What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: giving birth, Planned Parenthood, Albany activists of the past, the old Maiden Lane Bridge, James Fenimore Cooper, Berkshire Botanical Garden, a frozen pocket swamp, Saratoga Chowderfest, Ala Shanghai, Jacob and Anthony's, meatloaf, stories, and adopting a dog.

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Christine shared the story of giving birth to her son at home: "So now is the time when I would like to humbly state that birth is intense."

Katie recapped her participation in the Planned Parenthood Day of Action at the ESP.

Historia Albanica told the story of Elizabeth Knapp, an activist in Albany during the mid 1800s who helped many children.

Paul recalled the the work of Creighton Story, an Albany ministere who started a bunch of social service programs in the city during the early 1900s.

Carl noted that -- as Union Station in downtown Albany closed, the Maiden Lane Bridge was demolished, and space was cleared for 787 -- there was at least some recognition of the negative longterm effect for trains and transit.

The Friends of Albany History laid out the connections between James Fenimore Cooper and Albany.

The Bee Balm Gal got a respite from everything that's been going on by taking time for a workshop at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.

Jackie examined tracks in the snow in a frozen pocket swamp.

Ashley provided a recap of this year's Saratoga Chowderfest.

Daniel and Melinda and a bunch of people got together for a Chinese New Year fest at Ala Shanghai.

Zena checked out the new Jacob and Anthony's at Stuyvesant Plaza (in the former Creo building).

Mr. Dave tried the "'Now and Then' KETCHUP-GLAZED Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes" from Stewart's.

Chuck lamented that Henry's Meat Market in Waterford is no longer open.

Amy's Moth talk will be part of a new collection published in March.

Rob told an old office story that sounds like something from a sitcom.

And Randal adopted a dog with the help of the the German Shepherd Rescue of NY.

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