apple time: Ashallann scored Macoun and JonaGold at Indian Ladder.

Katie on the cider donuts at Golden Harvest: "the best I've ever had, that's for sure."

Emily detailed what she brought back from the latest Troy food swap.

Silvia reflected on why so many people were hoping for a different LarkFest this year.

Carl says Bannerman's Castle is "one of the most-recognized and least-understood landmarks of the entire Hudson River."

Akum continues to follow the threads connected to the people who have lived in her Albany house -- the latest thread is about two women who were influential in the local addiction treatment.

And Chuck captured a nice moment in Menands.


Dear Monkey: it demonstrates a lack of sophistication and foresight if you don't.

Thank you, as always, for the link. I have to say that this year's Lark Fest was the best one in recent memory as experienced from my vantage point at the Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark. We were fabulously busy, without exception everyone was friendly and well-behaved, and we were able to show off what we do to a whole new crowd. I have heard nothing but positive remarks from every business owner on Lark to whom I have spoken. Well done!

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