The Smalbanac 2.0
An Opinionated Guide to New York's Capital District
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A quirky survival guide to New York's Capital District.
With new and updated entries on everything from food, shopping, and the arts to people, history, and places to visit, The Smalbanac 2. 0 is a wry, affectionate, and practical guide to New York State's capital city and surrounding area. Packed with information, this guide is perfect not only for visitors, new students, and those relocating to the area but also for long-term residents who want to get out of their comfort zones and explore the many hidden—and some not-so-hidden—treasures the area has to offer.
A local artist and writer, Christine M. Garretson-Persans has worked at The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center since 2004. She lives in Watervliet.
Praise for the First Edition
"An eclectic and affectionate look at the quirks of our region and its many hidden treasures. " — Albany Times Union
"The Smalbanac is a delightful, informative … guide to history, culture, cuisine and shopping in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy … Whether you like to travel, dine out, or learn local history, this is an exceptional book, worth reading and keeping on hand for when someone laments, 'I'm so bored. '" — Schenectady Daily Gazette