What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a vault heist, Henry Johnson, the Schuyler Mansion, plans for the Captiol area, tracing a lifetime, the Peace Pagoda, The Crows, lupine, hummingbirds, the first CSA box, brunch, the dog bar, and crates.


Paula shared the story behind the Van Rensselaer tomb in the Albany Rural Cemetery -- and the heist that prompted its creation.

The Friends of Albany History posted a short overview of the life of Henry Johnson.

Silvia took the Hamilton tour at the Schuyler Mansion.

Carl recalled some old plans for the area around the Capitol.

Christopher walked through the life story of one of his ancestors who was born in Germany, emigrated to the United States, settled in Albany, and fought in the Civil War.

Anna visited with Jun Yasuda at the Peace Pagoda in Grafton.

Amy on agreeing ground rules for satirizing the president.

Jen hiked The Crows in the Adirondacks.

Jackie took in a lupine extravaganza in Wilton.

The Bee Balm Gal fed the hummingbirds.

Daniel got his first CSA box of the season.

Melinda brunched at Innovo Kitchen.

Matthew went to the "dog bar" at Henry Loves Betty.

And Chuck continued working on a project involving some old Norman's Kill Dairy crates.

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