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									                                                                                                                     Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 1

                                                    CENTER SQUARE l HUDSON/PARK l MANSION l PARK SOUTH l WASHINGTON PARK

                                                                   2009       Volume 15 Number 1, For Distribution Week of April 6, 2009

   A      N EWS PA P E R                  FOR          A N D       A BOU T         A LBA N Y’S             H ISTOR IC              N EIGH BOR HOODS

                                                                Albany Tulip Festival
                            By Colleen M. Ryan

Celebrates                                                                                   A Mother's Day
                                                                                             Weekend Tradition
     On May 28th (6:00-8:00         Over the years, the
pm at the University Club)      Albany Roundtable (an
the Albany Roundtable           all-volunteer 501(c)(3)
will celebrate its 30th         corporation) has provided                                    May 8th 9th 10th
anniversary with a cocktail     the residents of Albany
reception featuring keynote with a vital forum for civic
speaker Jaime Correa –          discourse by presenting
an urban                                       a variety
planner,                                       of expert
architect and                                  speakers
professor at                                   with diverse

                                                                                                                                                                           2008 Joe Elario Photography
the University                                 points of
of Miami.                                      view on
Correa is a                                    timely
respected                                      subjects. Its
authority in                                   luncheons/

the fields of                                  receptions
architecture,                                  and speakers
town                                           are open to
design and                  Jaime Correa       the public
sustainable                                    and typically
development.                                   attract a wide
He is also the editor of The    range of people active in
                                                                                highly anticipated spring             and Sunday will host the added excitement of
Correa Report, a newsletter     business, the arts, not-                        tradition continues when more         children’s activities, craft vendors, delicious
reflecting the new              for-profits, governments,                       than 200,000 tulip bulbs blossom      food and multiple stages with nationally
consciousness of traditional neighborhoods and other                            into a sea of colors just in time     acclaimed musical performances.
sustainability, and the         related organizations.                          for this Mother’s Day celebration         Saturday afternoon features the crowning
author of Seven Recipes             During its 30 years
                                                                in Washington Park. Historic events take place        of the Albany Tulip Queen. Nominees go
for the New Urbanism,           speakers have included:
(published January 2009)        Stan Eckstut (NYC               annually, including the street scrubbing on           through a competitive interview process and
and Self Sufficient Urbanism: architect, Battery City           State Street, the tradition of the Tulip Queen        five finalists are chosen to attend the ceremony.
A Vision of Contraction for     Project); Tony Hiss (Project    Coronation, Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon            One will be crowned the Queen and the other
the Non-Distant Future.               continued page 7          and Royal Tulip Ball. Friday evening starts the       four will serve as the Tulip Court. The Tulip
                                                                weekend with music in Washington Park. On             Queen & Court spend their year of reign
                                                                Saturday and Sunday, the popular wellness             involved in volunteer projects, community
We Begin to Make

                                                                garden (new addition to the festival as of 2008)      functions, book drives and develop initiatives
                                                                will be available once again. This is comprised       associated with the Mayor’s Literacy Campaign.
Sense of Youth                                 By Tom
                                                                of local, regional and national resources
                                                                offering experiential activities in fitness,
                                                                                                                          The Albany Tulip Festival is free and open
                                                                                                                      to the public. However, a fee is charged if you
and Gun Violence                                                nutrition, environmental awareness and other
                                                                paths to personal wellness. As always, Saturday
                                                                                                                      wish to attend the luncheon and/or ball. For
                                                                                                                      more information visit
    Behind the scenes work to address the phenomenon
of youth and gun violence in Albany is beginning to
pay off in tangible ways. As the one-year anniversary
of the shooting death of Kathina Thomas in West Hill               Preliminary
approaches, a diverse group of community leaders and
activists are working to make sure that her death remains          Schedule of Events
not only a community tragedy, but also marks an era of
new beginnings.                                                    Friday, May 8th
    A good deal of the groundwork for these new                    • Street Scrubbing, 12:00 pm, State
beginnings was already under way before May 29 of
last year, when the 10-year-old girl was killed by a stray
                                                                      Street (with luncheon at the Crowne
bullet on First Street. A group called the Inner City Youth           Plaza Hotel)
and Family Coalition was exploring a restorative justice           • Music in the Park, 5:30-7:30 pm,
approach to youth violence, and also raising questions                Washington Park
about how after-school and summer programs for young
people in Albany’s inner city neighborhoods are funded.
Also, activist Leonard Morgenbesser and Councilman                 Saturday, May 9th
Dominick Calsolaro were pushing for a task force on gun            • Tulip Queen Crowning Ceremony,
violence. Other leaders were writing grants that would
                                                                     12:00 pm, Washington Park
help the city coordinate and expand its programs for
young people.                                                        Lakehouse
    That last effort has now blossomed into Albany                 • Vendors, food, music and kids’                                          2008 Joe Elario Photography
CAN — the Albany Community Afterschool Network.                      activities, 11:00 am-6:00 pm,
At a March 2 press conference attended by a host of
city leaders, the new network introduced itself as a
                                                                     Washington Park                                  Sunday, May 10th
collaboration supported by the National League of                  • Royal Tulip Ball, 6:30 pm, Wolferts              • Vendors, food, music and kids’
Cities, including the City of Albany, the City School                Roost Country Club (call 388-9240 for              activities, 11:00 am-6:00 pm,
District of Albany, Albany County and many of the city’s             more information)                                  Washington Park
community based youth services and advocacy groups.
                                      continued page 3
Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 2

         &                                                                News      NOtes
                                                                                                                              support your 
 Capital                     Hudson/Park                    list serve manager and          information visit www.            Center Square Association
 Neighbors                       Pine Hills’s gain is       Hudson Avenue resident. .                  P.O. Box 7134, Albany, NY 12224; 433-8011
 2008-09                     Hudson/Park’s loss. To         Rich isn’t moving that far                                        Web site:
                                                            away (State Street, just off    Park South
 Assoc.                      the regret of many of our                                                                        President, Paul Fowler,

 Sponsors                    residents, Roger Bearden       Lark Street) so he will still       The March 31st meeting        Vice President, Ben Chi,
                                                            be in the ‘hood. Rumor          of the association centered       Director of Community Outreach, Bob Serenka,
                             (H/PNA’s three-term                                                                              Corresponding Secretary, Elise Van Allen,
 Center Square               president) and his family      has it that he might still      on developing strategies          Recording Secretary, Kelly Bush,
 Neighborhood                (wife, Erin Tobin, and         volunteer to keep the list      and creating partnerships         Treasurer, Dixie Hathaway,
 Historic Albany             kids Sarah and Miles) are      serve up-to-date. What a        to increase the peace in          CSA meets at 7:00 pm every 3rd Thursday of the
 Foundation                  relocating to the Pine Hills   guy!                            Park South. Other topics          month, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85
                                                                 Saturday, April 18th, H/   included the development          Chestnut Street (except July, August and December).
 Hudson/Park                 neighborhood. As most
                             H/PNA residents already        PNA is having its annual        of a Website and an update
 Neighborhood                                                                                                                 Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association
                             know, Roger has worked         Spring Cleanup Day and          on the city’s Bicycle Master
 Mansion                                                                                                                      P.O. Box 2313 - ESP, Albany, NY 12220; 894-7641
                             diligently and thoughtfully    Neighborhood BBQ. The           Plan. Attendees were also         e-mail:
                             on behalf of H/PNA to          cleanup will begin at 8:00      informed about PSNA’s             President, Open,
 Park South                  make our neighborhood          am and will be followed         participation in the annual       Vice President, Ellen Picotte,
 Neighborhood                                               by a BBQ at the Hudson/         city-wide cleanup on              Secretary, Bryan O’Malley-Marcou,
                             a better place in which to                                                                       Treasurer, Richard Brash,
 Washington Park             live and raise a family. We    Jay Turnaround Park at          April 18th, 9:00 am to noon       H/PNA meets at 7:00 pm every 3rd Wednesday of
 Neighborhood                thank him for his service      noon. This event is co-         and what projects will be         the month, Israel AME Church, 381 Hamilton Street
                             and look forward to the        sponsored by the Hudson/        tackled.                          (except July and August).
 Individual                  family’s continued interest    Park Neighborhood                   The next meeting of
 Sponsors                    and enjoyment of our           Association and Center          Park South is May 12th            Mansion Neighborhood Association
                                                                                                                              1½ Elm Street, Albany, NY 12202; 432-5981
 Holly Katz                  downtown neighborhood.         Square Association, with        and will feature Mayor
   anks s!
                                 H/PNA is also bidding      assistance from the City of     Jennings as speaker.              Holly Katz, Chair, Board of Directors,
                                                            Albany’s Department of          Participation at PSNA
 Th ank
                             adieu to Rich Berkley,                                                                           Worth Gretter, Public Relations Chair,
                             our vigilant “codes” guy,      General Services. For more      meetings by all residents is

                                                                                            encouraged.                       Park South Neighborhood Association
                                                                                                                              271 Myrtle Avenue, Albany NY 12210; 505-6439
                                                                                                                              President, Andrew Harvey
The College Board
Since the Spring of          HAF Awarded Grant                                              By Joyce Rambo
                                                                                                                              Vice President, John Torres
                                                                                                                              Treasurer, Peter Rinne
                                                                                                                              Corresponding Secretary, Julie Maynes
1996, The College
Board has been a             to Study Closed Churches                                                                         Recording Secretary, Brian Logan
                                                                                                                              PSNA meets 6-7 times per year, with notification,
                                                                                                                              at 139 Knox Street.
dedicated Capital
Neighbors advertiser.             In March, Historic Albany Foundation         The first forum will be held on May            Washington Park Neighborhood Association
However, after many          (HAF) was awarded a $3,000 matching           28, 2009 and will allow participants to            369½ State Street, Albany NY 12210; 433-0787
                             grant from the National Trust for Historic    address the closing of St. Teresa’s (check         e-mail:
years at 122 South                                                                                                            Web site:
                             Preservation’s John E. Streb Preservation     the HAF web site at www.historic-albany.
Swan Street, Brian                                                                                                            President, Bill Pettit,
                             Fund for New York. Historic Albany            org/index.html or call HAF at 465-0876
Petraitis (director of the                                                                                                    First Vice President, Mic Lacey,
                             was among several grant recipients            for details). “We know St. Teresa’s church         Second Vice President, Mary Stoll,
Board’s New York State                                                                                                        Secretary, Jackie Heitzman,
                             selected in a competitive application         and school are in great shape,” says
government relations                                                                                                          Treasurer, Sallie Livingston,
                             process involving applicants from across      Holland, “and we hope that they will be
office) announced that                                                                                                        WPNA meets at 7:30 pm every 2nd Wednesday of the
                             New England, Delaware, New Jersey,            sold to responsible owners and not simply          month, First Presbyterian Church (Rose Room), State
the organization is          Pennsylvania and New York.                    allowed to deteriorate or remain vacant.”          and Willett streets.
closing those doors and           The grant will be used to conduct
will establish alternative   community forums, in partnership
working arrangements.        with the Troy Architectural Program
We thank The College
Board for its support
                             (TAP), in Capital District cities where
                             the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese has         Spring into action and cleanup!
lo these 13 years and        closed 33 churches recently. The purpose      The City of Albany’s Household Spring Cleanup program is again being offered to help dispose of
wish the organization        of the forums is to give a voice to the       excessive household trash (but not hazardous waste). Thus, city residents who live in dwellings with
continued success in         neighborhoods most affected by these          four (4) units or less are eligible to participate in the program. The chart below provides the schedule.
the future.                  closures and to make recommendations          Trash should be placed at the curb (after 7:00 pm) the evening before your scheduled cleanup day. If
                             to the Diocese about maintenance and          you have any questions call the Department of General Services (DGS) at 434-2489.
                             adaptive re-use of these architectural and
                             historic treasures. “We will be reaching        If your normal                                your 2009 sprIng                           household hazardous
                             out to everyone,” says Susan Holland,           collectIon day Is . . .                       cleanup day Is . . .                       Waste days
                             executive director of Historic Albany
                                                                             monday and you live in Sheridan Hollow,                                                  Once you’ve had a chance
                             Foundation, “neighborhood associations,                                                       monday, may 4
                                                                             Arbor Hill or North Albany                                                               to clean up your household
                             former parishioners, Common Council                                                                                                      trash, the City of Albany
                             members, the City Planning office, the          monday and you live in the South End,                                                    provides residents with
                             State Historic Preservation Office” to          South of Morton Avenue or East of             monday, may 11                             multiple chances to
                             participate in these forums.                    Delaware Avenue                                                                          dispose of their household
                                                                                                                                                                      hazardous waste in an
                                  Targeted for closure in Albany are         tuesday                                       tuesday, april 28                          environmentally safe way.
                             St. Teresa’s church and school on New
                                                                             Wednesday and you live between the                                                       Small businesses that
                             Scotland Avenue, St. Casimir’s church and
                                                                             boundaries of Washington Avenue to                                                       generate less than 32 gallons
                             school on Sheridan Avenue and the school                                                      Wednesday, may 13                          a month of hazardous waste
                                                                             Clinton Avenue and Manning Boulevard
                             at Holy Cross on Western Avenue.                                                                                                         may also take advantage
                                                                             to Henry Johnson Boulevard                                                               of this opportunity, but
                                                                             Wednesday and you live between the                                                       will be charged a small fee.
                                                                             boundaries of Washington Avenue                                                          Only residents or small
                                                                                                                           Wednesday, may 20                          businesses in the city are
                                                                             to Madison Avenue from Manning
                                                                                                                                                                      eligible to participate. You
                                                                             Boulevard to Lake Avenue                                                                 must pre-register by calling
                                                                             Wednesday and you live between the                                                       toll- free 1-800-494-CARE
                                                                             boundaries of Madison Avenue to New                                                      (2273) in order to drop the
                                                                                                                           Wednesday, may 27                          nasty stuff off. Drop-off days
     CAPiTAl Neighbors is published by the                                   Scotland Avenue and Delaware Avenue to                                                   are on Thursdays (dates
   Center Square, Hudson/Park, Mansion and                                   Manning Boulevard                                                                        shown below) and run from
  Washington Park Neighborhood Associations.                                 thursday                                      thursday, april 30                         4:00-7:00 pm at the city’s
            Circulation: 6,000 copies.                                                                                                                                Rapp Road Landfill (just
                                                                             friday and you live on the south side of                                                 off Washington Avenue
       Editorial: Tom Clark, Tom McPheeters,                                 Central Avenue (from Partridge Street                                                    Extension). Go to www.
       Leslie Moran, Joyce Rambo, Stephanie                                                                                friday, april 24
                                                                             to Yarbrough Avenue), north of Western                                          for a list of
             Richardson, Colleen Ryan.                                       Avenue                                                                                   materials that are accepted
         Production: Stephanie Richardson.                                                                                                                            for disposal. The dates are:
              Advertising: Fran Brown.                                       friday and you live on Henry Johnson
             Distribution: Mac Mowbray.                                      Boulevard (to Grant Avenue), north                                                       April 2             August 6
                                                                             side of Clinton Avenue (to Northern                                                      April 16            September 3
    If you are interested in working on future                                                                             friday, may 1                              May 7               October 1
                                                                             Boulevard) including Shaker Road and
   issues of Capital Neighbors, or would like to                                                                                                                      May 21              November 5
     make comments or suggestions, contact                                   St. Agnes Drive, south side of Clinton
                                                                             Avenue from Henry Johnson Boulevard to                                                   June 4              December 3
 Capital Neighbors at
                                                                             North Pearl Street                                                                       July 9
                                                                                                                                Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 3

University Club Offers Affordable                                                                                                        By Colleen M. Ryan

Neighborhood Membership           Top Ten Reasons to
                                                                                                                                    Join the University Club
     The University Club        of Albany, NY.” Today, the     a member of the                  org; Mary Beth Fowler,
of Albany, located at the       University Club needs          Neighborhood Marketing ;                  10. The handsome Colonial Revival building,
corner of Washington            careful stewardship to         Committee. At press time,        and Colleen Ryan,                       designed by Albany architect Albert Fuller.
Avenue and Dove Streets,        endure, and to maintain        Neighborhood Members             colleen_ryan@hotmail.               9. 61” High Definition TV in the Grille Room
is offering a special           its dignity, history and       included Matt Badalucco,         com, (Lancaster Street); Jeff          and free WiFi throughout the building.
incentive to encourage          uniqueness.                    matthew_badalucco@               Gritsavage, jgritsavage@
                                                                                                                                    8. Bowling, billiards and “After 1st Friday.”
neighborhood residents to            The club is     , (Chestnut , (Lark Street);
join.                           membership-owned and is        Street); Chris Burke,            and Kathryn Sikule, 434-            7.    Reciprocal arrangements with 125+ clubs
     Residents of the areas     governed by four elected       cburke@naba-vision.              8707, (Hudson Avenue).                    across New York State and the US.
of the city served by Capital   officers and a board of                                                                             6. Special events each month – including Corned
Neighbors are eligible for a    directors. Membership is                                                                               Beef buffet on St. Patrick’s Parade day.
monthly membership rate         open to men and women
                                                                                                                                    5. Bring the kids for snacks and Shirley Temples.
of $35 plus a $50 minimum       who have graduated from,
for food and beverage.          or attended a recognized                                                                            4. The art collection: a series of Walter Launt
There is no initiation fee.     university or college.                                                                                 Palmer landscapes in the dining room, a
     All over the country,      A limited number of                                                                                    Frederick Remington painting titled The lone
private clubs are closing       memberships are available                                                                              Scout in a small dining room.
because of dwindling            for those who have not                                                                              3. Fitness center with squash courts, free
attendance. The average         attended college.                                                                                      weights, universal, treadmill, stairmaster,
age of club members is               Keep in mind that                                                                                 men’s and women’s showers and locker
climbing, and younger           “private” clubs, at least                                                                              rooms.
people are not joining as       this particular one, have
their parents once did.         evolved from those that                                                                             2. A number of welcoming spaces to host
     Fortunately, residents     pride themselves on                                                                                    business meetings, luncheons, parties or
of Albany’s historic            simple exclusivity to                                                                                  dinner with family or friends.
Center Square, Hudson/          neighborhood assets that
Park, Mansion, Park             make living and working
South and Washington            in an urban neighborhood
Park neighborhoods are          all the more enjoyable by
being given a unique            dint of their existence. At
opportunity to recognize        the University Club, that
the University Club for the     welcoming spirit is clearly
significant resource that it    on view.
is, and to ensure its future         To become a member,
through membership              candidates must have
support.                        two sponsors and
     The University Club        must be screened by a
was founded in 1901 to          representative of the
“establish and maintain         Membership Committee
reading and assembly rooms,     prior to consideration by
                                                                                                                                    And, the number one reason to
promote social intercourse      the full Board of Directors.                                                                        join the University Club …
among its members, and               For more information
cultivate and maintain          about the neighborhood                                                                              1. Your friends are waiting for you!
university spirit in the City   membership, contact

Albany CAN from page 1
Albany CAN is looking at        organizations assessed         Care Council. In addition,       with virtually no money)        Tulip Festival
ways of providing more
and better opportunities
for Albany’s young people,
                                the ability of the city to
                                move forward with the
                                projects, identified needs
                                                               Mediation Matters, Inc,
                                                               is lending assistance by
                                                               facilitating group meetings
                                                                                                by members of the Inner
                                                                                                City Youth and Family
                                                                                                                                Chairman Assures
especially those between
the ages 11 and 15, during
                                and existing resources,
                                and developed an action
                                                               and community forums.
                                                                    As part of the next
                                                                                                    These are some of
                                                                                                the steps being taken
                                                                                                                                an Enjoyable Event
out-of-school hours.
     Albany is one of eight
                                plan. There was strong
                                leadership from City
                                                               phase of its work,
                                                               Albany CAN will hold
                                                                                                by community activists
                                                                                                and other stakeholders          for Everyone!
cities nationwide chosen        Council President Shawn        informational meetings           to quell violence on our
by the National League          Morris and council             throughout the city. The         streets by identifying              Capital Neighbors recently spoke with Tulip Festival
of Cities to participate        members Barbara Smith,         first forum, held on March       viable alternatives to          Chairman (and long-time downtown resident) Marcus
in a league-sponsored           Dominick Calsolaro and         10 at the Albany Housing         such violence. Hopefully,       Pryor about plans to make this year’s festivities safe and
technical assistance            Cathy Fahey, as well as        Authority offices at 200         such alternatives can           enjoyable for everyone: festival goers and residents alike.
project. Thus, City leaders     the city’s commissioner        South Pearl Street, was          be incorporated into                In response to resident concerns last year, regarding
Supporting After School and     of Youth and Workforce         very well attended. Look         a community-wide                inappropriate behavior after the festival was closed on
A New Day for learning,         Services, Faye Andrews.        for announcements for            educational/cultural            Saturday by some attendees who subsequently proceeded
focuses on helping cities       Mayor Gerald Jennings          other forums as they are         component that                  to the Lark Street neighborhood for “further merriment,”
build strong, citywide          and Albany Schools             scheduled.                       complements what is             Marcus met with Mayor Jennings, Police Chief Tuffey,
systems of out-of-school        Superintendent Eva C.               In the meantime, the        offered through other           neighborhood association representatives, the Lark
programs. The project is        Joseph also attended           Albany Gun Violence Task         community resources such        Street BID and various business owners to discuss the
part of NLC’s Institute         meetings and lent their        Force has also completed         as schools, churches and        issues—i.e., public safety and quality of life. That meeting
of Youth, Education and         support. Accordingly,          its recommendations              a variety of community          resulted in the recognition of and commitment to
Families, and is supported      in October, Albany was         to the City Council and          institutions. And while         additional oversight for the neighborhoods surrounding
by the Charles Stewart          approved for phase two         the mayor, with a heavy          this is still just the          Washington Park once the park is closed to festival goers
Mott Foundation. The            of the project, in which       emphasis on prevention           beginning of that process,      at 6:00 pm on Saturday evening.
goal is for different levels    the NLC will work closely      and intervention. The task       the work being done now             Between now and festival weekend, the
of government and youth         with the city to develop the   force, whose mandate             could be the beginning          aforementioned stakeholders will meet again to fine-
serving agencies to find        structure within which the     had expired, is being            of a new era in Albany,         tune approaches that will help maintain the desired
ways to coordinate existing     collaboration will operate,    reconfigured into a              one in which the hopes          safety and quality of life in our neighborhoods. One
resources and work in           and to help implement the      permanent body. Very             and dreams of all of our        such approach will be providing additional training for
a collaborative fashion         action plan.                   much on the minds of             people, in particular young     those serving wine and beer in the park with the intent
designed to engage more             In addition to the         task force members is the        people, can be realized.        of reducing “over serving” of customers. And, police will,
children and families in        city, school district and      possibility of state funding                                     additionally, be briefed on alternative park exit strategies
constructive activities that    county, other participants,    to operate a program                                             as well as the need for additional police deployment after
will promote learning.          thus far, have included:       based on the Chicago                                             the 6:00 pm Saturday end time in the park. Bar owners
     The city was               Capital District YMCA;         CEASEFIRE model, which                                           will also be asked to keep the level of indulgence to an
designated for the              Boys and Girls Club;           provides a coherent,                                             appropriate level.
first phase of NLC’s            Trinity Institution; Inner     research based series of                                             Pryor also emphasized that Mayor Jennings and the
project last year. For five     City Youth and Family          interventions that address                                       city Office of Special Events have been and will continue
months, representatives         Coalition; Music Mobile;       violence at its sources. This                                    to be sensitive to the public safety and quality of life
from different levels           Albany PAL; Grand Street       is similar to the street-level                                   issues as the event date approaches. Accordingly, the
of government and               Community Arts; and            work already being done                                          city expects to include a set of “ground rules” to ensure
community based                 the Capital District Child     on a very small scale (and                                       understanding and compliance with the rules governing
                                                                                                                                                                       continued page 5
Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 4

                                                                                             Conserving an Ou
   By Sharon DiLorenzo
   Program Manager

   Capital District
   Community Gardens

                                                                                             Albany's Washington Park Conservancy Par
                    for everyone

                                                                                                 Capital Neighbors (CN)      statues you are left with a   for its use. Throw the
                                                                                             recently met with Frances       relatively small footprint    current dire economic
                                                                                             Ingraham Heins, president       to serve recreational         times into the mix along
                                                                                             of the Washington Park          purposes. Central Park        with the fact that the park’s
                                                                                             Conservancy (WPC)               in New York City (also        infrastructure is relatively
                                                                                             to discuss the current          designed by Olmstead)         fragile (with significant
                                                                                             state of the park as            is about 300 acres. By        drainage problems), the
        During tough economic times, gardening becomes a popular way for people              another outdoor season          way of contrast, with that    challenge to preserve
   to stretch their limited dollars by growing some of their own food, and that is           approaches. While               much space, it is easier to   becomes even more
   exactly what we are seeing this year at Capital District Community Gardens.               Ingraham Heins has been         preserve and maintain         difficult. But, according to
   Interest in community garden plots has soared to an all-time high with more than          at the helm of WPC for just     by allowing areas to          Ingraham Heins, the core
   300 people hoping to get an open plot in one of our gardens. With 46 community            over a year, as a former        systematically regenerate,    working group is there:
   gardens located throughout three counties (Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer),           board member, native            thus reducing the use that    a talented board of WPC
   you might think that 300 people doesn’t sound like that many. But most of the             of Albany and someone           any one area might incur      directors; commitment
   800+ plots that make up our 46 gardens are already spoken for by hundreds of              who grew-up watching            over time. For Washington     from the mayor to strike
   returning gardeners from last season, many whom have had their garden plot for            her grandfather play            Park, due to its much         the right balance; and a
   decades. So far, we’ve been able to accommodate everyone, but it is clear to us           Bocce ball in the park, she     smaller size, that’s near     dedicated team of city
   that the need for additional garden space, particularly in Albany, is critical. In that   brings great sensitivity        impossible. And, since the    employees including
   regard, we are always seeking suitable parcels of land upon which to build new            and understanding to            park is so popular as a       DGS Commissioner Nick
   community gardens. Please contact us at 274-8685 if you own a vacant lot or know          the issues facing this          venue for events, striking    D’Antonio, City Gardner
   of one that might be suitable for garden parcels.                                         outdoor treasure. She’s         a balance between the         Judy Stacey and City
        All of this interest in gardening has certainly raised my interest in growing        also pragmatic about            original design and its       Forester Tom Pfeiffer. And
   more of my own food at home, and so, not surprisingly, I’ve been planning for this        what needs to be done to        constant use becomes ever     most important, the park
   season’s garden for some time. Last fall, for example, I incorporated piles and piles     preserve and enhance the        more important in order to    workers themselves who
   of fallen leaves, which will decompose and improve the soil texture while adding          park’s recreational bounty,     safeguard it.                 the Conservancy honors at
   important organic matter into my garden soil. I’m also looking forward to adding          believeing that WPC                  That’s where the         a breakfast each year. The
   compost from my compost pile as soon as the weather warms up a bit more. Then,            must work in partnership        relationship between the      surrounding neighborhood
   I’ll do a simple pH test to ensure that my soil has the proper pH for growing             with the city to achieve        city and WPC becomes          associations are also very
   vegetables – which is in the 6-7 range for most of the crops grown by home and            the optimum balance of          especially important.         important in the mix since
   community gardeners.                                                                      preservation and use.           The Conservancy can           much of what happens in
        During a recent warm day, I turned the soil in one of my raised beds and                 Ingraham Heins points       (and has) provided the        the park directly affects
   planted spinach, arugula, and mixed salad greens from seed. This is probably the          out that the Washington         city with management          residents who, in turn, by
   earliest I’ve ever sown seeds, but I’m still hoping I’ll have some early greens this      Park design (by Frederick       plans and guidelines          their regular usage affect
   year. Growing an assortment of greens is an easy (and delicious) way to ensure            Law Olmstead) is one of         that address preservation     the well being of the park
   that you’re eating a healthy diet. Most greens are packed with health-boosting            a “scenic landscape” and        responsibilities.             as well.
   nutrients including Vitamins A & C, fiber, calcium, potassium and folate, to name         that the WPC's business is           Ingraham Heins                One of the crucial
   just a few, and they help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol        preserving its scenic well-     applauds Mayor Jennings       issues facing the park
   and diabetes. A simple change from eating a daily salad filled with iceberg lettuce       being. And, it is relatively    for working with WPC to       has been that of “staging
                                                                   continued page 7          small in size; just 90 acres.   focus discussions on how      areas” (i.e., areas where

         Capital District Community Gardens
                                                                                             Once you remove the lake,       to preserve the park and      necessary maintenance
                                                                                             lake house, roads and           still meet public demand      equipment can be stored
                40 River street / troy, NY 12180
                  518-274-8685 /
                                                                                                 Washington Park Conservancy
                                                                                                 Board of Directors

NEW                                          In the
                                                                        By Leslie Moran          Frances Ingraham Heins, President

                                                                                                 William Lemmon, Vice-President

                                                                                                 Dennis Anderson, Treasurer
                                                                                                 Bill Pettit, Secretary
                 Lark Street
                                Both business and business                                       Members                               Ex Officio Members
            Tyler Wrightson     owner put down roots on                                          Sandra Baptie                         Nick D’Antonio
             272 Lark Street
                   426-5275     Lark Street.                                                     Charles Burke                         Vince Ditonno
                                                                                                 William Brandow                       Andrea Lazarski
     Having a hard time         March. For, in fact, Lark       as a sort of community           Sandra Dollard                        John Marsolais
with your hard drive?           Computers has been in           billboard.”
Need help with your             operation for about three           By way of history,           Charles Liddle                        om Pfeiffer
networking needs? Nasty         years, located preliminarily    Tyler started Lark               Kate McLaughlin                       Judy Stacey
virus got you down?             on Madison Avenue               Computers after working          Millis McLaughlin
     Don’t despair. Stop        between Ontario and             for General Electric and
into Lark Computers,            Quail, waiting for the          TAG Solutions, a Menands-        Thomas Older
272 Lark Street, where          right Lark Street space to      based computer company.          Eve Ryan
it’s a pretty good bet that     become available. Saying        Working for himself,
                                                                he feels, is preferable to
                                                                                                 Herb Starr
Tyler Wrightson will            he doesn’t need to stock
have the solution to your       a lot of inventory, Tyler       answering to other people.
problem(s).                     notes he doesn’t need a             In addition to working       WPC Meeting Schedule
     “It’s the quintessential   lot of space. But the small     on Lark Street, Tyler
IT shop,” Tyler explains.       space is more than made         also makes his home              When: First Tuesday of each month.
He says Lark Computers          up for be another of the        on Lark Street. When
can handle most any IT          office's features.              he’s not working, you            Time: 8:00 am (meetings run approximately one hour)
need, from fixing a PC              “The shop is all            might see him walking
that’s on the fritz, to data    windows,” says Tyler. In        in Washington Park with          Where: Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall
recovery, to setting up         addition to giving him a        Buddy, his eight year old
a business network and          great place to watch the        Shepard-Beagle mix, or           Meetings are open to the public. Seating is limited so
more. People can bring          comings and goings on lark      dining in one of the many        if you plan to attend, please call Frances Ingraham
their computers to the          Street, he continues, the       Lark Street area food
shop. Or, if necessary,         windowed office offers the      emporiums.                       Heins at 518-758-6197.
Tyler can perform work on       opportunity to showcase             “I’m big into food
your computer on site.
     Located in 700 square
                                his technological savvy and
                                at the same time contribute
                                                                and drink, and love all
                                                                the restaurants,” Tyler
                                                                                                 Becoming a WPC Member
feet above Hodge Podge          to the overall streetscape.     declares.                        Dues are $35/year, however any contribution is
Books, Lark Computers               So far as the windows           He also says he likes
opened its doors in             are concerned, says Tyler,      the sense of community           appreciated. Please contact the Conservancy at
March of this year. More        “I’d like to set up three big   in the downtown         or by mail to Washington
accurately, it opened           monitors, facing out, where     neighborhood. In that
its Lark Street doors in        I could display a scrolling     regard, he’s looking
                                                                                                 Park Conservancy, PO Box 1145, Albany, NY 12207.
                                marquee. It could be used       forward to getting more
                                                                      continued page 7
                                                                                                                              Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 5

utdoor Treasure
                                                                                                     By Mac Mowbray                                                 The Parts
                                                                                                                                                                    Warehouse is
                                                                                                                                                                    located at:
                                                                                                                                                                    89 Lexington
                                                                                                                                                                    Avenue, 465-2987


rtners with the city to Preserve the Park                                                                                                                           Wednesday–
                                                                                                                                                                    Friday, noon to
                                                                                                                                                                    5:00 pm;
                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday, 9:00

                                                                                                                      Warehouse                                     am to 5:00 pm

                                                                                                                        Grand News!
                                                                                                          the only thing new at the 

                                                                                                           warehouse is the manager 
                                                                                                               (well, sort of).
                                                                                                        Before we begin
                                                                                                   our quarterly journey
                                                                                                   through the warehouse
                                                                                                   eyeballing its abundance
                                                                                                   of “goodies”, we are
                                                                                                   pleased to announce
                                                                                                   that we have a new
                                                                                                   Warehouse Manager. He
    Map of Washington Park by William S. Egerton, Superintendent of                                is John Carson, a long
    Parks, Albany 1892. From Public Parks of the City of Albany, N.Y.                              time Albany resident,
    by W.S. Egerton.
                                                                                                   Warehouse volunteer and
                                                                                                   renovation contractor.
    or parked). Ingraham               The Conservancy is           also in the works, with
                                                                                                   John recently took over
    Heins says that the park       also working on several          the addition, among other
                                                                                                   from Mark Brogna who
    was never designed to          new initiatives. First, is the   things, of self-guided
                                                                                                   enjoyed a long and
    have staging areas and         development of a volunteer       garden bed and tree
                                                                                                   successful run at the job.
    as a result of increased       program that assigns             walking tours that visitors
                                                                                                   Not unlike Mark, John
    dialogue with the city, all    people to quadrants in the       can download.
                                                                                                   brings much expertise
    such staging areas will        park to help keep it clean            As Ingraham Heins
                                                                                                   and enthusiasm to the        On Friday, March 27th,the Parts Warehouse
    be removed by 2010. In         and to identify and report       sees it, there’s a lot of
                                                                                                   job. Thus, the transition    was the location of a well-attended party
    addition, a trailer (located   potential problems. A            work to be done to further
                                                                                                   has been smooth              to thank out-going manager Mark Brogna
    near the lake house) that      similar program is in effect     enhance and stabilize the                                   (left) for his service and to congratulate
                                                                                                   since John has been a
    was used for storage has       in Buffalo and Ingraham          park, and new members                                       John Carson as he assumes the manager's
                                                                                                   preservation aficionado
    been removed. New stairs       Heins is exploring the           and volunteers are always                                   helm. In the background, Bill Brandow (HAF
                                                                                                   for so long. His
    are also being installed       implementation of such           welcome. In fact, Ingraham                                  2nd VP) gets the party rolling. And roll it
                                                                                                   construction background
    at the lake house. WPC         a program here. Second,          Heins is so enthusiastic                                    did...right into the wee hours.
                                                                                                   will also be immensely
    and the city will partner      WPC is also working              about getting people
                                                                                                   helpful to all of you “do-
    financially to replace         with Historic Albany             involved, she invites them
                                                                                                   it-yourselfers” since he has "been there, and done that." In recent years, John has
    trees that were destroyed      Foundation (HAF) to              to call her at 518-758-6197
                                                                                                   rehabbed two historic houses in Albany. So stop in and see him and let him help
    during the December 2008       conduct a walking tour           to get started!
                                                                                                   you with your preservation needs.
    ice storm. And to further      of the park as well as to             Washington Park
                                                                                                        One of John’s first endeavors as Warehouse Manager was to direct a
    protect the trees; no more     present associated lectures      is truly one of Albany’s
                                                                                                   successful and efficient salvage of several houses on North Lake Avenue near
    stapling or putting screws     in the lake house. And           historic architectural gems.
                                                                                                   Clinton Avenue. This took place on Monday the 23rd. A charter school is planning
    into them to display signs,    third, plans to update the       In that regard, all of us
                                                                                                   expansion; thus a group of middle and working class houses were cited for
    etc. will be allowed.          Conservancy Website are          have a role to play as its
                                                                                                   demolition. They ranged in age from the 1850s to the 1870s. One was a handsome
                                                                                                   brick Italianate with arched cast iron lintels. A large crew successfully removed
    The Albany Bench was                                                                           these as well as six panel common doors, walnut railings, newel posts, spindles
        designed for the                                                                           and cast iron door hardware. There were also doors and drawers from built-in
        city by sculptor                                                                           cupboards and small butler’s pantries. All these items are in good condition and
       Merlin Szosz. WPC                                                                           are just waiting to move to your historic house. An exceptional find was at least
        commissioned its                                                                           six very nice (both design and condition) wooden mantel pieces. Some are fairly
    design and purchased                                                                           elaborate and were originally grained to look like fine marble. These could be
    and picked placement                                                                           stripped and would be wonderful if re-grained. These mantels are priced from
    for many of benches.                                                                           $125 up to $200. In other words, priced to sell!
                                                                                                        As per usual with a new regime, John has priced some items simply to make
                                                                                                   room for the usual new additions that come with springtime renovations. Here,
                                                                                                   then, are some of the examples: Many sinks and toilets and steam radiators will
                                                                                                   be reduced for quick sale. In fact, some of the sinks that are too modern for us
                                                                                                   (post 1950) will be free.
                                                                                                        We will also see a reduction in the price of cast iron fireplace surrounds.
                                                                                                   These are the curved top pieces that fit inside a mantel piece. Victorian style.
                                                                                                   There are some low priced and free storm windows and common single light
                                                                                                   sash. A very old set of fireplace andirons is also available. Another item in the
                                                                                                   bargain department is our huge collection of miscellaneous ceramic tile.
                                                                                                        there are also many assorted items that are available—some for historic
                                                                                                   houses and some a little newer—as well as some things for artistic use, starting
                                                        This lakeside view shows                   with a one burner, kerosene fired plumber’s stove. (Used to melt lead.) We also
                                                        the walking paths along the                have a better than average supply of French doors and windows. And, there are
                                                        lake. The WPC is working
                                                                                                                                                                  continued page 7
                                                        to make sure those paths
                                                        are mainteained and further
                                                        developed around the lake.                          the Parts warehouse hours:
                                                                                                        wednesday–Friday, noon to 5:00 pm;  
                                                                                                           saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Safe and Clean Tulip Festival from page 3
    behavior during and after the various events associated with the festival. These and
    related materials will be made available to appropriate news outlets, colleges and                                                      For all your Parts Warehouse
    student organizations both prior to and on the days of the event itself. These materials                                                        needs, contact:
    will also appear on the city’s Special Events website (
        For its part, to assure the overall pleasing ambience of the neighborhood, the                                                               John Carson
    Department of General Services (DGS) will add two overtime crews to deploy the All                                                                 Manager
    Terrain Litter Vaccums (ATLV) to Lark Street on Sunday and Monday mornings after                                                         Historic Albany Foundation
    festival events to clear away any accumulated debris.                                                                                   Architectual Parts Warehouse
        In closing, Mr. Pryor reminded residents that they, too, can help with this effort.
                                                                                                                                                89 Lexington Avenue
    Accordingly, he continued, if during the course of the Festival you encounter something
    that constitutes an emergency, call 911 as you normally would. On the other hand, if you
    observe something that otherwise would seem likely to affect safety or quality of life in
    the neighborhood, call the Albany Police Department at 438-4000.
Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 6

                         Capital Happenings

This is just a small sampling of arts and cultural events       Albany Aquaducks                                                     travel, with featured artist Jason Bryer and bike art from
happening in and around our neighborhood this season. Please    25 Quackenbush Square; 518-462-DUCK; www.                            Down Tube in the side room.
contact the sponsoring organization for more information and                                             •	   6/5-26; People’s Choice – UAG Gallery Show. The UAG
complete schedules.                                             •	 5/10 – 10/31. 2009 Ticket Prices: Adults, $26; Seniors/           presents the 2009 People’s Choice Show, with featured
                                                                    Military, $24; Children (4-12), $15; Infant (0-3, on             works by local high school students and artists in grades
Albany County Historical Association                                adult’s lap), free.                                              below high school in the side room.
Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck Place; 436-9826; www.          •	 5/23; 12 noon; Albany Trolley Tour; The Titanic and                                            other Steamboat Disasters. A special tour of the            Historic Albany Foundation
The 209-year-old Ten Broeck Mansion is the headquarters             Albany Rural Cemetery with Peter Hess. Tour departs         89 Lexington Avenue; 465-0876;
of the Albany County Historical Association – ACHA – a              from Chapel of Albany Rural Cemetery, Route 32,             Call for reservations for Walkabout Wednesdays as each tour
non-profit state-chartered organization that helps preserve         Menands.                                                    is limited to 25 participants. Additional tours may be added
and explain the history and heritage of New York’s Capital                                                                      based on demand. Tours are from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Region.                                                         Capital Rep                                                     •	 4/29; South Lake Avenue tour with Christiana Limniatis,
•	 5/2; 12 noon – 4:00 pm; Living History Day. Official         111 North Pearl Street; 445-SHOW;                  meet at South Lake and Madison Avenues.
      opening day of 2009 ACHA season. Free family event        4/24-5/17; Boston Marriage. From David Mamet, the               •	 5/20; Washington Park tour with Bill Brandow, meet at
      with re-enactors, musicians, vendors, demonstrations,     Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross                  Willett Street and Madison Avenue.
      Mansion and garden tours, pony rides and more.            and American Buffalo, comes this devastatingly funny            •	 6/10; Downtown Albany tour with Walter Wheeler,
•	 5/6; 1:00 pm; Garden Talk and Tea. “Planting Spring          and fiercely clever comedy with a twist. Boston Marriage              meet at State Street and Broadway.
      Garlic” by herbalist, crafter, Ruth Ann Price. $10,       chronicles the exploits of a pair of wildly witty female        •	 7/15; Marion Boulevard tour with Lorraine Weiss, meet
      reservations required.                                    Victorian-era companions whose sharp-tongued dialogue                 at Marion Boulevard. and Western Avenue.
•	 5/16; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Quadricentennial Celebration.      tickle out the truth about barely repressed desire, collapsed   •	 8/19; Ten Broeck Triangle tour with Anthony Opalka,
      Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park, located at approximately   class distinctions and getting exactly what you want.                 meet at St. Joseph’s Church, 38 Ten Broeck Street.
      595 Broadway, Menands in the Town of Colonie, near        Contains adult language and subject matter.
      the boundary of Watervliet.                                                                                               Senior Services of Albany
•	 6/4; 6:00 pm; “Just Gaming.” The Embossing Company           eba Center for Dance & Fitness                                  Louise Corning Center, 25 Delaware Avenue; 465-3325; www.
      of Albany 1870-1955. Exhibit opening and reception.       351 Hudson Avenue; 459-9916;         
                                                                5/1 & 5/2; 7:00 pm; eba’s 36th Anniversary Spring Salon         6/2; 6:30 pm; Senior Idol, Myers Middle School, Albany.
Albany Institute of History & Art                               Concert by Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre.                Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, choirs, bands, and
125 Washington Avenue; 463-4478;        Join eba in celebrating 36 years of creating, performing        storytellers entertain.
Quadricentennial Lecture Series                                 and teaching the art of dance and movement. Concert
•	 4/26; 2:00 pm; Len Tantillo, Artist – Painting the Valley:   features daring, witty and emotional dance theatre.             WAMC Performing Arts Studio
    History and Process.                                        Includes highlights from the company’s diverse repertoire       339 Central Avenue; 1-800-323-9262;
•	 5/ 1; 6:00 pm; John Cronin, Beacon Institute for Rivers      of classical and historical modern dance and avant garde        4/24; 8:00 pm; Justin Townes Earle. Justin Townes Earle’s age
    and Estuaries – The Hudson and Its Watershed.               dance theatre.                                                  belies his experience. Growing up in Nashville, he misspent
•	 5/3; 2:00 pm; T.J. Stiles, Author – The First Tycoon: The                                                                    his youth playing in bluegrass/ragtime combo The Swindlers
    Epic life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.                          The Egg                                                         and the louder, more rocking The Distributors. With
•	 5/17; 2:00 pm; Art Cohn, Lake Champlain Maritime             473-1845;                                        inspirations as diverse as Townes Van Zandt (he was named
    Museum – What Lies Beneath: The Archaeological              •	 4/19; 7:00 pm; Dance – The World; Nederlands                 in honor of the elder Earle’s hero), Jimmy Reed, Kurt Cobain,
    Legacy of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.                   Dans Theatre II. Nederlands Dans Theatre II, the           The Replacements, Ray Charles and The Pogues, Justin
•	 5/28; 12:30 pm; Edward F. Levine, Author – The Hudson             extraordinary Dutch company of young raging talents,       forged his own brand of American roots music. $17.
    Fulton Celebration of 1909.                                      is famous for being one of the most revolutionary
•	 5/31; 2:00 pm; Jeremy D’Entremont, Author –                       ensembles in the world of modern dance. Adult, $28;        Washington Avenue Armory
    lighthouses and Keepers of the Hudson River.                     Senior, $24; Child, $14.                                   195 Washington Ave.; 518-694-7160; www.
                                                                •	 4/25; 7:30 pm; American Roots & Branches; Mark     
Albany Public Library                                                O’Connor. Mark O’Connor, America’s quintessential          5/16; 7:00 pm; Roller Derby – Albany All Stars vs. Coal City
161 Washington Ave., 427-4300,           fiddle player, has gathered the most extraordinary         Rollers. Who are the Albany All Stars? They’re fishnets,
•	 4/25; 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Riverway Storytelling Festival.          young string players in the country together for           short skirts, bruises and hell on eight wheels. They’ll steal
    Whether you’re six or sixty-six, Riverway Storytelling           The American String Celebration - an evening of            your heart, check you into the boards and then flash a smile
    Festival offers funny stories to make you laugh,                 traditional folk, jazz and contemporary classical          through their mouth guards, and that’s before they get on
    eerie stories to make you shiver, and heartwarming               music. Adult, $28; Child, $14.                             the track. The All-Stars were founded in 2006 by a group of
    stories that will boost your spirit. Some events are                                                                        tough chicks committed to sportsmanship, showmanship and
    free, while some require preregistration. www.              First Friday – many locations – May 1, June 5                   unleashing the fury on their opponents. Adult, $12; Kids, $4.                            Upstate Artists Guild, 247 Lark Street; www.
•	 Sunday Cinema. 4/19; 2:00 pm; Doubt. 5/3; 2:00 pm; The; 426-3501
    Great Gatsby. 5/17; 2:00 pm; The Curious Case of Benjamin   •	 5/1-22; Grand Tour – UAG Gallery Show. The UAG
    Button. 5/31; 2:00 pm; Charade.                                  presents Grand Tour, a show about transportation and
                                                                                                                                 Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 7

Gardens, from page 4                                           New on Lark Street from page 4
to salad that is rich in dark leafy greens like                involved in the community and becoming active in the Lark
escarole, kale, arugula and mustard can make                   Street BID, which he credits for being extremely helpful in
a huge nutritional difference, and can drop a                  getting his store open, i.e., assisting with permits and zoning
person’s risk of heart disease by almost five                  issues, etc.
percent!                                                           Right now, Lark Computers is open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm,
     I’ve also been thinking about what other                  Monday through Saturday. But, given his short commute
nutritious vegetables I will plant this season to              across the street, you may find Tyler there at other times as
help supplement my diet. Certainly tomatoes                    well. So, stop by and say hi – even if you don’t need any work
are always on my list along with green beans,                  done on your IT system.
cucumbers and a variety of hot peppers. But
this year, I’m adding a few rows of potatoes, a
hill or two of winter squash and an assortment
of root crops including beets and carrots. Each
                                                               Roundtable from page 1
of these crops can be stored through a good                    for Public Spaces); Robert McNulty (Partners for Livable
part of the winter months and will provide                     Places); Paul Pritchard (National Parks and Conservation
me with a “free” source of highly nutritious,                  Association); Richard Bradley (proponent of downtown
organically grown food during the off season.                  business districts); Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place);
That alone is a heck of a good reason to                       James Howard Kunstler (author and new urbanist); Jany
cultivate a garden during these tough economic                 Holtz Kay (architecture critic, author of Asphalt Nation);
times.                                                         Joseph P. Riley (Mayor, Charleston, South Carolina); Richard
     So, if you’re thinking about growing some                 Reinhart (Buffalo Place); and others.
food this season but don’t feel knowledgeable                      Tickets to the 30th Anniversary cocktail reception are $30.
enough to get started, you might be interested                 Honorary committee and corporate sponsorships are also
in some of our classes like Gardening 101 for                  available. For more information visit the Roundtable’s blog at
beginners, Growing for Optimal Nutrition, or         , call 518-431-1440 (the
Five Months of Food. Call our office at 274-8685               Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or e-mail
or email us at for more            
information. The class schedule is posted on
our website at

Capital District Community Gardens is a private non-
profit organization that has been improving local urban
neighborhoods through gardening and greening projects for
more than 30 years. CDCG is dedicated to growing stronger                             Supports
communities through horticultural projects in the inner city                      Capital Neighbors!
and currently manages 46 cooperative neighborhood food
gardens in Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties.
For more information, go to our Website at
                                                                       Albany Area Housing Opportunities
                                                                              246 Hudson Avenue
Warehouse, from page 5                                                         Albany, NY 12210
quite a few of the multi-paned porch windows
in good condition. These came from the porch
of a 1920s house.
     If your house is of 1950s vintage, we have
a very nice blue sink and toilet. If your house
is a little older, say 1920s, we have a yellowish
cream colored sink and toilet for $175. We also
have four old-style bed foot boards (no head
boards) that could be used as a garden trellis.
     Alert: a truly unique item—some old
balusters, made of brownstone from Albany’s
city hall. One of our more ingenious members
has used some of them as logs in an artificial
fireplace. Great idea! For your barn, basement
or attic, we have at least six bead board doors,
some with original hardware. In a more
practical mode, we have two sets of Dutch
doors, one set old, the other not so old.
     We have a nice old heart pine door, with
frame and hardware, never painted (very
handsome), four panels, circa 1920s. Also,
some of the surplus doors from the Howe
Library renovation. And, we have some soap
stone and slate frames for heat grates, these are
usually used for artistic purposes. Lastly we
have a very nice slate mantel shelf which has
been grained to look like fancy marble.
     And so, get with it! The start of that spring
“reno” on your old house is already slow out of
the gate. Remember, too, when you do stop in,
be sure to see our new manager, John Carson.

 alBany yMCa BenefiTS KidS

 •	 april 18, noon-2:00 pm. The albany
    yMCa urges kids and families to
    “put play in your day.” for more
    information call 449-7196
                                                                                                                                                                 Cabaret Shows
 •	 May 2, 8:30 am (Kids fun run) and                                                                                                                            Poetry
    9:00 am (5K race) at the Washington                                                                                                                          Comedy
    Park lake house. Sponsored by                                                                                                                                hip-hop
                                                                                                                                                                 live Music
    the city and the yMCa. for more
    information call 449-7196.                                                                                                                                   open 7 days
                                                                                                                                                                 a week
 •	 May 14-17, Treasure Bazaar. The                                                                                                                              Serving food
    albany yMCa is sponsoring a bazaar                                                                                                                           from 11 am
    to benefit its reach out for youth                                                                                                                           till 2 am
    program. your gently used items
    are welcome through april 30th. for
    more information call dee at 449-                                                                                             “Where good neighbors meet”
    7196.                                                                                                                              453 Madison avenue, 463-9779
Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 8

                                             Business GuideChurches
                                                           Cathedral of all Saints, 62 S. Swan St., 465-1342,
                                                                                                                    South end improvement Corp., 38 Catherine St.,
                                                                                                                      436-8777. Grant assistance for home repairs.
                                                                                                                                                                            Prudential Manor homes realtors, 283 Lark St.,
28 dove St. limited, 28 Dove St., 432-1648. An-               fax 465-1346, e-mail                                                                         randall e. Kehoe, 127 Madison Ave., 465-2211.
   tiques and collectibles.                                Cathedral of the immaculate Conception, Corner           Professional Services                                     Attorneys at law.
advocacy Center art & Crafts gallery,                         of Eagle St. and Madison Ave., 463-4447. All are      association of architects, 235 Lark St., 449-3334.      robin’s nest Construction & renovation, 9 Bleecker
   247 Lark St.                                               welcome.                                              Becker & Becker, 21 Wilbur St., 462-5814. Attorneys       Place, 449-2935. Custom carpentry, tile, furniture,
alPro antique & lighting, 227 Lark St.,                    first lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave., 463-1326;          and counselors at law.                                 doors/windows/trim and more.
   434-3363. Chandeliers/lamps, rewired/repaired,    Oldest Lutheran          Brownstone graphics, 303 Hudson Ave., 434-8707.         Select homes, 869-2222 x212. Eileen Carroll Rosen,
   houseware polishing.                                       Congregation in North America.                           Graphic design.                                        licensed sales associate.
flamingo’s, 211 Lark St., 434-3829. Antiques and           The focus Churches:                                      frank a. Catalano, 154 Madison Ave., 432-5810.          The Center for nia and yoga, 4 Central Ave., 364-
   collectibles.                                           • emmanuel Baptist, 275 State St., 465-5161.                Attorney at law.                                       5145,
national Upholstery, 231 Lark St., 434-1458. Uphol-        • first Presby., 362 State St., 449-7332.                Capital eduation network, 132 S. Swan St., 434-
   stery and gift shop; locally produced textile crafts.   • israel aMe, 381 Hamilton St., 463-8779.                   0876. Financial consulting.                          Specialty Shops
The end of the day, 221 Lark St., 434-3236. Antiques       • Trinity Methodist, 235 Lark St., 463-1293.             Center for Body/Mind awareness, 4 Central Ave,          99 Cents and More, 141 S. Pearl St., 436-7618.
   and specialty tea shop.                                 • Westminster Presby., 262 State St., 436-8544.             463-5145.                                            albany Tattoo, 174 Madison Ave., 463-6604.
Treasure Chest, 295 Hamilton St., 449-7119. Thrift                                                                  Center Square Counseling Services, 245 Lark St.,        Cottage herb farm Shop, 311 State St.,
                                                           Metropolitan Community Church, 275 State St.                465-9700.                                               465-1130. Herbs, spices, rare teas and gifts.
   store. M-F 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-4pm.                      St. Paul’s evangelical luthern Church, 475 State St.,    hamel realty, 291 Hudson Ave., 434-3591.                eB essentials, 248 Lark St., 463-1737. Unique gifts
Arts/Entertainment                                            463-0571,>                hounds on the hudson, 210-1708. Dog walking and            for everyone.
albany art room, 457 Madison Ave., 427-3910.               St. Peter’s episcopal Church, 107 State Street.,            pet care.                                            elissa halloran designs, 225 Lark St., 432-7090.
   Create and share artistic expression.                      434-3502.                                             Key Bank of new york, Lark St. & Washington Ave.           Funky designs for the body and the home.
eba Center for dance & Movement, 351 Hudson                Wilborn Temple, 121 Jay St., 465-7561.                      463-1228; 135 S. Pearl St., 453-1637.                Joanna hetman, Jewelry Artist, 211 Lark St., 434-
   Ave., 465-9916.                                                                            lark Street Computers, 272 Lark St., 426-5275.             3829.
                                                                                                                       Computer sales and maintenance.                      lark Street Tattoo, 274 Lark St., 432-1905. Custom
                                                           Capital Kidzwear, 204 Washington Ave., 462-2791.
Automotive/Appliances                                                                                               lewis oliver, Jr., esq, 156 Madison Ave., 463-7962.        tattooing in all styles.
                                                             Affordable children’s apparel and accessories.
Beaver Body & Paint, 9 Garden Alley, 463-7044.                                                                      Math Tutoring, Christina Blais, 148 Lancaster St.,      little Moon, 467 Madison Ave., 434-6018. Tibetan
                                                           daval’s Clothiers, inc., 153 South Pearl St, 221-
  Since 1937.                                                                                                          427-6284. From fractions to Course A and GED.           gift shop.
                                                             1405. “Rebirth of Style.” Off-site consultations.
Capitol Tech auto repair, 169 Jefferson St.,                                                                        Metroland, 419 Madison Ave., 463-2500. Alternative      romeo’s gifts, 299 Lark St., 434-4014. Beauty and
                                                           Shining Star, 244 Lark St., 465-5520. Contemporary
  432-7781. ASE certified, foreign/domestic.                                                                           news weekly.                                            style made affordable.
                                                             clothing, gifts, incense club.
dunbrook Mobil, 442 Madison Ave., 434-6324.                                                                         national education association of ny, 217 Lark St.,     Simple gifts, 20 Elm St. 465-0582.
                                                           The Waldorf Tuxedo Company, Lark/Lancaster Sts.,
  Full service.                                                                                                        462-6451.                                            Viva lark Vegas, 273 Lark St. 434-4907. Professional
                                                             449-5011. Formal wear sales and rentals.
Miller’s Corner garage, 170 Madison Ave.,                                                                           new york international real estate Corp., 138           body piercing.
                                                           Unique Blends, 116 Madison Ave., 432-7495.
  426-8329.                                                                                                            Green St., 434-1481, Property
                                                                                                                       management and brokerage.                            Sports
Beauty/Hair Salons                                         Dry Cleaning/                                                                                                    The downtube, 466 Madison Ave., 434-1711.
                                                                                                                    nyS association of architects/american institute of
absolute hair, 305 Hamilton St., 432-4925.                  Laundromats/Tailors                                                                                               Bicycles for the entire family.
                                                                                                                       architects, 235 Lark St., 465-3191.
Crews, 295 Hamilton St., 448-7360. Hair salon.             dan’s Cleaners, 284 Lark St., 465-7519.                                                                          Universal Martial arts & fitness Center, 116
                                                                                                                    nyS Chiropractic association, 245 Lark St., 455-8817.
deeVa nails, 132 Madison Ave.                                 Quality dry cleaning.                                                                                           Madison Ave., 427-6308.
                                                                                                                    Pastures Village Chiropractic, 111 Green St.,
elan hair Studio, 309 Hamilton St., 427-7777.              dove St. laundromat, Corner Dove and Lancaster                                                                   yMCa/Capital district/albany Branch, 274
hair Werks, 173 S. Pearl St.                                  Sts. Self-service.                                                                                              Washington Avenue, 449-7196;
                                                                                                                    Picasso digital, 463-3396. Document scanning,
headlines ltd., 248 Lark St., 434-0299. Haircutting        in-Towne laundry, 14 Delaware Ave., 462-9313.                                                                      Building strong kids, families and communities.
                                                                                                                       print/copy, photography, Web page design.
   salon.                                                     Drop-off service available.
                                                                                                                    Plaza office Center, Corner of S. Swan St. and
hudson hair Studio, 298 Hudson Ave., 445-9644.             Mansion hill laundromat, 167 Madison Ave.
                                                                                                                       Hudson Ave., 465-3995. Office rental, voice mail,
Jonathan’s of atlanta hair design, 177 S. Pearl St.,       rocco’s, 220 Lark St., 426-4843. Laundromat, shoe
                                                                                                                       fax, copying, typing services.
   449-4153.                                                  repair and keys.
Mahogany, 109 Green St., 465-8018.                         Speed-Wash, 451 Madison Ave. Do-it-yourself
Perfect Cut, 299 Lark St., 434-3277.
Spring Break Tanning, 454 Madison Ave., 433-0595.          Flowers
                                                                                                                        Dining Guide:                          albany Coffee Shop, 222 Lark St., 465-9029. Sam’s home
Stancil’s Barber Shop, 114 Madison Ave.,                   lark St. flower Market, 262 Lark St., 427-9466. “We          cooking, featuring breakfast and lunch. amazing Wok, 267 Lark St., 434-3946. Chinese take-out
   463-6111. Specializing in Afro hair processing.           push petals.”
Super dX, inc., 189 S. Pearl St.
                                                                                                                        food. angelo’s Submarine, 133 Madison Ave., 463-1357. Submarine sandwiches. angel’s Café
The 3-Star Barber Shop, 193 S. Pearl St.                   Dental/Medical                                               and B&B, 96 Madison Ave., 426-4104. Breakfast/luncheon. a Taste of greece, 193 Lark St.,
Townsend & Company hair Salon, 153 S. Swan St.,            Bert isen, 16 Delaware Ave., 434-4408. Chiropractic          426-9000. Ben & Jerry’s, 250 Lark St., 463-7182. Ice cream cakes for all occasions. Bombers
   449-1535.                                                 services for children and adults; accept most
                                                             insurance.                                                 Burrito Bar, 258 Lark St., 463-9636. Serving enormous burritos, tacos, quesadillas and chili.
Bed & Breakfast
angel’s Cafe and B&B, 96 Madison Ave., 426-4104,
                                                           abdul Khan, 25 Dove St., 463-0522. Dentist                   Bongiorno’s restaurant, 23 Dove St., 462-9176. Veal is the house specialty. Café Capriccio,
                                                           Upper hudson Planned Parenthood, 259 Lark St., Unique                     434-5678.
                                                                                                                        49 Grand St., 465-0439. Northern Italian. Café hollywood, 275 Lark St., 472-9043. Albany’s
   urban inn.                                                                                                           fun and funky video bar. Casa oaxaca, 54 Philip St., 433-7240. Mexican café. Cheesecake
Mansion hill inn, 115 Philip St. at Park Ave.,             Not-for-Profit Organizations/
   465-2038. An urban inn and restaurant.                  Public Service                                               Machismo, 293 Hamilton St., 427-7019, 429-9012. Corner food Court, Corner Lark St. and
State Street Mansion, 281 State St., 462-6780.             albany area housing opportunities,                           Washington Ave., 463-8811. Variety of cuisines. Crisan, 197 Lark St., 445-2727. Bakery and
   Serving continental breakfast.                             246 Hudson Ave., 434-8584.
The State house, 393 State St., 427-6063. Casually                                                                      edible art gallery. debbie’s Kitchen, 456 Madison Ave., 463-3829. Unique sandwiches, soups
                                                           albany Center gallery, 39 Columbia St.,
   elegant private accommodations.                            462-4775,                  and baked goods. deJohn’s restaurant and Pub, 288 Lark St., 465-5275. dino’s Pizza, 420
                                                              Exhibiting regional contemporary art.                     Madison Ave., 396-3466. dunkin donuts, Corner Lark St. & Madison Ave., 436-5297. Donuts
Beer/Liquor/Convenience Stores                             albany damien Center, 12 S. Lake Ave.,
Capital Wine, 348 Lark St., 689-0160. International           449-7119. Drop-in community center for persons            and coffee. elda’s on lark, 207 Lark St., 449-3532. el loco Mexican Café, 465 Madison
   selection of premium wines.                                living with HIV/AIDS — call for event calendar.
diana discount Wine & liquor, 67 Grand St.,                                                                             Ave., 436-1855. Traditional Mexican specialties. el Mariachi, 289 Hamilton St., 432-7580;
                                                           Boys & girls Club, 19 Delaware Ave., 462-5528.
   449-3840.                                               neil Breslin, NYS Senate, 455-2225.                          144 Washington Ave., 465-2568. Fine Mexican/Spanish cuisine. golden dragon, 145 Madison
empire news, 10 Delaware Ave., 462-1543.                   Capital district gay and lesbian Community
imperial instaMart, 191 Lark St., 462-1260.
                                                                                                                        Ave., 433-8057. Chinese take-out. grand St. imports, 77 Grand St., 465-8465. Fresh meats,
                                                              Council, 332 Hudson Ave., 462-6138.
lark news & grocery, 252 Lark St., 465-5800.               Children’s defense fund, 247 Lark St.
                                                                                                                        produce and groceries. hoda deli, 130 Madison Ave. ike’s Pizzeria, 189 Lark St., 462-1111.
n&h grocery, 218 Lark St., 436-0484.                       dominick Calsolaro, Council Member, 463-3356.                Brooklyn style brick oven pizza and more. hill Street Café, 180 Madison Ave., 462-3544. A
Terry’s news, 302 Lark St., 432-0331.                      richard Conti, Council Member, 436-8546.
                                                                                                                        sports bar with great food. hot dog heaven, 216 Lark St., 465-3837. Serving breakfast, lunch
Books                                                      Christopher higgins, County Legislator, 320,8580.
dove & hudson old Books, 296 Hudson Ave.,                  Carolyn Mclaughlin, Council Member, 462-1458.                and dinner. J.g.’s Pizza, 195 Lark St., 465-1922. Traditional, white and gourmet pizza. Justin’s,
  432-4518. Used books and publishers overstocks.          environmental advocates, 353 Hamilton St.,                   301 Lark St., 436-7008. Extraordinary food, jazz and art. lark Street deli & Catering, 196
hodge Podge Books, 272 Lark St., 434-0238.                    462-5526.
                                                           equinox Community Services, inc., 95 Central Ave.,           Lark St., 436-9396. Specialty sandwiches. lark Tavern, 453 Madison Ave., 463-9779. Hot and
  “Reading is fun.”
                                                              tel 434-6135, fax 434-4502.                               cold sandwiches. legends Sports Bar, 288 Lark St., 275-4900. Big screen TVs with pub fare.
                                                                            historic albany foundation/historic
                                                                            albany Parts Warehouse, 83-89               lombardo’s restaurant, 119-121 Madison Ave., 462-9180. Fine Italian food. Magnolias on
                                                                            Lexington Ave., 465-2987.                   The Park, 462 Madison Ave., 449-2492. Fine dining at affordable prices. Mamoun’s Mideast
                                                                            housing Works, 247 Lark St. Housing
                                                                                                                        Café, 206 Washington Ave., 434-3901. Mediterranean cuisine. Mansion hill inn, 115 Philip
                                                                            for homeless people living with AIDS/
                                                                            HIV.                                        St., 465-2038. Maria’s Spanish food, 185½ Lark St., 472-9429. Mcguire’s, 353 State St.,
                                                                            lark Street neighborhood district           463-2100. Fine Dining. Metro Mini Mart, 165 Madison Ave., 449-1491. Groceries, deli and ATM.
                                                                            Management association, 245 Lark
                                                                            St., 434-3861. The Heart of Albany.         new image deli, 179 S. Pearl St., 463-5439. oh Bar, 304 Lark St., 463-9004. An alternative
                                                                            Maternal infant network of the              neighborhood bar. Pinto and hobbs, State and Dove Sts., 426-4900. American cuisine. Price
                                                                            Capital region, 307 Hamilton St.,
                                                                            426-1153.                                   Chopper Supermarket, 40 Delaware Ave., 465-2603. Open 24 hours. ramona’s, 290 Lark
                                                                            Jack Mceneny, NYS Assembly,                 St., 449-2010. Open 7 days, breakfast and lunch. romeo’s Pizza, 187 Lark St., 449-9000.
                                                                            new york Coalition for alternatives
                                                                                                                        Scratch Bakery & Café, 452 Madison Ave., 465-2233. Fresh baked goods and deli. Simply
                                                                            to Pesticides, 353 Hamilton St.,            fish, 147 S. Pearl St., 396-3474. Soho Pizza, 269 Lark St., 449-1111. Greenwich Village
                                                                            426-8246.                                   style brick oven pizza and more. Stephanie’s deli, 145 Madison Ave., 432-4540. Sukkothai,
                                                                            nyS association of Black & Puerto
                                                                            rican legislators, 174 S. Swan St.,         254 Lark St., 463-0223. Thai food restaurant. Stella del Mare, 123 Madison Ave., 434-0310.
                                                                            427-8363.                                   Groceries, deli, Italian specialties. Taj Mahal restaurant, 193 Lark St., 426-9000. Authentic
                                                                            nutrition Consortium, 235 Lark St.,
                                                                            463-1293.                                   Indian cuisine. The daily grind, 204 Lark St., 434-1482. Full café menu with great coffee.
                                                                            Senior Services of albany, 25               The good leaf, 274 Lark St., 434-0132. Gourmet tea company and café. The lionheart Blues
                                                                            Delaware Ave., 465-3322.
                                                                            resource Center, inc., 291 Hudson           Café, 448 Madison Ave., 436-9530. The new Madison grill, 331 Madison Ave., 434-1938.
                                                                            Ave., 463-9242 or 800-811-1175.             “Best pizza in town.” Townsend Park Bakery Café, 238 Washington Ave., 462-2881. V & r
                                                                            NYS advocate on mental health
                                                                                                                        restaurant, 136 Madison Ave., 626-0001. Italian, daily specials. Zuzu’s Wonderful life, inc.,
                                                                                                                        299-301 Hamilton St., 426-1269. Healthy snacks/salads. Wine Bar & Bistro, 200 Lark St.,
                                                                                                                        463-2881. European style wines and lite fare.

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