What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: riding through the night, the Johns Brook Lodge, the Catskills, a favorite stretch of the Hudson, family vacations, photographic creativity, the Barrel House, all-you-can-eat sushi, takeout, Pastabilities, pizza, cake, and jerk squirrels.

Ethan on the magic of riding a bike at night.

Jen stayed in the Johns Brook Lodge and hiked Haystack in the Adirondacks.

Julie spent a day in the Catskills, with stops in Phoenecia and Woodstock.

Jackie surveyed her favorite stretch of the Hudson River for wild flowers.

Silvia reflected on memories of family vacations.

Chuck turned his photographic creativity toward a sign in Albany's South End.

Ashley checked out the new Barrel House bar/restaurant in Saratoga Springs.

Lorre ate a new all-you-can-eat sushi place in Guilderland.

Jerry got takeout from Fortune Cookie in Niskayuna.

Jon stopped into Pastabilities in Syracuse for dinner and had what Guy had.

J+R have seen the light -- and it's a DeFazio's pizza.

If this is good, Paula might have to call it Charter Day Cake.

And Albany squirrels might be out to get Christine.


Ten years ago I won my war against the entire population of squirrels living in my High Park neighborhood of Toronto with hot sauce, water and a spray bottle. :)

Pastabilities was our favorite restaurant when we lived in Syracuse, even before it was in that location. When it moved into the Armory, we were actually supposed to live upstairs from it as urban pioneers in what was then a very gritty neighborhood, but the renovations didn't get done in time and we had to find another location.

Some time ago they contacted me to use some of my pre-renovation pictures of the building they're in (the Labor Temple), so if you saw them up on the walls they could have been mine.

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