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Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 1 CAPITAL Neighbors CENTER SQUARE l HUDSON/PARK l MANSION l PARK SOUTH l WASHINGTON PARK Spring 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 Albany Tulip Festival By Colleen M. Ryan O Roundtable 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/ A 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 B 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 McPheeters 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 www.albanyevents.org. 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 Neighborhood & News NOtes support your neighborhood associations! Capital Hudson/Park list serve manager and information visit www. Center Square Association Neighbors Pine Hills’s gain is Hudson Avenue resident. hudsonpark.org . P.O. Box 7134, Albany, NY 12224; 433-8011 e-mail: email@example.com 2008-09 Hudson/Park’s loss. To Rich isn’t moving that far Web site: www.centersquare.org away (State Street, just off Park South Assoc. the regret of many of our President, Paul Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsors residents, Roger Bearden Lark Street) so he will still The March 31st meeting Vice President, Ben Chi, email@example.com be in the ‘hood. Rumor of the association centered Director of Community Outreach, Bob Serenka, firstname.lastname@example.org (H/PNA’s three-term Corresponding Secretary, Elise Van Allen, email@example.com Center Square president) and his family has it that he might still on developing strategies Recording Secretary, Kelly Bush, firstname.lastname@example.org Neighborhood (wife, Erin Tobin, and volunteer to keep the list and creating partnerships Treasurer, Dixie Hathaway, email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Neighborhood on behalf of H/PNA to cleanup will begin at 8:00 informed about PSNA’s President, Open, email@example.com Park South make our neighborhood am and will be followed participation in the annual Vice President, Ellen Picotte, firstname.lastname@example.org Neighborhood by a BBQ at the Hudson/ city-wide cleanup on Secretary, Bryan O’Malley-Marcou, email@example.com a better place in which to Treasurer, Richard Brash, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 e-mail: email@example.com ! anks s! H/PNA is also bidding assistance from the City of Jennings as speaker. Holly Katz, Chair, Board of Directors, firstname.lastname@example.org Albany’s Department of Participation at PSNA Th ank adieu to Rich Berkley, Worth Gretter, Public Relations Chair, email@example.com our vigilant “codes” guy, General Services. For more meetings by all residents is Th encouraged. Park South Neighborhood Association 271 Myrtle Avenue, Albany NY 12210; 505-6439 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com years at 122 South Web site: www.wpneighbors.org Preservation’s John E. Streb Preservation the HAF web site at www.historic-albany. Swan Street, Brian President, Bill Pettit, firstname.lastname@example.org Fund for New York. Historic Albany org/index.html or call HAF at 465-0876 Petraitis (director of the First Vice President, Mic Lacey, MichaelAlacey@laceys.com was among several grant recipients for details). “We know St. Teresa’s church Second Vice President, Mary Stoll, email@example.com Board’s New York State Secretary, Jackie Heitzman, firstname.lastname@example.org selected in a competitive application and school are in great shape,” says government relations Treasurer, Sallie Livingston, Sally1511p@aol.com 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 albanyny.org 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 email@example.com North Pearl Street July 9 Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 3 t 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 hotmail.com, (Chestnut verizon.net, (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 Coalition. 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 C Capital District Community Gardens Albany's Washington Park Conservancy Par Gardens for everyone D 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 / email@example.com Washington Park Conservancy Board of Directors NEW In the Officers By Leslie Moran Frances Ingraham Heins, President Neighborhood William Lemmon, Vice-President H Dennis Anderson, Treasurer Bill Pettit, Secretary Lark Street Computers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Parts Hours: 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 B 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 stewards. 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 (www.albanyevents.org). 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 465-2987 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 Compiled by Colleen Ryan 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 albanyaquaducks.org • 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 tenbroeckmansion.org 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; www.historic-albany.org 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; www.capitalrep.org 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; www.eba-arts.org seniorservicesofalbany.com 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; www.albanyinstitute.org 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; www.wamcarts.org • 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; www.theegg.org 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 washingtonavenuearmory.com 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, www.albanypubliclibrary.org 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. riverwaystorytellingfestival.org Upstate Artists Guild, 247 Lark Street; www. • Sunday Cinema. 4/19; 2:00 pm; Doubt. 5/3; 2:00 pm; The upstateartistsguild.org; 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 www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com, 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 email@example.com for more firstname.lastname@example.org. information. The class schedule is posted on our website at www.cdcg.org. Capital District Community Gardens is a private non- profit organization that has been improving local urban neighborhoods through gardening and greening projects for AAHO 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 www.cdcg.org. Albany Area Housing Opportunities 246 Hudson Avenue Warehouse, from page 5 Albany, NY 12210 434-8584 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 Antiques/Art/Collectibles/ Framing/Jewelry/Upholstery 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., 439-4943. 28 dove St. limited, 28 Dove St., 432-1648. An- fax 465-1346, e-mail email@example.com. 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, www.firstlutheranalbany.org. 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, www.nia-yoga.com. 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, www.Luther95.net/SPELC-ANYI> hounds on the hudson, 210-1708. Dog walking and for everyone. www.ebessentials.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. lark Street Computers, 272 Lark St., 426-5275. 3829. Clothing 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, email@example.com. 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, 274 436-8053. hair Werks, 173 S. Pearl St. Sts. Self-service. Washington Avenue, 449-7196; www.cdymca.org. 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 Laundromat. 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., www.angelsbedandbreakfast.com. 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, www.albanycentergalleries.org. 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. 455-4178. 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., services. 299-301 Hamilton St., 426-1269. Healthy snacks/salads. Wine Bar & Bistro, 200 Lark St., 463-2881. European style wines and lite fare.