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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Bouck White, dropping knowledge, the expense of being poor, a well-lived day, the melody of a relationship, putting away your phone, spring wildflowers, grandkids, the chef/the person, the storied Albany Med turkey sandwich, food in Utica, gluten-free Chinese food, and Saratoga Vichy.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: walking around downtown Albany, the Pemberton Corner, decorum on the streetcar, a scam, Asshole Sports Parents, a microcosm of society, meditation, tools, NYC, tiny pits of pink, foraging, Malcolm's, Yono's, po'boys, and a weird scar update.

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Young Futures

Young Futures Free Cone Day event

From the paint-your-own-cone art activity during Free Cone Day. / photo courtesy of Young Futures

By Jaya Sundaresh

A little boy is painting a picture of an ice cream cone outside the Ben & Jerry's on Madison Ave in Albany during Free Cone Day; he's covered it all -- cone and ice cream both -- in bold, energetic black paint.

"Hey, he envisioned what he wanted, he formulated a plan, and he successfully executed it," says Young Futures founder James Mitchell, grinning.

Young Futures is an Albany organization dedicated to bringing free arts education to kids, especially those neighborhoods where that sort of opportunity can be hard to find.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: moving through Albany, the Rice Mansion, Harmanus Bleecker, Sinclair, local TV news, a mountain bike collective, scaring yourself in Vermont, the springs, The Deep End, the difference from nine-to-fivers, The Wine Bar, sandwich feels, and an epic pizza tour.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Martin Luther King Jr., Sinclair, budgeting and debt, a broken pole, signs of spring, Albany's Willy Wonka, the city hall carillon, favorite ice cream, spicy wontons, the Casola Dining Room, Taverna Novo, and a beautifully confused gumbo of ingredients.

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Reclaimed and unbridged

John Bulmer Reclaimed Green Island Bridge

The photo illustration above of the Green Island Bridge is the latest in local photographer John Bulmer's "Reclaimed" series, which imagines landmarks in a state of post-human abandonment.

He talked with Lauren a few years back about the inspiration for the series and how he creates the photo illustrations.

Bulmer is a professional photographer. In addition to works such as the "Reclaimed" series or this many-sunsets composite of the Albany skyline he also frequently posts beautiful weather and architectural shots on Twitter.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the March for Our Lives, spring, fat biking, soaking in Saratoga, a not-great grip on history, Albany's potato chip empire, the Trimble Opera House, proud pigeons, Kiernan Plaza, Lodge's, Mac-n-Cheese Bowl, good technique, differences in distance, The Shop, a mixed bag, and steamed hams.

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Kitchen 216

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Kitchen 216 owner Emrys Young.

The newest restaurant on Lark Street: Kitchen 216.

The modern soul food spot is currently in a soft-open phase. It's grand opening is set for April 12.

Here are a few bits with the owner about what's in store, her take on modern soul food, and the remarkable DIY approach that got her to this point.

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What's up in the The Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Schenectady pizza, Middle Eastern cuisine, groceries at CVS, baking soda, an aggressive dog, taking shelter, roaming along rivers, prolific Albany artists, Marie Curie, silversmiths, the influence of teachers, and finding balance.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: reviewing the review, making pizza, favorite restaurants, More Perecca's, madness for maple, public input, seat belts, Lydia Mott, Edison's room, one of the prettiest spots imaginable, a message from the skunk cabbage, meeting your public, and music and sex.

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Photos from the Albany High School walkout, and talking with the student organizers

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About 200 Albany High School students participated in a school walkout Wednesday to protest gun violence, one of many similar events at other schools around the region and the country prompted by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The students gathered, with the support of the school's administration, for a short (voluntary) assembly ahead of the walkout to talk about focusing attention on issues such as gun control and the importance of speaking up and voting. Then they headed out to march around the school grounds for roughly 17 minutes, a tribute to the people killed in Florida.

"You never know if it can be you," said senior class president Shafiyq Grady after the march. "Just like the 17 students at Parkland, it could have been 17 Albany High students. We shouldn't wait around for something to happen here to take action."

Here are a handful of photos from the march, along with a quick talk with the student organizers -- about why they decided to act, politics today, and how people perceive Albany High School...

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Richly rendered scenes of Albany

The watercolor above -- of the Mechanics and Farmers Bank building on State Street in Albany, by local artist Kevin Kuhne -- floated our way via a Facebook tag this week, and we were happy it did. (AOA had been tagged because of the 2016 post about the history of that beautiful, odd, skinny building.)

The painting was recently part of a show of Kuhne's work at the First Presbyterian Church of Albany. That link includes a few more paintings.

Kevin Kuhne has painted many local scenes from around the area. We love the richness of the colors in the works.

Kuhne frequently teaches watercolor classes at Arlene's Artist Materials on Fuller Road. He has a pets and animals class this week, and a trees and foliage class in early April.

image via First Presbyterian Church of Albany Facebook

Virginia Eubanks and Automating Inequality at Market Block Books

Virginia Eubanks automating inequality

One of the hottest books of the moment right now about the intersection between tech and government and society is Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks, an associate professor of political science at UAlbany and a Troy resident. And Eubanks will be at Market Block Books in downtown Troy March 31 to talk about the book.

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor was released in January, and it's gotten a string of high-profile coverage and strong reviews in outlets ranging from NPR to Wired to Vox to Boing Boing. Book blurbage:

Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health and human services has undergone revolutionary change. Today, automated systems--rather than humans--control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.
Automating Inequality systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.

The event at Market Block is Saturday, March 31 at 11 am. It's free.

By the way: You might remember Eubanks from her article in The Nation a year or so back about Troy, the effects of Irene, and the future of flood insurance.

author photo: Sadaf Rassoul Cameron

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: mass incarceration, census tracts, debt, redemption, contact lens class, snow-free fields, doing Edison's work in Schenectady, the family tree, the ladies entrance, hot roast beef, not hot chicken, Nashville, Tala, a canned vegetable wonderland, and breaking up with your car.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: becoming soft, balancing risk, searching for a sous chef, seafood, many different bites, a walk around the block, attracting Edison to Schenectady, the Academy of Music, the soundscape of old Hudson Ave, the umbrella maker, the thawing forest, fine print, and solo travel.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: frustration and the unfortunately predictable cycle, Thacher Park, Will Hicok Low, the science fiction writer next door, Alander Mountain, the back corners of the Ecological Park, a very large backyard, the Sloppy David, Karavalli, Sichuan food, kitchen quotes, and pizza.

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The next Union College president is David Harris

Union College president David HarrisUnion College announced Tuesday that its next president will be David R. Harris, a 48-year-old sociologist who's currently the provost at Tufts. He'll succeed Stephen Ainlay, who's set to leave the post at the end of the current academic year after 12 years in the role.

Harris's CV includes undergrad and PhD at Northwestern, academic and administrative positions at Cornell, and time spent working for the US Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama admin. Press release blurbage:

In his time at Tufts, Harris has been a transformational leader with an impressive record of achievement. Shortly after joining the administration, he led a year-long effort to create Tufts' first-ever, university-wide strategic plan. From that plan emerged many new initiatives, including 1 + 4, a program to energize civic renewal by providing students an opportunity to engage in a year of international or national service before starting at Tufts. The strategic plan also led to the creation of Bridge Professorships, which span two or more schools to advance research and teaching on complex issues.
At Tufts, Harris also established the new position of chief diversity officer and associate provost, and he launched Bridging Differences, an initiative to empower the Tufts community to develop the skills necessary to engage in informed and civil discussion around some of today's most challenging topics.

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Another quiz show, another score for Albany's Amelia Hershberger

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Check it out: Albany resident Amelia Hershberger -- already a three-time Jeopardy champ -- won $30,000 on the episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that aired Wednesday.

After working her way up the ladder of prize money she bowed out on a $50,000 question about the time of death John F. Kennedy announced on TV by Walter Cronkite. (It was 1 pm.) Her husband, Jason, joined her on stage as her +1 to talk over the question before she chose to take the money already accumulated.

You might remember Amelia from that four-episode run on Jeopardy in January 2016. She won $46,000 there -- and arm wrestled Alex Trebek. She's also very funny. We had a great time talking with her about the Jeopardy experience.

photo via Who Wants To Be a Millionaire Facebook

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the Klondike ramp, local TV, kindness on Central Ave, Lenten charity, starting now, Guptill's, the Saratoga Fat Bike Rally, the winter treescape, the waiting area, family dinner, restaurant transitions, Trader Joe's, and public art.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: different perspectives on Chowderfest, a January without wine, spa food, Super Bowl Sunday dining, architectural criticism of the ESP, the old Dudley Observatory sites, the business of 19th century churches, an old map, doctor's office waiting room etiquette, emergency departments, (not) rooting for your kid, budgeting, Trivia Bowl, February, and sparkly snow.

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Setting them up and knocking them down

Two things:

1. RPI student Lily Hevesh is a professional domino artist with 1.5 million Youtube subscribers. Her work has appeared in commercials and films. That video embedded above shows the crazy 30,000 domino setup she created to celebrate getting to 1 million subscribers.

2. She's helped start a domino toppling club at RPI.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the grim past of Van Rensselaer Park, a tale of sickness, a labor strike, a home on Alexander Street, commercial considerations, too soon, the Boreas Ponds, the Spring Run Trail, the new Hannaford loyalty app thing, Rascal + Thorn, restaurant industry fake news, meat preservation, and travel.

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An Inspector Calls, for a different sort of casting

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The cast of An Inspector Calls at Schenectady Civic Playhouse.

This weekend Schenectady Civic Playhouse is opening a production of An Inspector Calls. It's an English drama from 1945 that has a lot to say to US audiences in 2018, but this production will say it a bit differently.

The show, usually been produced with an all-white cast, has been cast entirely with actors of color.

It's an interesting move the director says amps up the message of the play -- and maybe in the process it will expand the way people think about casting roles here in the Capital Region.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the size of life, close friendship, kids moving beyond their parents, William Kennedy, the destruction of Tweddle Hall, the public market, monumental heaps of jumbled ice, fat biking, the rare gift of a do-over, Pebbles Asian Fusion, Namu, highs and lows, and nature photos...

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In the year between women's marches, here's what people have been doing to change things

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It was almost exactly one year to the day between the big rally in Albany's West Capitol Park to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017 and this past weekend's Women's March, which again drew thousands of people. (It was one of many such events around the country.)

Protests can be important ways to focus attention. But change doesn't happen from protests alone. And because so many people are so keyed into what's going on politically in the country right now, we were curious about what they've been doing to change things on those other 364 days.

So we asked. Here are a bunch of the answers...

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