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Bob Dylan plays The Palace this weekend

Welcome to that transitional weekend when we go from falling leaves to holiday lights. This is also the last weekend before the holiday craziness sets in for many people, so find a way to enjoy it.

After the jump, our list of things we thought might make you happy. Doing something that didn't make our list? Tell us about it in the comment section.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Jury deliberating in the murder of Noel Alkaramla, Gillibrand says Bill Clinton should have resigned, Bow Tie suing Troy over 1MSq

Trial in the death of Noel Alkaramla
The jury in now deliberating in the the trial of Johnny Oquendo -- accused of killing Noel Alkaramla in Troy, stuffing her body into a suitcase, and dumping it in the Hudson River. During closing arguments, the prosecution admitted its case was circumstantial, but pointed to testimony from neighbors about hearing a thud and seeing a suitcase at the bottom of the steps, video showing a shadowy figure heading to the river, and the testimony of Oquendo's former girlfriend that the suitcase belonged to him. The defense attacked the credibility of the former girlfriend, arguing her history of mental illness, work as a psychic medium, and possible axe to grind cast serious doubt on her testimony. [News10] [Troy Record] [TU] [Spectrum]

Republican tax plan
+ Five Republican members of New York's House delegation voted against the Republican tax plan that passed Thursday, including Elise Stefanik and John Faso. (Their objection was the removal of the deduction for state and local taxes.) [TU]
+ Andrew Cuomo said the four New York Republicans who voted for the plan are "treasonous" and tried to argued that John Faso's "no" vote wasn't enough -- that he should have resigned in protest. The state's Republican delegation pushed back on Cuomo's claims that he had been contact with them and that they told him their leadership were pushing them to vote "yes." [Politico x2]

Albany and sanctuary cities
Following the feds' warning this week that Albany's "sanctuary city" policies could endanger its federal funding, Kathy Sheehan appeared on Fox News Thursday night to spar with Tucker Carlson over the issue. [Fox News]

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Today's moment of architecture

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Architecture moods around West Capitol Park Thursday night:

The Capitol: LOOK AT ME!

The Smith Building: I just want to efficiently finish this file and end the day.

The State Education Building: Hello, friend. Come on over, let's sit and talk.

The Regrettes at The Low Beat

the band The Regrettes

Garage rock band The Regrettes are set to play a show at The Low Beat December 6. Tickets are $10 and available online.

The band's music clearly draws on mid-century acts such as Buddy Holly, while their lyrics are infused with modern feminism and attitude.

The opener for the show are locals Mystery Girl.

photo: Chade Kamenshine

The Women of Schuyler Mansion

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The Schuyler Mansion has closed for general admission for the winter season, but it will still be open in the coming months for special tours. And the focus tour up for November is "Women of Schulyer Mansion":

The "Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five sisters? Learn what it was like growing up as a Schuyler, as this focus tour presents an in-depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their famiy's history. Be prepared to participate, as volunteers will be asked to read quotes by and about these historic women.

The tours are Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 pm (except for holidays and school groups). Reservations are required ((518-434-0834). Admission is $5 / $4 students and seniors / free for kids 12 and under (cash at the door).

Thanksgiving weekend
The Schuyler Mansion will also be open for regular tours Saturday, November 25. The tours are on the hour from 11 am to 3 pm. They're first come, first tour. Same admission prices as above (and cash only).

image via Schuyler Mansion Facebook

Moriah Formica doesn't advance on The Voice

Moriah Formica just missed out on making the top 12 on The Voice. In the episode that aired Wednesday night, she was cut during the playoff round. Her performance of Beth Hart's "World Without You" is embedded above. For whatever reason it seemed like maybe the song wasn't a good match for her.

Making it on to a show like this is an accomplishment -- and making it through multiple rounds is even more so. And, oh by the way, she's just 17 years old. (See Amy Biancolli's recent profile of the Shaker High student.) So there's a lot to be proud of.

Formica is set to play a show at Jupiter Hall in the Crossgates Lucky Strike November 24. Tickets are $8 ahead / $10 at the door -- though it looks like it's now sold out.

Here are clips of her performances from The Voice...

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Faso/Stefanik to vote no on tax reform, Albany receives DOJ warning about sanctuary status, 50 foot spruce headed for ESP


Faso/Stefanik on tax reform
Both John Faso and Elise Stefanik have announced they will not support the House Republican tax reform legislation when it comes up for vote today. [TU][Stefanik.house.gov]

Albany receives DOJ warning
Mayor Kathy Sheehan has been warned by the Department of Justice that Albany's status as a sanctuary city puts the city at risk of losing federal grant funding. [TU]

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A few more details about the proposed mixed-use development near St. Peter's hospital

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The proposed new retail strip (top) and the proposed new apartment building.

The city of Albany has a bunch of large residential projects either already in the pipeline or up for planning review right now. Among the newest is "New Scotland Village," a mixed-use project that would significantly remake a section of the retail strip across from St. Peter's hospital.

There was a community meeting about the project Tuesday night that included new details -- and plenty of criticism...

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The family-friendly city

Some of the issues discussed in this Curbed article about new guidelines Toronto's developed for a more kid-friendly city don't directly apply here -- Toronto is a much larger, denser urban area, of course -- but the thing that struck us about the story is that there was a concerted effort on the part of the city to think about what it means to truly cultivate an environment attractive and friendly to families to kids so they stay. That's something that wouldn't be a bad idea for local places such as Albany and Troy. [Curbed]

Albany Book & Paper Fair 2017

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The Albany Book & Paper Fair is set for November 26 at the Polish Communty Center in Albany. Blurbage:

The Capital District's premier book collecting event is back and it is better than ever. ... Scarce, rare, & out-of-print books, maps, autographs, documents, manuscripts, post cards, political & advertising items, ephemera, fine & decorative prints & much more will be on display and for sale.

You might remember this show as the Albany Antiquarian Book Fair at the Washington Ave Armory (see above photo). It's back now after a two-year hiatus with a little bit different name. The show is managed by Austin's Antiquarian Books and sponsored by the Albany Institute of History and Art -- and there will be a silent auction of materials from AIHA.

Here's a list of exhibitors so far.

The fair is Sunday, November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Polish Community Center, which is located at 225 Washington Ave Ext. Admission is $6.

photo via Albany Book & Paper Fair Facebook

The costs of free summer concert season

Farther afield, but interesting if you were ever curious about how much music acts get on the summer concert series: The Syracuse.com FOILed the fees paid to the acts that played free shows at the State Fair this summer -- amounts ranging from $200k for Earth, Wind, and Fire to $20k for Herman's Hermits. [Syracuse.com]

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: vegan food, Daley's on Yates, Minar Indian Cuisine, a membrane to constrain cheese and bacon, baked beans, donuts, a short hike with good views, yoga in the Hill Towns, the first frost, the appalling conflagration, restoring an old cemetery, gas station etiquette, a name vote, and simplifying.

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The crows -- and crow trucks -- are returning to Albany

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The cold nights arrive. The leaves fall. And the crow dispersal trucks migrate back to the city of the Albany.

Identifying information for this species and its seasonal visits, from a city press release:

The dispersal will take place in the areas surrounding Hackett Blvd. and Sheridan Blvd. in Albany. The City of Albany requested assistance to scatter the crows because of their droppings and the ruckus they create.
The non-lethal dispersal will be conducted by wildlife biologists from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will be driving marked vehicles and wearing uniforms and a yellow safety vest marked "USDA Wildlife Services."
The work will be repeated at two-week intervals throughout winter where roosts develop.
The non-lethal methods used to disperse crows include pyrotechnics, spotlights, non-harmful lasers, and recorded crow distress calls that are amplified. Several of these methods produce loud noises and flashing lights similar to sirens and fireworks that frighten birds and may be heard or observed by local residents.
Residents are strongly encouraged to place household trash in containers with lids to discourage crows from feeding. Residents may also use bright flashlights to disperse crows roosting in trees.

Look for the first sightings of the trucks in the evenings of November 20 and 21. They can easily be spotted with the naked eye, no binoculars needed. You may also learn to recognize their distinctive call if you listen for them.

Earlier:
+ A dossier on our crow invaders
+ A seasonal farewell to the crows

Absentee ballots decide Troy races, Saratoga Charter reform may be defeated, star witness in Oquendo murder trail claims to communicate with the dead

Explosion causes fire at bottling plant
Fire officials say an exploding propane tank on a forklift at the Pepsi bottling plant in Latham is responsible for the fire that broke out at the plant at around 5 am. There were no injuries.

Oquendo murder trial
Tuesday in the Oquendo murder trial:

+Jurors saw the suitcase where prosecutors say they found the body of Noel Alkaramla. [WNYT]

+A star prosecution witness, Oquendo's former girlfriend, was expected to give testimony that would connect Oquendo to the suitcase, but but her credibility was called into question as the defense pointed out her admitted drug us, mental health problems, sexual contact with animals and claims that she communicates with the dead. [Record][TU]

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Looking ahead on the future of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail

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Though a portion of it has only been paved for a few years, the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail is already one of the area's most popular hike/bike paths. And 2018 is shaping up to be another big year -- the trail is set for more miles of pavement and a trailhead makeover.

Here are a few things about what's ahead...

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Benedict Trio at Tipsy Moose Tap and Tavern

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By Deanna Fox

Thrice I've attempted to dine at Tipsy Moose Tap and Tavern, just off Latham Circle. The first time, not long after the comfort food destination opened, the wait time was over an hour. The result was a visit to Celadon Thai. The second time, during happy hour, was equally unsuccessful. Zaitoon Kitchen stepped in instead.

But three is the magic number at Tipsy Moose, and my third attempt during peak Sunday brunch hours was a success.

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Five reasons to not rake those leaves

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It is near the end of fall. The leaves have mostly fallen from the trees. So time to rake them from the yard, right? PROBABLY NOT! (* Though see comments below about maple tar spots.)

Here are five reasons:

1. Leaves are basically fertilizer waiting to happen, and you can speed along the process by running them over with a mower. You could use a mulching blade for a very fine chop, but just the regular mower will do fine. [Washington Post]

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Looking down Washington Ave in 1888

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The NYS Capitol & Plaza Instagram account posted this pic the other day. It's from 1888.

We were struck by how some things about the view down Washington Ave are exactly the same -- and others less so. The current version of Albany City Hall is about five years old in this photo. And, of course, the Capitol is there.

But the streetscapes leading up to those landmarks feel so much more close and tightly packed than they are today.

Investigation of alleged Morse domestic incident turned over to State Police, change in leadership of Schenectady casino, school recess recession

Shawn Morse
Cohoes police say they're turning the investigation of the alleged domestic incident between mayor Shawn Morse and his wife over to State Police. "A person familiar with the case" tells the Times Union that the three Cohoes police officers who originally responded filed a domestic incident report that would theoretically involve statements from the people involved -- that doc has not been made public. From a Facebook post by Morse: "If you believe I'm unfit to be your mayor over this, I will resign." [Troy Record] [TU] [News10]

Saratoga Springs charter vote and absentee ballots
Three members of the Saratoga Springs City Council voted Monday to authorize the city to spend up to $5,000 on an attorney to monitor the counting of absentee ballots for the charter change vote. The commissioners -- John Franck, Michelle Madigan, and Skip Scirocco, who have been opposed to the city changing its form of government -- didn't notify mayor Joanne Yepsen or fellow commissioner Chris Mathiesen of the meeting, and they faced an irked crowd of public commenters at the midday meeting. Bob Turner, who had been chair of the charter review commission, accused the commissioners of using public money to advance their own personal and political interests. The whole charter review process has been an ongoing drama. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Spectrum] [Daily Gazette]

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A look inside the new Cuckoo's Nest in Albany

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Sometimes the right spot is right across the street.

When Kaytrin Della Sala and Devin Ziemann -- owners of the Albany fast-casual burger shop Crave -- heard that the longtime home of The Gingerman was available again, the opportunity was, as Ziemann describes it, "a no-brainer."

The location is just up Western Ave from Crave, and the young restaurateurs -- Kaytrin Della Sala oversees operations, Ziemann is a chef -- had been thinking about a second restaurant.

So they jumped at the chance. And this past weekend, they opened The Cuckoo's Nest, a sit-down restaurant inspired by Southern cuisine. The menu includes riffs on items such as fried chicken, biscuits, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes.

"It's been pretty much a dream of ours to open this kind of concept, with this look, since before we even opened Crave," said Della Sala on Saturday a few hours before the restaurant's first reservations from the general public started showing up. "So it just means a lot to us to see it come to life."

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NIMBY, YIMBY, QIMBY

Yes, of course, Vancouver is much different from Albany, but this conversation between David Roberts and former Vancouver planning director Brent Toderian about the fights over adding development density to cities touches on a bunch of different topics that have been popping up in Albany lately: building design, traffic, resistance to change. "One of the best ways to improve the conversation about development is to make sure there's better development. If you don't like NIMBYs, don't make them right." [Vox]

Ghostface Killah at Putnam Den

musician Ghostface Killah

Hip hop ironman Ghostface Killah will be at Putnam Den December 1. Tickets are $30 ahead / $35 at the door.

Ghostface is, of course, a core member of the hip hop titans Wu-Tang Clan. He'll be headlining the show, which includes a showcase put together by Beat*Shot. Blurbage:

In association with Beat*Shot Music, Wu-Tang Clan co-founder, Ghostface Killah, will be headlining a special family affair in Saratoga Springs, alongside Zeo, Dezmatic ft. DJ White Lotus, JB!! A.K.A. Dirty Moses, Moses Rockwell and Und3rstanding, with DJs Nate Da Great and Trumastr holding down the one's and two's.

Snagging tickets sooner rather than later isn't a bad idea if you want to catch this show.

photo via Ghostface Killah Facebook

The money is no longer present

Remember that plan to build a Marina Abramović Institute in Hudson for "long-duration performance art"? The facility that was going to be designed by an architecture team that included Rem Koolhaas? It's off -- and Abramović isn't giving back the money she raised on Kickstarter for it (backers included Jay-Z). A rep for the artist says the money was spent on design work and a feasibility study. [Artnet x3] [NY Post]

Drawing: Tickets for Regina Spektor at The Palace + gift card for The Hollow

musician Regina Spektor

Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Singer/songwriter/pianist Regina Spektor is playing The Palace this Thursday, and we have a pair of tickets to give away. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE. The winner will also get a $50 gift card for The Hollow.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's a song that means something to you? Why?

It could be anything -- a song that evokes a good memory, one that you love to sing along to, one that reminds you of a person, whatever. We asked a similar question last week about books, and it fun reading the answers.

The Regina Spektor show at The Palace is this Thursday, November 16. She'll be performing solo. Tickets are $49.50 and up.

Open for both lunch and dinner, The Hollow is just about two blocks south of The Palace on Pearl Street.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 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 9 am on Wednesday and must respond by 6 pm that same day.

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photo: Shervin Lainez

Scrutiny of police response to Cohoes mayor's home, gaps in local infant mortality, proposed investments in Arbor Hill and Hamilton Hill, lost film wedding couple found

Shawn Morse
The Times Union reports that Cohoes police responded to the home of Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse Friday morning, and according to a police record, Morse's wife initially alleged to dispatchers that he had grabbed her by the throat and thrown her to the ground. From a statement released by Morse: "The claims made in the Albany Times Union are patently false." And in a Facebook post, Morse said he and his wife had been arguing "as we try to deal with the difficulties of raising our 15 year old." The Times Union reports that a photo posted on Facebook indicates that the Cohoes police captain who was dispatched to oversee the response at the Morse residence went on a social outing with his wife, Morse, and Morse's wife at the Rivers Casino Saturday night. [TU] [WNYT] [News10] [TU]

Gaps in infant mortality
Sara Foss is looking at infant mortality in the Capital Region, and notes that Albany County has the highest African-American infant mortality rate in the state -- 23.2 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to 4.7 deaths per 1,000 for white babies. [Daily Gazette]

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The week ahead

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Author/historian Russell Shorto will be at the State Museum Monday.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (more November), to hoops, to stories, to history, to art, to illusions, to all sorts of music...

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A quick recap of the week

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Here are a few highlights from the past short week on AOA...

+ Rebecca asked about volunteer opportunities around Thanksgiving. (We could still use another suggestion or two on this one, if you have something in mind.)

+ Prompted by the reaction to a bunch of local projects lately: What's an apartment or condo building design you actually like?

+ Some context for thinking about rents in the Capital Region.

+ We gave away tickets to one of two Northshire author events + a gift card to 15 Church by asking: What's a book that's meant a lot to you? Why?

+ Quick-scan results from the general election on Tuesday, which included many local offices.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: guns and prayers, affordable housing, pensions, target drivers, Susan B. Anthony, ghost signs, Samuel Marcy, budgeting, the upper Hudson, the restaurant industry, Montreal, Southern Tier pizza, a pork chop, kid-friendly restaurants, Election Cake, and Halloween candy.

+ Mapping out a future for bikes in Troy.

+ And two more large residential projects have been proposed for Albany.

Here's the whole week in one place.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea this week!

Today's moment of late autumn

frosted sunflower

Well, from Thursday, when all that frost showed up heralding the arrival of the colder weather.

And then, of course, there was the first snow of the season Friday morning.

The earth beneath our feet

USGS New York State geology map

Friday afternoon geology*: Check out this US Geological Survey map showing the topography and geology of New York State and nearby areas. We clipped this section from a national map -- see that link above -- which is really worth a look.

The map colors correspond to the age of the rock. The purple area dates back to about 400some million years ago. The pink dates back to around 500some million.

And then there are the Adirondacks, which (literally) just stick out. So we looked up a little bit about their geology. From an Adirondack Park Agency explainer:

The Adirondack Mountains are very different in shape and content from other mountain systems. Unlike elongated ranges like the Rockies and the Appalachians, the Adirondacks form a circular dome, 160 miles wide and 1 mile high. Although the Dome as we know it today is a relatively recent development, having emerged about 5 million years ago, it is made of ancient rocks more than a 1,000 million years old. Hence, the Adirondacks are "new mountains from old rocks."

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*What, when is your day and time for thinking about geology?

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"What I'm certain of is that we both, at some point along the way, decided the priority was the business."

This interview with Heather LaVine and Vic Christopher by Steve Barnes is worth reading -- they talk openly about the successes (and occasional failures) of their Troy businesses, the break-up of their personal relationship, and how they've continued working together. [TU]

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