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
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 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.
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Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 2
& News NOtes
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
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
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
H/PNA is also bidding assistance from the City of Jennings as speaker. Holly Katz, Chair, Board of Directors, email@example.com
Albany’s Department of Participation at PSNA
adieu to Rich Berkley, Worth Gretter, Public Relations Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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
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
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Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 4
Conserving an Ou
By Sharon DiLorenzo
Albany's Washington Park Conservancy Par
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
By Leslie Moran Frances Ingraham Heins, President
William Lemmon, Vice-President
Dennis Anderson, Treasurer
Bill Pettit, Secretary
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
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
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Spring 2009, CAPITAL Neighbors — 5
By Mac Mowbray The Parts
rtners with the city to Preserve the Park Wednesday–
Friday, noon to
Warehouse am to 5:00 pm
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
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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
• 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
the city and the yMCa. for more
information call 449-7196. open 7 days
• 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
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 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.
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
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
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.
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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.
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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
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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.