What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the other shoe, the Great Migration, stopping for gas, the Marquis de Lafayette, Star Trek, high peaks, mountain biking, the upper Hudson, gutters, a food fest, a new restaurant in Chatham, burgers, a backyard project, and storms.

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Reflecting on the time since 9/11 and the path his sons have taken, Rob concluded the other show is still dropping.

98 Acres shared the story of some of the prominent figures involved in the community of people who moved to Albany from Mississippi during the Great Migration.

Carl concluded the story of the first airplane flight between Albany and New York City.

The Friends of Albany History recalled the Marquis de Lafayette's visits to Albany.

Chuck pointed out that many of the early episodes of the original Star Trek didn't air in Albany. (And another Chuck episode: The color-changing ribbon.)

Julie on hiking Algonquin, Iroquois, Wright in the Adirondacks: "What kind of hobby requires you to wake up at 4 in the morning, drive for hours through the dark and fog, get sweaty, dirty, bruised, all scraped up, sweltering, freezing, cursing, yet somehow singing, swooning, then desperate again, and so sore you can barely lift your extremities, but so in love you forget all the rest and go back for more...again and again?"

Jen recapped a trail run/mountain bike duathlon at West Mountain.

Jackie spent a "glorious" day along the upper Hudson River.

Silvia's mind was in the gutters.

Daniel shared some of his favorite dishes from the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival grand tasting. And Otis offered some suggestions on how to navigate one of these food festivals.

Both Steve and Melinda praised the new People's Pub in Chatham.

J+R shared their favorite bites from this summer.

Zena had a "messy, drippy, divinely decadently good" pork burger at the Capital City Gastropub.

It sounds like Jerry thought the CEO burger at BurgerFi fell a bit short.

Dominic shared some Colin-related thoughts on restaurants, restaurant kitchens, cocktails, and Kaepernick.

Steve N. recapped some food finds while outrunning Hermine.

Jon's backyard pizza oven project is making progress.

And Amy -- and herself -- went for a stormy swim, then ate a sandwich.

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