June 25, 2009

Welcome Lark Computers

Lark Computers celebrated the opening of their new storefront on Lark Street with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, the Albany Chamber of Commerce, Lark Street merchants, and friends were on hand for the ceremony.

Lark Computers provides networking, security, and repair services to residential customers, as well as to small to mid-sized businesses.

Be sure to stop in and welcome our new neighbors at 272 Lark Street!

Lark Computers

272 Lark Street
Albany, NY 12210

Ph. 518.426.LARK (518.426.5275)

June 18, 2009

Review : Sukhothai

If you're near Lark Street and looking for Authentic Thai Cuisine, make a stop at one of Sukhothai's two Albany locations : 62 Central Ave or 254 Lark Street. Sukhothai also offers a variety of vegetarian dishes. The best part - the food is health AND affordable. You can eat-in or order out 7 days a week. The Central Ave location is new, bigger, and offers a wider variety of foods. The quality of the food exceeds the price. Sukhothai makes great appetizers, soup, salads, rice plates, fried rices, pan fried noodle, desserts and some specialties.

The service is very friendly and efficient. I mistakenly ordered from the Central Ave location, when I meant to order from the Lark Street location. When I arrived to Lark to pick it up, the hostess called in to have my order delivered to that restaurant. The wait couldn't have been more than 10 minutes. :-)

The Lark Street location is open Mon-Wed 11:30-9:30pm, Thur-Fri 11:30-10pm, and Sat-Sun Noon-10pm. (518)463-0223

The Central Ave location is open Mon-Fri 11:30- 10pm, Sat-Sun Noon-10pm. (518)433-7203

Visit Sukhothai's website for much more information, menus, and coupons!!!

Don't miss out!

June 16, 2009

Art on Lark

After all of the planning, Art on Lark 2009 has come and gone June 6th. The streets were closed for the day to showcase the art that makes Lark Street the Art District of Albany. This year went great! There were over 100 artists and artisans featured, exhibiting their work. The live music kept the crowd entertained throughout the day. The food court offered a great variety of dishes to eat while enjoying the sights and entertainment.

Lark Street was transformed into a giant visual and performing arts center for the day. Creative Chaos presented by the eba Dance Theatre held its hands-on experience to entertain kids of all ages. The People's Choice Art Show exhibited some great works of art by adult, children, and high school students at the Upstate Artists Guild. At the Washington Stage, great live music was provided for the day by The Albany Barn. The Madison Stage hosted many events throughout the day, including the 2nd Annual Project LARKway and LARK Idol.

Here are the winners from this year's celebration:

People's Choice Award (Adult)-
1st Place- Nina Stanley "Where is my golden ball?"
2nd Place- Tommy Watkins "Society's Anomoly"
3rd Place- Gutman "Symphony #21"

High School People's Choice (High School Students)-
1st Place- Rachel Rees "Memory Quilt"

Kid's People's Choice Show (under 14)-
1st Place- Lucy Anderson "Montreal Wall"
2nd Place- Clio Thayer "Going to Mars"
3rd Place- Aaron Zhang "Aurora Dragon"

Project LARKway-
1st Place- Joleen Button
2nd Place- Amy Orr
3rd Place- Jill Castle

Lark Street's Top Model-
Sarah van Ouhl

Lark IDOL-
1st Place- Victoria Lamas
2nd Place- Robb Penders

We had a blast at this year's Art on Lark! Hope to see you at LarkFEST September 19th!!!

Review : Crisan Bakery - Edible Art Gallery

If you're on Lark Street and looking for a good bakery, stop in at Crisan Bakery for cake, pastries, or gelato!
Founded in 1990 in Romania, Crisan Bakery is owned by a young couple, Claudia and Ignatius Callabria. This particular location on Lark St was opened June 2008 and seems to be bringing in There are three other locations of the bakery. Claudia, a jewelery maker by trade (who's been featured in London Vogue makes all of the 50+ cake variations and Ignatius makes the pastries and gelato. They use family recipes to create the delicious desserts, all made on the premises daily. The couple rotates the recipes, so there is always something different to try. Crisan Bakery does catering for special events.
Not only does Crisan Bakery offer desserts, but it doubles as an edible gallery. The shop features artist' works, such as a display in the glass-covered tables of a town made entirely from rice paper, and lamps made of sugar, not to mention the desserts themselves, which look and taste like works of art on the shelves behind the glass display.
* If you are lucky enough to come in on a day when cheesecake is being served, you're in for a treat!
Call (518)445-2727
Fax (518)445-2728
Web- crisanbakery.com, but their site is currently under construction

Visit Crisan Bakery - Edible Art Gallery at 197 Lark St Albany NY 12210

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June 11, 2009

The Times Union "Best Of..." '09

Thank you to all of you who nominated and voted for Lark Street Neighborhood businesses! We appreciate all of the support.

Here are the winners from our neighborhood:

-Best Grocery Chain:
1. Price Chopper, Various Locations

-Best Used Book Store:
3. Dove & Hudson Old Books, 296 Hudson Ave., Albany

-Best Summer-Only Theater Company:
1. Park Playhouse (Washington Park), Albany

-Best Arts Event in the Past Year:
1. Art on Lark
2. Lark Fest

-Best Mexican/Central/South American:
2. El Loco Mexican Cafe, 465 Madison Ave., Albany

-Best Ice Cream:
3. Ben & Jerry's, Various Locations

-Best Sports Bar:
2. Legends, 286 Lark Street, Albany

-Best Wine Bar:
2. The WIne Bar and Bistro, 200-202 Lark Street., Albany

-Best Beer Tavern:
3. Tess' Lark Tavern, 453 Madison Ave., Albany

-Best Coffee Joint (Chain)
1. Dunkin Donuts, Various Locations

Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you all again for your support. Information like this helps us to better serve you!