The last week's worth of items on AOA
Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:
+ Hey, look, it's a new in-between places place: Waterford.
+ M. asked about getting design help on a kitchen remodel.
+ Deanna said you try indulging your savory side at Sweet Sue's.
+ The plan for the big mixed-use development at One Monument Square in Troy has evolved with some significant changes.
+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: Hoffman's Playland, red light cameras, birthing lessons, having nice things, Roosevelts in Albany, the Long House Revival, wine prices, Troy on Tap, sandwiches, fried oysters, Shwe Mandalay, Thacher Park, Moreau Lake, and head cases.
+ There were pop-up shops in downtown Albany.
+ We gave away tickets to OktoBIRDfest by asking: What's something in the Capital Region that's for the birds?
+ Some new Census data gave us some sense about how New York State -- and the Capital Region -- compare to other areas on income inequality.
+ And Sandra asked from some advice on dealing with lead paint abatement in her house.
Here's the whole week all lined up.
Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!
We took a few minutes Friday afternoon to check out some of the displays for Park(ing) Day in Albany (as mentioned), an event that temporarily repurposes parking spaces to help prompt discussion about how urban space is used.
The scene above is from Pearl Street -- it's a dog park set up outside the Downtown Albany BID offices. Some of the spaces around the city included a camp site, a play area, a pondside hangout with Adirondack chairs.
If anything, the displays put some attention on the amount of space that parking takes up along streets. Next year it'd be interesting to see if the event could take over a long strip of spaces for some sort use -- or, in a different sort of event/project, maybe even the city could experiment with temporarily making a few streets pedestrian zones. NYC experimented with this on Broadway in Manhattan a few years back (obviously a different scale and density compared to Albany) and it prompted some permanent changes.
The League of Extraordinary Red Heads will once again stage its Night of the Walking Red October 1 at Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy.
Organizer Duncan Crary has also managed to get the city's mayor to issue a proclamation for the day. A clip:
Now, therefore, I, Lou Rosamilia, Mayor of the City of Troy, do hereby proclaim that, on Oct. 1, 2014, our fair city shall also be known on this day as GINGER CITY, USA, a Shangri-La or Brigadoon for red heads around the world to visit and "kick back in," not be kicked.
The night will also include a "Toast of the Coppertops" with Brown's Wholly Moses Pumpkin Ale. It starts at 5:30 pm -- admission is free. And it's our understanding that non-redheads are welcome. Probably.
As you know, Duncan worked with on the Rail, River, Hudson tour this year.
We just bought a house, and discovered that there is very badly chipping lead paint on a couple of radiators in our house. Could some of your readers recommend a good lead abatement specialist to come and paint this for us? We had also considered sandblasting and powder coating them, but that is looking like a lot to organize: A plumber to uninstall and reinstall, someone to move very heavy objects, the sandblaster, plus it is getting cold and we don't want to be without heat for the next month. It just got overwhelming. We have a nine-month-old baby in the house so we want to make sure that it is done well. The house is almost all wallpaper and finished wood, so lead isn't a huge concern in the house otherwise. Thanks!
There are a lot of old houses in this area, so there are certainly people who have also encountered this issue.
Got a suggestion for Sandra? Please share!
The last weekend of summer has officially arrived, though, let's be honest, we're already in cider donut and sweater mode. This weekend, as we straddle the fence between summer and fall, there is stuff to do from both seasons, from drive-in movies and outdoor music to farmers' markets and harvest festivals.
After the jump, you'll find our list. Got something planned that you don't see here? Drop it in the comment section and share with the rest of us.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.
Saratoga County DA resigns, big tax breaks for Park South redev, investigation into death of man found behind State Museum
Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy resigned from office Thursday (press conference video), after 17 years in the position -- and 27 years working in the DA's office). He's running unopposed for a Saratoga County judgeship this fall, and his resignation allows his first assistant, Karen Heggen, to takeover the office as interim DA. Murphy, a Republican, framed the decision as a choice to support continuity of staffing in the DA's office. If Murphy had stayed in office past this week, Andrew Cuomo (a Democrat, of course) would have been allowed to appoint an interim replacement until a special election in 2015. It also prompts an election this fall and Heggen has been endorsed by the county Republican committee. Another Republican, David Harper, is also considering a run for the office. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU] [Saratogian] [Saratoga County DA] [WNYT] [Saratogian]
The Albany IDA approved $32.5 million in tax breaks for the Park South redevelopment project, one of the largest such package of tax breaks on record for the area. Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan said the scale of the project -- $110 million and 268 new residential units -- make the breaks worth the risk. [TU] [Biz Review x2] Earlier: Park South redevelopment plan gets final OK
The Troy City Council finance committee unanimously supported the plan to sell the One Monument Square site developers or $650k for the currently proposed $25 million plan for two mixed-use buildings on the site. (It still requires a final vote of the full council.) [TU] Earlier: The latest One Monument Square plan evolves
Income inequality has been a much-discussed topic over the last few years, so some new numbers about income -- and income inequality -- out this week from the Census Bureau caught our eye.
As part of the income data from the 2013 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau released Gini coefficients for various places -- these numbers are the result of calculation intended to give a sense of how income is distributed within a group of people, usually a nation. It's a very common of income inequality when comparing countries.
So we were curious to see how New York -- and the Capital Region -- compared to the rest of the nation...
Revealed in Kirsten Gillibrand's new memoir: KG and Tami Taylor were roommates for a brief time during college. (What? That's not Tami Taylor? She was played by an actor named Connie Britton? Oh... ) [WP via NY Mag]
Film Columbia -- the annual autumn film festival in Chatham -- returns October 22-26. As in years past, the festival slate includes a bunch of films that are already getting attention because of screenings at other festivals and/or they're eagerly awaited because of stars or directors involved.
A few of this year's selections that caught our eye are after the the jump.
Tickets for the festival go on sale October 4 online, and October 3 in person . Individual screenings are $12 (day) and $16 (evening). An all-festival pass (screenings + events) is $250 / an all-screenings pass is $225.
Many of the screenings sell out, so if you'd like to attend, it's probably better to buy earlier rather than later.
The Audubon Society of the Capital Region has its first OktoBIRDfest (get it?) September 27 at Quackenbush Square in Albany. The fundraising event includes samples from a group of regional breweries/wineries/distilleries, food, and birds. (Really, there will be birds there.)
We have a pair of tickets for the event and we're giving them away. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:
What's something in the Capital Region that's for the birds?
You can interpret that literally or figuratively. (Just remember that normal commenting guidelines apply.)
OktoBIRDfest is from noon to 5 pm on September 27 at Quackenbush Square (Albany Pump Station & Albany Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center). Tickets are $30 ahead / $35 at the door. It's a 21 and over event. And, yep, Wolff's Oktoberfest is the same day. So you can stop by OktoBIRDfest and then head up Broadway to Oktoberfest.
The lineup for the outdoor tasting courtyard: Druthers Brewing, C.H. Evans Brewing, Steadfast Beer Co., The Beer Diviner, BrookView Station Winery, Cascade Winery, and Albany Distilling Co.
Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Friday, September 19, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Friday and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, September 22.
Amsterdam supports Schenectady casino, former SPAC president Chesbrough has died, 677 Broadway sells for $33 mil, Luuuke--I am the giant floating head of your father
Casino opponents and supporters are gearing up for next week's public comment hearings. [TU]
The Amsterdam city council has voted to throw its support behind the plan for a Schenectady casino.[WNYT]
The 38-year-old Schenectady man facing rape and murder charges in the case prosecutors says involved the serial rape of a teen and murdered baby waived his right to a jury trial on Wednesday in favor of a bench trial. [TU]
Nearly 60 people turned out on Wednesday for Take Back Troy's first public meeting in response to the recent spate of violent crime in Lansingburgh. [Record]
Former SPAC president Herb Chesbrough has died at age 67 -- he was a key figure in building the arts venue into what is today. [TU]
We took a few minutes Wednesday afternoon to stop by the pop-up shops that are at Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany this week.
Pop-Place includes six shops set up in/around the park. It's been arranged by Capitalize Albany's Impact Downtown Albany project as way of experimenting with retail in the neighborhood. (Spurring new retail development is one of the aims of the "tactical plan" the org is developing.)
The pop-up shops will be in place through September 23 (here's the schedule). This Thursday, September 18 there's an "Experience: Pop-Place" event with food tasting and music from 5-8 pm.
A few more pics are after the jump.
From a Guardian mini profile earlier this year:
Lucius are an intriguing proposition, to be sure. They're fronted by identikit women in matching outfits who sing in unison but aren't twins, and backed by a trio of moustachioed males. Their music is exuberant, relentlessly melodic, epic country-pop, and they're fashion-mag stylish (all their own work) with a dash of wacky. They're surfing a tidal wave of Haim-like press in the States, but they might be a slower-build affair over here, more reminiscent perhaps of the way Arcade Fire crept up on people as Funeral slowly but surely sunk in. In fact, they're mooted to be touring with Arcade Fire and they describe themselves as "energetic, indie pop, rock... the B52s meets Arcade Fire" although we'd say they're more Arcade Haim with maybe some of B52s' zany modishness as regards their image.
The opener for the show at The Hollow is Bahamas (which is one guy from Canada).
photo: Peter Larson
You're probably familiar with a lot of the names and places on this list of farmers' markets/CSA/PYOs/other local food producers compiled by CDPHP, but it's a nice all-in-one-place overview. (And probably helpful if you're new to the area.)
A quick reminder that Yaddo that will open for tours this Sunday, September 21 (as mentioned). Two of the four time slots are already sold out -- the remaining tours are at 8:30 am and 4 pm (and they will also probably sell out). Tickets are $50 each.
This will be just the sixth time that Yaddo, an artist retreat in Saratoga Springs, will be open for tours of this type. We took the tour in 2011 and it's really interesting. You get to see the dining rooms, a studio, the elegant staircase down which John Cheever is rumored to have ridden an antique sled, and the artists' studios. Even the pencil sharpener under the stairs made us wonder what was written with the No. 2s sharpened there.
The rose garden and rock garden at Yaddo are open to the public anytime between dawn and dusk.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Hoffman's Playland, red light cameras, birthing lessons, having nice things, Roosevelts in Albany, the Long House Revival, wine prices, Troy on Tap, sandwiches, fried oysters, Shwe Mandalay, Thacher Park, Moreau Lake, and head cases.
The proposed One Monument Square development in downtown Troy is one of the area's most interesting projects -- and it's evolving.
The latest version of the plan (itself the third major proposal for the site) sticks to the original concept -- a bunch of residential units, mixed-use space including a permanent spot for the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market, a plaza with access to the riverfront -- but it shifts the arrangement of the two buildings planned for site.
The new massing diagaram for the project is above (and after the jump in large format) -- it was shared by the developers at a meeting of the Troy City Council's planning committee Tuesday evening. Where the original version of this plan had the two buildings roughly splitting the site down the middle, the new plan includes one wide building and one much narrower building.
Here's more about the current version of plan, and a few other bits...
Pioneering former APD chief dies, dashboard cam shows teen tasered after surrender, Astorino's kid to Cuomo: stop cutting up our family photos, Schenectady laser cat yearbook picture settled
Former Albany police detective John Dale, a Korean War veteran and the city's first and only black police chief in Albany history, has died at the age of 80. [TU][WNYT]
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says he wants Sgt. Vincent Igoe fired after video was released showing Igoe tasering a teen who had surrendered and was on his knees following a high speed chase in August. Igoe's attorney says the video vindicates his client. [TWCN][WNYT] [TU]
The newest plan for the mixed use project at the former site of City Hall at Monument Square in Troy is estimated at $25 million and includes more than 80 apartment units, restaurant space and a permanent home for the Troy farmers' market. [TU][Record]
It was interesting to trace the old roads, and spot the names of hamlets that have since faded away. But, really, we just liked the way the map looked. Here's a larger, uncropped version.
You know how we've come to feel about these place rankings, but for what it's worth: A new list has the Albany metro area ranked as the 20th "most educated" metro in the country, thanks largely to relatively high numbers of people people with college and graduate degrees. [Wallet Hub]
If you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, neither should you judge a restaurant by the sign in the window.
Sweet Sue's on River Street in Troy has mastered all things sweet and sugary, but savory hasn't been forgotten. From weekend brunch to mostly-from-scratch lunch sandwiches, this "treatery" ignites all five tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, umami), and bridges the sweet-savory divide in ways missing from many other eateries.
At Sweet Sue's for lunch you can have your cake (and eat it, too) -- and not neglect your more substantial savory cravings.
We are thinking about doing a kitchen renovation. Got the contractor, got a "look" picked out, but kind of clueless about the actual design process. Has anyone had a good experience with a designer, either through one of those kitchen renovation one stop shops, or an independent person?
We're always a little amazed by how talented designers can look at a situation and see solutions/angles/ideas non-designers might miss. And, sure, hiring one will probably be more expensive. But when you think about how much a kitchen gets used -- and how frustrating a design flaw can be over the years -- it can be worth the extra money.
So, got a suggestion for M.? Please share!
It lives: The Albany I Spy scavenger hunt from Albany Archives and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning for a second year, and this time around it's focused on the Center Square neighborhood. How it works:
Step 1: Download the form here on September 20
This is your Master Albany I Spy Clue Sheet. Sounds important, right? It is! Be sure to write your name and contact information where indicated because this is how we will contact the winners.
Step 2: Set your course
You'll use the clues on this form to identify the mystery landmarks. Then, set your course each day - or wait for one spectacular day - to head to Center Square to spy and write the name of the landmark on your Master Clue Sheet.
Step 3: Get extra clues
Stumped? Don't worry, we're here to help! Each day, we'll be posting a special extra clue on our social media sites: Albany Archives, Discover Albany, and All Over Albany, or search using the hashtag: #albanyispy.
The deadline to submit your answers is October 4 (see the details at that link). That same day there will be get-together at the Center Square Pub at whic the winners will be announced and prizes (many of which are gift certificates to downtown Albany businesses) will be handed out.
Last year's contest drew a good crowd and people seemed to have a lot of fun at the meetup.
Yep, AOA is a media sponsor of the hunt.
Home health aide pleads guilty to murder of man she'd been hired to care for, focus on pedestrian safety on Central Ave, restored Proctors marquee unveiled
Sara Moore -- the home health care aide accused of killing the man she'd been hired to care for at home off New Scotland Ave in Albany this past February -- pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Moore had been charged first-degree murder and facing possible life in prison without parole. She's now up for 25 years to life. [Albany County DA] [TU]
The state Department of Transportation announced a range of safety measures aimed at making Central Ave/Route 5 safer for pedestrians from the Albany city line to the Schenectady city line. The DOT is also pushing a campaign to raise awareness among both drivers and pedestrians. Eight pedestrians died on the stretch between 2009 and 2013. [NYSDOT] [Daily Gazette] [TU]
Question before the Cuomo admin's Wage Board: Should the minimum wage for tipped employees be raised from $5 to $8 per hour? [TU]
The mother of the Rensselaer man arrested last week for jumping the fence at the White House says her son has been suffering from mental illness. She says her son had apparently been turned away for mental health treatment at an out-of-state hospital because of a coverage problem and he had gone to the White House thinking he could take up the issue the president. [TU] [Troy Record]
The map above is via Quartz. And it's based on the work of a linguistic researcher who sifted through millions of Twitter posts looking for geographic patterns indicating where people are more likely to use "um" or "uh." Blockquotage:
The regional breakdown is clear, and it doesn't look much like other maps that try to show where some phenomenon or another is happening in the United States. Grieve said the use of "um" looks to follow the elusive "Midland dialect," which linguists have suspected follows the Ohio River southwest from central Pennsylvania. That accounts for most of the blue that sweeps from West Virginia all the way to Arizona. Grieve said the "uh" and "um" analysis is the first time his research has shown clear evidence of the Midland dialect.
The Quartz article is interesting and includes some important details about how the map was created.
We were just struck by the distribution of "uh" -- the Northeast and upper Midwest.. OK, maybe not hard to believe. But the South as well? Surprising.
(Also, probably coincidental more than anything: The strong "uh" tendency starts to fade out in New York State about the same place as the pop/soda line.)
Earlier: An Albany dialect?
Farther afield: The power company for Burlington, Vermont -- a city of 42,000 residents -- says it now gets 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources. Here are some of the caveats and context. [AP/Washington Post via @stellapds]
The Capital Region is full of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets. And some of these places -- like Albany or Saratoga Springs or Troy or Schenectady -- get lots of attention. This series isn't about those places. It's about those other spots -- the "in-between" places.
The small village of Waterford is all about location, location, location -- along the water. Its spot at the convergence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers has been a key part of history, and continues to play a prominent role in the village today..
The company that created the "Arctic Apple," the genetically-modified apple variety that's said to resist browning, has been field testing the variety on trees in an undisclosed New York State location -- which the New York Apple Association and some local growers are uneasy about. [Modern Farmer] [Hearst/TU]
The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
Among the videos they'll be screening: a 1997 instructional video called "How to Have Cybersex on the Internet."
The Proctors show starts at 8 pm Wednesday. Tickets are $9 / $6 for students.
photo: Eric Llung
Hoffman's Playland closes for final time, report concludes state's "restacking" saved money, over the White House fence with Pikachu
Hoffman's Playland closed for the season for the final time Sunday after more than six decades -- a few hours later than usual. The owners say it looks like they have buyers lined up for the park's rides who intend to keep the equipment in the area. [TU] [Biz Review] [News10] [WNYT]
A Times Union investigation looks at what motivated a shake up of the State Police's governor's protective unit ahead of the start of the Cuomo administration: Was it housecleaning following scandal, or race based? [TU]
The state Department of Health reports there have been more than a dozen confirmed cases of enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory infection that can seriously affect children. Ten of the children have been treated at Albany Med. DOH says people should take the same prevention steps around children and people with compromised immune systems as they would during influenza season. [NYS DOH] [TU]
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (a little too cool), to a restaurant week, to so many authors, to found footage, to spelling, to figure drawing, to LarkFest...
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Stuff to do
Live Nation presents Lewis Black with his stand-up show The Rant is Due, Thursday, October 16 at The Palace Theater.
A Couple of Blaguards
Proctors presents A Couple of Blaguards, written by Frank and Malachy McCourt, Septemeber 26-28 and October 3-5.
Other Desert Cities
Capital Rep's production of Other Desert Cities opens September 30
Take a cruise
Dutch Apple Cruise Lines, sponsors of the All Over Albany Rail, River, Hudson trip. Dutch Apple offers sight seeing and charter tours as well as trolley tours of the Capital Region throughout the summer and fall.
The Mop & Bucket Improv Company has started a new season of improvisational comedy at Proctors Underground. Every show is created by audience suggestion, so ever show is totally different. MopCo is also offering classes in improv, creativity and
+ The Arts Center of the Capital Region offers a wide range of classes, from dance to wood working to digital illustration. You can register for classes today.
Food and Drink
New World Bistro Bar, named #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll and also listed as one of 'the 13 Best New York Restaurants, not in NYC' according to Thrillist.com.
The Cheese Traveler has launched Cheese School. Upcoming classes include: Cheese 101, Cheese 102, Charcuterie, and Artisanal Foods from Spain. Information and tickets can be found here. Sign up for the Cheese Traveler Newsletter to be notified of weekly specials and events here .
Broadway Plaza Liquor is now open at 418 Broadway, next to Coulson's News.
+ Mingle on Delaware Ave in Albany. Be on the lookout for Fin the Fishmonger's "Fin"-tastic specials, including fresh haddock fish tacos & pan-seared whole trout. Their chef will be using local products to create new specials daily to keep the menu fresh. Try the Kimchi fries.
Food and beer
+Brown's Brewing-- a sponsor of the AOA BAd Boys, Broads and Bootleggers tour. Relax with a cask beer at the new Malt Room.
Historic home help
Historic Albany's architectural parts warehouse -- the Capital Region's only not-for-profit architectural parts warehouse.
April 15 has come and gone, but Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C. can still help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest.
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.
Stuff to learn
The College of Saint Rose, proud sponsor of the All Over Albany Tournament of Pizza. the College of Saint Rose offers 52 Graduate Programs with a purpose. Programs include: MFA in Creative writing, MBA, Computer Information Systems and more.
The Albany Public Libraries. Their mobile app helps you find library locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. You can even check ISBN bar codes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you need.
Stuff to Try
Local gift ideas
+Urban Maker -- art, clothing, sculpture, jewelry and photography, made here in the Capital Region. Urban maker is currently seeking artists and crafters to sell their wares in this online local marketplace.
Places to live
+The Lofts at Harmony Mills, Manhattan style loft living in the Capital Region.
+Choose Cohoes -- Tourism, dining, entertainment and shopping in the Spindle City.
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