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Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: an unsettling event, uncovering stories, Celtic crosses, Fritz Von Vonderblenkenstoffen, cross country skiing in the city, a snowy stroll, an icy hike, Cooperstown, photo awards, art awards, the South Troy Diner, Old Chatham, too too too, Stewart's famous, drinking cookies, a secret ingredient, and reflecting on 10 years.
The Albany Distilling Co. formally announced Friday it's opening a tasting room and retail store in a building near the foot of the Livingston Ave hill in Albany.
Here's a look at the place and what's in the plan.
When the EBA building went up for auction last month, Justin Miller was part of a group that entered a bid of almost half a million dollars for the Lark Street landmark. And they won.
Then it sunk in what they'd done. And some panic set in. They had just put up half a million dollars to buy a century-old theater building.
Feeling the need to walk, Miller headed over to McGeary's in downtown Albany.
"Tess, I've got to talk to you," he said he told Tess Collins, the pub's proprietor and local mainstay, when he arrived. He had a glass of water. They talked. He started to feel better. "She's always a steady hand."
And this week, standing in the second-floor theater space at Lark and Hudson, he was sounding excited and optimistic about what's next for the building.
Melanie sent along this photo today with a note:
Like making lemonade out of lemons, Douglas Rothschild makes art out of snow and by doing so brought surprise, delight, and smiles of appreciation from many passing by Mad Lark Laundry [on Madison Ave in Albany] today. Thank you, Douglas!
(Thank you, Melanie!)
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the great leveler of humanity, a bridge in the blizzard, the "out of your freakin' mind" look, the Blizzard of 1888, ancestors, different media, a fire tower, Sleeping Beauty, a cold half marathon, a new store, some old favorites, a disappointing meal, the Colonie Diner, hiring, and Transparent Pie.
Local musician/activist Taina Asili has a new protest song -- "No Es Mi Presidente" -- and talked about it this week with Rolling Stone. From the interview, about music and activism:
"Within my culture and my people, Puerto Ricans, we have always used music as a tool of resistance in our folkloric art. I see this music as a part of that legacy. In general, we've seen, throughout the world, representations of that, whether we're looking at resistance songs in South Africa or folk songs, hip-hop, jazz. All of these genres really come out of musical movements of resistance. What we need more now than ever is to continue that legacy. What I resonate with now more than ever is artists that are speaking truth to power and using their voices to create a platform for social change to be more visible."
See also this Alt profile of Asili from January.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: whatever winter this is, Great Adirondack Camp Santanoni, the first telephones, a distinguished visitor from France, a singing group, chicken teriyaki, Manchester, high-end restaurants, Ocean Palace, the Duanesburg Diner, the Tour de Burger, birthday restaurant thoughts, advice, and fixed costs.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the French marquis, 197 River Street, George Washington, store tokens, Smith's, Uncle John's Diner, wings, a disappointing dinner, snowy walks, the debt snowball, and doing our best regardless.
Changes are coming to Brew, the popular beer/coffee shop on Lark Street.
Owner August Rosa says he's changing the name to Pint Sized. And he's opening a second location in Saratoga Springs -- what he believes could be the Capital Region's tiniest bar.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the Tour de Wing, mac-n-cheese, Sunhee's, barbecued frankfurters, Valentine's Day, Susan B. Anthony in jail, growing Troy, consumption, snowshoeing, winter weekends, the photo regional, the new dog, and doing your job.
For sale: Century-old Lark Street theater. Only two owners.
The building at the corner of Lark and Hudson that houses the dance company EBA, a staple of the neighborhood since 1977, is up for auction.
Talking with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte about As You Are, and the film's upcoming local premiere at The Spectrum
The film was directed by Albany native Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. And it was and co-written by Joris-Peyrafitte and Madison Harrison, both alums of the Albany Free School. It stars Owen Campbell (from The Americans), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), and veteran actors Scott Cohen, John Scurti, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
The film got positive reviews after its debut at Sundance last year, where it won a special jury prize.
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte will be at one of the March 3 screenings at The Spectrum for a Q&A. And this week got a chance to talk with him about growing up in Albany, learning to make movies as part of the YouthFX program, and what it's going to be like to have the film shown in his hometown.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the Blake family, Knox & Mead, purchasing your own supply of chocolate, the pearly gates, helping kids become community members, snow stress, mineral springs, snowy photos, The Tollgate, pizza, the restaurant industry, Buffalo wings, and childhood.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: giving birth, Planned Parenthood, Albany activists of the past, the old Maiden Lane Bridge, James Fenimore Cooper, Berkshire Botanical Garden, a frozen pocket swamp, Saratoga Chowderfest, Ala Shanghai, Jacob and Anthony's, meatloaf, stories, and adopting a dog.
Paul Grondahl is set to become the director of the New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany, the org announced Friday.
His last day at the Times Union is February 17 -- though he tells Amy Biancolli (in the TU) he'll continue to contribute columns as time allows. He's worked at the paper for more than three decades and for much of that time has been one of this area's premiere journalists. It's the end of an era. A lot of people are going to miss regularly reading his work.
From a NYS Writers Institute press release:
William Kennedy, Founder and Executive Director of the Writers Institute said "Paul is a great choice for director of the Writers Institute for a lot of reasons. Above all, he's a serious writer. He's very savvy about literature and writers, and as a journalist, he's nonpareil - maybe the best we've had in this town in 30 years or more. He's written two well-received biographies of major political figures on our local stage - Teddy Roosevelt, and Erastus Corning, the singular mayor of Albany for 42 years. Paul also got his masters in English at UAlbany and he's covered many of the major writers who have visited the Institute."
It's hard to imagine finding someone better for the job.
The only downside is that Paul Grondahl can't write a profile of Paul Grondahl as leaves the TU.
photo via Paul Grondahl Twitter
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Jesus slumped over his iPhone, more from the Women's March, immigrant roots, dystopian themes, feeling relevant, fear of coyotes, winter beauty, soup strolling, Chowderfest, tacos, beer, restaurant books, and dogs.
Talking with Albany artist Elizabeth Zunon about illustrating a legend, drawing on her family's history, and stoking her creativity
She's illustrated a handful of children's books. And like her other work, the images in The Legendary Miss Lena Horne are beautiful -- warm and textured, incorporating illustration and collage.
We bounced a few questions to Zunon this week about working on the book, an upcoming project based on her family's history, and local spots where she stokes her creativity.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: marching in DC, marching in NYC, marching in Albany, deciding to do better, skipping the pills, turning to stone, the Paradise Show Boat, an unfortunate end, Iron Roost, drinking, and thin ice..
Thousands of people marched in Albany Saturday as part of the "Inaugurate Resistance" event, one of many similar marches around the country coinciding with the Women's March in DC.
We wandered through the crowd to ask a bunch of marchers why they were participating -- and what message they hoped to send by being there.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: working to build the ESP, Albany's first dollar store, the Albany Basin, MLK, the Women's March, politics and consumer choices, winter walks, save-the-date cards, Donna's, Lo Porto's, Brava, and proud pizza.
Sometimes the push to finally do that thing you've always talked about arrives in the form of disaster.
Almost two years ago there was a fire in the building that houses the Downtube, the well-known bike shop across from Washington Park in Albany. It took a year of reconstruction and renovation before the shop's showroom reopened last March.
At the time of the fire, Emma Fullem -- whose parents, Robert Fullem and Marilyn Kaplan, own the Downtube -- was living in the San Francisco area, working for an organization that helps people learn how to be food entrepreneurs. And as renovation work on the building started up, she got a call from her dad: Come home and let's open a coffee shop.
So she did. And they did.
This weekend 3Fish Coffee -- located in a former garage space alongside the Downtube -- has its soft opening. It'll be operating weekends this month and next before opening full time in March.
We stopped in recently to get a look at the new coffee spot and talk with Emma Fullem about the family story behind the shop, being a part of the neighborhood, and the search for good English muffins.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: 197 River Street, the Albany riverfront, the choicest spirits of our city, mother's Bach, the Huyck Preserve, cabins in the woods, birds, Brooks Brothers, Donna's, Fish at 30 Lake, Parivar, Field Goods, being open minded, and the last eight years.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the ass of time, favorite bites, lamented closures, sensational sushi, a new bakery, fried foods, wedge salads, empanadas, Albany strawberries, a family history quest, Dutch new year celebrations, Frontier Town, Balanced Rocks, mist-covered mountains, being busy, and a candidate with much support.
With 2016 winding down, we're talking with a bunch of people about the past year.
Today we checked in with a few Capital Region people to find out what kinds of interesting things they made this year.