October 19, 2016

Siena poll: Clinton's lead growing in NY, Body found in Brunswick creek, SUNY Poly projects may be rebid, dinner at The White House

Siena poll
The latest Siena College poll shows Hillary Clinton with a 24 point lead among New York Voters. The poll also showed Senator Chuck Schumer with a 63% favorability rating and Barack Obama with a 64% favorability rating among New Yorkers polled. [TU][Gazette]

Body in Brunswick Creek
Sheriff's investigators say the body of a man was discovered on Tuesday in a Brunswick creek. The investigation is continuing but police are calling the case suspicious. [TU][WNYT]

Troy homicide
Police in Troy are now calling the death of a 23 year old man this week a homicide. [TU]

SUNY Poly projects
The head of Empire State Development says some contracts overseen by SUNY Poly may go out for a rebid, in the wake of a bid rigging scandal that allegedly involves Alain Kaloyeros. [Politico]

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Poems in the fountain

poems in Washington Park Moses fountain

While taking in the summer-like weather Tuesday in Washington Park, we noticed these little bundled scrolls blowing along with the leaves around the empty King Memorial Fountain fountain in the park (AKA, the Moses fountain). There were maybe 15 or 20 of them.

So we opened one of the scrolls. Inside, a poem:

Raise your words,
Not your voice.
It is rain that
grows flowers,
Not thunder.

Rumi

As the scroll noted, that poem is attributed to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, a Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and mystic who lived during the 1200s, born in what's now Afghanistan and later moving to what's now modern-day Turkey.

Earlier on AOA:
+ The Troy Poem Project
+ The Moses fountain in Washington Park

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: becoming a 46er, summer in October, a message for men, the rigged election, being a restaurant owner, 43 weeks of pregnancy, a hand up, the surrender of Gentleman Johnny, a tumultuous time in Troy, mineral springs, happy birthday, the Tour de Donut, Warehouse Grill and BBQ, Chops and Hops, Sunhee's, diet bread, the pizza oven project, and one moon in another..

Neighborhood in-post ad APL 2015

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Good neighborhoods for trick-or-treating?

otto superhero cape

Sean emails:

I was wondering if your readers could weigh-in with the places they think are the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Our family had a lot of fun exploring a new neighborhood last year and were hoping to do the same this year.

On a tangent from Sean's question: Candy and costumes get most of the attention for Halloween, but one of the great -- yet probably under appreciated -- things about the holiday is the way neighborhoods become, at least for one night, explicitly open and friendly to people we might not know. There's something heartening about that.

Anyway... got a suggestion for Sean and his family? Please share! A sentence or two about why you're recommending a neighborhood is helpful.

Camping record (again)

New York's state park campgrounds set a record for attendance this year, according to the Cuomo admin. The state's camp site, cabins, cottages were occupied for 633,000 nights. That's the fifth straight year of record attendance. [Cuomo admin]

New York's farm cideries

fermentation tanks at Nine Pin

Fermentation tanks at Nine Pin in Albany.

The hard cider industry in New York continues to fizz -- there are now 24 farm cideries around the state, according to the Cuomo admin. That's up from eight in 2014, when the farm cidery law took effect.

Farm cidery? It's a type of license issued by the state that smooths out some of the regulations and requirements for running a cidery -- if the operation uses New York State apples to make its products. (There are also farm winery and farm brewery license.) The state's first farm cidery was Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany's Warehouse District.

Of course, the requirement to use New York apples isn't too much of a hurdle. The Empire State is the nation's #2 producer of apples, behind only Washington State. So the hard cider industry is another way to make use of the state's abundant crop.

Given the growth in the number of farm cideries, we figured it'd be fun to roll together a map of where they're located around the state.

Let's have a look...

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Beer Diviner planning Troy spot

461 Broadway in downtown Troy

Update: Here's a press release about the new taproom, which mentions an opening date will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Check it out: It looks like The Beer Diviner is setting up a bar in downtown Troy.

The brewery mentioned the plan for 461 Broadway recently on both its Instagram and FB page. (Also: The building is owned by Harry Tutunjian, and he tweeted a welcome to the location to the brewery Wednesday afternoon.)

The Beer Diviner currently has a farm brewery and tasting room in Cherry Plain in Rensselaer County. A few years back Casey talked with owner Jonathan Post about the operation, his approach to beer -- and how he became known as the Beer Diviner.

We have an email in with The Beer Diviner and we're hoping to hear back about a potential opening date.

461 Broadway? If that address seems familiar, it was the location for both Nibble, and before that, Francesca's.

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