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Capital Cobblestone Project

old albany street map clipA local author/historian is researching the backstory on the names of Albany's streets. All of them.

Erik Schlimmer, who's also a UAlbany grad student, has previously worked on place-name history books of the Adirondacks. He's aiming for the Capital Cobblestone Project to also become a book.

Schlimmer is posting updates and historical bits on a Facebook page for the project. Here's a sample:

Many streets in Albany, especially those downtown, do not retain their original names. Eagle Street is named for our national bird, a symbol of freedom and patriotism. It used to be called Duke Street after the Duke of Albany of the British royal family. Out with the British and in with the Americans.

Given all the histories of Albany, it's kind of surprising this hasn't been done before. It's total history nerd candy.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: patriotism, the media, art, crypto currency, a relay, Buck Mountain, the Ice Meadows, Venus and Jupiter, a culinary tour, disappointing mac 'n cheese, banh mi bread, serviceberries, and adulting.

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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: BusPlus, horses, mountains, the thick of the woods, pollinators, Ivanhoe Bland, a donut burger, a hidden gem, yucca and chicharron, everything at Muza, six with the works, low expectations, tables for one, a clock, and Copenhagen.

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The goal: For everyone in the Capital Region to make a video game

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A TVGS interactive showcase earlier this year. / photo courtesy of Jamey Stevenson.

The recently-launched Tech Valley Game Space in Troy has a goal: For everyone in the Capital Region to make at least one game.

Like, every everyone? Yep, everyone.

"It doesn't take long [to learn] if people feel like they're in an atmosphere where there's someone who knows to guide them," TVGS founder Jamey Stevenson told us recently. "There are few things more fun or exciting to me to see people get surprised. It happens during the first hour of doing it."

Toward that goal, TVGS -- which also serves as co-working space for small startup games studios -- is offering a series of classes and events aimed at getting a wide range of people involved: artists, designers, programmers, women, men, kids, introverts, extroverts. One of the events is coming up this weekend at the Arts Center of the Capital Region: River Jam, a free learn-to-make-a-game event for game makers who identify as women.

Stevenson is clearly passionate both about video games, and opening up the process of making them.

Here are a few clips from a conversation with him about learning to make games, the need for diversity in the industry, games as art, and his favorite games...

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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: livestock, advocating for yourself, Frontier Town, waterfalls, dogs on restaurant patios, working out, slow living, garnishes, annoyances, ramen, oysters, soccer, and clairvoyant medicine.

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The Mercer Street Project

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A screengrab from the Mercer Street Project tumblr.

Like so many people, Kaira Kristbergs was faced with the question of what to do with a houseful of stuff after her grandmother, Anna Rande, passed away in 2012, leaving behind one of those classic Albany two-family houses on Mercer Street in Pine Hills.

Her grandparents, Latvian refugees, had arrived in Albany in the 1950s. They got jobs at places like Tobin's and Freihofer's and found their way as immigrants. Kaira's mom grew up in the house, as did Kaira.

By the time of her grandmother's passing, the house was full of stuff collected not just by her grandparents, but also items Kaira's parents had accumulated from around the world while working in the international shipping business. All sorts of stuff: furniture, toys, family memorabilia, mason jars, so many picture frames, and on and on.

So Kaira, an illustrator, turned the situation into The Mercer Street Project -- a sort of online documentary of her family's life, one object at a time, folded into an ongoing estate sale.

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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 little things, Mountain Jam, forgiveness, embracing change, owning your mistakes, Cherry Plain, the North Woods, fungi, The Fried Chicken Sandwich from God, The Killer Ketchup Burger, froyo, paella, unusual foods, sharing the share, and awe.

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Grilling with Kate

TWC/Charter/Not-Comcast News really just needs to give Kate Welshofer her own show.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Albany to Chicago, returning here, the Freihofer's Run for Women, Karner Blue paradise, Pharaoh Mountain, Schodack Island, Lake George, four good people, a foraged dinner, the restaurant industry, like a moth, beer, burgers, a bright smudge, photos, and China.

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UAlbany's Lyle Thompson wins college lacrosse's top trophy. Again.

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UAlbany lacrosse star Lyle Thompson won the Tewaaraton Trophy Thursday night for the second year in a row. (The trophy is like the Heisman for college lacrosse.) He's the first men's player ever back-to-back winner of the award.

Thompson was the co-winner of the award last year with his brother, Miles. They were the first co-winners of the award. And they were the first Native Americans to win the trophy -- which is especially signifiant because lacrosse originated as a sport played by Native Americans. (Tewaaraton is the Mohawk name for lacrosse.) The Thompsons are from the Onondaga Nation just south of Syracuse.

Lyle Thompson finished his UAlbany career as one of the sport's all-time greats. He holds the career record for career points with 400 -- almost 50 more than person in the #2 spot. (He's #8 in points per game all time.) He's the all-time assists leader with 225 (#9 all time in assists per game). And he holds the top two spots on the all-time list for points in a season (and the #5 spot).

Thompson has already started a pro lacrosse career, and he's signed an endorsement deal with Nike.

photo: UAlbany Athletics

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: "upstate," tapping that, the 1920 waterfront, floral finds, running in the Berkshires, Portland, rhubarb, sipping and strolling, extraordinary brunch, raw bar, ordering wrong, chain restaurants, and photography.

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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: ideas for summer, New York's Mount Rushmore, Noonmark Mountain, the upper Hudson, waterfalls and bison, a farmer's perspective, Ramp Fest, restaurant snippets, Creo, Wine Bar, Slidin' Dirty, unusual beans, men of New York, Washington Park lake, and keeping your pants on.

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A big check for Flower Scout

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From left to right: Dan Ciampino of Staff Ciampino, Jon Dion from the College of Saint Rose, Colie Collen of Flower Scout, Justin Priddle from Berkshire Bank, Mary Darcy from AOA, and Sue Conroy from the College of Saint Rose.

The giant check is always fun.

The winner of this year's AOA Startup Grant -- Colie Collen from Flower Scout -- was awarded the giant $1,500 prize check today at the Huether School of Business at the College of Saint Rose. (She's also getting a smaller check that she can actually deposit.)

This year's prize money was provided by Berkshire Bank, and the contest was sponsored by Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants and the College of Saint Rose.

Flower Scout will be using the prize money for a hoop house on its farm lot in Troy, which will allow it to extend the growing season for flowers to supply its floral services. Which are in demand! Colie was preparing for a wedding later this weekend before stopping over at Saint Rose.

And Flower Scout also got a bonus prize today: Dan Ciampino of Staff Ciampino offered Colie a year of free consulting and accounting services! That's in addition to the business planning class that the Community Loan Fund also has offered.

Speaking of bonus prizes, many thanks again to the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce for offering the Dutch Udder, one of this year's runners-up, free enrollment in Janet Tanguay's Entrepreneur Boot Camp. And thank you to Outspoken Media for offering Kristine Lambracht $1,500 in in-kind services to help Jerzey's Dog Resort, another runner up, to refine its online branding and messaging.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year's contest, including Jon Dion of Huether School for coaching, and our judges Lissa D'Aquanni from the Community Loan Fund, Rhea Drysdale from Outspoken Media, and Duncan Crary from Duncan Crary Communications.

And thank you again to our sponsors, Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., the College of Saint Rose, and Berkshire Bank.

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Tech Valley Civic App Challenge winners

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Screenshots from the entries that took that top 3 spots in the contest.

Announced today: The winners of the AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge, which this past March called for entries with "potential to benefit the local community." The contest included $18,000 in prize money.

The grand prize winner: Food Pantry Helper, which was created by Russell Kirkwood of Stillwater, and aims to help food pantries manage their operations more efficiently.

Here's a bit more about that app, along with the other winners...

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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: Tulip Fest, fire towers, wildflowers, a Jumbuck theft, a bike trailer, donut sliders, lambs on the farm, 15 Church, Albany's Supreme Court justice, and mom.

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Who hasn't been inspired by the "Let's Have a Party, Albany" video?

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You know that Washington Park Moses is going to keep it festive and chill. / photo courtesy of Central Avenue BID

Here's the winning entry from the Drawing Up Central sidewalk art contest this past Saturday in Albany.

The winning entry, a play on Albany's coat of arms, was created by Sam Wickstrom, who told the Central Ave BID her panel was also inspired by the "Let's Have A Party, Albany" music video from 1986. Heh.

Here are more photos from the contest.

AOA was a media sponsor of Drawing Up Central.

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef

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By Lauren Hittinger

When you think of adventures in mysterious lands with dragons, kings, and barbarians, you probably don't think of chefs.

But that's exactly how local artist and graphic novelist Eric Colossal imagined Rutabaga, the main character in his recently released comic Rutabaga, the Adventure Chef. This tenacious and scrappy chef seems to always cook his way out of the troubles he invariably finds himself in.

I chatted with Eric Colossal about the story behind Rutabaga, and his experiences becoming a full-time artist working on published books.

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The situation is rather invovled

Albany Knickerbocker News 1951 Judy Davenport tulip queenThat post earlier today about what it was like to be one of the first Tulip Queens -- if you haven't read it, you totally should, it includes some fun stories -- briefly references the experience of another early Tulip Queen, Judy Davenport. Here's a clip from that 1951 Knickerbocker News article, because you might get a smile out of it:

Since her coronation May 10, Judy Davenport, Albany's tulip queen, has had six offers of jobs and 12 proposals of marriage.
The marriage proposals arrived when Judy picked up her telephone and found 12 young men on the other end. They all wanted to marry the tulip queen.
The young men suggested they come down to the YWCA, where Judy lives, and propose in person. Then Judy could pick the one whose proposal she liked best and the wedding would be the "highlight" of the Tulip Festival.
The brown-haired, blue-eyed tulip queen declined the collective proposal. She said in this interview that she is not engaged or planning to be immediately -- because, right now, she can't seem to narrow the field down to one.
"Just say my romantic situation is rather involved," she instructed, adding that she preferred tall men (Judy is 5 feet, 8) with "character."

We can only imagine how Miss Davenport turned away those suitors.

It's all rather involved, boys.

Knickerbocker News clip via Fulton History

What it was like to reign as one of Albany's first Tulip Queens

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Nadia Spiak, Albany's 8th Tulip Queen, in 1956.

Nadia Rymanowski's friends still refer to her as T.Q., though her reign as Tulip Queen ended more than 50 years ago.

Albany's 8th Tulip Queen was 20 years old when she was crowned in May of 1956. Back then she was Nadia Spiak from Troy -- she was allowed to compete for Albany Tulip Queen because she was studying at Albany Business College. (Her father had entered her in the competition without her knowledge.) Spiak was one of more than 500 young women who competed for the crown that spring, and she still maintains that she was more surprised than anyone when she won.

"We all had our ideas about who it would be," Spiak-Rymanowski says, "I was speechless."

So what was it like to be the eighth Tulip Queen of Albany?

"Exciting," says Spiak-Rymanowski, who today lives in Loudonville with her husband and works as a professional painter.

The ceremony and the position, she says, were very different back then.

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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 creative process, the Church of the Holy Innocents, an architecture stroll, paying attention to pay, spring, Fork in the Road, CIA, 15 Church, burgers, bacon, the ill-fated Ville du Havre, and suckas.

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Hold on, hold on, Sean Rowe

Something to listen to today: Sean Rowe performing a cover of Neko Case's "Hold On, Hold On." It's from a new EP he released this week -- Her Songs -- that's all covers of songs by women. You can listen to the whole thing on YouTube.

The Troy singer/songwriter is set for a show at Helsinki Hudson this Friday. Tickets are $20.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: waterfalls, signs of spring, Hang Glider Cliff, the Finger Lakes, soft serve, pizza, Sunday supper, a Maine event, an Italian dinner, a breakfast sandwich, an old menu, an 80s flashback, and a famed supplier of pancakes.

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A few details about Troy Kitchen

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The interior of the former bank building at 50 4th Street in Troy. / photo courtesy of Cory Nelson

There was a bit of a flutter in local food circles earlier this week when word about Troy Kitchen popped up on Facebook. The project is billed as a gourmet food court for downtown Troy.

So we got in touch with Cory Nelson, one of the entrepreneurs behind the project, for some details...

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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 tests, Sufjan space at home, the Catskills, spring, tangled, the King of Washington Park, the Tour de Soft Serve, cheese and beer, brunch on the patio, Next Door Kitchen, pastry, Vermont, and quite the place.

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The 2015 AOA Startup Grant final

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Left to right: Kristine Lambracht from Jerzey's Dog Resort, Colie Collen from Flower Scout, Kehmally Karl and Jeff McCauley from The Dutch Udder Artisanal Ice Cream.

The field for this year's AOA Startup Grant was deep.

Many of the entries would have been worthy finalists, but there could only be three. And each of the finalists would have been a worthy winner, but there could only one.

Monday evening at the College of Saint Rose we found out which project took the prize.

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