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No off-street parking? It’s code

Written September 29th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Now that parking for the Albany Carousel has become an issue, people keep asking why off-street parking was not provided when this attraction was built. The answer is that it was not required by the city’s rules.


Carousel opening: The sidelights

Written August 15th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday morning for the opening of the Albany Carousel. That means you’ll be treated to thousands of photos and videos on social and various other media. Here’s a collection of sidelights.

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Thinking of carousel parking ideas

Written June 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

At City Hall they’ve been thinking about what to do if an acute parking shortage hits downtown once the Albany Carousel opens. And no, the alternatives so far don’t include asking visitors to come by bike, as much sense as that (in theory) would make.


The day Albany Carousel will open

Written June 2nd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

You probably had no idea there is such a thing as National Carousel Day, let alone when it is. Well, it’s on July 25, and that’s the date when the Albany Carousel is scheduled to open.

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Albany postmaster: Move? Why?

Written May 15th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s new postmaster has been hearing about the idea that the post office should move. But she has a question: “Why should we move when we own this building?”


How’s the view from up there?

Written January 13th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Men were swarming over the roof the Albany Carousel building this morning, tempting passersby like me to take yet another photo of this downtown landmark as it is taking shape.


Back-in parking on the wrong side

Written December 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany officials cite several benefits of the back-in diagonal parking that will be installed on three sides of the post office starting in January. They don’t mention the downside, which motorists will probably notice when they try to use the new setup.


Downtown, a beacon of tradition

Written December 11th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

It was nice last week to see that the crew building the Albany Carousel had observed the ancient custom of “topping out.” When they had finished framing the roof, they crowned the peak in a fashion fitting the season.


Carousel: An attraction already

Written November 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

A couple of things strike me about the new Albany Carousel building rising on the northwest corner of First Avenue and Washington Street.


Why dig so deep? Because …

Written June 16th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

They’re digging a pretty big hole where the new Albany Carousel building will be, and somebody wondered why the excavation has to be so deep. As luck would have it, the Answer Man had nothing else to do and got on the phone.


 
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