Author Archives: Lorenz Worden

Who Needs Traffic Calming on Madison Ave.? – Madison Ave. at Lake – 12:00 PM, Friday, Oct 21, 2016

Here’s clear evidence of why we now have Madison Avenue Traffic Calming – too bad this section won’t be done until next year.

Madison Ave. at Lake – 12:00 PM, Friday, Oct 21, 2016




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Crisan Pastry Shop – Alive and Well in Albany

Your life is not complete until you experience Crisan pâtisserie for some “edible art” (their tag line). This bright and cheery Albany venue recently re-opened (see earlier post) in the Albany Institute of History & Art, second floor.


Crisan at AIHA

Crisan had been a busy mainstay on Lark St. for six years. It offered the best pastry in the area, delicious coffee, and gelato in a courteous, welcoming atmosphere. It was common to find all three tables fully occupied and a long line at the counter. In all but the coldest months, the three outside tables were a great spot to “see and be seen” and enjoy the goodness of Crisan. Crisan Bakery & Edible Art Gallery is still at 197 Lark St. Albany 12210, (518) 445-2727, e-mail Hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Friday: 9-3, and weekends: by appointment. There is no table service at this location.

If you have not been to Crisan, you have not lived a full life. Now located on the Institute’s second floor adjacent to the Museum Shop, come for a selection of European pastries, flaky croissants, creamy gelato and refreshing sorbets (in season) as well as soups, salads, and sandwiches made by Crisan Bakery. Enjoy special drinks including Harney and Sons’ fine teas, espressos and Italian affogato. Eat in or take away.

Café Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00, Thursday: 10:00 to 8:00, and Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00. Closed Monday and some major holidays.

After (or before) your visit to Crisan, be sure to visit the exhibits at the Albany Institute of History & Art.  The Museum – a local treasure – is celebrating its 225th Anniversary in 2016. It is New York’s oldest museum and will be celebrate with special exhibitions, events, and admission rates all year! Admission: adults: $10, seniors: $8, and students: $8 (with ID). There is no charge for visiting Crisan or the museum shop in the Institute.

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~ Albany Bicycle Coalition ~ What’s Our Role in the Capital Region?

logo-blogs-smallAlbany Bicycle CoalitionFounded 2004

Promotes cycling in the capital region. Advocates for cyclists. Meets last Thursday of the month, LaSalle School, Western Ave. (corner of Partridge St.) , Albany.

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A Beautiful Day in Troy – Collar City Ramble

It was a fine day in sunny Troy for the annual “Collar City Ramble.” Lots of work really paid off to make the day a rewarding experience for those who came. The Ramble HQ was at the entrance to the world famous Troy Farmers Market at recently refurbished Riverfront Park on River Street. Adjacent to the Farmer Market and Ramble HQ was a big area for a children’s bicycle rodeo.

The Albany Bicycle contingent decided to split itself over the in two rides offered – a river level route to the Uncle Sam Trail and back and a climb-the-hill ride to RPI and then on to the Uncle Sam Trail. When we got to the northern end of the trail – after using Troy’s new bicycle lane on Middleburgh St. – we were treated to a grand circus performance in a sun-dappled clearing in the trail.

All in all a great day in Troy!


  • Ramble info
  • Juggler at the Uncle Sam Trail circus
  • Trapeze artist, juggler, and the Ring Master
  • Ramble HQ – Lots of good info
  • Ready to RIDE!
  • Fearless leaders – Brent and St. Andrew
  • Trapeze artists and appreciative riders
  • The Big Tunnel on the Uncle Sam Trail











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Local Hospitality ~ 9th Annual Daily Grind Coffee Shops Ride, 8/13/16

Riders (and friends) Ed, Mark, Ken, Brent, Margaret, Theo, Wendy, Rob, Fr. Michael, Pam, John, and Lorenz had a wonderful ride from the Daily Grind in Albany to the Daily Grind in Troy for our 9th Annual Daily Grind Ride on Saturday, 8/13.



The Daily Grind in Troy hosted us for a delicious lunch on the sidewalk patio where we enjoyed the fine weather and great company.



Fr. Michael, Rector of St. Paul’s Church next store to the shop, joined our ride and graciously blessed us and our bicycles in the church garden. Afterward we were treated to an exclusive tour of the famous church interior designed by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company in the 1890s and featuring a renowned collection of Tiffany Windows.

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