The free-for-all category in which our readers muse sagely and rant wildly
Best use of public funds
Albany Public Library, CDTA, infrastructure, education, housing, Troy’s new snow emergency plan, Albany Convention Center, Alive at Five, Albany Barn, keeping Ladder 1 open, roads, moving Hoffman’s Playland to Albany, indict Silver, support for the arts, red light cameras, Troy’s Riverfront Park, blowing up the Wellington Annex, “is this a trick question?
Best misuse of public funds
Andrew Cuomo, Troy’s King Street demolition, New York State Legislature, “University at Albany cutting humanities,” red light cameras, politicians, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Tappan Zee Bridge, suburban sprawl, “paying to move Hoffman’s to Huck Finn’s,” Schenectady Metroplex, “Governor’s Mansion not being used.”
Best way to lure people to the Capital Region
Saratoga Race Course, LarkFest, Albany All Stars Roller Derby, more Trader Joe’s locations [editor’s note: you TJ’s people aren’t satisfied, ever, are you?], arts, candy, casinos, “change the road signs,” colleges, craft beer, jobs, “legalize it,” lie, lower taxes, mini hot dogs, music, outdoor festivals, political drama, advertise our proximity to other places,
Best time to be had in the Capital Region for under $10
Empire State Plaza summer concerts, Tri-City ValleyCats, Alive at Five, Troy Night Out, classic movie nights at the Palace Theatre, Peebles Island State Park, New York State Museum, Caffe Lena’s open mic, Troy’s Rockin’ on the River, “Redbox and stay home,” Spectrum 8 Theatres, Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, “ice cream cones at Jumpin’ Jacks while listening to the free concert series on the water,” Washington Park.
Best place to see and be seen
Troy Farmers Market, Saratoga Race Course, “that inane ‘Were You Seen’ feature on the Times Union site,” Lucas Confectionary, Alive at Five, PearlPalooza, Lark Street, “Oliver’s Beverage Center around 4 PM on Fridays,” SPAC, the Joe, UAlbany women’s basketball games, Washington Park’s Knox Street Mall, “I’m too old for that shit.”
Best thing that could happen to Albany
Wegmans, BusPlus Purple Line, stop the bomb trains, arrest Cuomo, bury I-787, aquarium, “the WonderBeards break big,” light rail, skate park in Washington Park, “the Empire State Plaza never happened,” restore historic sites, “people stop bitching about the Empire State Plaza—that place is awesome,” more parking, more concerts, IKEA, impeach Cuomo, “SPRING!!!!”
Best thing that could happen to Troy
Less crime/drugs/murder, BusPlus Blue Line, movie theater, better bus service, “the whole ‘next Brooklyn’ thing could fade away and Troy could just be thought of as cool on its own,” aquarium, “the mayor would fix the water pipes—dick,” Uber, “WonderBeards go platinum,” waterfront development, “new mayor—where are you Harry, we miss you!”
Best thing that could happen to Schenectady
Casino [editor’s note: this is happening, right?], the casino falls through, “pave the damn roads,” skate park, less crime/drugs/murder, GE resurgence, downtown grocery, “oust Gary McCarthy,” Wegmans, socialism, land bank, “knock down I-890 and bring back Pleasant Valley Park,” gentrification, meteor/asteroid, more parking, earthquake, zeppelin service, retail stores.
Best thing that could happen to Saratoga Springs
Affordable housing, “it’s perfect,” longer track season, nothing, no more horse racing, more parking, “stop building condos and fairly tax the ones we already have,” stop sprawl, Chick-fil-A, cigar bar, “don’t change,” bike lanes, Kid Rock, “remove pokers from residents’ asses,” more poor people, slow growth, “stop being so snooty,” more opera, Wegmans.
Best thing that happened in 2014
Paul McCartney at the Times Union Center, Wellington Annex implosion, Albany Barn opened, Schenectady casino announced, Cider Belly Doughnuts, “eating chicken at the Flying Chicken (see also 2013 and 2015),” The Neighborhood That Disappeared, Union College NCAA hockey championship, Whole Foods opened at Colonie Center, “WonderBeards played at Gug’s a few weeks ago” [editor’s note: not bad, dooders], Kathy Sheehan inaugurated, Republicans took over the state senate, Dance Flurry festival.
Best reason to live in the Capital Region
Affordability, quality of life, change of seasons, the people, Troy, proximity to other places, music scene, Nipper, history, “all the atheists,” diversity, creative energy, arts, fall foliage, quality of life, the Snowman’s ice cream, WEXT, state jobs, Stewart’s Shops, global warming, “friends become family.”
Best local celebrity you’d like to date
Skeeter Creek’s Buddy Cocker, Matt Baumgartner, Trishna Begam, Jeff Nania, Julie Chapman, Mickey Rourke [editor’s note: huh?], Rosemary Armeo, Yolanda Vega, Mary Panza, DJ Trumastr, John Gray, Nipper.
Best kept secret in the Capital Region
Troy, the Malt Room, Leah’s Cakery, Kateri Peace Conference, Tivoli Preserve, Averill Park’s Town Tavern, “you don’t really have to stop at red lights,” Hudson River, Mohawk River, prostitution, “who killed Legs Diamond?”
Best [???] add your own category
Best Body Piercer: Karla Sharps (Tattoo World) and Will VonDoome (Classy Body Art); Best Doughnuts: Cider Belly Doughnuts; Best Celtic Band: Triskele; Best Medium: Katie Manning-Hilton; Best Youth Organization: Troy Boys & Girls Club; Best Cuban Food: Carmen’s Café.