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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.

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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 cafecrisan@gmail.com. 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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Many members are League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructors who conduct “how to ride” workshops.

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Collar City Ramble – Saturday, September 24 – 9 AM TO 2 PM

Collar City Ramble – Saturday, September 24 – 9 AM TO 2 PM

Get ready to Ramble – Join an exciting tour of Troy’s urban trails by foot, by bicycle, by water, or by GPS in an alternative Transportation Festival. The Collar City Ramble covers Troy in ways that anyone can enjoy. Explore the historical, the undeveloped, the water, and the Hidden Treasures in the urban area.

Go with a tour group or independently. Get materials from the Collar City Ramble booth at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market.

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Ramble Booth

Event Duration (hours): 5 hours (depending on event)

Equipment Required: depends on the activity chosen

Sponsoring organization – Transport Troy – https//www.facebook.com/CollarCityRamble/

Contact Information – jimmer@nycap.rr.com, (518) 429-3909

For Updates – https://collarcityramble.com/ or Facebook

For those coming from Albany and near by ….

The Albany Bicycle Coalition team will meet at 9:00 AM in and ride from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Washington Park in Albany, NY to the meet-up point at Riverfront Park in Troy. On the way, we will pass through the Corning Riverfront Park on the Hudson River. In Troy, we will join with Transport Troy and other organizations and individuals for the Collar City Ramble. We will ride over the selected route within the city of Troy. The ride will be on paved city streets and paved bicycle/walking trails. It will include a ride on the Uncle Sam Trail and a stop at Knickerbocker Park. This causally paced ride is free and all are welcome. . Link here.

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Troy Bike Rescue to the Rescue

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They Are Here – Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.!

They Are Here – Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.!

Finally – workers are today, Monday, 8/22/16, putting the finishing touches on the new road layout on Madison Ave. from Partridge St. to Allen St.

 See more photos here – https://lorenzworden.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/august-22-2016-madison-ave/

Not surprisingly, when people in cars complete the new one-travel lane segment delimited by the center turn lane on one side and the bicycle lanes and parking lanes on the other, they continue in a “traffic-calmed” single file. How easy it was! Attention Naysayers! – Before the job is 100 percent completed, people have learned how to drive in it.

Moreover, what a dream to ride one’s bicycle.

Dimensions (unofficial – taken from centerline of stripes):

  • Parking Lane – 7’
  • Bicycle Lane/Parking Lane Stripe – 5”
  • Bicycle Lane – 6’
  • Bicycle Lane/Travel Lane Stripe – 6.5”
  • Travel Lane – 10’ 3”
  • Turn Lane – 10’

Credit for this success lies largely with Virginia Hammer, president of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, whose diligence, persistence, initiative, and presence at many events guided this new era for the City of Albany into fruition. We need also recognize all those who attended meetings, carried banners and posters, wrote letters, and signed petitions to support the effort to calm Madison Ave. for the benefit of all.

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Corning Riverfront Park – Movin’ Along

Work progresses on the revitalization of the Corning Riverfront Park (formerly “Preserve”) and the accompanying facilities for people on bicycles. Here are several photos to convey the magnitude of the project.

For an update from the Times Union, go here and for a review of the master plan for the area, here.

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Albany’s Own “Big Dig”

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Near the “Tidal Ponds”

 

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Check Out the Tank Bombs!

 

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Basic Infrastructure Work Progresses

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The New Protected Bicycle Lane – Quay St.

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Where the South End Bike Link Will Join the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

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