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Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: protected bike lanes, skepticism, deer and guilt, Westchester County, the Jersey shore, Glens Falls, high peaks, Woods Hollow, where to stay in Albany, beef in a blanket, pasta for lunch, good carrot cake, food trucks, the Bazaar Shirt, a daring chipmunk, the car dealer data industrial complex, and nuts.
Almost everything about the Empire State Plaza is big: its physical size, its place in Albany's skyline, its presence in the city's history over the last century. It is architecture and history on a huge scale.
But a new project is aiming to focus on the smaller, more intimate parts of the ESP's history. A group of historians, on Twitter as @98AcresinAlbany, is uniting two sets of photos -- a series of meticulous exterior shots in the Albany Institute collection, and a series of interior photos from a collection at the State Archives -- to recover a more detailed picture of that time.
98 Acres in Albany is the creation of Ann Pfau (independent historian), David Hochfelder (professor at UAlbany), and Stacy Sewell (professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College). Their ultimate goal is to create a website to host these photos, document the history of the neighborhood, and collect memories and stories related to the ESP.
As Pfau recently told us: "We've found that everyone has a story about the Empire State Plaza, and everyone has an opinion about the Empire State Plaza."
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: "cowardice" and compassion, an unusual story, summer trips, tubing, a mission to find blooms, Hoosick Falls, Texas de Brazil, brunch at The Low Beat, Dock Brown's, boneless wings, a veggie burger, BCTC, patience for fall, crowdsourced hydrology, a new home, and that first month.
Fun: Here's a clip of Andrew Maider, a 16 year old from Clifton Park, competing at the World YoYo Contest in Prague earlier this month. Maider finished 17th -- in the world -- in the highest competition class.
Here's a profile of Maider by TWCN's Geoff Reddick.
Andrew Maider is the definition of new school. He's got the flow, the flair, the raw talent, the personality, and the passion to make him his own full package. In a very short time Andrew has risen to the top of the game as a creative innovator and a national competitor. His performances will have you in an awing anticipation as he pulls out banger upon banger with a seemingly infinite amount of energy.
There are a few more clips after the jump that have a closer look at some of Maider's yo yo work.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: when nothing seems like the right thing to say, cycling response, the Palmer-Gavit House, Montreal, the Berkshires, riverbank flowers, Blackhead Mountain, polo, Urban Raid, Sunday in Schenectady, a gem of a breakfast spot, bacon stromboli, and shrugging off the Altamont curse.
There are little metal newspaper boxes popping up around Troy this summer. But instead of distributing newspapers, they're serving as free "libraries" for anyone to take a book and/or leave a book. They join a collection of "Little Free Libraries" that includes a few other spots around the Capital Region, and many others around the world.
Organizer Emily Armstrong says the three Troy locations are already seeing revolving donations. I talked with her recently about what inspired the tiny libraries, the merits of the "regular" library, and treasure hunting and surprise...
Nothing warms my heart quite as much as a creative person making his or her own way through the world. Which is why I was keen to talk with Sean Desiree, a self-taught furniture maker (and musician!) in Albany. Desiree is committed to using reclaimed materials -- primarily leftover wood pallets -- to create tables, bookcases, and other pieces.
I caught up with her recently to talk with her about her business, South End Pallet Works, and how she got started...
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: many lives, speeders, the American dream, mountain hiking, paddling, Westchester, Portland, Bacon Fest, Burmese food, a silence-inducing bite, coffee, chicken parm, letters to the editor, sound, Alaska, and ice cream-making women.
Quick follow up on a post from earlier this year: Collar City Hard Pressed, the juice stand at the Troy farmers' market, opened a storefront today in downtown Troy.
The shop is in a small section of the building at 211 Broadway (the one that includes The Grocery, and eventually, The Tavern). Owner Jessica Garrity says it will be open Tuesday-Friday from 8 am-2 pm through the summer, with possible expanded hours in the fall. And the stand at the farmers' market on Saturdays will continue.
Earlier on AOA: Collar City Hard Pressed
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: riding through the night, the Johns Brook Lodge, the Catskills, a favorite stretch of the Hudson, family vacations, photographic creativity, the Barrel House, all-you-can-eat sushi, takeout, Pastabilities, pizza, cake, and jerk squirrels.
Spoiler: She didn't win.
But being in a position to be on a show like that is an accomplishment in itself. And while it is nice to win, we're not sure if there's much to learn from the result of a show in which a guy with spiky frosted tips is yelling at you that -- surprise! -- you need to use jerky while you're racing around a fake supermarket.
Last weekend 20-year-old Nathan J. Hoffmann was in the middle of an army field hospital with wounded and bleeding soldiers near Rochester.
Everyone was healed by Monday morning.
Hoffmann is a reenactor -- one of the guys you see at historic sites and encampments, dressed in garb from the Revolutionary, Civil or French and Indian War. When he's not reliving battles of the past, he's watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, working as a guide up at Fort William Henry, or reading up on the history he reenacts.
Nathan talked with us this week about why he spends his free time dressed in period costume reenacting battles, the meaning of "FARB," the division between mainstream and more intense first-person reenacting, and the great time he had freezing with George Washington.
Niki Haynes says she's "living the analog" dream. Haynes and her husband, Steve Rein are artists who came to Troy 14 years ago, from San Francisco. And a field where many are forced to do unrelated jobs to pay the bills, Haynes and Rein are thriving as full time exhibiting artists, working in spacious studios in their downtown Troy home, operating with multiple etsy shops, turning old objects, and paper, into new art.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: an opportunity for kindness, summer paradise, train running, the Catskills, a swank party, the Troy Pig Out, favorite places, iPads, dinner in Watervliet, Mio Posto, outstanding ribs, road trip pizza, and China.
Back in February Sarah Fish mentioned to us that she was lined up to be on the Food Network Show Guy's Grocery Games. And now, via Notes on Napkins, comes word that the Troy chef will be on the episode that first airs this coming Sunday (July 27) at 8 pm. The episode is titled "Arounds in the World Three Carts."
Fish told us in February that the Food Network producers were interested in her because of her focus on cooking with fresh ingredients:
But they were asking, "What do you think is going to be your competitive edge?" I actually think that it's going to be my from-scratch cooking, because if I see something in a box or can or whatever I'm going to know what preparation has already gone into it so I can eliminate half the work by knowing what has already gone into it.
She'll be the second local chef to appear on the show -- Illium Cafe chef/owner Marla Ortega won an episode that aired this past May.
Fish is currently in process of transitioning her new restaurant, Cafe Congress, in Troy.
Something that made us smile today:
A server at The Ginger Man in Albany got a $1,000 tip this week on a $114 check.
In the grand scheme of things, the internet hasn't been around for a very long time. Yet sometimes it seems like there's already a website or app for pretty much whatever you want. So when you hit on something you can't find, well, it makes you wonder.
That's what happened to Annmarie Lanesey, the co-founder and president of Troy-based internet consulting firm GreaneTree Technology, when she started to investigate rebates. She was surprised that when she went looking in 2010 it looked like there wasn't an online solution for finding and organizing rebates. "It seemed as if we had found one of the last corners of the internet that remained untouched."
Three years later, Lanesey has launched RebateHero.com, which aims to bring the old-school rebate process into the 21st century.
You can get an idea of the history of a place from books and museums, but it takes on a different flavor when you talk about it with someone who has lived there for a long time. Older people can have a different sense of the same place because of the changes they've seen -- and you can learn some pretty interesting things from them.
Back in the early 1940s Nancy Barrett was a teenager living with her father and two older sisters in Lansingburgh. Barrett still lives in Troy today, so she's seen a lot of changes in the city -- and a lot of them she likes. "I think there are people now who are getting things done," she says.
But when you ask Nancy Barrett if there's anything she misses about the old days in Troy, the answer comes quick and sure: Friday nights.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the Boilermaker, canoe camping, rafting, botanical bingeing, berry picking, Dancing Ewe, Another Fork in the Road, a cinnamon horn, pizza, beer, a hangover, small complaints, national TV, and not hurrying.
Prompted by the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Jasmine Shea wanted to do something to protest the company's policies on covering birth control for its employees. So Shea decided to visit the Hobby Lobby store in Latham last week to pass out condoms.
Along the way there Shea, who describes her day job as "office worker/comic relief," and a friend decided to add to their protest with a prank: They were going re-arrange the decorative letters sold in the store to spell out the words "pro choice."
It was a relatively small act, but it ended getting a big response after Shea posted pics on Twitter and Instagram. Sites such as Jezebel and Feministing featured the pics, and the act ended up being covered by the Washington Post. And even now, a week later, it's continuing to generate attention.
All that from something that happened in a store Shea says was more or less empty of shoppers.
We bounced Jasmine Shea a few questions this week about why she did what she did, the response it's gotten, and how it compares to other more traditional forms of activism.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Hoffman's Playland, fireworks, all the things, snake chasing, Bear Swamp, Black Cat Cafe, a barley burger, Albany New Things, 10 changes, summer enrichment, a bell, and Ethelda Bleibtrey.
AOA's summer tour is headed to Hudson this weekend, so we thought it'd be fun to have Hudson Week on AOA. Each day we'll be featuring posts about things to do, see, and sample in this city on the river.
Carole Osterink has her eyes on Hudson. The creator of The Gossips of Rivertown -- a blog of news and commentary about the city of Hudson -- has been writing about the city for more than four years, and has observed its evolution over two decades, including some time on the Hudson City Council.
There's been a great deal of change over those 20 years, and while Hudson has only recently made it onto the radar of many people outside the city, she says the "overnight success" has actually bee a long time in the making.
Osterink took some time out this week to answer a few questions and share some of her observations about Hudson's renaissance.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: high peaks, the inky night, flower hunting, an elevated highway, chain stores, strawberries, Parivar, Fin, the barge, pie, lunch, and unpremeditated miracles.
Union College psychologists George Bizer and Erika Wells make an appearance in a New Yorker post this week looking at how Frozen ended up being so popular. A clip from the piece by Maria Konnikova:
They organized an evening of "Frozen" fun--screening and movie-themed dinner--and called it "The Psychology of Frozen." There, they listened to the students' reactions and tried to gauge why they found the film so appealing.
While responses were predictably varied, one theme seemed to resonate: everyone could identify with Elsa. She wasn't your typical princess. She wasn't your typical Disney character. Born with magical powers that she couldn't quite control, she meant well but caused harm, both on a personal scale (hurting her sister, repeatedly) and a global one (cursing her kingdom, by mistake). She was flawed--actually flawed, in a way that resulted in real mistakes and real consequences. Everyone could interpret her in a unique way and find that the arc of her story applied directly to them. For some, it was about emotional repression; for others, about gender and identity; for others still, about broader social acceptance and depression. "The character identification is the driving force," says Wells, whose own research focusses on perception and the visual appeal of film. "It's why people tend to identify with that medium always--it allows them to be put in those roles and experiment through that." She recalls the sheer diversity of the students who joined the discussion: a mixture, split evenly between genders, of representatives of the L.G.B.T. community, artists, scientists. "Here they were, all so different, and they were talking about how it represents them, not ideally but realistically," she told me.
There's also some discussion about the always complicated business of princessification.