Props to the peeps over at SPAC for not shying away from booking the biggest names in hip hop! Sure, it’s possible that we’ll only get to see ONE hip hop tour in the Spa City this year, but it’s better than nothing. Drizzy Drake shut it down last year, and this year, we see the return of Lil Wayne and company to the 518.
The calendar says its spring, but it doesn’t feel like it. I mean, come on. Check your thermometer. The day-time temperatures this week are 40-something degrees! Far from scorching to say the least. However, some familiar sights and sounds of spring are starting to emerge. Snow is melting, birds are chirping, and food trucks are open in downtownAlbanyfor another season of business!
Get ready for a new restaurant chain with food so good you’ll smack ya momma! Texas Roadhouse is set to open its first Capital Region location on August 1st. The steak and ribs chain will set up shop at 105 Wolf Road.
The Capital Region is not without its fair share of bodegas. You can go to every Price Chopper, Stewarts, Mobil, Hess, Hannaford or Shop Rite in the area, but if you’re looking for plantain chips or hard-to-find Hispanic ingredients you’re probably gonna have to hit up the neighborhood bodega.
The state is rolling out a new, harder to fake driver’s license. They goin’ all old school on us, too! The photos will be black and white. Also, the state thinks your pretty face is so nice they’re printing it twice. The ID will feature your photo on the left and a smaller duplicate photo in a circle on the right. The pics will appear on both sides of the card. “Experts” claim this will make them more difficult to forge, but we’re pretty sure someone will figure it out sooner or later.
The “Turn Up” kid is officially the most annoying dude in the Capital Region. A video that documents a brawl near the Capitol after the annual St. Patty’s Day parade has gone viral. It’s tough to decipher exactly what lead to the may lay because of shaky camera work and the d-bag screaming “turn up” non-stop.
The Capital Region has spoken! We asked you to vote for your favorite people and places around the 518 and you delivered. Here are the results of the 2013 Capital Region Hot List as voted for by YOU! Congrats to all our winners!
A Schenectady woman has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer with his own weapon during a traffic stop. 19 year old, Denita Collier, fled from police officers after an early morning traffic stop on Wednesday. An altercation ensued when officers caught up with the woman.
Siena basketball fans can now breathe a sigh of relief. The team’s coach, Mitch Buonaguro, was released from his contract a year early. Remember when Siena was competing with the most elite teams in the NCAA Tournament? Yeah… We miss you, Fran McCaffery.
The manhunt continues for 18 year old, Eric L. Green. Police want to question the man about a stabbing incident on Sunday. State trooper Rodney Smith was stabbed in the neck on Sunday after speaking to a man inside the Empire State Plaza concourse. Troopers say Green is “known to police” but wouldn’t go in to further detail. State troopers are offering a $10,000 reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible.
Latham is about to be boomin’, literally and figuratively. The frequently forgotten shopping establishment, Latham Circle Mall, is about to be turned into a pile of rubble. According to a Times Union article, developers are preparing removal of the mall.
A Schoharie County woman was arrested after police found 99 caged cats in her home. They also found 67 dead cats bagged up in her freezer. The woman, Irene VanDyke, is facing multiple charges including cruelty to animals.
The movie, “Small Apartments,” based on a novel by Saratoga Native, Chris Millis, will receive a local premiere. The showing will happen at 6:30pm on Friday, March 1st, at the Saratoga Music Hall inside City Hall in downtown Toga.
Despite earlier reports, it looks like we’ll get a local showing of “The Place Beyond The Pines” before it’s commercial release date of April 12th. Many of the scenes were filmed right here in the Capital Region. The movie starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper will open in select cities on March 29th.
The Capital Region has lost an incredibly talented news anchor. Ann Hughes was the victim of downsizing as Fox 23 news is merging with WTEN. Ann first appeared on Capital Region television in 1998 and delivered her final newscast on Tuesday night.
The Capital Region is looking at a big, messy snow storm on Friday. The heaviest stuff is expected to hit sometime during the afternoon and continue throughout the evening, possibly until Saturday morning. The area could get buried with about 9 inches of snow. Areas east of Albany could see more. I don’t think you’ll need to hide in your doomsday bunker, but it’s always good to be prepared. We’re Upstate New Yorkers… we got this!
A horrible tragedy happened in Troy on Monday where a 21 year old Albany man was stabbed to death. 21 year old Takim Smith was visiting a woman at the Corliss Park Apartment Building when two teens allegedly made their way into the apartment and stabbed him multiple times.
Vending machines are getting a makeover in schools. Say goodbye to the Doritos, Fritos and Honey Buns. New rules will mandate that machines in schools can only offer snacks with who grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and protein. All options available will also be limited to 200 calories per portion.
For the eighth year, your favorite flapjack spot is celebrating National Pancake Day! IHOP will be offering free buttermilk pancakes today until 10pm in hopes to raise millions of dollars in donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.
The Baltimore Ravens are preparing for the biggest sporting event of the year when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans on Sunday. This will be the final game of Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis’s historic career. Ray was drafted by the Ravens in 1996 and has played his entire career with the franchise.
If you haven’t left the house yet this week, you’re probably better off. As I write this it’s currently 5 degrees and “feels like” negative 7 degrees. It’s so cold that, even inside a heated office building, I haven’t taken my jacket off all week. According to the current forecast, temperatures aren’t getting any more comfortable this week. Tomorrow we’re expecting a high of 15, Friday could bring a scorching 21 degrees and Saturday it’s back to 20.
Historic Steinmetz Park in Schenectady has been around since the 1930’s. It was named after Charles Proteus Steinmetz, who was a co-founder of General Electric. The park was thriving until the early 80’s when there was a tragic accident. A boy drowned while swimming in the pond. Once the pond closed, activity dwindled.
An announcement made by Albany County has been made to set up a Schenectady County Community College satellite campus in downtown Albany. Satellite campuses are set up to serve students who can’t travel far from home to attend an institution. Long story short, you’ll be able to attend SCCC without leaving Albany.
Aside from a few house spiders, we don’t have to worry about too many creepy crawlies this time of year in the Capital Region. Not ones that we can see, at least. Exterminator company, Orkin, listed the Albany Area on a list of the 50 most bed-bug infested areas in the United States.
A heartbreaking story broke yesterday involving a 26 year old Colonie native. Lauren Tanski, who moved to New Orleans, Louisiana a few months ago, was found dead in her apartment. Lauren was beaten and strangled to death.
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