What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: actions that reverberate across generations, not listening to naysayers, career tradeoffs, Daniel Manning, floods, the Dix Range, wildflowers, Huckleberry Point, memories of the Catskills, cheap eats, the happy place, a claim of burnt ends, and congratulations.

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Prompted by Father's Day, Chuck shared some painful and difficult parts of his life while growing up -- and reflected on how actions can reverberate across generations.

Stephanie on not listening to the naysayers when she moved to this area.

Silvia thought about some of the tradeoffs involved with picking, or leaving, the steady career choice.

Paul detailed the life of Daniel Manning, for whom Manning Boulevard in Albany is named.

Carl noted the some of the devastating floods early in Albany's history.

Jen hiked the Dix Range in the Adirondacks.

Jackie went in search of wildflowers at Lake Bonita.

Julie recapped a hike to Huckleberry Point in the Catskills.

Rob recalled some of his childhood memories of the northern Catskills in Greene County.

Daniel rounded up a list of recommended local cheap eats.

The tuna crudo at the 15 Church patio brought Ashley to a happy place.

Otis took issue with a "burnt ends" claim.

And congrats to Jerry and Cassie!

Comments

If you do Julie's hike (or any starting from Platte Clove), go early and swing through Tannersville for breakfast at Selena's. The Huckleberry Point hike is a nice short one, but Kaaterskill High Peak is great: remains of a plane wreck on the trail, a quick rock scramble to some great views, and opportunities for easy bushwhacking if you want to practice orienteering. You can finish up a day trip with dinner in Saugerties or Catskill (you're going to have lunch at Huckleberry Point or Hurricane Ledge, obvs). All just about an hour from Albany!

Platte Clove Road also has a great northern approach to Overlook Mountain. Just check conditions first, it's unmaintained in the winter and often has construction when it is open.

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