Some stuff going on this week...

As it turns out, Tucker Carlson's understanding of Albany demographics is lacking

Central Ave Asian market

Central Ave has become a bustling center of Albany's immigrant communities.

Summer noticed something during Kathy Sheehan's appearance Fox News last week about the "sanctuary" status of cities that stuck out to us, too:

Clearly Tucker Carlson's assertion that "40% of Albany residents are foreign born" is a made up statistic. But I'm curious... Do we know what the real number is?

Whether Carlson made that number up (possible) or was just confused (also very possible), it is not correct.

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Novel canids

Here's an interesting AP story about how eastern coyotes -- that is, the kind we have in this area -- are becoming wolflike. "It's especially bad news for deer. In becoming more wolflike, the coyotes might become more effective predators, scientists said. And the genetic changes bode well for their ability to keep thriving in highly populated areas, including New York City and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as well as the deer-rich woods of Maine and upstate New York." (The article also includes some comments from former NY State Museum scientist Roland Kays.) [AP/Washington Post] Earlier: Coyotes in Albany

Empire Pass Card 2018 sale

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New York State parks are currently on sale.

OK, to be more specific, passes to New York State parks are now on sale. The 2018 Empire Pass Card is now available for $65 online through March 31, 2018. After that it will be $80.

State parks press release blurbage (emphasis added):

[The] Empire Pass Card is a better and more cost effective way to enjoy the more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, recreational trails, boat launches and more. The Empire Pass Card is a wallet-sized plastic card that can be shared among family members including parents, grandparents, caregivers and more. It is presented upon vehicle entry and includes QR code and embedded chip technology to allow for easier park access at select facilities. ...
As a special note, those wishing to give the gift of the outdoors this year should order their new specially priced 2018 Empire Pass Card by Friday December 8 to ensure delivery in time for the holidays.
The former Empire Pass decal, which was not shareable and required attachment to one vehicle, will no longer be offered. All 2017 Empire Pass Decals will be accepted through their expiration on March 31, 2018.

If you're a frequent New York State Park visitor the Empire Pass -- and it's unlimited admission -- has been the most economical option for paying entrance fees. If you go to a park 8-10 times during seasons with admission fees, you've pretty much paid for the pass and admission after that is free.

The 46ers set to make its local debut on WMHT

That documentary about the Adirondack High Peaks and the people who hike them -- The 46ers -- is set to run on WMHT December 4 at 7:30 pm. Blurbage for the doc, which was directed by Blake Cortright:

The film seeks to discover what transforms ordinary men and women into the legendary 46ers. The project began in the summer of 2012 when Blake first experienced the commanding view atop the lofty summit of Mt. Marcy, NY's tallest mountain.
Over the last two years, the filmmakers interviewed more than twenty 46ers and aspiring 46ers, hiked over 100 miles, and filmed over 100 hours of footage. The crew summited several High Peaks and many shorter hills carrying camera gear to capture the film's breathtaking scenery. The mountains provide an incredibly vast and wild backdrop for the documentary, inspiring a sense of scale and wonder.

The project in the works since at least 2013 when it raised more than 14k on Kickstarter, and it's now being distributed nationally by WCNY in Syracuse.

In addition to December 4, The 46ers will also air on WMHT December 10 at 5:30 pm and 11 pm.

(Thanks, Tim!)

Charming prints of Albany

Paul Gallo State Street print

Check out this fun series of prints by Paul Gallo in his No3rdW Etsy shop. Many of them feature local scenes, such as as the above titled "State Street, Albany, NY."

From an announcement on the shop page:

Here you can find original linocut prints made by me! Each item comes from one or more hand-carved linoleum blocks. These blocks are then inked and printed by hand onto paper. Each print has it's own unique texture and appearance. In the case of the 'reduction prints', the blocks are carved away with each color applied to the paper - this means that additional prints can never be created of these designs. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

The Etsy shop collection includes a handful of different prints, along with holiday cards.

Paul's name might be familiar to you as the photographer for many of the Open House features here on AOA.

photo: No3rdW Etsy

Reaction to guilty verdict in Troy murder trial, protest of police conduct in Troy, talking with Carolyn McLaughlin

Reaction to guilty verdict in the death of Noel Alkaramla
+ Debra Napoli -- Noel Alkaramla's mother, and Johnny Oquendo's former wife -- after Oquendo was found guilty Friday of murdering her daughter in Troy in 2015: "I'll never hold my child. I'll never be a grandmother. There's no time that can fill the empty space that he's left me in my heart ... Johnny, God's got a place for you and not in his kingdom. There's a place you will be going below, reserved in Hell." [Troy Record] [WNYT] [Spectrum]
+ Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove on Andrew Botts, the ADA who prosecuted the case and the subject of criticism from the trial judges for procedural issues: "He is the consummate professional, and this verdict bears out all the hard work he put into the case." [Spectrum]
+ Oquendo's attorney says he's planning to appeal. [TU]

Cuomo admin accused of not responding to sexual harassment complaint
The woman who's accused former Empire State Development Corp. regional president Sam Hoyt of sexually harassing her alleges in a lawsuit that the Cuomo administration exhibited "deliberate indifference" to her complaints about the state official. Cuomo admin counsel Alphonso David called the allegation "patently and demonstrably false." [NY Post] [NYT]

Local ethics boards
A Times Union review of local municipal ethics boards around the Capital Region "revealed many of the panels meet only 'as needed' and do not update their codes or proactively conduct investigations -- throwing them into a state of dormancy that can last years." [TU]

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The week ahead

vice president Joe Biden

Amtrak enthusiast Joe Biden will be at Proctors.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (expected), to Thanksgiving, to Joe Biden, to words, to turkey trotting, to museums, to music...

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A quick recap of the week

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

+ We gave away tickets to the Regina Spektor show at the Palace -- and a gift card for The Hollow -- by asking: What's a song that means something to you? Why? (There were many good answers.)

+ Here's a look inside The Cuckoo's Nest, the new restaurant from the owners of Crave that's taken over the old Ginger Man space.

+ Deanna pointed out the Benedict Trio at Tipsy Moose.

+ Ahead for the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail: another paved segment and a trailhead upgrade.

+ The crow trucks are returning.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: vegan food, Daley's on Yates, Minar Indian Cuisine, a membrane to constrain cheese and bacon, baked beans, donuts, a short hike with good views, yoga in the Hill Towns, the first frost, the appalling conflagration, restoring an old cemetery, gas station etiquette, a name vote, and simplifying.

+ A few more details about the proposed mixed-use development near St. Peter's hospital -- Albany has some density issues it needs to work out.

+ And more exciting tales from the Albany Planning Board, including neighborhood opposition to the big private dorm proposed for Western Ave.

Here's the whole week in one place.

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

Private dorm opposition, a big downtown residential conversion, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

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A rendering of the proposed private dorm project on Western Ave.

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience in Albany City Hall once a month in which the fates of multi-million dollar projects are (partially) decided.

This month: Opposition to a new private dorm on Western Ave! Approval for a big residential conversion downtown! A new turn in a long running drama! And more exciting tales...

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Stuff to do this weekend

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Bob Dylan plays The Palace this weekend

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

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

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

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

Trial in the death of Noel Alkaramla
Update: The jury returned Friday and found Oquendo guilty on all counts, including second-degree murder. [TU]

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

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

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

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Today's moment of architecture

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Architecture moods around West Capitol Park Thursday night:

The Capitol: LOOK AT ME!

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

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

The Regrettes at The Low Beat

the band The Regrettes

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

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

The opener for the show are locals Mystery Girl.

photo: Chade Kamenshine

The Women of Schuyler Mansion

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

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

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

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

image via Schuyler Mansion Facebook

Moriah Formica doesn't advance on The Voice

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

New Scotland Village retail apt rendering 2017-November

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

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

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

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The family-friendly city

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

Albany Book & Paper Fair 2017

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

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

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

Here's a list of exhibitors so far.

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

photo via Albany Book & Paper Fair Facebook

The costs of free summer concert season

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

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