I heard a rumor that the now defunct Starlite Music Theatre was going to be demolished.   The former concert hall has been essentially abandoned since 1998 and is almost invisible from it’s location off Rt. 9 in Latham.   Starlite has warm memories for me, I remember seeing my first concert there, Smokey Robinson.   Starlite was also the location of my parent’s first date.   I always smile when I drive past, and when I heard it was going to be knocked down I decided to visit one last time.   There’s no greater photoset of the Starlite than Sebastien Barre’s, this is not a serious photo doc (hello I’m using an iPhone) but more so a little account of what I saw:

Outside of the ampitheater

And the most amazing part(s) inside the ampitheater

I can’t believe 14+ years later the rigging’s still there

One of many empty buildings

A collapsed open area

 

 

I had heard the last event that took place at the venue was Shaker High School’s 1998 graduation.  Imagine my surprise when I found this, (I’m still sanitizing my hands)

Not sure when the demolition will start, but glad that I got one last peek.

 

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tulips & toes

Saturday was absolutely beautiful in upstate New York.   70’s, sun shining, a light breeze, we’ve had snow in late April before so I do not take this weather for granted.   I had read an article in the Times Union that because of our fab weather, the tulips for Tulip Festival may actually be dead by May and that peak viewing time was now.  Boom, there was our reason to head to Washington Park, it did not disappoint.

I found the perfect lounging spot while kiddo played

The tulips were breathtaking.

And I got to reflect about the Moses statue.  Kiddo saw the water and immediately asked if he could jump in, I responded with a NO, but that was a bit hypocritical…


Growing up in Albany I spent a lot of time in the park.  Even pre-high school.   My brother and I went to a ton of different after care and summer camp programs over the years and they would walk us all over Albany.   That’s right, walk…we only got to take a bus if it was raining and that was a maybe.   Anyway, I remember when I went to one camp downtown, we would spend every day in the park.  We always migrated towards the Moses statue and we would always jump in the water, I don’t remember checking to see if a dog was peeing in it first, I doubt that would have deterred us.    We would then climb to the top, try to find ways inside the monument, hang off it.  Not only were we disrespectful, it was just plain unsafe, but a ridiculous amount of fun.   Won’t share those stories with kiddo just yet.

flip flops – no bueno

We wandered down to the city yesterday, it was absolutely gorgeous out. When manfriend or I usually go to the city it’s for work or drinking to see friends quick. Because kiddo joined us we got to do everything !

Wandered around the Central Park Zoo

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Went to museums, saw every inch of the Natural History Museum. Hung out under the whale :

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While taking pics of random things, I noticed I tend to also get some amazing pics of strangers :

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Whattup.

I also selected awful footwear. I’ve worn flip flops all over the city before, yesterday it destroyed my feet

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Sidenote, totally obsessed with this mint sprint Sally Hansen polish. I’m green obsessed !

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get your shop on

Tuesday evening while we were at dinner, kiddo was playing with my iPhone and the screen went blank.   No idea why.   I couldn’t get it to reset, I couldn’t get it to charge, it appeared to be dunzo.   I flew to the Apple store where they of course touched it and magically fixed it (seriously I ALWAYS feel dumb in there) and then found myself at a mall that wasn’t really that crowded.   Shopping anyone?

After ransacking Gap Kids I headed into Old Navy in search of workout gear and hit the jackpot!

Shirts, socks, two sweatpants and a pair of workout crop leggings for under $60:

Then of course I had to get new sneakers.   Actually I really did, mine were destroyed so I ran over to DSW and found Nike Air Alvord 8’s for like $39 !   I love a good trail runner and I love a great deal!


I haven’t worn Nike’s in years, they run narrow and my feet always felt pinched but these felt great when I was running yesterday.  I definitely felt the difference a new sneaker can make!