AOA will be coming to an end soon. Thank you for being a part of it.

AOA card on table

One of the secrets of AOA all these years has been that we were often writing to ourselves. To be curious, to pay attention, to try something new, to talk with more people, to listen, to understand that change is hard but often necessary.

And here is a big change: All Over Albany will be ending December 31.

We hope you'll stick around with us through then -- AOA will continue to publish until the end of the year, and we have a few more interesting things on the way.

The last decade has been an amazing experience and we are tremendously grateful to all of you for being a part of it.

This wasn't an easy decision and it was the result of many hard conversations.

As many of you know, AOA is a tiny organization -- a team is probably a better way to describe it -- with a core of just two people. There's no larger structure backing us, and we've ended up handling pretty much every aspect of running AOA, from selling ads to organizing events and from cobbling together code for the website to writing stories.

We're very thankful for the many talented contributors who've written for the site and the people who have jumped in to lend a hand when we needed it. We never would have made it this far without that help.

Running any sort of media organization right now is a constantly shifting challenge as the way people consume information evolves and giant platforms devour more attention and advertising dollars. We're happy to say that traffic to AOA has been OK, and we've been making enough money to keep things afloat. We are grateful to all the advertisers who've bought ads with AOA, especially those of you who took a chance on us in the beginning.

But the last few years have been a grind, and it's time to go a different direction.

We are so thankful to all of you. For all the ideas, for all the conversations, for all the thoughtful comments, for all the encouragement, for all the times when people offered us constructive feedback about how we could do better.

Working on AOA has made this place feel bigger and more complicated, while also making it feel closer and more connected. It has been life changing.

Thank you.

Comments

AOA has been an amazing resource and you will be sorely missed. You don't see local coverage like "Tales from the Planning Board" elsewhere and the cultural and political coverage is always top notch. I wish you success in your next project, but know that Albany will be worse off without AOA.

Thanks so much for your service! The site has been a daily visit for me since discovering it a couple years ago, shortly after moving to the area. Great insight!

Nooooooo!!

AOA was a place where I cam as an Albany transplant to learn about this city and region, I have come here countless times and learned about new events or shows happening and found countless things to do with family and friends. On top of this the local news was hard to beat. Thank you for your work on behalf of the Cap Region, you'll be sorely missed.

Sorry to hear that - I've been reading since the beginning and you've been a constant mainstay in my RSS feed. Your "stuff to do this weekend" was a great source of info and led to many great memories I may otherwise not have known about. And your in depth stories about local things were always well written and informative.

Just wanted to say thank you and that you'll be missed.

Wow, so sad to hear! You have been part of almost every organization I have worked for including my own business. You have always been so resourceful in helping out local non-profits, and that was so special! I wish you both the best in whatever direction the Universe sends you in. Love you both Mary and Greg!!!!

Aghhhh. No more planning board delights??!!! Thank you for the hard work you've put into this.

I stumbled upon AOA before I even moved to the area and was my primer for all things Capital Region. From arts to culture to cuisine to history to events, it was my resource for discovering all that was great about Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and everywhere in between.

I moved to Georgia two years ago, but I still regularly visit AOA to keep tabs on what's going on in the region.

Thank you, for everything.

On a personal and professional note this is a very sad day. You have been a part of my Albany experience from the start. I honestly don't know where I will get my daily local news and know what is happening around town.

Your coverage of local planning issues is by far the best I have seen in the region. Thank you for the great work and in depth reporting.

All the best to your team.

-Lauren

Lots of feelings. Grateful for what you created and excited for what you to next.

Oh no! I've been reading probably since the beginning, just after I moved to the Capital Region. There aren't many blogs I would miss, but this is one! I really depend on it. How the hell am I going to know what's going on around here?

I am so sad to hear this. Devastated, really. I wish you could keep the web site alive, it's such a wonderful resource.

So good for so long. Thanks for all the stories.

This sucks. Your site has been great. Continuous flow of decent and helpful info, unlike all the mainstream pablum. Feel like I did when Metroland went - although that was always on the brink of collapse.

Best of luck, you'll be missed.

All good things must come to an end, but this one is particularly hard to swallow. This was the one place that covered things that the "traditional" news outlets overlooked or undervalued. Your content was fantastic and your writing was always right on the money. AOA, you'll be missed!

Very sorry to hear it! I moved to Albany in 2008 when you got your start and you really helped me make this area my home!

Side note: It's been years, but thanks again for the tickets to the Saratoga Wine and Cheese Festival! That was a great day!

But it’s not April Fools’ Day!!!

I met you folks in person, when you showed up to cover a nurse-in, after a patron was asked to not breastfeed at the State Museum. I’m guessing that was at least ten years ago, because my baby is now in middle school.

Your team has been reliable, entertaining, personal and local. I frequently say, “Let me check All Over Albany,” to answer questions.

Thank you for all your hard work over the years! Wishing you the best in your next adventures.

Thank you for everything over the year. You will be sorely missed in a day in age with local news being a thing of the past.

Real bummed to read this.

Please keep us updated on what's ahead for all the talented staff and where/when we should go to get our local news and entertainment now (if anywhere)

This is a sad day.

WHAAAAA???

OK, now that I'm over my initial shock, all I can say is thank you, Greg, Mary, Otto, and the AOA universe of writers, spouses, contributors, and commenters. For me, AOA has been a tremendous resource and a dose of sanity, balance, and intelligence in a crazy world.

I'll miss AOA a TON, but I hope we'll hear your voices again soon in another format. Love you crazy kids.

I am so sorry to hear this (though I understand that when something becomes a grind, it's best to let go)! I will truly miss this site - it has been an excellent source of information about Capital Region people, news, events, and data/data visualization. This is a loss for the region.

I will sincerely miss this site. I have visited this daily to get news from around the region, find interesting things to do/see/eat/watch/visit, and just learn more about my community.

Thank you for making my time in Albany better. Best of luck in your future endeavors!!

Well this is the worst Christmas present ever.

I've been an avid reader for almost 10 years now and just wanted to thank you guys for everything you've done. AOA has been my go to spot for new on everything local and I'm not sure what I will do without you.

Best of luck on whatever you decide to do next!

Very, very sad news! Thank you for many years of great stories, places to go & things to do, and Albany & NY state history. I will miss daily clicks to your website. I wish you both the best on your next chapter.

Best of luck wherever you guys end up! It's been a joy reading you all these years, and a real education as well. We're all gonna be a bit poorer without you, but we'll manage.

THANK YOU

Thank you so much for the work you've done! AOA was an amazing connector piece between so many amazing things and great people. It was always the first place I pointed new people to, to help orient them to their new city, and where I'd look through the archives for old recommendations, or history articles I knew you'd have the best of the best of. I thought of you first when I came upon something fun or quirky during all my years living downtown (like being the first upon one of the Albany sinkhole scenes, a completely flooded parking area, or a swimming squirrel in Washington Park.) And I could always count on a great party, if I was lucky enough to make them. I pair AOA with this specific (long and way fun) period in my life, so it feels a little like the end of an era - compounded by my moving out of Albany somewhat recently as well. I understand the importance of next adventures though - whether by need or by choice (or a bittersweet mix of both). Here's sending best wishes for the next great things each of you in this intrepid team of two will take on next! Amazing work AOA! Thank you for providing this "place" for as long as you did.

So sorry to hear this! Can we bribe you to stay...?

Best of luck!

All Over Albany helped me conquer moving to a new city, but now I'm afraid I'll feel lost in what AOA has helped turn into my home. This community has been essential to my love and appreciation of this great place I have landed in. Thank you so much for painting Albany and the rest of the capital region in such a unique and beautiful light.

I've always turned to AOA as an oasis of interesting and informative local news in an ocean of misinformation and clickbait. Thank you, Mary and Greg, for giving me one of my first shots at reporting and for keeping the torch of independent journalism alive in Albany and surrounding environs for this long. Congratulations on a great run and best of luck in whatever comes next.

Mary and Greg, best of luck in whatever endeavors you choose for the future. If those are anything like AOA, they'll be great!

I've especially appreciated the balanced coverage you've given many complex issues. And those maps and charts!

AOA is a daily, frequent stop for me when traversing the internets. You'll be truly missed.

Thank you Greg, Mary, and everyone who contributed, for all your work over the years. In over 8 years downtown I have learned so much about what's happening, and attended countless events I discovered here.

You did a wonderful job showing off the great people, places and things in the Capital Region. And I think in turn, AOA helped foster and strengthen this area's sense of community and pride. You will be dearly missed, but enjoy the peace away from the grind!

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

AOA has served as the model local site and has been a community resource for years. You'll be missed. The comments and accolades reflect the impact on the quality of life you both have had on Albany and the region. Best of luck in your future endeavors and thanks for everything.

Goodbye and thanks for all the good reading. AOA is truly unique and will be missed.

Have you guys ever considered a subscription model? I would certainly pay for AOA (name your price I don't know what I'll do without it!).

But if it has in fact just run its course regardless, then thank you so much for everything! The reporting was always top notch and incredibly well written (and genuinely funny). But beyond that, this site has not only opened my eyes to all sorts of urbanist ideas, but also changed the way I think about all sorts of development and local/regional activity.

I can honestly say I'm considerably more tuned-in to all local news/politics/development than before I started reading AOA. I truly think you're going out with a record of the highest journalistic quality and reporting I've come across. Anywhere.

Finally, best of luck to the two main creators and all the talented contributors that have made AOA possible through the years. I can't wait to follow what all of you do next!

P.S. - I'll miss all you AOA commentors and your thoughtful comments as well. You too have opened my eyes to all kinds of new ideas

you guys were so good at telling us about the smaller things and places that were happening in the Capital District... there were so many placed and events I experienced because I heard about it from here... not from the TU or Gazette or the tv news.... so where do we go now to find out about the events that maybe do not have a huge ad budget to get the word out?

I was in Troy for 8 years, and as long as AOA was around I loved to read it - and I still follow you guys on Twitter and check in regularly despite the fact I haven't been in the Capital Region for three years now!

Best wishes on wherever you go, and I will miss AOA.

So sad to hear this news-it is a tremendous loss to our community.

Here is a link to the conversation about AOA on reddit.com, we are all pretty sad over there too :(

https://www.reddit.com/r/Albany/comments/a81rnb/aoa_ending/?utm_source=reddit-android

Unacceptable. I refuse to acknowledge this. I'm going to stamp my feet and hold my breath until I turn blue. Then AOA will HAVE to stay in business.

(stamping feet)
(holding breath)

(clunk)

I hope you'll keep the site alive after you stop putting out new content. So many articles show up in local search results, it would be a shame to lose them.

thanks for all the great recommendations and stories you will be sorely missed. ;(

Oh Mannnn..... I din't think things could get any worse than the discontinuation of Tourny of Pizza.

Sad

Thank you for everything. Hope the new path is full of satisfaction and adventure.

So very sorry to be reading this update--I moved to DC last year and still look at AOA to see what's happening back "home." Thanks for your dedication to keeping us all in the loop at what's happening, and wishing you the very best in your next steps.

I am sad beyond belief...for Greg and "my" Mary, and the rest of the crew, and for local journalism. Onward to new adventures!

I'm so saddened by this news! AOA is the only local news source in town that can properly and accurately report on planning and development happenings! I also really enjoyed the events AOA sponsored when I could get to them. I understand the immense effort put in by this awesome team and wish them the best. Thank you for caring about this community so much.

Very sad news, indeed. Thanks for providing a terrific resource.

A massive bummer..... first the death of Metroland, (sorry, the replacement just doesn't cut it), will really miss you. Good luck to the future.

I will really and truly miss this site. You never pushed a hard political or ideological agenda - that is a rare thing now. I understand why this is happening, but I don't know how you can be replaced.

I'm so sad to hear this! I started reading this just after I moved to Albany- and that was over a decade ago now. Seems silly, but I'll never forget winning one of your contests in which I received a huge basket of locally made goods. I never win anything so that was a real treat! Thank you for everything you've done over the years and best of luck in your future endeavors. You will be sorely missed.

So sorry to hear this, but you have to live: ) you created something great! I will miss the local coverage and cool local history tidbits.

Thanks for giving Albany a little self-esteem for the last decade.

Very sorry to hear about AOA ending. I have relied on AOA for years on a daily basis for news, things to do with my family and friends, everything! Unlike a lot of media sites I would have even paid a subscription fee if there was one!!

AOA was an amazing asset to the area - you will be sorely missed!

I wish you luck in your future endeavors.

I read your site every single day so this is a bummer to say the least.
Thank you for everything you've clued me into, helped me understand, and entertained me with.

I think I may cry! How will I know how to spend my weekends? Thank you for ten years of posts that have shaped so much of what I know about and how I experience Albany. There is going to be a huge AoA shaped hole in my life.

Thank you for making the community a better place.

This is such a bummer! Thank you for all that you've done with this website and community. You've been a great resource to us all.

All Over Albany cannot be all....over. :(. Great reporting, great insight and better in-depth and accurate reporting than other publications. You were a great value to the region. Much success on your new venture(s)

This is truly a sad day, for everyone in the AOA community, for Albany, and for those of us devotees in the diaspora.

Thank you for the community you have created, for the voices you amplified, for the businesses you championed, for the communities you highlighted (and gently ridiculed), for the politicians you roasted, and for a million more things that are too numerous to mention.

I had the distinct pleasure of writing a few pieces for AOA back in the day (years 3 and 4, I think) and it was wonderful to work with Greg and Mary and be a part of the family. I attended several AOA birthday parties, and met some amazing people who are still my friends.

I have since moved to Cleveland (almost 6 years now), but I still read AOA and keep up with all things Albany/Schenectady/Troy. I'm going to miss having my dose of the Capital Region. I'm not even kidding at all!

Thank you, Greg and Mary, for a wonderful ride, and for letting me be a part. Best of luck to you both in all your future endeavors!

Wendy Voelker

Mary and Greg-
Thank you so much for everything the last ten years. You’ve been vital to making monotonous city government easily digestible and understandable for “the rest of us”. Also, you two have done a great job of keeping local history in the spotlight and you should be commended for that. In a city that sometimes has an identity crisis, you’ve been a welcome light. We’ll all miss you and wish you nothing but luck and prosperity in all your future endeavors.

This is terrible news for Albany and the region. AOA has been such a valuable resource for so many different topics, whether it is things to do on the weekend, the latest business openings and closings, or even news about local politics and government. Most recently, the coverage of Albany City government and things like the residential development downtown has been top notch, with a quality of journalism as good or better than any the traditional papers or other local news source.

AOA has helped to foster a greater sense of place and community in the Capital Region. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is a huge loss for arts, culture, entertainment, and civic engagement in Albany and beyond. And Personally, this is one of my most visited websites. I don’t know what I’m goin to do as I don’t know of anything else out there that really competes.

While you will be sorely missed, thank you for your work and contributions to all of us, and I wish you the best!

I'm very sorry that AOA is ending. Thanks for all the work you put into it over the years.

This truly breaks my heart! I've lived in Albany a mere three years, but I know it so much better because of you guys. I wish there was a way to keep it going. Everything on here was stellar and I'll indeed be a little lost without it.

Mary and Greg,

I am going to truly miss you both as individuals and folks that really changed the landscape in this area for local news, cultural and simply cool events and the many fantastic new shops to discover. You made this area so damn interesting!

I remember seeing Mary in different coffeeshops from here to Saratoga. Some places that didn't make the long haul. What you created mattered! Your vision was seen !

Thank you! Thank you! Please continue to be creative, innovative and a friend to so many of us!

Respectfully,

Rachel

Thank you so much for the past ten years. You have been my go-to source for the best of the capital region and I can not tell you how many people I have referred to your site. You will be missed.

THANK YOU for being my go-to for so many topics. You had it all. It's been wonderful. I hope that maybe someone else will take on the mantle.

Thank you for the most thoughtful writing available on the topics on which you chose to write. Best wishes to you both in all of your future endeavors.

I saw this and nearly burst into tears! If money was the main consideration, I would GLADLY subscribe to a Patreon or something keep AOA going! You guys provide information that we can find literally nowhere else.

So many many thanks, AOA. I felt the disturbance in the force all the way from Colorado, where Denver has nothing like you guys. You made all these years in Upstate NY infinitely better!

-Sebastien

“You don’t realize what you had until you’ve lost it. “

Thank you for making our community a community—you’ll be sorely missed.

This is a bummer. I certainly understand the desire to move on and make a change, though I wish there was a way to keep it going. I would gladly have paid a subscription for AOA content.

In any case, many thanks for what you provided to the community.

Nooooooo! This is the worst news.

Without a doubt, AOA has made me a better Albany citizen and neighbor. You've expanded my knowledge about the history of the region, it's current residents, and the plans for it's future.

You guys have made me aware of restaurants and businesses, events to attend, community issues to research, people making our community better... not to mention kept us all informed on local elections, zoning board meetings, and even weather (and those data visualizations! *swoon*). AND you brought together a great community with your annual birthday parties, events, and yes- even with the post comments ;)

I have pointed so many people (both new to the area and lifetime residents) to this site knowing there's a recommendation-post or a feature for just about every local subject. Your reporting on local news has always been done in the most professional manner - I am especially thankful for your election coverage.

It's crazy to think that visiting AOA has been a part of my daily routine for a full decade (I've even been known to catch up on missed posts after I return from a long vacation). I am deeply saddened that in few days the area will lose one of it's greatest resources to local residents. I'd be more than willing to pay for an AOA subscription if it was offered... but it sounds like the site has run it's course (I understand the feeling of running a website long after the fun has worn off and don't blame you for deciding to move on if it feels like a grind).

Mary and Greg - I wish you the best in your next projects!

This makes me so sad. Where ever will I find my weekend things to do? Thanks and good luck in future ventures.

Thank you. And I wish you success with few headaches in whatever happens next.

WHAT!?!?!??!?!!

You guys have been the source for local news for years! You delivered facts, food, fun, and so much more! This is a sad day.

Yours is one of the only places I've made comments that is not to a friend's post on FB. I hope you will make a list of your contributors so we can follow those still posting on their own. I appreciate all your contributions to the area.

Thank you for all of your hard work and everything you've done over the years! I'd come to count on AOA as an upstate staple. Best of luck to you in the future.

Although I live in Texas now, I have always enjoyed checking out AOA to see what's going on in the beautiful Capital District. Just yesterday, I forwarded that Blizzard of 1966 Snowfall map to everyone in my family. That was our first winter in New York (yes, I'm that old) and we remember that storm well to this day. AOA has always been interesting and well written. Your stories were always presented with a positive way - a rare thing on the web these days. You will be missed. Best of luck in your future endeavors. You will no doubt be successful in whatever you decide to do.

Oh, wow! I'm really sorry to hear it, but I understand.

I will definitely miss your great coverage of everything from local news to planning issues to Capital Region history and culture.

Best of luck in whatever you decide to do next.

Please stay on line - could you do an online fund raiser - I would be happy to give.

You are important to health and wellness of Albany

Thank you for all you have done.

Wow this is tragic! Unclear as to why you guys can make it work financially. You do more for the city than all the elected officials and hacks combined! Can they not free up some of our hard earned tax dollars to keep you afloat?? You are the best ambassadors of a struggling city! Can they not take some of that 10 million ear marked for putting some signs up in clinton square or shuffle it to AOA instead of another useless feasibility study???please tell me that you have looked into this before callling it quits....

Mary and Greg are heroes and champions of the civic good. They worked so hard and so long at a Sisyphean task. I am grateful they kept pushing the rock up that hill for so long. You enriched our lives and made Albany a better place. Two super-talented and super-committed individuals. Your AOA legacy will live on, and inspire others. Thank you.
Paul Grondahl

This makes me so sad. AOA was a great resource for the community, and arguably the reason the community in this area has flourished over the last decade. Even though we moved away this summer, I still subscribed to the AOA RSS feed to keep up on our old stomping grounds. I'm sorry to see it all coming to an end.

“…as I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.”

Good luck in all your future endeavors!

Nooooooooooo! We need you! ????

I will miss it.

I wait with baited breath to see "Stuff to do this weekend,"
as well as keeping informed about the area that other media sources don't cover. I hope there is a reincarnation!
Thank-you for the passion that you have displayed to keep us all informed. Good luck in your next endeavor.

Mary and Greg,

We have so many fond AOA centered memories over the years! I refuse to dwell on the sadness of your project shutting down, and instead want to wish you both the best of luck in the future!

I will have to find another way to figure out just how much snow we are getting!

Peace,

Joe and Nora

“I remember when Albany was cool.” - me on Jan 1st, 2019

Nooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. That knocked the wind right out of me.

Mary and Greg, you’ve been the friends with the inside scoop for all things Albany for ten years. All good things must come to an end but boy, I’ll be sorry to see you go.

Best wishes for the future.

I’m so sad to hear this. I always looked forward to reading your site. It made me proud to live in a city that has such great coverage of such a wide variety of news. I wish you all the best. I mean it sincerely when I say you will be missed. There is nothing out there that provides what you do!

First off. THANK YOU for ten years of unparalleled content.
I look at this site EVERY DAY.. Seriously. And there is truly nothing like it. Understand that it is probably a lot of work for very little payoff, but it's seriously great work. Everything from the tournament of pizza to coverage of concerts, art exhibits, politics, SUPER interesting articles about the history of the region/buildings/street names! I can say with confidence that this will be a tremendous loss to the area. Thank you again for all of the hard work.

We will miss your service.
Best of luck.

Mary and Greg, godspeed. Your contributions have made a transplant from the big city (San Francisco) feel more welcome and curious to explore my new home. I understand you need to move on but wonder how we will replace you, and I don't think you can. Thanks for these wonderful years. Otis

Too bad.... The one sad thing was that you were not smart enough to see that Mayor Sheehan used all of Mary Ann McGinn's campaign issues when she became Mayor. Mary Ann McGinn ran against Kathy Sheehan for City Treasurer and lost. However, Sheehan lifted most of McGinn's campaign issues. Just showed that your site was just a part of the incestuous Albany politic and the reason why the Capitol City will remain irrelevant.

Thank you
You helped me fall in love with Albany
You will leave a big hole
I hope you enjoy your journey

Oh, man, now I'm really depressed about the New Year without AOA. (Though I do have a New Year's resolution about less screen time, so 'silver lining' I guess.)

Like everyone here, I came to rely on AOA to learn about new places to visit, new places to eat, new local businesses to support. But more than that, over the 10 years of devoted daily reading of AOA I became a better informed citizen of my community. The posts on the Albany planning board, transportation issues ( bike lanes, walkability, and parking pro and con), economic development, and other community and regional issues broadened my understanding of other people's needs beyond my own neighborhood. I am grateful for the education I got from AOA and mourn the loss, while hoping some other talented folks in the area will fill the void.

Most of all, I know that Greg and Mary will move on to other brilliant achievements and hopefully they will still share their gifts with us in some form. Best of luck to both of them! Can't wait to see what they do next.

Ok, I’ve let my initial shock and sadness wear off and now just have this to say: thank you for being one of the brightest spots in the Capital Region this past decade. AOA represents the best of human curiosity, inquiry, community-building, truth-seeking... the best of human nature I guess. Thank you thank you thank you. This decision must have been tough, but good for you for making it anyway.

Ps- Blink twice if you want us all to buy it from you and give you a much-earned sabbatical before returning to lead civilization to our higher purpose.

Ooooph. Wow, I'm so sad to read this. And so very, very grateful for all that you've done for Albany, for the region, for lifting up the media landscape around here, and for me personally. I'm grateful I was able to contribute a tiny bit, for the opportunity to write, and for all the conversations along the way.

Thank you, Greg and Mary, for all that you've done here. You have so much to be proud of - the AOA-sized spot in Albany's heart will be hard to fill.

I moved here nine and a half years ago and quickly came to rely on AOA to educate me about the region and help me feel like a native. I've checked this site almost every day since. It's part of my routine and it's something that I closely associate with this period of my life. The message that it's ending came as a shock. It's feels like the end of an era. Thank you for everything that you did while it was up. AOA will be missed!

I am ridiculously sad to hear this! I started reading AOA when I moved to Albany for medical school and it made those long 4 years so much more bearable. I discovered awesome events, happenings and restaurants through this site and I will be forever grateful. Thank you so much for all your hard work and know that you have truly touched and enriched lives! I will always have fond memories and a soft spot in my heart for Albany and it's all thanks in large part to AOA.

Super sad to see this go. It has been a tremendous resource for us locals and made our home feel so much more interesting than it was growing up. Hats off to your team for your incredible thankless work over the years!

Your coverage has been second to none. You’ve focused on the issues that matter to people, providing depth and perspective. Most other local news has gone click-bait and fear mongering but you’ve maintained steady and even handed, thoughtful reporting since your inception. I wish you the best on your next endeavors!!

This is a huge blow to fabric of what makes this area so great. Things just won't be the same without AOA. I've come to rely heavily on all the great posts as a daily part of my citizen-of-Albany experience the last few years.

From recommendations of events to check out, tidbits on awesome Albany history, and the always fascinating tales from the planning board meetings, (of which I attended my first tonight and finally got to meet some of the talent behind this great website), there was truly something for everyone to like. While I will deeply miss the excitement of seeing what fresh posts the new day brings, I wish you the best of luck in whatever comes after! Thanks for the years of stores. If you ever decide to do something like this again in the future, count me in as a dedicated subscriber!

I'm so sad to hear this! AOA was so important to me as a transplant to the area. I loved the weekly/weekend event round ups and went to so many things I would otherwise never had known about. The independent reporting is top notch and really seemed to come from a different perspective from basically all other media. Thoughtful, in depth, non-biased and even sort of gentle/mannerly. The interviews with cool people in the community were great, and it was fantastic to meet some of those folks at the parties. I hope you can keep the website archives up as there is so much useful info there. Thank you so much Mary and Greg. I wish you the best and hope we hear from you in the future.

Wow, what a wonderful outpouring of thanks and appreciation.

Thank you for providing such a unique and valuable source of information on Albany.

Thank you - from hard news coverage, to recommendations, to the best events calendar in the area, AOA has been fantastic. You deserve new adventures, and you'll be sorely missed. Thank thank thank thank you.

You will be sorely missed! Thank you for all the incredible work you put into this site.

Can I buy you two a drink some time? Either way, thanks for everything.

Very sorry to hear this. AOA was a fabulous resource during my time in Albany, and I met some great friends as a result. Best wishes to you on your future endeavors.

Thank you! This has been a wonderful resource.

Enjoyed all of your postings. Where do we go find out things now?

Bravo Mary and Greg. You did good. Not sure what the rest of Albany will do, but as always your contributions were unparalleled. Cheers to what’s next!

You were my first real regular blog favorite - I will miss you, but understand the need to move on. Best of luck in your future plans!

I moved to Albany 3 years ago for work. All over albany was a wonderful place to learn about the city and find places to explores/ catch up on local news. I recently have moved to Syracuse for work but still browse AOA on a monthly basis to catch up on news regarding Albany. I just wanna say you put out a great product and it will be missed. Best of luck in future endeavors to the founders of AOA!

I thought this was super early April fools joke.
So sad to see you go i check this site weekly if not a few times a week. your site has been very informative. Articles always well written a also. This site will be greatly missed! Best of luck on your next venture!

I will certainly miss AOA. Ever since I moved out of the Capital Region 12 years ago, AOA was one of my few websites that kept me up on what was happening in my hometown area. I hope the site will stay up as an archive for a long time. I occasionally like to reread articles that were posted. Thanks for the memories and good luck on your future endeavors.

Echoing the praise for AOA - your contribution to the community has been invaluable throughout these years. I visit the site everyday, usually more than once, and always leave feeling a deeper connection to the little world around me. The site has also been directly responsible for turning me on to all sorts of things, be it music, art, business, and culture by simply posting them in the Stuff to do this Weekend (I'll miss this and The Week Ahead most).

I hope somebody with the same type of passion will step to the plate and carry the spirit of AOA forward. Thank you for everything!

Wow. This is so depressing! You’re the only actually informative local news. You’ve provided this community a huge service.

Mary and Greg—say it ain’t so! Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work, and thoughtful content. You will be missed! Best of luck on your next adventures!

Sooo sad. What a valuable resource this has been. I can’t imagine being without it but I know how much work it must have been. So thank you and cheers to Mary & Greg and good luck on your next ventures.

This is the saddest news! You were my rock, the place I could go to get well-researched, unbiased, local news. I've learned so much about the area from you. So many places, people, restaurants, shops, features that I would have never known about otherwise. Having your website made up for the demise of Metroland. The Times Union is useless and its web site is unreadable due to the pop-ups and clickbait. And their local coverage is nothing compared to yours. You really will be missed.

Noooooooooo. Reading this site is a daily habit and seemingly irreplaceable source of local news and regional perspective. Plus, your writing style was fun!

I'd be willing to pay. Is there a business model that would keep you going?

Thank you for being there for the community, best of luck!

Thank you so much for everything you've done for Albany. I've checked this site at least once a day for years and I feel crushed that its going away. Nothing else around compares and I will truly miss reading your articles. Good luck with whatever the future brings. I'm excited to see what you will work on next.

Thank you so much. You've been a great resource always. You will be missed!!

AOA has been wonderful! I check in at least once a week and have done so all along.

I appreciate all the hard work and commitment by the AOA team to keep us all informed. I wish you all well and hope someone picks up where you leave off.

All the best and thank you!

Noooooo! :(

I think Mrs. KGB said it best last night when I broke this sad, sad news to her....

"But how are we going to know what to do now?!"

To call AOA a helpful resource does not do it justice. It was a pleasant, informative, unique space that consistently reminded me what's great about living in this region.

To say you will be missed would be the understatement of the decade. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I could not pass this sad news without commenting, specifically to show my tremendous appreciation for you, and this site. You have offered a wealth of entertainment, information, and thought provocation. You will be immensely missed. Thank you.

It's been a great and impressive run-- you will be missed. Thank you sincerely for all of your hard work over the years and everything you've provided to our capital region community.
All the best going forward.

Thanks for being a daily part of my life for a decade. I will certainly miss you folks. However, life moves on and I wish you success as you embark on a new chapter. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I’d like to add my bummed-out sorrow and very best wishes to this long and heartfelt list. Regrettably, I never met Greg, although I did have the distinct pleasure of running into Mary one slightly tipsy night at an AOA party at City Bar Hall. I regaled her with tales of Bigfoot and she, in turn, not only indulged me with remarkable patience and genuine curiosity, but later followed up with a wonderful article on AOA. I’ve also enjoyed working with her a few times over the years at the New York State Library. AOA was simply an outstanding blog: first-rate writing, assiduous research, charming observations, fascinating photos, infectious love of local history, careful attention to current events... it’s all been said by now. And we’re all heartbroken. At least we still have the archives. Long live AOA!

Joining in on the many "nooooo" and "thank you!!" sentiments.

This makes me so, so sad. Reading through the comments I'm certainly not alone in this, but moving to Albany in 2009 -- AOA was my steadfast resource. From asking questions/reading many answers (you quite literally aided in big life decisions like daycare, and smaller life decisions, like a tree trimming service). When I had an open weekend, you helped find things to do. Of course, the journalism didn't go without notice. I've easily learned most of what I know about Albany through this blog. And new restaurants! And giveaways! And the Pizza tournament! Gahhh as I type it's just getting worse.

Good luck to you both. Clearly what you created was loved by many, and I hope your year ends on a high note knowing what you contributed was greatly cherished. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I feel as I did when, at a time before social media existed, an elementary school friend of mine moved to Texas. It’s that strange, melancholic feeling of knowing you’re seeing someone for the last time, balanced with the pleasure of having experienced a fond friendship. Like so many, I have visited AOA daily for the past 4-5 years, learned about a little city that I now call my own, got trusted recommendations through Ask AOA, urged the site onto all new Albany arrivals, and played the wallflower at a few AOA birthday parties. I can only hope someone else will pick up where you leave off. Best wishes.

Greg and Company

We took a vote, it wasn't close.

We, your followers, regret to advise that your resignation is not accepted. If you persist with your plans, we are taking to the street.

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This is absolutely heartbreaking to hear.
When I lived in Albany for college, grad school, and the 5 years after - AoA was my go to for EVERYTHING.
After leaving the Capital Region, I kept reading as a way to keep in touch with everything, it was like reading annual Christmas cards.
This news is like cutting my last tie to my 10+ years in Albany and I'm not quite ready!!

Thank you for your hard work over the years. All Over Albany was a valuable resource that will be greatly missed by many.

In all seriousness (and 1,000% selfishly), would you be willing to find a successor and stick around another month to aid the transition?

You may think of your site as well liked or popular, but please KNOW that it is a treasure trove of information, love and perspective on this region, and it is not just "liked" but RELIED on

Many, many thanks for all the time and effort everyone involved has made. You well-deserve to step away from the day to day, but let's find a way to continue AOA.

AOA makes a difference.

all the best for whatever lies ahead

I cannot thank you enough for the hard work and dedication you've put into this blog. I am new to Albany and when I first moved here, a friend recommended AOA and it was and has been a great 101 to the area. I've made so many plans based on listings and recommendations posted here. My background is in media so I fully comprehend how much effort has been put into this blog in the past 10 years and the quality shows. I've found this a better source of information that almost all other local news and information outlets in the Capital Region. Happy trails, Greg and Mary! Best wishes for your adventure.

AOA has made living in Albany feel like home. Not just to me, but to so many others.

In a place where many people have roots going back for generations, Greg and Mary have worked tirelessly for a decade to create a space for those who are curious about the good things the Capital Region has to offer.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

While my instinct is to be sad about the loss, I'm going to try and be happy we all got to be a part of the community AOA created. Maybe we can all take Greg and Mary out for a drink sometime in January?

This is absolutely terrible news.

This site has been the single most valuable local resource with the perfect balance of news and culture with a great dash of humor.

There will be a tremendous void in the Capital Region now.

Thank you so much for everything, including the chance to write a couple of pieces for you and all the times you've included me in "What's Up In The Neighborhood."

You will be missed.

Paula Lemire

Such sad news. AOA was the only source of true journalism in the City of Albany. You will be missed.

Bummer! This is my #1 place to go for local events. You will be missed and never replaced.

I’m very upset to hear this. I check AOA every day as part of my daily routine. I love how AOA not only reported on negative stories (like every other news source) but also reported the positive ones as well. I loved reading about new business and construction ideas. The reporting style was very unique and positive. Please reconsider as I’m sure there are a ton of others that come to the site who will not leave a comment. This has been a great local resource.

Sorry to hear it, you've been a reliable/trusted source for local news&info.

So sorry to hear AOA is ending. I look forward to your stories every day and fear there will be no places to get the same type of news once AOA is gone. You have meant more to the people here than you may ever know.
Wishing you all the best and a sad goodbye.

So sad to hear this. You've been the best source of what's really going on around Albany. You will be missed by so many people!

I’m so very sorry to hear this news. I’ve enjoyed being entertained and informed by AOA over the years. Good luck to you in future endeavors, and thank you for your past work.

So very sad to see this. I regular visit AOA to find out what's happening over the weekend, or for the coming week. The roundups of hiking spots, weekend trips, and area events (craft fairs, carnivals, etc.) was exceptional. You will be sorely missed as a fixture in the area.

I'm very saddened to read this. I enjoyed the local coverage AOA provided very much, but understand how difficult it is to operate a small enterprise.

So sad to hear this! I have enjoyed AOA as an excellent resource for the past 6 years. Good luck with future endeavors!

Great job guys! Thank you for the years of Cap Reg blogging!!!

I remember when I started doing my weblogging years ago, one of my main motivations was to shine light on the things that were good about the region. It is hard to remember now, but a lot of the discourse back then was of the "why Albany sucks" or "why don't we have what NYC/other major metros have" or general other types of kvetching. When you came on the scene with a positive and honest take on Albany it was refreshing, and looking back, prob. ahead of its time. It is common now to have a bit more local pride. I think around here you all had more than a little to do with it!

Thank you!

This is the saddest. AOA has been the most incredible resource in knitting together an interested and informed community in this great-and-wonderful-but-you-have-to-know-where-to-look region. What a loss.
Thanks for 10 years of awesomeness! Best of luck in the future, and, just saying, if you decide to change your minds, that would be okay too.

To add on to an earlier comment - I hope before you go, you will consider a round-up post or two of favorite/popular posts.

I want to thank you for all of the enjoyment your work has brought me and my family over the years. mr. dave hit the nail on the head when he said your "positive and honest take on Albany was refreshing." Your reporting was always upbeat...edgy but never bitter. I will miss AOA and I definitely don't look forward to walking into the season of the Snowpocalypse alone. All the best to you!

Every weekday, for as long as I can remember, my mornings have begun by firing up my PC, opening email and then checking in at AOA. From where I'm sitting, the impact you've had on the media and the residents of the Capital Region cannot be overstated.

I've loved this area for a long time -- AOA was a big part of making the past 10 years some of the best I've lived here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you for everything you've done for the community! And thank you especially for supporting the American Heart Association and our events over the years.

So sad to hear this. Yours is hands-down the best local blog I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. THANK YOU for all your hard work and for being my guide to Albany since I found out I was moving here a few years ago.

Thank you so much for your hard work over the years! The impressive list of comments above is a just one small testament that everything you've done has been appreciated and has made a difference!

I first read the news yesterday, but it has taken me a while to pull together my thoughts. Like all the other commenters, I have appreciated your honest and usually upbeat take on the happenings around Albany and the greater Capital District. I loved your in-depth reviews of data sets. And the maps! And the weather! Today's moment of "season"! Where am I going to get my Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Meter?! The history! I could go on and on...

Did anyone else pick up on the double meaning of this week's feature: "Everything Changes"? Greg and Mary, you are too clever to the end :)

I wish you both well, and look forward to hearing about your next adventures. Please keep us posted.

You've done great work and will be missed. Good luck on your future endeavors. Thanks.

I love so many things about AOA. The honest coverage. Morning Blend. The coverage of the planning board and other meetings. The heads up on awesome concerts around the region. The thoughtful data analysis. Highlighting awesome local business. Please consider archiving the page to be searched. There's no one that does it, certainly not the way you do. You will be missed. And can't wait to see what you do next.

I moved to the area a few years ago. My daughter suggested I follow you to become familiar with not so headline news. I read you daily. It was a great suggestion. I want to thank you, you will be missed. All the best to you!

Very sorry to hear of the end of AOA. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

I'm sorry to hear this, I've been following you guys for years and have always enjoyed your stories. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this site, you will be missed!!

I don't line in the Capital District anymore, and I...I can't even. One my best days was I jokingly suggesting to Greg that I had earned my junior cub reporter badge for some "scoop", and he was like "totally!". ????

You guys did great, serious work, while bring urbane, snarky, serious, silly, and real sky at the same time. I wish you b the best of luck in your new endeavors!

I'm so thankful we got to enjoy AOA for as long as we did. Through AOA I developed some incredible friendships and had so many new experiences and opportunities as a result of your research and connections. You enriched our lives and brought new perspectives, insights, culture, opportunity, and joy to so many. Thank you. AOA was such a wonderful part of our little world. You affected so many and left a mark on our souls. That's cheesy, but the truth. I love you both and the absolute best part of AOA was getting to know you.

AOA's content has been a tremendous public service. On news: you go in depth,you ask the right questions, you give thoughtful analysis without overbearing opinion.

Plus you showcase small businesses, fun and interesting events to attend and cool projects to check out. And you have built a respectful online community. That in itself is such a difficult thing to do in this world/ in these times.

I have always had a particular appreciation of your posts related to mobility/transportation and urban issues -- thank you for putting in that effort to cover aspects of life that are hard to find coverage in other local media.

Mary and Greg: THANK YOU for starting AOA and continuing for all these years! I know you will each do many more fabulous things in your lives -- but bringing our community AOA, and sustaining the quality and content is a remarkable achievement. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough.

This is a lot like farming: if you are doing an important work but can't even pay yourself you are forced to close the shop.
Will miss you!

Dear Mary & Gregg:
It feels like i have lost my best friend!
You have brought information, entertainment & fun events to our area.
To me you are like The Mary Poppins of internet info with a spoonful of sugar to make it go down smoother!
This has been a year of big losses for me with W.A.B.Y. 900, Millie Deblasi, Lombardo's & now A.O.A..
You are both so talented, wonderful ,and thoughtful young people.
I knew it wouldn't last when Mary said she would be in N.Y.C. part of the time.
Hope we can keep reading your contributions in some form , or another.
Love you both!!!

Im curious as to whether You approached the Times Union to purchase AOA? It would be perfect for them. They would have online content actually worth something...

Greg,

The first time we met (in person) was at the planning meeting on Thursday. Only moments later you mentioned that AOA -- a newsblog that I thought would never shutter -- would be ending in less than a month. That was tough to hear. I have held AOA in such high regard for years, and it has become my first-stop for checking local news -- and my only stop when it comes to weekends.

I've always looked forward to waking up with AOA and, ofc, as a plannerd I've gotten quite a kick out of your planning posts. They're not only insightful, nuanced, and detailed, but also a breeze to read!

The closure of this site will be a loss not only for me, but for all of the Albany community. Because that's what you've helped make -- a community. I hope that maybe, someday (soon?) another quality, local newsblog will grow out of all the connections you have helped to foster.

Sincerely, thank you and to everyone who has contributed to AOA over the years, and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

--Ian Benjamin

Sad your are shutting down. Moved here in 2003 from CA, searched newspapers and websites for years for goings on and discovered AOA in late 2014. One place that listed everything so I came to rely on you via Feedly RSS every day. I'll be back to searching many sources, but NOTHING seems as complete as AOA listings. Your service was incredibly comprehensive and will be sorely missed. Wish you joy and success in wharever you do...

I really enjoyed your site. thank you! now what to do, what a resource

I find myself visiting this site every once in a while, so I'm sad this is happening!!! Thanks again, Mary, for the opportunity to be apart of AOA!

This is so sad. Read your page everyday. I'd happily pay for access if you decided to continue. Thanks for everything, you will be missed.

Will miss AOA dearly. As many have commented, AOA was the best source for local news, interesting history, and just all around enjoyable coverage of the Albany area; just as the name suggests.

Best wishes the both Mary and Greg and thanks for all.

Sad news. Since Metroland has been gone since 2015, your site has been the mainstay of what is happening in Albany and Beyond. Sorry to see you go. Any chance there will ever be another incarnation? Honestly, I would have paid a subscription fee for this site. One of the best online resources ever. Good luck in whatever you do in the future,.

Thanks for all you have done for the community. We will miss you and wish you the very best in 2019 and beyond!

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