July 2013

Rensselaerville Festival of Writers 2013

Do you tip at food trucks, the coffee place, counter service?

What's up in the Neighborhood

Ballston Spa Film Festival 2013

Six arrested in Spa City prostitution investigation, body found in Queensbury reservoir, emergency landing at Albany International, DiNapoli questions $1 million in UAlbany leave

Today's moment of summer

Summer in the City PoeTweet

Marina Abramović Institute Kickstarter

Gastropub renovations

All of New York State's cities, lined up by size

Old is New (again), Pass it On

"The leisure seems to have departed, but the passion for horses is as strong as ever..."

Investigation into cause of big Saratoga Springs fire, body of missing woman found in the Hudson, Whole Foods planning for spring 2014 opening in Colonie

"The man does not remember telling his glasses about enjoying that restaurant, but somehow they know."

Planning for the future of Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks

Northshire Bookstore Saratoga opening date

Food truck rodeo

Checking out the new location for the Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro

Our Nixon on CNN

My Exit: Dave Schoch & Claudia Gregoire

Big fire in Saratoga Springs, officer testifies that Nelligan was trying revive grandson, Cherry Hill saved by donations

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

This week was brought to you by...

Today's moment of summer

Bumper gawking

New York State bans possession of shark fins

"You're so scientifically illiterate... You think genome is the name of a very short rapper."

Stuff to do this weekend

Reaction to downscaled Albany convention center, Troy installing surveillance cameras, Colonie approves tougher rules for Central Ave motels, the oldest man in the world

Massry Center 2013-2014 season

Swimmin' holes

Albany Museum of Political Corruption

Craig and his wonderful list

Taxis

Good venue for a medium-sized, indoor wedding reception?

New direction for Albany convention center floated, community meeting about Park South redevelopment, "Ape's Law" signed, baseball hit king at Crossgates

Today's moment of summer

A shift in the job market?

Phish at Glens Falls Civic Center

What's up in the Neighborhood

In-between places: Mechanicville and Stillwater

Storytime Time is back, featuring a special guest

Park South redevelopment plan introduced, another state Assembly sexual harassment allegation, what's that floating in the pool... oh, no

What about Valentine's, and the Quintessence building?

Asleep at the wheel

The big plan for residential and retail redevelopment in Albany's Park South

Duck salad at Sweet Basil

A good sleep doctor?

Boy accidentally shoots himself after finding gun, Schumer pushes for rail tanker upgrades, summer camp at night

A collection of moments from Saratoga

Rest Fest 2013 tickets on sale

"No politician has impressed us more in the last few months than Gillibrand."

Photos from Hat Day 2013 at Saratoga

Drawing: Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival

Wandering Dago food truck bounced from The Track because of name

My Exit: Jeremy & Sarah Clowe

Massachusetts AG: Troy woman defrauded Boston bombing victims fund, concern about security of oil tanker trains, rally for Trayvon Martin in Albany, Cherry Hill mansion scraping for funding

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

This week was brought to you by

Today's moment of summer

Temperature vs. power

Ride of the day

Road closures, detours, parking restrictions in Albany this weekend

Fall 2013 season at The Egg

Stuff to do this weekend

It's still hot, opening day at the Track, unflattering picture of SUNY Cobleskill, cooking oil spill closes street, celebration of Jerry Jennings

Buzzfed

10 Thurlow Terrace

Mini Maker Faire in Troy

Craig and his wonderful list

Lineup for Pearl Palooza 2013

Drawing: Barrel-aged Beer Festival at City Beer Hall

Cuomo signs order for $16 million for flood victims, Kerry will decide on extradition of marine,NYRA says heat won't stop opening day

Today's moment of summer

Solomon Northup

Old and cold

Troy Music Hall 2013-2014 season

What's up in the Neighborhood

How to deal with cat calling?

Headliner for Rest Fest 2013

UAlbany and NanoCollege split, Cuomo seeks alternatives to special session to help flood victims,it's hot-- but you can't fry an egg on the tarmac

The AOA Historic Bad Boys, Broads and Bootleggers Tour

Frog songs

Air conditioned

Trying the glazed donut breakfast sandwich at Dunkin' Donuts

Plaza Hudson

A good cat groomer?

Details in Scotia murder case, Schumer says GloFo asked for help developing relationship with Apple, live grenade removed from basement, Jennings Landing

Today's moment of summer

The not-so-fast lane

Albany Barn live/work info session

CDCG Grow Center

Where to get a bike fixed?

The Giddy Up

New York Apple chips?

My Exit: Katie Hammon

Scotia man accused in mother's death, another underground cable fire in Albany, SPD says bank robber got away on bike, new tune at ALB

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

This week was brought to you by

The most delicious belt?

GRAARRARRR

"Because you used 'privilege' as a verb."

A new life planned for the Trojan Hotel

Stuff to do this weekend

Warrington sentenced, state's new anti-corruption panel meets -- behind closed doors, collapse of beaver dam blamed for flooding

Postcards from the past: Troy

"America's Grandest Race Course"

A horse of the same color

Craig and his wonderful list

OK, so what's with the weather this summer?

More rain and flooding, Bisco begins, landfill issue rises in Albany mayoral race, TPD investigating whether man arranged hit on himself, Cannon Building for sale

Saratoga Skate Jam, and a screening of Capital Distruct

Saratoga Polo

Eastern broccoli

What's up in the Neighborhood

Capital Region county fairs 2013

Llenroc mansion owner gets house arrest, one death and more than 80 arrests over Phish weekend, traffic snarled by sneezing fit, Guilderland has Albany County's best water

A mouthful of bluegrass diamonds

A good doctor to treat Lyme disease?

You can't stop at one llama

Drawing: Ommegang Hop Chef Albany 2013

Iced coffee at the Confectionery

Gold Cup road trip

Albany 50 years ago -- more than 100 years ago

Repp fighting extradition in Schaghticoke murder case, Skidmore student's harasser sentenced, Cuomo may call special session for flooding, Scotia diner/wedding chapel

Today's moment of summer

DIY tiny mushroom house

Movies and music

RAD expansion

At home in the Mansion Neighborhood

Ice Cream Man Saratoga

World Team Tennis back at SEFCU Arena

State Police: Schaghticoke couple died from blunt force trauma, Spitzer running for public office, 25,000 historical docs found in ceiling, remnants of industry are leather bikinis

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

Stuff to do this weekend

Happy Fourth of July

I just flew in from the coast, and man, are my hooves tired...

Saratoga*Sponge

Jeff Alonzo, the guy behind the ESP fireworks

What's up in the Neighborhood

Sold: Amsterdam Castle

Following Stranger Visions

Suspect charged in murder of retired Schenectady nun, sentencing in railroad puppies case, Nikon to partner with Nanoscale College, Moreland Panel to include Soares

Cuomo!

The summer so far...

Mayoral candidate forum audio

In-between places: Ballston Spa

Adelphi closed for this summer

Rain, rain, rain

Cleanup -- and flooding -- continue, Cuomo appointing commission to investigate corruption, youth baseball dispute allegedly resulted in tackled umpire, spray park a lotto win

Hey, that lobster looks like it's been... wait, no, it just moved

Vermont is not lacking for beer

Chris Thile at the Massry Center

Where to see the fireworks 2013

Drawing: Invite-only Cold War Kids show at Hollow Bar

A pillar of the Stockade

My Exit: Joe Hamilton

Concerns about more flooding, call for investigation of manhole explosions, OK soon for OK Slip, the South End Tavern closes

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