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Maybe judging a book by its cover isn't so bad...

american girls novel cover design by Phil PascuzzoCheck it out: A cover by local designer Phil Pascuzzo -- for American Girls by Alison Umminger -- made Paste's list of the 30 best book covers of 2016.

American Girls is YA novel released this past summer. Blurbage:

Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.
As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls--and although the violence in her own life isn't the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

Phil Pascuzzo has designed a bunch of book covers -- you've almost certainly seen at least a few of them, even if you didn't recognize them as a PepCo work at the time (his website includes a gallery). He sometimes posts new ones on his Instagram feed.

He's also done a ton of local design work -- band art, event posters, identity for orgs... including a bunch of the special AOA banners, such as the current holiday banner above.

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Earlier on AOA: The book on Phil Pascuzzo

Plumb Oyster Bar

Plumb Oyster Bar Troy owner Heidi Knoblauch

Heidi Knoblauch

By Lauren Hittinger Hodgson

If you want fresh oysters daily, you'll soon have a new spot.

Heidi Knoblauch, an Emma Willard grad, recently returned to Troy after years in academia to open Plumb Oyster Bar. She's another young person investing in Troy, and she aims to create something a little bit different for this area -- while building a gathering space to serve both oyster lovers and the seafood-phobic alike.

We chatted about oysters, the motivations to leave academia, and why Troy is the right spot for Plumb.

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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: turkey tails, Thanksgiving solo, turkey trotting, fall bites, disputed names, pizza, middle of the road, Albany's first newspaper, Charles Steinmetz, ironwork, dollars, and the wrong pants.

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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: differences in place, Yard Mountain, pink puddingstone, the sun-warmed sandy shore, your own pursuits, the holiday season through a child's eyes, a new charge, a long walk, Chester's Smokehouse, apologies, Dharani South Indian Restaurant, mole, and foolproof turkey.

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How people spend Thanksgiving around the Capital Region

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By Deanna Fox

I've been spending Thanksgiving the same way for nearly a decade: My parents drive to my house from Central New York, my mother brings chocolate pie, Finger Lakes Riesling and Martinelli's sparkling cider, dinner rolls, and squash, and I cook and bake everything else. My dad puts the snowblower on my tractor while the turkey cooks, and my kids, parents and I sit down in the afternoon to enjoy the meal together. Sometimes more friends and family are there, but usually it's the five of us.

Curious as to what Thanksgiving looks like in other parts of the Capital Region, I thought I'd ask around.

Here's how other locals celebrate the holiday...

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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 absent future, a challenge to what you know, being yourself, solace in nature, preserving open space, Secret Caverns, the old bell, the Patroons, Oh Corn!, feeling the heat, Thai food, deep-fried turkey, Empire Crate, no soup for you, a pizza oven, and congrats.

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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 messiness of democracy, the process, contradicting reality, decency, Election Cake, the menu, gangsters, bike lanes, the Fenimore Art Museum, Peebles Island, working in a school kitchen, mall restaurants, hot and sour soup, pastrami, brunch, and the things you choose to keep.

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Troy Stories

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A new project that you might find interesting: Troy Stories, which is taking the Humans of New York approach to the city of Troy.

The person behind it is Jesse Gardner. From the about page:

Troy is such an interesting place right now, full of all different kinds of people. There's a lot of change happening: a lot of good and a lot of bad, depending on who talk to. And I think that listening to and sharing stories at this critical moment in the history of this 200-year-old city can help build empathy.
For some, that means taking time to consider how differently people see the world, how different the circumstances they face. For others, these stories mean finding comfort in discovering that you're not the only person who thinks like you do. There's such strength in learning someone out there shares your fears or joys.
Consider Troy Stories an empathy-building endeavor.

The stories are also being distributed via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

There are three stories to start, and it says there will be new stories each week.

Midday music break: Cannon the Brave

Something to listen to on this dreary Thursday: "Sometimes" by Cannon the Brave.

Cannon the Brave are, in their own words, "Twin sisters promoting love through harmonic acoustic pop in Albany, NY." They have a new EP set to be released November 25 on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Bandcamp.

Why Stacks Espresso picked downtown Albany for its next location

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Stacks co-owners Ron Grieco and Tyler Wrightson.

Earlier this year Stacks Espresso Bar co-owner Tyler Wrightson was in downtown Albany looking at office space when someone mentioned the retail storefronts on the street level of the Arcade Building on Broadway, the upper floors of which had recently been converted to apartments.

"It was completely busted," he said of a space in the building's northeast corner, which had been vacant for many years.

But the windows. Really big windows. Windows that provide a view in two directions out, and allow light to stream in. So he brought the crew of Stacks down from Lark Street to see it. The conclusion: "It would be killer to do something cool here."

This Monday, November 7, Stacks Espresso will open in that Arcade Building space. And the plan is to be open from 7 am to 7 pm -- seven days a week -- to serve both the daytime tide of downtown workers and the neighborhood's growing residential population.

Here's a quick peek at the space, along with a few bits from a chat with Wrightson and co-owner Ron Grieco about why they picked downtown Albany for their second location, and why they picked it now.

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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: Halloween in the past, the People's Line, a life centuries ago, Election Cake, costumes, nature's nastier side, the Hairy Gorilla, a spot on Central, gift cards, fall favorites, Il Faro, Cobb salad, Caesar salad, the first draft, and self reliance.

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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: Cohoes Music Hall, a "sick and sad state of affairs," getting a passport, Lion's Head, Green and Schoharie counties, Saratoga Battlefield, where Aaron Burr stayed, the story of an RPI founder, testing what people have been saying, Spicy Mint, subs, a bus stop conversation.

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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 a 46er, summer in October, a message for men, the rigged election, being a restaurant owner, 43 weeks of pregnancy, a hand up, the surrender of Gentleman Johnny, a tumultuous time in Troy, mineral springs, happy birthday, the Tour de Donut, Warehouse Grill and BBQ, Chops and Hops, Sunhee's, diet bread, the pizza oven project, and one moon in another..

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Creative Every Day book launch

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Earlier this year we mentioned Creative Every Day, a series of illustrated mini-biographies of local people created by artist Ira Marcks as a project aimed at inspiring kids to explore careers in the creative economy.

Well, the book of those tiny stories is now finished and it's great -- interesting, beautiful, and fun! You can check out a pdf of the book online at the first link above. We've also clipped a few pages after the jump in case you'd like to take a quick look. (But, really, go check out the whole thing.)

The book's creation was sponsored by the Work Force Development Institute. And Marcks says the institute and Proctors will be distributing the book for free to schools around the region as part of program to help kids learn about how artistic skills can be applied to a wide range of jobs.

There's a party to celebrate the release of Creative Every Day Thursday, October 27 at Troy Kitchen from 6-9 pm. There will be music from Jecco Trio, Sudharsana Srinivasan, Taina Asili, and Jamel Mosely. And everyone who attends will get a free copy of the book.

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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: a pretty lake with cranberries, the Boreas Ponds, Cliff Mountain, Mohawk River State Park, three counties, being more aware, changing communication, the Tour de Donut, Indian Ladder, Westfall Station Cafe, Cilantromex, the well-known resident of Catherine Street, and another bit about the Schuyler Mansion.

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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: a pocketful of dates, Breathing Lights, Frederic Remington, legitimate merchandise, an old marker, the Schuyler Mansion, paddling on the Hudson, Salem, the Trask Art Show, Troy Kitchen, Downtown Bistro, the Brick House, the Olde English, and happy places.

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Mid-afternoon music break: Girl Blue

Something to listen to this afternoon (or whenever you're seeing this): "Fire Under Water" by Girl Blue. There's a video embedded above. You might recognize the location.

Girl Blue is singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Arielle O'Keefe. She has an EP release show at The Hollow this Wednesday, October 5. Show starts at 8 pm. It's $10. Intell Hayesfield and One Red Martian open.

Test Drive Surprise

Check out the comedy short embedded above from Funny or Die. You might recognize a few people in it...

Yep, that's local comedian Greg Aidala, the Kate Welshofer, and Justin Alvis. The short was directed by Bobby Chase.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: how much is enough, a crash, Maiden Lane, Amelia Earhart, pretty things, a battle monument, the third trimester, being hands off, the Schenectady Greenmarket, bao art, Thai food, an unusual etiquette question, pizza touring, and ribbons.

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The 2016 AOA Startup Grant winner

AOA Startup Grant 2016 finalists group

From left to right: Josh an Jamie Wallbank of Collar City Candle, Melissa Parade of Tivoli Park Peace Farm, Sarah and Aaron Marquise of Marquise Productions.

This year's field for the $2,500 AOA Startup Grant was very strong. There were a bunch of interesting, compelling projects.

But through crowd voting -- and an AOA editors' pick -- we narrowed the list of finalists to three.

And now we find out who's won the prize. Without further ado...

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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: Henry Hudson, fur, Albany aviation, the hall of fame, splendor, Lake George, the Saratoga Palio, Szechuan food and karaoke, garlic knots, nachos, shiso, and a goodbye to summer.

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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 other shoe, the Great Migration, stopping for gas, the Marquis de Lafayette, Star Trek, high peaks, mountain biking, the upper Hudson, gutters, a food fest, a new restaurant in Chatham, burgers, a backyard project, and storms.

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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: tracing two lives, flying from Albany to NYC, Basin and Saddleback, iris eradication, the Jell-O Museum, dodging a scam, wedding gifts, dogs on restaurant patios, noodles, pasta, dinner in Lenox, and poaching.


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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: setbacks, the need to be heard, PR, maps, a blue ribbon, Lake Placid, All Things Oz, a relay, a beautiful mushroom, Travers, restaurant tipping, back to the kitchen, a culinary competition, Minissale's, and a goodbye.

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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: bike lanes, summers past, a photo with a photo, morning at The Track, telephones, steampunk, genealogy, flora, topiary, careers, summer food, fish fry, Hamlet & Ghost, Villa Balsamo, diners, grilling, subs, pretend cattle ranching, and the rest of the story.

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The Scoop

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