First Look: Nº 12 Second, Troy

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Just walking around Troy earlier and I saw a sign inside the window for a building which advertises “Coming 2012, Wine Bar / Cafe”. Looking inside reveals a bunch of awesome exposed brick and a LOT of renovations taking place. Vic, the owner, sees me taking a few photos and invites me in.

It’s crazy to see the amount of enthusiasm Vic and Heather have for this building. Their website has a page dedicated to the History of 12 Second Street dating back to the 1790s. The interior is being created based on what they’re able to get locally, which includes booths from the Trojan Hotel, local Troy made bricks, as well as anything else they’re able to prevent from going into a landfill.

They’ve pulled out drop ceiling to discover gorgeous skylights, tore down walls to discover part of the building was an addition and one wall was originally the outside wall. They’re turning the space from the Lucas Confectionary (which went left this space in 1951) cooler into the wine cellar. It’s incredible.

You really need to head to their site and check their story, as well as their photo heavy blog posts from California Wine Country!

Best of luck with renovations and I can’t wait to see it finished, let alone enjoy a wine bar in Troy.

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Recap: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

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Last night, WCDB played host to Disappears, Lotus Plaza and Location Ensemble in what was a relatively diverse live performance with an alternative approach to rock music being the common denominator.

Valentine’s dimly lit Music Hall was bustling with guests prior to the first guitar lick and Location Ensemble took to the stage first, starting off the evening with a heavy serving of sound. The instrumental guitar ensemble is made up of experimental Albany-area musicians, all of whom are closely tied to local music in one way or another.

Location Ensemble for me was a definite high point of the night and as their shorter-than-I’d-have-liked set continued onward, so did the growth and build of their collective sound. For utilizing six guitars, one bass and one drum, the band members made their layering and organizing of sound seem organic (not composed or forced) and relatively effortless.

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Tour of the Battenkill 2012 Recap and Photos

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Today was the UCI 1.2 (that is pro as hell for you non bike racing people) Tour of the Battenkill bike race in Cambridge, NY. Professionals and elite amateurs from all over the world competed over 124 miles of crazy hills, including somewhere around 20 miles of dusty and dirty country roads.

The Tour of the Battenkill has grown from a small local race to two one day races that attract about 2,500 amateur racers on Saturday and 150 pros on Sunday.

The race is America’s toughest one day race taking racers over dirt roads that, depending on the weather, can be dusty or muddy or both. Racers bleed, sweat, and get covered in earth while climbing rough hills and riding over stones.

This year my buddy Dan Chabanov was competing in the pro race and we took the trip to see him struggle for 124 miles, and of course, I took a few photos. He finished in the first chase group and was in high spirits immediately preceding the race. Way to go dude.

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First Look: Canstruction at the NYS Museum

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Opening tomorrow and running through April 26, at the NYS Museum, is an exhibit featuring over 40,000 donated canned goods. But it’s not just a stockpile of cans in some hasty attempt at a Warholian statement regarding repetition. This is much, much more than a pile of cans.

Over that past two days, 13 groups of 250 local architects, engineers, contractors and design students teamed up to carefully construct zoo animals using the donated cans as their medium. The result is unexpectedly mesmerizing.

This year marks the 2nd annual Capital Region Canstruction, whose cans are purchased by the teams with money from fundraising will benefit the Food Pantries for the Capital District. The idea is to help raise awareness towards helping feed those in need throughout the Capital Region in association with the American Institute of Architects’ Eastern New York chapter and the national program Canstruction, which is a nonprofit that holds annual design and building competitions.

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