What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Halloween in the past, the People's Line, a life centuries ago, Election Cake, costumes, nature's nastier side, the Hairy Gorilla, a spot on Central, gift cards, fall favorites, Il Faro, Cobb salad, Caesar salad, the first draft, and self reliance.

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The Friends of Albany History shared a bunch of bits about Albany's wild Halloween carnivals a century ago.

Carl highlighted some old tokens for the "People's Line of Steam Boats" between Albany and NYC.

Paula examined the headstone of the grave in Albany Rural Cemetery of a woman who lived in Albany during the 1600s and 1700s.

Otis shared an early 19th century recipe for "Election Cake" from a cookbook that was printed in Albany.

The Halloween costume worn by Chuck's son this year prompted Chuck to think about the ways parents influence their children.

Jackie noted some examples of nature's nastier side.

Silvia ran the Hairy Gorilla.

Daniel caught up with an old friend at an under-the-radar spot on Central Ave.

Steve fielded a question from a restaurant owner about gift cards.

Melinda shared some of her local fall food favorites.

Zena stopped into Il Faro in Menands for dinner.

Jerry took his Cobb salad quest to Smashburger.

Julie ate at Mission Bar and Tapas in Pittsfield.

Rob commented on how the first draft of history sometimes includes chaos.

And Amy tackled a plumbing job -- while thinking about self reliance the zombie apocalypse.

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