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Doorways of Albany, and other stories

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My dad and I went to Albany, the capital city of New York, yesterday. I suspect they thought that New York City was too damn crowded to put the capital there. Albany is a parcel of land once ruled by deer and snow monsters, but now has a little bizarre city squatting in the middle of nowhere. Despite its small size I managed to get us lost (on foot) so we got to see some pretty buildings and doorways.

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I liked the little handmade stained glass at the top of this doorway.

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Empire State Plaza was the center of our adventures--despite being allegedly "closed for the winter" as if they have other seasons there.

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The castle of the Snow Monster King was sacked in the 1800s by Dutchmen, and converted into the State Capitol building.

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I presume that this doorway leads to the workshop of Miracle Max.

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I posted on facebook and twitter asking for recommendations on what to do in Albany. Despite receiving answers such as "bring a good book" and "go to Buffalo instead," I did get an excellent tip from audacian: The City Beer Hall.

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The whole reason we were there was that my dad had tickets to see the Moth Radio Hour in a theater in that egg-shaped building seen above (I forget the name, good thing I take pictures everywhere I go). The show was good--listen for stories on the theme of "Lost and Found." Super super sad stories but very well told. We spilled out into the Plaza and I got us lost again.

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Getting lost is an opportunity to see things you wouldn't see otherwise. I found most of the public art in Albany to be pretty awful, but I kinda like this one.


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Mar. 23rd, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
that's very close to where I grew up. The egg shaped thing is called The Egg. Who knew :)
Mar. 23rd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
I wasn't the one who recommended you come here- and I wouldn't have, this weekend, with NCAA hoop fever filling the hotels and jacking up parking downtown to insane levels.

Curious who performed for the Moth; an author dude I follow from Hartford often performs (and sometimes organizes) for them.
Mar. 23rd, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Food critic Steve Barnes, a black man named Shannon, A young (45 ish) woman with white hair named Amy (local writer apparently), a Scottish woman whose last name is Ferguson, and a Iraq war veteran.
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
Was it good?
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:04 am (UTC)
Yes, they were all good storytellers. The theme was "Lost and Found" so many of the stories were very sad tales of loss.
Mar. 24th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
"Go to Buffalo instead" - heh! Looks like you found some pretty cool doorways in Albany and had a good outing with your dad, though.
Mar. 27th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
We always have a good time!
Mar. 24th, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
The state capitol is pretty dang impressive, you have to grant.

I remember when all this was first built! (Okay, not the state capitol, but the egg and the plaza and the museum.) I remember my best friend's father taking us down after it opened--we posed by those pressed-metal people in your bottom photo. And I remember coming to a Don MacLean concert, outdoors--we sat on the steps in front of the museum.

Mar. 31st, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
What a great photo of your dad! The State Capital building is magnificent. I would have done a scene from Rocky on the steps in a heartbeat. Which is why people don't like going anywhere with me. I love that little doorway, it would make a neat door to my dirt-floored spider-inhabited basement. Yes, it would.
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