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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: feeling deeply, melon tweaking, women-owned businesses, budgeting, Queen Beatrix's return, animal dentistry, the church that was in a factory, the floral floodgates, Good Friday at the cathedral, a cat cafe, local spirits, and the Spirit of Life.

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The Fort Orange General Store is re-opening

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The exterior of the shop's new space on Broadway.

The Fort Orange General Store is returning, with a new owner and a new location in downtown Albany.

The new owner is Schuyler Bull. And the new location is a street-level space at 412 Broadway -- the Argus Building -- across from the SUNY administration plaza. He's aiming for a soft opening in mid May.

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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 rail trail, knowing when to walk away, Sonia Sotomayor, snow trillium, running alongside, replica ships and ample bunting, old Albany newspapers, Route 50 Diner, Campagna, charmed at the tavern, ticketed dinners, pizza, and a stinky winner.

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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 new plot of land, Richard Nixon in Albany, Rensselaer Churchill, early wildflowers, spring, half a rhubarb plant, a surprise wedding in Troy, tarot cards and career and pizza, Velveeta fudge, Watervliet, brunch, the Chuckwagon, and not getting over the death of a loved one.

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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: hope and optimism, forming a new bond, parking around Lark Street, college applications, weather grumbling, the Albany Great Flood of 1913, die Heilige Kreuz Gemeinde, old downtown, Worcester, the wine and chocolate festival, winter bites, takeout, cilantro haters, Mrs. Fearnow, and punks.

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Brunch is back at The Low Beat with Celina's Kitchen

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Coconut-crusted French toast is on the Celina's Kitchen brunch menu for The Low Beat. / photo: Jamel Mosely - Mel eMedia

By Deanna Fox

Celina Ottaway took a circuitous route to the kitchen, but it's paid off. The global influences of her life in business, journalism, and personal endeavors now show up in dishes for her Celina's Kitchen menus: Asian pesto, poulet creole, japchae. Together with chef Pierre Farvil, they're pulling together vibrant, rich flavors that reflect past experiences while looking ahead.

If you want to first hand taste of what they're cooking, your best chance is to bundle up and head over to The Low Beat on Sunday for the spot's latest pop-up brunch.

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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: 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.

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Albany Distilling opening a new tasting room and retail shop in Albany

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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.

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The next life of the EBA building on Lark Street

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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.

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Snow as temporary art installation

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!)

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong 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.

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"No Es Mi Presidente"

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."

Portions of the video were shot at the Social Justice Center in Albany. And noted writer/activist/former Common Council member Barbara Smith is among the people featured.

See also this Alt profile of Asili from January.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong 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.

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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 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.

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Brew goes Pint Sized, plans second location (and a tiny bar)

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The current shop on Lark Street.

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.

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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 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.

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The EBA building on Lark Street is up for auction

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You know the building.

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.

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Talking with Miles Joris-Peyrafitte about As You Are, and the film's upcoming local premiere at The Spectrum

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A still from As You Are.

The Sundance prize-winning film that shot in this area during the fall of 2015 -- As You Are -- is set to make its local premiere at The Spectrum March 3. (Update: Here are the details.)

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.

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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 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.

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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: 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.

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Paul Grondahl is the next director of the NYS Writers Institute

paul grondahl Twitter profile picPaul 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.

Earlier: NYS Writers Institute visiting writers spring 2017

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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: 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.

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Talking with Albany artist Elizabeth Zunon about illustrating a legend, drawing on her family's history, and stoking her creativity

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Check it out: A new children's book about Lena Horne -- The Legendary Miss Lena Horne -- was illustrated by Albany artist Elizabeth Zunon.

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.

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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: 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..

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Messages from the "Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany

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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.

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The Scoop

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