April 2017

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

Today's moment of spring

Go see the tulips, don't wait

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Troy Music Hall

Stuff to do this weekend

Grandfather gives emotional testimony in Lake George boat crash trial, the push for police to use a "textalyzer," signs of a brewery project in Troy

Thinking about affordable housing in Albany

Tulip Queen finalists 2017

Old trees out, new trees soon

Talking about the fears of "bicycle face" and other preoccupations during the early history of women and bicycling

History days at Cherry Hill and the Ten Broeck Mansion 2017

Split verdict in UAlbany bus trial, more drug testimony in West trial, $350 thousand price tag for unplanned Schenectady demolitions

Today's moment of spring

Where the new homes have been built

Williamstown Theatre Festival 2017

What's up in the neighborhood

Upbeat on the Roof 2017

Witnesses testify to cocaine use in Lake George boat crash trial, deliberations underway in bus attack trial, wreck claims life of 18-year-old Coeymans man, state delays Albany budget report again

The old observatory

Tracking trucks in Albany's South End

"People talk about the beer like it's got f------ unicorns in it."

Capital Region Homebuyer Fair 2017

How should we respond when someone is being clearly inappropriate in public?

Siena looks to the heavens

Jon Batiste at Skidmore

Defendants testify in UAlbany bus incident trial, emotional testimony in Lake George boat crash trial, giving birth along the Thruway

Many sunsets, one skyline

Dining Out for Life 2017

Alabama Shakes at The Palace

Signs from the Albany March for Science

Amtrak's future

Drawing: Champagne on the Park 2017

Reviewing allegations of police brutality in Schenectady, retail crunch ripples hit local municipal budgets, legislature looking at allowing booze at movie theaters

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

Today's moment of spring

Alfred Hitchcock. Saratoga Springs. Rocking chairs.

Capital Region Bike to Work Challenge 2017

Stuff to do this weekend

UAlbany bus incident trial focuses on the word "ratchet," remembering Sol Greenberg, AG says local architect wasn't actually an architect, a decade of the Veggie Mobile

Tara Kitchen Troy is now open

Dutch Udder Craft Ice Cream opening Troy storefront

Pinkster at Crailo State Historic Site

Talking about the motivation for the March for Science in Albany

"If they can do it, why can't we?"

Walking tours of Schenectady, scandalous and otherwise

Witnesses testify in UAlbany bus incident, testimony begins in Lake George boat crash trial, Anderson announces mayoral bid, letters from 1940s Albany

A call to customize Nipper

UAlbany taking a step forward on the Schuyler Building conversion, just not as far as it hoped

New and better bike projects

The true size of New York State

What's up in the Neighborhood

Hungry Hollow


Opening arguments in UAlbany bus trial, jury in place for Lake George Boating trial,Emma Willard report on sexual abuse over 70 years

A chunk of money for chipping away at the number of vacant buildings in Albany

Demetri Martin returning to The Egg

NCAA basketball tournaments returning to the TU Center

Massaman curry at Emmanuel Thai

Collar City Craft Fest 2017

Jury selection in UAlbany bus incident trial, TSA: pilot had gun in his bag at ALB, step forward for First Prize Center redev plan, Rue has been re-homed

Today's moment of spring

Roller derby night at the ACC

What's up with that plan for a new food hall in Albany's Warehouse District

City Hall on the Road

Behind The Lights on WMHT

Drawing: Neil deGrasse Tyson at Proctors

A look at a year of gun violence in Albany, Cuomo pushes back on free tuition plan criticism, a shortage of "starter" homes

The week ahead

A quick recap of the week

A Spirit of Sacrifice at the State Museum

The Inscription in the Window at SCHS

An important reminder about Easter candy

Stuff to do this weekend

Health care big topic for Faso TV town hall, body found on tracks in Rensselaer, Schenectady County considers rolling back allowed fireworks

Signs of storefronts past

Scanning the reaction to New York's new free public college tuition plan

Fewer trans fats, fewer heart attacks

Peeking at the bike share station suggestions

AG seizes Abelove's email, teen pleads not-guilty in Blessings Tavern crash, hundreds of pounds of bricks fall from Western Ave building, Cuomo signs free tuition legislation

Today's moment of spring

The Fort Orange General Store is re-opening

Pass It On Sale spring 2017

What's up in the Neighborhood

Drive-By Truckers at The Egg

Albany homicide victim connected to mayor, Chief Justice John Roberts visits RPI, Shen board asked to turn over land, Tuesday heat a Capital Region record

Spring is back, and so are ticks (ugh)

Basilica Farm & Flea spring 2017

"I thought he'd just gotten tired of me telling him to move."

"Theories of Laughter" at Bethlehem Public Library

WMHT live town hall with John Faso

Free-tuition plan includes in-state live/work requirement, reviewing first year of Albany's LEAD program, celebrity rooster unconcerned by your schedule

Photos from AOA9

A few bits about the (probable) upcoming arrival of ride hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft

Executive Mansion Easter open house 2017

Baratunde Thurston at Skidmore

Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan is now officially running for re-election

There's a state budget, ride hailing expansion part of budget deal, Nicholaus Building demolished, teen swept through sewer

The week ahead

Thank you

The Madison Ave Road Diet moves to phase two

Stuff to do this weekend

State budget process inches ahead, larger budget surplus for Troy, Sheehan touts record ahead of formal announcement that's she's running again

The Henry Johnson Award

A peek at what the proposed movie theater at 1 Monument Square in Troy might look like

"It's a little guy thing, and we don't do a lot of little guy things."

AOA9 birthday drawing: Honest Weight, City Beer Hall, Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show, CDTA Navigator

"Arguably, our mental model of traffic is just wrong."

Ideas for stuff to do that don't involve alcohol?

Budget negotiations slow as Senate leaves for break, fate of Schenectady's Nicolaus Building in legal limbo, Plug Power inks $600 M deal with Amazon

Today's moment of spring

Suggestion site now open for CDTA bike share stations, public info sessions coming up

Saratoga County and sprawl

AOA9 birthday drawing: Drink Schenectady, Proctors, SLOC, MopCo, Perecca's, Villa Italia

What's up in the Neighborhood

Affordable housing

Advice on navigating the local daycare scene?

NY budget could happen this week -- or not, state spending plan includes $12.5 M for Albany, Shen voters reject proposed land sale, Sotomayor speaks at Sage and UAlbany

Rock climbing at The Edge

Sylvan Esso at Lucky Strike

The presidential vote, district by district

AOA9 birthday drawing: New World, The Spectrum, Albany Civic, Nine Pin, Albany Institute, Crisan

"People only defeat Trumpism if everyone uses their voices on whatever platform they have available to them."

Foster the People at Brewery Ommegang

Legislature passes budget extenders, Sonia Sotomayor visits, concerns voiced about Rezone Albany, it's Free Cone Day

Today's moment of spring

Gardening classes that are popping up soon

Crossgates hotel plan

AOA9 birthday drawing: The Hill at Muza, Troy Music Hall, Bilinski's

"I don't want to ask permission to help people."

Alexander Hamilton's Father-in-Law's American History Fun-Land

State budget past deadline, middle school space crunch in Albany, local history in mural form

The week ahead

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