July 28, 2011

A Look Back at Bands of LarkFEST's Past!

The Lark Street Business Improvement District and WEXT will be announcing the full line-up for LarkFEST 2011 at noon on Tuesday, August 2nd on WEXT 97.7 FM!  With the approaching announcement, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at photos of previous headlining bands from the past 30 years at LarkFEST.  Pictures were submitted in a recent effort to capture personal memories of LarkFESTs' past.  A select number of submitted photos will be chosen to represent the past 30 years of LarkFEST on the official LarkFEST 2011 poster as well the Lark Street BID website and blog.  Here is a look back at bands from the past 30 years of LarkFEST!

Malen Band - 1985
Courtesy of Ellen 

Capitle - 1985
Courtesy of Ellen

Courtesy of Valerie Webb

Courtesy of Sebastian Barre

Don't forget to tune into WEXT 97.7 on Tuesday, August 2nd at noon to hear the full line-up of bands for LarkFEST 2011, being held on Saturday, September 17th from 10am to 5:30pm.

July 25, 2011

More LarkFEST Through the Years!

More photos from the past 30 years at LarkFEST have arrived and we would like to share a few more!  The photos that we have been collecting over the past month are being used on the LarkFEST 2011 poster, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of LarkFEST, happening Saturday, September 17th from 10am to 5:30pm.

Also, keep an eye out on Tuesday, August 2nd for the Lark Street BID & WEXT to announce the full line-up for LarkFEST!

Strolling the Vendors in 1996
Courtesy of Ronald Force

LarkFEST Beer Garden in 1984
Courtesy of Ellen

Hanging Out in the Street in 1985
Courtesy of Ellen

Family Fun at LarkFEST in 1997
Courtesy of John Keegan

July 18, 2011

LarkFEST Through the Years

We are still collecting photos from the past 30 years of LarkFESTs but as promised we wanted to share a few photos that we have received so far. If you have photos that you would like to share & possibly have included on this year's LarkFEST poster, please email them to bid@larkstreet.org or mail them on CD to the Lark Street BID at 245 Lark Street, Albany, NY 12210.

'Rocking On' in 1986
Courtesy of Ronald Force

Guardian Angels watching over LarkFEST 1986
Courtesy of Ronald Force

Getting down at the Silent Disco in 2010
Courtesy of Samantha Bunn

Dancing in the Street in 2010
Courtesy of Sebastien Barre

July 14, 2011

Congratulations to the "Best Of" business on Lark!

Metroland just released their weekly newspaper announcing "Best of the Capital".  Many Lark Street Neighborhood businesses were mentioned within this newsweekly.

Congratulations to the following: Oh Bar (Best Gay Bar), Kinnaree (Best Pan-Asian New), Jewel of India (Best Indian Buffet), The Wine Bar and Bistro (Best Wine Bar), Lil' Buddha (Best Vegan Food), Cafe Vero (Best Espresso), Scratch Bakery Cafe (Best Scratch Cafe), Crisan Bakery (Best Dessert), Elissa Halloran Designs (Best Jewelry), Pastime Legends (Best Video-Game Store), Capital Wine (Best Wine Store - Neighborhood), and Seasons (Best Skate Shop).

Many were recognized for their beautiful creations or tasty ideas.  Others were recognized for their fantastic atmosphere and ability to stand out from the rest.

Check out these great businesses and congratulate them on their "best"!

July 11, 2011

Lark Street Now Open to Bicyclists

Bicyclists can now share Lark Street! You may have noticed the new decals along Lark, providing cyclists with access to the entire roadway. As Lark Street is Albany’s first Green Byway, this is another action increasing access and making Lark Street cleaner and safer. Along with the many bike racks beside the road, Lark Street is a great spot for bicyclists to come visit.

Biking is a great means for recreation and transportation for its affordability, health benefits, and for the environment. With Lark Street becoming a shared road for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians, biking in the neighborhood is now safer and easier! So hop on your bike and head over to Lark Street for shopping, restaurants, nightlife, art, and more!

July 01, 2011

Walk and Watch Training Session

The Lark Street Business Improvement District, in conjunction with the Albany Police Department will be hosting a Walk and Watch training session for Lark Street area residents (owner or renter) and businesses at the Trinity Church Chapel on July 12, 2011 starting at 6pm.

Neighborhood Watch programs are one of the most effective way to prevent crime and reduce fear in an area. They provide extra eyes and ears on the street for reporting crimes and in turn forges bonds between neighbors and improves relations between police and the community served. 

All are encouraged and welcome to join this training session including residents whether owner or renter, and businesses.  Taught by Matthew Montesano of the Albany Police Department, this training will provide helpful information for participants on how to observe and report criminal or suspicious activities.  Walk & Watch uses community members as additional eyes and ears on the street in order to help keep the community safer.
Walk & Watch is part of the Neighborhood Watch program which teaches residents and businesses of the local area to be alert and cautious of suspicious activities happening in their neighborhood.  Neighborhood Watch is important for the safety and security for any community. It is an effective way of preventing criminal activities and reducing fear amongst the community. It also provides a better flow of communication between the community and the police department, as well as communication amongst community members.

Walk & Watch Training Session
Tuesday July 12, 2011
Trinity Church Chapel
235 Lark Street (Front Entrance).

For more information call 518..434.3861 or go to  www.larkstreet.org