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Late Night Stabbing Suspect Still at Large

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Those of you who were Downtown on Saturday night probably noticed an inordinate number of cop cars on Caroline Street. Well, it turns out the commotion was due to a stabbing that occurred on Broadway, after two groups of men were ejected from Paddock Lounge for fighting.

The Saratogian reports:

“Police believe the altercation began between two groups of males at about 1:20 a.m. inside the Paddock Lounge at 6 Caroline St. Lounge employees removed bar patrons from the establishment, but the altercation continued on the street outside the bar and moved to the west side of Broadway, where the stabbing occurred.
“The suspect is described by police as a 20- to 30-year-old Hispanic male about 6 feet tall with short, dark hair. Police said he was wearing a gray thermal long-sleeved shirt and jeans. He was last seen running from the scene with several other males toward Church Street.”

Those with information or knowledge of the suspect are encouraged to contact police at (518) 584-1800 or anonymously at (518) 584-TIPS (8477).

(via Saratogian)

Saratogian: How Skidmore Changed Saratoga Springs

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

In the olden days, Skidmore students had to walk all the way across Spring Street to get drugs

Listen up, history nerds: there is an article in today’s Saratogian that will make you think and nod thoughtfully. Written by Samantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, the article outlines the importance of Skidmore in the formation of the modern Saratoga cityscape, focusing on the old Downtown campus, which was situated around the eastern end of Congress Park.

In 1903, Lucy Scribner purchased the above property, naming it Skidmore Hall, and founded the Young Women’s Industrial Club, which taught women the necessary skills to support themselves in the Saratoga off-season, when the track, hotels, and casinos were closed. In 1911, the YWIC changed its name to the Skidmore School of the Arts and began offering a wider breadth of courses.

Most of the original buildings that were part of the Downtown campus are still standing. Skidmore Hall, for example, has been converted into condominiums. These are perfect for people who want to pay $1,400 a month to live in an old dormitory. It’s all the fun of living in a studio apartment in New York City…but in Saratoga!

The whole article is pretty interesting, unveiling a little-known history that says a lot about the town as a whole. Bosshart asks a pressing question: what would Downtown Saratoga look like if calculator tycoon J. Erik Jonsson hadn’t donated the 650-acre parcel of land for the current campus?

Of this much we can be sure: students would be all over the area east of Congress Park, living in residences and heading to classes in buildings located on Circular Street, Regent Street, Union Avenue and other streets in the area.

Oh, the horror of that which could have been!

(via Saratogian)

Funding for Downtown Movie Theater Approved

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Movie Magic

HOLY SHIT BIG SUMMER NEWS EVERYONE.

Earlier this week, county officials approved preliminary plans to build an 11-screen movie theater at Church St. and Railroad Place, the vacant lot where the proud, noble Ghetto Chopper (RIP) once stood. This caused everyone who schlepped all the way out to Wilton for the midnight showing of The Avengers in the pouring rain to fist-pump in excitement.

The Times-Union reports that local developer Sonny Bonacio (who was named “Executive of the Month” by Success magazine in February 2007 and—let’s be real—has a name ripped straight out of The Sopranos) was granted $956,653 in tax breaks by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.*

Advocates argue that the $18 million, 24,000-square-foot theater could greatly benefit the Downtown economy, bringing more people to Saratoga and expanding the city’s tax base. However, a quick glance at the commentary on the Saratogian and Times-Union articles reveals that many are opposed to the project on anti-spending grounds.

Construction is expected to begin later this fall, to be completed by spring 2013. Bear in mind, this is only the first step, and though Bonacio has yet to contract a theater operator, the fact that he’s been able to clear all this bureaucratic red tape so early is pretty impressive.

Just so long as he doesn’t try to swindle the city out of millions, like a certain silver-tongued monorail salesman.

*There are a lot of ins and outs with this deal, but tax law is complicated and boring, so if you really want to know the details, check out the Times-Union article.
(Via the Saratogian and the Times-Union)

Gung Ho & Slim Charles at Putnam Den

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Gung Ho is a band of Skidmore graduates that gets really sweaty and plays really good bluesy rock music that sounds like being drunk on whiskey feels and the lead singer Matt Awai plays harmonica really well and has a cool tattoo and the whole band is generally pretty fucking great.

Slim Charles is a band of current Skidmore students that gets really sweaty and plays really good and technically impressive alternative rock—but not the shitty kind of alternative rock, yaknowwhatimean?–and they won SEC’s Battle of the Bands and I don’t think any of them have tattoos but the whole band is generally pretty fucking great.

Both bands are playing at Putnam Den tonight, probably around 10:00pm.

18+ 5$
21+ 3$
Cheap drinks
(fbook)