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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!


Frank's Ice Cream ($, 1, 80, Albany Shaker Road near Osborne): Don't bother going in for the food, this place is strictly being rated on the ice cream stand. The ice cream is good, not great. The staff is good, not great. The parking stinks. So what's the charm? Hard to place - for many it is probably the continuous stream of little leaguers coming throuhg in the evening. Feels like a playground at times. Does have a small-town feel, as opposed to Guptil's ice cream or even On the Farm in Latham. Kinda like L-Ken's on central avenue. The cones are enormous, and it's dirt cheap. Not worth a drive if you live close to another good stand, but a nice option if you're looking for one. Most recently ate here: early May, 2005

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